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BLOG TAKEOVER: COLDWEATHER STYLE FOR MEN

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With crunchy leaves on the ground and cooling weather spreading across the country, it’s not hard to notice that we’re deep into the Autumn season. The Windy City can experience extremes of every season so we asked Chicago-based lifestyle writer Kyle Hocking to share a few looks perfect for this time of year.

LOOK ONE: Autumn Beach Walks

Hands down my favorite part of fall are the boots. You can never have too much. Black and brown is one of my favorite color combos and these brown leather Mark Nason Barnsley boots pair perfectly with these black fitted chinos. The only struggle I ever have with boots is getting them off. Even more so after a long commute home in the city on a freezing night. These boots have a side zipper, ideal for easy take-off. Plus – they go with everything.

LOOK TWO: Saturday Morning Workouts

There is nothing I like more than a simple workout shoe or sneaker. Something that goes with everything. Every color, pattern and style. The Skechers Burst – Second Wind sneaker does just that. No matter what outfit I have on – they can always be the go to shoe for early morning walks, jogs and gym routines in the crisp autumn air. They also may be the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn.


Kyle Hocking is a lifestyle writer focusing on menswear, fitness and travel. His goal was to help fill a gap in men’s style coverage – everyday tips for the casual guy. His notes on lifestyle and fashion are meant to inspire and help keep it simple. Follow Kyle on Instagram @kylehocking to keep up with the latest styles and trends. Kyle is also a contributing writer for GQ and Virgin America.

 

 

MEN’S HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

The holiday shopping season is on… hit the ground running! Grab your list and beat the rush with this easy cheat sheet on the most popular athletic, casual, comfort and boot styles for men.

MAN’S BEST FRIEND

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You probably didn’t know it, but your friend has some major Skechers envy. Let him in on your secret and gift him a pair of Lanson – Rometo casuals for the holiday. They’re comfortable, they’re versatile, and he’ll live in them all year long. A Classic Fit® made with smooth leather and scuff-resistant man-made materials on a cushioned Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam comfort insole and flexible siped rubber traction outsole.

OUTDOOR BOUND

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For the no-nonsense outdoor type, these classic black Resment – Aleto boots offer the latest Relaxed Fit® comfort technology and go-with-everything style. They simply feel amazing, thanks to a padded collar and tongue, soft lining, roomy design, shock-absorbing midsole and full-length Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to keep an extra pair for yourself. In smooth or smooth soft nubuck leather.

TEE OFF IN STYLE

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For the golfer in your life, the Skechers GO GOLF Elite 2 – LX shoe is a perfect match, on and off the green. Help him elevate his game all year in style with this high performance shoe – designed with a waterproof full-grain premium leather upper, spikeless comfort traction outsole, a durable TPU plate and 5GEN® midsole for traction control.

HIGH-TECH TRAINERS

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Know anyone who’d love to get fit in the new year? Help them stick to their resolutions with these high-tech Skechers GOrun 400 trainers. The Skechers GOrun 400™ is cushioned and lightweight, designed with a highly responsive 5GEN® cushioning midsole, shock-absorbing Goga Run® insole, GOimpulse sole sensors and breathable mesh that will level up every indoor and outdoor workout.

WALK ON

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If hard core workouts sound like a drag to your best buddy, treat him to a sporty, relaxed walking experience with the Skechers Equalizer – Forward Thinking sneaker. Designed for casual walking and easy style, this shoe’s soft heathered jersey upper, easy slip-on design and cushioned Skechers Memory Foam insole and flexible traction outsole will have him cruising everywhere in comfort.

 

CLASSIC’S BACK

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For the style aficionado, the Mark Nason Brubeck brogue oxford is on an entirely new level. Polished and sophisticated, this timeless style’s a perfect wingman for a night out on the town – and it’s cushioned with an ultra-comfortable Skechers Memory Foam insole, so your friend’s feet will feel as good as he looks. Smooth leather upper.

Have some women on your shopping list who’d love a new pair of shoes for 2017? Come back on Wednesday and check out our top women’s holiday picks!

BLOG TAKEOVER: LIFE ON CAMPUS

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Finding your way as a first time college student at a new school can take time and effort. As one of our favorite Skechers team members is just over a month into her third year at Stanford, we asked her to give us some insight and tips on surviving campus life and how Skechers fits in to her Fall Semester. 

In October on campus, it can be especially hard to dress correctly for the weather when it’s freezing in the morning, 80 degrees by the afternoon, and anywhere in between in the classrooms! Ankle booties like the Skechers Lovely keep you warm in the mornings and during cold classes, but allow for ventilation when it heats up. Light sweaters are crucial for layering during this transitional time of year, and they’re especially versatile when thrown on over a breathable tank top.

