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Skechers shoes for girls spark heated debate

Skechers shoes for girls spark heated debate



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Parents across the country and in Utah are up in arms over a new Skechers body-shaping shoe for girls -- with some even creating an online petition against them. But others aren't as offended.

Skechers "Shape-ups" are marketed as being able to tone and work the legs and bottom. Now, there's a new model targeting young girls.

There are concerns over whether the shoes are hard on little feet. The shoes could potentially cause damage because they are specifically designed to alter the walking gait.

But others say it's all about fitness.

One person we spoke to said, "I think that's great because childhood obesity is a huge problem."

Others, though, say if fitness really was the main focus, the shoes would target boys as well. Many argue it's sexualizing young girls too early.

Email: mrichards@ksl.com

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