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Some Vibram FiveFingers shoe owners eligible for refund

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — If you bought a pair of Vibram Five Fingers running shoes, you could be in for a refund.

The company offered to pay $3.75 million in order to settle a class-action lawsuit which alleged Vibram overstated the health benefits of the shoes when the company advertised they would strengthen muscles and prevent injury.

Customers who purchased the shoes between March 21, 2009 and the date of the first dissemination of summary settlement notice or class notice, will be eligible for a refund of up to $94 per pair.

Additionally, customers can submit a claim for up to two pairs without any kind of receipt or proof of purchase, though the company can request proof of purchase at any time.

The company has denied any wrongdoing alleged in the suit. They settled to put the matter to rest and avoid any additional legal expenses.

A court still needs to approve the settlement, but refunds could total anywhere from $20 to $94 per pair.

1 Comment

  • Rebecca Luker

    I am a 65 year old woman with foot problems. I toes tend to curb and several have hammer toe. I have been wearing Vibram 5 finger for about 5 years. I wear them around the house and when working outside or taking walks with my dogs. Benefit: The 5 finger shoe separates the toes, and stretches them. After years of wearing high heels and other shoes that pinch the toes togeather, my feet look and feel better. I also have better balance when wearing these shoe. They to not slip on any surface. I love these shoes and have recommended them to many friend. Some have actually bought and wear them. Most give up because of family and friends who make fun of them. Yes, they are weird looking but for comfort and balance you can’t beat them.

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