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First Toning Shoe Injury Lawsuit filed against Skechers

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The lawsuit was filed by attorney Ron Johnson from the lawfirm of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. Co-counsel for the lawsuit was Jay Vaughn from Florence, Kentucky firm of Busald, Funk & Zevely. The lawsuit alleges that the Plaintiff suffered stres fractures in both hips from wearing the Skecher Shape-up toning shoes.

Toning shoes, including Skechers Shape-ups, are marketed and promoted to the public as a product that will provide numerous health benefits to those who wear the shoes. The shoes are marketed and promoted to be worn in place of other athletic shoes during daily activities, exercise routines, and in the workplace. Skechers Shape-ups slogans include: "Shape Up While You Walk" and "Shape Up While You Work."
Toning shoes are designed to change the way humans walk. According to the brochure that accompanies the Skechers Shape-ups brand of toning shoes, "the core of this technology is in the dynamic rolling bottom, soft foam insert under the heel, and the dual density midsole. These three elements work together to give you the feeling of walking on soft sand-regardless of the actual surface."1 Therefore, by design, toning shoes alter gait mechanics and are designed to create instability.
It is well established in the medical literature that changing one's gait and/or walking on soft and uneven surfaces can cause chronic injuries, including but not limited to: stress fractures; joint injuries; and tendon and ligament injuries. Shoes that create instability can and do cause falls. Despite this information and numerous complaints to the company, Skechers and other toning shoe manufacturers have marketed and promoted this footwear without performing any tests to determine the safety of the product. In disregard of the well-known risks, toning shoe manufacturers, through their promotional materials, represent and warrant to the general public that walking regularly in toning shoes will provide many orthopedic, muscle and cardiovascular benefits.

65 Comments:
I WORE THE SHAPEUPS & FELL HAD TO HAVE HIP REPLACEMENT & 2 KNEE REPLACEMENTS !! ALL BECAUSE i FELL !!DIDNT KNOW IT WAS CAUSE OF SHOES WORE THEM LATTER ANKLE STARTED HURTNG !!! COULDNT WALK ORORO DR. SAID STOP WEARING TEM i DID & NOW NO ANKLE PAIN
Posted by anita on February 1, 2013 at 12:37 PM
I started wearing shape ups because I had a bad arch which developed into a club foot. I could barely walk. When I started wearing shape ups the pain was gone and they are the only reason I can walk now. If you file these bogus lawsuits because you can not balance yourself and try to blame shoes you will be hurting me and many others I know that can only walk because of these shoes. I have been wearing these since they first came out and I love them.
Posted by Vicky on January 31, 2013 at 09:11 PM
I am reading this in bed, with my ankle elevated above my head awaiting surgery. On Dec. 1, 2012 I walked out my door, took a step and my foot rolled underneath me . . . I had Sketcher shape ups on. I have been in an extreme amount of pain since this injury and will have to have surgery as I broke my tibia in 2 place and my also fibula. Sketchers should do the right thing and take this darn shoes off the market....I am so mad that I fell for this gimmick about how they will help you tone up and so on, what a crock of hooey, all I got from this product by Sketchers is a broken ankle and LOTS of pain that isn't over yet. I have Physical Therapy to look forward to after my surgery. The RN in working ht ER said mine was the worst break she had seen with someone just out to take a walk. Sketchers are no good for your feet nor your body, I hope some will read this and decide not to buy them.
Posted by Joyce on December 6, 2012 at 08:47 PM
After wearing tone ups for 6 -8 months I realized I was having horrific pain in my ankles and heels upon getting out of bed. I've stopped wearing them months ago but am still experiencing excruciating pain.
Posted by Cary on November 30, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Just to let Brittany know, I don't wear high heels, and it is more than just a little bit of pain. I have scared family members because I would suddenly yelp in pain or be in tears because the pain would be so severe in my lower back and hip. I had to drive to South Carolina for my son's Marine graduation, and by the time I had to start that trip, I had to warn his girlfriend to ignore me if I made any sudden cries out in pain because I didn't want to worry her, and it did happen quite often. The pain shoots down to my knee and it is a miserable thing to deal with. I had no idea so many people were experiencing the exact same type of pain, so there must be something wrong with the design of these shoes.
