Celebrities in SKECHERS

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BIG PAPI

When it comes time for retirement, it’s fairly common for many people to end up spending a bit more time on a golf course. And that’s exactly where recent retiree David Ortiz AKA ‘Big Papi’ found himself shooting his first commercial for Skechers. Of course, Ortiz isn’t your typical pensioner. He’s a legend in Boston and around the globe known not only for hitting home runs but for his energy and enthusiasm off the field as well.  So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his approach to relaxing on the driving range might be just a bit different than everyone else.

We had the chance to spend a gorgeous afternoon outside Boston with the man himself as he has some fun with a baseball bat, a golf course and an open field. Take a look at the video below for some behind the scene insight and hear Ortiz explain why the Relaxed Fit collection is perfect a man who retired after painful injuries and is ready to experience retirement with a bit more comfort through his day.

And then check out his new commercial for Relaxed Fit from Skechers footwear below to see how it all came together and don’t forget visit skechers.com for all the latest Relaxed Fit styles featuring comfortable Air-Cooled Memory Foam! 

COMMENT TO WIN!  We’re celebrating this new campaign with an #OrtizSkechersGiveaway!  Comment below with your favorite moment from Big Papi’s career and you could win!  First prize is a David Ortiz signed Skechers riding jacket that he wore at the Kentucky Derby (See the evidence!). Second prize is a David Ortiz signed Skechers hat also worn at the Derby.  And third prize is a pair of Skechers shoes.  Must comment by 12:00PM PDT Friday (7/21/17) to enter to win.  Winner will be notified in the comments.  See complete rules here.

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!

BIG PAPI MEETS LITTLE PAPI AT THE DERBY

Boston slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz took a break from retirement for a trip to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby last weekend.  The all-star traded his baseball uniform for racing silks to hang out with 2015 Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor “Little Papi” Espinoza in the Jockey Room at the famed racetrack. Ortiz recently signed on to become a global endorsee representing Skechers Men’s footwear and Espinoza donned Skechers on his racing pants for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby.  Both men proudly represented Skechers at the event known as the most exciting two minutes in sports.

Victor was riding California Chrome at the Belmont Stakes when Skechers sponsored the horse in 2014. This time we partnered with the hall-of-fame jockey himself as he attempted to become one of only four to have won the race four times. When we asked Victor his thoughts on Skechers and the big race, he said:

“When I’m relaxing away from the track, I’ve always loved how comfortable Skechers shoes feel. As my career really hit its stride on the West Coast, I’m thrilled to have such an iconic California brand supporting me on this incredible journey.”

Unfortunately his horse, Gormley, didn’t have a win in his legs this time, but Espinoza made a memorable impression with Skechers on the very sloppy race day track.

After twenty seasons in the majors, ten-time All-Star David Ortiz was ready to lay down his bat. Reflecting on his career and the new partnership with Skechers he said:

“While I knew I’d miss things about the game, I’m definitely able to enjoy my retirement in comfort thanks to my new partnership with Skechers. Toward the end of my career it felt like I was playing on two stubs, but now these Skechers have me feeling like I’m walking on the clouds!”

Watch for David’s campaign to kick into gear later this year with a new television commercial. Check back here for behind the scenes details in the months ahead!

MEGHAN TRAINOR DEBUTS NEW CAMPAIGN

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new campaign with platinum recording artist Meghan Trainor!  In her second commercial for Skechers, we follow Meghan as she laces up her Skechers D’Lites and busts a few dance moves with her dad. Appropriately set to “Dance Like Yo Daddy” from her sophomore album, Thank You, the cool spot features retro-styled #MTrainSkechers D’Lites footwear. Filmed in Pasadena, California at a coffee shop that was given a makeover to become a fabulous record store, the shoot was filled with energy and a cast of dancers. Check out this video to go behind the scenes with the singer on her all new commercial!

As Meghan proves, Skechers D’Lites make it easy to show off your personality and with the comfortable Air-cooled Memory Foam insole in every pair, you’ll be feeling great even after a full day of dancing your heart out. You can pick up a pair of the styles featured in the new campaign on skechers.com today.

