Judge approves $40M settlement in Skechers case

Federal Trade Commission: Skechers buyers deceived

HOUSTON - The shoes promised to shape you up, but now Skechers has been ordered to pay up.

A judge approved a $40 million settlement today after the Federal Trade Commission accused the shoe maker of making false claims.

The settlement grew out of a series of ads Skechers aired featuring celebrity endorsers like Kim Kardashian and Brooke Burke.

The ads claimed the shoes could help people lose weight and tone their backside, legs and stomach muscles, but the Federal Trade Commission announced a lawsuit against Skechers for deceiving consumers.

"For the millions of people who bought Skechers toning shoes, the only thing that got a work out was their wallet," said an FTC official.

Skechers denies the allegations, but said it settled to avoid long litigation.

Now, those who bought the shoes from 2008 through August 2012 will get money back as part of the settlement.

Consumers can get a maximum repayment of up to $80, depending on what type of shoe they bought.

Customers who bought Shape-ups and Resistance Runners will get $80. Those who purchased Podded Sole shoes will get $50. People who bought Tone-ups will get $40.

To get any of that money, you had to have filed a valid claim before the April 18th deadline that we reported last year.

Settlement checks should start going out as early as mid-summer.

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