words & images // Nick DePaula:
Building off of the success of last spring’s “Florist City” Crazy 1 launch, Damian Lillard and adidas Basketball are back at it again with another Rose City theme paying tribute to their currently shared home of Portland, Oregon.
This time around, the rose red hues and subtle floral tongue graphics can be found atop Damian’s debut signature model, the D Lillard 1. You’ll even notice a nod to the city’s ever-present rain with a clear screen graphic on the upper’s panels creating a droplet effect. The shoe’s dual-branded tongue logos and heel outsole Sprintframe accent offer up a touch of green, representing a rose’s stem and leaves.
“Portland is the Rose City, and I love that whole thought process of the roses, the color and it being tied into Portland,” Lillard told me about creating the concept last spring. “To have a shoe that’s dedicated to the city and for people to come out and support me the way they do, I feel like I owe it to them.”
Naturally, there’s even #4BarFriday lyrics on printed onto one insole, inspired by Dame’s freestyle recently posted to Instagram.
Take a detailed look at the “Florist City” D Lillard 1 below in these exclusive images, and be on the lookout for the shoe to launch March 20th at Foot Locker and adidas.com for $105.