Skechers to pay $40M to customers over ‘Shape-Ups’

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Skechers USA, Inc. has agreed to pay customers $40 million to settle charges that they deceived consumers with their ‘Shape-Ups’ shoes, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Wednesday.

Officials said the company made unfounded claims that ‘Shape-Ups’ would help customers lose weight and tone their buttocks, legs and abdominal muscles simply by wearing the shoes.

Skechers also made deceptive claims about its Resistance Runner, Toners, and Tone-ups shoes, according to the FTC.

More than 40 states are involved in the settlement including North Carolina.

If you purchased a “toning” shoe from Skechers, you may be eligible for refunds either directly from the FTC or through a court-approved class action lawsuit, and can submit a claim here.