10 Best Fila Running Shoes Reviewed & Tested

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Your shoes are probably one of the most important items in your running arsenal. They can be the difference between a good run and a miserable one, and they can protect you from serious injury. When considering shoes for any type of sport, it’s always best to go with a brand that has proven itself time and again. Fila is one of these brands and are currently one of the best types of running shoes available on the market. Part of what’s placed them ahead of so many other brands is their versatility. They have a shoe design for almost every activity, and they’ve perfected the art of creating lightweight and runner friendly shoes.

Since 1911, Fila has been creating some of the best sportswear available. It’s a brand that’s known all over the world, and one that’s regularly used by professional athletes. Every runner develops a special kind of relationship with their shoes. This is the one item that needs to be absolutely in tune with your needs. Since every person is different, purchasing the shoe with the right support system is essential to a successful athlete.

This is part of what’s peaked our interest in the Fila brand. We’ve heard so many good things from runners all over the world about the shoes and wanted to share our experiences with our readers. These reviews should help make the process a little easier when trying to find that perfect companion for your feet.

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10 Best Fila Running Shoes

1. Countdown

The Countdown is a comfortable running shoe that comes complete with a toe and heel cap that assists in supporting your feet while you run.
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Comfort / Stability
The comfort of the Countdown is quite pleasing. It offers cushioning thought the midsole. There are some mixed reviews about whether or not the arch support is sufficient. It's highly breathable, fits quite securely, and has a toe & heel cap that supports your feet.

Durability / Quality
Due to the affordability of Fila shoes, the quality is not as up to par as it is with other running shoes. These running shoes will typically last you about 4 months compared to others that typically last about 6 months. That's a little less than the average durability, but if you are looking for an affordable running shoe it could be just what you need.

Cost or value
As I mentioned above, it is extremely affordable.
Pros

Highly Breathable

Secure fit

Toe & Heel Cap supports your foot

Lugs allow for good traction

EVA provides good cushioning

Highly Affordable

Cons

Sizes may run small

May not be as durable due to affordability

2. Capture

Now this is how to "Capture" the running spirit. With a ton of support and and neutral colors it will surely capture your attention.
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Comfort / Stability
If the comfort of these shoes doesn't capture your attention I'm not sure what else will. They allow your feet to breathe easily with their perforations in the upper mesh material. It comes with a padded tongue and collar for comfort. The footbed is also padded for a comfortable run. Its Dynamic Landing System absorbs shock while you run so you feet don't hurt upon impact.

Durability / Quality
The upper of this running shoe is made with quality materials and is quite durable, while the outsole does not seem to last as long as other running shoes. With this said you should be aware that the price of Fila running shoes typically runs very cheap so as long as you're okay with needed another pair of shoes in 4 months these will be good enough.

Cost or value
Like most Fila running shoes this one is not much different. It is highly affordable.
Pros

Highly Breathable

Padded tongue & collar for comfort

Padded footbed provides comfort

Dynamic Landing System® (DLS) synthetic foam absorbs shock

Highly Affordable

Great traction

Cons

Some reports of durability issues

Sizes run small and narrow

3. Swerve 3

Swerve through your run with speed! This highly affordable and breathable running shoe will be quite comfortable while you run.
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Comfort / Stability
It is comfortable to most runners that have use the Swerve 3. It has a secure fit with its lace up shoe laces. It has a cushioned footbed that provides great comfort, it resists impact when your feet hit the ground therefore absorbing shock, and its TPU midfoot provides a good amount of support.

Durability / Quality
The idea of Fila is to be affordable, yet comfortable with their running shoes and they have certainly met their criteria with this one. While the outsole may not last as long as other running shoes, you will get what you paid for and comfort will not fail you.

Cost or value
This highly affordable running shoe is one that you don't want to miss out on.
Pros

Secure lace-up fit

Highly breathable

Cushioned footbed provides comfort

Provides good shock absorption 

Molded EVA midsole provides comfort

TPU midfoot provides support

Very lightweight

Highly affordable

Cons

Sizes may run small

Durability issues of the outsole

Shoelaces don't stay tied well

4. Best Trainer

4. Best Trainer
How fun that the Best Trainer is on our top picks for the best Fila running shoes! We found that most runners appreciate the comfort, flexibility, and nicely they allow your feet to breathe.
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Comfort / Stability
I couldn't find any reports about the lack of comfort of this running shoe. In fact, most runners love how soft and comfortable it is. They find that it has a good amount of flexibility, a good amount of cushioning in the midsole, and it's lightweight and allows your feet to breathe easily while you run. It's also a great training shoe, hence the name.

