Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A good number of Tracy McGrady fans are very happy with this retro release. They love everything about these Adidas basketball shoes and claim that the retros are just as good as the originals.
  • The Adidas T-Mac 1 Retro is a very comfortable basketball sneaker, several owners declare.
  • At least a couple of players are reporting that these retro basketball shoes from Adidas are made to last outdoors.
  • These basketball shoes fit as expected, most reviewers claim.
  • According to several testers, the ankle collar provides terrific support without hindering movement.
  • Most reviewers are impressed at the shoe’s traction. They claim that it works extremely well despite the court condition.
  • According to a tester, the stiff cushioning provides a responsive and low-to-the-ground feel.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A good number of reviewers are complaining that the T-Mac 1 Retro’s cushioning is too stiff and takes a long time to break in.
  • According to a few players, these Adidas basketball sneakers are a bit heavy and bulky.
  • Most testers are reporting that lateral movements may feel clunky because of the unforgiving Torsion system.

Bottom line

The Adidas T-Mac 1 Retro is a fairly decent basketball shoe. Despite its stiff cushioning, everything else—traction, support, and lockdown—works pretty well.

Most owners are quite happy with this retro release from Adidas. It has all that mid-90s to early-00s goodness that old school sneakerheads and Tracy McGrady fans will surely love.

 

Facts

Expert Reviews

77 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 86 / 100 | BlackLotus9 | | Level 4 expert

    Always bold and ahead of the times in terms of styling, the court performance was more than up to par. In the TMAC 1 performance is solid with excellent court feel & responsiveness, and surprisingly good fluidness on the court. These days, the push for light weight is an important performance aspect that many companies take into account. The TMAC 1 represents a time when weight was not the main factor in performance, and on the court, the balance of the shoe makes it a viable option today. In other words, another Adidas reissue yields another exceptional performer.

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Made for Tracy McGrady’s slashing style of play, the Adidas T-MAC 1 boasts a modern shell toe for protection, a feathered midsole with ADIPRENE+ for propulsion, and the Torsion System for midfoot integrity.

Cushion. These retro basketball shoes from the Three Stripes is equipped with a feathered midsole and ADIPRENE+. At the forefoot, the ADIPRENE+ is designed to maintain propulsion and efficiency.

Traction. The Adidas T-Mac 1 Retro has a non-marking rubber outsole with zonal herringbone traction for increased grip on both the hardwood and blacktop.

Length and Width. According to most owners, these Adidas basketball shoes fit perfectly and are wide-foot friendly. They suggest going with your actual size when ordering the retro T-Mac 1.

Lockdown. The Adidas T-Mac 1 Retro features a traditional lace-up closure that offers a fully customizable fit. At the midfoot, the Torsion System provides added support and maintains integrity.

These retro basketball sneakers are constructed with a combination of molded and textured rubber and synthetics. A modern shell toe provides added durability while a perforated forefoot and air mesh tongue increases breathability.

The most noticeable design feature of the shoe is a TMac-specific shell toe that protects against toe drags. The rubber forefoot overlay rises from the lateral arch before coming down the vamp—completely covering the toe cap. Signature details include McGrady’s number 1 found at the heel.

Released in 2002, the Adidas T-Mac 1 brings an old-school vibe on the court with its refreshed colorways.

  • Black/Collegiate Royal/Black ‘Orlando’
  • Black/Scarlet
  • Core Black/Core Royal/Core Black
  • Footwear White/Core Royal/Footwear White
  • Green/Purple ‘Incredible Hulk’
  • Joy Blue/Orange/Yellow
  • Running White/Forest Green-Metallic Gold ‘SVSM’
  • Turquoise/Black/Gold
  • White/Red

Adidas T-Mac 1 Retro ‘All-Star’

After ten years, Adidas finally released a 2002 All-Star sample of Tracy McGrady’s first signature basketball shoe. The T-Mac 1 Retro ‘All-Star’ features a metallic silver upper with black accents.

Adidas T-Mac 1 Retro ‘Houston Rockets’

In 2013, Adidas basketball released a red and white T-Mac 1 Retro to commemorate his tenure with the Houston Rockets.

Adidas T-Mac 1 Retro ‘Incredible Hulk’

Made in collaboration with Marvel, the ‘Incredible Hulk’ colorway boasts a green upper with purple accents.

Adidas T-Mac 1 Retro ‘Mt. Zion’

This colorway of the Adidas T-Mac 1 Retro pays tribute to his school Mt. Zion Christian Academy before he was drafted by the Toronto Raptors.

Adidas T-Mac 1 Retro ‘SVSM’

During LeBron James’s high school days, Adidas basketball outfitted his team with a PE colorway of the Adidas T-Mac 1. In 2013, the Three Stripes finally made the ‘SVSM’ colorway available to the public.

The T-Mac 1 Retro ‘SVSM’ is dressed in the school’s colors of white, forest green, and metallic gold.

Adidas T-Mac 1 Retro ‘Year of the Snake’

Adidas basketball greets the Year of the Snake with a unique collection that includes the T-Mac 1 Retro. These basketball shoes boast a snake-skin upper finished in shimmering electric blue.

Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com