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    #SHOECATIONSWEEPS KICKS OFF

    We want to see where you travel with Skechers! Post photos to Instagram of your Skechers on vacation with #ShoecationSweeps and you could win a travel prize pack that includes Skechers footwear and sunglasses plus sunscreen and a cooling mask from Peter Thomas … Continue reading

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    BLOG TAKEOVER: BABY SHOPAHOLIC’S SWEET LOOKS FOR SUMMER

    We’ve teamed up with Skechers to share some of our favorite summer looks for little girls.  My four-year-old daughter Peyton is already a shoe lover like her mom.  She likes to have the perfect shoe to go with each outfit.  … Continue reading

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    READY SET SUMMER

    Clockwise from top: the women’s Skechers Cali Indulge – Cruising crochet sandal (retail only), girls’ Twinkle Toes – Sunshines light-up sandal, men’s Relaxed Fit Supreme – Bosnia sandal, and boys’ Scurried – Riffs skate sandal. It’s Memorial Day, and we’re starting … Continue reading

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    BLOG TAKEOVER: @BEACHYOGAGIRL KERRI VERNA POSES IN SKECHERS

    Can I share some secrets with you? I have been a fitness professional for over 12 years, teaching everything from kickboxing to now exclusively yoga. The last three years of my life has been dedicated to yoga on the beach, … Continue reading

LET’S GET PATRIOTIC

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Do you have your reds, whites and blues ready for the big celebrations this weekend?  From bikinis to tees and shorts to hats and yes even footwear, this is the best time to show off your pride with stars and stripes in the most creative ways possible.  Some have the skills to pull off this once-a-year look perfectly, but even the tackiest combinations of these All-American colors get a pass on the Fourth of July.  It’s a day when we’re understandably focused on picnics, barbecues, and all sorts of gatherings with family and friends where we enjoy good food, better drinks and…of course…fireworks!

What kind of red, white and blue look will you be rocking on Saturday…or any other day this long weekend? Let us know in the comments and if you have a cool patriotic outfit that features red, white and/or blue Skechers, we want to see it!  Don’t forget to tag @skechers on Instagram or post to our facebook page!

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GET PACKING

Break out the bag: it’s summer, and we’ve got places to go! Whether you’re weekending for a three-day holiday celebration or taking that trip of a lifetime, here’s a list to help get you inspired – from the obvious to the easily overlooked.

The basics. Wallet, keys, passport, itinerary, cell phone, charger. Miss these and you won’t get very far out of town. Going abroad? Call your credit cards and give them a heads-up, so there are no surprises when they lock up your ATM card for suspicious foreign activities. See if your cell phone company lets you make calls outside of the US; if not, an unlocked phone can be used with local SIM cards to dodge the sticker shock that most companies charge. Also check the country’s voltage in case an adapter is needed.

It’s in the bag. The right or wrong ones can make or break your trip. Luggage for the big stuff. Bathroom kits that can unzip with a million compartments (bonus for the hook that hangs in the shower stall). A tote or backpack for your day treks. Overstuffed your suitcase? An adjustable strap can keep your bag together when your zipper doesn’t. Plus an extra bag: fold it up, stuff it in and you’ll have options. For laundry, gifts and those souvenirs you’ll never use.

A real camera. As great as your phone is, sometimes an SRL captures it even better. A must-have for serious snappers who want to get right up to that grizzly without actually being there. Plus a GoPro for action enthusiasts.

The Skechers. We’ve got this part covered. Sandals for the beaches of Phuket, boots for tramping the Milford Track, cushioned memory foam casuals for walking the cobblestones in Paris. Wherever you trek, we’ve got your style.

Layer up. Plan to weather the unexpected with light shirts, insulating layers, warm tops, windbreakers and jackets. Your favorite swimsuit (and a towel if you need it). Packing light? Convertible pants unzip into shorts in a snap. Dressing up? Take something wrinkle-resistant and roll them to keep them looking like new.

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Beautify. Look great in your Instagram pics (and make your friends at home jealous) with a beauty kit that will keep you clean, moisturized and ready to rock. Dodge the sun with Peter Thomas Roth sunscreen, and grab extra contacts, glasses and solution if you need them.

The meds. Take it from someone who went rogue at a Peruvian farmacia and lived to regret it: bring meds you’re familiar with and don’t experiment when you get sick. Both prescription and non, in case the unexpected happens.

Be well read. DK Eyewitness Travel books (and basic foreign phrases) for the love-to-know-it-alls. Fiction fantasies for great escapists. Tabloids for the shamelessly curious. Get the tomes in your local shop or online where the options are way greater than the airport bookstore.

Snooze it. Do some time out on the plane with a little R&R: a pillow, ear plugs, eye mask and cush pair of socks can do wonders. Make your own personalized kit and show first class what they’re missing.

