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NATIONAL SHOEFIE DAY

In recognition of National Selfie Day, we want to celebrate the Skechers remix of the classic selfie concept. We call it a SHOEFIE—and we love seeing yours!  That’s right, it’s exactly as you probably expect.  Take that phone camera and point it right at your kicks to show your favorite pair off to the world in all its amazing glory. What’s best about the SHOEFIE is that there are so many options. There’s the classic point down that captures the shoes on your feet from above.  There’s the lay out where you sit on the ground and extend your feet with something glorious in the background.  We always enjoy seeing the prop up where feet are extended into the air. Alternatively, you can take the shoes off and capture a still life SHOEFIE.  And lastly there’s the Cheatshot—as you can imagine this is where someone else is obviously holding your camera to take that picture. Sometimes you must break the rules to get that perfect image, and we’re 100% OK with that!

We want to see your Skechers SHOEFIE! And to encourage you to show us those perfect shots, every month we’re offering three lucky winners a $25 Skechers gift card.  It’s easy to enter—just post to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with #spottedinSKECHERS. For inspiration, check out some of our recent favorites below…your next shot could end up in our feed in front of millions! Check out the full contest rules here.

ISLAND LIFE IN SKECHERS

One of our Skechers interns had a really unique childhood… she grew up on the tiny island of Catalina off the coast of Southern California (approx. 4,000, with fewer than 500 people in the town where she grew up)! We asked her to share her experiences growing up on this nearby but remote getaway, and learned how her family’s Skechers styles play a big role in their day-to-day lives off the mainland.

Two Harbors, Catalina Island

All my life I’ve lived off the coast of California on the little island of Catalina. And the biggest necessity of my life has been comfort. The residential areas (a tiny city and an even tinier town) are built along the sloping terrain, making getting anywhere quite a feat for our feet.

 

We islanders walk (or run since island time doesn’t always follow schedule) basically everywhere. We walk for exercise, to work, to the singular grocery store, and then back home at the end of the day. We need shoes that can do it all. For me, those shoes are Skechers.

My family has been Skechers fans since the beginning. I wear Skechers anywhere I go: the beach, college, during a casual out-and-about. Other shoes squeeze my toes and rub my heels the wrong way leaving my feet covered in bandages. Skechers give me room to breathe and simply feel good to wear in general with their memory foam soles.

My parents operate at two different ends of the work spectrum. Although my mother has a short commute to the harbor office (a five-second walk across the beach) she’s always either donned her Skechers GOrun sneakers or athletic sandals. She says the comfortable nature of the shoes, as well as the bright, fun colors, is a must while she caters to the boaters at her window.

My father operates in a more hands-on job with power tools, machines, and such. Over the past two decades he has worn nothing but Skechers’ work boots because they’re the ideal combination of durability and, of course, comfort. Day after day, he put them through the ringer but they keep on keeping on.  He even keeps a spare pair in his closet so he never has to worry about being without his brand.

Avalon, Catalina Island

There was one occasion when I was visiting Avalon (the tiny city) and off the express boat saunters a dressed up woman with a huge black sunhat flopping about her head – but what struck me was the fact that she had high heels on. Now I hold nothing against heels, they’re quite fashionable – but these were tall, pointy-toed and undoubtedly uncomfortable. And on an island like ours, I wondered if she would be more comfortable in a pair of Skechers GOwalk or Reggae sandals.

Skechers are fashion-forward, vibrant, tough as nails, versatile, and most importantly comfortable. And for island life, they’re a personal go-to shoe.

What is your favorite Skechers style for trekking your own terrain? Tell us in the comments!

Photo credit: Mackenzie Phelps and Shelby Phelps.

Shown below: Classic Cup – Bradbury in Navy, Reggae – Haystack in Black/Gray, and Flex Appeal 2.0 – New Gem in Teal. 

Two Harbors, Catalina Island

 

FATHER’S DAY MEMORIES WITH SUGAR RAY LEONARD

Sugar Ray Leonard with his kids Daniel and Camille in Frankfurt, Germany.

