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    HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL

    It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again… it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the end of school, and now suddenly we’re prepping to head back!  At a time when we should be celebrating the end … Continue reading

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    ENTER TO WIN A UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT™ VACATION!

    Summer seems to be rolling by faster than ever this year so it’s essential to get in all the fun family time you can before school goes back in session. That said, sometimes we’re just too busy in summer to … Continue reading

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    ON THE DREAMY SET WITH KELLY BROOK

    Our favorite British model and actress Kelly Brook was on set last month to shoot a new commercial for the Skechers with Air-Cooled Memory Foam collection and she’s inviting you to join her behind-the-scenes for an insider look at the … Continue reading

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    BTS 2016: HOT NEW STYLES FOR BOYS

    Part two of our top trends for kids: the boys are back and ready to rule school! So many of Skechers’ latest looks are standout styles for comfort, color and cool, and these four topped our list as must-haves – offering … Continue reading

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    BTS 2016: HOT NEW STYLES FOR GIRLS

    We are so excited for school this fall! We raided the Skechers vault for the hottest new kids’ looks, and found tons of color, lights and bling perfect for making a big entrance this season. Check out a few of … Continue reading

A PERFECT FIT: SIZE YOUR KIDS’ FEET

With back-to-school in full swing, we have a lot of parents visiting our stores to grab new shoes for their kids’ growing feet. Much of mom’s and dad’s attention focuses on what styles to buy for their little ones (More Skechers Memory Foam sneaks for boys and girls? Twinkle ToesS Lights or Skech-Air? Mega Blades and Game Kicks for fun? So many options!) but many parents overlook one of the most crucial elements of shoe shopping: the importance of properly sizing your kids’ feet. After all, running in shoes all day long is serious business!

If you want to get into the science of it all, our kids are actually born with cartilage in their feet, which doesn’t completely become bone until they’re around 16-18. A good fit tester will tell you that it’s not just where your toes are, but also the width of your foot, your heel shape, arch support and more. So where to start?

IMG_2427Skechers stores are one great option, where our associates can help parents find comfortable shoes for their kids. Believe it or not, sizing is a lot more fun than it used to be! We still have tools like the Brannock Device (you know, that old school metal contraption you’d stand on) but now our stores also offer a much more fun way to size kids’ soles.

Our colorful blue Skechers Kids mats have bright orange footprints that are fun for kids to jump on, and they measure their feet in seconds flat. A lot more kid-friendly, which makes for a much happier shopping experience.

IMG_2299But what happens if you’re at home and want to buy your kids’ shoes online in the comfort of your home? No fear, Skechers has found a way. Enter the Skechers Fit Guide: a quick and easy way to get your kids’ feet sized up right at home. All you need is a printer, ruler, scissors, some scotch tape and voila – your very own foot sizer!

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Some tips to keep in mind when you’re sizing:

– Measure kids’ soles while they’re standing.

– Make sure to measure both feet, and order the size that fits the longer foot.

– If your child is between sizes, always get the bigger one (remember, their feet grow fast!) or you can buy a shoe that’s up to a half size over your kid’s current foot size to give yourself a little more time before you have to head back to Skechers for the next pair.

– Keep an eye out for the blue borders on our Fit Guide – if your kid’s feet overlap onto them, Skechers also offers select children’s styles in wide width sizes, which may be a more comfortable fit.

Once you get your kid’s shoes, there are additional ways you can make sure that they’re a great fit. Check where your child’s toes end, and make sure that there’s a half a thumbnail width from the end of the toes to the front of the shoes. A lesser known but equally important tip: see if the widest part of your kid’s feet is in the same place as the widest part of the new shoes. It’s important that shoes flex in the right place on your child’s feet, which can only happen if they fit properly and aren’t too big.

Ready to measure your kid’s soles at home? Let us know how it goes!

BEST BOOKS OF SUMMER

Remember when school would send you a summer book list so you didn’t idle your vacation days away? Although those days are long gone for most of our staff (save our interns), we love that we can now spend our summers reading anything we please! We asked our Skechers crew what they’ve been reading, and discovered some delightful surprises. Take a look and see if any sound like fun books for the end of summer!

Ashley

Two new riveting and weird books out August 2 with multiple POVs (points of view) will offer intense poolside reading or keep you up late!

