Summary

We spent 6.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Many users describe the design of the Adidas Sobakov as very innovative and unique.
  • Quite a lot of wearers find this sneaker from Adidas comfortable.
  • Its knitted composition is more durable than Primeknit, many buyers have observed.
  • Several wearers declare that this sneaker has roomy toe box.
  • Heaps of buyers share this stylish sneaker as totally worth it.
  • Lots of satisfied buyers have observed that this kick is structured with excellent quality materials.
  • Several reviewers like the 3D herringbone pattern on the sole fuses well with the upper.
  • A couple of purchasers prefer the sizeable wavy pattern on the Sobakov midsole than the intricate design on the Kamanda.
  • The reflective detailing on the Three Stripes logo popped in the dark and when hit by flashing light.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The upper is denser than Primeknit and isn’t too stretchy, according to a couple of buyers.
  • Several users have noted that it isn’t the most ventilated upper they have tried on.
  • The collar is sparsely padded, many buyers have criticized.
  • Many are not too impressed that this shoe comes noticeably heavy.

Bottom line

After the release of the Adidas Kamanda with a deliberately misshapen midsole, the Adidas Sobakov came next. Although its catchy sole and impressive detailing were lauded by many, some consumers were divided with their opinions about the shoe’s ventilation.

Users affirmed that the midsole grants sufficient cushioning but it isn’t in any way near with Boost’s responsiveness. Overall, many deemed this Adidas Originals lifestyle kick a decent deal as it is excellently crafted.

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The Adidas Sobakov has a lace-up closure that grants users an adjustable and secured fit. The cushioning setup underneath is made of EVA foam which offers just the right amount of comfort for daily grinds. The durable chunk of gum outsole provides stability. This soccer-inspired shoe can be purchased in men’s sizing. Women buyers are suggested to get a men’s size that’s equivalent to 1.5 smaller than their usual size.

 

Adidas continues to tease its followers with another chunky sole sneaker offering, the low-top Sobakov, featuring a bulbous outsole that’s sure to catch anyone’s attention. This indoor soccer-inspired streetwear sneaker has a ribbed upper detailing that’s offset by subdued shades such as white, black, or solar orange. Its eccentric yet luxe composition impressively complements a pair of joggers or zip-up tracksuits for a sporty weekend vibe; wide-leg bottoms, crinkled, or slim-hemmed pants for day-to-day grinds.  

The most prominent aspect of the Adidas Sobakov is its psychedelic sole. The sculpted, translucent gum midsole and outsole are made of 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.

The Adidas Sobokov emerged just in time for the culmination of 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 low-top Sobakov bursts with soccer cleat elements marked by its knitted upper with horizontal ribbing and punctuated by an unapologetic wavy gum sole that gives it a street-ready character. The wrap around Three-Stripes leather labeling is suggestive of the Adidas Predator Precision, a soccer cleat launched in the year 2000 which has been modified several times. One of the upgraded styles of such classic power cleat is the Adidas Predator Precision Firm Ground, introduced in 2017. 

Sobakov’s general figure and textured gum sole are akin to another stylish soccer-inspired lifestyle sneaker coined as the Adidas Kamanda as well as the Adidas Prophere which are among the cutting-edge styles added to the Adidas Originals lineup in 2018.

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.

  • The plain leather panel stitched on top of the tongue has no branding on it. However, the Sobakov and Adidas logo patches are sewn under the tongue.
  • The insole is made with a faux leather finish.
  • The Three-Stripes branding is reflective.
  • The heel counter is made of leather.
  • The flat laces that make up the front closure are looped through the embroidered eyelets.
  • The name Sobakov is an amalgamation of two Russian words: “sobaka” for dog and “volk” for wolf. These animals that work in packs somehow portray the hordes of supporters of opposing soccer teams.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com