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Succeeding the relatively short-lived apparel prominence of Grant Hill was the Fila Silva Trainer. Initially running footwear, the now inducted sneaker exudes its brilliance in utility with its low top form. Presumably an action-packed silhouette, the Silva Trainer even contained Fila’s most promising tech of the decade. The 2A Cushioning located both on the heel and ball of the foot.

Men and women can both enjoy the pleasure of this timely dad-shoe, which contains sizes constructed separately for both. The women’s Fila Silva Trainer comes in a range starting from 5 to 11 while the gentlemen’s sizes span from 7 all the way up to 13. Of course, running-inspired kicks like these are enclosed with laces for a convenient and customizable fit.

The 90s vibe continues to flourish in the concurrent decade evident with the spontaneous releases of dad shoes in the sneaker market. Fila made a bold move by jumping in with the relatively ridiculous trend. Their sneaker of choice--the Fila Silva Trainer.

Its not-so-modest design gives hints of Air Max 98s visible in its upper with curvy accents with air pods resembling a mix of Shox technology and the coveted air bubble. But enough of the Nike mumbo-jumbo because the Italian brand also had a promising era at the same time these Air Maxes were released.

Men and women are blessed with this fine and dandy running-inspired silhouettes which can be partnered with sporty clothes like joggers and leggings. Those who would want to highlight the sneaker’s dad shoe imagery can wear them in skinny jeans or pants.

The wavy synthetic and leather teardrop elements on its upper is a sure-snatch head-turner. 2A cushion pods underneath the sneaker add dimension to its overall look. Lastly, bold Fila logos are patched on the lateral sides and tongue of the sneaker.

FIla was somewhat a powerhouse way back in the 90s thanks to its promising list of ambassadors including Grant Hill and Bjorn Borg. Basketball and tennis were not only the platforms of sport that the Italian brand penetrated and incited to introduce running in their portfolio. Their athlete of choice was the Mexican long-distance runner named German Silva.

In the 1994 New York City Marathon, Silva took a wrong turn but recovered and finished first place. This promising feat lured Fila into drafting him as their apparel sponsor in the following months. The company even made a shoe specifically for him, which is called the Fila Silva Trainer.

After decades, the Silva Trainer was resurrected in time when the chunky trend surfaced the streets. It was officially unveiled in 2018 in numerous colorway options but, of course, the iconic white/red/navy combo is the most sought after.

  • Uppers are composed of synthetic and leather materials.
  • FIla x Silva logos are embroidered.
  • Original retail price is $125.
  • Collar and tongue are generously padded for added comfort.


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Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.