One of the current style trends in today’s market is wearing retro-looking sneakers, whether they look like they are from the 70’s or beyond. Fila jumped on this trend and came out with the limited edition version Fila sneakers of its 1995 sneaker the Mindblower. Fila Mindblower has a running shoe silhouette, just like the original, and boasts several embellishments and features to pay homage to its 23-year-old predecessor. There is no shortage of Fila logos on this sneaker as you will find it stamped all over the outsole, prominently displayed on the tongue, featured on the back, and most obviously, oversized and warped down the lateral side of each shoe. The most popular colorways give the nod to the original as well with the central portion of the sneaker being white with accents of dark blue and pop of red. These sneakers were often worn with the baggy jean style in the 90’s and quite often with swishy track-suits that were all the rage back then. These sneakers target those consumers that loved the look back then. The feeling of nostalgia for 90’s teens and young adults will most definitely have them opening up their wallets to snag a pair or two of these.
Keep reading our in-depth Fila Mindblower review to find out if it is worth the investment.
The outsole features grooves between the rubber pads to aid in traction and flexibility. The durable rubber extends up over the front of the sneaker, giving the shoe a protective toe cap. This toe cap features ridges to help with traction as well.
This logo is written in a warped way and follows the curvature of the sneaker, giving it a unique appearance. The comfort and style presented by the midsole are reminiscent of the original Mindblower released in 1995 and makes it a great mix of vintage and contemporary.
The lace up closer is a standard design and has a lace loop in the middle of the tongue to help guide the laces and keep them in place. Both the tongue and the heel cup are padded for added comfort. The tongue features the two-tone ‘F’ Fila logo and word Fila. The overall upper design of Fila Mindblower is modeled after the original runner from the 90’s and will instill a sense of nostalgia for many Fila fans from that decade.
Rather, it is meant to be a remake of a vintage design.
These shoes are designed to be casual sneakers and not performance shoes so they do not necessarily need to be extremely breathable. The soft lining and cushion provided by the tongue and inside the shoe will keep your feet comfortable, but if you are planning on wearing these for an extended period, you may find your feet will get a little toasty.
The tongue is padded, as is the heel collar so even if you wanted to sport these shoes without socks, you’d be pretty comfortable. The toe box area is not necessarily labeled as ‘wide’ but consumers have said it is wide enough to promote comfort and not constriction.
The main appeal of Fila Mindblower is the fact that it looks a lot like the original, with some more contemporary flair.
Because these shoes' upper is made up of layers of synthetic leather materials and accents, they should withstand everyday use with ease. This sneaker is not flimsy in any sense of the word so they should maintain their shape well.
However, since these are lifestyle sneakers and are made to be worn for everyday activities, they are reasonably protective. Unlike many other casual sneakers with woven uppers, the Mindblower features synthetic leather materials which will keep feet dry from the elements as well as from anything you may happen to drop on your shoes. You could comfortably wear these out and about without fear of getting your socks wet or your feet injured.
Other casual sneakers feature a woven mesh upper which can sometimes stretch out and cause your foot to move around within the foot chamber. That is not the case with the Fila Mindblower.
The toe cap has a ribbed pattern as well to help you travel over the wet ground without sliding around. In these sneakers, you should have no problem getting from point A to point B without slipping.
The firmer upper of the Fila Mindblower will help keep your foot stabilized because it is not super flexible or flimsy. The heel cup will lock your foot within the shoe and help keep you from rolling your ankle while the synthetic leather overlays will allow your foot to stay firmly within the foot chamber.
- Ample EVA midsole will keep feet comfortable, cushioned, and supported allowing you to wear these sneakers for long periods of time easily
- Synthetic leather upper and cowhide embellishments not only give this sneaker a desirable retro look but they will help to support your feet firmly within the sneaker
- Durable rubber outsole will give these shoes a long life
Although it isn’t engineered to be a performance sneaker, it certainly could carry you through a pickup game of basketball or a short jog. However, the Fila Mindblower is not a lightweight, and zippy sneaker so doesn’t go looking for an exciting time or lighter-than-air feeling in your feet.
On the contrary, it’s a bit clunky with its oversized midsole and layered upper. Be that as it may, it is a sneaker that will appeal to the generation of individuals who liked to sport them wearing swishy tracksuits and baggy jeans in the 90’s.
On top of all that, they’ll be pretty comfortable and supported as they go about their day. As stated before, they aren’t for everyone, but for those looking for a retro 90’s sneaker, Fila Mindblower is something to be excited over.