Accessorize. Give your trip some style and sizzle with a wide-brimmed sun hat. Sunglasses. A scarf that can be used to compartmentalize your items when you’re not wearing it on the gondola.

Want a vacation bonus? Join our #ShoecationSweeps! Just post a pic of you on your trip in your favorite Skechers on Instagram, and you could win a travel prize pack with a new pair of Skechers every Monday for 10 weeks starting July 6. Enter now through September 4! Get the details here.

TOP FIVE SUMMER MUST-DOS

I feel like summer is the season that always seems to end too soon. With scheduled obligations like weddings and social engagements already etched into my calendar, it’s important to make a list of the TOP FIVE things I want to…no MUST…do before the cooler days of autumn return.

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1. GO TO THE BEACH
This seems almost silly considering I live an easy ten-minute walk from the Southern California coastline. (What can I say, it’s where Skechers HQ is located and I hate to commute!)  The problem is when you have a resource that’s so amazing at your footstep, it’s easy to say, “we’ll go tomorrow.” Tomorrow becomes next week.  Next week becomes next month.  Next month becomes, “It’s October now?!”  Not everyone lives near a beach, but there is always something amazing in your neighborhood or town that is easy to overlook.

2. SEE OUTDOOR ART
Whether it be summer stock theater, a sculpture exhibition or a craft artist fair, this time of year is ripe with cultural events that are fun, interesting and often inspiring.  My problem is I always seem to learn about these things after the fact, so I am vowing to get through Summer ’15 without becoming jealous hearing about all the cool events I missed.  One of my favorites that I haven’t done in many years is Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA.  It’s an amazing experience where performers bring paintings to life.

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3. EAT SOMEWHERE NEW
We all get set in our ways. It’s easy to rely on the old standby every time you get hungry. But there’s a handful of intriguing restaurants in my neighborhood I’ve never visited and an endless number more around the city. Summer is the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new just because you can. You might even bump the old standby down a few notches and that’s OK! The barbecue joint in the next town over you always drive by…stop in and have a bite!

 

4. HIKE AND EXPLORE
It’s always nice to get out and explore nature. I have some favorite trails that I love to hike around the LA area and the variety of options is astounding. Whether I want a short cardio trek somewhere like Temescal Canyon (link) or a longer adventure to the 10,000 foot summit of Mt. Baldy there’s always something to meet my needs.  It’s all about the spirit of adventure and I plan to push farther into some wilderness areas where I’ve never set foot before. Even if hiking isn’t your thing, there are adventures to be had everywhere.

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5. CREATE
I save this one for last as it’s dependent on the other four.  At this point in my life, schedules are so busy that I have to make an appointment with myself to sit back and work on personal creative endeavors.  Be it writing, painting, or anything, creative expression is the best kind of stress relief on Earth. From the beach to art to food to the mountains, I look everywhere for inspiration. And if these things provide me with the fuel to write a new story, take photographs I’m proud to share, or craft a cool piece of work on canvas, then I’ll be happy to call the summer of 2015 a total success.

What are your must do activities for this summer?  Let us know in the comments!

SKECHERS LOVES DADS

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Did you know all the legendary athletes and the world-famous drummer that have appeared in advertising for our comfortable Relaxed Fit footwear collection share something in common?  Not sure what it is?  Here’s a hint—rhymes with grads.

They’re all dads! If you couldn’t figure it out, there might still be time to get yours a card—or use this as a reminder to call him on Sunday. Or better yet, pick him up a pair of our Relaxed Fit footwear.

Relaxed Fit really is the perfect footwear option for every type of dad. The soft Memory Foam insole will feel great as he operates the barbecue, lounges back to watch a movie or even when he’s on the job. Find a pair for him today on our website, and let us know what your dad does to relax on his big day in the comments.

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With that we want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to our entire roster of Relaxed Fit dads:  Joe Montana, Pete Rose, Sugar Ray Leonard and Ringo Starr.  And because we also love dads everywhere, we’ll be giving away a $100 Skechers gift card to three lucky winners in our #SKECHERSLovesDad sweepstakes. Hurry over to our facebook page to enter. The contest ends Saturday, June 20!

Here’s a fun fact:  That’s Joe Montana’s real life daughter in his commercial!

