Gives Back

SKECHERS CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

Nearly 25 years ago, Skechers was born in a beautiful place (on a beach house overlooking the ocean) so it’s safe to say that we love the great outdoors. It’s one of the many reasons we take Earth Day to heart. This day always inspires and empowers us to realize the many ways we can help the world.

This year, we wanted to celebrate how even the smallest actions can make a big difference. We took our beloved BOBS Sailboat alpargatas on a journey to find three simple ways to make the world beautiful.

START A GARDEN

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Whether you have a huge yard or a tiny balcony, a garden is always a lovely way to help the world and create beauty in your home. Try planting your own vegetables this season as a new spring project, or a few bright flowers to brighten up your space. Live in a low water region? The drier weather has introduced a number of gorgeous flora to people’s landscapes and are making drought-tolerant flowers, succulents and grasses more popular than ever.

TIDY UP THE BEACH

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Those of us who visit the beach (or the lucky few who live there) know how beautiful it can be, and how much of an eye sore it is when garbage is left on it. But even worse is the impact of this trash, which can choke and entangle sea animals, wreck our oceans, contaminate the seafood we eat and more.

If you’re heading to the sand this season, take 10 minutes out of your beach day to pick up a bag of trash. It’s a quick task that everyone can do to make a huge difference.

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Pull out your trusty old bike, dust it off and ride it to work! It’s a great alternative to your gas guzzler – not just for helping the earth, but also for your physical and emotional well-being. Long commute? Make it a weekend thing with friends. Cruise over to your favorite brunch spot together: it’ll amaze you how much more of the world you’ll see when you’re not behind the wheel.

Last but not least are the BOBS Sailboat alpargatas we took on our journey… we were overjoyed to hear how eco-friendly our pair was (made of hemp, a renewable resource that uses less watering, less land and is better on the environment than cotton). And even better, every purchase of BOBS means that Skechers can help save the lives of dogs and cats as well as support kids in need – a great way to make the world even greater.

How are you helping earth every day? Share your tips in the comments!

SKECHERS FOUNDATION GIVES $1.4 MILLION TO KIDS

One of the best parts of the annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk is when we get to share the funds raised from the event – and last week was one of these special milestones. Supported by celebs like Brooke Burke-Charvet, Sugar Ray Leonard and Denise Austin, the Skechers Foundation presented record-breaking funds: a $434,000 check for the Friendship Foundation to help children with special needs, and $932,000 dedicated to six education foundations. We also celebrated the launch of our scholarship program – with $25,000 in scholarships for 11 well-deserving high school students, who were recognized for their great potential, leadership and contributions to their schools and communities.

To see the annual donations from this event grow seven-fold since its first year in 2009 has been incredible for our Skechers team. Every day, we get to see the results first-hand: from the Friendship Foundation’s programs for children with special needs, to the long-lasting benefits it has on our schools’ teachers, libraries, award-winning programs and more.

The Walk has raised more than $5 million for kids through the years – all because of the generosity of headlining sponsor Nickelodeon, numerous companies like Wells Fargo, Steel Sports, South Bay Vein and Laser Group, The Claudette and Ethan Rickett Care Foundation and Zappos.com, and celebrities, friends and families who want a better future for our children. We look forward to our 2016 Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, and continuing this wonderful tradition for years to come.

INSPIRED CHANGE: CELEBRATING MLK JR

Today, we honor MLK and the way others have made a difference – including our brand ambassadors, who are all making strides to have a positive impact in so many ways. The list of charities they support is countless, but here are some highlights:

Demi Lovato, an active role model for many causes, has often shared her personal experiences with mental health and been one of its most vocal supporters. In honor of her father, she established The Lovato Scholarship with CAST Recovery devoted to funding transitional living, outpatient programs and additional expenses for individuals who struggle with mental health and addiction issues.

Meghan Trainor has lent her voice to causes ranging from the Charlotte & Gwenyth Gray Foundation’s Entertainment Industry Benefit for two young sisters fighting to survive Batten’s Disease, to her “Take Care of Our Soldiers” charity single which supported American troops abroad.

A global icon for good and giving, Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach established the Lotus Foundation to advance social welfare in everything from substance abuse to cerebral palsy, cancer, battered women and children, homelessness and animals in need.

Brooke Burke-Charvet has been a longtime Operation Smile ambassador – partnering with companies and celebrities to transform children’s smiles, and even taking her kids to a medical mission in Mexico to support children who suffer from cleft lips and palates. She recently appeared at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball and has been one of the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk’s biggest supporters.

Kelly Brook’s contributions have ranged from supporting BGC Charity Day in honor of 9/11 victims, to joining the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk in support of children with special needs and education.

The International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk for a Cure for many years, Sugar Ray Leonard founded the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation with his wife Bernadette to support the organization. In 2009, Sugar Ray’s foundation expanded to help people rebuild their communities and provide accessible housing, healthcare services, educational services and job training.

