Let’s take another lesser-known hoop shoe in today’s era of “signatures everywhere” – today, I bring you my Adidas Marquee Boost review.
It’s a shoe that doesn’t seem to impress at first sight but I heard a lot of good things about it, so I’ve decided to give it a shot. Plus, you can get these for dirt cheap (50% off) during the time of this review on Adidas!
So, Boost on a budget shoe? Is that a recipe for disaster? Let’s find out…
Model: Adidas Marquee Boost
Weight: 16.2 oz / 459 g. (size 10)
Retail Price: $130
Cushion: Full-length Boost
I. COMFORT & FIT
As a lot of us know, Adidas has recently been really killing it with their basketball releases in terms of pure comfort and the overall experience inside the shoe. I wouldn’t say the Marquee Boost is a top contender among the most comfortable shoes but it’s damn near close – and that’s more than enough for me.
We have some nice internal padding around your achilles area, the upper is nice and soft in key areas and the buttery smooth midsole adds to making the shoe great to wear and play. I’ve also noticed the shoe has pretty unusual lining inside, which is sooooo smooth, it almost feels too smooth. I didn’t experience any slipping or containment issues due to that, so no worries there.
One thing I did notice is the shoe did feel a little heavier than today’s average basketball shoe. No, I didn’t feel like I was wearing a pair of medieval clogs but the shoe does present itself as a bit bulky, especially during the first few times of play.
Because of this, you kinda feel like you’re definitely wearing a shoe on your feet while playing – I’m not entirely sure this was only because of the weight or something else but there were moments where I felt like there was some resistance applied to my feet. The key to having a very pleasant & seamless experience in a hoop shoe is when you pretty much forget that you have a shoe on during game time.
For the Marquee Boost, I missed that feeling at times – though it’s nothing really major and didn’t cause me to hate it. Not at all.
As for sizing, I am a wide footer and went true to size, despite some folks recommending going down half a size. The fit is not ideal at the start – the shoe does run a bit long and takes a bit of time to break in. After about a week, the fit normalized and they became pretty good.
However, there’s still some extra space in the toebox and that’s what likely added to the shoe’s heavier feel. If you’re looking to optimize the fit as much as possible, I’d suggest going down half a size or trying them on first, if you can.
Overall, a solid package with a few dents – they get the job done but a few simple fixes could’ve made them even better.
Classic herringbone is back and it’s a welcome addition to a basic shoe, with basic intent – provide adequate comfort and performance. There are no pieces of storytelling or any other things that a lot of times end up as gimmicks to what could’ve been solid traction. Hey, it’s not a signature, so that stuff is put to the side.
As you can see, the lateral portion of the pattern that’s separated from the rest of the outsole has larger and more spaced out grooves and the rest are much denser, making the shoe perform slightly inconsistently in terms of sensitivity to dust.
The traction itself is great – I had tons of bite at all times, didn’t slip when the outsole wasn’t clogged with dust and herringbone simply does the best job in providing wide, multi-directional coverage.
Be ready to wipe them often though – this is one of the most sensitive outsoles I’ve tried in a while, so letting them pile up all that dust and debris will result in reduced bite and occasional slips here and there.
Clean courts – fine, minimal issues. Dirty, older courts, or outdoors – these will be a bit of a chore to constantly wipe, if you’re looking to stay at 100% traction at all times.
The rubber seems durable – so it’s a solid outdoor option, if you can handle the outsole collecting dust like crazy.
On this shoe, the forefoot Boost section is caged into a plastic frame, limiting the foam’s contortion and providing a more responsive and stable ride. The heel section isn’t caged and Boost truly shows its properties there.
Overall, the package turned out to be really good. The forefoot section is quick and responsive, and even though it feels a little dead, I was able to stay very quick and achieve the acceleration times I wanted.
The heel section is super soft and bouncy with tons of quick energy return and impact protection. The overall ride and step transitions were pretty smooth and VERY comfortable and the shoe does feel versatile, so I can see most positions play in these and have a good time.
The foam in the heel does have a lot of give to it and you’ll sink into the heel quite a lot, so if you’re a quick guard who needs 100% responsiveness and quickness full-length – I think the Marquee Boost won’t give you that. Don’t get me wrong, the shoe’s cushion setup is well-balanced and fairly versatile but not ideal for players who are looking for maximum responsiveness.
Your foot sits pretty high in the carrier as well, so court feel will be subdued, though not to a point where it’s non-existent.
I think realistically, this setup will work for pretty much all positions but especially well for more explosive athletes, high jumpers, and heavier players.
Support overall was solid – I have no major complaints about it. The shoe’s outsole is very wide, making it a stable foundation to play on. There’s an internal heel counter in place, a TPU midfoot shank, outriggers and the ankle collar itself is pretty supportive – not to a point where it’s a chore for your ankle but still provides some extra lockdown it.
