adidas and NBA star Damian Lillard have unveiled three new colorways of his Dame 4 signature basketball shoe in collaboration with iconic Japanese streetwear brand A Bathing Ape (BAPE).
Born out of a mutual desire to re-imagine basketball footwear and co-create with those who inspire us from sport, fashion and entertainment, adidas and BAPE® team up to fuse street wear and on-court style through the lens of one of basketball’s most elite creative point guards.
The Dame 4 BAPE® Collection also offers a glimpse into Damian’s personal style and affinity for BAPE®’s signature design aesthetics. A longtime fan, the idea for this collaboration was sparked after Damian’s visit to BAPE®’s Tokyo Flagship during his 2015 adidas Asia Tour. “I became even more inspired by the brand when I visited BAPE®’s store in Japan,” said Damian. “From that point, I knew I wanted the first major collaboration for my signature line to be with BAPE®.”
Now to the shoe. Complementing the Dame 4’s design, the collaborative model takes inspiration from BAPE®’s coveted iconic Shark design and its distinctive decorative elements. Offered in three colors, green, black and red, each colorway features BAPE® CAMO on the upper with BAPE®’s Shark tooth design displayed along the shoe’s full-length BOUNCE midsole. WGM (World Gone Mad), and the classic tiger “a” icon are featured on the ankle piece. YKWYTII, Damian’s “You Know What Time It Is” moniker is printed on the heel tape while adidas, BAPE® and Damian’s signature marks are highlighted throughout, adding an exclusive touch to adidas’ best basketball sneaker.
All three Dame 4 BAPE® colors are available on February 16th for $150 during the second day of adidas’ 2 day basketball/music festival 747 Warehouse St. in Los Angeles, and then on adidas.com and BAPE on February 17th.