Hugo Boss is the perfect example of reinvention. After starting off with the general style of clothes, the Company went into the making into making military-style uniforms.
It was after the WW2, and the death of the founder Hugo Boss when the company transferred the production to the well-known and beloved men’s suits. The suits proved to be a quite popular transition, and they also improved the image of the Company. But there’s no denying that the introduction of the men’s suits brought a huge amount of financial success as well.
The first perfume made by Hugo Boss was introduced in 1984, and by 1989 Hugo Boss unveiled the first sunglasses with the Company’s logo. The expansion of the merchandise proved to be a step in the right direction for the German company. So, today some 95 years since the inception Hugo Boss has a wide variety of products to offer. From perfumes to sunglasses and sneakers.
The Hugo Boss Rumba Low is one of their best offerings. You can find out the pros and cons of the sneaker in the post below. We really hope you love this review.
Practically everything about the Rumba Low style of sneaker screams basic, but here in this particular case, the beauty is in the simplicity. And what beautify it is. But let’s start from the bottom. Made from the good old rubber
, the outsole is white and uniformed in size and height. It’s important to mention that practically every type of Rumba Low type of a sneaker that you’ll choose, will come with the white, bright and uniformed rubber outsole. That will never change. The shape and look of the bottom part of the outsole will remain the same with every model that you’ll pick as well.
The bottom part of the outsole has a distinct pattern of ridges (or indentations) that will help with the traction, but the mere nature of the rubber guarantees that the outsole will remain flexible with every step that you’ll take. However, because there’s no difference in the style, thickness, design, and height on certain parts of the outsole, it means that the entire foot will drastically be missing out on significant insulation. The insulation is a very important aspect of the protection and comfort of every shoe, and when the insulation is compromised, it’s up to the other parts to compensate and provide the warmth and dryness to the entire foot.
The memory foam filled insole is truly the shining star in the midsole section. It not only provides comfort but pain relief as well. The memory foam, just like the name suggests has the ability to memorize the anatomical contours of your feet, and then make an insole
that fits like a glove. It’s an insole that would withstand hours and hours of you standing on your feet, and its ultralight that you won’t even know it’s there. But that’s not all. The insole is designed with the special odor and moisture repelling properties. The polyester lining of the insole absorbs any unnecessary odors and excess moisture, leaving your feet dry and a lot less smelly. How amazing is that?
In continuation of the great materials used in the making of the Rumba Low, you’ll be happy to hear that Hugo Boss
doesn’t leave anything to chance. The use of high-quality materials continues in the upper. Let’s start to form the suede used in the upper. Used in the entire upper structure, cow leather coats the upper in 100% of the structure. And aside from the white strips, the rest of the upper is monochromatic, simple and elegant. There’s no bond and crazy patterns, there’s no un-necessary mix of color schemes, and not considering the logo, there’s no other embellishment.
But the aforementioned stripes are located on the sides of the upper, and they’ll remain white, regardless of which color you pick. They’re curvy, and on the bottom stripe, the logo is embroidered with gold thread. The other logo stamp sits on the back of the supper, right above the heel and it’s not embroidered. In fact, the logo is stamped on the upper’s surface which creates a nice deviation from the method used in the white stripe.
An interesting change from your usual lifestyle type of sneakers is the use of laces that are made from suede and synthetic materials as well. It’s up to you to decide which lacing system you’ll choose, but yes, they do come with laces that are made from suede leather. The leather type of laces is not the most practical type of fastening system, but it blends easily with the suede used in the rest of the upper. And last but certainly not least… If you take a good notice at the eyelets, you’ll notice that it’s a so-called blind eyelets system. There are 7 holes on each side of the upper and there are no metal (or plastic) protective circles around the eyelets. The laces are inserted through the eyelets in a so-called blind manner and it looks amazing. On the practical side of things, this particular system it’s not a great idea. Why? Because the durability of the laces will become greatly compromised, but from the stylish point, the fastening system looks great as it is.
