From being overlooked to going to mid-major Weber State University to being overlooked again in the NBA Draft to being the man at Portland. That’s been Damian Lillard’s story so far. Growing up, he was always against the odds and Dame’s mission is to build a legacy and prove the doubters wrong. Again.
“My experiences growing up allow me to see things differently,” Damian said. “I went to a small school and nobody knew who I was until my last season, so the critics aren’t really important. There are going to be times when you’re the only person that believes in something that you want and you got to stick to that.”
Further establishing Damian’s game as he zeroes in to silence the doubters, adidas released his second signature shoe, the D Lillard 2. Inspired by the city that raised him, the D Lillard 2 is designed to reflect Damian’s competitive nature, relentless work ethic and toughness.
Based on early wear tests and reviews, the D Lillard 2 outclasses its predecessors by a mile. Constructed with a TECHFIT upper, forefoot webbing and a solid heel counter for support, the shoe supports Lillard’s cold-blooded play on the court. BOUNCE- another responsive tech adidas is introducing this season- cushioning in the midsole delivers lightweight comfort, while the internal torsion bar adds flexibility.
“Signature details – I wanted it to have more hints of my background,” Damian explained. “I still wanted it to be a stylish shoe, to be worn off the court again. Being in Portland makes it easy to get my ideas across, meet with designers and create something special for fans.”
Unlike his previous shoe, the D Lillard 2 combines details inspired by his hometown Oakland and callouts to Dame’s neighborhood roots, offcourt style and ability to silence doubt. You’ll see Oak Print hits – inspired by the iconic tree logo featured on the “Welcome to Oakland” sign and Damian’s hometown tattoos – at the heel counter, midsole and eyelets, while details engraved in the outsole’s traction pattern include:
· Dame – Damian’s nickname on the base of the toe cap
- Oakland – “Oak” is displayed on the right shoe with “Land” on the left
- Brookfield – The neighborhood he grew up in featured at the center of the outsole
- Suga Gee –Gina Johnson, Damian’s mother, raised him to become a man by challenging him to stay the course with a foundation built on family and hard work; her nickname is now featured on the silhouette’s heel
“Dame is pushing the game to another level each time he steps out on the court. He’s the leader in Portland now and it’s a testament to where he’s come from,” said Brian Foresta, vice president of Global Design, adidas Basketball. “He has a story to tell and with him being in Portland, we’ve had the unique opportunity to truly share that with his second signature.”
Currently the Rip City (home) colorway is designed with a textile cream upper and off-white suede detailing for a luxury finish, while interior mesh panels deliver added breathability. Red and black accents are featured throughout, paired with Oak Print hits and a gum outsole for a true court to street silhouette.
The Road colorway features an all-black upper with leather trim and red hits on the laces, outsole, three stripes and Dame branding. The adidas D Lillard 2 ‘Rip City’ and ‘Road’ colorways are now available at Titan and adidas stores everywhere and retails for Php 5,995.