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Adidas Dame 4 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$114.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
10/2017
Outdoor Rating:
0%
# of Reviews:
11
Traction
8.5
Cushion
9.2
Material
8.8
Support
8.7
Fit
8.8
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

PROS:

  • Affordable price
  • Great court feel

CONS:

  • Traction takes time to break in

Summary of 11 Expert Reviews:

The Adidas Dame 4, Damian Lillard's latest signature sneaker, gets a lot of love from shoe critics. The cushioning is optimized for lighter guards and provides great court feel while still offering a decent amount of impact protection. The traction takes a little while to break in, but then it works really well - especially on clean courts. The fit of the Dame 4 is very snug and provides great lockdown and support, especially considering the extremely low silhouette of the shoe. If you are a quick guard and you are looking for a low-to-the-ground, responsive and light basketball shoe at an affordable price, then the Adidas Dame 4 is the perfect shoe for you!
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Expert Reviews of the Adidas Dame 4:

9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Decent cushion, good fit, good materials — the shoe is good for everything on the court and gives you a great overall package.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Dame line continues to be the best signature you can get for your money. Bang for your buck like no other.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
This is a really good performance basketball shoe - probably one of the best basketball shoes of 2017! Especially at the low list price of $115.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I was having so much fun in this kick I didn’t want to stop. If there was a category for “fun to play in” I would rate the Dame 4 Hall of Fame!
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
With good cushioning, good fit, and good materials, the Dame 4 is good at everything. As an overall package, this is one of the most complete and fun shoes to play in that you will ever find.
8.8
The Sole Brothers
I loved playing in these. Perfect for guards who want to be low to the ground and are looking for a very responsive shoe.
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8.8
RicheeKim
The Dame 4 is the perfect shoe for quick guards and offers amazing performance at a very affordable price.
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8.6
PureKicks
The Dame 4 is an underrated shoe that works very well for quick guards.
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8.6
Schwollo
I really really really enjoy playing in this shoe but only on clean or slightly dusty floors. But the fact that I would even consider playing in these despite the meh traction speaks volumes about how fun this shoe is overall.
8.5
KickGenius
This is probably the best performing shoe to hoop in right now! This shoe is really smooth and I come back to it all the time.
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8.5
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Traction, cushion, fit were all great, and the support system is all I need. This is one of the best-value sneakers I have ever worn!
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Traction of the Adidas Dame 4:

9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
This traction was as spot on as any other shoe I’ve played in this year.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The traction pattern worked and it worked really well.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Takes a really long time to break in. The traction is not as good as the Dame 2 or 3, but still really solid.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
As weird as this outsole may look, the performance is insane.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The Dame 4 doesn’t feel aggressive in stops, but it never slipped out or slid while playing, which makes me a happy player.
7.0
The Sole Brothers
The traction started off really bad but got a lot better after breaking in. Overall, the traction is solid, but you will need to wipe a lot on dusty courts.
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9.0
RicheeKim
On clean courts, the bite of the traction pattern is amazing. On dusty courts, it still held up pretty well.
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9.0
PureKicks
I play on one of the dustiest courts of London and this traction did a fantastic job.
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7.0
Schwollo
After the break-in period, the traction isn't bad but it definitely isn’t middle top to top tier either.
8.0
KickGenius
The traction is a bit inconsistent and collects dust very fast. In clean gyms, it works very well.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
These gripped the floor very well for me!
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Cushion of the Adidas Dame 4:

9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Cushion works well for those who look for a low ride and immediate responsiveness.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Very low to the ground, but the "Bounce" cushioning doesn't make you feel like you’re playing in a super firm cushion.
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10.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Man, do I love the cushioning in these. The perfect combination of comfort, responsiveness, court feel and impact protection.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
This setup is one of the best low profile setups I have ever experienced. You can really feel the court underneath your foot.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Normally, I like a more cushioned feel but the Dame 4 felt so fast and fun that losing a little cushioning was outweighed.
10.0
The Sole Brothers
Full-length bounce cushioning is really nice. Probably one of the lowest basketball shoes ever with a very good court feel. Impact protection is still good, especially in the heel.
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9.0
RicheeKim
Low-to-the-ground, very responsive and decent impact protection. The "Bounce" cushioning does a great job.
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9.0
PureKicks
The full-length Bounce cushioning is low to the ground, soft and responsive - just what you want as a quick guard.
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9.0
Schwollo
Full-length Bounce is back again and I have zero complaints.
9.0
KickGenius
I really like the Bounce cushioning.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The Bounce cushioning is more on the responsive side which works well for explosive players.
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Materials of the Adidas Dame 4:

