Verdict from 4 experts and 67 user reviews

4 reasons to buy

  • Court feel: It's pretty easy to feel the ground when in the Harden Vol 5. 
  • Lateral containment: The shoe's wide base and stiff materials keep the foot locked in.
  • Ventilation: An expert reviewer mentions that his feet didn't feel warm in the Vol 5s, so airflow is "good."
  • Stylish: Wearers share that these Harden shoes really look great.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Unreliable grip: Traction is horrible; the court has to be ridiculously clean before the shoe starts to bite decently.
  • No impact protection: For a shoe that has Boost, the Adidas Harden Vol 5 surprisingly has no softness whatsoever.
  • Heel slippage: The Achilles pillows fail to provide lockdown; experts complain that their heels were frequently "coming up and down" the shoe.
  • Stiff: Basketball players complain that the materials barely flex even after breaking them in. They say that Vol 5 shoes feel like bricks on foot.
  • Ridiculously heavy: At 16.2 oz (460 g) these low-tops are even heavier than the Nike LeBrons, which are already among the heaviest basketball high-tops
  • Terrible heel-to-toe transition: An expert laments that the shoe just "slaps on the floor" when he walks because of how flat and inflexible it is.

Bottom line

The Adidas Harden Vol. 5 is very difficult to love. It fails in almost all aspects that matter to a basketball player. One still has to be nitpicky to come up with good things to say about it. Though its debut price is lower than usual signature offers, the price cut still can't compensate for how much of a mess this shoe is.

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Adidas Harden Vol. 5: For quick and unhampered movements

Adidas understands James Harden's (or any other basketball player's) need to move quickly and freely on the court. As a result, the brand equipped the Adidas Harden Vol. 5 with innovations that are touted to deliver the following:

  • High energy return. The Harden 5 has drop-in Boost that is designed to fuel the wearer's every step.
  • Speed. The midsole setup is made even more complete with Lighstrike, which provides court feel for faster and more controlled movements.
  • Second-skin feel. The Harden Vol. 5 is anatomically shaped so it easily "merges" or becomes one with the wearer's foot.

Fun picks from Harden's 5th volume

James Harden is known for releasing a wide array of colorways for each of his Adidas Harden shoes. The following are just some of the most notable colorways of the Adidas Harden Vol. 5:

  • Creator, which is a largely orange version with multicolored patches all over it. This colorway is the first of several colorways of the Adidas Harden Vol. 5, hence the "Creator" name.
  • Support is an interesting follow-up to the "Creator." Its aqua blue base is laid with patches in dove, butterfly, and cloud shapes.
  • Mcdonald's All-American references the All-American Games sponsored by Mcdonald's, which is a tournament meant for American high school basketball graduates. This version is blood red with yellow and blue patches all over.

How Harden Vol. 5 compares

This shoe: 70
All shoes average: 81
55 95
This shoe: £120
All shoes average: £130
£40 £460
This shoe: 460g
All shoes average: 393g
256g 812g
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.