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Vibram Five Fingers Settlement Refund

Vibram Settles Class-Action Lawsuit — Were You Ever a Barefoot Runner?

It looks like that barefoot-running trend is well over. Vibram, maker of those toe-sock-like Five Finger shoes that promised fewer foot injuries and stronger foot muscles, said this week that it would refund users of its shoes as part of a class-action lawsuit.

The lawsuit charged that Vibram sold the Five Fingers by advertising these health claims that had no scientific merit. As part of the settlement, in which Vibram admits no wrongdoing, Vibram will deposit $3.75 million in an account that will be used to refund money to people who bought Vibram Five Fingers between March 21, 2009, and the date of the first dissemination of summary settlement notice or class notice, whichever is earlier. You can submit a claim for up to two pairs without proof of purchase; you may, however, have to provide proof if the company feels it necessary. Each pair can get you up to $94, although the agreement notes that class members can expect between $20 and $50 per pair based on similar settlements. Any unclaimed funds in the account will be donated to the American Heart Association to research the health benefits of running. The claims website isn't up yet, but keep checking Vibram's Facebook for news.

Vibrams, as well as the popular barefoot-running book Born to Run, sparked a minimalist movement that spilled over to regular sneakers; companies stripped out cushioning, shaved off ounces, and flattened heel drops in order to help runners strengthen stability muscles and improve running form. Studies showed, however, that barefoot running can lead to injuries if you don't ease into it correctly, and over the past couple of years, big shoe companies have gone back to cushioning.

Did you ever try barefoot running, and are you still a fan?

Source: Instagram users chelsea_criner and rebecca_ingram

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twilkerson5373 twilkerson5373 3 years

I haven't done a lot of barefoot running. But I wear two pairs of Vibrams regularly & exclusively, from errands to hiking to weightlifting. I rarely wear padded sneakers. I love them! My feet are definitely stronger from just wearing them for everything. But it's not the shoe that does it, the Vibrams just protect your feet from environmental things like rocks. And I'm not one of those opportunistic users who loves their Vibrams but will still collect a check, like an asshole.

FitnessFocused FitnessFocused 3 years

Exactly! When I got my first pair I didn't pay attention to advice and my feet hurt for days. I then went on line, got the proper information and I have no regrets; my Vibrams have made a huge different in my feet and lower legs.
Running causes plenty of injuries and there are people who have died while running, but we would never think to sue a local running club or Runner's World magazine!

FitnessFocused FitnessFocused 3 years

That's great!

Shauna2534104 Shauna2534104 3 years

I don't run in anything other than Vibrams. I absolutely adore them. Yes, it was hard to transition at first, but they never claimed it would be easy and always said to ease into it so you didn't hurt yourself. It's too bad someone was sue-happy and put them in this position. I will claim my refund, and put the money toward a new pair of Five Fingers.

staple-salad staple-salad 3 years

I would love to get a pair of Vibrams but I've yet to find a pair that fit my feet. I'm hoping that they will help me on the elliptical when it makes my feet feel numb.

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