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HOWIE LONG GETS COMFORTABLE IN WIDE FIT

As fans everywhere get excited for the 2016 pro football season kickoff on Thursday night, we’re thrilled to launch our newest campaign with a legend from the sport both on the field and in the studio. That’s right…Pro Football Hall of Famer and sports commentator Howie Long has joined Team Skechers!

Howie’s pro football career spanned 12 seasons as defensive end in Oakland and Los Angeles with a championship win plus recognition on eight Pro Bowl teams and the 1980’s All-Decade team. After retiring, he joined the FOX NFL Sunday team at its debut in 1994 and has been a familiar face to millions ever since.

On location for his new Skechers Wide Fit commercial, Howie sat down with us in the airplane fuselage set and told us: “I’m excited to be joining the SKECHERS team and following in the footsteps of so many amazing athletes and stars who have appeared on their roster. From the field to the studio, I’ve spent a lifetime of Sundays on my feet, so it feels great to add some Skechers comfort to my wardrobe.” And check out this behind the scenes video for more from Howie at the shoot.

The Skechers Wide Fit collection is like a first class upgrade for your feet so it’s easy to understand why Howie Long finds them to be the perfect comfort footwear even when he’s wearing suits on set every Sunday.  Take a look at Howie’s final commercials below and be on the lookout for another football legend returning to Team Skechers very soon!

SUGAR RAY LEONARD RETURNS!

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is back in the ring in an all new commercial for the super comfortable Skechers with Air-Cooled Memory Foam footwear collection. Filmed on location near downtown Los Angeles, the shoot happened to be right around our favorite boxer’s birthday and of course we had to celebrate. Can you believe he has reached the ripe young milestone age of 60?

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Age means nothing to the star athlete who proved that he’s in far better shape than most people half his age—and certainly everyone else on set that day! Go behind the scenes with Sugar Ray as he explains how much he and his entire family love the comfort of the new collection. Plus, get word from the man himself on why he returned to boxing after originally retiring at 25 and his current focus in life.

As he explained to us, “I’ve been blessed in more ways than one and if I made an impact in the ring, I want to make an even bigger impact outside the ring by helping others!” These days Sugar Ray is making a difference through his Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation by raising awareness and funding research for pediatric type 1 & 2 diabetes plus promoting active lifestyles for kids. He has also appeared at the annual Skechers Pier-to-Pier Friendship Walk benefiting children with special needs and education.

We’re fortunate to have this motivated, fun and inspirational legend back in our corner on a new campaign. Check out Sugar Ray’s complete commercial for the Skechers with Air-Cooled Memory Foam below.  Watch and see why a man who understands the importance of footwork things Skechers is the undisputed champion of comfort. If you’re a fan, let us know your favorite Sugar Ray fight moment in the comments!

 

 

 

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!

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