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MUST DO MONDAY: BOND WITH A LOVED ONE

StairsWe all have those people on our hit list: the friends and family who fall under those phrases like “I should really give her a call” or “I haven’t seen him in forever.” Whether they’re old friends and relatives you never get to visit, or people you see every day like your spouse, partner or kids, we all feel like we should make more “we” time with those we love. Today’s the day!

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Reconnect with the person at the very top of your list with a call, email or text… or if you’re feeling adventurous, drop by for a visit. Plan a fun surprise outing together, or make it as simple as a walk in the neighborhood to enjoy some quiet time. Chances are, your loved ones have been thinking of you just as much, and would be thrilled if you beat them to the punch.

Who did you get to reconnect with today? Tell us about your visit in the comments!

Shown above: The women’s Microburst – Fluctuate sneaker and Microburst – Hyped Up slip-on in Navy, and men’s gray Equalizer 2.0 – True Balance sneaker and charcoal Equalizer 2.0 slip-on.

BLOG TAKEOVER: ON FATHERHOOD BY BEN RIDLEY

As we approach Father’s Day on the 19th, fashion and lifestyle blogger Ruthie Ridley lent us her husband Ben to share his thoughts on what it means to be a dad to their three beautiful children and give us some insight on his favorite footwear styles.


From a very young age I was always drawn to little kids and babies in particular. In our circle of friends I was known as the “baby whisperer”. So from a young age I could not wait to become a father myself. When people ask me what my dreams and goals are my answer usually begins with “I am living my dream right now”. Doing family well and creating a healthy environment for my kids to grow and thrive in is one of my greatest purposes in life.

I don’t think anyone could have properly prepared me for fatherhood. Looking back almost 7 years now, I think about how thankful I am that we were so young and naïve! Trust me; this is not always a bad thing. Our first born, Ava was a relatively easy baby and we bonded very quickly. Getting up and going to work each day was torture for me as I couldn’t wait to get home and snuggle with my baby and beautiful baby’s mama. This is still true to this day. I discovered uncharted depths of my heart and continue to be amazed to this day how much more my heart can expand with love for my little people. Another amazing thing about becoming a father is the perspective that it gives you. I have become that dad that could talk about nothing else other than their children. They have become our world.

From the beginning of our marriage, Ruthie and I have juggled a very rigorous schedule ranging from myself being in school full time, Ruthie working nights, coaching soccer and being very active in our church and community to name a few things. The art of tag-teaming and supporting one another has been a daily theme in our lives. When we are not working, we try to spend as much quality time together as we can outside of the house. The kids love to swim and we are fortunate enough to live close by to a California Family Fitness which we go to almost every day. The deal we make with the kids is, we work out for 1-2 hours and then we get to swim. The Burst sneakers have made an excellent addition to my gym apparel and I have been amazed at how supportive they are. After my work out I love being able to throw on my new Relaxed Fit sandals which not only look good but feel great as well. We love this summer routine and have found it to be a win for everyone!

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When choosing shoes to wear I am always so happy when I find a pair that combines style with comfort. The Skechers Originals sneaker seen in these pictures provides just that. They have become my “go-to” shoes for our daily walks as a family with our new puppy but also for my every day casual look. One of the many ways that I can show love to my kids is the way that I love their mother. With that being said, Ruthie and I try to sneak out for date night as often as we can, whether it is $5 Tuesday at the local theater, or grabbing Sushi and a romantic walk around downtown Sacramento, especially around the Capital building. When it comes to casual, the Relaxed Fit shoes are such a great look. They have also helped me branch out from the one pair of black dress shoes that I wear to work every day. It’s so important for us to spend quality time together and hit the refresh button so that we are always at our best for our kids because that is exactly what they deserve.

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Dad in Skechers Burst – Second Wind with kids in the Twinkle Toes Granola Hugger sandal, leather Relaxed Fit: Maddox high top and the Skechers Burst – Divergent high top.


In closing, if I could offer any piece of advice to a new father, or a soon to be father, I would say, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Know that you are your kid’s hero, but you are also human. When it comes to love, lead by example and know that you can never say “I love you” enough. And lastly, even little kids love small talk. So start and end each day in conversation and create an environment in which they know all lines of communication are always open. Live each day like a gift, because that’s exactly what it is.