October is also a time when you might feel a lull in motivation after getting settled into the swing of things on campus. So try to remember the excitement you had at the beginning of the semester! Maybe you’ve stopped writing down your assignments or meetings in your calendar, or maybe you never had one to begin with. Maybe your exercise routine has fallen flat as you’ve become busy with other commitments. As fall kicks into full gear, take the time to review your habits and make sure you’re still doing your best to stay organized.

The leather Relaxed Fit Palen – Demore for men or the burgundy Skechers Originals OG 82 for women deliver on comfort through long study sessions.

Here are some of my favorite study tips to ensure success in class:

  • Get a planner or use the calendar in your phone!
  • Schedule when you are going to do which homework. Even if you don’t get to the exact assignment you scheduled, you’ll still have a dedicated time to work on whatever you need to.
  • Find your ideal study environment. Do you need silence to read? Or do you like having people around? Are study groups your thing? Try out different options to see what you like best.
  • In class, if the professor defines a key concept or term, write it down in your notes.
  • Also take notes on assigned readings. That way you’ll have a quick summary of the main points and what you think about them, and you can review those notes before the test – instead of having to skim the whole reading over again!

The men’s Equalizer 2.0 or the women’s Skech-Air Varsity are great footwear options for a quick workout.

And when your brain needs a break, workout your body to relieve school pressure! Consider these suggestions to make the most of your fitness time:

  • Just like you should do for studying, schedule in time for exercise. This will keep you more accountable because you know you have the time to work out! Thinking ahead will also help you prepare better, for example wearing your exercise clothes to class so you can work out right after.
  • Get going with a pump-up playlist – whether it’s EDM, pop, or rock, make sure it’s full of your favorite upbeat music.
  • Find a form of exercise you actually enjoy! There are so many different ways to do cardio, toning, and resistance exercises. For cardio try cycling, jogging, speed-walking, swimming, dancing, or anything else that gets your heart rate up. As for more focused muscle building, try a barre class, weightlifting, Pilates, or yoga! If you look forward to exercising, it will be so much easier to find the time for it.
  • Your campus gym can also be a great resource. Look into whether they offer free or discounted access and explore everything it has to offer. Don’t be afraid to wander around slowly learning the ropes of the machines or weights – that’s what they’re there for! Everyone has to start somewhere.

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What are your tips and tricks for staying motivated both academically and on the fitness front through the experience of college? Tell us in the comments!

BEST MEN’S FALL BOOTS

Guys, it’s time to re-boot your shoe game as we settle into fall! We asked one of our lead men’s merchandisers for the latest Skechers boots that offer great fit, style and function – and he had five stellar looks that are perfect for the cooler weather like we saw in NYC.

 

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A classic utility boot, this iconic look never goes out of style. Made with Air-Cooled Memory Foam and waterproof leathers, it’s comfortable for all-day wear under any condition. Shown in Wheat; also available in Brown and Black.

 

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Need a boot to hike the Flatirons of Boulder or trek the streets of NYC? The Ander boot is for you! Loaded with features like Gel-Infused Memory Foam and luxurious waterproof leathers, these boots are perfect for marching up that peak or hitting the city streets. Shown in Brown; also available in Wheat and Black.


p1070181SKECHERS RELAXED FIT – BURSEN – TEVEN

A super lightweight Burst sport boot should be central to your boot collection. Sleek and stylish, this boot is perfect for anything and everything. Spend the afternoon walking around on our comfortable Burst midsole and then enjoy your evening pairing this boot with jeans and a sport coat. Shown in Black; also available in Light Brown.

 

p1070188SKECHERS RELAXED FIT – BLAIS – CELEK

When you think of a hiking boot, the Blais – Celek boot is the definition: tough and rugged, with lots of traction. You’ll be able to tackle the terrain of your favorite trail knowing that you have the comfort of Relaxed Fit Memory Foam and waterproof protection while enjoying life’s adventures. Shown in Chocolate; also available in Black.

 

p1070177SKECHERS RELAXED FIT – SEGMENT – BARILLO

Many men think of boots solely for work or outdoor activities, but this boot is quite the opposite. It’s for dressing up, looking sharp, and feeling confident. The rich smooth leather, moc toe design, and beautiful stitching on this boot will have you walking around town feeling like a million bucks. Shown in Brown; also available in Dark Brown.

Ready to boot up this season? Share your favorite Skechers style with us!

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.

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