James Harden – aka The Beard – finally has his own signature shoe! And it’s about time, too, considering his performance and outstanding record. From a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and World Champion at the 2014 World Basketball Championships, to becoming a five-time NBA All-Star and 53 points at a Triple-Double, scoring is the name of James Harden’s game, leading him to be considered one of the most successful NBA players. With the Adidas Harden Vol. 1, he is now finally bestowed the honour he deserves. Here are a few facts about this shoe:
- The Adidas Harden Vol. 1 is available in various colourways, such as in the colour combination black/gold, which is also known as the ”Imma be a star” colourway. Harden knew from an early age that he would go far in life – he once gave his mother a post-it on which he had written: ‘Keep this paper. Imma be a star.’
- The Adidas Harden in the black-red-white colourway is a tribute to Harden’s early career while still at school. Red and white are the colours of Artesia High School in Lakewood, CA, whose basketball team Harden led to the title win in 2007.
- A small added detail with this colourway is the game statistics of the finals game that can be found on the insole, slightly hidden.
- Another interesting feature is that the profile of the rubber outsole is inspired by the mathematical Fibonacci number sequence. This outsole provides optimum grip.