Kids

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!

JUMP INTO SPRING WITH SKECHERS KIDS

As much of the country continues to thaw out from the late season blizzard earlier this week, it could be hard to comprehend that the spring season is only a few days away.  Of course kids are the most eager to get outside no matter what and despite the chill in the air, spring arriving on March 20 will signal that warmer weather will help the north and east catch up to the more moderate temperatures already spreading across the south and west.

When boys and girls start bouncing back to the playground, it’s important that they’re feeling amazingly comfortable as they jump, climb, slide and play. And a pair of lightweight sneakers that features a soft Skechers Gel-Infused Memory Foam insole is perfect for the season. For girls, the delightfully colorful and bright Skech Appeal – Rainbow Runner is a go-everywhere pair that’s cool, sporty and totally fun. And for boys, the athletic slip-on Skech-Train offers an easy-to-wear closure for little ones on the move. Both include our signature plush Skechers Memory Foam that kids love.

And these two are just a few super comfy options for kids that feature squishy, squashy and super comfy Skechers Memory Foam!  From sporty styles to light up shoes to everything in between there’s a Skechers Kids style for every boy and girl so check out the full collection on skechers.com to find a perfect pair.  And because we want to make sure you’re excited for spring—even if the cold hasn’t moved away yet…we’re giving away several pairs of Skechers on Monday to ring in the new season!  Check our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages at NOON PST to learn how to enter! 

 

KIDS’ HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

The holiday season is in full force! We cannot get enough of all the new adorable trends for kids this season, and have so many adorable winter looks for little ones (cozy knits, emoji-themed sneaks, colorful soles and an awesome holiday must-have that’s flying off shelves – Energy Lights)! Read on to see the latest…

HOT FOR HOLIDAY

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Energy Lights rechargeable sneakers are one of our hottest trends for kids and teens – take a look and you’ll see why! Boys and girls have been pouring into our stores demanding these (we even have adults trying to get a pair). Whatever your favorite light shade – red, green, blue – this street style can change colors and modes, run for hours, and quickly charge up to hit the streets all over again. These make the perfect gift!

SNOW STOMPERS

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Way back when, Skechers started out as a utility boot brand – and these Mecca – Mitigate boots for boys and girls have been a cute classic for years (they’re better than ever now with comfy Skechers Gel-Infused Memory Foam insoles). These are perfect for trekking around the playground and looking all-around adorable during winter break and beyond.

GONE IN A FLASH

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For younger boys, these S Lights: Hypno-Flash sneakers have been a big seller. We love how great they look for day as well as night – the cool lime and black fusion ombre design, and the sweet-looking outsole. With features moms and dads love (easy-on Z-straps) as well as kids (cool flashing lights) you can’t go wrong with these.

CUTE TO BOOT

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Belle of the ball! Girls absolutely love these Twinkle Toes: Glamslam – Lil Lovelies boots – how could they not? Cozy cuteness, aqua pom-poms and glittery hearts make these soft suede, sweater knit and faux fur booties tops on every girl’s list. A sure hit for her first week back in school in 2017!
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OMG – we ❤ ❤ ❤ these!! Emojis are all the rage – and these Twinkle Toes: Shuffles – Expressionista sneaks are right on-trend. Little girls will love expressing themselves in these fun and fearless Twinkle Toes emoji sneaks – decked out with glitter, satin and bling.

SO COOL FOR SCHOOL

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Icy aqua is still a popular trend, and these Skech-Air Deluxe sneakers are such a fresh and cool take on the shade! They’ve got subtle pink pops and silver details that we just love. Plus girls will love walking on actual air in the midsole (and the soft air-cooled memory foam). This is a perfect style that she can use everywhere she goes, from home to school.

Need to grab a few more gifts for men and women on your holiday list? Check out our top winter trends for him and her – and let us know your favorite kids’ styles in the comments!