Posted by Laura on July 22, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I bought these Skechers about two weeks ago. I specifically bought them for exercise because prior to, I had been sendentary for a while. I used to be a runner. The first week, i wore them to ease into a walk/run program. By the second week, two days ago, all hades broke loose. By the time I got home I was limping. My right leg ached from the hip to the knee, badly. I thought , well i must have strained my iliotibial band. I used the foam rubber roller to massage the leg, I followed up yesterday with some strengthening exercises for my aductors as well as emphasizing regular strethening exercises for my thighs and calves. My leg felt back to normal. Today, I put some orthotics in the shoes on and stood up straight. I immediately, felt the shot of pain exactly as it was two days ago, after my work out. I took the orthotics out and put them into my old Nikes crosstrainers, which I had been wearing as regular walk around sneakers while I was inactive, stood up straight and no pain. I wore those to exrcise today and while i still had some pain at the end of the session, it was not as bad as tt first day. I fear, i may have caused some damage to my leg. Now, I don't know if it was actually the shoe or user error. I intend to continue with strthening exercises and switch out straight walking days with some of the walk/run days and see how that goes. I am not interested in any cash reward and am perfectly willing to chalk it up to a learning experience.I thought I would add my experience if it might be of assistance in getting theproper research done so that if it is a problem with the shoe, it can be identified. I wish no one to have to experience the excrutiating pain I felt that day.
Posted by Sabrina on July 11, 2012 at 01:48 PM
While they did wonders for my back pain, I believe they contributed to my knees torn cartledge. Please do not walk on uneven trails or terrain. No warning for uneven terail can be found in literature.
Posted by Nancy Wright on June 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Libby, thanks for your post on our blog. We have heard reports from many others like you who experience terrible foot pain when they try to wear another shoe after having worn Skechers. This is just one of the many complaints we hear about these shoes on a daily basis. Thanks for sharing your bad experience with Skechers ShapeUps.
Posted by Schachter, Hendy & Johnson on June 12, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I love my Sketcher tone-up, they have healed my feet. I can not wear anything else or I get horrible foot pain. I was sad to see there was a lawsuit out against sketchers. Some people will do anything to get a buck. Sketchers is the best!
Posted by Libby on June 12, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I wore the Sketchers tone ups and in March my foot slid in the shoe and I feel and broke my heel. I recently got my cast off and now doing pt. My therapist said I may not walk right again for months or even up to a year. I was wondering is there a recall for these type of sketchers?
Posted by pfineout on June 8, 2012 at 03:03 PM
My husband and I bought these shape up shoes in 2011. Having the thought to "shape-up".. Sadly, it gives more pain to bear than to shape. At first, I thought IT was just plain pain that would eventually goes away. What a sad news to say, EVEN after stopped wearing it long ago. The pain in my back and on my calfs is still here to stay. For sure can't squat too long and gets up as easily as I used to be able to. Legs and back are forever still hurting. Where can I return these shoes and get my refund back eh??? PLEASE ADVICE. GOD BleSs. I live in Dallas, TX
Posted by Janet on May 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I got my first pair over a year ago!!! Now i Have trouble with my knees hip and back . i have back surgery , I can do better in flipflops!! I do cry from the Pain,sharp shotting Pains.. i walked like the directions said to. it feels like i have bent my knee backwards...
Posted by Donna Gentry on May 17, 2012 at 08:36 AM
I purchased my shape ups in february 2012, i bought them hoping they would shape and tone areas stated on tags included in box. After a week i notice my legs and and back started to hurt extremely bad. I mentioned to my sister how bad i was in pain and how i thought it was coming from these shape ups. The pain got so bad until i could not bear to stand nor walk...i went to doctor he asked me if i had fallen i told him "no", i had to have help just to get out of bed i had to help with my bathing...the pain kept getting worse. Finally, my doctor suggested i get an mri so i did...and the results came ba k i have a fractured vertebrate L4. Now i have to wear a back brace i have been off work since February 2012. I am going to orthepedic surgeons to see how this can be corrected...Oh shape ups u really did me harm. Ll
Posted by barbara on May 17, 2012 at 06:56 AM
I purchased my shape ups in february 2012, i bought them hoping they would shape and tone areas stated on tags included in box. After a week i notice my legs and and back started to hurt extremely bad. I mentioned to my sister how bad i was in pain and how i thought it was coming from these shape ups. The pain got so bad until i could not bear to stand nor walk...i went to doctor he asked me if i had fallen i told him "no", i had to have help just to get out of bed i had to help with my bathing...the pain kept getting worse. Finally, my doctor suggested i get an mri so i did...and the results came ba k i have a fractured vertebrate L4. Now i have to wear a back brace i have been off work since February 2012. I am going to orthepedic surgeons to see how this can be corrected...Oh shape ups u really did me harm. Ll
Posted by barbara on May 17, 2012 at 06:53 AM
I purchased the shoes and my hopes were they would "work my legs" instead I sprained my ankle, and my hips became so sore I was living aleve. My knees began to hurt, even my toes hurt! I purchased them because my job consisted of standing for hours on end, my legs became swollen and from my hips down, every joint ached. How stupid was I to fall for this gimmick? How irresponsible are ALL the companies who manufactured them to not do adequate research before marketing them? Its a health and safety issue, why did it take so many years before this was addressed? Shame-Shame on us all!
