Fila Skele-Toes 2.0 ReviewBy Darren Cunningham
Yes your eyes are relaying the information correctly to your brain, the heading of this article is Fila Skele-toes.
If anyone has tried out some of the other minimalist footwear options on the market you will be very aware that most of these come with a nice high price tag attached; not the Fila Skele-toes.
These trainers retail for around £40.00 and can be found online through Amazon, JD Sports etc.
The first thing you will notice about the Skele-toes are the individual pouches for your toes, similar to the Vibram Five-Fingers that are also available on the market but are a few times more expensive. But instead of having five separate spaces for each of your five toes the Skele-toes have only supplied four. Yes four spaces, your two smallest toes have a pouch to share (I can only guess that this is how Fila managed to get around the patent of Vibram).
Living With a Pair of Skele-ToesI have been wearing my Skele-Toes for almost a month now without finding too many issues about wearing minimalist training shoes. Although I have found a few issues that you might want to take into consideration when buying a pair of these or perhaps any minimalist footwear.
Just an extra quick note, the inside of the Skele-toes have not started to smell (yet). Due to the fact that I'm not wearing any sock whilst using these and my feet do sweat a little, for these trainers not to smell yet is a big bonus. I have visions of these being used to scare off wild animals from my back garden after a short time of use, but I have been surprised.
How Comfortable Can These Minimalist Trainers Be!Let's start with finding the correct size, that's the first thing that I starting thinking about before making my purchase, that's why I ordered online and had them delivered to JD Sports store (free of change) for me to try a couple of sizes on before parting with my cash.Believe it or not, my normal shoe size is a 9 and that's the size I walked out of the store wearing.
I have worn the Skele-toes for a few different activities, such as running, gym use, casual wear, rock climbing and general exercise.
ConclusionOverall I am a very big fan of the Fila option for minimalist footwear, these trainers have a great price tag which allows everyone to try the barefoot experience without breaking into your savings too much. You get something which makes everyone look and even help start some good conversations at the gym, town or even in Asda.
So far the build quality from Fila has been great, to be honest I have been surprised by them, I sold trainers for many years and have seen some terrible examples of quality footwear not only from Fila but Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Lacoste, K-Swiss, Asics amongst many others; so lets just say I've seen it all and Fila have made a pair of affordable, comfortable and well built trainers.