As we prepare to celebrate dads, we took a few moments to chat about fatherhood with one of our favorite dads—legendary athlete and Skechers footwear star Sugar Ray Leonard. Plus, his kids Daniel, Camille, Jarrel, and Ray Jr. share some fun memories about their famous dad.

SKX: You’ve mastered the ring and the boxing world.  What are your tips for mastering fatherhood? 

SRL:  Well, you never can really master it.  But what I have learned, is that I must be extremely patient with my kids and simply just hear them out and listen to them.

SKX: What are your favorite activities to do with your kids?

SRL: My favorite thing to do with my kids is just being in their presence. Now that they are all grown up, it is a lot harder to get all four of them together. I really cherish the moments when that happens. My youngest, Daniel is now a teenager and my daughter, Camille, is already in college! Plus, having two older kids, Ray Jr. and Jarrel, who now have their own families, every moment we spend together is priceless.

SKX:  What is your most memorable Father’s Day? 

SRL: I have so many great memories throughout the years from Father’s Day. But, one moment that sticks out was actually my birthday last year when all of my kids came to surprise me. I had no clue that they would all be here, together, to celebrate my birthday and that moment really sticks out as a favorite memory.

SKX: How did you juggle being a father with being a professional boxer?

SRL: Juggling is the right word because being a father and a professional fighter, there were precious times I missed out on. Like my kids first step, saying for the first time ‘papa’ or ‘mama’, moments that I had to sacrifice. I try to make up for those now, but I don’t think I every fully can.

Jarrel, Camille and Ray Jr. at their dad’s 60th birthday celebration.

“A memory that comes to mind is my dad trying to boogie board. He is not an ocean person but he knew I was, so he tried to go out and boogie board with me. He was struggling tough trying to get past the waves. It was very funny to watch, but after a couple min in the cold water he said it wasn’t for him and sat on the beach, it was a funny experience.”
-Daniel

“I remember going to Australia with my dad and my two older brothers. It was my first time away from my mom for a week. The four of us went to the Sydney Harbour Bridge to walk across and it was SO high above the water! We were all nervous but the funny part was my dad was the most scared. I remember I was able to encourage him and give him the confidence to overcome his fear of heights and we all conquered the bridge together. It was such a cool experience that I’ll never forget!”
-Camille

“I remember my dad’s 50th birthday party. It was an Austin Powers theme and of course he dressed as Austin Powers. All I can remember is him dancing, or at least I think that’s what it was. lol. It was far from his great footwork in the ring to say the least. I’m glad dancing with the stars helped him with his moves.”
– Jarrel

Jarrel and Ray Jr. give their dad a hug.

“One of the fondest memories I have with my father was when he invited my wife and kids to go on vacation with him and the rest of the family to Hawaii. As the oldest kid, and “most responsible,” I was tagged with making sure everyone got to the airport in time to catch our flight. My wife and I had a 3-year-old and a new born baby and we NEEDED the vacation badly, so I was going to make sure that there was no way we missed that flight. It was close to 15 people traveling and to get that number of people and bags to LAX was going to be a mission, so I suggested we all get our bags together and put them at the front door so we would not have any last-minute issues. That morning I get everyone up and plan to get us to the airport with 3 hours to spare! Everyone is packing their items into the vans and for some reason my father is nowhere to be found. I am furious! I call him and look everywhere to find him. When I finally locate my father, he starts dragging his feet and saying he still must pack his bags. We are now down to an hour and a half before our flight takes off. No way we are going to be able to get 26 bags and 15 people through security and on the plane in that time. I still hold out hope and give the drivers some back-road directions to speed up our commute. My father is sitting next to me with a devilish smirk as I am in full panic mode. The driver speeds past the exit and I yell at him, “What are you doing”? He says he knows a short cut and the flight now takes off in 30 minutes. I’m frustrated and disappointed because I only had a few days off work and begin to explain to my wife and kids that they should just go. My father is laughing at me and says maybe next time you can go. I had given up all hope now and was ready to go back home.  Just as I begin to call my boss, I look up and we are pulling onto a runway.  I say, “What is this”?  After brief shock, I notice my father laughing hysterically and saying, you didn’t think they would leave without us, right?  He had chartered a flight for the whole family and we enjoyed one of the best vacations ever.