Posted by Jo on May 16, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I wore the Sketchers Tone Ups for a couple months at the beginning of last year. I noticed they made my knees hurt more and my feet and ankles would get shooting pains, but figured it was all a result of getting used to being off balance. Mid-March, I was wearing them for a road trip, very closely witnessed an accident, and ran full out back to the scene (about a quarter mile). An hour later, when I was able to go back to my car, I could not wear them and haven't been able to since. The pain was intense, and I still (a year later) get intense pain in my ankles and feet in the same manner. I read everything there was to find on the shoes at the time and never found anything saying "Do NOT Run In These Shoes!" I wish it were otherwise.
Posted by Cheryl Voskamp on May 8, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I first wrote several months ago and have not worn them for a long time. I continue to have pain in my knee and hip. I did want to share that I bought mine at Kohl's and they took them back. So, before anyone just throws them away, try returning them for a refund. It's worth a try.
Posted by Kathie on April 17, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Ihave been wearing Sketchers Shape-ups pretty much since they came out. I originally bought them because the tennis shoes I was wearing were causing a neuroma to form on the bottom of my feet. They were so comfortable and still are very comfortable. The problem is, I have been having knee and hip pain for the last year or so. I talked to my rheumatologist about it and she just thought it was part of my fibromyalgia. Two weeks ago while at work, my knees swelled so much I couldn't bend my legs. I went to a different doctor and I had fluid on both knees and my knee-cap kind of floats around. He said you normally don't see this without some kind of injury of which there was none. At any rate, I had cortizone injections in both knees two weeks ago which helped for about two days. Now I haven't been able to sleep well for the last week from waking up with my knees and hips aching horribly. I called my doctor and he prescribed stronger pain medication and something to help me sleep so we'll see how it goes. I still have to wear knee supports all the time.I just bought 2 new pairs about a month ago one of which I've worn only once and the other not at all. My daughter just told me about this lawsuit and after reading all of your comments these shoes are definitely going in the garbage. Add me to the list.
Posted by Marie on April 17, 2012 at 01:01 AM
At first I was so happy to wear my Skechers. My feet felt wonderful. Now, I have fun on the ball of my foot and the muscles leading to my toes. I look like I'm limping every day. How can a shoe make my life this miserable?
Posted by Suzi Castiglione on April 14, 2012 at 09:40 AM
Just wanted to do a follow up to let everyone know, to maybe give them hope. It has been a year since I stopped wearing my skechers. I noticed last week that my knees have stopped popping. Use to my knes would pop alot and lock up like they were going to dislocate. They still ache some. When it is a little bad I wear a knee brace. But they have gotten alot better than what they were. I don't know if they will ever be completely right though. Just wanted ya'l to know that maybe in time yours will feel a little better than it is now. Cause in the beginning I never thought mine would get even this better. Thank you.
Posted by Barbara Murdock on March 29, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Omg I cant believe my tone ups are causing me this pain in my knee!It has gotton alot worse!I bought my tone ups on amazon uk as there were reviews of people who said they used them running!I am always out running and have been using my skechers tone up running shoes and my knee feels like its about to pop out of place and is causing me alot of bother!So its off to local running shop tomorrow to buy new trainers!I wish I had of known about these before I bought them!
Posted by Emma Rogan on March 29, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I have been wearing Sketchers for two years.. I have notice I didn't have anymore back pain.. But I Just recently bought a different pair of shoes and noticed my heel was starting to hurt. It now has been 2 months wearing these shoes and my pain is so much worse. I cant even walk bare foot at home. But I did notice that when I wear my tone up filp-flops my foot feels better.. An that's because my foot has already formed it self to the way the tone-up shoe is made..OMG!! So I started thinking and I put 2 and 2 together and decided to look on-line.. (Omg!! again) I didn't think these shoes would cause so much pain to so many people... Time to trash these flip-flops and never look back at Skectchers!!
