There are few more basketball-crazed countries in the world than the Philippines. Brooklyn Nets star James Harden visited the Asian archipelago a couple of years ago, and it seems like the country left quite an impression on him.
The Nets All-Star debuted his Adidas James Harden Vol. 5 “Manila Heritage” in their first-round series against the Boston Celtics, and the pair of kicks instantly caught the eye of aficionados and casual fans alike.
Aside from the colors of the Philippine flag, the pair also has the numbers “+63” and “06.26.19” inscribed on it, which represents the nation’s telephone country code and the date of Harden’s last visit, respectively. It also features the word “Quiccs” which is the name of the man behind the shoe’s design.
Quiccs Maiquez is a Filipino graphic artist, toy designer, and illustrator. Adidas tapped him up to design Harden’s signature shoe, and he did not hesitate to grab the opportunity. Maiquez shed some light on the concept behind his design:
“The colors of the Philippine flag are very dynamic. In terms of design, it’s dynamic in the sense that it’s quite easy to play with. It instantly becomes an eye catcher,” he said, via Carlo Pamintuan of ESPN. “If you see the other colors of the Harden Vol. 5 colorways, this design really stands out.”
Unfortunately, Harden has been out of action for the Nets after suffering a hamstring strain in the opening minute of their Game 1 bout against the Milwaukee Bucks. Brooklyn is hopeful that he is able to return to action sooner rather than later, so perhaps we could be in store for a new colorway of the “Manila Heritage”?