HARDEN VOLUME 4 HITS THE HARDWOOD
With a new NBA season just around the corner, the inevitable releases of updated signature shoes has already begun, none more significant than adidas’ latest creation for James Harden.
adidas Basketball recently unveiled the Harden Vol . 4, purported to be the lightest Harden signature shoe to-date. The redesign that Harden will wear to tip off the 2019/2020 campaign features Lightstrike midsole cushioning and a limited-edition colorway created in collaboration with streetwear designer Daniel Patrick.
Lightstrike is adidas’ new weight-saving midsole engineered to balance the demands of cushioning and athletic responsiveness, both critical components for a performance shoe, and in particular for someone with Harden’s quickness. The new midsole is said to provide full movement support and better comfort than the Vol. 3, and all without incurring a weight penalty.
Further enhancing the shoe’s stability is a new midfoot band. Gone is the wide forefoot strap that we had all come to identify with the Harden Vol. 3, the new support mechanism being more reminiscent of that used for the Vol. 2.
The outsole’s traction pattern has also been changed, as has its shape. The new, far more funky profile, brings Feet-You-Wear (turned Boost-You-Wear) shoes to mind, which is to say that it looks great.
The initial colourways for the Vol. 4 make use of a bold color palette, something Harden had wanted to see.
“The adidas design team 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 of his new basketball kicks.
Daniel Patrick confirmed the sentiment that modern signature shoes are a symbiosis of utility and fashion. “The look of a basketball shoe is just as important as the performance in today’s game, so we made sure to push the boundaries in both.”
The first four iterations of the Harden Vol . 4 will begin to ship October 12, 2019. It will start with the Barbershop colourway, which will be closely followed by Pink Lemonade (October 26), Candy Paint (October 31), and Cookies & Cream (November 15).
Pricing has been set at $130 USD (we’re assuming $170 CAD). Which models will be made available through adidas.ca remains to be seen, but given the Canadian subsidiary’s track record, it’s unlikely that the entire collection will be offered here.
The limited-edition Harden Vol . 4 colorway that Daniel Patrick contributed on will only be available to Harden’s friends and family starting November 1; however, a larger collection that includes additional footwear and apparel will be available to the public sometime in early 2020.