Durability / Quality
There were a significantly small report of durability issues with the upper stitching, otherwise noting that this is a durable and quality made running shoe that will last a long time.

Cost or value
This running shoe will be quite affordable.
Pros

Lightweight & Highly Breathable

Midsole provides good cushioning

Durable outsole

Great traction

Good flexibility

Affordable

Cons

Sizes run small

Some users thought it was a bit too tight

5. Maranello

5. Maranello
This soft and comfortable running shoe will get you where you need to go and still allow you to have money left over.
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Comfort / Stability
It's comfort rating is high based on reviews of customers that enjoy running. It's very lightweight and allows your feet to breathe easily. It has a molded EVA midsole that provides great comfort, and its padded collar adds comfort as well.

Durability / Quality
The upper of this running shoe is highly durable and made with quality materials. There were no reports found that reported poor durability of the outsole. It has great traction and should last a decent amount of time.

Cost or value
Fila provides this running shoe at a highly affordable price.
Pros

Very Lightweight

Highly affordable

Highly breathable

Padded collar for comfort

Molded EVA provides comfort

provides great traction

Cons

Laces are too long

Sizing may run wide for some users

6. Headway 6

6. Headway 6
Gift your favorite runner this pair of shoes and see how much they appreciate them in person, or get them for yourself and head out for a run. Either way, you will be happy that your money was spent right.
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Comfort/Stability:
The perfect shaft measurement from the arch is 2.1 inch. The overall material is thick synthetic textile and high-quality rubber sheets. The removable insole is something that you will surely love. Most users love the comfort of the Headway 6 with its EVA cushioned midsole. It's well ventilated allowing your feet to breathe easily. It also comes with some reflective components that will allow others to see you more easily while you run.

Quality/Durability:
The outsole is made of ‘non-marking’ rubber while the midsole is designed with shock-absorbing EVA technology. The upper of this running shoe holds up well and is quite durable and made with quality materials. The outsole on the other hand, is not expected to last as long as other running shoes, but perhaps that's due to its extreme affordability.

Cost / Value:
The most praised thing of this shoe is it’s super affordable price range and the variety of the price range is indeed so wide that you can remain assured that you won’t be emptying the bank here.
Pros

They are very comfortable

Extremely lightweight

Highly breathable

Very good support and traction

Highly Affordable

Durable upper

Reflective components

EVA midsole provides cushioning

Cons

The back portion of the shoe was not as durable for some users

Outsole is not as durable as other running shoes

Sizes may run small

 

7. Xtent 2

7. Xtent 2
Comfortable and flexible is the "Xtent" to which you hope to achieve while you run. You'll get a good amount of stability as well.
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Comfort / Stability
Most runners agree that the Xtent 2 is highly comfortable, and provides a good amount of stability. It is very flexible allowing your feet to move freely as you run. It has a raised forefoot that provides a good amount of stability. It fits securely, its very lightweight & highly breathable keeping the sweat away as you run, and its EVA provides good cushioning.

Durability / Quality
The upper is made to last a long time with quality materials, while the outsole does not seem to last quite as long. It has a lugged outsole that provides great traction.

Cost or value
This is a highly affordable running shoe that you certainly won't need to break the bank with.
Pros

Very flexible

Raised forefoot provides stability

Secure fit

Lugged outsole provides great traction

Very lightweight & highly breathable

EVA provides good cushioning

Highly affordable

Cons

Sizes may run small

Outsole not as durable as other running shoes

 

8. Royalty

8. Royalty
‘Royalty’ is such an exceptional word that flashes a majestic snippet in our mind. And when a running shoe is named with that particular word, the aspiring buyers are indeed authorised to expect a highness of quality from it too.
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Comfort/Stability:
The premium quality imported rubber sole, thick synthetic texture and highly breathable mesh liner are the trios that let the model hold the top place in this list. Along with this, the synthetic mesh liner is highly breathable and excessively reflective at the same time. The upper sole has a detailed logo. The padded collar and the toe overlay are, last but not the least, two virtuous features that really matter when the question is of comfort.