On this Father’s Day, I honor my dad’s sense of humor and his flair for the dramatic! Lol. I wouldn’t have had it happen any other way!”
-Ray Leonard Jr.

Get updates from Sugar Ray Leonard and learn more about his foundation that works to raise funds and awareness to fight diabetes and help children lead healthier lives at www.sugarrayleonard.com.

Make sure you follow Skechersusa on Snapchat or check out our Instagram on Friday for exclusive live behind-the-scenes coverage of Sugar Ray Leonard on set for his new Skechers campaign! And since we love celebrating dads so much, we’re giving away four $100 Skechers gift cards for Father’s Day!  Check our Facebook and Twitter pages for details on how you could win #SKECHERSforDAD! Don’t miss out—this flash giveaway starts this evening and ends tomorrow!

BEST FRIEND PAIR UPS

Did you know that today is National Best Friends Day?  It’s the perfect day to let your BFF know how much you appreciate them always being there to share advice, tears and laughs together. Maybe she’s the one who always responds with exactly what you need to hear when you message ten outfit selfies being considered for the big date—of course the green dress was a terrible idea!  She’s heard you cycle through 15 scenarios on a big life decision—listening carefully and never being judgmental when you ultimately don’t heed her advice. She’s a shoulder to cry on and her cheerful goofiness picks you up when you need it most.  Of course, you’re there to do all the same in return!

As BFFs, you get along so well because of your yin complements her yang.  You’d never be caught dressing entirely the same, so what better way to celebrate your friendship with just a little bit of shared style?  And with so many colorful options available in comfy Skechers styles it’s super easy to do!  At the top the sporty women’s Ultraflex – Bright Horizon sneaker comes in Navy and Pink or Black and Gray with an easy-to-wear slip-on bungee design.

Sometimes your super friend tribe extends to three and for that more refined casual look there’s the Women’s Vaso – Vivir lace-up sneaker available in Black, Blue and Gray with a trend-right vulcanized sole. Your squad can hit the town together with this sneaky subtle style connection.  And with countless options in the retro D’Lites collection, you can find the perfect BFF pairs that aren’t so on the nose but still carry the style story together.

And for kids—be it brothers, sisters or just little friends…the newest styles in the Energy Lights collection gives those mini-BFFs a totally fun way to light up the night and play together in these incredibly innovative and brilliantly bright sneakers. These black and gray colors may look similar in the day, but as soon as it’s dark there’s 11 light options to choose from to show off that electric personality.

Sorry guys…we know there’s some serious BFF bro-mances out there, but didn’t get to you this time.  Don’t worry–we’ve got some cool men’s styles set to be featured later this month.  So as we celebrate Best Friends of all types—we have to know—have you ever coordinated style with your BFF?  Tell us about it in the comments!

READ UP FOR SUMMER

Featured: the men’s Relaxed Fit: Tantric – Salman sandal in Black and the women’s Multi/Black Meditation sandal (at select stores).

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As amazing as the great outdoors gets during the summer, kicking back with an incredible book can be just as magical! Whether it’s a classic tome or the must-have pulp of the season, there’s no greater way to laze the days away than to get lost in a great story. To celebrate, we collected some of our favorite books as well as the greatest independent bookstores we know.

OUR FAVORITE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES

Powell’s Books, Portland – this isn’t so much a bookstore as a literary landmark: the biggest used and new bookstore in the world, it takes up an entire city block, stacked with 3,500 unique sections of one million books. Its convenient location in the heart of downtown Portland’s Pearl District makes it the perfect place to get lost in great stories and ideas. City of Books, indeed!

