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.

READY SET SUMMER

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Clockwise from top: the women’s Skechers Cali Indulge – Cruising crochet sandal (retail only), girls’ Twinkle Toes – Sunshines light-up sandalmen’s Relaxed Fit Supreme – Bosnia sandal, and boys’ Scurried – Riffs skate sandal.

It’s Memorial Day, and we’re starting Summer 2015 in style: with big plans to hit the pool, fire up the grill and relax in the warmer weather with family and friends. And of course, we’re dressing for the occasion, with sandals and slip-ons that are deliciously pretty, sporty and oh-so-comfortable.

We’re ready to splash around, kick back and step out in some new looks this weekend…  and munch on some cupcakes with our adorable four-legged friend. We’re also launching an Instagram giveaway on Friday for anyone who’d like a new pair of shoes for summer. What are you up to this weekend?

Enjoy your three-day escape; make it a great start to one of your best summers ever! And take a moment to honor our country’s greatest heroes: the millions of men and women who’ve died in combat to protect our country.

DESIGNER INSIGHT: QUARTZ ADVENTURE

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Women’s outdoor shoes with performance features commonly look like men’s styles made in smaller sizes. It seemed like the market forgot that women are buying women’s hiking shoes. It was so obvious to me to design femininity and sleekness into our outdoor footwear.  I looked to nature for inspiration (of course!). I thought about all the beautiful things we find on a hike, some of my favorite discoveries are gemstones and crystals.  Using this inspiration, I designed the Quartz construction for our Skechers Adventure Relaxed Fit collection. Its rugged and feminine design is so in tune with nature. Floral lining, diamond shaped lugs, strong and soft materials, and on-trend pop colors make this group stand out above the rest in the outdoor market. All this beauty plus the function found in sport shoes.  And the casual styling makes it easy to pair with any outfit.  I’m so excited about this product and I can’t wait to see these beauties on the trail!

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For similar styles with the Quartz outsole, visit your local Skechers retail store or www.skechers.com.

SKECHERS LOVES MOMS

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Welcome to the story of moms everywhere: sleepless nights and play dates; homework and school meets; coaching sports teams, student drivers and young grads ready to tackle their dreams.

Whether you’re a mom-to-be or a well-seasoned (and well-beloved) grandma, you get it: kids are some of the messiest, loudest, most challenging creatures in the world – and you wouldn’t trade them for a second.

This Sunday, it’s time for all of you to celebrate one special day: to relax, unwind, and hopefully enjoy some much deserved “me” time. Kick up your feet in a fresh pair of comfortable sandals like Skechers Stretch Weave – Parallel wedges (shown above, relaxing at the park). And reflect on the amazing year you’ve had (you did ALL that?) and the equally crazy, memorable year still waiting in the wings.

At Skechers, we’re taking time out to honor Mom with the Skechers Loves Mom sweepstakes. Post a photo that celebrates motherhood, and you could win two pairs of Skechers. Enter by Friday to win!

Clockwise from upper left: garden time with Skechers Reggae – Stir It Up; a mom-to-be moment in Skechers Stretch Weave – Unbeweaveable with multi hues; brunch al fresco in Skechers Stretch Weave – Silver Linings in bronze. All at Skechers retail stores; select styles at skechers.com.

SUGAR RAY LEONARD ENTERS THE RING FOR SKECHERS

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Skechers is staging the ultimate comeback: signing boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard for Relaxed Fit footwear! The legendary showdown will highlight the all-star fighter in a global marketing campaign across all media this fall.

We asked Sugar Ray about joining the Skechers crew, and he’s ready for a knockout campaign: “I love going toe-to-toe with the best – and I’m ready to put on a pair of shoes as comfortable as Relaxed Fit and go a few rounds for this brand.”

An American boxing icon for nearly 40 years, Sugar Ray’s talent and charisma has taken him from winning gold to 80’s Boxer of the Decade to the face of American boxing on TV: along with his upcoming Skechers campaign, he’s also delivering blow-by-blow commentary on NBC Sports’ Premier Boxing Champions series. He’s our first boxer to enter the ring in Relaxed Fit footwear, joining our “Hall of Fame” sports legends that have included Pete Rose, Joe Montana and Joe Namath, along with the world famous drummer Ringo Starr.

We can’t wait to share Sugar Ray’s new campaign with the world and have this great champ in our corner. Stay tuned for his first commercial later this year!

RINGO MENTORS IN NEW SKECHERS COMMERCIAL

If there’s one thing an iconic drummer needs after wrapping up a two-month tour…it’s a little relaxation. Unless of course you’re the legendary Ringo Starr where downtime might be difficult to come by. Fans around the world recently got their first listen of Postcards From Paradise—Ringo’s 18th solo album and the first to feature a track written and recorded with his current All Starr Band. For Ringo that means a busy promo schedule and a lot of time on his feet when comfort can make or break a day.

That’s why Relaxed Fit footwear from Skechers is such a perfect match for the world famous musician. With a soft Skechers Memory Foam insole, these shoes feel amazing at every step and offer the looks to coordinate with rockstar style. Ringo somehow found time to shoot a new commercial for Relaxed Fit and you can see it first right here! As you’ll see—when Ringo mentors the greenest of drummers, it all starts with the shoes.

And as if this guy wasn’t cool enough already, Ringo will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Paul McCartney with The Award for Musical Excellence on April 18.

Let us know what you think of the new commercial in the comments!  And don’t forget to pick up Ringo’s new album Postcards From Paradise available now from Universal Music Enterprises.

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TIME TO PLAY OUTSIDE

95521 BLLM_3For the last couple months, playtime has meant one of two things for many kids.  On one hand there’s the afternoons of bundled-up and boot-wearing adventures through the snow.  At the other end of the spectrum, there’s the warm indoor fun with toys and videogames.  Now the ice has melted off the playground and snow no longer covers the blacktop and grass fields. Spring sports and activities start kicking up and kids want to play outside more than ever. (And for those who don’t—maybe give them a gentle push at the door!) With the boots back in storage and last year’s shoes probably a size too small at this point, it’s a great time to check out the latest collection of lightweight Skechers Kids sneakers for boys and girls.

Every pair is super flexible and many styles even feature a soft Skechers Memory Foam insole for added comfort during all those countless hours of active play and sports. Designed with sporty athletic styling and cool, bright colors that make an impact, there’s sure to be a style that shows off your little one’s unique personality.

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