SKECHERS SHINES AT FNAA 2014

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The brightest stars of the footwear industry gathered on December 3 in New York City for the 2014 Footwear News Achievement Awards ceremony where Skechers won the Company of the Year award. Television personality and longtime Skechers spokesperson Brooke Burke-Charvet praised the company’s charitable efforts as she presented the top award to Skechers president Michael Greenberg.

Check out Brooke Burke-Charvet and Michael Greenberg in this black carpet video from the event.

As an exciting follow up on the FNAA win, Skechers was also recently nominated for three Footwear PLUS awards including running, brand of the year, and an additional nod for company of the year! For a complete list of nominees and to cast your vote for Skechers, go here!

DESIGNER INSIGHT: THE KEEPSAKES MEADOW BOOT

Designer: URSULA

Collections: Skechers women’s casual lifestyle brands, including Modern Comfort, women’s boots and Skechers Cali divisions

Years at Skechers: 18

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What is the inspiration behind this style?

I was inspired to design this boot while shopping for a big, cozy cardigan sweater to wrap around me and keep me warm… I thought it would be great to do a boot in a great sweater material to wrap your feet and legs in cozy knits.

How would you wear this style?

Over leggings or skinny jeans.

Where would you wear it?

Anywhere… for fashion or function.

What is the hottest color or trend in this collection?

There is a big woven trend right now… the sweater shaft has a woven look to it. Arctic fur and other soft tonal furs are also really popular.

Product details:

Patterns or materials on the boot?  Woven look sweater (knit) shaft, suede rand and heel to protect from weather.  Soft, tonal fur collar and upper shaft lining.

Closure details?  Rope tie-on collar with beads.

Boot lined? The upper shaft is lined with faux fur.

Comfort features? Skechers Memory Foam footbed.

#SKECHERSDEMISTYLE BEHIND THE SCENES

We promised additional details would be coming soon and now we can finally share that Demi’s debut Skechers commercial is set to premiere next week!  To help tide things over through the Thanksgiving holiday for all the Lovatics out there, we’re thrilled to share another behind-the-scenes update from the commercial shoot. Check out the video to see new footage and hear thoughts from the pop star herself about the spot and the importance of being a role model.  #SkechersDemiStyle has already begun with a print campaign that started last month but things will really kick into high gear with the new commercial for Skechers Sport with Memory Foam footwear starring the one and only Demi Lovato!  Are you ready?  We can’t wait!

1,000 SKECHERS RETAIL STORES NOW OPEN

SKECHERS 100th Store

In 1995 we opened the very first Skechers retail store in Manhattan Beach, California. And you can still visit store #1 to this day. (Fun fact: the original location was actually next door to the choice corner address where the store operates now.) At that time we never could have imagined that almost 20 years later we would open our 1,000th location. We’re exceptionally proud of this amazing milestone—achieved with the opening of a new store in Mexico City. Today you can visit a Skechers retail store in more than 75 countries across six continents and we continue to expand to new areas every week. Our retail stores have helped us build fans around the globe and it’s the place where you’ll always find the most extensive and up-to-date collection of Skechers footwear.

This momentous occasion in Skechers history is thanks to your support all these years and we’re showing our appreciation by giving away $1,000 in prizes to celebrate our 1,000th store!

It’s easy to enter. Tweet a picture of your favorite pair of Skechers with #SKECHERS1000giveaway and you could win one of four $250 Skechers gift cards!   Plus, show your tweet to a cashier at your local Skechers store for a surprise bonus!

Check out our locator to find your closest Skechers store today!

Hurry and share your pic ASAP!  Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 pm on Friday, November 14, 2014.  Winners will be announced on Monday, November 17.   Official rules can be found here.

Skechers store #1 in Manhattan Beach, California.  c. 1995

THEN:  Skechers store #1 in Manhattan Beach, California. c. 1995

NOW:  Skechers retail store opened in 2014

NOW: The first Skechers store with this all new look opened in Torrance, California earlier this year.

A recent Skechers store opened in Mexico.

A recently opened Skechers store location in Mexico.

 

DESIGNER INSIGHT: INSPIRED IN CHINA

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As Fall 2014 arrived, and consumers started to stock up on cozy things, Skechers’ designers were already hard at work on Fall/Winter product lines for 2015. In fact, August was the start of our Fall/Winter development season. When development kicks into high gear, we’re dispatched all over the world to find the latest obsessions and market trends.

In September, I traveled with the BOBS team to Hong Kong, Beijing and several other cities in China to get inspired. We looked for new styles, details, materials and ornaments in stores, on the streets, and on local residents. Some of the most interesting ideas were found in the most inconspicuous places, such as stores in Hong Kong that were as big as the size of a typical closet in the US. With the BOBS customer in mind, we filtered through all the findings and applied our newfound inspiration to the next generation of footwear. Expect to see lots of SPARKLES next season!

One caveat,  it was 90+ degrees out in the southern part of China when we visited in September. Can you imagine being in sweaters and furs while its that hot and humid? Trust me, it’s not easy. That’s why we had to get a little silly and let our imaginations go extra wild in order to think up new products for next year!

I can’t wait for you to see the results of our trip in 2015!

-LW

SKECHERS PIER TO PIER FRIENDSHIP WALK RAISES OVER $1.1 MILLION

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This Sunday’s SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk broke a new donation record: raising more than $1.1 million for kids with special needs and education! Rallied by celebs like Ellen K, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Tommy Lasorda, the event drew a crowd of 11,000 to the Manhattan Beach Pier to walk for our kids.

Over the years, the Walk’s impact has been huge: in the six years since it started in 2009, it’s raised more than $4 million – becoming So Cal’s biggest charity event for these children.

And it’s not just So Cal: the Nickelodeon-sponsored event is having a national and viral impact, with the SKECHERS Foundation’s plans to donate $250,000 in scholarships to students across the country – plus the walk’s first-ever #P2PSteelSports Selfie Challenge with donor Steel Sports, which raised an extra $25,000 for the cause.

Other celebs who attended the walk include Kelly Brook, X-Factor‘s Sweet Suspense, Sean Ryan Fox, Ella Anderson, Riele Downs, Brittany Underwood, Hayden Byerly, Ashely Argota, Gavin Macintosh, Merit Leighton, August Maturo, Rowan Blanchard, Terrell Ransom Jr., Marlowe Peyton, Jessi Malay, Scheana Shay, Megan Goodman and Ali Levine.

Funds go to The Friendship Circle organization for children with special needs, and to education foundations in support of schools. Learn more at skechersfriendshipwalk.com or on Facebook.

SKECHERS NAMED COMPANY OF THE YEAR

We’re proud to announce that Skechers has been named 2014 Company of the Year by the leading trade publication Footwear News in its annual FN Achievement Awards. This incredible honor is thanks to our fans across six continents that have made Skechers the success that it is today.

Footwear News named Skechers GO as Brand of the Year at the awards in 2013 and we first won the top award in 1998. Skechers president Michael Greenberg reflected on how we’ve evolved in the years since:

“16 years later Skechers is a different brand and company. We have redefined our brand with innovative lines that make comfort stylish, and our global sales driven by our in-demand footwear—coupled with this Company of the Year recognition—is a testament to the entire organization that has made this happen, as well as our supportive partners around the world.”

This recognition comes on the heels of three consecutive record quarters for Skechers with the company on track set an annual record in 2014. We are proud of what we’ve done this year but it’s merely the beginning! Thank you again everyone—we couldn’t do it without you!

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