James Harden has been a man of mystery this past summer. The Beard teased a new, never-before-seen offensive move (which appears to be some sort of one-legged, running shot) and his his fourth signature sneaker. While the jury is still out on his new move, the mystery of his latest sneaker has been solved. Dubbed the adidas Harden Vol.4, the model was built specifically for Harden’s unique skill set and to help him stay strong in the fourth quarter. “The process to create the Vol.4 was a true collaboration with the adidas design team that allowed me to voice my creativity and to blend different ideas into one shoe that would showcase both my style of play on the court and my sense of style walking out of the tunnel,” Harden said in a press release.
The Vol.4 moves away from BOOST technology, instead it makes use of the explosive, dynamic Lightstrike cushioning. Lightstrike of course was first introduced on the adidas N3XT L3VEL last year. It’s paired with rubber outsole that has generative traction pattern, inspired and tailored to Harden’s on-court movements. A mixed-media upper makes use of a unique lacing system, providing a stable, locked-down feel and lateral stability.