Skechers Shape-Ups – giving me back some $$

Here is another settlement to participate in. The basis of the Grabowski v. Skechers U.S.A., Inc. settlement is that Skechers made false claims that customers will lose weight by wearing their shape-up line of shoes. This is similar to last year’s settlement with Reebok’s EasyTone line of shoes.

Payments that you can get are:

Shoes Initial Amount Maximum
Shape-up $40 $80
Resistance Runner $42 $50
Podded Sole Shoes $27 $40
Tone-ups $20 $80

Any claim with a total amount greater than $200 will require proof which you will need to upload at the time of claim submission. The claim can be of file extensions .pdf, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, or .tiff.

The deadline to submit claims electronically and mailed postmark is April 18, 2013.

For more details, please visit their faq page. Also, make sure to save the pdf copy that gets generated after you submit the claim! It’s always smart to keep a copy as reference.

My take on this? Thanks for the money! While Skechers should not have claimed their product helps people lose weight, it is surprising how gullible people are. The premise of losing weight is caused by the imbalance that the shoes causes, which works more muscles of the leg. I believe these shoes do work to an extent but they are mainly geared towards couch potatoes or people who are real beginners in fitness. Since these types of bodies are usually not toned at the calf area, the shoes probably will make an impact. These shoes should be called toning shoes instead of weight loss shoes. I have a pair of Sketchers Shape-up that I have yet to wear (I bought them for sale on Amazon for ~$34, what a steal!), but both my FitFlop and Reebok EasyTone are very comfortable and I love them for that. Their extra sole cushioning are just heaven for my feet!

Status Updates:

July 5, 2013: From the settlement website:

The settlement was given final approval on May 13, 2013. It will likely be late summer before checks are issued.

July 16, 2013: I got my check in the mail today for $68.86 for 2 shape up shoes.

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