Posted by Diana on March 26, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Cheryl: Thanks for taking the time to post on our blog. There is no doubt that these shoes will not cause injury to 100% of the people who wear them. We have heard from a few people who enjoy the shoes and feel that they are more comfortable than regular shoes. The problem is that the shoes DO create extreme lateral instability and dramatically alter gait mechanics, which in many people is a dangerous thing, especially if they wear the shoes all day at work. Moreover, a pubslished scientific study has proven that the shoes DO NOT shape or tone you up. In fact, the shoes actually deactivate or reduce activity in certain muscles, including the gluteus maximus and the anterior tibialis. Skechers should warn consumers of the dangers of the shoes and not market them as harmless relacements for regular athletic shoes.
Posted by Ron Johnson on March 7, 2012 at 07:59 AM
I just bought my second pair of shape ups for work, love them, have had no problems. I also have 2 pairs of fit flops, love them, have had no problems. I feel like they correct my posture. I still recommend them to friends and associates.
Posted by Cheryl on March 6, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I purchased a pair of Sketchers Tone Ups a few weeks ago and have worn them almost every day since then. The last couple of days I have barely been able to walk or sit because I have severe lower back, neck and shoulder pains. These pains are NOT normal for me and the only thing I can link the pain to is the new Sketchers. I decided to do some research to see if other Sketcher owners were having similar problems and sure enough they are!
Posted by A.J. Mansfield on February 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I purchased a pair of the skeechers work out shoes after my second use I felt pain in my right medial knee this Thursday I go for surgery for a large medial meniscus tear!! I recommend not to use them I am an active ED nurse and I know the shoes were the culpert to the damage!!! They need to be taken off the market!!!
Posted by Laurie on February 21, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I own three pairs of the shoes, plus two pair of the thong-style shoes. I walk in them daily and have experienced pain in my groin, right knee and right ankle. I spent a lot of money on these shoes and am not happy to learn they may be causing injuries.
Posted by Maxine Busits on February 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM
I purchased a pair of shape up shoes. I am a Director of Nursing. I began to have a sharp burning sensation to my mid lower left back area. After many attempts at various interventions I had an MRI performed. I had a herniated disc. My disc was repaired surgically on Jan. 13th, 20012. I had no problems with my back prior to this injury which I relate to these so called shape up shoes. I advise anyone against purchasing and wearing these shoes until further testing can be performed.
Posted by Brenda A. on January 30, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I fell in a hole wile wearing tone up shoes.hurt my knee, went to work wearing the shoes. my legs were killing me went ortho dr. had surger {scope} went back to work ankle was hurting knees still hurting.went back to dr had mri broken ankle. in cast only wore one shoe ,other ankle & both knees hurt cant hardley walk! feb 28 2012 surgey on one knee march 5 the other knee I WILL NEVER EVER WEAR THOSE SHOES AGAIN!!!!THE PAIN AND THE $$$$$$ IHAVE SPENT!
Posted by anita austin on December 24, 2011 at 03:11 PM
I bought a pair of Avia toning shoes about 3 months ago to try them for better gait and balance since I am a nurse and on my feet all day. After about 2 months I started having pain in the back of my knee and I had not injured it anyway and could not understand what would be causing the pain. During a trip to the store my knee went out on me and I ended up not being able to put any weight on my knee and went to the ER. An xray did not show any bone injuries but I was required to be off my leg for 5 days use crutches and wear a knee brace and take pain and anti inflammatory medicine. After being out of work a week and adhering to the ER doctor recommendations my knee improved. I returned to work the following week wearing my toning shoes again and as the week continued my pain in my knee progressed again. I stayed off my knee the weekend with improvement noted again and returned to work on monday wearing the toning shoes again only to find that I couldn't make it through the day for the pain in my knee and had to leave work early. Thinking that the toning shoes may be the cause of my pain I returned to work the next day not wearing the toning shoes and did not have nowhere near the pain I had the day before. I am sure the toning shoes are the cause of my knee pain and discomfort and I will never wear them again.
Posted by Sharon on November 22, 2011 at 01:17 PM
I bought sketchers shape ups in Jan 2011. I had a heel spur and they helped my heel spur so it wouldn't hurt when I walked. After a few months of wearing these shoes everyday my right knee started hurting and popping. Then it went to my left knee. It was hurting really bad. I couldn't do hardly anything. My Dr gave me a cortisone shot that only lasted 2 weeks and then the pain was back. I finally figured out it was the shoes that caused my problems. I stopped wearing them and wrote to Sketchers about my problem. They gave me a different shoe that was flat bottom and I gave them the sketchers back. It is November now and I still have problems with my knees but not as severe. I don't really think think they will ever heal. I wear a knee brace to help support them when the pain starts. I have a friend that is 15 yrs younger than me who got theres the same day I did. He didn't wear his everyday and is now feeing the same pain I do. He stopped wearing his to. He is in his late 30's. A young man that can't do the work he use to. He says his knees won't support him like they use to. He can't climb up ladder now without losing balance. I don't understand what is wrong with these shoes but there is definitely something wrong. Other wise I loved the cushiony feeling they gave my feet. But it's not worth the pain I have in my knees.
