The FILA ’96 “Olympic” Sneakers Will Be Released Next Week
Can you believe that it’s been almost 20 years since the FILA ’96 “Olympic” sneakers were first released? Way back in 1996—when FILA basketball sneakers were way more popular than they are today—FILA released these sneakers to coincide with the 1996 Summer Olympics. And they were an instant hit, both with basketball players and sneakerheads who wore these FILA ’96 sneakers more casually. Twenty years later, they’re making a comeback and it appears as though they will be a hit once again. And while they’re dropping a week later than we originally expected them to drop, we’re willing to be patient when it comes to these sneakers.
As you can see, the FILA ’96 “Olympic” re-release looks exactly like the original FILA ’96 “Olympic.” It features a mostly white upper, hits of red and blue throughout the sneaker, and a speckled outer sole. These sneakers were originally crafted for Grant Hill, who wore them back when the men’s U.S. Olympic basketball team won the gold medal over Yugoslavia at the Summer Olympics in Georgia. He also wore other FILA ’96 sneakers during the NBA season.
If you’re interested in picking up this particular pair of the FILA ’96 sneakers in order to celebrate what the men’s basketball team was able to do during the 1996 Summer Olympics, they will be available next Thursday, August 8. Originally, they were supposed to drop this Thursday. But FILA pushed them back a week in order to make sure that all of the FILA accounts out there will be fully stocked. They will be available for $150.
Do you plan on picking up a pair of the FILA ’96 “Olympic” sneakers? Or are there other FILA ’96 colorways that you favor over this one? This is definitely one of our favorite FILA colorways of all time, so we plan on picking up a pair when they are released. Check out some additional photos of the FILA ’96 “Olympic” below and then let us know your thoughts on the sneaker in the comments section.