Harmony (by Carolyn Parkhurst, The Dogs of Babel) follows the Hammond family as they leave their life and belongings behind to help genius and impossible daughter/sister Tilly as they set up Camp Harmony with a domineering and manipulating child behavior expert. The story unfolds with swear words and humor as told by Tilly, sister Iris, and mom Alexandra.

Watching Edie (by Camilla Way) is a psychological suspense page-turner as the lives of two childhood friends are revealed–one from “Before” as told by Heather, and the other from “After” as told by Edie. The twists and turns can be unsettling as this dark friendship unfolds in this story of the unpopular and popular in a depressed British town.

Maxine

Fredrik Backman’s protagonist Ove is my father if he were Swedish, worked on trains and loved Saabs. A Man Called Ove is warm and uplifting as well as tragic and heart-wrenching. A curmudgeon, Ove sets out to off himself from the first chapter as he wishes to join his recently deceased wife. But each time he tries, he is interrupted, until it gets to the point that Ove becomes a much needed man–even though he tries his hardest not to be. Ove proves one small act–intended or not–can have a positive impact–sometimes life changing. Bonus: New York Times Bestseller list.

Zoey

Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie is a great read. It teaches you some really cool life lessons, different views between generations and the importance of appreciating the little things in life rather than getting caught up on the idea that money brings you happiness.

Kate

I’m reading J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series with my six-year-old daughter.  It’s like reading them for the first time again!

Emma

I’ve been reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. She has such amazing insight on critical social issues, and a gentle but perfectly sarcastic voice through which she shares her stories and opinions.

Earl

Marvel’s Civil War II. I haven’t read comics in a long time but now that I can conveniently follow on my tablet, I’ve found myself feeling like a kid and suddenly sucked back in to the latest transformative crossover story involving the Avengers and company.

Janet

Humans of New York Stories by Brandon Stanton. The latest book added to the HONY series features eye-opening stories from people all over New York City. The book is equally moving and uplifting, perfect for a trip to the beach or a long plane ride.

Linda

Most of my current reads these days are children’s books during my kid’s bedtime. We love Countablock (Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo’s beautiful book with vivid, creative drawings that take you from 1-100)… Margret & H.A. Rey’s Happy Easter, Curious George (for us, it’s Easter all year round!) and Don Freeman’s Corduroy, a touching story about a toy bear who lives at the store and the adorable girl who wants to buy him.

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So many on my list! I’ve been meaning to read Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See for quite a while, and finally I will get some time to do a deep dive. Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin’s Four Days in November was recommended to me by a friend; I love history and it’s dealing with the assassination of John F. Kennedy and first person accounts of its impact through a variety of people and sectors. I’ve heard that it’s incredibly interesting and brings an entirely new perspective on historical revisionism.  Edward K. Y. Chen’s Hyper-Growth in Asian Economies: I’m an economics buff so it’s just my thing. The Wealth Of Nations: just a classic economics reader of Adam Smith – it’s nice to read it without being told to read it.🙂 And Haruki Murakami and Alfred Birnbaum’s A Wild Sheep Chase: A Novel is a lot of fun; I read the sequel first.

JoJo

I haven’t picked out a good summer read yet.  Luckily for this list, I can start one of their suggestions!

So many to choose from… which books do you love? Tell us!

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Top image: the Moon Shadows – Sashay sandal in black. Bottom image: the OG 82 – Dash and Dazzle sneaker in black and gold (at select Skechers retail stores).

MUST-SEE SPORTS AT RIO

Ready to hunker down on your couch and rev up for Rio? We are! After seeing all the build-up to the Games, we’ve been inspired to get to the track, the pool and the gym – and we can’t wait to watch the heroes of every summer sport conquer the world these next two weeks. To get us in the spirit, we asked around the office to find out our team’s favorite sports. Read on to see what keeps all of us glued to the screen!

Justine

My favorite summer sport is Gymnastics. I think the sport takes so much discipline and dedication from such a young age. As an athlete, some of the things these gymnasts can do is unreal and inspiring.

Riley

Swimming… I grew up swimming competitively and still race open water and triathlons now.  I love to watch their times and see how they compare to “the olden days.”

Jordan

Table Tennis – because full court Tennis is for suckers (just kidding). More people should be following elite-level international ping pong.  When they play 12 feet back from the table…sport just doesn’t get any better than this!

Emma

My favorite sport to watch is gymnastics because I used to do it when I was a kid and the competitors are always so impressive.

Gio

In honor of greats like Mohammed Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, I’m going to say boxing. The sport of legends.

