The crossover between sport and art often makes for the most intriguing cultural moments. No one epitomizes this blend more than Portland Trail Blazers' point guard Damian Lillard, whose passion for music and basketball has led to the latest creation from Adidas Basketball: the DAME 8 EXTPLY.
Designed to meet the ever-evolving demands of today's basketball player, this cutting-edge silhouette is the next chapter in Adidas' storied basketball footwear lineage. But the DAME 8 EXTPLY isn't just about athleticism; it's also a tribute to Damian's dual life as an athlete and an artist. Taking its name from "Extended Play," a term from the music industry, the shoe underscores Lillard's relentless pursuit of excellence on and off the court.
Set to debut in three eye-catching colorways, the DAME 8 EXTPLY isn't shy about making a statement. It boasts a plethora of performance-driven features including a molded midfoot strap for lockdown, a dual-layer heel counter for optimal support, and a top-loaded Y-shaped propulsion plate to give you that extra lift. This sits atop a Bounce Pro midsole, providing the cushioning you've come to expect from Adidas, and a meticulously designed outsole with strategic multi-directional spacing for superior court grip.
The design consistency across the release signifies the unity between Lillard's two worlds, each element carefully considered for both its functional and symbolic importance. Even the price tag—the sneakers retail for $130 USD—reflects a thoughtful balance between performance and accessibility.
Mark your calendars: the DAME 8 EXTPLY will be available starting September 1, 2023 through select Three Stripe stockists and adidas.com.