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Adidas Harden Stepback Review

Adidas Harden Stepback
Adidas Harden Stepback
Adidas Harden Stepback
Adidas Harden Stepback
Adidas Harden Stepback
Deals from $43.00
8.0
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$79.99
Type:
Low Top
Release Date:
1/2020
Traction
8.0
Cushion
7.0
Materials
8.0
Support
9.0
Fit
8.0
Outdoor
0%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Adidas Harden Stepback:

17 likes
Core Black / Scarlet / Cloud White
Core Black / Scarlet / Cloud White
from Adidas
$43.00
$80
12 likes
Core Black / Team Royal Blue / Cloud White
Core Black / Team Royal Blue / Cloud White
in 3 shops
$56.00
$80
14 likes
Cloud White / Core Black / Dove Grey
Cloud White / Core Black / Dove Grey
in 7 shops
$56.00
$80
14 likes
Core Black / Scarlet / Shock Lime
Core Black / Scarlet / Shock Lime
in 6 shops
$56.00
$80
6 likes
Core Black / Glory Purple / Signal Coral
Core Black / Glory Purple / Signal Coral
in 3 shops
$56.00
$80
14 likes
Orbit Grey / Dove Grey / Glory Green
Orbit Grey / Dove Grey / Glory Green
from DICK's
$79.99
12 likes
Core Black / Grey Six / Cloud White
Core Black / Grey Six / Cloud White
from Adidas
$80.00
11 likes
Core Black / Signal Coral / Dash Grey
Core Black / Signal Coral / Dash Grey
from StockX
$64.00

Summary of 2 Expert Reviews:

Pros:
Very stable and supportive shoe
Affordable budget model
Cons:
Picks up a lot of dust

Performance of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

James Harden's latest budget model retails for only $80, but how does it perform? The traditional herringbone traction pattern works well on clean courts but picks up dust easily. The Bounce cushioning is heavily caged which results in a very firm and responsive ride with only minimal impact protection. The materials are surprisingly decent for an $80 shoe and perform very well on-court. For $80, the Harden Stepback is a solid performer as long as you are not looking for soft cushioning.
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Reviews of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

The 8.0 average overall rating ranks #102 of 126 shoes overall
7.8
The Sole Brothers
February 20, 2020
For an $80 shoe, this is a pretty good performer! Other than the traction on dust and the firm cushioning, I enjoyed the Harden Stepback a lot.
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8.2
RicheeKim
February 20, 2020
This is a great performer, especially for a budget model! I had a lot of fun playing in the Harden Stepback.
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Traction of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

The 8.0 average traction rating ranks #91 of 126 shoes overall
8.0
The Sole Brothers
February 20, 2020
The traction bites the floor really nicely on clean courts. On dusty courts, you need to wipe constantly.
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8.0
RicheeKim
February 20, 2020
The traditional herringbone traction pattern is really nice on clean courts but collects dust easily on dirty courts.
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Cushion of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

The 7.0 average cushion rating ranks #119 of 126 shoes overall
6.0
The Sole Brothers
February 20, 2020
The cushioning is caged along the whole foot which gives you great court feel but the impact protection is bad.
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8.0
RicheeKim
February 20, 2020
The full-length Bounce cushioning offers great impact protection in the heel and feels more responsive in the forefoot.
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Materials of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

The 8.0 average materials rating ranks #90 of 126 shoes overall
8.0
The Sole Brothers
February 20, 2020
The different synthetic and Mesh materials feel comfortable and get the job done.
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8.0
RicheeKim
February 20, 2020
The materials are nothing special but get the job done.
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Support of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

The 9.0 average support rating ranks #11 of 126 shoes overall
9.0
The Sole Brothers
February 20, 2020
Support and lockdown are really good thanks to the wide base and the raised midsole.
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9.0
RicheeKim
February 20, 2020
The wide base offers a lot of stability for lateral cuts and I didn't have any heel slippage which is rare for me in Harden models.
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Fit of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

The 8.0 average fit rating ranks #96 of 126 shoes overall
8.0
RicheeKim
February 20, 2020
There is a lot of padding in the heel and the lacing system works well.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 0% average outdoor rating ranks #97 of 126 shoes overall
no
The Sole Brothers
February 20, 2020
The soft rubber will probably not last for a long time outdoors.
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Width of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

slightly wide
The Sole Brothers
February 20, 2020
The fit is slightly wide.
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slightly narrow
RicheeKim
February 20, 2020
As a slightly wide-footer, I experienced some pinching pain in the forefoot.
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Size of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

½ size large
The Sole Brothers
February 20, 2020
Go true to your Adidas size (which is a half size smaller than Nike)
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½ size large
RicheeKim
February 20, 2020
Go down half a size unless you have wide feet.
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Deals from $43:
Core Black / Scarlet / Cloud White
Core Black / Scarlet / Cloud White
from Adidas
$43.00
$80
Core Black / Team Royal Blue / Cloud White
Core Black / Team Royal Blue / Cloud White
in 3 shops
$56.00
$80
Cloud White / Core Black / Dove Grey
Cloud White / Core Black / Dove Grey
in 7 shops
$56.00
$80
Core Black / Scarlet / Shock Lime
Core Black / Scarlet / Shock Lime
in 6 shops
$56.00
$80
Core Black / Glory Purple / Signal Coral
Core Black / Glory Purple / Signal Coral
in 3 shops
$56.00
$80
Orbit Grey / Dove Grey / Glory Green
Orbit Grey / Dove Grey / Glory Green
from DICK's
$79.99
Core Black / Grey Six / Cloud White
Core Black / Grey Six / Cloud White
from Adidas
$80.00
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