Kids

MUST-DO MONDAY: PREP YOUR KIDS FOR SUMMER

Just a few more weeks before the kids are out of school! Summer’s a favorite time for children and families, but you can make it even better with a little pre-planning. Check out all the ways you can turn three months into a lifetime of great memories.

2The great outdoors. Hiking, swimming, waterskiing, river rafting, arts and crafts, s’mores and camp songs. Whether it’s day camp or week-long caravans, summer’s a great time for kids to explore mountains, forests, beaches, caves and more. Sign them up for their favorite activities, or try out a few new ones. Space is often limited and goes quickly for the most popular camps, so be sure to start early and lock in spots now for your little ones.

Travel. If you’ve been itching for a place to take your kids beyond the classic camp adventure, summer’s the perfect season to venture to new cities, states, and even countries if you’re feeling ambitious. Create your very own adventure by stocking up on travel books at the bookstore or library, and choose a place that the entire family can explore. Hotels, motels, RVs, home rentals – there are a million ways to get to know a new place. Poll your coworkers, ask friends and go online for tips on hidden restaurants and local haunts. If heading abroad, check your passports now: a non-rush renewal can take four to six weeks, and kids’ passports expire every five years (plus some countries require that your passport expires at least six months after your trip dates).

IMG_6802Gear up. Every outdoor outing needs gear to match! Stock up on 30 SPF sunscreen and sun hats to keep the rays off the kids, along with UV-protective polycarbonate sunglasses that offer shatterproof protection. Do a test run of their swim suits to avoid any surprises on pool day. And stock up on name tags and labels so they come home with everything they left home with (or at least as much as possible).

Skechers has some great summer styles as well: sandals for the sand, water-friendly shoes and rugged boots for the outdoors. And of course, our go-anywhere collection of sneakers for boys and girls.

Indoor fun. Indoor time has never been more fun and imaginative – thanks to the slew of creative activities at your disposal. Get them lost in all kinds of worlds through your favorite books. Strike up your own masterpiece with coloring books. Become the master of popsicle and ice cream makers, and new discoveries like kinetic sand and science kits that cover everything from electricity to magnetics, chemistry and more. You can even order caterpillars for kids and help them grow their very own butterflies.

3Above all, make memories. Take a few minutes out of every day to enjoy the longer days (and stargazing nights) and spend some time together. Even the simplest experiences (an evening walk, dinner outdoors, a board game) can mean a lot to your kids. Collect snaps of this summer’s adventures to share with family and friends now, and your kids in the future. Most importantly, do everything you can to live in the moment and enjoy the most special thing in our lives: each other.

Styles shown: the Empire – Rock Around sneaker in Neon Pink/Coral and the Skech Appeal – Fabtastic sneaker in Gray/Mint.

BLOG TAKEOVER: A DAY IN A MOM’S LIFE

 

In celebration of Mother’s Day next week, we asked the multi-talented Amy Kavelaris to share moments of her life as a mom. The artist, author, illustrator, art school owner and blogger dressed up in her favorite Skechers and shared her personal side with us in a series of beautiful snaps that chronicle a day in her life.

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Although I work from home several days a week, we are also constantly on-the-go. Truth be told, we are crazy about our Skechers and how they have every kind of shoe for every activity under the sun. Their Skechers Memory Foam insoles are dreamy and I am often amazed at all of the different beautiful styles!

Here we are at my art school, Bloom-Prints Studio. In this beautiful, eclectic space, with original hard-wood plank floors dating back to the turn of the century, I am constantly inspired while teaching fine art classes to all ages.

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“Surround yourself with great content” has always been my motto, so as often as we can, our little family loves to find a great museum, or a historical site for inspiration. We adore our Milwaukee Art Museum, and the classes and enrichment they offer (you might have seen it featured in Transformers 3).

Since my husband and I both own businesses, we are constantly working. So, as a family we find it crucial to unplug and find time to play with our sweet girl. We live in the Midwest in an area called the “Lake Country.” So of course whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter… you can usually find us at the lake.

And ANY opportunity we get, we spend time outdoors. Here we are, parkside, reading our book Bloom With Mi which I wrote and illustrated. It’s a sweet story about a girl named “Mi” who learns how to give back and celebrate others, and a portion of every sale goes towards a different give-back organization each month.

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Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and blooming Mother’s Day! And thank you for stopping by!