Strand Book Store, New York City – Head over to Manhattan’s East Village and you’ll find The Strand’s “18 Miles Of Books” – everything from new to used and rare offerings. Hailed by the New York Times as the undisputed king of NYC’s indy bookstores, The Strand’s fame has made it a guest player in movies, TV… even a namecheck in a Steely Dan song!

Weller Book Works, Salt Lake City – Sometimes the charm in a place comes from the people who populate it, and that’s no exception here. A new, used and rare bookstore founded in 1929, the family business continues with legions of followers (now located in historic Trolley Square).

The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle – A great selection, relaxed environment and frequent readings, events and clubs make this multilevel bookstore one of Seattle’s most dynamic literary offerings.

The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles – true to the creative spirit of LA, this downtown bookstore is the city’s largest – offering everything from used and new tomes to vinyl, graphic novels, DVDs and local art. A true creative (and let’s face it, tourist) destination for people who are avid about their books, music and more.

Sundance Books and Music, Reno – Want to find your favorite new novel in a grand old mansion? Sundance is the place to go! A totally unique two-story historic house, this awesome store is clearly beloved by its staff and visitors, and perfectly houses everything from books to records, gifts and more.

Pages, Manhattan Beach – Right next to SKECHERS’ headquarters, this cool beach town bookseller offers loads of fiction, nonfiction and kids’ tales, along with gifts and greeting cards.

Want to learn more about these and other great local haunts for readers? Check out WhereTraveler’s Top 10 here.

OUR TOP TOMES

The BOBS 2nd Take Pup Smarts and Outpaws sandals in Black.

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Here are some great books to get lost in this summer – courtesy of our team!

“I would suggest the following two ideas: 1) Diving into The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan; 2) Rereading the entire Harry Potter series (I don’t do this, but have friends who do).”

– Lena

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“A few of my favorite books: The Pact by Jodi Picoult; The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.”

– Janice

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1984 by George Orwell. These are interesting times we live in, so I plan on spending a few beach days reading this happy go-lucky novel to keep my mind off the real world because Big Brother and the Cult of Personality certainly isn’t at all relevant today.”

– Gunther

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“Most of my books happen at bedtime with the kid – and a couple of my current favorites are Tap the Magic Tree and Mix it Up! They’re really fun, interactive stories that really get children engaged on every page.”

– Deanna

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“I have two books, sometimes three, going at once. Fiction, non-fiction, and introspective. I just finished Lucky Boy by Shanthi Seharan. So topical (way to close to reality), poignant and well-written. Thoroughly recommend but hold on! So now I’m looking for the next fiction and I think it will be A Separation by Katie Kitamura—it’s smaller (perfect for my work trip this month) and is said to be literary and a thriller (perfect for that long plane ride). As far as non-fiction, John Doe’s Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk.—loving it!”

– Ashley

What are your favorite books, places to read and independent bookstores? Any books you can’t wait to take on your next vacation? Tell us your favorites!

The women’s Ultra Flex – Bright Horizon casual in Navy/Pink and men’s Boyar – Molsen casual in Navy.

SHOE HACKS YOU’LL LOVE

For those who love to think out of the box on sprucing up their sneaks and sandals, we have a slew of hacks for you! Whether your shoes are too tight, need a little refresh or you just want to give them a totally new look, these style secrets are a great way to ramp up your shoe game. Read on for easy, fun ways to make your Skechers go the extra mile!

STRETCH YOUR STYLE

Got a pair of sandals that you totally adore, but are a little too tight? Put your socks to work! Slip a thick pair and wear your shoes over them (at home is fine; we’ll keep this look just between us) and your shoes will gradually loosen up over time. Whip off those socks… and your perfectly stretched soles are ready to rock!

The women’s Parallel – Strut sandal in Black.

POWDERPUFF GIRL

Some soles can squeak a little when you walk (not that ours do!)… and the cure-all may be right in your closet! Just shake a little baby powder into your shoes, and it can keep the sound at bay. Plus, baby powder has a nice scent for those who want to freshen up their soles.


The Flex Appeal – Newsmaker sneaker in Aqua for women.

