Verdict from 4 experts and 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Like the Harden Vol. 4, most owners are commenting that these affordable James Harden basketball sneakers are comfortable to wear.
  • The Harden Stepback is very stylish, a lot of buyers declare.
  • Several players are claiming that the Adidas Harden Stepback is a great outdoor option. According to them, the outsole is very durable and is quite grippy.
  • The Bounce midsole is pretty comfortable and is incredibly responsive, a good number of reviewers report.
  • The shoe's materials feel minimal and are very supportive, some users observe.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The traction needs some time to break-in, most testers gripe.
  • A few owners are saying that the Adidas Harden Stepback is a little uncomfortable to play in. They are experiencing some blistering at the forefoot.
  • The Bounce midsole is quite firm and doesn't offer enough impact protection, a good number of testers complain.

Bottom line

Despite its affordable price, the Adidas Harden Stepback is no slouch in terms of performance. Players are impressed at the durability of the Supergrip rubber outsole. The flexible Bounce midsole also keeps their feet fresh on and off the court. 

Overall, these James Harden basketball shoes are one of the best bang-for-your-buck models available. Hoopers looking for a great outdoor beater should definitely consider picking up the Harden Stepback.

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Good to know

Inspired by James Harden's signature stepback, these Adidas basketball shoes feature a lightweight build to help elevate your game. 

The Adidas Harden Stepback utilizes a flexible Bounce cushion that offers dynamic comfort on and off the hardwood. The Supergrip outsole delivers grippy traction no matter where you play.

These mid-top Adidas basketball sneakers also make use of a textile upper and an ergonomic lacing system for all-day comfort.

Cushion. The Adidas Harden Stepback employs a full-length Bounce midsole that provides enhanced underfoot cushioning. The lightweight and flexible midsole keeps your foot comfortable all-game long.

Traction. These James Harden basketball sneakers are equipped with a Supergrip rubber outsole that provides exceptional grip on any court surface. 

Closure. For enhanced support and comfort, the Harden Stepback features a mid-top collar and an ergonomic lacing system.

These affordable Adidas basketball shoes make use of a textile upper for lightweight breathability. At the forefoot, a synthetic toe cap provides added protection and abrasion resistance.

Made to match the style of the 2018 NBA MVP, the Adidas Harden Stepback helps elevate your game with its lightweight build. A wide forefoot and flexible midsole allow you to break down the defense and make an easy two or a stepback three. 

On the tongue, James Harden's logo is displayed to help you achieve an MVP look on and off the court.

To make you stand out, the Harden Stepback arrives in several color combinations:

  • Cloud White/Core Black/Dove Grey
  • Core Black/Grey Six/Cloud White
  • Core Black/Scarlet/Cloud White
  • Core Black/Scarlet/Shock Lime
  • Core Black/Signal Coral/Dash Grey
  • Core Black/Team Royal Blue/Cloud White
  • Orbit Grey/Dove Grey/Glory Green


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