Our verdict


Nimble guards and big players are going to have lots of fun playing in Adidas Harden Vol. 7 shoes. This basketball shoe's design effectively ensures control, energy return, and confidence. Hence, it does not come as a surprise that many players consider this one of the best shoes from Adidas in recent months.


  • Super amazing traction on dustless courts
  • Heel-to-toe transition is smooth
  • Well-pronounced court feel
  • Fairly dependable impact protection
  • Comfortable and supportive heel area
  • Very good overall containment
  • Laces offers exceptional lockdown
  • True-to-size fit
  • Easy to put on and take off


  • Ventilation has to be improved
  • Not the best for outdoor use
  • Shoe is on the heavier side

Who should buy the Adidas Harden Vol. 7

This signature shoe from James Harden and Adidas suits the following:

  • guards who are quick on their feet and appreciate low-to-the-ground forefoot constructions
  • bigger players who want impact protection and lots of lateral support
  • players who need shoes that have a really strong bite on the hardwood
  • athletes who play mostly on indoor and well-maintained courts
  • buyers who have a little leeway for pricier shoes

Who should NOT buy this basketball shoe from Adidas

The Adidas Harden Vol. 7 is not going to be the best pick for those who want well-ventilated kicks. They are better off wearing the Adidas Dame 8. The Adidas D.O.N. Issue #4 is also a good pick. Both of these basketball shoes are also lighter than the Adidas Harden Vol. 7, so those who are not happy with the Harden Vol. 7's weight may go for these options.

Outdoor hoopers are also not expected to have the best time wearing this Harden shoe. They are going to be happier with the Adidas Marquee Boost. If they are willing to try out other brands, the Cosmic Unity 2 from Nike is a good alternative.

Definitely not playing with the grip

Two expert reviewers cannot hide how pleased they are with the traction of the Adidas Harden Vol. 7. They describe this aspect of the shoe as "top-tier" and "phenomenal." They, however, caution that this shoe gets to pick up dust quickly. Fortunately, this dust issue is quickly solved with just a wipe or two.

Enjoy smooth steps

The heel-to-toe transition of the Adidas Harden Vol. 7 is described as "super smooth" by one expert. He says that this is due to the roundedness of both the heel and tip of the forefoot.

Feel the floor quite well

An athlete says that this shoe delivers an "amazing amazing court feel," especially in the forefoot area. He says that this allows him to be more in control over his footwork and quick changes in direction.

Be protected from impact

"I really enjoyed the impact protection," says one basketball player particularly about the heel area of the Harden Vol. 7. Another player agrees, saying that the experience is "really really nice."

The heel comfortably stays where it should

The heel area is perhaps the most caged part of the shoe. Though the caging looks tough and unrelenting, it's actually "pretty damn soft" according to one baller. Because of this, this area is able to provide a secure lockdown without ever compromising comfort.

Enjoy no-frills foot containment

Aside from the heel, the rest of the shoe is also able to deliver nice support and lockdown. An expert reviewer describes her experience as "very very good."

Props for the Harden Vol. 7's laces!

A hooper describes the laces as "super heavy duty" and truly effective in keeping the foot down even during the most intense movements.  "[They are] the thickest damn laces I've ever felt," he adds.

You can definitely feel its weight, tho!

The Adidas Harden Vol. 7 is heavy on the good stuff, and also in weight. At 15.13 oz (429 grams), this shoe is significantly heavier than average, which we peg at around 13.5 ounces or 383 grams. An athlete says that while the Adidas Harden Vol. 7 is a definitely heavy sneaker, the shoe still "wasn't too bad on foot."

Fit is not an issue

Wearers report that they go true to size, and they are not disappointed. One of them even shares that the Harden Vol. 7 is able to give a "true one-to-one fit" because of the comfortably soft sock liner.

Wear and take off with much ease

A couple of basketball players notice this shoe is such a breeze to put on and take off because of how soft the sock liner is. There is also a pretty effective heel tab that helps with this.

Adidas Harden Vol. 7 is hot. Literally.

"This thing is a scorcher," a wearer exclaims. He says that this is the only aspect of the shoe that he has a serious dislike for. Because of this, this shoe is not the best pick for those who sweat a lot.

The materials are not the best

An avid reviewer reveals that the materials actually "feel so crappy." Other players agree to a certain extent, saying that the quality of the materials unfortunately makes this shoe not the best pick for outdoor use.