If you are one of the thousands of people who purchased Vibram USA's ridiculous FiveFingers shoes, you might be entitled to a refund. The company settled a class action lawsuit to the tune of $3.75 million this week and that money will go back to customers.
The case was brought by Valerie Bezdek in Massachusetts, who claimed Vibram was deceiving their customers by advertising FiveFinger shoes as beneficial to foot muscles and helpful in reducing foot injuries, even though they did not have any scientific research backing up these claims. Also, they make you look really silly, but that was not cited in the legal documents.
The settlement required two forms of relief: a refund, and for Vibram to stop making claims in their advertising and product marketing that FiveFingers could help build muscle or reduce injury.
In the event that you had a temporary lapse of judgement and bought these heinous toe shoes, you can get your money back (just not your dignity.) As part of the settlement, Vibram must create a website (www.fivefingerssettlement.com, which is not set up yet) where class members (that's anyone who bought toe shoes) can learn about the settlement and receive the forms they will need to file. Vibram is also required to purchase banner ads, in places such as runnersworld.com and Facebook.com, in order to have 300,000,000 impressions.