A popular new brand of toning shoes, Skechers Shape-ups, have recently been linked to a variety of serious injuries. These sneakers, which have been endorsed by celebrities such as Joe Montana and Kim Kardashian, have been associated with broken hips and ankles, as well as severe tightness in the heel, calf, and Achilles’ tendon. Taking the serious nature of these injuries into consideration, many believe that Skechers never adequately tested their Shape-ups to determine whether they were safe to wear.
Free Skechers Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by Skechers Shape-ups, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
It goes without saying that American society places a high value on looks and fitness. At the same time, our fast-paced lifestyles make exercise and eating healthy extremely difficult to achieve. This is why people will buy almost anything that offers the results of a vigorous workout without actually having to do it. One of the most popular such magic workout products currently on the market are Skechers Shape-ups, toning shoes with abnormally curved soles that are advertised as a way to help you get in shape without the need for conventional exercise.
Skechers Shape-ups come in a variety of models including athletic shoes, boots, casual shoes and sandals. Their unique, round-sole design is intended to promote heel-to-toe movement of the foot, which, according to the company:
- Burns more calories
- Increases muscle activation
- Improves posture
- Reduces stress on the back and legs
- Tones leg muscles
- Promotes healthy weight loss
- ‘Makes it easy to get in shape!’
Unfortunately, not long after they hit the market, Skechers Shape-ups began being hounded with negative publicity. In February 2011, Good Morning America ran a segment called “Could ‘Toning Shoes’ Hurt Instead of Help?” The piece told the story of a 38-year-old woman who experienced stress fractures in both hips after wearing Skechers Shape-ups for just five months. The woman subsequently filed a personal injury legal claim against Skechers for her injuries.
Which injuries have been reported in Skechers wearers?
Skechers Shape-ups have been associated with the following types of injuries:
- broken bones
- broken or sprained ankles
- broken hips from falls
- pain or tightness in the heel, calf, or Achilles’ tendon
It is important to note that these injuries may be more likely in individuals with:
- poor balance
- lack of feeling in their feet
- chronically weak ankles
- pigeon-toed gaits
People suffering from these types of injuries may go for weeks or months without realizing the source of the problem. Their conditions may go unidentified and are often misdiagnosed by doctors, which makes the problem that much worse.
Considering the frequency and severity of these injuries, many believe that Skechers failed to adequately research and test their Shape-ups before releasing them on to the market. Numerous case studies in the scientific literature have identified the risk of toning shoes, and documented the impact of wearing them for prolonged periods of time. Yet despite the evidence at hand, Skechers has continued to market Shape-ups as a safe and reliable way to “get in shape without setting foot in a gym.”
Do You Have a Skechers Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Skechers lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Skechers Shape-ups lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Skechers Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by Skechers’ Shape-ups, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.