BLOG TAKEOVER: LITTLE SOUTHERN LIFE LIGHTS UP HALLOWEEN

Skechers lights for Halloween night! Amanda of Little Southern Life gives us an inside look on how she makes this spooky holiday so special for her kids, from head to toe.

This time of year is so much fun for our family. Not only do we get to do more out in the community, but I get to be creative with my little ones. With colder temperatures and fall colors comes the search for the perfect Halloween costume. I love the pre-made choices, but also have so much fun with the do-it-yourself flashes of brilliance. And of course, there’s the candy!

One of the finds I’m most excited about this year is Skechers’ line of light-up children’s shoes. Aside from the fashion statement they will make stomping to their hearts’ content, I know my little ones will be visible and easy to find in the hustle from house to house.

There are perks to buying a pre-made or DIY costume, so it really boils down to what type of work you want to put into it. When your kids are really specific about what they want to be, I vote to just purchase a pre-made from the store and save yourself the stress. This year, Nolan was very outspoken about the costume that he wanted. He is obsessed with superheroes and especially loves the Dark Knight – Batman! He also likes army men, so I decided to let him rock two. We go to several fall festivals and parties, so he will get use out of them before trick-or-treating as well.

Harper decided that she wanted to be a princess, and with so many choices she couldn’t decide on which princess, so I decided to make her a DIY costume. This was such a fun activity for me because I knew just the staples to use for her outfits. June and January just released their new pieces and they are all basic styles that work really well when making DIY costumes. I also decided to give her a second costume (there’s no way she would ever let it go if Nolan had two and she only had one). The June and January jumper works perfectly for a rocker look!

I paired both of the children’s outfits with the Skechers light-up sneakers. Coordinating the right shoes with Halloween costumes is fun and easy with so many styles and colors to choose from. Skechers’ light-up shoes enhance the children’s costumes, and help me keep track of them while they are trick-or-treating. And light-up shoes excite all children, so it’s a win-win both during and after Halloween.

For Nolan’s Batman costume we went with S LIGHTS: FLASHPOD – SCORIA. These have white lights along the bottom when he takes a step or stomps his feet (mostly stomping, because he enjoys watching them light up). Every time they light up, it makes him feel even more like a super hero. Nolan has had so much fun already that he has decided to forgo his name this week and only answer to “Batman!”

The shoes he is wearing with his army costume are HOT LIGHTS: DAMAGER II – ADVENTURE 2.0 and they have buttons that you press to light up each shoe. The lights change colors if you press the button twice and stay on until you turn them off. When Nolan is pretending to be an army man, the light comes in handy for his covert missions, along with the compass that is on top of each shoe.

Harper has the Skechers Twinkle Toes shoes for both of her costumes. For her princess costume, we went with TWINKLE TOES: SHUFFLES – STARLIGHT STYLE. These are gold with pink bows and gemstones on the toes that light up when you move in them. They really do look like princess shoes; she always asks to wear them when she plays dress up!

For her rocker look, we went with Skechers’ high-top Twinkle Toes. TWINKLE TOES: SHUFFLES – SWEETHEART SOLE immediately caught my eye when I was looking for shoes for her costume. This style screams punk rock chick, and are really edgy but girly at the same time. She loves the sparkles and they are pink, her favorite color.

No matter what costume your little one decides to wear for Halloween, light-up Skechers are the way to go for footwear. Not only do they add a fun pop to any outfit, they make it easier to keep up with your child in a crowd. Nolan and Harper love wearing them in the dark and giggling at the cool light that comes from their shoes. I love that they get excited about their sneakers and are involved in their own style!

Learn more about Amanda’s Little Southern Life with her beautiful family on her blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

BLOG TAKEOVER: FALL MOMMY AND ME STYLE

As we transition into autumn, we asked Laura Boswell of Walking in Memphis in High Heels for some seasonal style thoughts for mom and daughter.

