Summary

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7 reasons to buy

  • Adidas Sobakov 2.0 shoes, or Sobakov Boosts as they’re also known, have a much higher level of comfort compared to the original Sobakov model, according to many testers.
  • The materials used for these kicks are “very premium,” several purchasers say.
  • A lot of Adidas Sobakov 2.0 reviews mention how much the people like its very clean and stylish look.
  • The shoes turn heads mainly because of the bold color schemes, especially the black and gold one, a handful of users claim.
  • Adidas Sobakov 2.0s are true to fit and size, some state.
  • These kicks have a cool Predator vibe that takes you back to the 90s, a few have mentioned.
  • The sneakers contain responsive Boost cushioning that delivers extra comfort and enhanced energy return.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several people claim that Adidas Sobakov 2.0s can look chunky on feet because of the massive soles.
  • Adidas Sobakov 2.0s have limited colors to choose from, a few disappointed consumers have noted.

Bottom line

Adidas pulled off another amazing model with the Boost tech. The brand executed this new update beautifully by settling so much style bound by comfort on the Sobakov 2.0s.  

The shoes are not only comfy, but they’re most definitely well-constructed too. The premium materials used give off a luxe vibe that when combined with the bold colorways will get your kicks instantly noticed. 

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Football
Collection: Adidas Originals
Closure: Laces
Material: Knit, Rubber Sole
Technology: Boost
Features: Breathable
Price: $150
Colorways: Black, White
Size
Small True to size Large
Fit
Tight Loose
Support
Neutral Stable
Flexibility
Stiff Flexible
Breathability
Warm Breathable
Cushioning
Firm Plush
Durability 7/10
Comfort 9/10
Traction 8/10
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Adidas Sobakov 2.0s come from the Originals collection of the Three-Stripe brand. These kicks are true to size and feature an average width.

The fit is adjustable courtesy of the lace closures, which utilize flat laces and a three-pair eyelet system attached to the Three Stripe overlays on the lateral and medial sides of the shoes. The oversized tongues keep the feet locked down securely.

Sobakov 2.0 sneakers have a super casual and distinctive styling that you can’t mistake for anything else. The proportions are all exaggerated, from the tongues and the Three Stripe branding on the sides down to the wavy soles. The look is both sleek and chunky, the latter made so because of the trademark sculpted Sobakov midsoles. 

The half Boost, half Sobakov midsoles give the sneakers an interesting style, which one user described as a “half encapsulated look.” These kicks are currently available in only two colorways—chalk white/core black and core black/gold metallic—but there are reportedly new shade drops coming in the near future.

Adidas Sobakov Boosts feature not only a difference in styling but also in comfort. If the originals were comfortable before, then they are doubly more so now that the heel parts of the midsoles are now made of Boost. 

The Boost midsoles use a TPU material that compresses under pressure and instantly bounces back to its original shape to provide a high and endless energy return.

OrthoLite sockliners are also featured in these sneakers. They give the shoes functional breathability and keep your feet drier by wicking away moisture.

Adidas Sobakov 2.0s had their release date on May 11, 2019, barely a year after the launch of the core model, Adidas Sobakov. It seems that the Three-Stripe brand is very much excited with this new silhouette as they have also released a Hender Scheme x Sobakov collab a month before these Sobakov Boost shoes.

The original Sobakov was launched at the culmination of the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia. Adidas timed the release just right because the shoes are heavily-inspired by Beckham’s football cleats called Predator Precisions. The name is also a combination of two Russian words which are ‘sobaka’ for dog and ‘volk’ for wolf, a reference to each football team’s hordes of fans who act like one pack.

While the uppers of Sobakovs are influenced by Predator Precision shoes, the soles take inspiration from the Adidas Kamanda and Prophere models, which are distinctive for their cutting-edge styling. 

  Differences between the Adidas Sobakov 2.0 and the Adidas Sobakov

There are actually a few differences between the two models other than the most significant one, which is the addition of a Boost midsole on the heel part of the shoes. These new editions include more exaggerated tongues reminiscent of skate shoes. The dissimilarity is even more emphasized with the use of leather on the tongues, which are worn tucked out of the shoes, as opposed to the knit material of the core model. 

The eyelets of Sobakov 2.0s are also attached to the oversized and reflective Three-Stripe branding overlays rather than being embroidered on. The huge brandings on the sides are taken from Zinedine Zedane’s Predator Accelerator shoes instead of the Precision model. And the knit material in these is softer, more flexible, and provides more ‘give’ than the fabric which covers the first Sobakovs. 

  • The shoes feature semi-translucent rubber outsoles and knit uppers.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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