adidas made the move to commemorate Damian Lillard’s highly successful first year in the NBA with a specially designed sneaker. The Real Deal, an extra funky and memorable model from the late ’90s that recently returned to store shelves – gets detailed expressive makeover in honor of the Portland point guard’s historic league debut.
“The shoe’s sockliners feature Damian’s Twitter handle, an Oakland satellite print and “9800s” to represent his neighborhood blocks. The colors of the shoe pay homage to his career; red for high school, purple for college and black for the Portland Trail Blazers. The animal print on the upper and sockliner represent the Wildcat mascot he had in both high school and college. The shoe features “Townbiz” on the upper as another nod to Oakland and clasped hands to represent the “Fly Guyz” – Damian’s name for his close circle of friends.”
With only 510 pairs made for this limited edition, fans can plan on purchasing on May 23 at Compound (Portland, Ore), Shoe Palace (Oakland, Calif.) and adidas.com. They’re also currently up for preorder at adidas.com as well.