Trend Talk

HOT SPRING SNEAKER TREND: CRAZY FOR COLOR

Skechers is in full bloom with colorful sneakers for spring! These bright and bold sport trainers are going way past the gym. Read on to see the hottest new trends, and how to wear them in comfort.

 

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CHEVRON AND OMBRE: 3D zig-zag prints are back in a big way. Whether it’s high-fashion or dressed down, the bold pattern adds a modern touch to any look. We’ve coupled it with ombre hues on the Equalizer – Expect Miracles: shown in a dazzling black and hot pink combo that can be worn with jeans or a workout at the gym. Totally versatile, totally adorable. This sporty trainer’s got comfort on the brain, thanks to a flexible seamless Skech-Knit design and an air-cooled memory foam insole to cushion your heels in comfort. Check out Demi rocking them here.

 

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A POP OF COLOR: Give your basic black yoga pant a big color boost! Bright and bold is all the rage – and our Flex Appeal – Pretty Please rainbow jogger has it in spades. Known as the “Demi” shoe (from her national Skechers campaign), it’s a fan favorite, and not just for Lovatics: everyone’s getting into this sole’s breathable design, seamless Skech-Knit upper and gel-infused memory foam insole cushioning.

 

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PRETTY IN PRINT: Bold designs are one of 2015’s hottest trends – and floral is sprouting up everywhere. We’re giving it a tropical twist with the Flex Appeal – Floral Bloom sneaker: a delicious new way to stay sweet all spring into summer. Fun and feminine, this sporty style is comfy as it is cute with a high-flex sole and cushioned Skechers Memory Foam insole. Pair it with a summer dress or fun printed yoga pants: it’s perfect for dressing up any outfit.

 

Inspired by the hottest new trends and want your own? Enter the #SkechersLovesDemi Sweepstakes on Instagram and you could win FIVE pairs of Demi Lovato Skechers footwear, along with a Devonne by Demi skin care set and an autographed Skechers Demi poster! View the official rules here: http://spr.ly/600905uH

BLOG TAKEOVER: FRANCIS KENNETH STYLES THE MALLING OXFORD

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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.

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.

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

BLOG TAKEOVER: TILDEN STYLES THE LARAMIE

I’ve partnered up with Skechers to show off the versatility of their Laramie boot. As the weather cools down, durable footwear becomes a MUST when consideration of keeping your feet warm & dry comes to mind. There’s nothing worse than the misery of cold feet. However, many boots can’t live up to the functionality and aesthetic status us women need – you either get a pair that’s comfortable but ugly or drop-dead chic yet do absolutely nothing for you.

Now boots like these are not meant to be worn to a formal event but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to them for cold stricken situations only. As the typical combat boot we all love and adore, the Laramie encompasses that style but keep your feet warmer than the average combat.

Look 1:  Plaid Dressing

This look takes the best aspects of fall – when the weather is just changing and is still warm enough to sport a dress – and makes them approachable for an everyday outfit. The Laramie takes the style of the combat boot and when paired with the red plaid flannel & scarf, the dress itself takes a whole new perspective. Personally, I feel coziest in oversized tops and big scarves. Matching these favorites with a not-so-typical dress choice makes it all the more easy going.

Look 2:  Blue Collar

With high necks come multiple variations of cardigan and coat layering, which also means the art of keeping warm is of the essence. This weather also allows for the practice of making a durable ankle boot appear more sophisticated. How is this accomplished? When paired with structured & longline pieces as well as black jeans, this boot matches a more than casual style while still taking on the wear and tear of a New York minute.

Look 3:  Denim Approach

I live for casual days and when I can dress relaxed, it’s all the better. Comfort and chic don’t always go hand in hand, so it’s important to match structure opposite to oversized on top/bottom. These boots work as great substitutes for my everyday flats, completely covering my foot and allowing for a wool sock to peek out – a fall trend many of us like to indulge in with our boots of choice.

Read Tilden’s blog at tobebright.com. Check out and like @ToBeBright on Facebook and Instagram. Follow @tilllbee on Twitter and see what she’s pinning on Pinterest.

BLOG TAKEOVER: CASSY STONE’S FALL STYLE TIPS

Look 1: Baby, it’s cold outside!

These understated Mad Dash – Test Drive booties are the perfect complement to your new favorite sweater. As the temps drop, people tend to dress in so many layers that they completely overwhelm their figures. As a rule of thumb: the fluffier and chunkier the knit is on top, the more important it is for your outfit to stay sleek on the bottom. By wearing pants in the exact color or a shade close to that of your shoes, you create an elongated, streamlined effect with your legs. Sometimes, the best way to make a statement with your shoes is to have them blend in!

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Look 2: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

While these boots can be the quiet harmony to your ensemble, sometimes you need a little chic discord to shake things up. The versatility of the Mad Dash – Test Drive bootie is the perfect way to add some edge to playful floral prints. The stud and buckle boot detail mixed with a girly dress in a deep, warm color scheme is a no-fail recipe for fashionable fall flair. Accent your look with a few accessories in a matching metallic color scheme. (Hint: rose gold is the next big thing!)

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Look 3: Model Off Duty

Not only do these boots look amazing dressed up, but they’re sure to cause some major shoe-envy when they’re seen dressed down. In this more casual look, you can play up the toughness of the Mad Dash – Test Drive bootie by throwing on a huge t-shirt dress. A patterned flannel artfully tied around your waist is a great way to accent your figure, preventing you from losing your shape underneath all the baggy fabric. Slightly messy hair + “I woke up like this” attitude = an effortlessly stylish look that’ll turn the heads of everyday girls and fashion mavens alike. How does she do it?

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Read Cassy Stone’s blog at Posh and Circumstance.  Follow her on Twitter and Instagram and like her on Facebook @poshandcirc.

SUMMER WEDGES: CALI STYLE

 

So happy to see the sun! Time to show off your new pedi in the must-have warm weather look: wedges! The new SKECHERS Cali collection comes in brights and neutrals – and various heights and designs. Flirty, fun and fantastic. We’re ready.

Shop our Cali collection here.

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