Kids

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!

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 of summer, we often find ourselves racing around like mad to get everything ready for the kids’ big day. What do you do to prepare?  We asked MEGLEEWEST fashion blogger and mom of three Meghan Westbrook how she plans her attack, and she had a lot of great ideas on how to stay organized and relieve potential first day jitters.

Shopping: Supplies and Clothing

As soon as the supply lists come in the mail, I hit the store immediately.  A lot of things sell out quickly and I want to make sure I get all the items on their lists with plenty of time to spare.  I try to purchase extra where it seems reasonable. Often teachers will ask for additional supplies throughout the year as they run out, so I’m one step ahead of the game when these lists get sent home and my items are ready to go.  It’s also good to have extra pencils, glue, and markers at home for school projects.  I can’t tell you how many times I learned this the hard way doing last-minute projects in years past that I didn’t have glue for, or tape for that matter!

As far as clothing, I keep things to a minimal to start.  Let’s be honest – underwear and sock restocks are first on the list!  A fresh couple pairs of PJs as we slide into the chillier evenings of fall somehow makes everyone “sleep” better (strange but true!).  We go through everyone’s closet and drawers and pull out anything that doesn’t fit so 1. we are decluttered and 2. we know what we have to start.  I like to take those items to a consignment store and get a little cash back in my pocket to help with the new items we’re about to shop for (cha-ching!).

Generally, I look for a couple pair of jeans, pants (leggings for my daughter and something easy to pull on for my son, such as joggers), a couple new tees that aren’t too summery (great to layer under long sleeved items), a couple tops with longer sleeves, a hoodie, as well as a fall coat and new backpack, if needed.   The most important item on my list though is SHOES!  Everyone needs new shoes – especially kids with their fast-growing feet!!  My kids require a great pair of gym shoes and then I like something a little more casual in addition to those, to give them variety.  Gym shoes in my opinion are the number one playground necessity!  I want them to be comfortable as they are running around (like when my daughter chases the boys) and provide support while they are in gym class.  My son will be looking snazzy and cool in his Burst – In the Mix Skechers.  My daughter will be equally fun and fresh in her Burst – Ellipse pair.  These are great choices as they both provide Air-Cooling technology and Memory Foam.

Haircuts

Haircut 2 - finalThis section is quite simple… your kids need haircuts!  I’m telling you.  Even if you cut their hair a few weeks ago, plan the back to school cuts 1-2 weeks before school starts.  Most often Picture Day happens in the first couple weeks, so what you think “looks good” now, will probably NOT look good in a couple more weeks, trust me.  I have mom-failed at this many times!  Make your appointments a month before school starts and set them for 1-2 weeks prior to the big day.  The earlier you call, the more appointment times you’ll have to choose from.  Don’t be left trying to fight the crowd or worse, wait until after school starts and fight your schedule and the kids’ new schedule!
My daughter and I hit the mall for her cut.  She has a hot pink streak in her hair that we get touched up every six months.  My boys, on the other hand, can head out with dad.  What a fun date day!  The girls can hit the mall and shop (win-win) while the boys can hit the barber and… well, do whatever it is that dudes do!  My guy will be heading out in style.  My hubby is sporting his Relaxed Fit – Palen – Nieto kicks with gel-infused memory foam.  My oldest is feeling as cool as daddy in his memory foam Outgo kicks!

 

Lunch Planning and Schedules

Why is lunch planning important?  Because I guarantee you your child does not eat the same thing today that he/she did last week.  OK, welcome to lunch planning.  I sit down with each child a week or so before school and talk about lunch items they had last year, things I have noticed them eating or not eating this summer, and go over expectations – both mine and theirs.  We brainstorm new lunch menus.  I want to make sure I am not heading to the grocery store buying items they won’t eat, but in fact getting items they have requested within reason.  If your kids buy hot lunch at school, you can turn this into dinner planning with the same concept.

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Additionally I like to go over their schedules as far as afterschool activities.  This way, everyone knows where they are going each evening if they do have an activity.  This also helps with dinner planning.  Lastly, I check the old containers and this is usually a good time to replenish the stock of sealed containers, purchase new water bottles and thermoses, as well new ice packs.  One last key item to bring this all together… a new lunchbox! Skechers even has their very own here.

Mornings are busy.  Keep things simple by finding something easy to throw on without taking the extra time to lace up while running out the door.  I’ll be sending my littlest off in his Lil Lad – Swagy soles.  My oldest will be confident in his Skechers Throwbax.  My daughter will be the talk of the bus stop in her Nebula – Prism Pop Skechers, and she wouldn’t have it any other way!  I’ll be keeping things easy and comfy in my air cooled, Flex Appeal 2.0 memory foam sneaks.

First Day Expectations

I like to get the kids back into a routine before the big day (or try to, anyway).  We hit Move-In Night at our school so they can meet their new teachers, find their lockers, and see their friends they’ve been missing all summer.  We review where other classrooms are and talk about the bus route if we have any changes for the new school year.  Taking a trip to the bus stop and reminding them to “BEHAVE – this is someone else’s driveway you’re standing in every morning” is always a plus!