JoJo

Platform diving!  Watching athletes perfect intricate dives without creating a single splash is so mesmerizing! I make more of a splash getting into my bathtub.

Jules

Synchronized swimming. How in the world do they do all of those moves? And actually look happy while doing it?

Ashley

Beach volleyball. Love the men’s and women’s – and it’s amazing to see these same athletes training in Manhattan Beach and out at our local restaurants and stores. Let’s make it four Golds, girls!

Gwen

To be honest, I’m a sucker for all of the subplots and storylines. You know, those behind-the-scenes reports on all the hard times these people overcame to get to this moment. Injuries, failures, setbacks, family struggles… they’re all so dramatic!

What’s your favorite sport? Please share!

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Top image: the Flex Advantage 2.0 – Missing Link shoe. Bottom image: the Skech-Air 2.0 shoe in Charcoal/Green and Black/Hot Pink.

WE SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM

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As today is National Ice Cream Day, we’ve taken a few moments to celebrate that classic of all frozen treats. Long ago our options were limited to the Neapolitan standbys of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, but now there’s countless choices out there from crazy artisanal flavors to updates on the basics. In commemoration of this sweetest of days, we asked around the office to share some of our favorite flavors. We’d love to hear yours too!  Hit the comments to let us know your go-to flavors for this always awesome summer desert.  And also tell us…are you a cone or a bowl kind of person?

Christopher:
My favorite ice cream would be peach. It reminds me of when I was little and spending time with my grandparents in the summer. My grandmother would pick fresh peaches and then churn homemade ice cream. We would then sit outside by the pool and enjoy the warm nights together with the cool treat she made.

Nicole:
I looooove ice-cream! But, if I could only choose one flavor I’d have to go with coffee ice-cream. My mother is such a coffee lover and would always order that flavor when I was younger. Definitely reminds me of our time together! J

Ashley:
Watermelon Ice – it tastes like summer and it has these amazing sugar “seeds.” Only downside, it must have some serious dye in it to get it that beautiful red and green color.

Trevor:
My favorite ice cream in LA this summer are two scoops from Salt&Straw—one Honey Lavender and the other Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons. It may not sound complimentary but I promise you these flavors work perfectly together!

Brooklyn:
Peppermint ice cream is my favorite! There used to be this old fashioned ice cream shop in Pasadena I would go to when I was little which had the best peppermint ice cream… it had little pieces of peppermint and the ice cream was extra creamy. Haven’t found anything that compares.

Jade:
Fragola Gelato – reminds me of Italy and several trips where I tried over and over to pronounce the Italian word for strawberry and just couldn’t get it right. I should have switched to pesca (peach) or mango (mango).

Claire:
I love any flavor with something crunchy in it. My current favorite is called raspberry chocolate crisp, from a little creamery in LA. It’s made with fresh berries so it has a real authentic flavor and the dark-chocolate covered rice crispies give it a perfect crunch. I get a scoop of lemon curd along with it, to balance the sweet with something tart! Then I walk down to the beach to watch the sunset with my summer treat.

Deanna:
Coffee ice cream… my grandma would make me have a scoop for dessert every time I visited her!

Megan:
Soy & Dairy-Free Chocolate Coconut Milk “Ice Cream” because it’s a little better for you and it’s ALMOST better than the real thing! Plus, you can never go wrong with chocolate in general.

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SUMMER VACATION PLANS: COMMENT TO WIN!

Now that summer is in full swing, we know many of you out there are ready for a big vacation—if you haven’t taken one already!  Last month we talked about road trips, but that’s only one of countless options to get away from it all.  With a passport in hand, your next adventure can take you anywhere on this planet!  Are you headed to a beachfront resort with the family?  Or maybe an Alaskan journey filled with glaciers and mountains is in the cards.  A romantic couples getaway to Tuscany will put any work-related stress at ease.  If the summer sunshine is too intense, you can even winter in New Zealand or Patagonia!  Of course for some of us, a little time off for a staycation is the absolutely perfect way to ‘get away’ without actually going anywhere.

So we want to hear where YOU plan to go this summer!  Tell us all about your amazing vacation plans below by adding a comment to this blog post and you could win a free pair of Skechers to wear on your trip!   TWO winners will be selected from those who comment.  And don’t wait on this—the deadline is Friday, July 15 at noon PST.

