Thursday April 14th, 2016

Kicks and Colors spotlights the variety of colorways—and the stories that go with—that brands unveil in key basketball sneakers.

Brand: Adidas

Sneaker: D Lillard 2

Signature athlete: Damian Lillard

Colorway: Stay Ready

Story: Damian Lillard wore a three-piece suit the night he was drafted by the Portland Trail blazers. And with the Blazers back in the playoffs, Adidas has dressed up his D Lillard 2 signature with a touch of that nostalgia, offering a heather gray upper, leather detailing, an ice blue outsole, red accents and touches of gold in the Stay Ready edition, which releases April 15.

The design was meant to serve as “a tribute to the hours of hard work, focus and training Dame has put in to elevate his team since day one.” This playoff-ready sneaker for Portland’s star also ups the cushioning for Lillard, giving him Boost, a feature not previously found in his signature. Lillard is all dressed up and we’ll see if he has another round to go.

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courtesy Adidas

Tim Newcomb covers sports aesthetics—stadiums to sneakers—and training for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.

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