James Harden's Nike Sneaker History
via John E. Sokolowski for USA Today Sports

by Brandon Richard

Today, adidas Basketball announced a new partnership with Houston Rockets guard James Harden. Described as an opportunity for Harden to express himself as a creator, the deal gives him a signature line and involves him in product development. The new partnership will officially begin on October 1.

James Harden's Nike Zoom Run the One PE
Harden's Nike Zoom Run the One PE

The news also marks the end of a long-standing relationship between Harden and Nike, which can be traced back to his days in high school. His Arizona State Sun Devils were also Nike-sponsored and he signed an official endorsement agreement with the brand as an NBA rookie in 2009. In recent years, Harden has emerged as one of the faces of the NBA, which Nike took advantage of by having him lead low-top team models like the Crusader, Run the One and HyperChase.

However, Harden, who was last season's MVP runner-up, has bigger ambitions. There's been speculation that he wasn't happy with being passed over by Kyrie Irving as a signature athlete, which will no longer be a concern of his moving forward. If the rumored $200 million deal turns out to be true, he'll be adidas' top-paid basketball endorser.

But before we see what adidas has lined up for The Beard, here's a look back at his last 8 years wearing Nike sneakers and the evolution of his famous facial hair.

Nike Air Huarache Elite TB (2007)

James Harden wearing the Nike Air Huarache Elite TB
via Sun Devils Athletics

Colorway: White/Maroon


Nike Air Max Elite II (2008)

James Harden wearing the Nike Air Max Elite II TB
via Stephen Dunn

Colorway: White/Maroon


Nike Zoom BB II (2008)

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom BB II
via Sun Devils Athletics

Colorway: White/Maroon


Nike Foamposite Lite (2008)

James Harden wearing the 'Blackout' Nike Foamposite Lite
via AZCentral

Colorway: Blackout


Nike Hyperdunk (2009)

James Harden wearing the Nike Hyperdunk in Maroon/White
via Buzzfeed

Colorway: Maroon/White

James Harden wearing the Nike Hyperdunk in White/Maroon
via Sun Devils Athletics

Colorway: White/Maroon


Nike Zoom LeBron 6 (2009)

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom LeBron 6 in White/Black-Varsity Red
via New Republic

Colorway: White/Black-Varsity Red

James Harden wearing the 'Taxi' Nike LeBron 6
via Harry How

Colorway: Taxi

James Harden wearing the 'Wise' Nike LeBron 6
via Marc Serota

Colorway: Wise

James Harden weairng the 'Blackout' Nike LeBron 6
via SI

Colorway: Blackout


Nike Zoom Kobe 4 (2009)

James Harden wearing the 'Draft Day' Nike Kobe 4
via NBAE

Colorway: Draft Day

James Harden wearing the 'POP Home' Nike Kobe 4
via NBAE

Colorway: POP Home

James Harden wearing the 'Carpe Diem' Nike Kobe 4
via NBAE

Colorway: Carpe Diem


Nike Hyperize

James Harden wearing the Nike Hyperize in Black/Silver
via NBAE

Colorway: Black/Silver


Nike Zoom Sharkley (2010)

James Harden wearing the 'OKC Away' Nike Zoom Sharkley
via Nick Laham for NBAE

Colorway: OKC Away


Nike KD 2 (2010)

James Harden wearing the Nike KD 2 in White/Orange
via Dilip Vishwanat for NBAE

Colorway: White/Orange


Nike Hyperfuse (2010)

James Harden wearing the Nike Hyperfuse in Black/White
via Chris Graythen for NBAE

Colorway: Black/White


Nike Hyperfuse Low (2010-2011)

James Harden wearing the Nike Hyperfuse in White/Navy
via Christian Peterson for NBAE

Colorway: White/Navy

James Harden wearing the 'Blackout' Nike Hyperfuse Low
Tom Pennington for NBAE

Colorway: Blackout

James Harden wearing the Nike Hyperfuse Low in Black/White
via Justin Edmonds for NBAE

Colorway: Black/White


Nike Air Max Rise (2010)

James Harden wearing the Nike Air Max Rise in Yellow/Navy
via NBAE

Colorway: Yellow/Navy


Nike Kobe 6 (2011)

James Harden wearing the 'Orange County' Nike Kobe 6
via Jeff Gross for NBAE

Colorway: Orange County


Nike Hyperfuse 2011 Low (2011)

James Harden wearing the Nike Hyperfuse 2011 Low in White/Orange
via Hoopstradamus

Colorway: White/Orange


Nike Hyperdunk 2011 Low (2011-2012)

James Harden wearing an 'OKC' Nike Hyperdunk 2011 Low PE
via Richard Rowe for USA Today Sports

Colorway: OKC Home 

James Harden wearing an 'OKC Away' Nike Hyperdunk 2011 PE
via Matt York for AP

Colorway: OKC Away

James Harden wearing the 'Finals' Nike Hyperdunk 2011 Low
via Washington Post

Colorway: Finals

James Harden wearing the 'USA' Nike Hyperdunk 2011 Low
via Wikipedia

Colorway: USA


Nike Hyperdunk 2011 Elite Low

James Harden wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2011 Elite Low in Black/Orange
via Stephen Dunn for NBAE

