Adidas Dame 3 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$114.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
12/2016
Outdoor Rating:
17%
# of Reviews:
6
Traction
 
8.8
Cushion
 
8.8
Material
 
8.2
Support
 
8.7
Fit
 
8.2
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • Bounce Cushioning works well
  • Fair price

CONS:

  • Heel slippage
  • Uncomfortable fit at the ankle

Summary of 6 Expert Reviews:

The Adidas Dame 3 is uniformly praised for its Bounce cushioning and blade traction setup. The unique setup of the upper with many lacing holes to choose from allows you to customize the fit to your liking. Unfortunately, most critics had a hard time finding a comfortable fit. Complaints about heel slippage were common as well. Overall, this shoe is a great fit for players with a slightly wider foot (to prevent heel slippage) who look for a good overall performer at a fair price.
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Expert Reviews of the Adidas Dame 3:

9.2
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The Dame 3 combines great cushioning, good traction, killer materials, and a price that can’t be beat — into a package that, honestly, looks great too.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The adidas Dame 3 is a great sneaker. It’s very well rounded in every category and it will accommodate most players and foot shapes. From the traction, to the plush and bouncy cushion, to the materials that balance durability without the need for break-in time — the adidas Dame 3 has it all.
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8.8
The Sole Brothers
Overall, it's a really, really nice shoe. The cushion is nice, the traction is good but not the best on dusty courts and the materials are good. The only two things I didn't like are that the shoe feels slightly bulky especially in the heel and the lockdown is not very good.
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8.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Overall, this is a pretty solid hoops shoe, especially for the sticker price it goes for. You got great traction and cushioning, good support and lockdown and solid materials. Unfortunately the fit isn't very comfortable.
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8.2
Schwollo
The improved traction really got me excited and I liked the faster feel of the Dame 3 cushioning. However, the lack of padding at the midfoot and especially around the ankle really made the lace pressure uncomfortable. I feel like the Dame 3 is one of those shoes that performs well in every catagory but just under performs as a shoe overall.
8.0
KickGenius
Overall, I would probably still go with the D Lillard 2 over the Dame 3. But the Dame 3 isn't bad at all and gets the job done. Most people will enjoy this shoe, especially once you found a lacing pattern that is comfortable for you.
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Traction of the Adidas Dame 3:

10.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The Dame 3 may have the best traction out right now.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Blade traction setup works beautifully.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
On a clean court you stop really, really hard. However, the shoes pick up a good amount of dust.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction of the Dame 3 is money.
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9.0
Schwollo
Not quite top tier but close enough.
8.0
KickGenius
The traction is not mind-blowing but solid for sure.
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Cushion of the Adidas Dame 3:

9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Bounce was a revelation last year in the Lillard 2 !- low ride, bouncy (DUH!), and durable. More of the same in the Dame 3
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Bounce makes a return to Damian Lillard’s third signature model and I couldn’t be happier.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
Cushioning is firmer than in previous models, impact protection is really good.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Great cushioning!
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8.0
Schwollo
Overall I found it a firmer than last year but still comfortable enough.
9.0
KickGenius
I personally enjoy the bounce setup. Great balance, enough cushioning without overcompensating.
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Materials of the Adidas Dame 3:

9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Mesh/fuse-like material seems like a step back, but it works.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Fuse mesh makes its way onto the adidas Dame 3 and it’s a pretty cool material choice.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
I really like the materials.
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7.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I don't really like the fuse / mesh combo but the materials are pretty solid.
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8.0
Schwollo
It doesn’t feel premium since it’s fused mesh but it works which is perfectly fine for me.
7.0
KickGenius
I wasn't impressed with the materials. The shoe has a plastic feel to it, and needs time to break in
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Support of the Adidas Dame 3:

9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
I landed on two different feet while playing in these and did not roll an ankle either time.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The support of the Dame 3 is greatly improved when directly compared to the D Lillard 2.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
Outrigger for stability and thick mid sole provide good support.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Much more lateral support compared to last year's model
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9.0
Schwollo
Overall support and stability is excellent on the Dame 3 even if the midfoot support is a little overdone.
8.0
KickGenius
I didn't like the exaggerated TPU midfoot shank until I found a lacing pattern that fit better.
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Fit of the Adidas Dame 3:

9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Multiple lacing holes mean everyone should be able to find a lacing style to fit their foot. Minimal heel slip.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The shoe held my foot in place so well I almost gave it a WearTesters Hall of Fame badge.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
A good amount of heel slippage, otherwise fit was really good.
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7.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Uncomfortable around the ankle and a little bit of heel slippage
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7.0
Schwollo
Very tiny heel slip which is fine. Lace pressure is painful because there isn’t much padding in the tongue or around the ankle collar.
8.0
KickGenius
I like the fit on the Dame 3.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The rubber is soft and the blade pattern isn’t really built for outdoors.
no
The Sole Brothers
The rubber is so soft, I wouldn't recommend outdoor use.
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fair
KickGenius
When I did take them outside the performance was fair
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Width of the Adidas Dame 3:

regularly wide
The Sole Brothers
Width is normal. maybe slightly narrow.
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regularly wide
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Width is okay.
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Size of the Adidas Dame 3:

½ size large
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Length-wise, true to size was perfect for me, but half down could easily be done
½ size large
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I loved how the the shoe fit with a 1/2 down. Wide footers were generally good to go going true to size.
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runs large
The Sole Brothers
Definitely go down half a size, maybe even a full size.
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½ size large
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Runs large length-wise. I personally had to go down a size.
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½ size large
Schwollo
I recommend half a size down. Wide footers can go true to size.
½ size large
KickGenius
Go half a size down.
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