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Brand: adidas

Model: Harden Vol. 3

Key Features: Traditional herringbone with focused support in high traction areas, lace band across the upper for customized lockdown, full-length Boost cushioning for added energy return and comfort.

Release Date: October 12 (Voyager colorway), October 15 (Cosmos colorway)

Price: $140 (Voyager colorway), $160 (Cosmos colorway)

Buy: Select retailers and adidas.com

Editor’s Notes: This week adidas officially introduces the latest signature sneaker for reigning NBA MVP, James Harden. The Harden Vol. 3 focuses on stability and balance, allowing Harden to stop on a dime.

“This shoe means a lot to me. Our challenge is to come back and [get] better every year, and I really think we’ve been doing that. When I’m out on the court making moves, making guys fall or I’m changing direction… that’s all in the shoe” said Harden. “If we weren’t thinking about that stop-and-go mindset when we we’re creating these shoes, those moves just wouldn’t work. So, shout out to adidas for making sure that each shoe is always on point.”

The traditional herringbone construction with focused support in high traction areas enhances James’ ability to decelerate, of which he is well known for, while the shoe’s lace band across the upper delivers customized lockdown. The Harden Vol. 3 then welcomes full-length Boost cushioning for enhanced energy return and comfort.

“Slow down fast doesn’t make sense, but my game doesn’t make sense. I don’t think you’ve ever seen anyone play this way. If you combine all my moves, you probably won’t ever see that [style] again but that’s what I bring to the table and that’s where we get that phrase from,” Harden explained. “Every year I try to figure out a way to create an advantage and creating space is, I think, one of the biggest parts of the game of basketball.”

The Harden Vol. 3 will initially arrive in a silver “Voyager” colorway, commemorating Harden’s voyage to bring a championship to Houston. Following, a black and white “Cosmos” colorway is due out, representative of Harden’s ability to keep defenders lost in space.

James Harden’s adidas Harden Vol. 3 “Voyager” ($140) arrives October 12, followed by the “Cosmos” ($160) on October 15.

In other Three Stripes news, a rumored ‘Game of Thrones’ Ultra Boost has surfaced online.

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