Stylistically the adidas Sobakov Black Gum shoe takes inspiration from terrace classics of the past, and imagines where they would sit in both the modern day and future. The traditional ‘flat gum sole and three stripes’ combination has been waiting for an update of sorts, and this is the perfect solution. Collaborative projects the brand have been putting out in recent times have hinted at this kind of aesthetic, in particular their work with designer Gosha Rubchinskiy and his forward thinking collections.
Obvious design traits from the heralded Predator line are visible across the upper, with the waved stripes seen on 2000’s Precision installment of the legendary range of football boots. The traditional boot leather upper has been overhauled with a deep black knitted upper, with linear embroidery running across the toebox, slightly reminiscent of the original boot. Sitting underfoot, a chunky, all gum sole bares a rippled texture across the entire length of the unit. Minimal hints of leather creep subtly into the Sobakov, in the form of the sweeping stripes, heel counter and tongue panel.
The Sobakov shares almost the same shape as the terrace-inspired sneaker from several months ago. However, the single-piece suede upper has been replaced with a thick, ribbed knit material. The leather hits on the tongue and heel are still present, along with the toebox stitching, though there are some subtle differences. The stripes on either side are no longer a series of perforations, instead, the white stripes take inspiration from the adidas Predator line. The stripes extend from the heel and feature a sharp tooth-like shape for an aggressive look. Finally, the Sobakov is complete by a wavy midsole similar to the Kamanda’s grippy nubs.
adidas Sobakov Core Black
Release Date: July 21st, 2018
Color: Core Black/FTWR White/Gum 3
Style Code: AQ1135