And then once you win our vacation comment sweepstakes (or even if you don’t) snap a picture during your trip of you wearing Skechers and share it on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with #SpottedinSkechers for a chance to win a $25 Skechers gift card!  A winner is selected on each social channel every month.  We love seeing vacation photos and can’t wait to see yours!  To help inspire you, check out the top image and gallery below for recent entries!  Good luck and happy traveling!

Complete rules for the blog comment contest are available here.   Additionally complete rules for the ongoing #SpottedinSkechers Sweepstakes are available here.

SKECHERS STYLE ANTHEMS FOR JULY 4TH

FINAL 1We’re big fans of the 4th of July! We’ve spent all week prepping our BBQs, stocking up on sparklers, and scouting out the best places for fireworks… and we can’t wait to start celebrating with our families and friends. (Not to mention catching up on some R&R over the three-day weekend.)

IMG_3606In the spirit of the holiday, we’re pulling out our favorite styles for guys and gals like our men’s Burst – Second Wind and women’s Microburst – Hyped Up – in patriotic shades, with comfort technology like breathable mesh, cushioned Burst midsoles and air-cooled memory foam insoles that make them the perfect partners-in-crime all weekend long: from manning the grill to kicking back for the star-studded finale.

Where are you heading for the 4th? Share your plans and your favorite place to check out the star-spangled night.

 

 

 

 

LET’S TAKE A ROAD TRIP

School’s out.  You have vacation days to burn.  What are you waiting for?  Pack up the car because summer road trip season has arrived!  From the early days of automobiles traveling historic Route 66, the road trip has been the most American of ways to head out of town for a few days or weeks of adventure somewhere…anywhere else in this great country.  Here are a few ideas to get you started!

The classic road trip will take you to one of the great United States National Parks. This type of destination is especially timely as the parks will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in August. One of our favorites in California is the magical Yosemite which should be on everyone’s bucket list.  You can camp right in the valley and start your morning on hikes to some of the most amazing waterfalls on the planet. And if you’re especially brave, tackle the 20-mile round trip hike to the top of the glacier-carved Half Dome 5,000 feet above the valley floor. The view seen below will be worth every exhausting step.

For a very different but equally amazing outdoor adventure, let the asphalt lead you to Utah where the old southwest city of Moab gives you easy access to two extraordinary desert parks—Arches and Canyonlands.  This amazing town is the perfect home base for all sorts of fun ways to explore the unique scenery including hiking, mountain biking, climbing and river trekking.  It won’t take long to fall in love with the beauty of the painted browns, oranges and reds and windswept towers of eroded rock that make up this landscape like no other. With every step you’ll feel like you’re on the set of a John Ford masterpiece western.

Journeys can also bring us to the urban centers that are just as amazing as the wilderness…but of course in vastly different ways. While the parks shouldn’t be missed, if everyday life for you is far from the city, point your car to Chicago or New York or at least stop along the way to your ultimate destination. Whether it’s a fun time hopping around Brooklyn or checking out iconic sites like The Bean or Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, there’s always something new to discover. And with the glass floor observation deck at the Willis Tower, you can even get a view that almost rivals that from Half Dome with an easy elevator ride instead of an all day hike! Chicago photo credits: Kwaku Owusu-Afriyie  @kwakuworldwide  and Jessica Owusu-Afriyie @zylajean

Sometimes you just want to get a little weird, and Austin is the best place in Texas to make that happen. As the cultural mecca of the Lonestar State, Austin is a unique oasis of amazing art, food and shopping where a great pair of leather cowboy boots are just as appropriate as a comfortable pair of Skechers Originals sneakers.  Known as the live music capital of the world, Austin is home to more music venues per capita than any other US city.  Check out the clubs on 6th street and you’ll eventually discover a new favorite band or two no matter what your musical tastes may be.  When you’re done with Austin, embark on the perfect mixtape road trip by continuing your drive to New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville.

If you can’t decide between an outdoor versus city trek for this year’s vacation, why not get the best of both worlds by driving towards a city like San Francisco?  From the endless array of parks that comprise the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to some of the best restaurants and museums in the entire country you’ll never be without options for fun and excitement in this great California destination. And once you get there, you can leave the car parked and rent a bike to see the magnificent scenery as you feel warm sunshine with the bay breezes at your back.

What type of road trip adventure do you plan to take this summer?  Let us know in the comments and show us your pictures of your travels wearing Skechers footwear using #SpottedinSkechers on Instagram and Facebook!

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