adidas Pays Homage To James Harden’s Road To Stardom With 4 New Harden Vol. 2 Colorways

adidas has announced that they will be releasing four brand-new colorways of the Harden Vol. 2 sneaker, each one a testament to James’ journey from a young middle school basketball player to the star he is now. Each dubbed the Imma Be A Star, Traffic Jam, Pioneer, and Concrete.


At just 14 years old, James Harden wrote his dreams onto paper with a simple note promising his mom, Imma Be A Star. “As every young kid, you have dreams…you have aspirations. You ask for things when you’re a kid and one day, I asked my mom for some money and I wrote her a note,” Harden explained. “It said, ‘Could u wake me up at 7:00 and could u leave me a couple of dollars. P.S. Keep this paper. Imma be a star.’”

Living out the goal he created 14 years ago, Harden continues to rewrite NBA record books and solidify his status as a superstar of the game. The second edition of Imma Be A Star, designed with black and gold accents, serves to inspire future stars of the game and commemorate the note James’ mom has kept to this day.

“You have those visions when you’re younger and you just don’t know how to get to them,” Harden continued. “I was one of those kids who figured it out and didn’t let anything stop me.”

Imma Be A Star is available now on for $140.


Drive the lane. Create through traffic. No one does it better. Steered by Harden’s unstoppable ability for getting to the basket, adidas introduces Harden Vol. 2 Traffic Jam which features black and white accents with palm tree camo on the lace piece.

Traffic Jam drops March 1st on for $140.


Remixing the team colors worn by Harden in high school, adidas designed the second iteration of Pioneer with various shades of red and gray accents. “My time at Artesia was when I made a drastic change. I believed in myself, and I had a lot more confidence in my ability to play the game of basketball,” Harden explained. “I was pushed to become better every time I stepped on the court, which motivated me to accept every challenge.”

Pioneer releases March 3rd on for $140.


This is where Harden built his game. Shooting from the driveway, dribbling on concrete. Inspired by James’ early basketball days outside his childhood home, adidas introduces Harden Vol. 2 Concrete. “I would always go out there and just shoot. That’s what I did. That was my job,” Harden explained to ESPN. “I would be out there till 1:30, 2:00 in the morning just shooting, just playing.”

Concrete drops March 10th on for $140.

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