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Adidas Harden Stepback

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

Best Suitable For:

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

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Available at 3 shops | Official Retail Price: $79.99
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Category Performance Ratings:

Expert Ratings (2)
User Ratings (12)
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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User Rating8.08.6(0.6)NA7.6(0.4)8.1(0.1)8.5(0.5)
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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 #247 of 295)
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: 8.0 (ranks #238 of 295)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
3
8 - Good
2
7 - Average
6
6 - Subpar
0
5 - Poor
0
7.2
April 26, 2023
Honestly I've been using this shoe for years now and it's ok. It's not amazing, but also not bad. The durability of the shoes (Both the uppers and the traction) is it's strongest point. It'll last you years, even without much care. The traction is ok, but I think it performs better outdoors. It isn't breathable at all as it heats up a lot. And the support and lockdown is ok with minimal heel slippage, but it is comfortable. I think it is a soild budget shoe, that clearly shows it's cost.
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6.9
October 12, 2023
I thought the sneaker didnt have Good durability. Alter a long time of playing it had bad traction, Despite that, The sneakers are Good for The price.
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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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9.4
August 30, 2022
Very reliable! Lasted 2 years for school basketball shoes.
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Traction of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

Expert Traction Rating: 8.0 (ranks #233 of 295)
User Traction Rating: 7.8 (ranks #246 of 295)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
5
7 - Average
5
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 #285 of 295)
User Cushion Rating: 7.8 (ranks #228 of 295)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
6
7 - Average
1
6 - Subpar
4
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 #208 of 295)
User Materials Rating: 7.4 (ranks #254 of 295)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
1
8 - Good
5
7 - Average
4
6 - Subpar
3
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 #38 of 295)
User Support Rating: 8.0 (ranks #226 of 295)
10 - Amazing
2
9 - Great
3
8 - Good
4
7 - Average
5
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 #234 of 295)
User Fit Rating: 8.1 (ranks #210 of 295)
10 - Amazing
1
9 - Great
2
8 - Good
7
7 - Average
3
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: 8.1 (ranks #204 of 295)
10 - Amazing
3
9 - Great
3
8 - Good
1
7 - Average
3
6 - Subpar
1
5 - Poor
1

Outdoor of the Adidas Harden Stepback:

Expert Outdoor Rating: 0.0 (ranks #264 of 295)
User Outdoor Rating: 75.0 (ranks #81 of 295)
Good (100%)
8
Fair (50%)
2
Bad (0%)
3
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
8
slightly wide
5
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
1
true to size
10
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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