Life & Style

STAY ON TIME WITH SKECHERS

Everyone loves the amazing footwear that Skechers has delivered for 25 years, but did you know we have a watch collection now as well?  You’ll never be running late again with one of these colorful and stylish timepieces on your wrist.  And depending on your mood, you can go analog or digital with options for all!  And with so many watches to choose from it’s easy to coordinate one with your favorite pair of Skechers shoes!  Find watches for both men and women today at skechers.com.


See above as blogger Yulia Leonardo adjusts an art frame while wearing the Skechers Rosecrans Mini and find more great images from her @dreamingofleonardo on Instagram. Tiffany of LittleMissDessa recommends the Skechers Lynngrove watch seen blow as a perfect gift. See and read more about her experience with it on her blog here.

If you lose track of time and want to style your look with a cool timepiece, checkout the Skechers watches collection today!  We want to see how you work it so be sure to tag #Skechers on Instagram when you show it off!

 

SKECHERS CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

Many of us are making plans for Earth Day tomorrow (from cleaning up parks and preserves, to simply being mindful of our impact on our environment) – and we as a company thought that a wonderful way to celebrate the natural beauty of our planet, would be to spotlight some of our styles in one of the world’s most beautiful epicenters.

We reached out to the ever-talented photographer Megan Costello, who gave us a gorgeous glimpse of life on the beaches of Oahu – and she put our styles right at the center of the action: everything from our sandals (Reggae – Decked Out, Reggae – Loopy and Upgrades – Sailin for her, Pelem – Emiro for him) to sneakers (Skech-Air – Element for her, Burst – Shinz for him).

Her images are a breathtaking, moving reminder of how captivating our planet is, and what we stand to gain when we take simple steps to preserve it.

We may not all live on a beach in Hawaii, but there is beauty in every corner of our world. Whether we’re going digital, toting personal grocery bags or riding our bikes a little more often, there are endless ways to start new habits that don’t just improve our planet, but also make us proactive, engaged participants in the world around us.

How are you making a difference on Earth Day and the days that follow? Tell us in the comments!

Megan Costello is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York City and Oahu. Specializing in surf, fashion and science content, she is the founder of Avalanche Vocals Productions and Fin the Journal. Learn more on her website avalanchevocals.com and follow her on Instagram.

COUNTDOWN TO SPRING: COMMENT TO WIN!

March is one of our favorite months of the year.  The sun starts to shine just a little bit brighter.  There’s still a brisk coolness to the morning air but longer days fill with hope as the budding colors of Spring begin to appear. Technically the season may not change until the 20th, but March helps us escape from the dark cold winter that we’re leaving behind.

But enough about us…we want to hear why this time of year makes YOU excited!  Tell us what you’re looking forward to most this Spring by adding a comment to this blog post and you could win a FREE pair of Skechers to get you through the warmer months ahead!  TWO winners will be selected from those who comment.  And don’t wait on this—the deadline is Friday, March 3 at 5PM PST.

And that’s not all!  There’s even more chances for you to win in our ongoing #SpottedinSkechers contest!  It’s easy to enter!  Simply snap a picture of you wearing Skechers this season and share it on InstagramFacebook or Twitter with #SpottedinSkechers for a chance to win a $25 Skechers gift card!  A winner is selected on each social channel every month.  We love seeing every photo and can’t wait to see yours!  If you’re not sure how to snap your Skechers—check out some recent winners in the gallery below!  Good luck and enjoy the sunshine!

Because we love seeing your pix SO MUCH…here’s a few more that didn’t take home a prize but we still found to be super cute!  Keep snapping images and don’t forget to tag #SpottedinSkechers!  You could be our next winner!

Complete rules for the blog comment contest are available here.   Additionally complete rules for the ongoing #SpottedinSkechers Sweepstakes are available here.

MUST-DO MONDAY: HEAD OUTDOORS

So technically, spring is still a month away – but we’re already dreaming about all the things we want to do when the weather gets warm (it could be the torrential rain we’ve been having out here – yes, I know that we West Coast folks need to toughen up)…

All jokes aside, it’s been a long, cold winter for many of us, and we can’t wait to get out and enjoy some gorgeous sun. So our motto is, head outside – rain, snow or shine! (We went to Hawaii for this photo!)

Make the most of this long weekend and enjoy the great outdoors – whether it’s up on a mountain, out on a beach or all over the city. Go for a bike ride or a stroll with a friend, breathe in the crisp winter air and enjoy every moment. It’s great medicine for your body, your mind and your soul (not to mention a bonus for those long-forgotten fitness resolutions). Sure, we may have winter for a month longer (thanks, Punxsutawney Phil) but a winter adventure has a charm all its own.

Shown above: the Burst – Positive Image high-top bootie.

BLOG TAKEOVER: STICK TO YOUR NEW YEAR’S GOALS IN FIVE STEPS

When it comes to taking life goals seriously, no one inspires our office better than Stress Monkee guru (and Team Skechers expert) Alicia Murphy! Here are her tips on how to continue your New Year’s Resolutions all year round.