Then there is that First Day outfit.  We choose our outfit a couple days before and get everything laid out and ready to go to make sure that first morning is a breeze, or close to it!  Do you take photos the first day?  We do.  I’ll admit they are usually lame with us all standing at the bus stop holding fingers in the air to show what grade everyone is in.  This year, I decided to get all Pinteresty and make signs.  OK, I bought signs, and I bought chalk.  Cute, simple, and reusable!  My little Princess will hopping her way to her classroom in her lighted Twinkle Toes – Shuffles – Sweetheart Sole.  My 4th grader’s stylin’ in those kicks he wore with dad earlier, Outgo.  And our little man’s just turning two, but he needs shoes to run around in as well – his Lil Lad – Swagy will allow him to do just that.

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Enjoy Summer!

This should be a no-brainer… ENJOY THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER!  You know it flew by.  Take time in these weeks before school starts to enjoy your time as a family.  Get the ice cream you’ve been promising all summer.  Hit up the local Farmer’s Market.  Go see that movie they’ve been waiting to see.  Take one last road trip if you can.  Hit up the park and have a picnic.  Spend the time with your children before school starts.  Continue to make the memories and build on the bonds you have created.  My husband is doing it all in his Oldis – Stound Skechers (at select Skechers retail stores) – they go with everything and make chasing little ones around a breeze.  I like to be stylish, but I also like comfort and mobility.  The Jitter Bug sandals (at select Skechers retail stores) give me the best of both worlds!

We all have our lists, our To-Dos, our plans.  Yes, there are things that need to get done.  I encourage you to get those items checked off your list quickly and efficiently as soon as you can so you can truly embrace the last days of summer.  Because let’s face it… next summer is a long ways away!  XOXO

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Photo of Meghan WestbrookMeghan Westbrook is the blogger of the fashion, beauty and style site, MEGLEEWEST. Check out her tips and pics of the newest trends, home decor and more at Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

 

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 everything from the latest gaming technology to roomy, cushioned comfort.

NITRATE – PULSAR

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The Nitrate – Pulsar pairs the latest looks with the future of technology: Skech Knit mesh makes this a nearly one piece upper (so huge seamless comfort for kids) and fresh new 3D printed details perfect for racing into school. Jump into an easy slip-on design with stretch laces and a comfy gel-infused memory foam insole, and you’re ready to go.

SKECH-AIR – TURBO SHOCKS

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Skech-Air – Turbo Shocks are perfect for guys on the go… these shoes look blazingly fast with a black and silver upper, combined with a bold and fearless dual translucent green and orange air cushion outsole. Boys will love racing on air in these sneaks! And moms and dads can take comfort in the athletic mesh fabric and gel-infused memory foam, which means all-day comfort for their feet.

RIVE

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Sleek, fast and vibrant, the Rive sneaker is a popular favorite with boys. An easy slip-on athletic with glossy overlays, orange pops and a cool white bottom that’s super-smart. Plus it’s made with comfy breathable mesh fabric to keep you fast on your toes.

DAMAGER – GAME KICKS II FIGHT

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Gamers unite: here’s a style that’s sure to captivate kids into the year… the shoe that you play! Boys love the Damager – Game Kicks II Fight sneaker’s airplane game feature. Complete with a metallic leather upper that’s reminiscent of an old school fighter plane, this shoe’s got lights, sound and even a remote game controller!

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Love our week’s top picks for boys and girls? Have some favorites of your own? Tell us in the comments!

 

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 our top picks!

SKECHERS BURST – EQUINOX

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We are really loving Skechers’ heathered jersey knit: not only is the look totally on-trend, the comfort is unbelievable… they’re so soft on your feet! This Burst – Equinox sneaker is no exception: from the upper to the air-cooled memory foam. The pink color pops give these versatile soles a fun burst of color, and the single strap and slip-on bungee lacing makes it easy for kids to jump in.

SKECH-AIR – STARDUST

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These brilliantly pink Skech-Air – Stardust soles are perfect for little ones who love to stand out… not only are they super-easy to throw on (thank you, stretch bungee!) but their comfy air pillow outsoles are totally unique… take a peek! They’re made of glittery purple stars – oh-so adorable, and perfect for running on (or showing off to friends).

TWINKLE TOES: SHUFFLES – SWEETHEART SOLE

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Metallics and quilted looks are huge this season, so what could be better than pairing the two together? Twinkle Toes heard the call: enter the Shuffles – Sweetheart Sole, so cool in quilted metallic canvas. The bejeweled buckles, rhinestone toe caps and flashing lights make these sneaks totally glam for BTS.

TWINKLE TOES: SHUFFLES – TWIRLY TOES

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Here’s a great limited edition style for fall: Twinkle Toes: Shuffles – Twirly Toes is a classic white sneak that’s totally glam and unique, thanks to the flashes of color and bling. It’s dressed up with glittery gold, ombre rainbow stretch laces, sequins and rhinestone gems. And it even lights up! LOVE.

Want to see the latest in boys’ styles? Come back on Thursday and check out Part Two of our top back-to-school trends series!

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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