As someone who is not a huge fan of the “WHAT ARE THOSE??” Internet trend, even I have to admit it works pretty perfectly with James Harden’s new on-court sneaker of choice. After signing a massive $200 million endorsement deal with Adidas this summer, the Rockets star has chosen the all-white Crazy Light Boost 2015s to be his footwear of choice at the start of this NBA season.
Here’s a look at the sneakers:
Disclaimer: I am not a “sneakerhead,” nor have I ever claimed to be. But, with that being said, I have some thoughts.
First of all, no. Second of all, what?
In a time where basketball sneakers are getting totally off-the-chain bonkers, I appreciate Harden taking a step back and going simple. But he stepped too far back… way too far back, man.
These are good shoes if you have arthritis and/or dementia. These are good shoes if you’re really hoping to impress your uppity tennis pals. These are good shoes if you’re a middle-aged dad who has given up on ever getting laid again.
But these are not good shoes if you’re a professional basketball player with millions of dollars. These are not good shoes if you’re the basketball face of one of the world’s most valuable brands. These are just not good shoes. But, yes, they are relatively expensive at $130 retail.
Alright, maybe I’m being too harsh on Harden and his new sneaks, or maybe I was just expecting more. But low-tops? Come on. That’s not going to provide much protection for the countless times Harden gets crossed up in 2015.