I work all day Monday through Friday, so come weekend, it is mine and Leighton’s favorite time to get out and about together! As soon as the clock hits 8AM, Leighton is up. I am usually already ready in my favorite running gear and my Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 sneakers. Once she gets up, it’s off to our favorite park in the stroller! Our absolute favorite place to be is outdoors. We do lots of running, strolling and of course we squeeze in some time on the playground too. Leighton’s Skech Appeal – Fabtastic sneakers are perfect for our fun morning out and about together.

This past weekend it was still hot (like summer weather hot!) so we still got to dress in our favorite summer outfits complete with a Skechers Originals slip-on for me and a cute Twinkle Toes moccasin for her. I love how easy these shoes are to throw on. Come Saturday and Sunday I am all about comfort after dressing up for the corporate world. There is nothing easier than sliding on a pair of comfy shoes and jeans to chase your toddler around. ; )

Fast forward to this week, and it finally feels like fall! Like most everyone, fall is my absolute favorite time. It’s when my husband and I started dating, got engaged and when Leighton was born. It just brings about so many special memories. My other favorite part of fall is the fashion. I love living in warm cozy layers and boots. I’m actually even keeping my fingers crossed for a little snow come winter just so I can pull these adorable Skechers Duck boots out even more. Now I’m just waiting on Leighton’s feet to get a little bigger so I can get her some big girl boots too!

You can usually find me and Leighton at the park strolling, babywearing, riding bikes or doing something outdoors. It is definitely our escape and our way to spend special mom and toddler time. Thanks for spending a little time with me and Leighton today, and I hope everyone has a great October!

Check out Laura’s blog—Walking in Memphis in High Heelsfor style tips and fashion inspiration. And be sure to follow and like her on InstagramTwitter and Facebook to see more of her latest seasonal looks.

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET

School supplies… new clothes… and of course, the latest Skechers styles for school! As we prep our kids for BTS, we thought we’d get some tips from one of our favorite moms: Brooke Burke-Charvet. The busy Skechers ambassador, fitness guru, entrepreneur and mom of four tells us how she manages the BTS frenzy with her big brood, and what it takes to juggle school with everything else on her plate.

The new school year is here!  Do you have any tips on how to prep for the chaos that surrounds back to school?

bye-bye-summer-igI think it’s important to get really organized.  You have to try to gradually get your children back into a routine – including bedtimes. I like to do a lot of shopping online. Of course, I have all of the Skechers lined up for fall! I also set goals during the summer so the kids aren’t cramming and trying to develop new habits in the chaos of back to school; they read a couple chapters a day from easy, age-appropriate books. I think one of the keys is finding material that children can respond to, that they’re personally interested in. We also make it family time – I get into bed and read at night while my children are reading beside me, which makes it more enjoyable.

How do you make sure that your kids balance their activities with their schoolwork?

I’ve learned to listen to each child and make adjustments along the way. My son plays soccer, baseball and basketball and he’s able to manage that – but he’s going into third grade, so it’s a little bit easier at that stage in life. My nine-year-old’s a dancer, and there have been semesters in her life where she’s had to put her practice on hold to keep up with schoolwork. With my teenagers, it’s a matter of the homework and school load, and finding that balance with extracurricular wishes. I don’t ever like to have my kids overly stimulated. I like to figure out what’s just enough for them so they can manage their school load. It’s really about finding that sweet spot of balance for each child, and it’s different for all of them.

Any tricks that you use at home to keep the kids organized?
One of the great things that I learned from an elementary school teacher and have used since my older daughter was in second grade is a homework box. It’s great for young kids, and it’s really simple. You get a box and you put all of the school supplies in there, everything from glue to scissors to crayons to pencils and markers – anything a child needs at that particular age. So when they sit down to do their homework, they pull out the box, have all their supplies, and they’re not getting up five times. There are no distractions. And it’s been so helpful. It encourages them to be self-sufficient and get organized.

whiteboardI also just painted my daughter’s wall with whiteboard paint so that she can write out all of her schedules – we painted a certain area and she’s got dry erase markers so she can schedule and add little reminders, which eliminate all the post-it notes.

