The shoe company Merrell has come under fire for allegedly discriminating against women who wear their shoes barefoot, according to a report.
A group of female customers complained to Merrell about the shoes in an online forum, according a Merrell spokesperson.
They also claimed the shoes were too tight and uncomfortable.
Merrell did not respond to a request for comment.
“When I tried on the shoes and felt uncomfortable, I was told I had to buy them again or I’d be fined,” one customer, named Elizabeth, wrote in the Merrell forum.
“Merrell has a history of treating its customers differently based on their gender, race, and sexuality,” a spokesperson for the company told The Associated Press.
“The shoes are made for women, not men, and we are committed to ensuring that every customer has the confidence to wear Merrell shoes in a way that works for them.”
A spokesperson for Merrell said that the company does not comment on individual customer complaints, but did say the company has a commitment to providing customers with the most comfortable shoes for any occasion.