SKECHERS LOVES DADS

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Did you know all the legendary athletes and the world-famous drummer that have appeared in advertising for our comfortable Relaxed Fit footwear collection share something in common?  Not sure what it is?  Here’s a hint—rhymes with grads.

They’re all dads! If you couldn’t figure it out, there might still be time to get yours a card—or use this as a reminder to call him on Sunday. Or better yet, pick him up a pair of our Relaxed Fit footwear.

Relaxed Fit really is the perfect footwear option for every type of dad. The soft Memory Foam insole will feel great as he operates the barbecue, lounges back to watch a movie or even when he’s on the job. Find a pair for him today on our website, and let us know what your dad does to relax on his big day in the comments.

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With that we want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to our entire roster of Relaxed Fit dads:  Joe Montana, Pete Rose, Sugar Ray Leonard and Ringo Starr.  And because we also love dads everywhere, we’ll be giving away a $100 Skechers gift card to three lucky winners in our #SKECHERSLovesDad sweepstakes. Hurry over to our facebook page to enter. The contest ends Saturday, June 20!

Here’s a fun fact:  That’s Joe Montana’s real life daughter in his commercial!

 

GREAT SUMMER READS

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We asked the Skechers marketing team for suggestions on what everyone should be reading this summer.  Here’s the top picks to get you through the hot weeks ahead: 

DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: Costa Rica and Spain plus Rosetta Stone Spanish
Clearly, I have a plan and it includes a trip to Spain and Costa Rica.  We’ll see if I return from my world tour.  JK boss.
— JD

Fault In Our Stars by John Green
I couldn’t put this adorable love story down while on vacation last summer.  It was the perfect beach-side read!
— Lara

The Glitter Plan by Pamela Skaist-Levy, Gela Nash-Taylor, Booth Moore
I love The Glitter Plan because it’s the story about how a once prominent fashion company came to be and the decisions that ultimately led it its demised.
— Thomas

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
For someone who enjoys cooking this book was such a great find! I love his writing style. He’s funny and clever and he loves his French Culinary terms. A perfect summer read for those who want to take a closer look into the culinary world.
— Marcella

Little Bee by Chris Cleave
I know I am slow to the dance on this one (came out 2008), but I just picked it up and can’t put it down (except to come to work). Powerful story, strong writing, and great female characters from a British author.
— Jenn

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Managing/Coaching other people has it’s challenges and the Power of Habit helps the reader to understand why others do what they do, why we do what we do;  then shows you how to influence change in others and well as yourself. Helps you realize “Change” isn’t as difficult as you might think.
— Kathryn

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
It’s a dystopian sci-fi adventure about video games and 80’s pop culture—pretty much everything you want in a light summer book!  I couldn’t put it down and read the whole thing on a flight back from France last month so you’ll have time for the boring tomes everyone else suggested when you’re done with this one.  Did I say 80’s pop culture?
— James

Sharp Objects and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
I read Gone Girl before the movie came out, so wanted to check out her other books. They all feature strong female characters and the themes are very dark and mysterious. Good summer reads, since they are page-turners that don’t require much analysis!
— Lauren

The Small of Children’s Backs by Lidia Yuknavitch
I just started reading this, but I was drawn to it because it’s about redemption, art, and heartache.
— Kathryn

Yes, Yes Cherries by Mary Otis
Though I don’t normally gravitate to short stories, I found this collection alive with relate able characters–complete with wonderful imperfections. A perfect summer travel companion–especially for short flights.
— Jenn

Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen
Yoga Girl is my favorite read because she is very motivating in a way that is not typical for a yoga person. She is not a cookie cutter yogi.  She drinks wine, gets mad and speaks her mind using the “F” word if she feels like.
— Claudia

Have you read any of the books we love?  Let us know and share your favorite picks for summer reading in the comments!

 

GET #SPOTTEDINSKECHERS

You love to wear Skechers and we love to see you wearing Skechers!  Sharing an image in your favorite Skechers style could win you $25 toward your next pair! Post a pic of yourself in Skechers with #spottedinSKECHERS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a chance to win on each site… we’re picking three new winners the last Friday of the month through the end of the year! Plus, your image may make it into our feed for the world to see! Get the details here.

BLOG TAKEOVER: BABY SHOPAHOLIC’S SWEET LOOKS FOR SUMMER

We’ve teamed up with Skechers to share some of our favorite summer looks for little girls.  My four-year-old daughter Peyton is already a shoe lover like her mom.  She likes to have the perfect shoe to go with each outfit.  Skechers has a great selection of sandals for both big and small girls.

We dub Peyton’s first look the “Cool Kid.”  We paired the Skechers Girls’ Granola – Fab Friskies sandals with some cut-off denim shorts and a crisp white shirt.  We topped the look off with a cool straw fedora hat.

Peyton’s next look is a the “Girly Girl.”  What little girl doesn’t love to wear a pretty dress?  Keeping with the girly girl look, we added the Skechers Girls’ Citrus – Heartstrings sandals.  The heart studs on the sandals add a little bit of a sweet edge.

Our final look is the “Wild Side” look.  We toned down this casual animal print dress with Skechers Girls’ Granola – Sunny Comfort black sandals.  She may be wearing a dress, but these sandals allow her to play and show her wild side.

Styles are also available at select Skechers retail locations.

For the latest on Peyton and mom Trina, visit Baby Shopaholic or find them on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

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.

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!

-AA

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

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