Posted by Barbara Murdock on November 12, 2011 at 10:33 AM
I have been wearing shape ups for the past year for my 3 mile walk, which I do 3 to 4 times a week to stay in shape . I am 48 and used to walk and run interval training, so I was in good shape. However I had severe knee pain when bending , getting up and down, it felt like my knee was going to blowout or come "Unhinged" . Went to the Dr. He said I have Patellor femoral syndrome, my cartlidge has worn to the point of bone on bone. So I showed him the shoes and he said YES this is what caused my injury. He stated when you change your gait it will likely cause injury. So stop wearing them and go to Physical therapy which I will start today. This has change the way I LIVE PERIOD. Very unhappy and feeling like I am 80 years OLD :(
Posted by Leslie on November 1, 2011 at 11:32 AM
I bought the tone up shoes being told they would help take pressure off the knees because I am on my feet all day. After a couple of months I cant seem to get out of bed and put pressure on my feet. The balls of my feet (which I never had problems before) ache and still do 3 months after getting rid of the shoes. The knee pain is worse. What can we do?????
Posted by cathy weekly on September 28, 2011 at 08:38 AM
My husband and myself bought Sketcher Shape-Up NonSlip Resisent shoes for the work we do. He drives a semi truck and is on and off the back of trailers. I work seven and half hours standing on my feet in a hospital kitchen. We both bought the shoes in May of 2011. In August of 2011 my husband started complaining about knee pain in his left knee. On August 19th I started having pain in my right knee to the point it felt like someone had stuck a hot knife in my knee cap. I went to the doctor on the 24th of August.The doctor asked me all kinds of questions. Before the day was over I had three x-rays on my knee and was given a prescription for pain medicine. I was told that if the pain does not get any better in a week to come back. The pain just got worse. Went back to the doctor on 31 of August and was told he wanted to do a Mri on my knee. The doctor was worried that I might of torn my tendions. The test results came back with no problems what so ever. Since this time my hubby and I have both changed out of our Shape-Ups and the pain has gotten much better. Thank you for your time.
Posted by Shelley Bennett on September 10, 2011 at 11:45 AM
So people are complaining of the shape up shoes and reporting every single small bit of pain just to get some money. What about your high heels? Ever fall in those or did they ever cause pain? What about any other tennis shoe? I've had two knee surgeries due to sports but I didn't get angry and blame the shoe manufacturers.
Posted by brittany on August 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM
I have flatfeet and after wearing Skechers Shape Ups 3 times at work, I am in severe pain on top of the arch area on my left foot. Today, I was fighting back the tears from the pain I was feeling all day at work! I would have NEVER purchased these shoes if I knew I would be in such pain right now!! I can't afford to take any time off of work and I am dreading the thoughts of having to work all day tomorrow. My job requires me to stand all day and I barely made it thru today.
Posted by Jean on August 17, 2011 at 04:49 PM
I started waeaing sketchers shape up shoes last year. Since then I have cronic pain in my legs. Was recommended by doctor to stop wearing shap ups.
Posted by Janet K. Good on June 20, 2011 at 01:34 PM
I bought my Skechers on May 14,2011. I walk daily on my lunch breaks at work. For the past few weeks I started having extreme pain in both of my knees. It got to the point that my knees would ache all night. I had pain getting up from a sitting position at work and I would not even attempt to squat and get up. So I resolved to go to the orthopedic doctor last week and he recommended an MRI. I will get my results this week. I stopped wearing my shoes last week thinking they may be hurting my knees. I will definitely tell my doctor about my shoes next week. He said I may have a torn meniscus.. Hoping I can return these shoes for a full refund ??
Posted by Jill Schrock on June 18, 2011 at 03:14 PM
I've been wearing the toning metabolize sketchers for two months. Went to chiropractor last week due to severe hip, back and let pain. I'm on my third chiro visit and have an appt with orthopedic doctor on Monday. I'm in pain most of time and have quit wearing the shoes. I'm concerned over what the damage is to my hips and already problematic back!
