Performance Teaser: adidas T-MAC 1 Retro
I really try to refrain myself from saying that something sucks, but these… kind of suck.
The entire shoe doesn’t suck, let’s get that straight. There are quite a few features on the shoe which I feel are really great…. traction being one of them. It’s not gimmicky or anything, just simple herringbone placed along the outsole and it works extremely well, even on not so clean courts.
There is really only one part of the shoe that sucks and it just happens to be the part that kills it for me when I wear them on-court.
I truly applaud adidas for how much support their TORSION system offers the wearer. This time, however, isn’t a time where it comes in handy and dare I say… offers too much support… to the point that its restrictive.
It’s practically impossible to maneuver while wearing these darn things. At least it is being my size…
I can see these being useful for strong or big players but I feel like I want to go one way and the shoes feel like going another. It strains the hell out of my legs and knees, the same way a ski boot would… and ski boots don’t move or flex at all.
I don’t know if the blocky feeling comes strictly from the TORSION system or if it’s a mixture between the TORSION and the double last midsole… but, whatever it is really isn’t user friendly. The best way I can describe it is this… strap a 2×4 to your foot then try to hoop with them. That – in a nutshell – is the adidas TMAC 1.