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Adidas Dame 5 Review

Adidas Dame 5
Adidas Dame 5
Adidas Dame 5
Adidas Dame 5
Adidas Dame 5
Deals from $58.00
8.8
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$114.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
2/2019
Ranking:
Traction
8.7
Cushion
8.8
Materials
8.2
Support
9.0
Fit
9.1
Outdoor
88%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Adidas Dame 5:

Tech Olive / Core Black / Active Gold
Tech Olive / Core Black / Active Gold
in 3 shops
$58.00
$115
Core Black / Active Gold / Shock Pink
Core Black / Active Gold / Shock Pink
in 4 shops
$58.00
$115
Ftwr White / Shock Red / Crystal White
Ftwr White / Shock Red / Crystal White
from Adidas
$58.00
$115
Grey Six / Grey Four / Core Black
Grey Six / Grey Four / Core Black
in 3 shops
$79.99
$115
Core Black / Collegiate Burgundy / Scarlet
Core Black / Collegiate Burgundy / Scarlet
in 2 shops
$79.99
$115
Collegiate Purple / Collegiate Royal / Cloud White
Collegiate Purple / Collegiate Royal / Cloud White
in 2 shops
$79.99
$115
Bold Gold/Shock Red/Core Black
Bold Gold/Shock Red/Core Black
in 2 shops
$79.99
$115
Core Black/ Signal Green / Semi Solar Slime
Core Black/ Signal Green / Semi Solar Slime
from Adidas
$84.00
$115
Clear Mint / Legend Marine / Legend
Clear Mint / Legend Marine / Legend
No stores found
Cloud White / Shock Red/ Clear Mint
Cloud White / Shock Red/ Clear Mint
No stores found
Black / Gold Metallic / White
Black / Gold Metallic / White
No stores found
Core Black / Active Purple / Silver Metallic
Core Black / Active Purple / Silver Metallic
No stores found
Black /Grey / Night Metallic
Black /Grey / Night Metallic
No stores found

Summary of 6 Expert Reviews:

Pros:

Responsive Bounce cushioning
Very comfortable

CONS:

Slippery on dusty courts
A little dead space in the toe box

Performance of the Adidas Dame 5:

The Dame 5 is Damian Lillard's latest signature shoe, and it's also his best! The traction works amazingly well on clean courts, but the translucent rubber versions are a little too slippery on dusty courts. The full-length Bounce cushioning provides a great balance of responsiveness and impact protection. The materials are super comfortable and very supportive, but the felt that is used on some colorways receives very little love from sneaker critics as it feels cheap and gets dirty easily. Overall, this is a great performer, especially at a very affordable retail price of only $115.
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Reviews of the Adidas Dame 5:

The 8.8 average overall rating ranks #29 of 123 shoes overall
8.8
PureKicks
March 7, 2019
The Adidas Dame 5 is an incredible shoe. The Bounce cushioning is absolutely amazing and the herringbone traction pattern is close to perfect.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
February 23, 2019
I really enjoyed playing in the Dame 5 on clean courts. The cushion is pretty damn nice, materials are nice, fit is good and it's also very supportive. This is a solid performer at a very fair price. Just make sure you don't get the translucent rubber versions if you plan to play on dusty courts.
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8.6
Schwollo
February 23, 2019
Get the basics down and you have a great shoe. Thank you Adidas and Dame! This is the best Dame ever, as Adidas finally found the right combo of everything, especially traction.
8.8
RicheeKim
February 23, 2019
At $115, the Dame 5 is a very good performance basketball shoe. The traction took a while to break in, but other than that, everything about this shoe is really nice.
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9.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 23, 2019
I promise you will not get disappointed if you pick the Dame 5. If the cushioning was a little softer and the traction a little better on dusty courts, this shoe might have received the first ever perfect rating from me.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
February 23, 2019
This is the best Dame shoe yet and that is saying a lot! The Dame 5 combines the best categories of the previous models and gives us a shoe that any player can wear and feel strong.

Traction of the Adidas Dame 5:

The 8.7 average traction rating ranks #51 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
PureKicks
March 7, 2019
Multi-directional herringbone with thick and wide grooves. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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7.0
The Sole Brothers
February 23, 2019
On clean courts, you have a really, really nice stop! But on dusty courts it is horrible. The colorways with translucent rubber pick up dust like crazy.
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9.0
Schwollo
February 23, 2019
The traction worked great when clean or freshly wiped with some occasional wiping on dusty floors.
8.0
RicheeKim
February 23, 2019
Adidas is sticking to traditional herringbone traction pattern. The traction takes a little time to break in and can be problematic on dusty courts. On clean courts, you will be stopping on a dime!
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 23, 2019
The traction on the Dame 5 is money! It's squeaky, it's got the grip and it let's you stop on a dime. On dusty courts, there are slight slipping problems.
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10.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
February 23, 2019
The fairly wide and deep herringbone pattern grips on every move and lets me accelerate quickly with no slips.

Cushion of the Adidas Dame 5:

The 8.8 average cushion rating ranks #50 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
PureKicks
March 7, 2019
The Bounce cushioning is our favorite part of the Dame 5. Response, comfort, durability, it's all taken care off.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
February 23, 2019
Court feel is really good, the heel has a nice bounce and the heel-to-toe transition is great. Overall, this is a nice combination of responsiveness and impact protection that should work well, especially for guards.
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8.0
Schwollo
February 23, 2019
The cushioning is a nice blend of court feel and impact protection.
9.0
RicheeKim
February 23, 2019
I really like the Bounce cushioning because it provides a lot of court feel and responsiveness while also providing good impact protection.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 23, 2019
Full-length Bounce cushioning feels low-to-the-ground, responsive and springy. I would have liked a little more cushioning in the forefoot though.
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9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
February 23, 2019
The Bounce cushioning is thick, bouncy, quick and responsive. I especially love the smooth heel-to-toe transition.