Posted by Lynnette on June 15, 2011 at 08:46 PM
I bought skechers tone ups two months they were recomemded for running and the first time that i ran with them i had a lot of pain in my right knee which required me to get a cortizone shot and pain medication, the pain went away for a little because i wore other shoes but this past weekend i wore the skechers again and walked about four miles and the pain is bacK....
Posted by tomas on June 1, 2011 at 12:05 AM
High heels and flip flops are an interesting comparison but I've never seen those marketed for athletic activities. It seems like these shoes are even more unstable than high heels so why are they telling women to wear them to the gym or while working out? Also, I've seen many reports that they do not even work. If these shoes don't offer any benefits and are as dangerous as high heels we all need to stay away! I am curious to see how this lawsuit progresses.
Posted by Roberta on May 14, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Funny that high heels and flip flops will all do the same damage and no one is complaining about those injuries. How many times have we all caught a heel in grass, or slipped on a certain floor surface...Women always have horrible, unsafe shoes to chose from just to look sexy. Forget comfort and safety. Why do we do this to ourselves? :)
Posted by Jennifer on May 14, 2011 at 01:46 PM
We just received notice at my job that these shoes are forbidden. All of the women were angry and could not understand what could have happened that someone would issue such a strange 'order'. A co-worker mentioned that she saw the Good Morning America piece and that lead me to this site. I will share this information with the ladies at work. Thanks everybody for sharing your stories.
Posted by MsBlase on May 6, 2011 at 10:57 AM
i bought a pair of tone up skechers. after 2 mo. i tripped in the grass,fell on my knee. tore my msc & had to have surgery!after 2 weeks back at work i had my skechers on. my ankle kept hurting & my heel. i would go to the dr. on pain pills cant walk! have to walk with a cane! i changed shoes my ankle is healing slowly & so is my heel. it was the sketchers that did all of this!! so if you dont want surgery!! STOP WEARING THE SHOES!!!!!
Posted by anita austin on May 5, 2011 at 12:50 PM
I recently purchased a pair of Skecher Tone-Ups, which are marketed to those wanting to use them for their exercise routines, including walking. I wore them during a recent walking tour of DC, and walked about 10 miles. Next day, I had shooting pains in my right foot. Went to a podiatrist and found out that I had fractured my 5th metatarsil bone in my foot. I believe that the Tone-ups were to blame, I have never had this issue in the past. They are dangerous and should be taken off of the market.
Posted by Jeff Johnson on May 3, 2011 at 03:54 PM
My husband bought me a pair of Skechers Shape ups for Christmas 2009, I wore them one day taking my son to school and rolled my ankle, til this day my ankle hurts, just walking puts a shooting pain on the inside of my right ankle. Not sure what kind of damage I did since I never went in. I just put on a brace that I wear when it hurts too bad. Even at work, since I'm walking all the time hurts. At night I put ice on it to make it stop hurtin. I can't go hiking with my family or to the beach.
Posted by Samanthia Carns on April 26, 2011 at 11:44 AM
I have a Pilor Fracture of my left foot. I was walking out my back door with my Skechers on, rolled forward on them and the front of my shoe got hung on the floor molding throwing me out on to the back deck. My husband was outside and witnessed it, he came over to me, seen my foot was completely turned backwards and called the ambulance. They cut my Skecher off took me to the hospital, where I was put to sleep so they could put my dislocated main bone back in place and then I was sent to an orthopedic doctor who said I must have surgery. I now have a plate, 13 screws, 16 staples on the outside of my foot and 12 staples on the inside of my foot, hopefully coming out soon! I am unable to work for at least 3 months IF all goes well. Doctors, friends and family were all amazed that I could do this much damage walking out my back door. At the time I couldn't figure it out either. I have been in so much pain I really haven't given it a whole lot of thought. Yesterday I was sitting, as I always do, looking at the door I fell out of and reinacted in my mind how this all went down. Then it hit me, I was rolling on my skechers and had been all day. You don't have to roll on them but to get the benefits of toning you are suppose to. The weather was getting warm so I was rolling! Yeap, I rolled right out my back door! PLEASE, do no get rolling shoes, they are not worth the pain I am going through!
Posted by Tonya McCann on April 12, 2011 at 09:57 AM
I bought the Sketchers Shape Up Toning shoes 7 months ago and wore them often. I was walking down stairs in my home rolled my ankle. I had surgery and have 2 screws holding my ankle together. Thanks Sketchers. These shoes should come with a warning label.
