Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Fashionable: The Fila D-Formation has an eye-catching and trendy style, according to numerous buyers.
  • Comfortable: For several wearers, this chunky sneaker is cozy to wear all day long.
  • Fit: It hugs the foot snugly and perfectly; many users have mentioned it.
  • Retro: Some reviewers say that this kick gives them a nostalgic vibe of their younger years.
  • Arch support: A couple of reviewers cite that the D-Formation from Fila has ample support on the arch.
  • Upkeep: One user praises this sneaker for its easy to clean upper.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Durability: A few wearers share that the leather upper of their Fila D-Formation easily peeled off after several uses. 
  • Weight: One wearer gripes about the heavyweight of this sneaker.

Bottom line

To continue to feed the dad sneaker saga, Fila unleashed the Fila D-Formation. This beefed-up sneaker boasts its right on-trend look, reminiscent of the 90s fashion. It also feels good on the feet as the brand inserted it with cozy details apt for day-long use. However, Fila failed to amp-up its durability, thus it is advisable not to include this in your everyday sneaker rotation. 

User reviews:

Chunky and comfy Fila D-Formation trainers

When Balenciaga released the Triple S, it took just a little while for Fila to launch its take on the dad sneaker trend. Fila relaunched the Disruptor 2, an all-white chunky kick, which became an instant hit in the street fashion. Soon after, Fila released another iteration to add to its chunky sneaker lineup, the Fila D-Formation.

FIla D-Formation gives us a perfect balance of athletic style and lifestyle fashion, with several remarkable details:

  • This bulky kick has a thick padded insole to give reliable comfort.
  • Its traditional lacing system gives a premium snug feel as it hugs the feet comfortably.
  • Its exaggerated saw-tooth outsole delivers superb grip and style.
  • The Fila branding and stitching accents give a nostalgic feel while boosting its overall retro vibe.

Fila D-Formation vs Fila Disruptor 2

Many describe these two gawky, ugly, and rough sneakers as virtually identical models. But looking closer, these chunky sneakers have a few differences that make them unique from each other:

  • Fila D-Formation's round laces are anchored on canvas eyelets, while the laces of Fila Disruptor 2 are laced around the stitched leather D-ring.
  • Fila Disruptor 2 has a heel pull tab while the D-Formation has none.
  • There is an eye-catching "F" branding on the lateral of D-Formation whereas, Fila Disruptor 2 features the entire "Fila" logo.  
  • The midsole of the D-Formation is chunkier and has a higher heel as compared to the Fila Disruptor. 
  • Fila midsole branding can be seen on the heel of the D-Formation while it is found on the forefoot of the Disruptor. 
Danny McLoughlin
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.