Fila Skele-Toes

Fila Skele-toesFila Skele-toes are a four-toed toe shoe line produced by Fila that first hit the footwear market in early 2011.

The key differentiating elements of the Skele-toes line are:

  • They are toe shoes (Read about the merits of the toe shoe design here) — rather than a traditional shoe's open toe box, the Skele-toes have articulated toe pockets. Importantly, the Skele-toes only have four toe pockets rather than five due to the fact that they combine the smallest two toes into a single toe "box" they call the EZ-Slide. The EZ-Slide is intended to make putting on the Skele-toes easier.

  • Most of the Skele-toes models are minimalist/"barefoot shoes" — they do have a few varieties (like the Amp or Voltage, which is similar to the Amp, reviewed here) that are not minimalist or barefoot, having elevated heels with significant cushioning; yet still maintaining toe articulation.

  • Skele-toes are available for men, women, and kids and are priced competively and available at many department and big-box retailers. You can often find Skele-toes for $40-50. Premium toe shoes like Vibram FiveFingers or the Adidas Adipure Trainer sell more in the $70-$100 range.

  • As compared to the premium toe shoe models (all of them), Skele-toes have stiffer soles which result in lower ground feel and a less flexible sole.

  • Generally speaking, as people get into wearing toe shoes, they tend to pick up more pairs over time, preferring the fit and feel of the toe shoe design over more traditional shoes. With that in mind, if there's a general purchase order, while many if not most toe shoe fans cut their teeth on Vibram FiveFingers, which have been around since 2006, Skele-toes fans often end up ultimately picking up FiveFingers (and not the other way around; FiveFingers buyers generally do not go on to buy Skele-toes).

We have reviewed (and continue to review) a number of the Skele-toes shoes here on BirthdayShoes in the interest of educating minimalist footwear/barefoot shoes/toe shoes consumers about the line!

The Fila Skele-Toes - toe shoes with four toes!
The original Fila Skele-Toes released in early 2011

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School Says No Skele-Toes Shoes Allowed

School Says No Skele-Toes Shoes Allowed
School Says No Skele-Toes Shoes Allowed
A couple weeks back Louisiana school Vermilion Parish set before it's school board an important question concerning kids' footwear — should toe shoes (Fila Skele-toes apparently being the primary culprit) be allowed in schools? A local Vermilio… more »

From Fila Skeletoes to Vibram FiveFingers

A fan's first pair of toe shoes on the left-the original Fila Skele-toes; subsequent toe shoes purchases were the FiveFingers KSO and TrekSport.
A fan's first pair of toe shoes on the left-the original Fila Skele-toes; subsequent toe shoes purchases were the FiveFingers KSO and TrekSport.
David emailed me recently about adding to his now growing collection of FiveFingers. We got into talking a bit and I found out that he actually got his start into the minimalist shoes/toe shoes market via buying a pair of the original Fila Skeletoes.… more »

Fila Skele-Toes "Toetally Original"?

Fila Skele-Toes "Toetally Original"?
Fila Skele-Toes "Toetally Original"?
Somewhere in America, the following conversation is taking place ... Guy 1: Have you heard of the "Fila Skele-toes?" They're those crazy new toe shoes! Guy 2: Oh yeah I saw those billboards driving to work the other day off I-70. Those things… more »

Fila Skele-toes Voltage: Nike Free,Toe Shoes Lovechild

Allow me to introduce the Skele-Toes Voltage; the bastard lovechild of Nike Frees and Vibram FiveFingers (toe shoes).
Allow me to introduce the Skele-Toes Voltage; the bastard lovechild of Nike Frees and Vibram FiveFingers (toe shoes).
What if the grid-foam-soled shoe, as pioneered by Nike via the "Nike Free x.0," somehow copulated with a pair of toe shoes? What would you get? The Skele-Toes Voltage; a four-toed Frankenstein toe-shoe-slash-sneaker-slash-Nike-Free-wannabee. But… more »

Fila Skeletoes vs Vibram FiveFingers: Toe Shoe Supremacy

Fila Skeletoes vs Vibram FiveFingers: Toe Shoe Supremacy
Fila Skeletoes vs Vibram FiveFingers: Toe Shoe Supremacy
While most BirthdayShoes readers are likely already toe shoe aficionados who own at least one pair of Vibram FiveFingers, and often a whole closet full, at least a few readers stumble on our neck of the web looking for information about Fila Skele-toes.… more »

Fila Skele-Toes 2.0 Review

Fila Skele-Toes 2.0 Review
Fila Skele-Toes 2.0 Review
It looks like minimalist footwear and toe shoes are starting to become rather mainstream. The fact that major footwear brads are starting to develop minimalist and toe shoes of their own design is proof that the mainstream public is starting to accept… more »

Review Fila Skele-Toes - Four Toed Shoes

The Fila Skele-Toes - toe shoes with four toes!
The Fila Skele-Toes - toe shoes with four toes!
A few weeks back we took a sneak peak at a new brand of toe shoes—as in, not Vibram Five Fingers—they're the Fila "Skele-toes." Comet Shoes hooked me up with a pair to examine, review, and share with BirthdayShoes readers, so that's what I'l… more »

Fila Skeletoes Toe Shoes Exclusive Sneak Peak

Black Turkish Sea Men's.
Fila Skeletoes Black Turkish Sea Men's.
AvailabilityHere is a sneak peak at a new barefoot shoe offering from Fila with an expected release date of Februaury 1st, 2011. Our friends over at Comet Shoes are taking orders now! Five Fingers Look Alike?Though they look conspicuously similar… more »