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Adidas Harden Stepback

Released 1/2020, Low Top, James Harden, 
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8.0
EXPERT RATING
2 reviews
8.2
USER RATING
4 ratings
This Harden budget model convinces with solid overall performance

Best Suitable For:

A great choice for price-conscious guards who like responsive cushioning

Price Comparison:

Available at 1 shop | Official Retail Price: $79.99
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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings (2)
User Ratings (4)
Traction
8.0
Cushion
7.0
Materials
8.0
Support
9.0
Fit
8.0
Outdoor
0%

Weight & Sizing:

Weight:
light
heavy
Sizing:
small
large
Width:
narrow
wide

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Expert Rating8.08.2(0.2)7.9(0.1)8.2(0.2)7.9(0.1)8.1(0.1)
User Rating8.2NA8.3(0.1)8.2(0.0)NA8.5(0.3)
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Adidas Harden Stepback Review

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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Expert Reviews of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

Expert Rating: 8.0 (ranks #176 of 219)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
0
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.2
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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7.8
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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User Reviews of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

User Rating: 8.2 (ranks #159 of 219)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
0
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
7.0
December 23, 2021
an OK shoe, not really good, and not really bad. Just average.
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7.4
May 8, 2022
Pretty bad traction, besides that a good shoe for its price.
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9.7
March 11, 2022
User didn't add a summary.
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8.7
January 26, 2022
User didn't add a summary.
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Traction of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

Expert Traction Rating: 8.0 (ranks #164 of 219)
User Traction Rating: 7.8 (ranks #164 of 219)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
0
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
1
5 - Poor
0
8.0
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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8.0
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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Cushion of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

Expert Cushion Rating: 7.0 (ranks #209 of 219)
User Cushion Rating: 7.8 (ranks #144 of 219)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
0
6 - Subpar
2
5 - Poor
0
8.0
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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6.0
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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Materials of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

Expert Materials Rating: 8.0 (ranks #155 of 219)
User Materials Rating: 7.0 (ranks #178 of 219)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
0
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
1
5 - Poor
0
8.0
February 20, 2020
The materials are nothing special but get the job done.
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8.0
February 20, 2020
The different synthetic and Mesh materials feel comfortable and get the job done.
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Support of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

Expert Support Rating: 9.0 (ranks #27 of 219)
User Support Rating: 7.8 (ranks #167 of 219)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
3
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
2
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
9.0
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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9.0
February 20, 2020
Support and lockdown are really good thanks to the wide base and the raised midsole.
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Fit of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

Expert Fit Rating: 8.0 (ranks #169 of 219)
User Fit Rating: 8.0 (ranks #149 of 219)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
3
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
8.0
February 20, 2020
There is a lot of padding in the heel and the lacing system works well.
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Durability of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

User Durability Rating: 7.8 (ranks #166 of 219)
10 - Amazing
0
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
0
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
1
5 - Poor
0

Outdoor of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 0.0 (ranks #187 of 219)
User Outdoor Rating: 75.0 (ranks #60 of 219)
Good (100%)
3
Fair (50%)
0
Bad (0%)
2
no
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:

very narrow
0
slightly narrow
1
regular
2
slightly wide
3
very wide
0
slightly narrow
February 20, 2020
As a slightly wide-footer, I experienced some pinching pain in the forefoot.
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slightly wide
February 20, 2020
The fit is slightly wide.
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Size of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

very small
0
slightly small
0
true to size
3
slightly long
3
very long
0
½ size large
February 20, 2020
Go down half a size unless you have wide feet.
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½ size large
February 20, 2020
Go true to your Adidas size (which is a half size smaller than Nike)
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