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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

BLOG TAKEOVER: TRAVELING WITH THE MISS-HAPPENSTANCES

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Last year Jessica Maiuzzo of The Miss-Happenstances made a life-changing decision to quit her desk job and travel. We invited her to share how Skechers became a faithful companion on a few of her adventures. 

TRIP 1:  ITALY, ISRAEL and JORDAN

In Italy, my versatile dark gray Skechers Sport sneakers were my shoe of choice to dress up for wine bars, midnight strolls through the city, and happy hours along the water. They impressed me even more as I walked five to eight hours a day through the major cities of Italy, starting in the north and making my way south for the next three months. Happily, I didn’t get any blisters the entire time, and I LOVED the way the gel-infused memory foam insole made it feel like I was walking on pillows.

In Venice, I took a ride through the canals, and in Turin, one of my new local friends took me on a 7-hour bike ride through the entire city. Again the shoes stood up to the test. The very next day, we hiked the Alps that bordered Italy and France. Skechers helped me conquer the mountain and led me to some spectacular views! I learned to cook with locals in Sicily but spilled some sauce on the shoes! A quick wipe and the shoes were almost as good as new.

From Italy, I traveled to Israel where we swam in hot springs near the Sea of Galilee and marveled at the ancient city of Caesarea, where the Romans still left their influence centuries later. A new friend I met in Jerusalem encouraged me to cross into Jordan with him.  After traveling by foot, car and camel, we ended up at a remote bedouin village. I spent the night gazing up at a sky of stars that seemed to go on for eternity.

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My final destination was Petra—a lost city carved into the desert mountains, creating breathtaking temples, a treasury, and hundreds of dwellings. While tourists hired donkeys to ride through the four-mile city of sand, I felt fabulously tireless in my Skechers and decided to trek and climb the 850 steps! With my faithful foot companion, I was unstoppable!

TRIP 2:  GUATEMALA and SOUTH AMERICA

Just two short months later I packed my Skechers for another adventure with some friends to Guatemala where we hiked a couple of volcanoes, pushing one another to the top. These shoes were my saving grace through all kinds of terrain as I glided my way over lava rock that was steaming from the heat still rumbling under the surface.

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Traveling through airports with these shoes is easy. No shoelaces and slip-on shoes that hug my feet in just the right way made jumping from country to country a breeze. In Argentina, I walked comfortably for days in Buenos Aires and ate the best steak ever. And then in Chile, I layed by the turquoise waters reflected on the beauty before me. As I explored, I was greeted by purple mountains, weirdly gorgeous desert plants, and salt flats that made me think I must have somehow walked mistakenly to Mars. I hitchhiked north to the border and caught a bus into Peru.

Peru is a land of food you will never forget and landscape that changes you. Cusco was my home base for much of my stay and Lomo Saltado became a new favorite dish as I coveted the cooking skills of these wonderful people. From there I did a four-day trek through the jungle to get to Machu Picchu. My trusty gray shoes still propelled me forward even when I thought I couldn’t take another step. I met monkeys, stepped to the edge of cliffs, and picked carefully over rapids across broken-down swinging bridges. I biked down a 5,000-meter mountain at high speeds. And I zip-lined like Supergirl over the tops of the jungle trees.

It was Rainbow Mountain that took my heart though. At 5,400 meters high, it was like walking through water to get to the top. Yet my Skechers helped me to conquer it, and once again my trusty shoes led me to the summit. It was the most spectacular view I have ever seen – one of my top five places to see in the world. A mountain frozen as a rainbow on one side, a towering glacier mountain on the other, and beautiful landscape of all kinds in between. It was the perfect ending to this trip. I was ready to head home and tell everyone about the latest adventure and how Skechers was truly the best shoe ever!

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I am still wearing my Skechers daily through the streets of NYC. With all of the cultures represented here and the hours of walking we New Yorkers do, it is like traveling the world every time I step out of my front door. I’m still fulfilling my dreams as I continue to do the things I have put off. I am a writer by heart but I never had time to really follow that road or my passion for acting when I was sitting behind my desk.  Now, I have worn Skechers on many sets of prime time television shows. And, I continue to document stories about life, love, and transparency on my website. During my long shoots, it is my Skechers that I love to slip on for the journey home. And when I sit at the coffee shop to write, it is my Skechers that I always wear. Public transportation is not my style since I love the freedom that biking around the city affords, and again it is Skechers that lets me do it in style and comfort. I am in love – with travel, with NYC, and most certainly with Skechers!

Keep up with all of Jessica Maiuzzo’s adventures around the world and through life on her blog The Miss-Happenstances and follow @themisshappenstances on Instagram and Facebook.

Photographs from Trip 1 and Trip 2 by Jessica Maiuzzo. Photographs from New York City by Keri Tan. Find more of Keri’s work at keritanphotography.com and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

 

 

 

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