Verdict from 83 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Head-turning: Fila Grant Hill 1 grabs attention as it offers a strong 90s vibe. 
  • Solid: It’s one of the excellently built retro basketball sneakers.
  • Comfortable: Grant Hill shoe fans love how this comeback model is assembled with tons of padding all over.
  • Affordable: Supporters of Fila b-ball kicks are ecstatic that this blast-from-the-past shoe comes so cheap.
  • Clean detailing: Neatly embroidered branding graphics are peppered around this sneaker. It gives out a premium flavor.
  • Grippy: Variations of this retro sneaker made with thick gum sole offers superb traction. 

1 reason not to buy

  • Stiff: Its synthetic covering feels quite rigid at the beginning.

Bottom line

Fila Grant Hill 1 returns in OG colorway and other crisp designs for men and women. It may no longer be 100% equipped for basketball, but it steals attention among the dad shoe-loving crowd and those who embrace retro fashion. It delivers comfort and durability while still falling within the cheapest range.

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Fila Grant Hill 1: A comeback shoe from 1995

Legendary NBA icon Grant Hill may have retired from the game, but his first signature shoe, the 1995 Grant Hill 1, continues to score points to this day among hoop fans. The Grant Hill series was Fila’s successful entry to the early basketball era dominated by the Air Jordans, Nike Foamposites, Adidas Crazy, and Reebok Answer lineups.

If you've missed the first retro release of the Fila 95, aka Fila Grant Hill 1, there's no reason to fret. The brand releases remakes in lighter packages sporting the OG style plus a wider variety of colors for men and women. 

What this retro shoe brings to the table

  • Fila drops the suede finish seen on the original version's mudguard and neoprene on the tongue in place of synthetic leather. The use of non-leather on this shoe makes it much lighter.
  • Like the NBA Hall of Famer's signature shoes, this reinterpreted one is built with a thickly cushioned ankle collar and midsole for comfort and support. 
  • The forefoot comes with perforations for enhanced ventilation.


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