FTC: Skechers deceived consumers with shoe ads
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government wants you to know that simply sporting a pair of Skechers' fitness shoes is not going to get you a toned body.
Skechers USA will pay $40 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission that the footwear company made unfounded claims that its Shape-ups shoes would help people lose weight and strengthen their rear-end, leg and stomach muscles.
The settlement also involves the company's Resistance Runner, Toners, and Tone-ups shoes. The agency says Skechers made deceptive claims about those shoes, too.
Consumers who bought the shoes will be eligible for refunds, though it's not clear how much money people will get. The FTC says that will depend on how many claims are received in the eight-month filing period.
The commission settled similar charges with Reebok last year over its EasyTone walking shoes and RunTone running shoes. That $25million agreement also provided customer refunds.
With millions available for customer refunds, the Attorney General encourages consumers to go to www.ftc.gov/skechers" or Call 866-325-4186 to submit claims