Basketball sneakers that rise well above the ankle to keep sprints and jumps stable and well-supported. You sure can fly high when you have high-top basketball shoes to tie.


Basketball sneakers that rise just up to where the ankles are. Providing support and flexibility so fine, mid-top basketball shoes surely hold the line.


Basketball shoes that leave the ankles exposed for a better range of motion. Be flexible with your blows, get basketball shoes that are low.


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Some basketball shoes embody the athleticism and symbolize the life of certain on-court legends. Hooping will surely be fine when you get kicks from their signature lines.



Hoop shoes that drop the traditional laces in favor of velcro straps for better efficiency. Secure strap basketball shoes, and have them in various hues.


Basketball shoes that stick with the good old laces for that familiar security and lockdown. Get lace-up basketball shoes to tie because they never go out of style.


Basketball shoes with uppers that provide a glove-like fit without the help of any lockdown mechanism. Do nothing but go in with slip-on basketball shoes .

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Some basketball shoes combine the powers of more than one lockdown styles for an improved fit and a much more stable ride. Get more bases covered with these basketball shoes.


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Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

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- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

12 reasons to buy

  • A great number of purchasers just love the Adidas Harden Vol. 1.
  • Majority of the reviewers agree that these Adidas basketball shoes are very comfortable.
  • Many users appreciate the balanced feel of the full-length Boost; it gives the right amount of impact protection and court feel.
  • Several note that the Harden Vol. 1 is perfect for guards.
  • Many commend how the shoe is built. It’s well designed and uses quality materials.
  • A lot notice that the shoe’s traction works really well.
  • These James Harden basketball shoes have a unique style and look very nice, a good number state. It alternates as a lifestyle sneaker.
  • The shoes fit great according to some wearers.
  • A small number say that the shoes are durable and can be used outdoors.
  • The shoe's lacing provides a comfortable lockdown, a few observe.
  • Some say that the Harden Vol.1 provides good ankle support for a low-top shoe. They notice that the heel and tongue areas are nicely padded.
  • These Adidas basketball shoes feel light, some note.

8 reasons not to buy

  • These Harden basketball shoes run long according to several wearers. They recommend going down half a size.
  • A few say that the shoes feel heavy and clunky.
  • It takes a while to break in the Adidas Harden Vol. 1, several observe.
  • Some users note that the leather toecap feels awkward and is a bit of a hindrance. The leather creases and digs in the forefoot; causing pain.
  • A small number experience minor heel slips.
  • Some notice that the traction pattern holds dust and the grip is a bit inconsistent. Frequent wiping is recommended.
  • Putting the laces through the double eyelets is a chore, a handful comment. They also say that the laces are too short and get untied easily.
  • These J Harden sneakers are not durable, a few remark.

Bottom line

Premium materials, responsive and low-to-the-ground cushioning, good traction, and support. The Harden Vol. 1 doesn’t excel in any particular category; however, it is a well-rounded sneaker.

With the lowest profile of any full-length Boost basketball shoe, the Adidas Harden Vol. 1 is best suited for guards who value court-feel and mobility. Bigger players who don’t rely on athleticism will also enjoy this shoe.

The Harden Vol. 1 is also suitable for casual wear due to its all-around comfortable and polarizing design.



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Expert Reviews

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87 / 100 based on 20 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Nightwing2303 • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    The adidas Harden Vol. 1 is a very well balanced shoe for guards

  • 89 / 100 by Richee Kim • Richee Kim • Level 5 expert

    These are one of my go-to shoes.

  • 95 / 100 by LiveforBball • Julius Kralikas • Level 5 expert

    So the Harden Vol. 1 turned out to be a BEAST.

  • 93 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 5 expert

    To sum up, this model is perfect for guards. It is now my go to basketball sneaker.

  • 90 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    The adidas Harden Vol. 1 is a very well balanced shoe for guards

  • 90 / 100 by WearTesters • Bryan Hinkle • Level 5 expert

    If you are a guard, or forward, or big man who doesn’t mind lows, you will enjoy this shoe.

  • 85 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Nelson Chan • Level 5 expert

    In my opinion, its better than the CrazyLight Boost 2016 but not as good as the Crazy Explosives.

  • 78 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    I will reach for it when I know floors are perfect or when it’s just pick up but not a shoe I’d count on in crunch time.

  • 87 / 100 by TheGymRatReview • Jake Sittler • Level 4 expert

    You’ll definitely want to try them on first to determine what size you need, but I have no hesitation in recommending these for most guards and wings – the support is probably there for the bigs too if you don’t mind a low.

  • 84 / 100 by BBallEquips • BBallEquips • Level 4 expert

    If I feel like playing fast paced, I would get the Hardens out and if I’m wanting to play slow I would switch to the Crazy Explosives.

  • 80 / 100 by KickGenius • Jeremy Jones • Level 4 expert

    Overall, I'm gonna have to say, this shoe gets the job done.

  • 97 / 100 by AminoApps • Eugene Wong • Level 3 expert

    These, are the closest to being perfect!

  • 83 / 100 by Wheat City Sole • Richard • Level 3 expert

    It's a solid shoe if you're a James Harden Fan.

