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8 reasons to buy

  • Many purchasers had commended the Fila Mindblower’s uncontested comfort.
  • Several wearers would almost instantly receive tons of compliments while wearing them.
  • Some of the customers found the Fila Mindblower to run true to its size.
  • A couple of consumers couldn’t believe the sneaker’s price when they copped it.
  • The sneaker packs a lot of heat in terms of style and unique detailing which was testified by a handful of buyers.
  • Few users insisted that the sneaker takes them back to the ‘90s, which makes them love the sneaker more.
  • One customer praised the sneaker’s lightweight construction.
  • Almost all of the users were extremely delighted and even gave the sneaker a five-star rating.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of buyers received pairs of the Fila Mindblower with slight defects on both of their colorways. One customer had a green tinge on her yellow shoe while the other has displayed a darker shade compared to the pictures.

Bottom line

Released in 1995, the iconic Fila Mindblower sneaker revolutionized logo branding per se thanks to its innovative wordplay across the side panels. Not only is the sneaker splashed with a loud style, but it also delivers all-day comfort for the everyday stride. 

The ultimate piece among all its attributes is the nostalgic essence it brings to every buyer whether a runner or just a casual walker. The dad shoe trend really did a massive part in igniting the Italian-born brand Fila to replenish their long-lost style.

Facts

Style: Dad
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Fila Casual Shoes
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede
Price: $80
Colorways: Black, Blue, Multi, Purple, Red, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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Running-inspired shoes nowadays are chunkier than ever as solidified by the re-introduction of the Fila Mindblower. Newer fans now have the chance to experience the High Rebound EVA technology which was buried long ago in the Fila archives. To top the action-packed cushioning, a rubber outsole which extends to the toe front provides the needed grip and traction.

Putting the Fila Mindblower on feet is a breeze thanks to the natural lace-up enclosure and a padded collar and tongue. Adding stability to its structure is a combination of leather and mesh, which also has elements of Filabuck components.

The sneaker is produced separately for men and women depending on the exclusive colorway. The women’s Fila Mindblower range from size 5 to 12 while the men’s, on the other hand, can be availed from 7 to 13. Half sizes are included for both shoes.

Whether in black, green or the classic red and white combo, the Fila Mindblower stands out from a sea of kicks because of the ingeniously warped logo on its uppers. The styling doesn’t stop there. Collabs of the Fila Mindblower spread like wildfire in the midst of 2018, making it achieve its already legendary stature in the sneaker market.

As any street-smart ‘head would know, these dad shoe iterations blend well with some kind of a sporty get-up like joggers or leggings for the ladies. Skinny jeans and Capris would also do the trick as long as the outline of the pants is uncut or uninterrupted along the ankles. Going for knee-visible clothing like shorts and skirts are always the easiest of choices.

The Fila Mindblower was one of the sneakers, aside from the Reebok Kamikaze, who spearheaded the jagged accent on its uppers during the ‘90s. The Mindblower was the more creative one to utilize their brand name. Succeeded by other iterations like the Mind Breaker, the iconic, splashed-up Fila logo on the lateral side of the shoe is a feature not to be missed by bystanders.

  Fila Mindblower versus Disruptor

First off, the Disruptor is chunkier than the Mindblower, and the former contains teeth-like elements on its ball’s outsole. The Mindblower is easily distinguishable by its somewhat eccentric “Fila” detail on the side.

Gaining traction for their innovative designs and premium silhouettes, Fila was among the brands in the ‘80s to ‘90s to rake in a relatively generous portion of the footwear market. Not only did they engulfed their self in fashion, but they also did running kicks as well.

Among their catalog of running models, one stood out literally due to its bold and ambitious display branding. The Fila Mindblower was released five years before the contagious Y2k phenomenon took out to the streets and it really did represent. Though built to be tackling the runner’s struggles on the road or on track, the Mindblower became a renowned fashion statement by anyone who wanted to stand out from the crowd.

After more than two decades, the Mindblower was re-introduced to the public with a bang. Featuring around 50 exclusive colorways, the resurrecting sneaker was the top choice of numerous boutiques and collaborators as their piece de resistance. The collection was debuted on April 20, 2018, in limited amounts, and fans cannot wait to cop a bit.

  Some of the Fila Mindblower collabs

  • Avenue
  • Claw
  • Embellish
  • Hstry
  • Maha
  • Regina
  • Pink Dolphin

  • The initial retail price of the Mindblower is $80.
  • The uppers are composed of either textile, leather, suede, or Filabuck components depending on the colorway.
  • Fila logos are featured on the tongue, heel, and lateral side panels.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com