Verdict from 13 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The Adidas Harden Vol 4 is a brilliant on-court performer, nearly all users assert.
  • According to most wearers, these Adidas shoes for basketball are very comfortable to play in.
  • The grip is just insane, the majority of reviewers declare. 
  • The Harden Vol. 4 is well made and holds up really well, a good number of players observe.
  • Most players are saying that these Adidas low-tops have exceptional support and lockdown.
  • Several testers are reporting that the upper feels nice and doesn’t take long to break in.
  • Almost all buyers are impressed that the Lightstrike cushioning provides a great blend of responsiveness, bounce, court feel, and impact protection.
  • A lot of players love how light and responsive these Harden basketball shoes feel.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few users are complaining that the Lightstrike midsole lacks impact protection.
  • There is some dead space in the forefoot area, a handful of owners gripe.
  • The materials are not that breathable, a couple of testers observe.

Bottom line

Adidas continues to impress with James Harden’s fourth signature shoe. These low-top basketball sneakers are well made and do not disappoint on the court. Owners have very little to complain and just love everything these shoes have to offer. Overall, the Adidas Harden Vol. 4 is a top-tier performer that can go toe-to-toe with LeBron’s 17th signature sneaker with Nike.

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Good to know

The Adidas Harden Vol. 4 is designed to keep James going until the final buzzer. These basketball shoes boast an ultra-lightweight cushioning that delivers optimum comfort and responsiveness. 

The Harden Vol 4 features a midfoot band that provides added stability as James euro-steps his way to the basket. These low-top basketball shoes also feature an upgraded traction pattern that is tailored to James’s signature moves.

Cushion. For the Harden Vol. 4, Adidas changed things up and used Lightstrike instead of the well-loved Boost. First introduced in the Adidas N3xt L3v3l, Lightstrike is an ultra-lightweight cushioning system that offers explosive and dynamic speed on the court. The Lightstrike midsole also provides superior energy-return for all-game comfort.

Traction. The Adidas Harden Vol. 4 boasts a generative traction pattern that is engineered to keep up with James’s unique skill set. The generative traction pattern offers exceptional grip on any court surface.

Closure. James Harden’s fourth signature basketball sneaker features a unique lacing system that provides a secure fit. These low-tops from Adidas are also equipped with a midfoot band for added lockdown and stability. A banking barrier offers added containment when making quick cuts to the basket.

The Adidas Harden Vol. 4 features a mixed-media upper that provides plenty of stability and support. The mixed-media upper also offers increased breathability and durability.

Like his previous signature sneakers, James Harden was once again heavily involved with the design process of the Harden Vol. 4. 

“The process to create the Vol.4 was a true collaboration with the Adidas design team that allowed me to voice my creativity and to blend different ideas into one shoe that would showcase both my style of play on the court and my sense of style walking out of the tunnel,” James explained in a press release.

These basketball shoes feature a low-top silhouette for unrestricted range of motion. In an interview, James’s longtime trainer Greg Howell explains how the Vol. 4 helps James succeed on the court.

“He really is a creator in every space he’s in. His mind thinks differently, and I think him being left-handed helps his creativity on the court and his unorthodox way of doing everything. It’s his own creative way, from the step-backs to the small twitches and angles he uses in all his moves. [With the shoes], You can feel you’re locked in, and they’re comfortable, but not restrictive. It helps you start and stop on a dime, which is what James needs to play at his best.”

The fourth installment of James Harden’s signature sneaker comes in a variety of color options. James also collaborated with streetwear designer Daniel Patrick for limited-edition colorways of the Harden Vol. 4.

“Daniel Patrick has been setting trends with his use of bold looks and bright colors, so partnering with Daniel was the perfect way to highlight the design of the Vol. 4 and bring sport, fashion, and culture together,” James said. “While my friends and family get the honor of enjoying this limited first drop, everyone can look forward to the next chapter of building my signature collection.”

Listed below are the available colorways of the Adidas Harden Vol. 4.

  • Black/Active Purple/Metallic Gold/Metallic Silver ‘Star Wars - Lightsaber Purple’
  • Bright Blue/Real Pink/White
  • Bright Cyan/Real Pink/Cloud White
  • Cloud White/Core Black/Pale Nude ‘Cookies & Cream’
  • Collegiate Royal/Cloud White/Bright Blue
  • Core Black/Amber Tint/Grey Six
  • Core Black/Cloud White/Core Black
  • Core Black/Gold Metallic/Core Black
  • Core Black/Power Red ‘Power Red’
  • Core Black/Silver Metallic/Bright Blue ‘Barbershop’
  • Glow Green/Carbon/Glow Green ‘Glow Green’
  • Glow Green/Core Black/Carbon
  • Grey Three/Cloud White/Grey Two
  • Light Pink/Glow Blue/Gold Metallic ‘Pink Lemonade’
  • Scarlet/Cloud White/Solar Red

Adidas Harden Vol. 4 ‘Camo’

James Harden’s fourth basketball sneaker comes in a colorway perfect for all seasons. The Harden Vol 4 ‘Camo’ features a black com-styled upper with synthetic overlays. A gum rubber outsole completes the shoe’s silhouette.

Adidas Harden Vol. 4 ‘Forbidden City’

Adidas celebrates the 2020 Chinese New Year by launching the ‘Forbidden City’ collection. This model features a black-based upper with gold and red accents. Completing the design is a floral pattern inspired by China’s Forbidden City.

Adidas Harden Vol. 4 X Reebok Question

Adidas and Reebok are once again teaming up to craft a particular colorway of James’s signature basketball shoe. The Adidas Harden Vol. 4 X Reebok Question employs a white-based upper with a red suede overlay. Blue accents complete the design.

Star Wars X Adidas Harden Vol 4

Inspired by Mace Windu’s lightsaber, these purple basketball shoes features a combination of core black, metallic silver, and active purple. The Star Wars X Adidas Harden Vol. 4 also comes with a UV midsole to mimic the glow of the Jedi Master’s lightsaber.


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Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.