Over the years , we’ve done all that we can to ensure that Skechers is an active member of the Manhattan Beach, CA community that we’ve called home since the company was established in 1992. Skechers has raised over $750,000 so far towards this year’s million-dollar goal for the upcoming annual Skechers Pier-to-Pier Friendship Walk benefiting local children with special needs and education. And with sponsorships of big events like Halloween Pumpkin Races and the hugely popular Holiday Fireworks, everyone at Skechers is proud to give back and support our hometown. We were humbled and honored when the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce named Skechers as winner of the 2014 Best of Manhattan award. Skechers was selected from a list of nominees that included the Manhattan Beach Marriott, Manhattan Beach Toyota, MBS Media Campus, and the Simms Restaurant Group—all fantastic businesses that work tirelessly for the community. Skechers president Michael Greenberg expressed gratitude for the recognition when he delivered remarks at an awards ceremony held on October 2, 2014.
Shade Hotel owner Michael Zislis presents the 2014 Best of Manhattan award to Skechers president Michael Greenberg.
Skechers also supports causes within the footwear industry community. The Two Ten Footwear Foundation in association with Women In the Footwear Industry LA recently hosted an event called “Leading Ladies” that featured Kathy Kartalis, SVP-Global Product for Skechers, on a panel discussion about management style. Over 30 women from Skechers HQ attended the forum to support Kathy and network with peers within the industry.
Skechers Team at the Women In the Footwear Industry event
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Skechers is joining the American Cancer Society in the fight to end breast cancer. The extensive work of the Society for people with breast cancer today is helping to find an end for the disease tomorrow. Support from Skechers will help the American Cancer Society continue to invest in ground breaking research, provide comprehensive support to people diagnosed with breast cancer, and advocate for laws that ensure access for women who need them so more lives are saved. Skechers is also a sponsor of the Making Strides Walk event in San Francisco on October 25.
There will be several ways to show your support for the cause with Skechers throughout October. A program in Skechers retail stores this month will allow you to round up purchases to the nearest dollar with the change going straight to the American Cancer Society. And at the forefront of our efforts is the limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness footwear and apparel collection from the Skechers Performance Division. Designed with signature pink colors, the collection includes workout athletic wear and four popular and comfortable walking and running styles: the slip-on Skechers GOwalk 2, the lace-up Skechers GOwalk 2 Flash, Skechers GOrun Sprint, and the award-winning Skechers GOrun 3. These styles will only be available for a short time so pick up a pair and wear them in honor of someone you know fighting this disease.
Register for the Walk and learn more about the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign at MakingStridesWalk.org
or by calling 1-800-227-2345.
When the BOBS from SKECHERS program began in 2011, we wanted to do what we could to help children that needed footwear. We never expected it to become the hugely successful movement that it is today. Three short years later and we’ve crossed the NINE MILLION PAIR milestone! It’s truly incredible and we’re humbled by the impact that this program has had on children around the world. While we’re proud of the achievement, our mission continues with ongoing donation events. In fact, two events this past week in Nebraska City, Nebraska, and Evansville, Indiana, resulted in over 1,200 more kids receiving a new pair of shoes. Check out the pictures from the events as we march onward to 10 million pairs donated and beyond!
On May 16, BOBS from SKECHERS traveled to Santa Rosa, California to donate 1,000 pairs of shoes to the children of Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, Head Start/Early Head Start, and School Readiness programs in Sonoma County. Children gathered to receive a pair of BOBS and even had a chance to decorate them! The inspired and excited kids were able to use their imagination to create fun, personalized, fresh-looking shoes.
We love when our events inspire others to reach out to their community. In Santa Rosa, one local dentist joined in on the philanthropy by donating toothbrushes to the youth. No matter the product or event, we appreciate those who seek to create positive change in the world. That is why we want to say thank you to all the BOBS supporters! Whether you’re purchasing another pair of BOBS or simply giving back in your own way, we could not reach the milestone of more than 8 million pairs donated worldwide without your help.
For more pictures, check out our Santa Rosa gallery on Facebook, and be sure to like the post to show your continuous support of BOBS from Skechers!
This Spring, SKECHERS is partnering with Bealls department stores and Fashion Delivers/K.I.D.S. to donate 27,000 pairs of BOBS shoes throughout Pensacola, Florida. The first giveaway launched on January 24 with a donation event for 350 children in need hosted by Children’s Home Society of Florida. The afternoon included shoe decorating activities, music, snacks and a special visit from characters who posed for fun photos with the children. In the coming months, Children’s Home Society will continue to distribute BOBS shoes across the Pensacola region.
Thank you to all our customers who have purchased BOBS. This simple act is helping thousands of children in need across the U.S. Because of you, we have also reached more than six million pairs of shoes donated worldwide!
BOBS from SKECHERS embraced the holiday spirit of giving with three shoe donation events during the month of December!
The first was in SKECHERS’ backyard (Los Angeles, California) on December 14 with the Baby2Baby charitable organization. Children and families in need were invited to attend Baby2Baby’s third annual Holiday Party where they received gifts and a new pair of BOBS shoes to decorate. Santa Claus made an appearance as well, and children enjoyed holiday crafts, treats and music, plus a complimentary lunch with their families.
Next, we traveled across the U.S. for two BOBS donation events in New Orleans. Teaming up with BOBS retail partner Shoe Carnival, volunteers visited the Slidell-Pearl River Head Start organization for a holiday donation event on December 16. Santa Claus made a surprise appearance, and children received new pairs of SKECHERS socks and school supplies with their BOBS shoes.
And finally, a visit to Kingsley House in New Orleans, a charitable organization that has been serving the community since 1896. Children received BOBS shoes to decorate, plus new socks, school supplies and another surprise visit from Santa. In total, 2,400 pairs of new shoes were distributed in New Orleans through our BOBS charitable partner Fashion Delivers.
We’re looking forward to even more BOBS donation events in 2014 – stay tuned!
More Than Six Million Pairs of New Shoes Have Been Donated to Date
A boy shows off his BOBS shoes in the Philippines. April 2013
With thousands of lives lost and more than a half million homeless, the people of the Philippines are suffering after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan… and like many of you, SKECHERS is making big strides to help the hundreds of thousands affected.
Together with our donation partner Soles4Souls, we’re donating around 213,000 pairs of new BOBS shoes over the first two weeks of December to help children throughout the region. BOBS just passed the six-million-pair donation mark through this contribution, and we couldn’t have imagined a more worthy cause to usher in this milestone.
Thank you for making such a great impact with your BOBS purchases to help children throughout this region, as well as the millions of kids who’ve benefitted since BOBS started in 2011: in communities across America and more than 30 countries around the globe.
If you’d still like to make a difference, SKECHERS continues to donate new shoes to kids in need with your purchase; you can shop our year-round collection of BOBS styles for women, men and children in stores worldwide and online at skechers.com.