Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the users are satisfied with the comfort of the Adidas Boost cushioning in the midsole.
  • Some users are happy with the Marathon-inspired sneaker design because it resembles many familiar retro runners in the market today.
  • The mesh material on the side, toe box, and tongue make the Adidas Marathon Tech breathable that some users prefer to use this Adidas Originals sneaker during the summer months.
  • A couple of users praise the minimalist design of the sneakers that are not too overwhelming and works well to complement their casual outfits.
  • Several users are pleased that the sneaker is available in vibrant as well as subtle colorway choices that suit various personal preferences and fashion tastes.
  • Many users find the price of the Adidas Marathon Tech shoes reasonable given its retro looks and Boost cushioning.
  • A good number of wearers comment that the vintage-designed sneaker feels lightweight and that they can use it for extended hours without feeling any fatigue.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One user complains that the suede material in some parts of the upper and the white Boost midsole get dirty quite fast and could be difficult to clean after a few months of use.
  • Some users say the familiarity of the design with other retro-styled shoes like the Iniki Runner or i5923 and Falcon models makes it more underrated and often put aside in favor of hyped shoes.

Bottom line

Combining vintage aesthetics with modern sneaker technology often results in iconic Adidas shoes that are worthy of praise. The Adidas Marathon Tech is one excellent example of a vintage runner with suede and mesh upper upgraded by the exceptional cushioning comfort and energy return of the responsive Boost midsole.

With a competitive price that is much cheaper than other Boost-cushioned sneakers in the market, it is a perfect alternative kick for those looking for a classic shoe with contemporary cushioning comfort.

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Good to know

The Marathon Tech sneakers from Adidas Originals are kept secure by the flat shoelace enclosure in front holding the tongue and midfoot in place. It is a unisex product available in men’s sizing. Women should go 1.5 sizes down to get an equivalent fitting for the low-top sneaker.

The vintage-looking Adidas Marathon Tech is a picture-perfect sneaker to wear for those trying to achieve a classic look from the 1980s to the 1990s. The retro running sneaker is an unadulterated casual wear sneaker for both men and women. The inclusion of bright colorways especially for women gives it a beautiful touch for some youthful styling.

The OG colorways of the Adidas Marathon Tech when it was launched as part of the Never Made collection include the Triple Black and Blue colorways. Then when it was finally released as separate Adidas Originals models include running white/cloud white, core black/cloud white, carbon/shock red/core black, clear brown/hi-res yellow/ecru tint.

Two more colorways were dropped a month later exclusively for women. These are the Purple and Tan colorways of the Adidas Marathon Tech.

Here are some styling suggestions of the Adidas Marathon Tech for men and women:

  • For Men: The men’s black and white Adidas Originals Marathon Tech shoes may be worn with jeans, joggers, track pants, and shorts and topped with tees, button-down shirts, hoodies, and jackets.
  • For Women: The women’s Adidas Originals Marathon Tech in bright colorways like purple and shock red would complement any casual women’s wear like leggings, joggers, denim skirts, and shorts.

The most salient component of the retro-styled sneaker is its Boost cushioning midsole that is an upgrade to the original shoe. Making the wearing experience more comfortable, Adidas’ responsive Boost cushioning allows for a responsive and comfortable midsole that delivers outstanding energy return. The throwback design also retained the Dellinger Web in the midsole for extra comfort and stability in the midfoot.

The Adidas Marathon Tech takes its silhouette from the Adidas Marathon TR. The iconic trail running shoe introduced the brand in the running scene from Boston to Berlin. The trail runner was famous footwear because of its fantastic grip and traction patterns that were used in most trail running events.  

The design of the sneaker was personally overseen by the German brand’s founder Adi Dassler. The initial model also had a Dellinger web midsole for additional comfort. The Marathon stayed in the company’s archive for more than two decades before it was re-released in 2018.

Also released by Adidas Originals in 2018 as part of the Never Made collection is the Adidas Marathon x 5923 which made use of the Iniki upper’s features fused with the Marathon’s with an improved Boost midsole. The Adidas Marathon tech, meanwhile, stayed true to its roots by retaining the composition of the Adidas Marathon’s upper aesthetics and materials such as suede and mesh. The retro upper design also sits on the comfortable Boost midsole with a Dellinger web pattern that resembles the original vintage design. The Adidas Marathon Tech sneaker dropped at an affordable $120 price.

  • Adidas signature Trefoil logo is displayed at the tongue and heel back.
  • A durable rubber outsole provides grip and traction.


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