SKECHERS Q&A: Weather and Leather

What do you recommend for taking care of your shoes in the rain and the snow?  How do I know what shoes are right for what conditions?

Tim the Shoe Guy says:

When the weather starts turning rainy or snowy, don’t forget to pre-treat your leather, suede and fabric shoes so they keep your feet dry and stay looking their best.

For suede shoes and boots especially, we recommend at least one full application of a suede specific “rain and stain” spray treatment.  Suede can discolor when it gets wet, so pre-treating your new suede boots is highly recommended.

Smooth leather usually repels a light rain, but if it’s pouring, or you’re walking in snow, you’ll want to protect your smooth leather shoes and boots too.  There are many fine leather “rain and stain” treatments available.  Don’t forget to clean your smooth leather after walking in snowy streets, as the salt used to de-ice sidewalks can stain leather shoes.

Fabric and synthetic shoes or boots, especially water-resistant or seam-sealed rain boots, are often ideal for wet weather, but if you’re not sure if your footwear is waterproof, giving them a treatment with a fabric protector like Scotchgard™ is a great idea.  We don’t advise using heavier silicone sealing treatments because it will prevent your footwear from being able to breathe.

When the temperatures drop, we recommend getting boots or shoes with insulation to keep your feet nice and warm, like faux fur-lined shoes or boots with 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation.  Skechers makes lots of different warm and snuggly shoe and boot options to ensure you make it through the chilly temperatures with warm, dry feet. Expand your winter collection by checking out these cozy styles at skechers.com:

www.skechers.com/men/styles/boots/cold-weather-boots

www.skechers.com/women/styles/boots/cold-weather-boots

Women’s winter highlights:

Synergy – Friction  http://www.skechers.com/style/48129/synergy-friction/tpe

boot #1

Highlanders – Alpine Valley  http://www.skechers.com/style/47580/highlanders-alpine-valley/blk

boot #2

Men’s winter highlights:

Renan – Mears  http://www.skechers.com/style/63947/renan-mears/char

boot #3

Revine – Hopkin  http://www.skechers.com/style/72050/revine-hopkin/khk

boot #4

SKECHERS Donates More Than 200,000 Pairs of BOBS to Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

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.

Sink Into SKECHERS Memory Foam

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SKECHERS Memory Foam is all the rage, and no wonder: it’s like a bed for your feet! These ultra-cush insoles instantly contour to your soles… plus with SKECHERS Memory Foam in everything from our cozy winter casuals to next spring’s sandal collections, you can enjoy more incredible comfort all year long.

Check out the TV spot that’s trumpeting SKECHERS Memory Foam’s great features:

 Memory Foam Blog

SKECHERS Memory Foam is now available in more collections than ever, from Relaxed Fit® Footwear for men and women, to BOBS styles and even shoes for kids – so now the whole family can sink into comfort.

Have a question about our SKECHERS Memory Foam collection? Leave it in our comments!

The SKECHERS Foundation Raises a Million for Kids with Special Needs and Education

Celebrities Jimmy Kimmel, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Tommy Lasorda Make a Difference at the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

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Every October since 2009, SKECHERS has brought together thousands for the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk in LA’s South Bay. And each year, our beach is filled with bigger and bigger crowds, all who want to make a difference for kids with special needs and our schools.

This past Sunday was incredible – an unprecedented 10,000 gathered to help raise a new record: more than $1 million for The Friendship Circle and education foundations that will directly help our children. Thanks so much to the celebrities who joined us, including Jimmy Kimmel, Brooke Burke-Charvet and her family, and Tommy Lasorda. Our presenting sponsor Nickelodeon, the incredible local and national businesses who come out to rally for our children. And to all of you who took part: you’ve turned our beloved event into the largest of its kind for these causes in Southern California, and your impact will be felt for generations to come.

Learn more about the walk and The Friendship Circle at www.skechersfriendshipwalk.com and http://www.gotfriends.com.

