And in 2012, a customer named Valerie Bezdek brought a class-action suit against the company on the grounds that the following claims were without scientific merit:. Vibram USA did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
I think that these types of law suits are silly. Perhaps plaintiff sought a refund and it was denied? I'm an international ultramarathon athlete and I wear Xero Shoes for races.
No smelly feet. I would say that the case could clear up the language used in ALL footware products. No blisters.
But few would argue that if you make a specific claim, you have to be able to back it up. The authors find that those runners who use a front-foot strike have fewer injuries overall. This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.
Even though they settled the lawsuit, Vibram USA is still denying they did anything wrong: Shoes are not the answer, and I think Vibram was trying to make that point. Now, I can guess what many of you are thinking: It is important to realize that this settlement was not a victory for either side; the plaintiffs did not have to prove any of their claims and VFF did not have to refute any of these same claims.
I have tried them out and texture and temperature is not a sensation you can feel I have been running in Invisible Shoes for 3 years and have been working on barefoot running for a year.
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Related Posts. My friends and I will be watching this case closely. Today's Top Stories. Critics contend that these kinds of lawsuits merely enrich lawyers.
This has led some to conclude, perhaps logically, that running barefoot is the optimal way to run. But hey, if we can get more specifics terms out of this lawsuit, then all of us should benefit from increased cohesion of marketing terms. Or make money in a lawsuit. I believe for sales and perception purposes though, they still sell the thick things.
Runners wearing standard padded running shoes typically land on their heels and then transition to the toe as the stride completes this is called a rear-foot strike. According to the agreement, Vibram entered the deal to avoid the burden and expense of continued litigation, not because it did anything wrong.
Barry Combess. The real experience here is shifting to a barefoot walking dynamic, and the feet and lower legs at the very least have to work VERY differently than in regular shoes.