Size and fit

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.

Fila Mindblower Style

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.

Notable Features

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.

Fila Mindblower History

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

Additional Info

  • 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.

Facts / Specs

Style: Dad, Chunky
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, EVA
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Features: Breathable

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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.