Damian Lillard made his way into the NBA after playing college basketball for the Weber State Wildcats and proving to have the talent to be a top point guard. He was picked by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2012 NBA draft and quickly proved to be a superstar by becoming the NBA Rookie of the Year. Since then, Lillard has risen to be a five-time NBA All-Star and proven to be without a doubt one of the league’s top offensive players.
Damian Lillard Adidas deal and signature shoes
While Damian Lillard is exemplary in the courts, he maintains a low-key superstar life and chooses to communicate through his aggressive playing style. Therefore, while he might not be the superstar that is ever trending on out-of-the-court news, Lillard has earned his bargaining rights. Fans further love the fact that besides being good on the court, he has an elite level shoe game.
At a time when many superstars have opted for the Nike and Jordan Brand, Damian Lillard is ensuring Adidas remains respectable. He signed the third-largest contract in the history of the NBA worth $100 million with Adidas in 2014. Since then, he has gone out of the way to make the ultra-lucrative deal justified.
The rise of the Dame shoes
Adidas honored Lillard with his first signature shoes while on his third season after proving to be a beast in the courts. The superstar who wears size 16 shoes has, over the years, helped create an entire series of shoes that have gone ahead to be immensely successful. His signature shoes are:
- Adidas Dame 7
Featuring the lightsroke cushioning that was first launched in the Dame 6, these are the latest series for Damian’s signature shoes. The shoes were unveiled on October 1, 2020.
- Adidas Dame 6
These were the first signature shoes by Lillard to feature the lightstroke cushioning. They debuted in November 2019 and were the shining shoes for the point guard in the 2019/20 season. Adidas released notable Player Exclusives and colorways, including; Dame 3:16, Spitfire, and Blazers colors.
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- Adidas Dame 5
Released on February 1, 2019, it incorporated a full-length bounce cushioning and a lateral barrier for elite stability. There were exciting PEs released, including; People’s Champ, All Skate, Suga Gee, and YKWTII.
- Adidas Dame 4
Damian unveiled these shoes on October 4, 2017, and they went ahead to be the most popular Adidas shoe for the 2017/18 season.
- Adidas Dame 3
These were Lillard’s third shoes to be released, and they marked a new era with the ‘Dame’ signature name. They were released on December 14, 2016, and were distinct for their low-top design, stylish fused mesh upper and tread-patterned rubber outsole.
- Adidas D Lillard 2
The D Lillard 2 was released on September 17, 2016. Their design was heavily influenced by the City of Oakland, where Damian grew up.
- Adidas D Lillard 1
These were the first signature shoes released by Damian Lillard, and they were unique low-top shoes designed for speed and agility. They were made using Ariaprene foam and have a flexible upper to provide a sock-like fit.