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Adidas Dame 5

Released 2/2019, Mid Top, Damian Lillard, 
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8.8
EXPERT RATING
7 reviews
8.8
USER RATING
12 ratings
Dame's best shoe so far! A great all-around performer at a very affordable price

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The Dame 5 works best for quick guards who prefer responsive cushioning

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Category Performance Ratings:

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User Ratings
Traction
8.7
Cushion
8.8
Materials
8.0
Support
9.1
Fit
9.1
Outdoor
90%

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Sizing:
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Width:
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Adidas Dame 5 Review

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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Expert Reviews of the Adidas Dame 5:

Expert Rating: 8.8 (ranks #38 of 205)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
5
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.5
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
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.
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The Dame 5 is solid all the way around: great traction, great cushion, superior lockdown, wonderful support, and stability.
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8.8
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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8.8
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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8.6
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.
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8.0
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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User Reviews of the Adidas Dame 5:

User Rating: 8.8 (ranks #74 of 205)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
9
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
November 4, 2021
I've had them for almost 4 months now, and I got them with the pure intention of playing outside basketball. They've held up perfectly. Not a single scratch, and I've played under some rough conditions. The shoes require some wiping in case you play on sandy courts, but otherwise the traction is great. There is some dead space in the front of the shoe, but once you get used to it, it's actually very comfortable and makes the shoes breathable. TL;DR - Super comfortable, good for outside use
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8.8
November 9, 2021
The first performance basketball shoes I have acquired being a more or less concsious consumer. Pros include stepping comfort, nice balance between impact protection and court feel and of course the PILLOW PARADISE inside the sneaker. Being a heavy wing type of player I prefer laterally stable shoes with above average impact protection, and Dame 5 deliver that. Impact protection is not sufficient on the outdoor surfaces though. Questionable grip for translucent outsoles.
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8.4
November 21, 2021
Phenomenal support with and wide base and stable cushioning. The traction on dusty indoor courts is not great, so I ultimately began using these as my go-to outdoor shoes and they have been amazing for that. The rubber grips surfaced, concrete, and asphalt outdoor courts really well.
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8.6
November 23, 2021
Fun shoe to play in. Traction was really good, only picked up a small amount of dust. Cushion was pretty nice, nothing crazy. Support was great, too.
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9.0
January 11, 2022
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Traction of the Adidas Dame 5:

Expert Traction Rating: 8.7 (ranks #86 of 205)
User Traction Rating: 8.9 (ranks #95 of 205)
10 - Amazing
5
9 - Great
8
8 - Good
4
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
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
The fairly wide and deep herringbone pattern grips on every move and lets me accelerate quickly with no slips.
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The herringbone traction is thick and widely spaced apart. It worked well on all courts and picked up very little dust.
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8.0
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
March 7, 2019
Multi-directional herringbone with thick and wide grooves. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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9.0
February 23, 2019
The traction worked great when clean or freshly wiped with some occasional wiping on dusty floors.
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7.0
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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Cushion of the Adidas Dame 5:

Expert Cushion Rating: 8.8 (ranks #81 of 205)
User Cushion Rating: 8.9 (ranks #81 of 205)
10 - Amazing
3
9 - Great
11
8 - Good
5
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
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
The Bounce cushioning is thick, bouncy, quick and responsive. I especially love the smooth heel-to-toe transition.
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I absolutely love the ride that thicker Bounce cushioning of the Dame 5 provides.
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9.0
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
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
February 23, 2019
The cushioning is a nice blend of court feel and impact protection.
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8.0
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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Materials of the Adidas Dame 5:

Expert Materials Rating: 8.0 (ranks #150 of 205)
User Materials Rating: 8.3 (ranks #104 of 205)
10 - Amazing
2
9 - Great
5
8 - Good
7
7 - Average
5
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
The materials are nice and soft and feel great on your feet.
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7.0
I am not a big fan of the felt/suede material.
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There are Mesh and leather colorways but the materials don't exactly feel premium on either one. They perform without any problems though.
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8.0
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
March 7, 2019
Materials are soft, breathable, flexible and comfortable. Everything you want out of basketball shoe materials!
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8.0
February 23, 2019
Mesh and some suede or synthetic suede. Not bad I guess if you’re looking for value.
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8.0
February 23, 2019
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:

Expert Support Rating: 9.1 (ranks #9 of 205)
User Support Rating: 9.2 (ranks #30 of 205)
10 - Amazing
6
9 - Great
10
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
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
The support is based primarily on the lacing system and the TPU lateral support wing.
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The lockdown is amazing, and your feet sit deep in the midsole of the wide base which gives you unmatched stability.
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10.0
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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8.0
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
February 23, 2019
Stability is excellent with a low to the ground set up and very wide outsole.
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9.0
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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Fit of the Adidas Dame 5:

Expert Fit Rating: 9.1 (ranks #11 of 205)
User Fit Rating: 8.6 (ranks #96 of 205)
10 - Amazing
5
9 - Great
9
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
1
5 - Poor
0
10.0
These shoes are insanely comfortable!
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9.5
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.
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The lacing system and internal padding give you an amazing lockdown.
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9.0
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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9.0
March 7, 2019
The fit is snug, secure and soft. What more do you want?
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9.0
February 23, 2019
No heel slip, side to side movement, or banging of the toes.
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8.0
February 23, 2019
The fit is pretty nice except a little bit of dead space in the toe box.
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Durability of the Adidas Dame 5:

User Durability Rating: 9.7 (ranks #19 of 205)
10 - Amazing
8
9 - Great
4
8 - Good
0
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0

Outdoor of the Adidas Dame 5:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 90.0 (ranks #35 of 205)
User Outdoor Rating: 87.5 (ranks #34 of 205)
Good (100%)
13
Fair (50%)
4
Bad (0%)
0
good
The outsole is strong and durable and will work fine outdoors.
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fair
The rubber compound is pretty hard and the grooves are deep, so these will probably last for a while.
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Outdoors, the traction was just as reliable. Because it’s as thick as it is, they’d make for a very solid outdoor option for anyone that plays primarily outside.
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good
March 7, 2019
Outdoors - you will be good to go!
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good
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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Width of the Adidas Dame 5:

very narrow
0
slightly narrow
3
regular
8
slightly wide
6
very wide
0
regularly wide
Not too snug, not too loose.
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regularly wide
Wide-footers, true to size should work for you too.
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slightly wide
The Dame 5’s fit is slightly longer at the toe and there is volume above the toe as well.
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regularly wide
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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slightly narrow
February 23, 2019
The fit is a little bit on the narrow side.
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Size of the Adidas Dame 5:

very small
0
slightly small
2
true to size
7
slightly long
8
very long
2
½ size large
Go down half a size.
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½ size large
You can go a half-size down and be fine.
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½ size large
Going down 1/2 will be best for the Dame 5.
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½ size large
February 23, 2019
Go down half a size.
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true to size
March 7, 2019
True to size.
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runs large
February 23, 2019
These run long so I’d advise half a size down for everyone but the maybe widest of wide footers.
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runs large
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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