Skechers Settles Lawsuit Over Bad Shoes
Company to pay $40 million over false claims over
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: May 22nd, 2012
f you were one of the many, many people who bought a pair of those heinous Skechers shoes that claimed they'd make you thinner, you're in luck. Your butt is probably the same size as it was before you bought the shoes, but your wallet is about to get a little fatter, thanks to a settlement in which Skechers has agreed to pay $40 million to consumers. The shoes were marketed with claims that they'd help people lose weight, but obviously, simply wearing a shoe doesn't burn calories, and now the company has to pay.
Your butt is probably the same size as it was before you bought the shoes, but your wallet is about to get a little fatter.
The shoes in question are the Resistance Runners, the Toners, and the Shape-Ups. The Federal Trade Commission investigated claims from consumers, and found that there was no weight lost while wearing the shoes versus when wearing any other shoe. The company, in addition to paying out $40 million, will have to stop using the claims, which the FTC referred to as "misleading" and "unfounded."
The claims were marked as unfounded because Skechers said that clinical studies had been conducted to back up the claims, when in reality, no studies were ever done.
Customers who bought the shoes will be able to get a full refund for any purchase of the aforementioned styles.