Questionable claims about Vibram FiveFingers shoes spark a conversation

The company's claims about the shoes' health benefits prompted a lawsuit and settlement.

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.

Users of Vibram FiveFingers running shoes had a lot to say Friday, May 9, after the news that the company had settled a class-action lawsuit over claims regarding the product.

The settlement will result in Vibram users to claim as much as a $94 refund, according to The Washington Post. The refunds will be paid from a $3.75 million fund the company is setting aside as part of the lawsuit settlement. To be eligible, customers must have purchased a pair of the unique-looking shoes since March 21, 2009.

The lawsuit accused the company of deceiving customers in advertising claims that had no scientific basis. The ads promised that the shoes could decrease foot injuries and strengthen foot muscles.

Vibram's popularity grew as more people adopted the "barefoot" running trend it helped champion.

Do you own a pair of Vibram shoes or know someone who does? What do you think of the health claims?

Here is a sampling of what readers on our Facebook page had to say. Continue the conversation below or on our Facebook page.


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