Oklahoma Woman Sues Skechers over Broken Ankle

Popular footwear brand Skechers is the subject of a class action lawsuit claiming that the shoemaker's Shape-Ups line and similar "toning" shoes "violated certain state laws and consumer protection statutes in connection with the marketing and sale of its toning shoes." In other words, claimants say that the footwear does not, in fact, allow wearers to tone their legs, thighs, and buttocks simply by wearing the shoes, as Skechers' marketing campaigns claimed. A $40 million settlement was reached with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which will allow individuals who purchased Skechers Shape-Ups, Resistance Runner, Shape-Ups Toners/Trainers, and Tone-Ups to receive a refund. [caption id="attachment_1780" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Skechers Lawsuit Image Credit: FTC.gov[/caption] A consumer group, Truth in Advertising, questions whether the $40 million settlement is adequate, noting that Skechers made more than $1 billion in sales in 2010 in the midst of its Shape-Ups sales and campaign. However, the FTC notes that a lawsuit with Reebok for similar claims about toning shoes and clothes was settled for a only $25 million. False marketing claims, however, may not be the only problem Skechers has with its Shape-Ups and toning shoes. Earlier this year, an Oklahoma woman joined dozens of others in a consolidated personal injury lawsuit against the shoe manufacturer, saying the design of the Shape-Ups toning shoes was responsible for her severe broken ankle. The plaintiff alleges that she bought the shoes because advertising claims said the shoes let the wearer "shape up while you walk" and "get in shape without setting foot in a gym." She says she initially wore the shoes for periods of 25-45 minutes at a time, but eventually began wearing the "toning shoes" as she went about her daily activities. Approximately four months after purchasing the shoes, the woman was walking on a flat surface in her own home when the design of the shoe caused her foot to suddenly pronate inward, breaking her ankle. The severity of the injury required surgery, and the plaintiff alleges the injury has caused severe pain, prolonged recovery, and limitations on her mobility and daily activities. Other plaintiffs allege the shoes have caused stress fractures, hip problems and more.  Potential injuries associated with the use of Skechers Shape-Ups include:

  • Trip and fall injuries, including head injuries
  • Broken ankles, legs, or wrists
  • Muscle strains
  • Torn ligaments
  • Hamstring injuries
  • Achilles tendon strains and sprains
  • Knee injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Hip fractures or dislocated hips
  • Dislocated hips
  • Foot injuries
If you purchased Skechers Shape-Ups, Resistance Runner, Shape-Ups Toners/Trainers, or Tone-Ups and are eligible for a refund as part of the $40 million settlement, visit http://www.skecherssettlement.com/.

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