Posted by Michele on March 7, 2011 at 07:49 PM
I purchased a pair of Skechers last June. I watched the DVD and followed all instructions. After wearing them for about a month and following the instructions to compensate for the rolling in of my feet, especially on the right side, I fell, hard, and severely bruised my hip. After returning home, I inspected the shoes and discovered that one of them was defective on the inner ankle side. I tried returning the shoes to Sports Authority, but they wouldn't take them back. So I emailed Skechers, and they emailed me back with return information. I was to mail the shoes, at my own expense, to the return center. If they determined that the shoe was defective, they would send me a replacement shoe. If not, I could have the shoes back, but I would be responsible for the return postage. I figured that wasn't a very good deal. So my sister, who lives about 4 blocks from Skechers Headquarters in Manhattan Beach, CA, volunteered to bring them in. She did, but they would not accept them. They would not even let her speak to a superviser. I have since had to have cortisone injections in my hip and now must have knee replacement surgery. Thank you very much, Skechers.
Posted by Germaine Jones on February 26, 2011 at 11:50 AM
I just heard about this lawsuit from a co-worker. I bought the Skechers' black furry winter tone-ups. I was having some knee and foot issues and surprisingly those issues went away for a bit, but were replaced by some significant hip pain. I've also had a lot of shoulder, neck, and lower back pain. I bought them in early December. The knee and foot pain have returned even more significantly. I kept wearing them because I couldn't afford more shoes, but now good shoes take priority over the utility bills.
Posted by Carolyn Bredeson on February 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM
I have a pair of these and have recommended them to friends now I feel bad that I did that if they are hurting people more than helping
Posted by bea on February 22, 2011 at 01:33 PM
I first purchased one the styles that looked like the current Women's Shape-ups X Wear- Hyperblast. The strap on the pair I had was velcro and threaded through and around a a metal square shaped opening coming back across my foot to secure to velcro. That metal piece broke while I was walking, fortunately I wasn't walking down any stairs. I sent the company email telling them what happened and they replyed with a standard customer service notice on how to return the shoes. I purchased another pair, same style thinking it was a fluke what had happened as Skechers didn't acknowledge any concern. That pair of shoes did the same, the metal piece that the strap looped through eventually broke while I was walking. I returned that pair, was refunded as I was on the first pair by the companies (Kohls and Fred Meyer.) I sent another email to Skechers regarding the defect in this second pair, potential for harm and again received the standard customer service reply. I loved the shoes so I next purchased the Women's Shape-ups X F - Energy Blast as they are a shoe that you tie. I have been wearing them for work and casual shoes for about the past year. Four weeks ago I had a pain in my left foot at work, could barely walk. I took the shoe off and walked around without shoes and felt fine. No problem again for about 2 weeks. Then next I am walking at work and my foot hurts to the point that I am hobbling around at work. I hadn't worked out that morning (I workout anywhere up to 12 hours a week, but not in these shoes.) The next day I am in Urgent Care for the pain, fractured metatarsal which is surprising as stress fractures are usually not detectable until two weeks after they occur. When asked how I thought it happened all I could imagine was possibly stress from working out - though I hadn't worked out that morning (Jazzercise) and the pain started in the afternoon while walking around at work. I will be going into a podiastrist this week to find out what else shows up in xray and what her diagnosis is. Where the Urgent Care pointed out the stress fracture is, is not where I have pain and I am afraid that there may be more than one fracture. Just recently I questioned whether it was the Shape-Ups because nothing else makes sense and that is how I found this forum.
Posted by Sherri Hathaway on February 20, 2011 at 08:53 AM
I bought two pair, fortunately both on sale. I experienced a lot of lower leg pain each time I wore them, and experienced the same as Sindee. I know am undergoing treatment for my legs and after reading and hearing the latest on these shoes, suspect they contributed to a lot of my problems. I'm now spending money and having to do a LOT of stretching ...lots of HYPE for something that was more damaging than good.
Posted by Kathie on February 18, 2011 at 06:03 PM
I purchase a pair late last spring and gradually increased my walking time. When I got up to 1 1/2 miles experienced severe burning on top of foot and some numbness in toe. I would have to stop midway rest and unlace my shoe. Late Summer pain in heel began and I saw Orthopedic Surgeon specialing in feet. I had Plantal Fascitis and required PT, Splint and exercises. I still have alot of pain and attribute this to these Sketchers that I paid $90 for a wore about 5 times.
Posted by Laurie Wick on February 18, 2011 at 02:39 PM
My ankle rolled when I was wearing Skechers Shape-Ups. I fell and broke my ankle. The other ankle was injured too, but didn't break. I also had other injuries. It took many weeks to heal. Stay away from these dangerous shoes.
