Let’s take a deep look at Lillard’s 5th signature sneaker installment – presenting you my Adidas Dame 5 review, where we’ll find out if this one’s more of the same awesomeness the brand just keeps spoiling us with.
It seems like each year Adidas just keeps killing the game and outdoing themselves. The Rose line, the Harden’s, now the fifth Dame.
I’ll break it down for you – after about 3 months of playtime and testing, we’ll take a look at the shoe from comfort, performance, and overall value standpoints.
I’ll also hopefully answer the question to people who bought the 4th or the 3rd model and wondering if they should upgrade.
Let’s hop in!
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Model: Adidas Dame 5
Build: Mid Top
Weight: 15 oz / 425 g. (Size 10)
Retail Price: $115
Cushion: Full-length BOUNCE
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I. COMFORT & FIT
Nothing too spectacular has changed from the last few models – Dame’s sneakers are very comfortable. This one’s no exception.
It’s pretty clear why though. The Dame 5 has a solid mixture of flexible and not in-your-face materials, the inside of the shoe has a lot of soft padding for a pleasant experience for your feet, plus, you sit inside the shoe’s midsole, so it feels like you’re almost sinking into the shoe’s awesomeness, but performance isn’t taken away either.
That is simply brilliant. I think this is currently among the most comfortable modern hoop shoes I’ve worn in the past 1-2 years. Not much to add to that.
One thing a lot of players and fellow reviewers mentioned and that I can agree to – the Dame 5 will run half a size large for regular/narrow footers.
The shoe runs a bit long in the forefoot area. If you happen to have a normal-sized foot – I strongly advise going down half a size. Doing that, the issue is pretty much 100% fixed and does not get into the way in any shape or form.
I happen to be a very prominent wide footer, plus I got high arches (I know, somewhat of a nightmare experience), which means the shoe actually fits me perfectly going true to size.
Regardless, if you get the fit right – the Dame 5 is a gift to play in.
A moment of applause for Adidas here – literally nothing to complain about, no matter how much I wanted to.
The shoe comes in several editions and some of the colors come with a translucent outsole. Usually, not a good sign. Not the case for the Dame 5 though – much like the KD 12, I’ve experienced near-perfect traction both indoors and outdoors.
I happen to have the translucent outsole and played 70-80% of the time outdoors. No complaints at all.
I loved the fact that, despite being the opposite experience for some, the traction was fantastic from the very first minute I stepped into them, no matter the court. I am also not a huge fan of wiping the outsoles – and these didn’t need that at all.
Now, this might depend on the edition you go with – as some players reported the need to break the shoe’s outsole in before they experience actually solid grip. Something to keep in mind, just in case.
I find these to be one of the top dogs for outdoors and indoors, as the classic herringbone pattern looks very reliable, and the grooves are just dense enough not to collect dust so much.
I’d still look for a solid, non-translucent outsole if you’re aiming for 100% outdoor play, for maximum durability.
BOUNCE is back, as it’s now the staple of Dame’s cushioning setup of choice. And now, it’s stronger than ever – coming in with a full-length implementation – my movements and jumps felt hella nice!
I felt very protected from any kind of impact, my movements were supplemented well but I think the balancing of this setup is what really stands out.
It’s a pretty springy cushioning setup but it’s also extremely well contained, the stability is kept at bay due to the flat forefoot tooling and your foot sitting inside the midsole, and court feel is not sacrificed either.
This didn’t come as surprising to me since the previous Dame models did a similar job. The Dame 5 keeps its amazingly balanced ride and does it just a tad bit better.
Guards, spot-up shooters, even bigger/heavier forwards will surely find these to be awesome. Versatility is nothing to be reckoned with on the Dame 5.
Take Nikey’s Kyrie 5 – and you get an awesome shoe for a low profile guard.
Take the Dame 5 – you get all that Kyrie 5 offers but you also get amazing versatility for a forward, a heavier guard, a center, or pretty much anyone who’s perhaps not too sure what shoe to get yet.
The shoe has pretty much everything covered in the support & lockdown department: a heel counter, a very flat and wide forefoot area, a fit that makes your foot sit deeper into the shoe for stability, and those ultra weird-looking TPU panels on the shoe’s lateral areas for optimal lateral support.
And everything works extremely well. I’m a very explosive and physically driven player and I always feel when a shoe fails to supplement my game. That most often comes from the support and cushioning aspects since aggressive and high volume movements need to be well supplemented by the shoe.
The Dame 5 did a brilliant job containing my foot, making my ride stable, and preventing me from rolling my right ankle like I always do.
This is a serious tank for anyone who’s having some sort of issues with their feet, perhaps coming off an injury, or perhaps you’re just looking for very good support and security.
V. BUILD & MATERIALS
You can get these in leather or a mesh upper. I had the mesh variant – basically mildly soft mesh combined with synthetic nubuck in the shoe’s rear area.
