Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Many wearers of the Fila 96, as the Grant Hill 2 was previously known, are saying that these basketball shoes fit perfectly.
  • Most testers are pleased that these shoes do not require any break-in time.
  • The Grant Hill 2 is one comfortable sneaker, nearly all assert. According to them, these Fila basketball shoes are very well padded and provide a soft ride.
  • Almost all testers are impressed with the shoe’s 2A cushioning. It provides a responsive, comfortable, and well-cushioned ride.
  • Like retro Air Jordans (e.g. AJ 12 and AJ 6), several are declaring that the Grant Hill 2 is well made. They appreciate the excellent craftsmanship and love the quality of the leather.
  • Nearly all buyers highly recommend the Fila Grant Hill 2. They claim that everything about these classic basketball shoes from Fila is great.
  • A good number of wearers love the Fila 96’s design. They are saying that these retro sneakers have a sharp look that attracts a lot of attention.
  • Most reviewers note that the outsole is quite thick and is great for outdoor hooping.
  • The heel lockdown is excellent, several players observe.
  • Despite its relatively flat outsole, a good number of testers are reporting that these basketball shoes still provide a comfortable grip on the hardwood.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers are not pleased with the shoe’s quality. They are claiming that these basketball shoes fall apart after a few months of wear.
  • Several are quick to comment that the Fila 96 runs small.
  • The traction is not as grippy as traditional herringbone, most testers comment.

Bottom line

Grant Hill’s second signature sneaker from Fila stands the test of time. Regardless of position, players are satisfied with the shoe’s on-court performance and were quite blown away with the old but gold 2A cushioning. The Fila 96’s traction, support, and lockdown are all also up to par.

All in all, most buyers are pleased with the Fila Grant Hill 2. These basketball shoes can hold its own on the court and have a distinct style that is sure to turn heads on the street.

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A top rated basketball shoe
Top 9% most popular basketball shoes
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Making its debut in 1996, the Fila Grant Hill 2 makes a glorious comeback in 2018 after Grant Hill was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame and signed a lifetime deal with the Italian Brand.

The Grant Hill 2 is constructed with premium leather that provides an air of sophistication. These retro basketball shoes also feature Fila’s classic 2A cushioning for increased shock absorption and stability.

Cushion. These retro Fila basketball shoes are equipped with the classic 2A cushioning system. The 2A foam consists of a system of pods with plastic pillars that utilizes ambient air for increased stability and shock absorption. At the heel, the 2A foam creates a crash pad that protects against hard landings.

Traction. The Fila Grant Hill 2 has a textured rubber outsole the provides optimal grip on both the hardwood and the blacktop.

Length and Width. Most wearers are reporting that these Fila basketball shoes fit true to size but are a bit snug. Wide-footers can try the shoes in-store first to get the correct fit.

Lockdown. These retro basketball shoes from Fila are equipped with a lace-up closure and an adjustable back strap for a fully customizable fit.

The Fila Grant Hill 2 boasts a full grain leather upper that provides both support and flexibility. The shoe’s premium leather construction also delivers a touch of class.

These retro mid-top basketball shoes feature a refined and sophisticated silhouette that is decorated with personal touches.

Fila branding is seen on the side panels and ankle strap while Grant Hill’s number 33 is found on the sockliner.

Also known as the Fila 96, these classic basketball shoes are available in several colorways:

  • Black/Black-Silver
  • Black/White-Metallic Silver
  • Black/White-Prince Blue
  • Castlerock/Black-Poppy Red
  • Fila Red/Black-Metallic Silver
  • Pewter/Black-Royal Blue ‘King’
  • Pewter/Mystery Purple-Vibrant Orange ‘Rising Sun’
  • Prince Blue/White
  • Varsity White/Peacoat-Chinese Red
  • White/Castlerock-Lime Punch
  • White/Fila Navy-Fila Red ‘Olympic’
  • White/Green-Fila Red-Black
  • White/Navy-Red
  • White/Peacoat-Chinese Red
  • White/Prince Blue-Black
  • White/Prince Blue-Orange ‘NYC’
  • White/White-Gum ‘Independence Day’

Atmos X Fila 96

Fila and Tokyo-based streetwear boutique Atmos teamed up to create two colorways of the Fila 96. Part of the ‘Gum’ pack, the Atmos X Fila 96 comes in ‘Royal Blue’ and ‘Wheat.’ Each pair boasts a premium suede upper that sits on top of a gum outsole.

Fila 96 ‘Olympic’

Once a player exclusive colorway, the Fila 96 ‘Olympic’ features a patriotic mix f red, white, and blue. Three multi-colored stars and a speckled outsole complete the USA-inspired theme.

Fila 96 ‘Tobacco Road’

These Fila basketball shoes celebrate the on-court rivalry of between Duke and UNC. Inspired by the Duke Blue Devils (Grant Hill’s alma mater), the Fila 96 ‘Tobacco Road’ comes dressed in prince blue and white.

Fila Grant Hill 2 ‘Hall of Fame’

Making its debut at ComplexCon, the Fila Grant Hill 2 ‘Hall of Fame’ pays tribute to Grant Hill’s induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

An updated version of the Fila Grant Hill 2, the ‘Hall of Fame’ colorway is available in both black and white. Details include personal touches and gold accents that reference the teams Grant Hill played for.

Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com