 

GREAT SUMMER READS

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We asked the Skechers marketing team for suggestions on what everyone should be reading this summer.  Here’s the top picks to get you through the hot weeks ahead: 

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: Costa Rica and Spain plus Rosetta Stone Spanish
Clearly, I have a plan and it includes a trip to Spain and Costa Rica.  We’ll see if I return from my world tour.  JK boss.
— JD

Fault In Our Stars by John Green
I couldn’t put this adorable love story down while on vacation last summer.  It was the perfect beach-side read!
— Lara

The Glitter Plan by Pamela Skaist-Levy, Gela Nash-Taylor, Booth Moore
I love The Glitter Plan because it’s the story about how a once prominent fashion company came to be and the decisions that ultimately led it its demised.
— Thomas

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
For someone who enjoys cooking this book was such a great find! I love his writing style. He’s funny and clever and he loves his French Culinary terms. A perfect summer read for those who want to take a closer look into the culinary world.
— Marcella

Little Bee by Chris Cleave
I know I am slow to the dance on this one (came out 2008), but I just picked it up and can’t put it down (except to come to work). Powerful story, strong writing, and great female characters from a British author.
— Jenn

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Managing/Coaching other people has it’s challenges and the Power of Habit helps the reader to understand why others do what they do, why we do what we do;  then shows you how to influence change in others and well as yourself. Helps you realize “Change” isn’t as difficult as you might think.
— Kathryn

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
It’s a dystopian sci-fi adventure about video games and 80’s pop culture—pretty much everything you want in a light summer book!  I couldn’t put it down and read the whole thing on a flight back from France last month so you’ll have time for the boring tomes everyone else suggested when you’re done with this one.  Did I say 80’s pop culture?
— James

Sharp Objects and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
I read Gone Girl before the movie came out, so wanted to check out her other books. They all feature strong female characters and the themes are very dark and mysterious. Good summer reads, since they are page-turners that don’t require much analysis!
— Lauren

The Small of Children’s Backs by Lidia Yuknavitch
I just started reading this, but I was drawn to it because it’s about redemption, art, and heartache.
— Kathryn

Yes, Yes Cherries by Mary Otis
Though I don’t normally gravitate to short stories, I found this collection alive with relate able characters–complete with wonderful imperfections. A perfect summer travel companion–especially for short flights.
— Jenn

Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen
Yoga Girl is my favorite read because she is very motivating in a way that is not typical for a yoga person. She is not a cookie cutter yogi.  She drinks wine, gets mad and speaks her mind using the “F” word if she feels like.
— Claudia

Have you read any of the books we love?  Let us know and share your favorite picks for summer reading in the comments!

 

GET #SPOTTEDINSKECHERS

You love to wear Skechers and we love to see you wearing Skechers!  Sharing an image in your favorite Skechers style could win you $25 toward your next pair! Post a pic of yourself in Skechers with #spottedinSKECHERS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a chance to win on each site… we’re picking three new winners the last Friday of the month through the end of the year! Plus, your image may make it into our feed for the world to see! Get the details here.

NATIVE GARDENING

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Spring means it is time to plant your new garden, replace plants that didn’t survive the winter, or in the case of California, replace your water-thirsty lawn with drought-tolerant landscape. If you’re not planting edibles, then go native.

Native means local species or those from similar environments suited to your climate. This is particularly important in California, where Skechers is based. Our drought means we must cut back on watering, or eliminate it all together and go for xeriscaping. Tropical gardens andexotic plants will suck our soil dry, and though banana trees and hibiscus are beautiful, they belong in Hawaii and areas with heavy rain.

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A common misconception is that drought-tolerant or xeriscape means a yard with brown or maybe green plants and ordinary succulents.  A visit to our local nursery proved this couldn’t be further from the truth.

For starters, succulents can blossom with beautiful purple, yellow and orange flowers, and the plants themselves can be colorful shades of green, red and yellow. They come in many shapes, sizes and textures—some spikey so be careful. You can create a truly breathtaking garden with succulents alone.

Add a bold, strappy plant for height and width plus a touch of the desert. Yucca works perfectly for the hotter and drier environments or in more mild climates go with New Zealand Flax. We love the Kangaroo Paw both for its bold splashes of color (red, yellow or orange) and for its ability to survive in a dry, sandy soil. Plus, birds love the blooms—I regularly see hummingbirds enjoying them in my garden.

Finally, since we are talking about flowers and pollinators, plants with silver leaves like lavender and salvia are loved by bees which is great for your garden! These plants also require little water and provide beautiful blasts of purple in your yard. Various salvia species will bloom in red, yellow and other colors, but check the watering instructions as some are thirstier than others. Woodsier varieties of herbs that also have silver leaves—think sage and rosemary—also require less water, smell wonderful in your yard, and taste great too!

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Key for us in all our gardening adventures is to apply sunscreen and wear a hat plus an easy and comfortable pair of shoes. Right now, my favorite is Relaxed Fit from Skechers because of the roomier toe area and super comfy Skechers Memory Foam lining. The style I have been wearing this spring is the Relaxed Fit Reggae Fest-Deputy—they’re cute and easy to slip on and off as I go in and out of the house.

Looking forward to seeing your garden adventures in Skechers! Please share them with us on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook with #skechers.

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