Skechers Class Action 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.