  • 80 / 100 by Luvmykicks1 • Luvmykicks1 • Level 3 expert

    This definitely is in my rotation.

  • 70 / 100 by MR FOAMER SIMPSON • MR FOAMER SIMPSON • Level 3 expert

    I think its gonna be a great option for guards.

  • 90 / 100 by 6IX Reviews • 6IX Reviews • Level 1 expert

    I give this shoe a thumbs up.

  • 90 / 100 by HighSnobiety • George Ocampo • Level 1 expert

    I’m most impressed by how well-rounded this sneaker is.

  • 90 / 100 by Peachtreehoops • hanelrob • Level 1 expert

    This shoe gets an A+ when it comes to style, which is surprising considering its performance value.

  • 90 / 100 by 2PCMiLD • 2PCMiLD • Level 1 expert

    Dope shoe,comfortable shoe in my opinion.

  • 85 / 100 by Powcast • Pow Salud • Level 1 expert

    I love the '90s feel merged with the latest technology that the Harden Vol. 1 brings.

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Profile of 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 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.

The Harden Vol. 1 is designed for James Harden’s high-energy style of play. These shoes are made with Boost cushioning for energy return, and the leather toe shroud is designed to protect him from defenders stepping on his feet


Cushion. 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.

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.

Traction. 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.


Length and Width. The Adidas Harden Vol. 1 is said to be wide-foot friendly. Wide-footers can go true to size while regular and narrow footers are advised to go down half a size.

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.

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


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.

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


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. 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.

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.

Special Colorways of the Adidas Harden Vol. 1

Adidas went all out with James Harden’s first signature sneaker. A wide variety of colorways were released to celebrate important moments in his life.

  • Bold Gold/Core Black/Solar Gold ‘Fear The Fork’
  • Chalk Coral/Trace Scarlet-Grey One ‘Chalk Coral’
  • Core Black/CH Solid Grey ‘Black Diamond’
  • Core Black/Core Black ‘Dark Ops Xeno’
  • FTWR White/Clear Onix/Peagre ‘13 Below Zero’
  • Multi Solid Grey/Light Solid Grey/Solid Grey ‘Grayvy’
  • Scarlet/FTWR White/Energy ‘Home’
  • Trace Cargo/Linen Khaki/Running White ‘Cargo’
  • ‘Triple Red'

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 AS ‘No Brakes’

Adidas launched this colorway to celebrate the 2017 All-Star festivities held in New Orleans. The AS ‘No Brakes’ feature a gray upper with orange and purple accents.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 ‘Black History Month’

This special pair of black history basketball shoes pays tribute to the legacy of three-time Grand Slam winner Arthur Ashe. This basketball shoe features an oreo-like upper, white toecap, and a striped sockliner.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 ‘Cactus Kid’

Similar to the ‘Fear The Fork’ colorway, the ‘Cactus Kid’ is a nod to James’s time at the State of Arizona. The shoes feature a black mesh upper, a teal toecap, gold accents, and solar orange stripes. A cactus graphic seen on the sockliner completes the desert-inspired theme.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 ‘Disruptor’

This colorway celebrates James’s historic 2016-2017 season where he placed second in the NBA MVP voting. This colorway features a white mesh upper, a black nubuck toecap, and gold accents.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 ‘Gauntlet’

Participants of the 2017 Adidas Uprising Tournament were outfitted with a player exclusive colorway of the Harden Vol. 1 and Crazy Explosive (high and low). This camo colorway features earth tones on the upper with a suede forefoot.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 ‘Imma Be a Star’

The launch colorway of the Harden Vol.1 Primeknit was inspired by a letter James wrote to his mother when he was just a kid. These basketball shoes feature a black upper with metallic gold speckles, a toecap made of premium nubuck, and a semi-translucent outsole.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 ‘Milled Leather’

To celebrate James’s birthday, Adidas released a premium version of the Harden Vol. 1. Limited to only 89 pairs, these basketball shoes are made of a one-piece Horween leather upper finished off with a gum outsole. Retailing for $350, these basketball sneakers are the most expensive Hardens to date.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 Pensole

Adidas and Pensole Academy collaborated to create a special version of James Harden’s first signature shoe. Inspired by James’s “brothers through everything” motto, the Pensole Academy X Adidas Harden Vol. 1 features a patterned mesh upper with textured overlays. These basketball shoes are dressed in burgundy with hits of yellow.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 ‘Pioneer’

The ‘Pionner’ colorway is inspired by James’s second-straight high school State Championship. It features a black knit upper mixed with a white leather toecap. Hits of red complete the shoe’s silhouette.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 ‘Red Glare’

A Houston Rockets-inspired colorway, the ‘Red Glare’ pays tribute to the fans, aka the Red Nation. These basketball shoes feature a scarlet and collegiate blue digital camo upper with a scarlet toecap.

Adidas Harden Vol. 1 ‘Yacht Club

This pair of all white basketball shoes is inspired by James’s practice of hosting a yacht party during his birthday. It features a specially made maritime Harden logo on the sockliner and outsole.