Who should buy the Fila Ray Tracer

The Fila Ray Tracer might suit you well if:

  • A shoe with a chunky silhouette appeals to your fashion taste. 
  • You are looking for a shoe that does not break the bank. 
  • You prefer a sneaker that takes less time and effort to pair with different getups. 
  • A pair of sneakers that draws the admiration of onlookers is what you prefer. 

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Who should not buy the Fila Ray Tracer

Sneakerheads in search of a shoe that offers ample ventilation might have to take this shoe off their shopping list. A few say that this low-top sneaker tends to get somewhat warm. They are better off with the Fila Creator. Also, wide-footed wearers might also have to look for an alternative. The Fila Disruptor 2 Patches could be a solid substitute. 

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Well-padded interior

Many people say that Fila Ray Tracer sneakers are very comfortable and that these shoes contain sockliners and tongues that are pretty well-padded. 

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Tons of support

It has been reported that the Ray Tracer provides ample support for activities such as walking and aerobics.

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Needs more ventilation

A few say that Fila Ray Tracer can feel a bit too warm.

A style that catches the eye

Heavily inspired by Fila’s 90s archives, especially the chunky 90s midsoles and layered uppers, these shoes exude a definite retro vibe. The three-fabric uppers, combined with the shoes’ wavy patterns and color-blocking design, give them a dynamic and powerful look. Also, several people stated that this low-top shoe has an impressive dad shoe styling that is reminiscent of the Yeezy 700s. Furthermore, owners commented that compliments are almost a guarantee if you’ve got these shoes on your feet. 

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Ray Tracer ain't heavy

According to a few sneaker fans, the shoes have a solid but lightweight construction. 

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Dope color options

The use of colors is also striking. The four to five shades in each colorway blend together to give the shoes a very commanding presence. No shy colors here. These hues are meant to lead the eyes down to your kicks and make them stay there. That said, a good number of Fila Ray Tracer reviewers have remarked that this shoe has “dope” color combinations. 

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Tight confines

It has been reported that Fila Ray Tracer has a bit of a tight fit.

It doesn't break the bank

Cheaper than other Fila low-top sneakers such as the Silva Trainer and the Disruptor Low by approximately $50, some purchasers are pleased with the affordability of these kicks. Despite the low price tag of this shoe, some users claim that the quality of the Ray Tracer is good. 

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Mix and match champ

Easy to match with any outfit, Fila Ray Tracer kicks are excellent as everyday go-to shoes, a couple of individuals have commented.

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Materials for lockdown and cushioning

Hiker cord laces and six pairs of eyelets make up the closure lacing system while its uppers sit on substantial EVA midsoles. These kicks are so cushioned that they “should be your go-to's for active days when you know you’ll be on your feet a lot,” as one user put it. 

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Put some spirit into this shoe

Running out of ideas on how to style your chunky kicks other than with jeans? Here are some examples of somewhat unconventional ensembles with your Ray Tracers.

Women:

  • Accessorize a classic trench coat with slim pants and these Fila kicks on your feet.
  • Wear with a casual short knit dress and a more formal coat on top.
  • Don a very feminine tonal long silk dress and accessorize it with your Ray Tracer shoes.

Men:

  • Pair chinos, a fleece-lined denim jacket, and a casual tee with these Fila shoes.
  • Your casual outfit of joggers, t-shirt, and these sneakers are elevated with the use of a blazer on top. 
  • Match your sneakers with loose black pants, a crisp white band collar shirt, and a black leather jacket.

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Fila Ray Tracer History

Fila has been enjoying immense success lately by releasing heritage-inspired sneakers from the 90s with a very on-trend chunky styling. It seems that lately, Fila could do no wrong. But it hasn’t always been this way.

In the 90s, the brand reigned supreme, especially among basketball fans. The company’s endorser was popular NBA star Grant Hill, and famous rapper Tupac was seen rocking his Fila Grant Hill 2s in the booklet of his album, All Eyez on Me. Everyone wanted a Fila.

However, the Italian brand overextended itself. It spent far too much on sports endorsements while the 90s aesthetics it was known for were slowly being replaced by the sleeker, less chunky profiles produced by other brands.

Fila lost its footing and dropped out of mainstream consciousness. At least when it came to sneakers. 

In the year 2007, Fila Korea set about correcting this error by acquiring the rights to the global Fila brand and realigning the company’s priorities. The business also focused on strengthening its heritage division, which turned out to be the right move because in the years 2014 to now, the sales in that division have doubled. 

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Fila Ray Tracer vs. Fila Luminance

Some people have compared the Fila Ray Tracer with the brand’s Luminance model. At first look, the two shoes have a lot of similarities between them. Both feature striking color-block patterns, both have a mixture of suede, mesh, and leather materials, both use hiker cord laces, and both have that same bulky frame. However, when you look more closely, you’ll see some differences. 

Fila Luminance shoes use a combination of ghillie and eyelet lacing systems. The ghillie at the bottom part transitions to an eyelet lacing system near the middle. The laces are set a bit farther up on the shoes compared to the Ray Tracer ones. 

Fila Ray Tracer sneakers also have a rounded look compared to the slightly sleeker—but still very much bulky—shape of the Luminance kicks. 

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The Fila Ray Tracer silhouette

In the fall of 2018, Fila released yet another model banking on the current bulky shoe craze. Although a new design, the style is derived from its archives which heavily influenced the shoes’ uppers and midsoles. 

This model quickly became a fan favorite. New colorways kept dropping including a recent one on March 27, 2019, which had a more subdued shade than the previous ones. The uppers of this new colorway were done all in white with only the two-toned laces and the midsoles providing some color contrast.

Fila also used the Ray Tracer profile to create a new silhouette that is called, Fila Disruptor 2 x Ray Tracer. The new shoes took on the midsoles of Ray Tracers and the uppers of another famous Fila model, the Disruptor 2. 

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Facts / Specs

Base model: Fila Ray
Style: Dad, Retro, Sporty, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: Fila Ray Tracer
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric

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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.