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Picnic 3Drawn in black and white to connect with every girl, Amy Kavelaris’ best-selling book Bloom with Mi is a sweet tale of a girl named “Mi” who has an opportunity to make life about herself… or about others. Every time she decides to use her gifts for someone else, she leaves her “bloom” behind. Follow the Bloom With Mi journey on Instagram as @AmyKavs, at Amy’s blog or on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

THE NEW TWINKLE TOES DVD: OUT NOW!

Calling all Twinkle Toes fans… Twinkle Toes is back in her latest adventure! Head over to a Skechers store today or shop online at skechers.com to get her brand new movie on DVD, Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York.

For those who want a sneak preview, here’s the latest: Twinkle Toes has been dreaming of taking the ultimate summer vacation, but has to head over to New York City instead on a work trip with her dad, who’s been hired to direct a musical. When his show starts failing and opening night’s around the corner, it’s up to Twinkle Toes to turn it into a smash hit!

Complete with five bonus Twinkle Toes mini-adventures, Twinkle Toes Lights Up New York is a great DVD for all of us who love to get our Twinkle on, and lots of fun for families to enjoy. We all know that Twinkle Toes was born to shine – and this DVD’s sure to bring even more lights, camera and sparkle into your twinkling world (and make it even more fun to dance around in your favorite Twinkle Toes shoes).

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MUST-DO MONDAY: GET OUTSIDE AND PLAY

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Spring finally arrived yesterday and we’re all hoping that means warmer days filled with sunshine are here to stay. After a winter cooped up inside, this is the time of year that encouraging outside play is an essential must-do for your kids. And setting the tone on this first Monday of the season will help build better play habits that carry through summer and beyond. Playing outside encourages creativity, drives social development and promotes physically active fun for growing boys and girls. Whether it’s tag with the neighborhood kids, organized sports, imagining a land of outdoor make-believe, or exploring nature with the family—the great outdoors opens up their worlds in ways not possible sitting in front of a TV, iPad or video game console. Wasn’t it so much easier before all those distractions? So be prepared as they might grumble at first, but make it your must-do to guide them, help them, convince them, even push a little if you have to…because going outside really is that important.

What was your favorite outdoor play activity growing up?  Let us know in the comments!

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Photos of Ava, Savannah, and Judah by Ruthie Ridley. To see more of her images, follow @ruthieridley on Instragram and check out her blog at ruthieridleyblog.com.

SPRING INTO KIDS 2016

Spring has arrived at Skechers! It’s time for bright colors, stand out designs and fresh new textures, which is exactly what Skechers delivers in our kids’ collections. We asked our style-savvy merchandisers to let us know the latest for little ones… check them out!

 

FOR GIRLS

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BOUNCE INTO SPRING

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The cheerful new Skech Air – Laser Lite showcases the traditional bouncy fun air pocket outsoles of our Skech-Air styles, with Skechers’ signature gel infused memory foam insole that will make a girl feel like she is walking on clouds. The ventilated Skech Knit mesh perfectly hugs the foot – and the shoe’s bright, vivid, fashion-right colors make this style a great addition to any girl’s spring wardrobe, comfort included!

 

A BURST OF FUN

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Warmer weather is the perfect time for outdoor play time, and every girl needs a “go-to” sneaker that will keep her comfy and looking extra cool. Skechers Burst (at Skechers Retail) is our newest lightweight lace-up – and the cool electric pink pops, flat knit mesh and Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam make it perfect for school, the park or a day out with family. And since this style is also available for adults, it’s the perfect opportunity for mommy-and-me matching. So sweet!

 

FALL IN LOVE WITH GLITTER

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Deliver dazzling looks, charming girly details and electric color pops in Twinkle Toes‘ new lace-up mid-top sneaker, Shuffles – Starlet Pose. Skechers’ signature lighted rhinestone toe caps get a fresh new update with glitter accents and stitched hearts! Bright metallic colors, a side zipper and fun laces give this lighted sneaker glitz and glamour that will make every girl fall in love. Pair up with some youthful fun and a sweet smile and you have a perfect combination for a lovely sparkling, spring day!

 

FOR BOYS

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GO BOLD AND BRIGHT

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The vibe is fun and carefree… vibrant colors are the big trend right now! Flashpods have all the bells and whistles, and with seven lights chasing and blinking with every step, he’ll love to blaze a vibrant trail in the Flashpod – Scoria.  Even better, the on/off switch on the side can deactivate the lights when needed. With the metallic stripe designs on the side panels and a vibrant translucent midsole panel, he will be photogenic anywhere he goes.

