Some people have suffered serious injuries caused by Skechers Shape-Ups. The company has received numerous complaints. If you purchased one of these shoes, you may be eligible for a Skechers refund.
Do Skechers Shape-Ups Work?
Skechers Shape-Ups are made with a rounded sole, intended to increase the heel-to-toe motion of the foot while a person is walking. This effectively changes a person’s gait. The company claims that this promotes weight loss, helps tone your muscles, improves cardiovascular health, and reduces stress to your knees and ankles.
But do they really work?
Scientists have found no evidence that shoes with a rounded sole provide any significant benefit over a traditional athletic shoe. There is no evidence that they are more effective than going to the gym and doing a traditional workout. In fact, some experts warn that these shoes can have serious health risks, because the round sole makes the shoes inherently less stable than shoes with a flat sole.
Skecher Shape-Ups Lawsuit
Though most people who wear Skechers Shape-Ups have had no problems, a few have been seriously injured. The shoes pose a risk of stress fractures, broken bones, and serious fall injuries, and the shoe company is now facing lawsuits against Skechers Shape-Ups in California from people who have been injured and are now seeking compensation.
Injuries from the use of Skechers Shape-Ups can include:
- Stress Fractures: Also known as “hairline fractures,” these occur when a weight-bearing bone suffers repeated, unusual impacts, causing small cracks. People who are out-of-shape who suddenly start exercising have a higher risk of developing stress fractures.
- Slips and/or Falls: Because it is harder to maintain balance, some people have suffered catastrophic falls. A major fall can cause a wide range of injuries.
- Muscle/Tendon Strains: This type of injury often occurs during a fall, when a person moves suddenly to avoid seriously injuring themselves, and pulls a muscle. Strains can occur suddenly, or gradually over time by over-stressing a muscle.
- Ligament Sprains: A sprained ankle is caused when a person’s ankle twists too far in one direction, causing serious injury to the ligaments. Sprains can also occur by falling and landing on the arm, or twisting a knee.
- Broken Bones: A serious fall can cause a bone fracture, particularly in older Americans.
Lawsuit Against Skechers Shape-Ups
If you watch the TV program Good Morning America, you may have seen an interview with Holly Ward, a 38 year-old Ohio woman who wore her Skechers Shape-Ups walking shoes while she worked as a waitress, and also while she worked out. After just five months of wearing the shoes on a regular basis, Ms. Ward developed severe, debilitating stress fractures in both of her hips. On TV, she said, “The extended use of these shoes has injured me catastrophically.”