adidas Reveals ‘Harden Vol. 1’, James Harden’s First Signature Sneaker

James Harden’s signature shoe finally has a look.

adidas’ work with James Harden began not with a game or a shot. Instead, it began with a contract announcement, a massive 13-year, $200 million incentive laden deal that came just as Harden led the Houston Rockets to the 2015 Western Conference Finals. It immediately thrusted the Rockets’ franchise player into a position as being the face of adidas’ basketball line. As meticulous as Harden’s game is on the court, the same could be said for shaping his first signature sneaker off the court.

In true Harden fashion, the ‘Harden Vol. 1’ was announced yesterday in Houston. Surrounded by celebrity sneaker bloggers, rappers such as Travis Scott, Young Thug and more, Harden’s line looks a bit like one of adidas’ more beloved basketball sneakers, the T-Mac 1 & 2’s. You may recall the T-Mac 1s worn by some guy named LeBron James in his final HS season at St. Vincent St. Mary’s High School.

From its look alone, the Harden Vol. 1 packs plenty into it. Outfitted with both full-length Boost and a Primeknit upper, the shoe sports some of the best adidas tech today. The cuts and designs into the silhouette, asymmetrical lacing and more. It’s a different shoe.

For a wide in-depth look to the creation of the Harden Vol. 1, Nice Kicks spoke with Brian Foresta, adidas VP of Basketball Design and Corey Allen, adidas Basketball Product Manager and dove deep. The “Pioneer” colorway, the red/black/white one that pays homage to Artesia High School in Lakewood, California arrives Dec. 3rd.

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