Skechers Class Action Lawsuit

Skechers Lawsuit

An Ohio woman has filed a product liability lawsuit at a Kentucky district court against American shoemaker Skechers holding its Shape-Ups shoes responsible for her orbital fracture. The victim fell down while walking at a parking lot after the shoes she was wearing slipped forward, causing the injury that also poses her an increased risk of partial disability. According to the Skechers Shape-Ups shoes product liability lawsuit, the plaintiff bought the shoes following print and electronic ads by manufacturer claiming benefits, such as weight loss, posture improvement, and better knee and ankle toning up. However, the design defects in rocker bottom soles of these Shape-Ups shoes led to instability and altered gait mechanics putting users at the risk of injuries.

Skechers Shoes: Claims Vs Reality

California-based Skechers promotes its shoes sold under the brand name Shape-Ups and Tone-Ups as distinctly planned to help users get into shape without requiring them to join gyms. The manufacturer claims that its patented round sole design stimulates changes in walking styles that firm up leg muscles, reduce knees and ankle stress, get superior cardiovascular health, and ensure posture improvement. The company has been promoting its products with celebrity-driven advertisement blitz that includes names of Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian, Joe Montana, and Christina Aguilera.

However, the medical community is irked at the shoe benefit claims and has warned against the impending risk of foot or leg injury caused by Skechers Shape-Ups and Tone-Ups shoes. The complaint filed by the Ohio woman is just one of the many Skechers toning shoe products liability lawsuits filed against the trendy shoe brand claiming injuries caused by its defective products. The FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection has also taken cognizance of deceptive benefit claims about Skechers toning shoes following large number of serious hip and ankle injury complaints.

A study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise and carried on by scholars from Wisconsin University rejected benefits of these advertised shoes, saying there is no significant benefit, such as improved muscles or burning of calories that exercise can offer. The altered gait and foot destabilization rather leads to injuries.

The claimed advantages of Skechers Shape-Ups shoes are just “overhyped gimmick,” a recent USA Today report claims. According to it, wearing these shoes for long may result in Achilles tendons, strained hips, and foot injuries due to destabilized walking. These shoes can be more risky for people with balance or alignment problems.  

Skechers Shape-Ups Shoe Injuries

Skechers Shape-Ups shoe injuries are primarily attributed to the instability of its round sole. When one is walking or standing wearing these shoes, only a small part of the sole touches the surface and the entire weight remains centered on it. This results in serious traction problems when someone walks on flat smooth or slippery surfaces, leading to the risk of slip and fall injuries. Continuous use of these toning shoes also puts pressure on joints and causes injury and stress to leg muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

  • Slip and fall

  • Bodily injuries caused by shoes rolling forward

  • Ankle and knee stress fracture

  • Cramps and fractures in legs

  • Achilles tendons

  • Hamstring injuries

  • Hip fractures

  • Ruptured ankle and tendons

  • Strained muscle and torn ligaments

  • Muscle pulls

  • Knee injuries

  • Trimalleolar fractures

Skechers Shape-Ups Shoe Class Action

A Skechers class action lawsuit was initiated in March 2012 seeking compensation from the shoe company on the ground that the manufacturer misled consumers on its toning shoes for commercial benefits. The class action filed at Kentucky western district court represented all individuals who bought Shape-Ups shoes. It also pleads for a ban on the deceptive advertising of the footwear.

The FTC has also filed a lawsuit against Skechers for making bogus claims. In September 2011, the FTC had fined Reebok $25 million for making similar muscle toning claims.

In May 2012, Skechers announced to pay $40 million to all those who purchased its Shape-Ups, Tone-Ups, and Resistance Runners shoes starting from August 1, 2008.

Skechers Shape-Ups Shoe Lawsuits

On October 24, a New Mexico woman filed a Skechers Shape-Ups shoe product liability lawsuit claiming that she suffered from ankle injury because of defective shoes. The plaintiff was swayed by ads claiming benefits to buy Shape-Ups shoes. However, her ankle buckled and she fell when the shoes rotated inwards on flat surface. She was diagnosed with fractures in two ankle bones and had to undergo surgery and rehabilitation. The victim remained immobile for months because of the injury.

A similar lawsuit has also been Skechers lawsuit filed by an Ohio woman. The plaintiff had to suffer from a wrist injury after the Shape-Ups shoe slipped. The lawsuit filed in a Kentucky district court seeks to fix the responsibility of the shoe company for its failure to warn users about impending footwear injury risks. The victim purchased shoes and used them during the daily activities to burn extra calories and lose weight as claimed by the manufacturer. She fell at a street intersection after her shoe rotated inwards and broke her left wrist. The plaintiff underwent surgery and rehabilitation therapy.