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    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

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    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

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    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $150
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Adidas Sobakov 2.0s come from the Originals collection of the Three-Stripe brand. The size range for these men’s kicks run from 4 to 12. These 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. 

  • Adidas Sobakov 2.0s are priced at $150.
  • The shoes feature semi-translucent rubber outsoles and knit uppers.

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