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Despite Lawsuit, 70% of Vibram Owners Will Continue to Wear FiveFingers

Apparently, Vibram love cannot be stopped by million-dollar lawsuits.
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Last week, we learned that Vibram had settled a lawsuit that accused the company of offering misleading claims about the health benefits of its FiveFingers toe shoes. As we noted in a previous feature, the company is required to pay out $3.75 million to customers who purchased Vibram FiveFingers after March 21, 2009.

Moreover, Vibram can no longer make any claims about the health benefits of its shoes without scientific research to support it. Given the conflicting nature of studies on barefoot running, this may be difficult for Vibram to circumvent. In light of the dilemma, we asked DealNews readers — who have been very interested in FiveFingers shoes over the years — what they thought.

Vibram poll

As it turns out, a full 70% of respondents who own Vibram shoes will continue to wear them, despite the hubbub about false claims. Whether those same people will file for a refund of up to $94 (once the settlement website is up and running) remains to be seen.

Running Shoes That Aren't Vibram

Of course, there's still a full 30% of people who are less likely to continue wearing Vibram footwear while running this spring. And since we'd hate to see these outdoor enthusiasts miss out on the suddenly-grand weather we're seeing, we've rounded up a few of the hottest sneaker deals on the site to tide you over.

Readers, what shoes do you recommend for former Vibram-lovers in search of a new pair of kicks? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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Lindsay Sakraida is the DealNews Features Director. She specializes in writing about shopping trends and lifestyle subjects. She's also obsessed with music, movies, and tennis. Follow her on Twitter at @LinSakraida.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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3 comments
Al-in-SoCal
Honestly - I bought mine for $35 which I think I found the deal here! I use them like comfy slippers .. LOL - of course I'm going to still wear them!
godsoundman
Vibrams are the only shoes I can run in that don't hurt my knees. I gotta keep moving!
just me
Because it's a really dumb lawsuit!
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