Quality/Durability:
The midsole is made of EVA technology that provides extra cushioning. The outsole is rubber compound that helps you achieve better traction. While the outsole does not seem to be as durable as other running shoes it could quite possibly be due to the extremely affordable price.

Cost / Value:
A shoe with the vibrant color combinations, excellent design and unmatched specifications will be hard to find in same or similar price range. If you can find a better shoe for the same price, go for it!
Pros

The full foot coverage is phenomenal

The fit is really something worth paying for

These shoes are extremely breathable

Extremely Lightweight

Padded collar and toe overlay provide comfort

Reflective components allows others to see you easily

EVA provides good cushioning

Cons

The bottom sole may be a little slick

Durability issues with the outsole and sides of shoe

Sizing may run small

11. Fila Memory TKO TR 5.0

11. Fila  Memory TKO TR 5.0
Are your ready to hit the trail? If you have these shoes on, you are ready for sure.
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Comfort/Stability
For more support, the upper leather and synthetic are used in the design. The midsole is cushioned with EVA foam. It enhance the shock absorption and provides very cushioned ride. The collar and tongue are also padded. The durable rubber works great on all surfaces and provides a firm grip. To make the shoes more accustomed for the users, there’s option to choose wide version. This is very useful for runners with wide feet. These shoes have reflective element to make you safer. Air mesh and synthetic leather help to ventilate your feet and stay dry.

Quality/Durability
The outsole is made of very durable rubber, users said that it lasts for a long time. In general, users were pleased with the quality of the shoes.

Cost or value
80 dollars for good and comfortable running shoes? This is very fair price.
Pros

 Great for runners with wide feet

Nice color scheme

Cons

For some users, these weren’t supportive enough

12. Fila at Peake 18

12. Fila at Peake 18
This is one of the most popular shoes from Fila, this shoe is the next version of Peake model. It’s called all terrain running as you can also use it for trail running.
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Comfort/Stability
As it’s trail running shoe, the traction is better than in normal road models. Thanks to the thicker outsole, the shock absorption is much better. Shoes also provide very good grip, it enables running on more uneven terrains.
Lace-up closure adds to stability and provides a tight fit. The cushioned insole along with padded collar and tongue, provide very smooth ride, you feel more comfortable. To provide more breathability to your shoes, there are special air mesh panels.

Quality/ Durability
This is definitely durable shoe as it must be for trail running. The outsole seems also to be more sturdy and less prone to damages.

Cost or Value
The cost of the shoes is around 60 dollars. For a trail shoes, this is a bargain. They maybe not as durable as those more expensive but they still will last for a long time.
Pros

Very comfortable

Not pricey

Cons

Need to break in

Many think about some of the more “runner focused” brands when it comes to shopping for a pair of decent running shoes, but don’t count out Fila. They have some pretty good products for the road too!


 

The Criteria We Used For Our Evaluation Of the Best Fila Running Shoes:

It’s not our style or policy to just randomly pick some Fila running shoes and call them the Top 10. We search through thousands of customer reviews online from runners just like you to ensure the most accurate top 10 list and this is what we look at:

Comfort

Whether you’re running distance or sprinting, comfort is key when choosing the right running shoe. It’s important to make sure that it provides the correct amount of support for your arch type and has the right level of cushioning for your feet. Not all shoes are created equal, and the size, shape, and sensitivity of your feet will need to be taken into consideration. The type of running that you plan on doing is also a factor. If you’re running over rough terrain, then you need to make sure that the shoes have the right soles and are thick enough to protect your feet from rocks. If you plan on spending a lot of time outside, then you also need to make sure that they are properly waterproofed. Fortunately, Fila offers a huge line of products that come in all shapes and sizes to suit your needs.

Price

Fila’s in general, are typically quite affordable running shoes, but if we find one that stands out and states otherwise we will be sure to let you know.

Support

Supportive shoes can prevent injury and actually improve your performance. Your feet are the most important part of your body when running and keeping them healthy is essential. Knowing whether you have flat feet, high arches, or particularly sensitive soles can determine the level of cushioning and the interior shoe shape you’ll need. Fila understands this and targets the majority of these areas when creating comfortable and durable running shoes.