Posted by P.J. on February 18, 2011 at 12:51 AM
I had another brand of toning shoes. I am very fit and my usual stride is correct. I wore the toners a couple of hours for a couple of weeks. I notices my right hip was getting extremely sore, especially when I would twist/turn to the side. I Would hit the right position and I would almost go down. I finally figured it was the toners. I quit wearing them and my hip started getting better, I put the shoes back on again for a few hours and the same soreness began to happen. So in the garbage they went. Also the opposite ankle was not as bad as the hip but pretty sore. I would not recommend using these shoes until there is more research, a complete guide on how to use and precautions because of how they change your stride. Hip replacement is not an option I would want to entertain and there for a while it was in the back of my mind.
Posted by Sammie on February 16, 2011 at 09:57 PM
i have a pair. i broke my hip and i got a pair of these 2 years later. i thought they would help and they dont and now i read the page here and some of my other problems i thought the shoes were causing are the shoes.. put me on the list for my money back !!!
Posted by anthony broeg on February 16, 2011 at 05:17 PM
My wife has been in pain for years, because walking was a big part of her job as a medical assistant. She has degenerated spinal disks, a plate in her shin, and knee surgery on her knee. She bought these shoes a few weeks ago, wears then anytime we are out, and the pain has lessened so much, she can again walk a mall!
Posted by Ron Garrett on February 16, 2011 at 01:48 PM
As a specialist in the identification and treatment of chronic pain caused by abnormal foot structures, I have been warning people that Shechers Shape-Ups and similar athletic shoes may cause serious injury to people that have either a Rothbarts Foot or a Preclinical Clubfoot Deformity. (See my blog post at http://curingchronicpain.com/?p=917 ) Since these abnormal foots structures frequently go undiagnosed,most people considering wearing these shoes would be unaware of the potential for injury.
Posted by Professsor /Dr. Brian A. Rothbar on February 16, 2011 at 01:37 PM
I was leaving my house for work on the evening of Jan 18,2011. While heading out my back door I fell,but very thankful I had my purse in my hand because I couldn't get up and knew my cell phone was in my purse. I called my mom & Dad who lives around the corner and told them I needed to get to the hospital because I was in severe pain. When I arrived the ER ordered an xray and informed me that I broke my hip,and femor and had a hairline pelvic fracture. They kept me in the hospital I had surgery and am going through physical therapy now. I purchased a pair of Sketchers tone ups approx. Dec 20, 2011 and had been wearing them almost everyday since my accident. The Dr. asked me several times how I believe I fell and my response was I don't know.There was nothing on the floor and he seemed quit puzzled as was myself. I really didn't give it anymore thought until I was watching Goodmorning America this morning and they were talking about the danger of these shoes and I turned to my fiance and we just looked at each other and I said "honey" these shoes must have caused me to fall, as I was wearing them on the night of my accident.
Posted by Renee Campos on February 16, 2011 at 01:23 PM
I bought a pair at the suggestion of friends. After watching the DVD, I wore them for a week. I proceeded to be bedridden the next week due to NECK and SHOULDER injuries. These shoes completely messed up my back. I, too, was lucky insofar as the retailer took them back without incident. The salesman commented, "These shoes come back as fast as we sell them." I'm confident this will be a class action suit before it's all said and done. As a paralegal, I wish I could help you kick some legal ass.
Posted by Holly on February 16, 2011 at 12:28 PM
I started getting pain in my knees after wearing Skechers Shape Ups and discontinued wearing them.
Posted by Elliot on February 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM
I wore Skechers for several months and developed intense pain in knees and my hips and had trouble sitting and standing up from a seated position. It took several months of not wearing them to get relief from the pain. It was a crippling pain. I tell everyone I see about it and discourage them from wearing Skechers Shape Ups. Good luck with your lawsuit and I pray you feel better.
Posted by Sindee on February 16, 2011 at 10:42 AM
I was recommended by my podiatrist to purchase and wear these shoes....I purchased them, wore them for about 3 weeks....each time I wore them I became nauseated. I am so glad I took them back to the store and was lucky they gave me my money back! I told my podiatrist that these shoes are not the health benefit they claim to be! Good luck with your lawsuit...If I had continued to wear them, where would I be today...and, what damage did they do for 3 weeks on me?
Posted by Brenda on February 16, 2011 at 09:49 AM
I loved them so much, I have 4 pairs. I don't like finding out I was one of many ginnie pigs, wished they had done some research first. I now have what the doctor calls Drop Foot, back, & knee problems. I now have to wear high top shoes & do daily exercises. Good luck with your law suit.
Posted by Teresa Walsh on February 16, 2011 at 08:23 AM

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