Hear it Here: SKECHERS’ New Relaxed Fit Radio Spot

Hall of Fame quarterback “Joe Cool” Montana

Working at SKECHERS is often a 24/7 experience: we eat, sleep and breathe SKECHERS at work, but like all you civilians, we also see a lot of our brands on the street, the freeway, TV, stores, you name it. The latest shout-out was on my way to work this morning, when my morning news announced out of the blue that it was being sponsored by SKECHERS. Next thing I know, I’m hearing our new Relaxed Fit radio spot and Hall of Fame quarterback “Joe Cool” Montana telling LA how great our comfort technology is. Turns out a lot of us have been hearing it lately, since it’s playing all over satellite and terrestrial radio. Have a listen: http://bit.ly/12UAMph

Meb Named Top U.S. Marathoner for 2012 by Running Times Magazine

SKECHERS USA, Inc. recognizes elite runner and Athens silver medalist Meb for being ranked #1 in the 2012 Running Times U.S. Marathoners of the Year listing. The article notes that there was little doubt as to who should top the annual list since “Meb Keflezighi was dominant in winning the Olympic trials in Houston and then backed that up with an inspired fourth-place showing at the Olympics.”

Meb trains in Mammoth Lakes, California wearing Skechers GOrun Speed footwear. (Photo: Business Wire)

Meb trains in Mammoth Lakes, California wearing Skechers GOrun Speed footwear. (Photo: Business Wire)

“It always feels great to be recognized for my hard work,” began Meb. “This truly amazing year stretches back to my personal best time at the 2011 New York City Marathon. From another personal best on winning the Houston Trials just 69 days later to a strong race in London, I’m feeling better and stronger even at an older age. The midfoot strike technology in my Skechers GOrun shoes has clearly helped me run more efficiently. The proof is in the performance.”

Skechers GOrun is an award-winning innovative lightweight running line featuring revolutionary technology that promotes a midfoot strike and GOimpule sensors for a responsive experience. Meb provides the Skechers Performance Division with ongoing expert insight by testing and consulting on the design of shoes like the all-new Skechers GOrun 2, the pro-level Skechers GOrun Speed racing line, and other high-performance product currently in development.

SKECHERS congratulates Meb and we’re honored the Skechers Performance Division has been there for each of his incredible achievements this past year,” said SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. “After all Meb has accomplished wearing Skechers GOrun, plus the media accolades for our shoes, we’ve established the Skechers Performance brand as a serious player in this market. Now as Meb continues to inspire more and more runners around the globe, there should be no doubt that training and racing in Skechers GOrun and our entire collection of innovative Skechers Performance footwear can lead to great success in competition.”

Meb returns to competition this spring where he’ll race in his Skechers GOrun footwear at the iconic Boston Marathon on April 15.

New SKECHERS Super Bowl Ad Launches Early: Footwear company releases Skechers GOrun 2 ad starring the world’s fastest land animal

Following in the footsteps of an adorable French Bulldog named Mr. Quiggly that wore Skechers GOrun footwear during last year’s Super Bowl, SKECHERS USA, Inc. today released the first commercial for Skechers GOrun 2 performance footwear, which will premiere on TV during Super Bowl XLVII. Fans can now get a sneak peek of the ad ahead of the 100-million-strong audience for Sunday’s game.

Man befriends gazelle in the Skechers GOrun 2 Super Bowl Commercial (Photo: Business Wire)

Man befriends gazelle in the Skechers GOrun 2 Super Bowl Commercial (Photo: Business Wire)

This year, the fast cat is center stage in a spot that again uses humor and animals to illustrate the speed of Skechers GOrun 2 performance running footwear. The ad is slated to air after the two-minute warning of the first half.

A brief teaser for the Skechers GOrun ad was released on YouTube last week, generating early buzz with nearly 300,000 views. And on Wednesday, Bleacher Report placed the ad at No. 2 in its “Super Bowl Commercials: 2013 Power Ranking”. SKECHERS continues to leverage the power of social media with a Facebook sweepstakes tied to the campaign that promotes both the ad and Skechers Performance product.

The 2013 Super Bowl campaign, which also includes a Joe Montana SKECHERS Relaxed Fit ad, marks SKECHERS’ fourth consecutive year of commercials on the world’s biggest advertising platform. In 2010, the Company first utilized the star power of Joe Montana to launch its fitness division, and then followed up in 2011 with Kim Kardashian in the Company’s fitness footwear. Basketball and business icon Mark Cuban joined the adorable Mr. Quiggly in 2012 for SKECHERS’ most successful Super Bowl campaign thus far – ranking third on the USA Today Ad Meter.

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