Breathability

When we reviewed the shoes, we looked at how breathable the materials were. If the shoe doesn’t provide good airflow, it can create a warm moist atmosphere that can breed foot fungus and lead to bacterial infections. When feet sweat excessively, they can also have a tendency to crack and blister more often. Even an excellent pair of socks can’t save you from a shoe that doesn’t have breathable materials. Fila uses only the highest quality materials when constructing their shoes, and breathability is something they’ve definitely perfected.

Durability

Are these shoes made with quality materials? Will they last a long time? The upper and the outsole should be durable to withstand a running history of about 400-600 miles.

Shock Absorbency

Running can be an extremely high impact sport this means that each time you take a step it sends a vibration or shock up to your body. Without shoes that provide good shock absorbency, this can lead to injury. It’s particularly hard on your knees and can even have an impact on your lower back. Bad shoes can end your running career in a matter of years. This is because it wears down the cartilage and synovial fluid inside of your knees and can cause tearing and other issues. Anytime that you participate in a high impact sport you need to make sure that every part of your body is properly supported. This includes excellent shock absorbent shoes. The more shock that can be absorbed by the shoes, the less shock that has to be absorbed by your body. Fila does this by using layers of cushioning and air to help offset some of the impact.

Traction

No one wants a slick outsole. It would defeat the purpose of trying to run. We have gone through what other runners have said about these Fila running shoes to let you know how great the grip is.

Other Things To Consider

 

Choosing the right running shoes doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what type of feet you have and what your preference is for running shoes. Here are some things to consider:

What is Your Foot Type?

Neutral

Pronation refers to the way that you turn your foot while you’re running. Some people will turn their foot to the outer sole while others may turn it more towards the inner sole. Doing this can mean that you need to have one portion of the shoe a little bit thicker than the other. If you’re curious about your pronation, look at the bottom of a pair of shoes that you’ve worn for a long time. The wear pattern can show you what your tendencies are while you’re running.

For neutral runners pronation is not an issue. They have just the right amount of pronation that will not typically cause them injury while they run.  When they run their feet first hit the outside of the heel and up to ball of their feet evenly. If you are a neutral runner you should seek out shoes that provide stability.

Underpronation

Those that underpronate will notice that the outsides of their shoes tend to wear out more quickly than other parts of the shoe. This is because they absorb most of the impact here while they run.  If you underpronate you will want to seek shoes that provide a good amount of cushioning.

Overpronation

If you are an overpronator you’ll see signs of wear and tear on the forefront of your running shoes. This means your foot rolls too much from the outside to the inside while you run. You’ll want to seek shoes that provide motion-control.

What is Your Arch Type?

Our feet are all different, and its important to consider the type of arch you have so as a runner you can pick the running shoe that is best suited for your arch. Take a look at the 3 different types of arches to help consider which one is most likely to resemble your feet.

Flat Footed

If you have flat feet you most likely have an inclination to overpronate. You have an arch that is fairly low or no arch at all and when you run you can sometimes pronate too far inward which can cause injuries.  To better help prevent injury you’ll want to seek out motion-controlled running shoes.

Normal Arch

If you have a normal arch, which means that you are a neutral pronator your arch along the inside of your foot will be a little less than half the width of your foot connecting the heel and toe. You can take the wet foot test to find out for sure. Which this type of arch you’ll want to choose stability running shoes.

High Arch

If you have a high arch, the curve of your feet is quite significant. You probably are not pronating enough. You’ll want to choose cushioned shoes for best results while you run.

 

FAQ

Q. How is the sizing of Fila running shoes?

A. It seems that they typically run small in size and sometimes narrow as well, but make sure to measure your feet and compare them to the measurements listed for best results.

Q. Why does it seem like the durability is lacking?

A. You may have noticed the price of these running shoes is considerably lower than other running shoes, and this may be a result of producing an outsole that lacks longevity.

Q. How can they be so comfortable and cheap?

A. If you aim to find a comfortable pair of running shoes that won’t break the bank this is certainly a good brand to start with. While they remain considerably comfortable and cheap they do not seem to last as long as other running shoes that cost significantly more.

Q. I thought Fila only produced Tennis shoes?

A. While they are known for making a great tennis shoe, they do produce running shoes as well.

Q. What’s the best way to clean my running shoes?

A. Fila recommends using a warm washcloth and soap. Soaking the shoe in warm soapy water is okay too, you’ll just want to make sure their dry before you put them back on.


Here are some sources we used while conducting our Research:

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