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When not hanging out with Ruthie, Ava, Savannah, and Judah, Ben works in health care and practices real estate in Northern California where the family has lived for the past three years. He was born in the UK, grew up in Connecticut, and spends as much free time as possible playing golf and soccer. You’ll see Ben occasionally on Ruthie’s blog at Ruthieridleyblog.com. Follow @ruthieridley on Instagram and Facebook to see more images.

TOP SUMMER STYLES FOR GUYS

Summer’s right around the corner, and men’s footwear is hotter than ever. Guys are becoming savvy with what they wear and it doesn’t stop at their apparel; it’s all about head-to-toe ensembles. Check out our men’s merchandiser’s latest looks for versatile Skechers styles that can complete every guy’s look: soles great for kicking back at the beach, taking in a summer flick and everything in between.

 

SKECHERS RELAXED FIT – TANTRIC – SALMAN SANDAL

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This frayed cotton sandal is the perfect accompaniment for the beach.  With Relaxed Fit features that offer instant comfort, a roomier fit and a Memory Foam 360 insole, you won’t want to take them off!  Shown in Black; also available in Brown and Gray.

 

SKECHERS SPORT EQUALIZER – PERSISTENT SLIP-ON

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Skechers Sport Equalizer is our easy, everyday go-to shoe.  Skechers Memory Foam and Dual-Lite response cushioning make it like your favorite sweatshirt.  This best-selling style is the shoe you can buy in multiple colors – including Navy (shown), Black, Black/Gray, Black/White, Gray, Charcoal and Navy/Gray; extra wide is also available in Black.

 

SKECHERS RELAXED FIT – EXPECTED – AVILLO CASUAL

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It’s all about canvas.  What better way to follow the trend than to slip into our Relaxed Fit slip-on with Skechers Memory Foam?  The weathered appearance of the canvas makes it stylish, and you can pick your color in Black, Blue or Khaki (shown).  Available in extra wide, too!

 

SKECHERS RELAXED FIT – STATUS – BORGES CASUAL

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A simple, classy canvas lace up is a great option if you want something understated with all the benefits of our Skechers technology.  Relaxed Fit air-cooled memory foam will have your toes dancing for joy.  Available in Navy (shown) as well as Black, Light Gray, Red and Olive.

 

SKECHERS RELAXED FIT – SUPERIOR – MILFORD CASUAL

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If you’re looking for a great shoe that can be both casual and dressy, look no further.  The Milford is a great shoe because it has a great tonal look with mesh and suede.  Relaxed Fit and Skechers Memory Foam should put it at the top of your must-have list.  Shown in Light Brown; also available in Charcoal and Black.

 

SKECHERS GOWALK 3 – BREAKER SLIP-ON

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We’re known for our technology, and this lightweight Skechers GOwalk slip-on shoe doesn’t disappoint. It features a stylish linen upper and Goga Mat technology, along with shock-absorbing Goga Pillars for more support and comfort. You’ll be going like never before!  Available in Khaki (shown), Navy and Charcoal.

Which is your top pick for summer? Tell us below!

URBAN RETRO WITH SKECHERS ORIGINALS

We recently debuted the all new Skechers Originals collection with a splashy Meghan Trainor commercial that featured the pop star dancing in a swanky club to the sounds of her hit single, “NO.”  That cool urban club was the ideal backdrop to launch the retro sneaker collection because these fun sneakers pair perfectly with the contemporary casual style of those who spend their lives in the city. Every pair features an Air-Cooled Memory Foam insole to ensure that you’ll be comfortable even standing on a long G-train ride from your place in Red Hook to that new hot spot in Williamsburg.

For women, bright and unique colors and patterns help drive a distinctive look that feels at home against creative graffiti popping through the sometimes drab summer landscape of brick, cement and asphalt. Select styles even offer a hidden wedge for a little extra height to give you an advantage in the crowd the next time your favorite local band sneaks in a surprise set at a busy neighborhood block party.