TEA TIME

For shoes that have a little more stink, something as simple as tea bags can do the trick! The below Skech-Knit shoe is great for letting your foot naturally breathe, but for those styles that don’t breathe as well, tea bags are a totally natural alternative to shoe deodorants, and you can make them any scent you please… just raid your kitchen cabinets for your personal favorites, drop a couple dry, unused tea bags into smelly shoes and let them sit for a wonderfully scented solution to old soles.

The men’s Arcade sneaker in Navy.

LOVE TO LACE

Here’s a totally easy way to spruce up your lace-up sneaks, without buying anything at all! Skechers sneakers come with two sets of laces, so you can always go crazy with a new color. Explore new ways to lace up your sneaks – a simple new pattern can give your old soles an entirely new look. It’s especially great for updating kids’ sneaks; invite them to come up their own new designs… they’ll soon be showing them off to their friends at school!

The boys’ Air Advantage sneaker in Black and Royal Blue.

FRAYED NOT

Are your laces getting a little frayed at the edges? Extend their life with a couple pieces of tape from your drawer… just wrap them around the ends, and you’re done! It’s simple and quick – and when you get home, you can always switch them out with your second set of Skechers shoelaces!

The girls’ Skech-Air Deluxe sneaker in Lavender/Multi ombre.

Have any great shoe hacks that you love? Share your top tricks in the comments!

 

SKECHERS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

Today we’re celebrating 25 years of fabulous footwear! It all started on May 29, 1992—when the Skechers brand was born in a beach house in quaint Manhattan Beach, California. What kicked off with a single logger boot style that defined the grunge era has since grown over a quarter century to become an award-winning icon delivering comfortable lifestyle and athletic footwear worn by men, women and children around the globe.

In honor of this magical milestone and the holiday that we like to call #WorldSkechersDay, we reached out across six continents to invite some fantastic people to share their stories and experiences with Skechers over the years. From fashion experts and family bloggers to healthy living enthusiasts and athletes running the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon—this eclectic group understands how 25 years of comfort, style and performance has come to define Skechers. Check it out below along with some behind the scenes fun shots from the set.

The party extends to Facebook where we’ve gathered some cool images submitted by fans worldwide to help mark 25 years of Skechers footwear. Check out the gallery on our page and you can submit your own awesome all-time Skechers style photos on Instagram with #Skechers25USA. We would also love to hear your thoughts on Skechers during this celebration so let us know in the comments what you love about Skechers, your favorite Skechers memory, or what you’d love to see from Skechers in the next 25 years!

Special thanks to all who appear in our anniversary video:

FROM USA:
Maisha Addai with Sarai and Shiloh; Remi Ashten; Audrey Brianne; Annemarie Chase and Jacob Kramer; Pattie Cordova; Aja Dang; Renee Evans with Madelyn, Kora, and Caleb; Kelly GilliamSara Haley with Landon and Liam; Deddeh Howard (originally from Liberia); Francis Kenneth; Kelsey Lee and Tyler Hollenbeck; Vince Lee; Heather Lieberg; Joshaunic LiseJose Madera (originally from Mexico); Kirby Morris; Rocio Ocampo; Alexis Pullen; Rodolfo Ramirez; Craig Ramsay; Tiffany Sooth with Brian, Landon Maverick, Linkin Kruz and Lukas Garian; Paris Sumpter

FROM ARGENTINA:
Santiago Garcia

FROM AUSTRALIA:
Colette McShane

FROM CANADA:
Sophie GeoffrionAdelaine MorinChloé Rochette

FROM CHILE:
Barbara Moscoso

FROM GERMANY:
Rudi Schmidt

FROM HONG KONG:
Hana Tam

FROM INDIA:
Kavita Tungar

FROM INDONESIA:
Melissa Santoso

FROM ITALY:
Pietro Paschino

FROM KENYA:
Weldon Kirui

FROM MALAYSIA:
Teh Uh Mei

FROM PHILIPPINES:
Gerald Anderson

FROM TURKEY:
Murat Bur

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