 

COOL FOR SCHOOL

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Fashion is the ultimate form of self-expression, and the Neutron sneaker serves as the perfect canvas for this trend. It can easily take boys from the classroom to the playground with hoodies and jeans. The ombre color effect mesh upper and unique 3D-printed overlays on front and sides is sure to cause a great reaction, thanks to its cool, sporty style.

 

A BOLT OF BLUE

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The future is now… and a technical fabric along with Skechers Gel-Infused Memory Foam plays well to this trend in the Fast Volt athletic sport sneaker. Complete with a dual-color mesh fabric upper and zig-zag strap, the Fast Volt trainer is designed for speed! It’s sure to add some high-intensity sport style to his look.

 

What Skechers Kids styles are your little ones wearing this spring? Tell us in the comments!

 

STAR WARS IS BACK IN THEATERS TODAY! CELEBRATE WITH OUR COOL NEW R2-D2 SNEAKER.

The day is finally here!  32 years after Return of the Jedi opened in theaters and a decade after Episode 3 premiered, we’ll finally be witnessing the continuation of the Star Wars saga on the big screen. And with last night’s early screenings some of you have already experienced it!  If you did, no spoilers please—we’re seeing it tonight in massive IMAX at Hollywood’s Chinese Theater where the classic trilogy films originally premiered. Can’t wait to catch up with Han, Chewie, Leia and Luke. And excited to see what’s in store for Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren and all the new characters. It really is the most amazing time to be a fan!

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens now open, we’re thrilled to share a debut of our own. We’ve always had a place in our heart for R2-D2, and now we’re Introducing the all new and totally cool light-up, talking R2-D2 sneaker! This adorable addition to the Star Wars Skechers collection lights up bright at every step and features a sound button that will play three different sequences of Artoo’s signature beeps. And for those times when quiet is essential, there’s an on/off button to silence the Astromech droid. Check out this video to see him in action!

The Star Wars: Damager III—Astromech is available now in kids’ sizes. So you can help satisfy your little one’s excitement for Star Wars this holiday season as the force awakens in theaters everywhere. Shop the entire Star Wars Skechers collection at skechers.com and stay tuned for more fun interactive styles coming early next year!

© & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.

PERFECT GIFTS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS

Holiday season means gift shopping time and with time running short and so much to do we have great easy last minute footwear ideas that the kids in your life are sure to love!  From lights to games to boots and more, there’s something here for every little one on your list.

FOR THE GIRLS

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The Twinkle Toes: Shuffles—Heart N Sole is the epitome of glittery cool. She’ll be the talk of the playground in this fashionable metallic high top with super trendy zipper details.  And the signature blinged out light-up Twinkle Toes shell cap adds an element of fun to everyday playtime.

Magical lights and sounds make Twinkle Wishes the perfect style for the young girls who love to enchant with whimsical flair.   The glittery colorful design will always look great and with a tap of the toes a sound and light show will brighten her holiday!

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Make winter bright with the Glamslam—Shine Time boot for girls. The glittery silver textured upper is Covered with mini sequins, the textured upper offers a fun look for snow days. And with a mid-calf height and warm-tech Skechers Memory Foam on the inside it’s sure to keep your ice princess comfy through cool weather.

FOR THE BOYS

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Get the boy ready for active play time in the new year with the Flex Advantage. This lace-up and super lightweight sporty sneaker offers an articulated outsole for full freedom of movement. And a gel-infused Skechers Memory Foam insole will keep him comfortable all day long.

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Blaze a trail and explore new lands with the Skechers Hot Lights: Damager II—Adventure shoe! It features a working compass on the upper so your young adventurer will stay the course and a bright button-activated color-changing headlight in the toe cap illuminates the darkest of caverns. With these fun shoes, adventure play begins the moment he slips them on!

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The popular and innovative Game Kicks brings interactive play to footwear with a fully functioning electronic memory game built into the shoe! Simply follow the pattern of sound and lights to win! Perfect for long car rides or boring waits, Game Kicks offers instant on-the-go entertainment. A shoe that’s also a toy—it really is the perfect gift that he’s sure to love!

Shop now because skechers.com guaranteed Christmas delivery deadlines are fast approaching! For standard shipping, orders must be placed by 3PM on Friday, December 11. The deadline for express shipping is 3PM PST on Tuesday, December 15. Or find your nearest Skechers retail store location here.

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