Here we are, good ol’ January.  That time of year where many of us declare our unwavering commitment to making changes.

Yet, somehow when February rolls around (or maybe even sooner) we end up going right back to our old ways.

According to research (University of Scranton) only 8% of us achieve our Resolutions.  What gives?!

The problem isn’t a lack of information.  Nowadays, you can Google your way to being an expert in anything.

“If information were the answer, we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.” – Derek Sivers (On point, Mr. Sivers!)

But listen, if you’re starting to slip on your New Year’s Goals, don’t sweat it. Tomorrow is a chance to start again.

Aaaaand, I have a little something to help you out.

5 Steps to be one of the 8% who nails the New Year’s Goals:

STEP #1 – Go Slow to Go Fast

If you’re scratching your head wondering what in the world I’m talking about, check this out.

One of the biggest reasons we don’t reach our goals is because we take on too many changes at once.

We create a massive “to do” list of changes to reach our goals.

We try to make changes in all different areas.  Our weight.  Our health.  Our finances.  Our job.  Our relationships.

Phew!  I don’t know about you, but my life can get hectic.  Trying to keep up with all those changes in different areas can only last for so long.

Try this:

Focus on only one area of your life that you’d like to change at a time.

My favorite way to do this is have a “theme” each month.  Maybe January is weight loss month.  Then February is relationship month.  Then March is health month… and so on.

I know it seems like it’ll take longer, but doing it this way means the changes will stick.  You can totally reinvent yourself by this time next year!

Alicia works out in Skech-Air Cloud.

STEP #2 – Make It So Simple, You Can’t Say No

Okay, now that you’ve picked one area of your life, how do you make change happen?

You pick one thing that takes a small amount of effort, but will give you the most results.

By doing this, you’ll be taking some of the “pain” out of change.  Trust me on this one.

If you start small, you’ll build up momentum and you’ll start to see dramatic results.

Try this:

Think about the change you want to make happen, and then ask yourself, what is the ONE thing you can do that will get you results?  Remember, it’s got to be something that you know you can stick to.

Example: I want to drop 10 pounds.  What are some things I could do (that I know I could stick to) that will get me results?

Brainstorm time!  Write your ideas.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

– Eat veggies twice a day

– Drink 100 ounces of water every day

– Go to the gym 3 days per week (if this is your jam, check out this video for a quick workout)

– No sugar for 30 days

– No alcohol for 30 days

Make sure you pick only one thing. Master it and then move on to the next thing. Bam!

STEP #3 – Consistency is King

I seriously cannot emphasize this step enough.

The secret to success is found in your daily routine.

This is the biggest mistake I see people make when it comes to getting in shape.  They quit.

The ONE thing you chose in Step #2… stay consistent with it, and you will reach your goal.  It’s as simple as that.

We’re trying to create new habits here.  To do that, you must do something over and over again until it becomes natural.  And it will become natural if you stay consistent.

Try this:

Give yourself a time frame for your ONE thing from Step #2.

I recommend at least three weeks, but I like the idea of doing something for a whole month even better.

Example: “I will drink 100 ounces of water every day for 30 days.”

At the end of 30 days, if it still doesn’t feel natural, recommit and go again.

Alicia stretches in Skechers Burst 2.0 – New Avenues.

STEP #4 – Change Your Story

“…the body always follows the mind.” – Bruce Lee

How do you talk to yourself?

What “identity” have you labeled yourself with?

If you say things like, “Ugh, I’m so fat – I need to go to the gym,” then guess what… your body will believe it.

In other words, whatever you continually label yourself as, your body will work to make it true.

I’m stressed.  I’m tired.  I feel yucky.  I’m fat.

Stop the madness!!

Try this:

Who do you want to be?

Write it out.  Describe the person you want to be.  Then act “as if.”

Start to act as if you are already that person.

Taking our example from Step #3.

I am a healthy + fit person who drinks 100 ounces of water a day because it makes me feel amazing and I love it.

STEP #5 – Find Your Tribe

We are social creatures.  We long for connection (whether we know it or not).

You want to reach your goals?  Don’t go it alone.

Find others to go through the journey with you.  This is a crucial step; don’t be tempted to skip it.

Accountability and support are ridiculously important my friend, when it comes to change.

Try this:

Here are a few suggestions to “find your tribe.”

– Grab a friend who wants to make the same change you do. Hold each other accountable.

– Join a Facebook group.

– Tell a close friend or significant other your goal, and ask him or her to support you by holding you accountable.

– Declare your goal on social media. (This one doesn’t work for everyone, but it could be positive peer pressure!)

There you go… five steps to reaching your New Year’s goals.

Remember, each day is Day One.  If you slip up, just start again.

Let me leave you with this – you can do anything.  I promise.

Yes, change is hard, but if you can master the process, then you’ll be unstoppable!

On behalf of myself + Team Skechers,

We believe in you!

We’d love to hear from you in the comments below: what is the ONE change that you are going to focus on?

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Alicia Murphy is a fitness expert for people who want to get ridiculously fit by training their stress response. She also trains Team Skechers on site at their headquarters in Manhattan Beach, California.