Materials of the Adidas Dame 5:

The 8.2 average materials rating ranks #79 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
PureKicks
March 7, 2019
Materials are soft, breathable, flexible and comfortable. Everything you want out of basketball shoe materials!
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
February 23, 2019
Overall, the materials feel nice on-foot but don't exactly look or feel premium.
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8.0
Schwollo
February 23, 2019
Mesh and some suede or synthetic suede. Not bad I guess if you’re looking for value.
8.0
RicheeKim
February 23, 2019
The performance of the materials works fine, but I am not a fan of how the felt material used on my colorway looks and feels.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 23, 2019
The materials are nice and soft and feel great on your feet.
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
February 23, 2019
I am not a big fan of the felt/suede material.

Support of the Adidas Dame 5:

The 9.0 average support rating ranks #17 of 123 shoes overall
8.0
PureKicks
March 7, 2019
With soft and flexible materials like in the Dame, support can't be a 10/10. But the internal heel counter, wide base, and lateral TPU overlay keep you on the footbed and prevent any heel slippage or sliding.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
February 23, 2019
The TPU caging on the lateral side keeps you on the footbed, the lateral outrigger keeps you stable, and several Achilles pillows make sure that there is no heel slip.
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9.0
Schwollo
February 23, 2019
Stability is excellent with a low to the ground set up and very wide outsole.
10.0
RicheeKim
February 23, 2019
I think the support in the Dame 5 is phenomenal! No side-to-side movement, no heel slippage, and your feet are sitting slightly inside the Bounce cushioning which provides great containment.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 23, 2019
The support on the Dame 5 is great thanks to the wide base, Achilles pillows and TPU caging on the lateral side.
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9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
February 23, 2019
The support is based primarily on the lacing system and the TPU lateral support wing.

Fit of the Adidas Dame 5:

The 9.1 average fit rating ranks #12 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
PureKicks
March 7, 2019
The fit is snug, secure and soft. What more do you want?
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
February 23, 2019
The fit is pretty nice except a little bit of dead space in the toe box.
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9.0
Schwollo
February 23, 2019
No heel slip, side to side movement, or banging of the toes.
9.0
RicheeKim
February 23, 2019
Your foot is locked down perfectly by the lacing system, but there is a little bit of dead space in the toe box.
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10.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 23, 2019
These shoes are insanely comfortable!
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9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
February 23, 2019
Probably the best-fitting Dame shoe so far. The materials are soft and comfortable and the lacing system does a great job locking down your feet.

Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 88% average outdoor rating ranks #19 of 123 shoes overall
good
PureKicks
March 7, 2019
Outdoors - you will be good to go!
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good
The Sole Brothers
February 23, 2019
The rubber is pretty hard and thick and I didn't experience any fraying - so outdoors should be good.
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good
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 23, 2019
The outsole is strong and durable and will work fine outdoors.
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fair
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
February 23, 2019
The rubber compound is pretty hard and the grooves are deep, so these will probably last for a while.

Width of the Adidas Dame 5:

slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
February 23, 2019
The fit is a little bit on the narrow side.
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regularly wide
RicheeKim
February 23, 2019
Slight wide-footers can go down half a size like everybody else. If you have very wide feet then stay true to size.
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regularly wide
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 23, 2019
Not too snug, not too loose.
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regularly wide
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
February 23, 2019
Wide-footers, true to size should work for you too.

Size of the Adidas Dame 5:

true to size
PureKicks
March 7, 2019
True to size.
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runs large
The Sole Brothers
February 23, 2019
The Dame 5 runs super long. Go down half a size, if you have narrow feet you could even go down a full size.
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runs large
Schwollo
February 23, 2019
These run long so I’d advise half a size down for everyone but the maybe widest of wide footers.
½ size large
RicheeKim
February 23, 2019
Go down half a size.
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½ size large
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
February 23, 2019
Go down half a size.
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½ size large
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
February 23, 2019
You can go a half-size down and be fine.
Deals from $58.00:
Tech Olive / Core Black / Active Gold
Tech Olive / Core Black / Active Gold
in 3 shops
$58.00
$115
Core Black / Active Gold / Shock Pink
Core Black / Active Gold / Shock Pink
in 4 shops
$58.00
$115
Ftwr White / Shock Red / Crystal White
Ftwr White / Shock Red / Crystal White
from Adidas
$58.00
$115
Grey Six / Grey Four / Core Black
Grey Six / Grey Four / Core Black
in 3 shops
$79.99
$115
Core Black / Collegiate Burgundy / Scarlet
Core Black / Collegiate Burgundy / Scarlet
in 2 shops
$79.99
$115
Collegiate Purple / Collegiate Royal / Cloud White
Collegiate Purple / Collegiate Royal / Cloud White
in 2 shops
$79.99
$115
Bold Gold/Shock Red/Core Black
Bold Gold/Shock Red/Core Black
in 2 shops
$79.99
$115
Core Black/ Signal Green / Semi Solar Slime
Core Black/ Signal Green / Semi Solar Slime
from Adidas
$84.00
$115