Adidas Dame 5 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$114.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
2/2019
Outdoor Rating:
88%
# of Reviews:
6
Traction
 
8.7
Cushion
 
8.8
Material
 
8.2
Support
 
9.0
Fit
 
9.1
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Responsive Bounce cushioning
  • Very comfortable

CONS:

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

Summary of 6 Expert Reviews:

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 the very affordable retail price of only $115.
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Expert Reviews of the Adidas Dame 5:

9.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
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]
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.
8.8
RicheeKim
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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8.8
PureKicks
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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8.6
Schwollo
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.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
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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Traction of the Adidas Dame 5:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
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]
The fairly wide and deep herringbone pattern grips on every move and lets me accelerate quickly with no slips.
8.0
RicheeKim
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
PureKicks
Multi-directional herringbone with thick and wide grooves. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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9.0
Schwollo
The traction worked great when clean or freshly wiped with some occasional wiping on dusty floors.
7.0
The Sole Brothers
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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Cushion of the Adidas Dame 5:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
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]
The Bounce cushioning is thick, bouncy, quick and responsive. I especially love the smooth heel-to-toe transition.
9.0
RicheeKim
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
PureKicks
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
Schwollo
The cushioning is a nice blend of court feel and impact protection.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
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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Materials of the Adidas Dame 5:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The materials are nice and soft and feel great on your feet.
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7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
I am not a big fan of the felt/suede material.
8.0
RicheeKim
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
PureKicks
Materials are soft, breathable, flexible and comfortable. Everything you want out of basketball shoe materials!
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8.0
Schwollo
Mesh and some suede or synthetic suede. Not bad I guess if you’re looking for value.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
Overall, the materials feel nice on-foot but don't exactly look or feel premium.
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Support of the Adidas Dame 5:

9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
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]
The support is based primarily on the lacing system and the TPU lateral support wing.
10.0
RicheeKim
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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8.0
PureKicks
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
Schwollo
Stability is excellent with a low to the ground set up and very wide outsole.
9.0
The Sole Brothers
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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Fit of the Adidas Dame 5:

10.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
These shoes are insanely comfortable!
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9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
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.
9.0
RicheeKim
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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9.0
PureKicks
The fit is snug, secure and soft. What more do you want?
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9.0
Schwollo
No heel slip, side to side movement, or banging of the toes.
8.0
The Sole Brothers
The fit is pretty nice except a little bit of dead space in the toe box.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

good
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The outsole is strong and durable and will work fine outdoors.
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fair
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The rubber compound is pretty hard and the grooves are deep, so these will probably last for a while.
good
PureKicks
Outdoors - you will be good to go!
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good
The Sole Brothers
The rubber is pretty hard and thick and I didn't experience any fraying - so outdoors should be good.
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Width of the Adidas Dame 5:

regularly wide
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Not too snug, not too loose.
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regularly wide
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Wide-footers, true to size should work for you too.
regularly wide
RicheeKim
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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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
The fit is a little bit on the narrow side.
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Size of the Adidas Dame 5:

½ size large
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Go down half a size.
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½ size large
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
You can go a half-size down and be fine.
½ size large
RicheeKim
Go down half a size.
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true to size
PureKicks
True to size.
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runs large
Schwollo
These run long so I’d advise half a size down for everyone but the maybe widest of wide footers.
runs large
The Sole Brothers
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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