Meb Keflezighi’s MEB Foundation inspires youth in the areas of health, education and fitness – supporting programs and events that empower them to maintain life balance, engage in healthy lifestyles, pursue academics, and learn positive skills through sports.

Belén Mozo has appeared at events in support of organizations like Our House grief support organization, and used her golf talents to win the Mad Anthony Charity Classic for Children, which helps support the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House for families of critically ill children.

Colin Montgomerie started The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation in memory of his mother, who died of lung cancer. The foundation’s funds built Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, which help thousands of patients and their families in Scotland.

Like our ambassadors, we’ve been inspired to make a difference in the world – both as a company and in partnership with organizations, celebrities and the millions who wear our brand. Through purchases of our BOBS from Skechers footwear, you can help save the lives of dogs and cats, and it enabled us to provide new shoes to more than 13 million kids in need in the United States and around the world. Our annual Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has raised millions of dollars to support children with special needs and education, with the support of celebrities like Brooke, Kelly and others including Jimmy Kimmel, Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Lasorda. And we continue to seek out new ways to help improve the world.

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How are you making a mark? Tell us what causes inspire you personally, and how you’d like to make a difference for future generations.

DANIELLE BRADBERY JOINS BOBS FOR HOLIDAY GIVING

2015 has been another incredible year for BOBS – with 68,000 pairs of new shoes donated this year at events in the United States and Canada, along with more than two million pairs around the world! We’ve given nearly 13 million pairs to kids worldwide since the BOBS charity program started in 2011, which brings us so much joy. And this holiday season was no different, with two big events in Texas and California that celebrated the season with nearly 5000 pairs of new shoes for kids in need.

SKECHERS kicked off the holidays in star-studded style: partnering with The Voice winner Danielle Bradbery, who helped us hand out new shoes to kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston! From there, we traveled to Ontario, California to spread some holiday cheer… with a little help from Rick Lozano of FOX 11 News, we partnered with his Christmas Cheer All Year organization to donate more than 3000 pairs of shoes to local kids.

We are so thrilled to celebrate the spirit of giving, both through the holidays and beyond. Inspired and want to take part? Check out our latest BOBS styles here – every pair purchased means more shoes for kids in need.

SKECHERS PIER TO PIER FRIENDSHIP WALK RAISES OVER $1.4 MILLION FOR KIDS

For the past seven years, thousands of friends and families have gathered at the Manhattan Beach Pier to walk for kids with special needs and education. Every year of the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has broken new records in attendance and donations – and this year was no different! More than 12,000 people joined us at the beach on Sunday morning, blowing away this year’s $1.2 million goal to raise $1.4 million for children.

Many celebrities have taken part in this event over the years, and have returned year after year to lend their support. Brooke Burke-Charvet, Denise Austin and Tommy Lasorda were all back this year to cheer on the crowd – along with legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, who made his SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk debut and was thrilled to take part.

“When you say kids to me, I’m there,” said Sugar Ray. “This is my first, but believe me – this will not be my last.”

The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk’s grown into one of Southern California’s biggest events for kids – raising more than $5.5 million over the years to support The Friendship Circle, an organization for children with special needs, and education foundations in support of schools. Peer mentorships, social programs, new libraries, teachers’ salaries, classes that would otherwise have been shuttered – all of these and so much more benefit daily from the event’s contributions.

A huge thanks to all of the walkers and volunteers; our co-sponsor Nickelodeon; Steel Partners and its generous #P2PSteelSports Selfie Challenge, which pledged a $5 donation for every SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk selfie posted; and all of the wonderful sponsors who give tirelessly year after year to help educate and inspire the next generation.

Take part and learn more at skechersfriendshipwalk.com or on Facebook.

Clockwise from top left: Courtney Sixx; August and Ocean Maturo with SpongeBob SquarePants; the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk at the Manhattan Beach Pier

BOBS GIVES 40,000+ PAIRS TO BACK-TO-SCHOOL KIDS

BOBS launched the back-to-school season with its very own cross-country tour!

We had a great time trekking east and west this fall to give more than 40,000 pairs of new shoes to students in need – partnering with some leading retailers and charities to help school districts and organizations in cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia, Lancaster PA, San Jose, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane and beyond. It was so rewarding and fun to see thousands of kids loving their new shoes and personalizing them at our decorating stations. Check out the pics below!

Thanks for your huge support, and for continuing to help so many kids in need.

MOVE TO END BREAST CANCER

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – and every year, we look forward to releasing new product designed to honor the fight against breast cancer. This year, we’ve released a limited edition series of Skechers GOrun and Skechers GOwalk shoes along with apparel from our Skechers Performance offering.

We’re very proud to be part of this fight – to support the crucial work of the American Cancer Society, and be part of the journey that will make this tragic disease a thing of the past.

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