As far as comfort goes, this is one satisfactory model. It’s made with quality materials that are durable, flexible, and protective of the foot. The leather in the upper and the rubber in the outsole provide great insulation on both areas, while the insole made with high-quality memory foam
does the job of leading the comfort from within. The insole is not only made from memory foam, but it’s also lined with synthetic lining that ensures your feet will remain odor and moisture free at all times.
The insole filled with memory foam leads the comfort in the Rumba Low and the suede leather follows that support with great care. But the insole really shines through in the support department. And it’s all thanks to the foam’s ability to memorize the contours of the foot, and allow the foot to mold the insole so it fits nicely without any problems. Oh, and when you have high-quality cow
leather throughout the entire upper’s surface, you just know that the quality will be on point.
Speaking of on point, the same can be said about the durability. Using high-quality leather
and rubber in key areas of the structure means that the stability will be more than fantastic. It will be excellent, and the mere fact that there are high-quality materials in the making of the Rumba Low guarantees the longevity of the entire structure. The better the materials, the longer they’ll be with you.
When looking at the outsole, the use of the rubber in that particular area, allows the flexibility to shine through every step. Rubber is one of the most flexible materials in the entire shoemaking industry and the fact that the outsole is very short, thin and uniform in height and thickness, well...Those qualities accentuate flexibility even more. It would have been a much different story if this was a basketball style shoe. But since it’s a lifestyle
one, it’s allowed and even preferred the outsole to be flat, uniformed in size and height. Sadly the upper is not so flexible and bendy like the outsole, but the outsole does compensate in most of the time.
If the flexibility wasn’t one of the upper’s strong attributes, the stability sure is. Both the suede
leather and the rubber provide a great deal of the stability and they’re excellent insulators against colder weather. Suede especially is a very firm, durable and highly stable materials that will not lose its shape that easy. Will not crack under the strain of non-stop wearing and you can count on the stability in every occasion. It will not fail you.
You’re in luck. Although the lining of the insole is made out of syndetic material, every inch of the upper is made out of cow leather. That’s right the inside and the outside. And leather is fantastic when it comes to the aeration, ventilation and the airflow. It allows the moisture wicking properties naturally and there’s no need of adding any type on perforations, mesh or anything like that. Not that mesh would look appropriate on a classic lifestyle sneaker like this, but still. The leather is strong enough to do the job properly without any external help.
When it comes to traction, the Rumba Low is a mixed bag of pros and cons. The use of rubber is suited for the pros section, while the shallow indentations on the surface of the outsole restrict the traction quite a bit. You’ll have to be careful while wearing it, especially on slippery and wet surfaces, as it doesn’t perform well under tricky types of terrain.
It’s truly unfortunate that a great sneaker like this has only two color options to choose from. Dark blue and light grey are the only two color options that are available from this particular model, and it’s a crying shame. On both occasions, the shoelaces blend in with the color that’s featured on the upper. So if the Rumba low has dark blue upper, the shoelaces will be dark blue as well. Nice detail right?
The Rumba Low is a great example of the German’s love for simplicity, retro-infused effortless lines in the style and practicality that matches the elegance that radiates from that stylish minimalism. It’s exciting to wear something so simple, yet so elegant. In most cases, the simplest things are often timeless, and Hugo Boss have perfected the timeless footwear manufacturing form more than a century. The monochromatic nature of the upper is broken slightly with the addition of two curved simple stripes, and that’s pretty much it. Because the sneaker doesn’t need anything else to be flawless. Less is truly more, and right here, it shows on every inch.
The Rumba Low by Hugo Boss is a great shoe. Made entirely from cow leather and rubber, it’s simple, elegant end effortlessly beautiful. The insole filled with memory foam just accentuates the comfort while the simplistic design of the upper allows the timeless nature to shine through every stitch and every eyelet. When you have a quality pair made with high-quality materials, and with retro infusion, in the style, you just know that it will become a favorite pair and in heavy rotation long after you buy it. It’s worth having it.