And now here it is!  Check out Meghan’s new Skechers D’Lites commercial below! And be sure to let us know your favorite Meghan Trainor track in the comments!

TAKE OFF IN COMFORT WITH KELLY BROOK

Hey, Kelly. You look awfully comfortable in first class comfort.

Can Skechers Wide Fit shoes upgrade you into first class, pronto? OK, perhaps it’s a little aspirational – but totally worth a try. It worked for Kelly Brook in her latest spot, where she was swiftly saved from a hyperactive kid (no way that’s a lap baby!) and an ominous set of knitting needles.

bep_7018Inspired by our hugely successful men’s spot with Howie Long, Skechers decided to go mile high for the gals this round as a fun way to showcase our insanely comfortable Wide Fit collection (it’s part of Skechers’ new signature fit system – check out our three fits for gals below). Take it from us – these styles are really, really amazing. You’ve got the roomy fit, the memory foam cushioning, everything – but also the cute styling. Plus they’re easy to slip on and off, so are totally airline-friendly for all of those lovely TSA checkpoints. But we digress. They’re worth grabbing a pair, or three.

Kelly is about as fun as she is gorgeous, by the way. On her downtime, we thought we’d ask her what her favorite pair of Skechers are, and why she’s such a huge fan. Watch her dish here:

Take a look at the sweet style Kelly’s wearing in her Wide Fit commercial (it’s Flex Appeal 2.0 – New Image) and tell us: Would you rather strut around in first class comfort or subject your heels to coach all day long? You be the judge.

Skechers’ new Signature Fit System includes styles in three different widths for women: Classic Fit (B width), Relaxed Fit from Skechers (B/C width) and Skechers Wide Fit (D width).

ROB LOWE RETURNS TO SKECHERS

Sixteen years after appearing in a Skechers Collection print campaign, everyone’s favorite former ‘Brat Pack’ member is back with a multi-platform Skechers Relaxed Fit campaign. The commercial will offer a glimpse into a typical day for Rob as he waxes poetic about comfortable footwear. Known both for dramatic (The West Wing) and comedic (Parks and Recreation) roles, Rob most recently wrapped season two on the CBS series Code Black.

We caught up with Rob on the set of the Skechers commercial shot on the Warner Brothers backlot to cover all aspects of his hectic schedule.  On how Skechers has changed in 16 years, he told us, “It seems like yesterday when I first posed for a photographer wearing SKECHERS. They were good looking shoes then, but I don’t remember them being so comfortable.”  Check out the video below to see Rob explain how much he loves the versatility of the Relaxed Fit collection.

Watch for Rob’s new commercial set to hit television next week!  And be sure to visit skechers.com to find your perfect pair of comfortable Relaxed Fit shoes like the Expected – Gomel that Rob wears in the spot.  You can also find comfort in the red Skech-Air – Varsity that Rob can be seen wearing for a workout in the top image.

We want to hear from you–let us know your favorite Rob Lowe role in the comments!


Rob Lowe for SKECHERS in 2001.

JOE MONTANA RETURNS TO SKECHERS

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As fans everywhere prepare for the big game between New England and Atlanta this weekend, we thought what better time to announce that legendary quarterback Joe Montana is returning to Team Skechers! Joe first appeared in a Skechers campaign way back in 2008 when he announced his athletic comeback. Since then you saw him in several Relaxed Fit campaigns and after a brief hiatus he’s back in the fold for Skechers Sport and Casual footwear with Air-Cooled Memory Foam that delivers on total comfort.

The commercials are set to start airing on major broadcast and cable networks later this month, but to tide you over, we spoke with Joe behind the scenes while he was shooting the new spots. Take a look below to hear the Hall of Famer explain how he came to work with Skechers, the family feeling of being part of Team Skechers, and how much he loves the comfort of Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam.

Follow Joe’s lead and get comfortable on Sunday with a pair of Skechers featuring the innovative Air-Cooled Memory Foam insole.  With countless sport and casual available now on skechers.com you’re sure to find a pair that will keep you feeling great on your feet as you jump and cheer for your favorite team.  Let us know how you plan to celebrate the Big Game in the comments!

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