Who should buy the Adidas Harden Vol.1

The Adidas Harden Vol. 1 takes it back to 2007 when James Harden led his Artesia High School to their second straight state title. These shoes from the Three Stripes pay tribute to Harden’s early years at Artesia High School by featuring his team colors; stats from the senior's championship game are detailed on the sock liner.

If you’re a James Harden follower, you’d want to have this pair. And this is also a solid option if:

  • You have a high-energy style of play similar to James Harden himself.
  • You’d want a beautiful basketball shoe just for casual wear.

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Adidas’ excellent responsive Boost

Made with full-length Boost, the Adidas Harden Vol. 1 offers ideal comfort and responsiveness. Its low profile provides the perfect balance between court feel and impact protection.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 cushioning

Boost is Adidas’ most responsive cushion. It improves energy return, making dynamic and explosive movements possible on the court. A TPU midsole wrap adds stability and reduces lag time when making quick moves.

Amazing traction construction of Harden Vol.1

Adidas mapped the pressure points on Harden’s foot and developed a traction pattern that grips better on high-impact and high-wear areas. The result is a Fibonacci-inspired tread pattern that provides the ultimate grip for lateral movements and quick changes in direction.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 outsole

Flexible, secure lockdown

The Adidas Harden Vol. 1 features a wraparound tongue construction for a lockdown fit while asymmetrical lacing eliminates pressure on the top of the foot. The asymmetrical design matches the anatomy of the foot and delivers a clean flex and natural movement.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 laces

A torsional plate adds midfoot support, and an internal heel counter locks the heel in the footbed.

Harden Vol.1’s durable upper system

The upper is made of knitted mesh backed by nylon for support. The breathable and flexible upper of the Adidas Harden Vol. 1 features an independent toe cap for extra protection and durability.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 upper

As with other Adidas models, the materials featured vary depending on the colorway.

The Harden Mark

Cut low for speed; the Adidas Harden Vol. 1 wakes the game up with a black knit upper accented with his red and white team colors.

The unique 3-Stripes heel design is exclusive to James Harden, giving that stand-out look. 

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 three stripes

The shoe also debuts the "Harden Mark”; a logo that fuses elements from the center circle at half-court, the Adidas three stripes, and the letter H.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 H logo

While the Harden Vol. 1 is meant for the basketball court, it can also be worn casually. Its low-top design makes it perfect to wear with jeans.

Just like the bearded one himself, these sneakers excel in both performance and style.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 15.1oz
Base model: Adidas Harden Vol. 5
Top: Low
Signature: James Harden
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Adidas Harden
Colorways: Black / Red / White / Blue / Green / Grey / Gold

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