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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

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.

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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BLOG TAKEOVER: CECILIA FALLS FOR FOAMIES

Today I’ve partnered up with Skechers to talk about the reasons why Skechers Foamies are the perfect shoes for kids, especially toddlers.

Reason 1: Machine Washable!

My son Zaden gravitates towards all things messy and isn’t afraid to get dirty – and it’s a pain to clean mud, sand, or even food off of his shoes. I LOVE that Skechers Foamies are 100% washable: it makes cleaning them that much easier and gives me peace of mind anytime Zaden’s shoes get dirty. I just throw them in the wash, let them air dry, and they are as good as new.

Reason 2: Bright Colors.

Zaden is at an age where he loves playing and interacting with other kids and doing his own thing. With Skechers Foamies’ assortment of bright fun colors, I love that it’s easy to spot my little guy when he is playing with friends and that I’m still giving him a little bit of space so he can grow and develop his social skills.

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Reason 3: Comfortable.

These shoes are designed so well and just by looking at them I can tell they are extremely comfortable. They have a full-length memory foam cushioned insole, and I know if Zaden could speak for himself he would say that makes all the difference. Whenever Zaden picks out his shoes, it is always one of his Skechers Foamies… always. ;)

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Reason 4: Easy to put on.

These shoes are so simple to put on. They aren’t slip-on shoes, but the next best thing: easy straps enable you to tighten or loosen the shoes to provide the perfect fit for your little one. It takes less than ten seconds for me to get Zaden in his shoes and out the door, which I love.

For more style tips from Cecilia, read her fashion and lifestyle blog at dearestlou.com. Follow @ceciliaharvard on Instagram and @dearestlou on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

BLOG TAKEOVER: FRANCIS KENNETH STYLES THE MALLING OXFORD

I’ve teamed up with Skechers to show you how I style their Mark Nason collection Malling oxfords. Something about this brown leather specifically, along with the stitching and overlaying accents, really stood out to me. Oh, and how could I forget arguably one of the most comfortable insoles ever. What I particularly love about this shoe is its versatility, which I think is pretty apparent in the following looks I put together.

For starters, let me emphasize my bias to smart casual attire. Dressed up enough to hang with the suits, yet dressed down enough to hang in the streets (not to mention, it’s pretty much 70 degrees year round in Los Angeles), this first look embodies exactly that. Paired with a fedora, cardigan, knit tie, and chinos, the Malling are just the kind of oxfords you need to keep you comfortable and stylish throughout your day at work.

It’s Friday, and after a long day at your nine to five, it’s time to loosen up a little. Ditch the tie, unbutton your shirt some, throw on a blazer and slacks, and you’ve got yourself an entirely different outfit to go along with these oxfords! The best part is no one will ever know that you’ve been wearing the same shoes all day and night, and with the soft cushioned Memory Foam insoles, you won’t either.

Saturday mornings (or afternoons for some of us), especially after a long night out, can be the hardest time to get out of bed. At this point, the last thing we’re thinking about is resembling something mildly presentable for the day’s activities. Don’t fret. You can still sport the Malling oxfords with a white tee, jeans, and your favorite jacket, and still look like a million bucks (feeling like a million bucks, however, is a whole other story). Throw on a scarf to keep things interesting, and don’t forget to smile. After all, you still have all of Sunday to recover. Come Monday, it’s business as usual.

For more style and trend tips from Francis Kenneth, read his fashion blog at franciskenneth.com. Follow and like @franciskenneth on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

SKECHERS CELEBRATES WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS

It’s a new year, and we’re thinking about wellness. The chance to take charge of your life and make it healthier overall – in mind, body and spirit.

Millions of people make resolutions, but we’re taking a different state of mind this year: one that will last for the long haul and inspire healthier choices for years to come.

At Skechers, our team is inspired by this wellness philosophy. We support each other’s progress through on-site yoga and workout classes, running groups during lunch and after work, and health fairs that encourage better choices at the office and at home.

We’d like to invite you to be part of our journey to better health in 2015. For three Wednesdays in January, we’re running the Skechers Wellness Wednesday Sweepstakes: we’re giving away two pairs of Skechers Sport shoes every week, one for men and one for women. Share a picture of yourself in Skechers, tell us your favorite workout routine, and you could start the year in a new pair of Skechers Sport shoes.

Enter to win here, and tell us how 2015 will be your year for wellness!

Sweepstakes runs through 1/28/15; no purchase necessary to enter. Approximate retail value of each prize: $80. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Click here for complete rules.

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!

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