Toning Shoes Lawsuit
Toning shoe lawsuits have been filed against the makers of tone-up shoes alleging that the shoes were defectively designed and caused harm to people who wore the shoes. Among the claims in some toning shoes lawsuits are that the shoes were falsely advertised, including misleading statements about the health benefits linked to the shoes. Among companies involved in litigation are Reebok toning shoes and Skechers Shape-up Shoes.
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Toning Shoes & Toning Sneakers
According to The New York Times (09/28/11) toning footwear resulted in sales of more than $1 billion in 2010. Meanwhile, Reebok sold more than five million pairs of toning shoes in 2010.
Critics argue, however, that the shoes do not work and, furthermore, that they cause injuries. Toning sneaker injuries include stress fractures, joint injuries and tendon ruptures. Critics also argue that because the shoes are unstable, people wearing them can suffer falls that cause harm, including violent ankle fractures. The Consumer Products Safety Commission reportedly received 65 toning shoe complaints from consumers between March and July 2011 (as cited by Trial Magazine). Among the toning shoe complaints were significant compound fractures caused by regular walking activities, and broken wrists and traumatic brain injuries caused by a fall while wearing the shoes.
Companies with toning shoes:
- MBT (Masai Barefoot Technology)
- AVIA—iTone, iBurn, iQuest
- New Balance—True Balance
- Champion—Pace toning shoe
Skechers Shape-Up Shoes Injury & Skechers Toning Shoes Lawsuit
Reebok Toning Shoes Lawsuit Settlement
Furthermore, the FTC took issue with Reebok's claim that Reebok EasyTone shoes strengthen hamstrings and calves by up to 11 percent, while they tone the buttocks up to 28 percent over regular sneakers. The $25 million was to go toward refunding customers.
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