Foot containment is also good, I never slid out of the footbed or anything messed up like that. The shoe could’ve felt even more responsive and secure if I didn’t have all that extra dead space in the forefoot area. That’s on me though – I should’ve gone down half a size but hey, it is what it is.
Overall, the shoe is supportive but not to a point where it’s too much – and if you can get the fit right, it’s even better.
V. BUILD & MATERIALS
The shoe’s upper is mostly mesh molded with Fuse in key areas for more structure, with some knit mixed in and a synthetic leather overlay around the laces.
A surprisingly premium and high-quality combo for a $130 non-signature! Mesh & fuse will be the main materials felt on the shoe while playing and that’s not a bad thing – it’s comfortable, structured, and durable.
The knit and synthetic leather areas are kinda just there – they don’t really do much to improve comfort or performance, nor they improve durability. However, the shoe looks to be very durable nonetheless, I took these out both indoors and outdoors for a few weeks and I don’t see a single sign of wear and tear.
I guess the only minor gripe I have with the materials is the lack of proper ventilation. I don’t really care much about that but felt like you should know about it at least.
The Adidas Marquee Boost is a solid option for those looking to get a total steal, as you can get the shoe for very cheap, both on Adidas and Amazon. They’re pretty versatile, they’re durable, they’re good for outdoors, Boost is still amazing and the materials used are worthy of the $130 price tag.
The shoe does have its flaws here and there. The sizing is inconsistent which is something Adidas has been dealing with for a while now, the outsole collects dust like crazy and the shoe does feel a little bulky, especially at the start. However, if you can get past the few minor gripes and find a great deal – I think the Marquee Boost is still a great option.
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Why Adidas or Amazon? Click to find out!
I’ve been ordering a solid 70%-80% of my hoop shoes from Amazon and can confidently say it’s almost always the most trustworthy and convenient option to buy your shoes.
Yes, it’s great to find the shoe you’re looking for on an original retailer such as Nike or Adidas but the reality is a bit different – a lot of times, especially for shoes older than 1-2 years, it’s a very small chance you’ll find the shoe or better yet find it in your size & color.
You’ll mostly find the latest releases directly from the brand’s store but the period is usually pretty short until they’re out of stock.
This is where Amazon comes in.
Amazon is not strictly one retailer giving you the products, it’s a whole chain of thousands of different sellers, all supplying different products, including basketball shoes. You will mostly find more color and size options on Amazon for your desired shoe than on an original retailer or even a general sporting goods store.
Sure, there will be exceptions where Amazon won’t have a particular shoe but that’s on the rare side.
And the best part is the pricing – you can find older shoes and at times new shoes priced under retail, sometimes at crazy low prices, which is something you’ll never see on Nike.com, adidas.com, and other retailers (except during discounts/sales of course).
To sum things up and give you a generalized idea of why Amazon beats other stores more often than not, I’ve compiled a shortlist of the most notable advantages the massive store chain has over its competitors.
- Usually, higher stock, size & color/edition availability compared to other stores
- Blazing fast shipping times (sometimes delivered the SAME DAY if you’re close to the seller’s stock)
- A good chance to find shoes priced under retail
- Extremely convenient return/refund policies
Despite Amazon usually being the best and most convenient place to get your shoes from, there are times where getting the shoe directly from the manufacturer is a better idea.
One, there will be times where the shoe is not available on Amazon. If the shoe is relatively new (not older than 1+ years), it’s almost guaranteed you’ll be able to find it on the original manufacturer’s website.
In this case, both options are available, so if you’ve never bought from Adidas.com before and you’re considering it, let me give you a bit of insight.
The main strong point of getting your shoes straight from the retailer is the fixed pricing. You’ll never spend more than you should’ve, as the price of the shoe will always be the manufacturer’s set retail price, which does not change at any point (except during a discount/sale).
So, if you’re seeing the shoe priced at $135 on Amazon and $120 on Adidas for example, this means $120 is the retail price and you should, of course, be getting them from Adidas to save some cash. This doesn’t happen too often but always make sure to check just in case it does.
You’ll also find more frequent and usually larger discounts/sales on the brand’s site. Shoes that aren’t the latest and greatest anymore are often times discounted to clear out the stock and that’s always a gem for us customers.
Once again, I’ve made a quick list of the main advantages original retailers’ stores have over other options.
- You’ll never find a shoe priced higher than retail
- More frequent discounts and sales that are usually pretty big
- Buying straight from the manufacturer means no hiccups 99% of the time
- You can find more detailed and relevant reviews left by buyers
Still not sure? I’ve made a comprehensive guide and compiled some general tips on where to buy basketball shoes online. Check it HERE!
Comfort Rating: 7.5
Performance Rating: 8
Value for the Price Rating: 9
Suitable for Outdoors: Yes
Recommended for: All positions | athletic players | heavier players
Overall Rating: 8.3
Thanks a lot for reading the review! I truly hope you found it informative! Will you be picking up the Marquee Boost? Do you have any questions or want to share your experience?