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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.

SKECHERS Super Bowl Weekend Commercial to Star Legendary 49ers Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott: NFL Football Icons to Promote the Company’s Relaxed Fit Footwear Collection

SKECHERS USA, Inc. today announced that the Company’s second commercial airing Super Bowl weekend will feature two of the greatest 49ers players to ever grace the gridiron: Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott.  Premiering Saturday, February 2 on ESPN2’s College All-Star Challenge, and again on Super Bowl Sunday with an abbreviated spot during the second quarter, the Skechers Relaxed Fit commercial uses humor to showcase how Montana stays cool under pressure wearing Relaxed Fit footwear.

Joe Montana appears in the SKECHERS Relaxed Fit commercial debuting Super Bowl weekend. (Photo: Business Wire

Joe Montana appears in the SKECHERS Relaxed Fit commercial debuting Super Bowl weekend. (Photo: Business Wire

Launching the day before the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, the new commercial will reunite the legendary Hall of Famers on-screen in a humorous spot that highlights Relaxed Fit’s memory foam footbed, roomier fit and instant comfort.

The new spot is the latest in a series of Relaxed Fit ads that star America’s sports icons; previous commercials have featured Montana, legendary Hall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. A natural extension of relaxed fit jeans, Relaxed Fit footwear has become one of SKECHERS‘ most successful men’s footwear collections and will soon expand into women’s footwear.

SKECHERS will also debut a commercial during the second quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl for the Company’s new performance running shoes, Skechers GOrun 2.

SKECHERS TO AIR TWO COMMERCIALS DURING SUPER BOWL: Footwear company will launch Skechers GOrun 2 with humorous ad starring the world’s fastest land animal and bring back Joe Montana for Relaxed Fit men’s footwear

Following up on last year’s wildly successful Super Bowl ad starring the adorable pup Mr. Quiggly for Skechers GOrun, SKECHERS USA, Inc. today announced that the Company will return to the Big Game with two unique campaigns. The first will use humor and animals to illustrate the speed of Skechers GOrun 2 performance running footwear and is slated to air during the two-minute warning of the first half. SKECHERS will also enlist football legend Joe Montana for a second advertisement to air during the second quarter.

Man vs. cheetah in the Skechers GOrun 2 Super Bowl ad campaign (Photo: Business Wire)

Man vs. cheetah in the Skechers GOrun 2 Super Bowl ad campaign (Photo: Business Wire)

For the Company’s performance brand, a cheetah takes center stage this year when the world’s fastest land animal goes head-to-head with a human wearing Skechers GOrun 2. Like the cheetah, Skechers GOrun 2 footwear is lightweight, sleek and fast. The Company debuted the original Skechers GOrun collection on the feet of a spunky French Bulldog during the 2012 Super Bowl, and the much adored “Mr. Quiggly” commercial achieved a third place ranking at the top of the USA Today Ad Meter, making the pooch a media darling and bringing global recognition to Skechers Performance footwear.

For the SKECHERS Relaxed Fit collection, Hall of Fame quarterback and four-time Super Bowl champion Joe Montana is the face of the successful footwear line that’s designed for comfort with a roomy toe area and memory foam insole. Montana previously appeared in a SKECHERS Relaxed Fit campaign during Fall 2012 that also included ads featuring basketball and baseball icons Mark Cuban and Tommy Lasorda.

The 2013 Super Bowl campaign marks SKECHERS‘ fourth consecutive year of commercials on the world’s biggest advertising platform. In its first year, the Company 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 Mr. Quiggly in 2012 for SKECHERS’ most successful Super Bowl campaign thus far.

SKECHERS’ Donation of BOBS Footwear for Kids in Need Surpasses Three-Million-Pair Mark

Just five months after reaching its first million-pair donation milestone, BOBS from SKECHERS today announced that it has donated more than three million pairs of new shoes for children in need worldwide. With a new pair going to a child in need for every pair of BOBS purchased, BOBS has expanded its donation network to include nearly 30 countries around the globe, with a focus on helping distressed families across the United States.

BOBS from SKECHERS distributes new shoes to children in need in Atlanta, Georgia. (Image courtesy of Caring for Others and Carlos Bell Photography)

BOBS from SKECHERS distributes new shoes to children in need in Atlanta, Georgia. (Image courtesy of Caring for Others and Carlos Bell Photography)

“The word is out about BOBS, and its growing success means that we can give more pairs than ever. We are pleased that we are able to get shoes in the hands of American families struck by financial hardship, those affected by natural disasters, including Superstorm Sandy, and many children in need around the world,” said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “We’re so excited to be part of this movement of giving, and to help as many kids as we can. Through the continued support of socially conscious consumers, we believe we can make an even larger impact.”

BOBS unites people with a single goal: to help the approximately 300 million children worldwide in need of shoes due to poverty, epidemics and natural disasters. With the support of its non-profit giveaway partners, BOBS distributes to charitable organizations, homeless shelters, education programs and non-profit groups across the Americas, Africa, Eastern Europe, and mainland and Southeast Asia – and plans to continue expanding the program on a global scale.

Designed for women, men and kids, BOBS is supported by Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke-Charvet in a global awareness campaign across print, television, online and social media. You can find BOBS in stores nationwide, and in key markets around the world.

Skechers GObionic Named Editor’s Choice: Performance Footwear Line Receives Accolades from Runner’s World UK

SKECHERS USA, Inc., a global innovator of performance footwear, today announced that the new zero-drop Skechers GObionic ultra-minimal running line has been named “Editor’s Pick” in the October 2012 issue of Runner’s World UK.

Skechers GObionic ultra-minimal running shoe (Photo: Business Wire)

Skechers GObionic ultra-minimal running shoe (Photo: Business Wire)

The accompanying review notes that “Testers loved everything about it, especially the flexibility, responsiveness, low weight and perceived springy feel.”

“Following our Skechers GOrun line being declared ‘Most Innovative’ by Competitor magazine earlier this year, we’re thrilled that the running press continues to give accolades to our performance footwear,” began Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “The positive feedback we’re receiving on Skechers GObionic illustrates how we’re finding success by leveraging our unique pioneering technology as the foundation for an expanding collection of performance product.”

Skechers GObionic was launched in August after development by the Skechers Performance Division through a unique engineering process – where nature and inspired organic design drive innovations. At the foundation are 18 decoupled bio-responsive Resalyte(TM) cushioning zones added to key flex points of the foot to offer protection without compromising responsiveness. Plus with zero heel drop, the foot remains in a neutral position for more of a barefoot experience. Skechers GObionic represents the Company’s most minimalistic design without sacrificing performance.

In addition to Skechers GObionic, the Company recently introduced Skechers GOrun ride, which offers enhanced cushioning for elevated comfort and support; Skechers GOwalk, a comfortable walking shoe constructed with performance materials; plus Skechers GOtrain, a workout shoe built for added stability and control. From the track to the gym, with additional categories launching soon for the trail and golf course, the Skechers GO platform will meet the needs of athletes at every level and ability across multiple sports and activities.

Men’s and women’s styles from the entire Skechers Performance footwear collection are available in sporting goods, department and specialty athletic stores around the world.

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