Who should buy the Adidas Harden Vol. 5

This shoe will make the following people happy:

  • Buyers who'll wear this shoe casually; it just really looks good
  • Strong players who don't mind heavy brick-like sneakers on their feet
  • James Harden die-hard fans who'll dig into anything that has his name on it

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Who should NOT buy this basketball shoe

Serious basketball players may want to stay away from this shoe. It cannot deliver even on something as basic as traction. They are better off getting the Adidas Dame 8 or even the newly revitalized D Rose 11.

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This basketball shoe surely serves STYLE

This Harden shoe really dishes out the looks, and it can be paired with different types of casual and active wear. This model will surely look great on lighted glass shelves as well.

The Harden Vol. 5 delivers court feel at the expense of compression

The midsole is quite firm and responsive; and this is interesting because this shoe has Boost, which we never expect to be anywhere near firm.

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According to a basketball shoe expert, there is only a slight compression in the heel and the midsole is stiff and not bouncy at all. In addition, he says that the heel-to-toe transition is "god awful" and the shoe basically slaps when you're running down the court.

The foot enjoys a fairly secure lockdown

The shoe's wide base and stiff materials keep the foot locked in. There won't be any slip and wobbliness to talk about.

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However, the materials barely flex even after breaking them in. The Vol 5 shoes surely can feel like bricks on foot.

Warning: heel slippage

Even though the shoe is equipped with four large Achilles pads inside the heel counter, there is still not enough containment to prevent the heel from slipping out.

It's got a hard-wearing outsole

The shoe's rubber shows very minimal signs of wear, even after playing on an outdoor court. Experts say that the shoe should last outdoors. 

The Harden Vol 5 allows the foot to breathe

The foot won't feel warm in this shoe since the airflow is really there and it's good.

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This shoe might as well be used as a paperweight

At 16.2 oz (460 g) these LOW-tops are even heavier than the Nike LeBrons (14.2 oz / 402 g on average), which are already among the heaviest basketball HIGH-tops

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Be ready to size down

The majority of buyers agree that the Harden Vol. 5 runs "hella long." They had to go down at least half-a-size to achieve the right length and fit.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 460g
Top: Low
Signature: James Harden
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Adidas Harden
Colorways: Red / White / Black / Yellow / Orange / Blue / Purple / Grey
Special editions: One special edition

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

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.