To celebrate Damian Lillard‘s recent Rookie of the Year award, adidas has revealed a limited edition version of their Real Deal high-top, reviving the ’90’s silhouette. From outsole to collar, everything about this shoe has been tailored to help the NBA’s reigning rookie point guard thank everyone who helped to mold his game, including a sockliner featuring Damian’s Twitter handle, an Oakland satellite print, an embroidered “9800’s” to rep his hometown neighborhood blocks, and a mixture of red (as a nod toward his high school), purple (his college) and black (for the Portland Trail Blazers) taking care of the upper colorway. The look is finished with a wildcat pattern for the mascot he had in highschool and college and a pair of clasped hands to represent his close circle of friends. Only 512 pairs will be available beginning May 23 for $120, directly from select adidas accounts, including Portland’s Compound and Shoe Palace as well as their their own online shop. Pre-orders are available now and fans can join Damian at Compound on the release date at 6:00pm to help celebrate the launch.
Release Date: May 23, 2013 (Thursday)