Through her totally addictive HAPPYness Hours, free challenges + virtual programs, she’s here to help you shake up your approach to stress—and learn to use it as a tool to achieve your health goals. When she’s not coaching, you can find her running on the beach or hanging out at Disneyland with her son. Meet Alicia + transform stress into your SUPERPOWER at StressMonkee.com.

 

FIT TIPS FOR 2017

New year, new you! It’s that time again, when many of us make ambitious plans to get in shape. More than a few struggle to stick to it month after month – we all know how hard it is to balance those workouts with everything else going on in our lives! Approach your 2017 fitness goals differently this year and take a look at how some of our team plans to get in shape (and do their best to stay there)!

img_7852Joan – Be realistic! I make realistic fitness and nutrition goals like working out 3 times per week
(vs. 5 times) or not eating carbs after 2:00pm Monday through Friday (vs. every day). This way I can try to outdo myself rather than get discouraged by not meeting unrealistic goals.

Matt the Couch Potato – This year I’m going to limit the amount of alcohol I drink since it’s just empty calories.  I’m going to get up off the couch and walk around more…. maybe throw down some walking lunges or squats on the way out the door… carry a big water bottle with me all the time to get those crucial 64 ounces a day, minimum… and use it for bicep curls! Just remember to include some healthy moves and choices each day….

Brooklyn – My tips for staying healthy is to eat regularly but don’t eat too much at one sitting. A lot of people eat the most for dinner, but my tip would be to try and keep each meal even; if you need a larger meal, it should be for breakfast or lunch, not dinner.

Also, keeping a consistent workout schedule is key to maintaining a healthy body and mind. Set a goal and make it your priority – the longer you stay on track, the more it becomes a habit or routine and the easier it is to maintain.

img_7738Joey – New year, new workout plan. Best tips that help me are to 1) work out with friends and 2) switch it up. Working out with friends not only helps motivate me to go, but creates competition, so I work out a bit harder. By mixing it up, I don’t get bored with the same routines everyday. Also, it is important so your muscles don’t get used to the same exercises.

Lacey – When the days are shortest (and it’s really dark and cold for my 6AM workout days) I’ll go to sleep in my workout clothes so that I have to go when my alarm goes off.

Lola – Find a workout buddy and motivate them to continue with their fitness plan – and vice versa!

Jack – Running in a nice pair of lightweight shoes through the neighborhood around my place is what keeps me going through the holidays.

Pasquel – I try not to pay attention to anyone around me when the gym gets crowded after the new year.  I know what I need to do and I’m ready to be awesome.  It doesn’t matter what stage of fitness anyone else is at… I’m on a mission for me and me alone!

Dolores – my goal for 2017:

  1. Sweat 1x a day!
  2. Only eat until you are full. (eat slowly)

Ruth – my fitness inspo: Drink water as soon as you wake up in the morning. Before coffee or food. Sign yourself up for classes early so it forces you to go and get your money’s worth.

Selina – The get fit tip that has worked best for me is pre-planning, whether it be meal planning or planning out physical activity. I am much more motivated to eat healthy if I have meals ready to go rather than deciding what to eat just before every meal. It makes it easier to get to the gym when outfits are laid out in advance and the gym is planned into my schedule.

img_7815Mila – I love Seinfeld’s tip for getting stuff done; it applies to workouts too. Grab a calendar and marker, exercise a little every day and add an X over each day once you’re done. You’ll soon have a chain of Xs, and your only job then is to not break the chain (especially helpful for those times when your enthusiasm fades a few weeks in). It’s great way to stop focusing on the big goals and just stay committed to each and every day.

What tips do you have for getting and staying in shape this year? Tell us in the comments!

SHARE YOUR FAVE 2016 PAIR TO WIN!

Now that the holiday madness is coming to a close, we’re all taking some time to gather our thoughts and reflect on our wild, jam-packed 2016… and what was most important to us as a Skechers team was the incredible love and support that each of you gave us this past year. From connecting with us on our blog, social sites and skechers.com to visiting all of our stores, you’ve been great supporters, embracing our designs and sharing them with the world.

In tribute to all of you, we wanted to highlight some of your gorgeous photos, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being such amazing fans of our brand. As Skechers enters its 25th year in 2017, we can’t wait to continue this amazing journey with you and make next year our best ever (and share all the great new styles we’ve got in store)!

As our way of saying thanks, we’re sending off 2016 with one final contest: share your favorite 2016 Skechers style with us in the comments, and you could win a free pair of Skechers for 2017! We’re selecting TWO winners from the comments, and are choosing the winners tomorrow, 12/30 at 4pm PST… so don’t wait! You can check out our contest rules here.

And if you happened to snap more great photos in Skechers during your holiday trip, we’d love for you to share them on social for a chance to win a $25 Skechers gift card! We select a winner on each social channel every month, and can’t wait to see your latest pics. See our #SpottedinSkechers rules here for more info.

Hugs to each and every one of you as we start 2017 together… WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!

Top featured image by SMS 7stagram_o0 IG.

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