This past weekend adidas finally unveiled what has been about a year in the making, James Harden’s first signature shoe with the brand.
Known as the adidas Harden Vol. 1, the shoe will be debuting at retailers in early December in the Pioneer colorway that you see above. The Harden Vol. 1 comes constructed out of a black knitted upper with a white leather overlay on the toe. Other details include the adidas three stripes branding on the heel, Harden’s logo on the tongue, a unique lacing system, and a full-length Boost midsole. This Pioneer colorway is inspired by Harden’s second-straight California state title in high school.
Look for the adidas Harden Vol. 1 Pioneer to release on December 3, 2016 for $140. Will you be grabbing a pair?
Nearly a year in the making since James Harden left Nike to sign with adidas in October 2015, the All-Star’s first signature shoe with the brand, titled “Harden Vol. 1,” has finally been revealed. Including four different colorways, titled “Home,” “Cargo,” “Gila Monster” and “Pioneer” the unique color-blocked pattern and asymmetrical lacing came from a variety of needs observed from the Rockets guard as he moved on the court. In an interview with Sneaker News, VP of Basketball Design Brian Foresta mentioned that Harden’s personal experience of bruising his toes and constantly having others step on them led to the incorporation of leather in the toe box area. Additionally, the lacing along the lateral came from the need to relieve tension along the top of the foot. The silhouette also includes full-length Boost cushioning, a TPU support shank and “The Beard’s” engraved autograph along the medial. With Harden’s iconic persona, this shoe line is an extension of his personal style as well as the functionality he sought from a sneaker. Set for a release date of December 3, 2016, be sure to check back for additional updates.