Who should buy the Adidas Sobakov

This one-fo-a-kind style speaks to you if you want:

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Who should NOT buy it 

Look at the Adidas Prophere if you want a flexible and snug-fitting shoe. If you prefer a remarkably light and breathable sneak, shift to the Adidas Kamanda. It's as extraordinary as this lifestyle shoe.  

Adidas Sobakov top

It's sure to last not only for one season 

This shoe stays durable after many months of use. It will also keep your feet insulated whether you pick the knit or leather construction.

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That screaming gum sole does grab attention

The most prominent aspect of the Adidas Sobakov is its sculpted gum sole made of a profoundly grooved herringbone pattern which gives it a dynamic look. The curvy bottom of the Sobakov projects a fluid appearance which, according to some, is more aesthetically appealing than the spiky design on the sole of the Adidas Prophere and the intense waves on the Adidas Kamanda. Some of the colorways make you pop in the dark since they come with reflective strips of leather on the sides. 

Adidas Sobakov back

Noticeably heavy

Don't expect this shoe to be as light as the Boost blessed sneakers like the NMD_R1. But that chunk of rubber kept the testers steady as they tackled their day-to-day activities, whether for a casual day at work or hanging out with friends.

Sobakov can accommodate different foot shapes

Narrow to broad-footed individuals appreciate that their toes don't feel cramped. They say it feels roomy at the toe box.

Adidas Sobakov width

It takes a while to get used to its mold

It's built with a padded foam underfoot which helps with shock absorption. It also gets much comfier after giving it ample break-in time. But it isn't an ideal option for flat-footed users as it doesn't have arch support. 

Adidas Sobakov arch

Though its collar isn't thickly padded, this shoe is lined with soft fabric. 

Adidas Sobakov collar

It's tacky and got excellent traction

Its attention-grabbing sole with a 3D herringbone pattern on the sole provides good traction. It also fuses well with the ribbed upper. 

Adidas Sobakov outsole

A glance at Sobakov's background

The Adidas Sobokov emerged just in time to culminate the FIFA 2018 World Cup held in Russia. This aggressive-looking silhouette that appears like a soccer shoe from another world gave sports and sneaker fanatics something to rave about even as the FIFA fever trickled down.

The real game-changer is its unapologetic wavy gum sole that gives it a street-ready character. The wrap-around Three-Stripe leather labeling is reminiscent of the Adidas Predator Precision, a soccer cleat launched in the year 2000 and modified several times. One of the upgraded styles of such classic power cleats is the Adidas Predator Precision Firm Ground, introduced in 2017. 

Sobakov's textured gum sole is akin to the Adidas Prophere, and another stylish soccer-inspired lifestyle sneaker called the Adidas Kamanda. These are among the cutting-edge styles added to the Adidas Originals lineup in 2018.

Adidas Sobakov medial

The Adidas Sobakov initially surfaced in clean cloud white/gum and core black/gum color schemes before it got its bone/ice purple/ solar orange colorway with the drop of the collaborative edition, called the Bodega x Adidas Sobakov. Also, in 2018, the tan outsole was retooled using a white gum, while the woven knit upper took a clear orange palette, contrasted by a core black heel logo wrapping.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Football
Collection: Adidas Originals
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, Knit, EVA, Gum Sole / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.