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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 the 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.
  • The shoe has a unique style and looks 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.
  • The shoes feel light, some note.

8 reasons not to buy

  • The 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.
  • The shoes 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 17 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 The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    It's a very great performer.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 90 / 100 by Wear Testers • Bryan Hinkle • Level 4 expert

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

  • 89 / 100 by Richee Kim • Richee Kim • Level 4 expert

    These are one of my go-to shoes.

  • 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.

  • 80 / 100 by KickGenius • Jeremy Jones • Level 3 expert

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

  • 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.

  • 88 / 100 by BBallQuips • BBallQuips • Level 2 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.

  • 83 / 100 by Wheat City Sole • Richard • Level 2 expert

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

  • 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.

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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.