Colorway: Black/Orange

James Harden wearing the Nike Hyperdunk 2011 Elite Low in OKC White/Photo Blue
via Brett Deering for NBAE

Colorway: OKC Home


Nike Hyperdunk 2012 Low (2012)

James Harden wearing the 'USA' Nike Hyperdunk 2012 Low
via Ezra Shaw for NBAE

Colorway: USA


Nike Hyperfuse 2012 Low (2012-2013)

James Harden wearing the Nike Hyperfuse 2012 Low in Black/Red
via Kyle Terada for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Black/Red 

James Harden wearing the Nike Hyperfuse 2012 Low in Red/Yellow
via NBAE

Colorway: Red/Yellow

James Harden wearing the Nike Hyperfuse 2012 Low in White/Red
via Brett Davis for USA Today Sports

Colorway: White/Red

James Harden wearing the 'All-Star' Nike Hyperfuse 2012 Low
via Brett Davis for USA Today Sports

Colorway: All-Star


Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low (2012-2013)

James Harden wearing the 'OKC Away' Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low
via Mark D. Smith for USA Today Sports

Colorway: OKC Home

James Harden wearing the Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low OKC Away
via Mike Dinovo for USA Today Sports

Colorway: OKC Away 

James Harden wearing the Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low in Black/Red
via NBAE

Colorway: Black/Red

James Harden wearing the Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low in White/Grey-Red
via Thomas Campbell for USA Today Sports

Colorway: White/Grey-Red

James Harden wearing the Nike Lunar Hypergamer in Red/Yellow-Silver
via NBAE

Colorway: Red/Yellow-Silver 

James Harden wearing the Nike Lunar Hypergamer in Silver/Red-Yellow
via Mark D. Smith for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Silver/Red-Yellow

James Harden wearing the Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low in Yellow/Grey
via NBAE

Colorway: Yellow/Grey

James Harden wearing the 'Christmas' Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low
via NBAE

Colorway: Christmas


Nike KD 5 (2013)

James Harden wearing the 'Hulk' Nike KD 5
via NBAE

Colorway: Hulk


Nike Zoom Crusader (2013-2014)

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Crusader in Red/Yellow
via Craig Mitchelldyer for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Red/Yellow

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Crusader in White/Red
via Troy Taormina for USA Today Sports

Colorway: White/Red

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Crusader in Silver/Red
via Troy Taormina for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Silver/Red

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Crusader in Geen
via Kirby Lee for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Green Week

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Crusader in Yellow/Red-Black
via Sam Sharpe for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Yellow/Red-Black

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Crusader in Black/Red-Grey
via Kelley L. Cox for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Black/Red-Grey

James Harden wearing the 'All-Star' Nike Zoom Crusader
via Bob Donnan for USA Today Sports

Colorway: All-Star

James Harden wearing the 'BHM' Nike Zoom Crusader
via Troy Taormina for USA Today Sports

Colorway: BHM

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Crusader in Red/Yellow
via Matthew Emmons for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Red/Yellow 


Nike Zoom Run the One (2014-2015)

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Run the One in White/Black-Red
via Troy Taormina for USA Today Sports

Colorway: White/Black-Red

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Run the One in Black/White-Red
via Kirby Lee for USA Today Sports

Colorway:  Black/White-Red

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Run the One in White/Red
via James Miron for USA Today Sports

Colorway: White/Red

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Run the One in White/Red
via Matthew Emmons for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Black/Red 

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Run the One in Red/Black
via Gary A. Vasquez for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Red/Black

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Run the One in Grey/Red
via Brad Mills for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Grey/Red

James Harden wearing the Nike Zoom Run the One in Red/Volt
via Kim Klement for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Red/Black-Volt

James Harden wearing the 'USA' Nike Zoom Run the One
via Brad Penner for USA Today Sports

Colorway: USA


Nike HyperRev 2015 (2015)

James Harden wearing the Nike HyperRev 2015 in Red/Yellow
via Brad Penner for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Red/Yellow

James Harden wearing the Nike HyperRev 2015 in Yellow/Red
via Troy Taormina for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Yellow/Red 

James Harden wearing the 'BHM' Nike HyperRev 2015
via Thomas Shea for USA Today Sports

Colorway: BHM 


Nike HyperChase (2015)

James Harden wearing the Nike HyperChase in White/Black-Red
via Troy Taormina for USA Today Sports

Colorway: White/Black-Red

James Harden wearing the Nike HyperChase in Black/Red-Yellow
via Kevin Jairaj for USA Today Sports

Colorway: Black/Red-Yellow

James Harden wearing the 'All-Star' Nike HyperChase
via Bob Donnan for USA Today Sports

Colorway: All-Star

James Harden wearing the 'USA' Nike HyperChase
via NBAE

Colorway: USA