9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
For a “budget model” to provide materials of this caliber is amazing.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Nice mesh that allows for much better airflow than the Dame 3 did.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Soft and comfy - I really like the materials.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Anything I did the materials were right there with me. No pinching, binding, nothing — just nicely ventilated mesh.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The upper is thick but not stiff and provides a combination of flex and padding that immediately forms to your foot and feels like an extension of your foot.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
Materials are super nice and comfortable. The materials actually feel very premium - especially for the affordable price,
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8.5
RicheeKim
After the break-in period the materials feel really nice.
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8.0
PureKicks
The materials feel nice but look dirty very quickly.
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9.0
Schwollo
Materials aren’t high end in name, but feel and look premiumish.
8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The materials are soft and comfortable, durability might be a problem.
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Support of the Adidas Dame 4:

9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
Internal heel counter, torsional support plate and lateral outrigger produce a shoe that is just flat out stable.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Fairly flat and stable base, outrigger, internal heel counter, midfoot torsional shank, and a wonderful 1-to-1 fit provide you with excellent support.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I had problems with the lacing system which made my foot move around a little inside the shoes. Otherwise, support is good.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
If the fit is right, then the support is outstanding.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Overall, it isn’t restrictive, but definitely stable and supportive.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
I had problems with slight heel slippage. Otherwise, the materials are strong and durable and provide excellent support for such a low shoe.
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9.0
RicheeKim
Gone are the problems I had with heel slippage in the Dame 3. Overall, I had no problems at all with support.
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8.0
PureKicks
Internal heel counter, cable lacing system, and lateral outrigger provide good support. You need to tie the shoe really tightly to avoid heel slippage.
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9.0
Schwollo
Midfoot support is good and stability is excellent thanks to a very wide outsole and firmer, lower cushioning.
9.0
KickGenius
This shoe is more supportive than I expected.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The support systems are minimal but get the job done!
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Fit of the Adidas Dame 4:

9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The shoe wraps around your foot seamlessly and acts like an extension of your body.
9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The entire shoe fit me perfectly 1-to-1 and felt like they were made for me.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Lockdown is crazy. The compression collar holds you in place and the lacing system is fire.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The fit is so tight - the lacing system is almost not even needed.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
Snug as a bug.
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8.5
RicheeKim
A very nicely fitting shoe.
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9.0
PureKicks
The fit was perfectly fine.
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9.0
Schwollo
No heel slip, no lace pressure, no deadspace and no side to side movement
8.0
KickGenius
Initially, it was hard to put this shoe on, but now my feet are slipping right in.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The rubber is soft, outdoor hoopers might want to reconsider.
no
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Would I play in the Dame 4 outdoors? Probably not. I don’t think the pattern would last very long and the rubber is on the softer side.
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no
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The rubber is soft, so my guess is don’t do it.
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no
The Sole Brothers
Outdoor use is not recommended. Traction pattern is shallow, and rubber is on the softer side.
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no
PureKicks
I don't recommend these to play outdoors.
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no
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I don't think these materials will last long outdoors.
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Width of the Adidas Dame 4:

slightly wide
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
For those that prefer a very close snug fit, consider half size down.
slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Those with wide feet may want to go true to size.
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slightly narrow
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Right off the bat narrow footers I’d say go down half a size, and wide footers stay true to size.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
These run pretty narrow.
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slightly narrow
Schwollo
For wide feet, I would stick with the regular size.

Size of the Adidas Dame 4:

true to size
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
True to size.
½ size large
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I prefer to go 1/2 size down.
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½ size large
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I recommend going down half a size.
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½ size large
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Right off the bat narrow footers I’d say go down half a size, and wide footers stay true to size.
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½ size large
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
If you absolutely like your toes with no wiggle room, drop .5 down
½ size large
The Sole Brothers
I went half a size down, to my regular Adidas size.
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½ size large
RicheeKim
Go down half a size from what you are wearing in Nike's or Under Armours.
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true to size
PureKicks
I got mine true to size.
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½ size large
Schwollo
Runs slightly large.
½ size large
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I went down half a size.
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