Size and fit

The Fila Fast Charge has the general comfortable fit and runs true to size in women's sizing. It has a unique woven logo strap with a plastic buckle closure for a secure snug fit around the foot. The padded tongue provides all-day comfort.

Fila Fast Charge Style

Inspired by the ultra chunky Fila Disruptor Strap that conquered the 1990s, the Fila Fast Charge is the modern take on the old-school style. The ‘90s go modern in this nostalgic pair of funky, chunky shoes paired with baggy pants. It features a bold upper that combines synthetic material and leather for an eye-catching timeless look.

The bulky shoe is surprisingly lightweight despite its design. It’s equipped with a unique woven logo strap with buckle closure that adds an edge to its design. Wear this in the 20th century like it’s 1995, it’s definitely made to enhance your streetwear looks.

Notable Features

Taking cues from Fila's extensive line of chunky silhouettes, the Fast Charge is a striking piece with its multi-layered synthetic material and leather upper that features a unique woven logo strap with plastic buckle for closure. Reinforced stitching throughout the sneaker makes it durable and boosts its longevity.

It has a padded tongue and collar for all-day comfort. The textile lining and mesh sock liner cushion every stride. EVA cushioned footbed for comfort, EVA molded midsole for impact support, and EVA molded rubber outsole with complex deep tread pattern for great ground grip. Fila logo details appear on the woven strap, lateral side, heel, and tongue to complete the look. 

Fila Fast Charge History

Founded in Northern Italy in 1911 and focused mostly on underwear, Fila moved into the sportswear scene in the 1970s. By the ‘90s, it became popular for its tracksuits and its trainers. Tupac was a fan of the Grant Hill shoe which was Fila’s unmemorable attempt to work with NBA player Grant Hill - as Nike had done with Michael Jordan. Still, unlike mega brands Nike and Adidas, Fila never became one. It got lost in history, only appearing occasionally in the wasteland of Etsy listings. 

And then, something happened. The brand made a comeback and became relevant on June 16, 2016, when Gosha Rubchinskiy included it in a trio of collaborations with other Italian sports brands (Sergio Tacchini and Kappa) that debuted on his SS17 runway at Pitti. The famous logo appeared on sweatshirts with Rubchinskiy’s name in Cyrillic below it, with the designer himself taking his bow in a lime green collaborative sweater. Fila, which was sold to a Korean company in 2007, was back in the fashion scene. Soon after that, Fila joined Milan Fashion Week in September 2018 with a 67-look runway show that featured vintage-inspired branded pieces that felt lifted from the company’s archive. 

When the Balenciaga Triple S took the fashion industry by storm in 2017, it kickstarted the wave of oversized trainers. Fila took a look at their archive and reimagined their chunky silhouettes from the 1990s. They upgraded the materials and updated the fit and put out the chunky iterations like the Fila Fast Charge in the market. The Fila Fast charge was inspired by the 1990s Fila Distributor Strap.  The 90s-inspired style played a role in the shoe’s popularity in street style.

Nice to know

  • It has a woven heel tab for easy on and off access. 

Facts / Specs

Style: Chunky, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Closure: Strap
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA, Synthetic, Memory Foam
Season: Summer, Spring
Features: No lace

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Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.