Nike changed the shoe world with Air Jordans. But it never made a shoe for anybody on the home team. Turns out we had to wait for Adidas to get a Portland basketball shoe we can be proud of.
Sure, Clyde Drexler's signature red-and-white high-top KangaRoos struck terror into opponents in the late 1980s. But let's face it: Nobody gets excited about a pair of goofy-looking 'Roos. The D Lillard 2 is the first cool shoe ever made for a Portland player by a Portland shoe company—which German-born Adidas arguably now is, at least where design is concerned.
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And what a shoe it is, at about half the price of Nike's $200 Kobe 11. Lillards insisted that the sole eschew the popular but price-hiking Boost foam material. The Lillard 2 even got a cosign from Kanye West, who was photographed sporting an entirely white pair in May. If they're good enough for Kanye, they're good enough for Portland.
(Due to an error made by a sneaker-illiterate editor, the D Lillard 1 All-White was originally pictured instead.)