“Barefoot” or “minimalist” shoes became a big trend in the past few years after companies, such as Vibram, suggested that running in the barefoot shoe was better than the typical running shoe, and could even decrease foot injuries, according to the Washington Post. However, one woman called that advertising bluff, bringing a lawsuit against the company, which Vibram chose to settle this week. Vibram will put aside $3.75 for refunds for customers dating back to March of 2009. This settlement is reminiscent of two cases, in which Sketchers and Reebok agreed to pay $40 million and $25 million, respectively, for misleading consumers about their toning shoes. While the research is still inconclusive about which type of shoe is best for runners, for now, former customers of Vibram may be entitled to a refund of up to $94 for purchasing their shoes.
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