Brooklyn Nets point guard James Harden will release a new version of his signature Adidas sneaker on Saturday.
The Harden Vol. 5 “Manila Heritage” shoes will hit the market on the 123rd Philippine Independence Day, paying homage to the basketball fandom the NBA and stars like Harden have cultivated overseas.
Filipino toy designer, illustrator and graphic designer Juanito “Quiccs” Maiquer designed the shoe, which features many details related to his heritage.
On the one hand, the brightly colored shoe sports the red, yellow and blue of the Philippine flag. It also features a “+63” on the sole representing the Philippine country code, one of Quiccs’ signatures, and the date “06.26.19.” It was the last time Harden visited the country on a promotional tour.
“The colors of the Philippine flag are very vibrant,” Quiccs told ESPN. “In terms of design, it’s dynamic in the sense that it’s quite easy to play with. It instantly becomes an eye-catcher.”
The drop will also include other clothing items with artwork from Quiccs, who has been working with Adidas since January 2020.
Harden made his debut with the shoes in Game 3 of the Nets’ first round series against the Boston Celtics. He recorded 41 points and 10 assists; although Brooklyn lost that game, it won the series 4-1. Quiccs, who wasn’t sure Harden would wear the shoes for the game, told ESPN that he and his sister were taking screenshots of the game’s stream.
The Nets were deprived of Harden in the Eastern Conference semifinals after a hamstring injury he sustained in Game 1. Brooklyn leads the series 2-1 following Thursday night’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s unclear if Harden will be available for Game 4 on Sunday.
The Harden shoe line debuted in 2016 with the Harden Vol. 1 sneaker with the color “Imma Be a Star”, a shoe simply black with gold details. The Harden Vol. 5 “Manila Heritage” sneakers will cost around $ 150.