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Part of the appeal of the OG line is that many styles offer a unisex look that could look great on anyone.  And the men’s collection includes a lot of neutral colors perfect for lounging outside a cafe or watching the action at the corner basketball courts.  Worn with any variety or color of denim, whether you’re headed uptown, downtown or crosstown, these sneakers will get you through that lazy Sunday in any borough.

The Skechers Originals collection is available now with more styles on the way. Shop the collection for women and men, and share your favorite Skechers Originals looks on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with #MTrainSkechers.

MUST-DO MONDAY: THE SUNSHINE BECKONS

1Longer days.  Warmer weather. And most importantly…springtime sunshine!  This is the season to be outside and get your necessary dosage of vitamin D.  The darkness of winter has ended, so enough with the excuses!  Each and every one of us is busy, so it’s not about finding the time.  It’s about making the time.  And it’s easier than you think.  Go for a walk when you just need to take a break from the job. Not only is a great way to clear your head, but that time outside will energize you for the rest of your day.  Eat your lunch outside.  Too many of us eat a meal at our desk or the cafeteria but it’s important to get away if only for a short time. The change of environment helps relieve stress and sun will help with your mood. Join or coach a sports team.  Transition some of your leisure activities to be outdoor-focused…it’s better than sitting at home spending even more time in front of a computer. Or if you have little ones, volunteer to coach or help out rather than dropping off the kid and running an errand.  It’s the perfect two birds with one stone scenario.  Just get outside, have fun, and feel better each day.  It really is that important.  Check out Dr. Oz for four benefits of vitamin D and don’t forget the sunscreen if you’ll be out more than 20 minutes!

OZZIE SMITH LACES UP IN RELAXED FIT

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When it comes to baseball, “Opening Day” is such a big event that it now stretches across two entire days! After a few match ups yesterday, the season truly and fully kicks off today. These are the spring days filled with hope for players and fans in every major league city. With 162 games yet to go, every team still has an equal statistical chance to play into October. It’s also the perfect day to launch a campaign starring the newest member of the Skechers Relaxed Fit team—legendary Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith!

Ozzie’s debut Skechers commercial premiered Sunday. In the spot, the former player compares his trademark double play skills with the style and comfort found in the Relaxed Fit footwear collection. We caught up with Ozzie to ask him his thoughts on Skechers:

“I’m excited to be working with Skechers on this campaign because they make some of the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. I’ve been a fan of the brand for years, and I love how Skechers Memory Foam feels so relaxing on my feet.”

Check out the new commercial below and visit skechers.com for the latest styles in the comfortable Relaxed Fit footwear collection for men!

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GET SET FOR THE BIG GAME

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Whether you’re a hard core Denver or Carolina fan, ready to pick a side for the day because it wasn’t your team’s year, or you’re just in it for the commercials and party, this Sunday ranks up there with the most American of holidays…a celebration of sport and football on the surface, but really an excuse to invite over all your friends and throw the biggest party of the year so far. Then you can sit back and relax in a pair of comfortable Skech-Air Infinity sneakers.

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You probably have the basics sorted by now. A wide variety of drinks of course are a given. You’ve got your chips and dips. Fresh veggies and more dips. Crackers, cheese…and even more dips. (That’s a lot of dips!) But if you want to really step up your party game, you’ll need to do more prep. A favorite game time snack is buffalo wings—but to do it right we’re not talking the frozen stuff that comes in a bag. Make a few batches of fresh wings from scratch and you’ll have people talking about it well after the trophy ceremony after the game. Alton Brown’s recipe is a great foundation to start with that will ensure your final product is perfectly crispy and tasty. His steam render then baking on a wire rack technique has won rave reviews. Then, when they’re done, you can tailor the sauce to add your own personal flare. Serve them up with blue cheese dressing (technically not a sauce) and they’ll be gone by halftime.

The best parties are about more than just the snacks! Lace up your Relaxed Fit shoes and get outside to toss the pigskin. If you’ve got a few generations of friends and family over, you can even play your own version of the game with dad in the old school soon-to-retire veteran role vs the hotshot twentysomething QB with the new school does-it-all mentality. Get the kids involved too! If the game on TV is a blowout, this might be more fun than watching!

Let us know your big game party secrets in the comments! And don’t forget to tell us who you’re rooting for this year!

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