Own a Pair of Vibram FiveFinger Shoes? You May Be Eligible for a Refund

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Attention minimalist and barefoot runners: If you purchased a pair of Vibram FiveFingers after March 21, 2009, you may be eligible for a refund.

Vibram USA Inc—the company that makes the FiveFingers running shoes—has agreed to settle a lawsuit that alleges the company made false and unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of the shoe. The lawsuit asserts that Vibram misrepresented research to advertise that its shoes improve posture, strengthen muscles, and reduce injuries. Were it not for those misleading claims, the shoes wouldn't be so popular, the suit alleges.

Although Vibram USA Inca has denied any wrongdoing, it's definitely not the first shoe company to find itself in hot water: In 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued Sketchers when it claimed that the soles in its Shape Up shoes improved muscle tone, increased weight loss, and helped posture.

The company reported this week that buyers will be able to file a claim at fivefingerssettlement.com, though the site doesn't appear to be live yet. Valid claims are supposedly eligible for refunds between $20 and $50.

What do you think of this news? Do you want a refund? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @Shape_Magazine!

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