Skechers Shape-Ups Class-Action Lawsuit

Information on The Skechers Shape-Ups Class-Action Lawsuits

Skechers has found itself facing class-action lawsuits for it's body toning shoe Shape-Ups. A product liability lawyer, Robert K. Jenner of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC in Baltimore,MD and Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, P.S.C of Kentucky filed the paper work for a class action lawsuit against the maker of the popular Shape-Ups line of shoes on February 15 of 2012.

Skechers also manufactures a line of body toning shoes called, Tone-Ups which includes not only sneakers but also offers the Tone-Ups in a sandle and flip-flop style.

The lawsuit states that the company's claim is, "false and misleading" and seeks damages to be paid to consumers who believe the shoe actually poses a risk of injury due to the unique shape of the shoe.

This is Skechers Shape-Ups Kinetix, one of the more popular within the Shape-Ups line.
This is Skechers Shape-Ups Kinetix, one of the more popular within the Shape-Ups line.

Claims the Lawsuit Makes Against Skechers

The law office of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC along with Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, P.S.C make many claims on behalf of consumers of the popular Shape-Ups made by Manhattan Beach, CA based company Skechers USA, Inc.

Many consumers have complained that the advertising for the Shape-Ups, which claimed that the shoe allowed the consumer to have the benefits of the gym “without setting foot in a gym.”, was “deceptive and unlawful advertising.”

Plaintiffs in the case claim, that Skechers USA, Inc. has not provided adequate scientific proof that the shoe provides any extra added health benefits.

An American Council on Exercise study states, “There is simply no evidence to support the claims that these shoes will help wearers exercise more intensely, burn more calories or improve muscle strength and tone.”

The lawsuit also alleges that the shoe can interfere with a persons natural gait and that they put consumers at risk of falling abd cause chronic injuries

Complaints by Consumers of Sketchers Shape-Ups

Laura from South Milwaukee, WI. stated, "I wore Skechers Shape-ups for one to two years. I was fine until I started having hip and leg pain that was so bad I could hardly get out of my van. I went to the doctor and the first thing she said was to stop wearing my shoes."

"Wearing the toning shoes for a couple of years caused my meniscus to tear. I was in extreme pain for several weeks. I had to undergo cortisone shots, numerous doctor visits and 4 weeks of expensive physical therapy." said, Sandra of Bryan, TX.

“Skechers intentionally designed its toning shoes to create instability and to change gait mechanics,” Mike Bomberger

California Product Liability Lawyers File Lawsuit Against Skechers

Estey Bomberger, a California based product liability law firm also filed a lawsuit against Skechers on behalf of 37 clients that have made claims of broken bones and ankle and back problems.

“Skechers intentionally designed its toning shoes to create instability and to change gait mechanics,” Mike Bomberger, the representing lawyer stated.

The instability and change in gait caused by wearing Shape-Ups are some of the complaints made by the plantiffs in Bomberger's lawsuit.

He goes on to say, Many studies have established drastically changing one’s gait can and does cause chronic injuries. More importantly, the instability of the shoes can cause and has caused people wearing the shoes to fall.”

Skechers Ad

Claimed Health Benefits of Skechers Shape-Ups Toning Shoes

Skechers has claimed that their Shape-Ups have health benefits not found in other athletic shoes. They claim that simply wearing the shoe will not only make it easier to walk but can actually workout or shape up and tone certian parts of the body.

As stated before Skechers claims that you get the benefit of being in the gym without ever stepping into a gym. So what are these claimed health benefits of the Skechers Shape-Ups Toning Shoes?

Claimed Health Benefits of Skechers Shape-Ups Toning Shoes

  • Reduced stress on the joints
  • Excersie more muscles
  • Burn more calories
  • Improvement to your posture

File a Claim Against Skechers for Shape-Ups

If you have been mislead by the claims of added health benefits or have been injured as a direct result of wearing Skechers Shape-Ups line of shoes then filing a claim against them is something to be considered.

Ronald E. Johnson Jr. of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, P.S.C. said, “Skechers needs to be held accountable, and consumers need a refund.”

Shape-Ups on Anderson Cooper's Ridiculist

Skechers Shape-Ups Lawsuit Update May 17 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered Skechers USA, Inc. to refund consumers of their Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups and Resistance Runner athletic shoes to the tune of $40 million.

They found that the claims made by the company were not founded with substantiated scientific proof, that the shoes actually helped people lose weight nor correct or improve any form of physical aspect of the body.

In addition to having to refund the money the company can, of course, no longer make claims that the shoes help people lose weight or help tighten or build muscle.

Earlier in the week Shape-Ups made The Ridiculist on Anderson Cooper's 360. That clip featuring spokesperson Kim Kardashian can be seen above.

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Leaderofmany 4 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

Very good information. I had heard that Shape-ups were causing problems. I had no idea that there as a lawsuit.

Lisa Jacobs 4 years ago

I have been wearing the shapeups for a couple of years now and every since i have been wearing them my heel has started hurting. I cant even get out of the bed in the mornings and walk on it without it hurting. I have to walk around on my tippy toes until i feel like i can walk on my heel.Just wondering what i should do!

Donna Bowen 4 years ago

I also have the same problem with my heals hurting! Didn't know its from my skechers. How do we file a claim?

kathy 4 years ago

im glad to hear about this i had no idea my heel problem was from my shoes. ive been sufferung for almost 2 years and thats when i changed my beand of shoes to those sketchers thought they were suppose to help me not injure

Jean 4 years ago

My legs have not been the same I started bying shapeups 3 years ago. and some times my leg ack after I take then off.

kay 4 years ago

I liked walking in the skechers but then they started affecting my calves.My calves began cramping up.My hasband and I bought 2 pairs each.

Rose 4 years ago

I have been wearing skechers shape ups for about 2 years now,and I've noticed when walking my ankles would for time to time bow inwards. I didn't get alarmed over it, because of all the hipe,geared towards health conscious individuals. I just thought they took time to get adjusted to wearing them. Now I am experiencing problems with my ankles,low back,one of my hips.

Renee 3 years ago

I wore Skecher Shape Ups and begin to have pain in both of my calves. Shortly after that I began to have pain in my Achilles Tendons and my heels. These shoes gave me bilaterial Achilles Tendonitis and heel spurs. I have suffered now for over two years. I am now facing surgery on both Achilles and heels because it just keeps getting worse over time. This injury has changed my entire life. I struggle to work everyday, as I work on my feet. I have not gone five minutes without pain in over two years. I wish I would have never purchased those shoes. :(

Gloria Hoeft 3 years ago

I bought these shoes too, thinking it would put a spring in my step when we walked. My husband and I used to walk the dogs all the time. As I started to wear them, I noticed my back& hip hurting, than it was my legs !

I finally quit going for walks. I started seeing a doctor for my back. They didn't know if the back was causing all the leg, knee, hip pain, or vice-versa ! They decided to start with the back. Had all the cortisone shots, finally a procedure to deaden the nerves in the back....nothing worked ! Both my knees are shot and I recently had a total knee replacement. None of this has helped my back pain. I curse the day I purchased these shoes, because it has been a nightmare since than. I am constantly taking pills for pain, wear a back support and have a tens unit and I hardly ever go for walks anymore, let alone shop !!!

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