Monthly Archives: June 2017

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!

 

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