Nothing premium on-paper, sure. Similar to the Kyrie 5 – the Dame 5 didn’t sound like something really impressive from a material standpoint but turned out to be excellent.
The play well, I didn’t feel any discomfort or experienced any kind of issues here. Due to pretty strong mesh reinforced with synthetic nubuck & the TPU lateral panels – you get a very durable shoe that’s built with love.
And that really shows here. I don’t see the shoe breaking down any time soon on me and I surely plan on playing with these for quite some time.
I suppose if you’ll come to a crossing and will need to choose between the mesh and leather variants – they don’t really differentiate in terms of performance but logically, I suppose the more durable variant will still be the leather option.
Ventilation on both of the editions could be better but ventilation is the last thing I care about a basketball shoe when I’m playing an intense game and worrying about other things. That’s just me though.
You’ve probably already guessed it. The Adidas Dame 5 is one of the best shoes I’ve tried recently. I’ve really given my all, played a lot, and still didn’t find any glaring issues with these.
That did not come with zero surprises though. For those wondering if you should upgrade from the last models, if you got the budget – do it. The full-length BOUNCE implementation is alone worth the upgrade.
The rest is Dame’s usual working formula – a versatile, balanced option that does not break the bank at all when comparing to other signature lines.
Why buy on Amazon or Adidas? Click to find out!
I’ve been ordering a solid 70%-80% of my hoop shoes from Amazon and can confidently say it’s almost always the most trustworthy and convenient option to buy your shoes.
Yes, it’s great to find the shoe you’re looking for on an original retailer such as Nike or Adidas but the reality is a bit different – a lot of times, especially for shoes older than 1-2 years, it’s a very small chance you’ll find the shoe or better yet find it in your size & color.
You’ll mostly find the latest releases directly from the brand’s store but the period is usually pretty short until they’re out of stock.
This is where Amazon comes in.
Amazon is not strictly one retailer giving you the products, it’s a whole chain of thousands of different sellers, all supplying different products, including basketball shoes. You will mostly find more color and size options on Amazon for your desired shoe than on an original retailer or even a general sporting goods store.
Sure, there will be exceptions where Amazon won’t have a particular shoe but that’s on the rare side.
And the best part is the pricing – you can find older shoes and at times new shoes priced under retail, sometimes at crazy low prices, which is something you’ll never see on Nike.com, adidas.com, and other retailers (except during discounts/sales of course).
To sum things up and give you a generalized idea of why Amazon beats other stores more often than not, I’ve compiled a shortlist of the most notable advantages the massive store chain has over its competitors.
- Usually, higher stock, size & color/edition availability compared to other stores
- Blazing fast shipping times (sometimes delivered the SAME DAY if you’re close to the seller’s stock)
- A good chance to find shoes priced under retail
- Extremely convenient return/refund policies
Despite Amazon usually being the best and most convenient place to get your shoes from, there are times where getting the shoe directly from the manufacturer is a better idea.
One, there will be times where the shoe is not available on Amazon. If the shoe is relatively new (not older than 1+ years), it’s almost guaranteed you’ll be able to find it on the original manufacturer’s website.
In this case, both options are available, so if you’ve never bought from Adidas.com before and you’re considering it, let me give you a bit of insight.
The main strong point of getting your shoes straight from the retailer is the fixed pricing. You’ll never spend more than you should’ve, as the price of the shoe will always be the manufacturer’s set retail price, which does not change at any point (except during a discount/sale).
So, if you’re seeing the shoe priced at $135 on Amazon and $120 on Adidas for example, this means $120 is the retail price and you should, of course, be getting them from Adidas to save some cash. This doesn’t happen too often but always make sure to check just in case it does.
You’ll also find more frequent and usually larger discounts/sales on the brand’s site. Shoes that aren’t the latest and greatest anymore are often times discounted to clear out the stock and that’s always a gem for us customers.
Once again, I’ve made a quick list of the main advantages original retailers’ stores have over other options.
- You’ll never find a shoe priced higher than retail
- More frequent discounts and sales that are usually pretty big
- Buying straight from the manufacturer means no hiccups 99% of the time
- You can find more detailed and relevant reviews left by buyers
Still not sure? I’ve made a comprehensive guide and compiled some general tips on where to buy basketball shoes online. Check it HERE!
That’s it for the review! I hope you enjoyed my take on the shoe and found it useful for your upcoming purchase decisions.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or perhaps just want to talk…
Leave a comment below and I will get back to you as fast as I can!
adidas Dame 5$115
Fit & Comfort9.5/10
Value for the Price9.0/10
- Runs long: regular/narrow footers go 1/2 size down
- Comes in 2 outsole options: solid rubber recommened for outdoors
- Tank-like support: a guard's shoe with the protection for a big guy
- All positions
- Most play styles
- Explosive/athletic players