Our verdict


The Adidas Harden Vol. 6 is an awesome basketball shoe: its outsole is the true definition of versatility, biting different types of floors even when they are wet. James Harden is a guard, so it is not a surprise that this shoe performed great for quick movements: its cushioning gives off so much energy and the shoe structure just ensures a secure lockdown.


  • Dependable grip on different court types
  • Plush and comfortable cushioning
  • Great for agile movements
  • Lateral stability
  • Great ankle lockdown without the bulk
  • Great for outdoor games
  • Doubles as a lifestyle sneaker


  • Has to be broken in
  • Cheap-feeling materials

Who should buy the Adidas Harden Vol. 6

This signature basketball shoe from Adidas is for you if you are looking for a sneaker that does the following:

  • has a reliable grip on both indoor and outdoor courts, even when they are wet
  • satisfactorily supports your quick movements on the court
  • aesthetically pleasing enough to double as your off-court casual sneaker
  • offers responsiveness without sacrificing comfort

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Who should NOT buy this basketball shoe from Adidas

The Adidas Harden Vol. 6 is not for those who do not have time to break into their shoes. Players who want shoes that hit the ground running are better off with Damian Lillard's Adidas Dame 8.

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Though a signature shoe for one of Adidas's most prized athletes, the materials that the Adidas Harden Vol. 6 is made of are still cheap-feeling. Players who like shoes that feel really nice and premium are better off with the Adidas Yeezy BSKTBL Knit. Shoes associated with Kanye West can't go wrong in this regard, right? 

Traction that works!

The rubber outsole and the tread pattern on it are so effective; this Harden Vol. 6 has a great bite even on wet floors. Because of this, this shoe is a great companion for outdoor games.

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However, it must be noted here that this shoe still has to be broken in before it bites indoor courts well. 

Adidas Harden Vol. 6: Really quick

James Harden is a guard, so it's not surprising that this shoe supports the usual movements and playstyle of a guard who is quick on his feet. The upper is supportive. In particular, the collar is able to hold the ankle down without so much bulk to the shoe. Lateral stability is also not a problem.

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The midsole tooling delivers high energy return for a more fueled run to the basket. Of course, as mentioned, the traction is truly dependable.

Experience wrap-around comfort

This shoe ensures that the foot feels like it's being comfortably cradled. Though not the most premium, the upper feels nice on the foot. The footbed also delivers noticeable underfoot pampering. Because of these, wearing the Adidas Harden Vol. 6 the whole day won't be a problem.

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The Harden Vol. 6 is great.... after breaking it in

Several features of the shoe--the cushioning system, the upper, and even the outsole-- only start working as they should after break-in. Fortunately, it doesn't really take that long.

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