As a working mom, I use a weekly tear-away calendar pad that I love – it’s basically a big seven-day calendar because I feel like with monthly calendars, you can’t fit in much stuff.  On Sunday night, I map out everyone’s schedule for the week: times, school, drop off, pick up, who’s doing what – it’s usually me when I can, but without that visual list, the household cannot run properly.

On Saturday night, I tear the last week off, throw it away and start a new week. It’s a tear-away pad that stays at home, but it’s big enough that I can organize everything on there.

You’re a fitness icon for a lot of women. Do you share your love of fitness with your kids?

Yes, I really do believe in family fitness. And I try to lead by example. My oldest daughter is a varsity cheerleader which takes up a lot of time, but it gives her a sense of loyalty and leadership at school, so that’s really great. Two of my daughters dance. My son plays every sport. My nine-year-old rides horses. It’s really about figuring out what’s enough, what’s too much – and introducing them to a lot of different things.

You come up with simple but fantastic ways to stay organized.

One of my favorites is that I set the breakfast table at night before I go to bed. It helps because with tired kids, nobody can make a decision in the morning, and we’re all rushing. I set it up at night and figure out what everybody wants – that way, I know they’re starting their day out right with a great breakfast. Some days it might be a smoothie on the road when we’re on the go, so I’m at least getting some nutrition in – but on a good day when the table’s set the night before and I know what everybody wants, it’s one less thing for me to do. I can get up a little earlier and get them set up.

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Speaking of food, how do you pack healthy school lunches?
It’s really tricky. I try to pack the good part of the lunch boxes the night before. I do healthy snacks, but also let them have something enjoyable, because every kid wants something yummy that someone else is packing. I have a snack drawer with packaged goods because you can only do so much, it has to be convenient – so maybe it’s healthy chips, a protein bar, granola bar, popcorn, seaweed – but it’s easy stuff they can grab. They get one of those, and they choose a fruit.

final-1Some days, I make chicken fried rice, a sandwich on whole wheat bread, or even chicken taquitos that I heat up in the morning and put in heat-saving containers. Every mom knows that half the stuff comes home anyway. Don’t throw it away, bring it home! If it comes home, I know you didn’t dig it. If you throw it away and your bag comes home empty, I’m clueless as to what you do and don’t want. I think the most valuable thing to being successful as a parent is communication: talking, tweaking and listening. We don’t get the information we need unless we ask the right questions.

I also have a little snack bag or cooler in my car for drinks and snacks. Every mom knows you pick up a starving child from school – I don’t care what they’ve eaten or what you’ve packed for them, they are cranky and they are hungry. Hangry is one of my favorite terms… there is nothing worse than a hangry mom and a hangry child! So I always have something like popcorn, nuts, a bar. And drinks like a cold ice tea or a lemonade to hydrate them.

How do you connect with your kids after a long day at school?

One of the things I’ve learned about raising older kids: you pick them up, you haven’t seen them all day, you’re dying for a conversation, you ask them a bunch of questions, and you get completely shut down or blown off. I used to wonder, what’s up with that? I’ve learned to pick up my older children, not say a whole lot and let them decompress. Like, hi – how was your day. Stop, listen, wait. The truth is that teenagers need a moment to let go of the stress of their day. And when my daughter has decompressed for a moment, she’ll engage. Just hitting the pause button and being patient and being more open to listening than drilling is really helpful.

With little ones, we use dinner as a time to connect. We’ll play a little game like “tell me the worst part of your day and the best part of your day.” Because if you just say “What did you do at school?” it’s so vague. If I can tap into specific questions with my kids later in the day, they love to share something crazy, something quirky, something terrible, something amazing. They love that. And that really inspires conversation. So creative questions help get our dialogue going.

Huge thanks to Brooke Burke-Charvet for all of her great advice! What techniques do you use to get your kids back to school?

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!

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