MUST-DO MONDAY: A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

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Memorial Day has come to mean many things over the years.  Considered to be the unofficial start of summer, it’s a great day to hang out with friends and family, to spark up the barbecue, or to simply enjoy good times under the bright sunshine.  But through all the fun and excitement, we have to make a point to consider the real reason for this holiday—to honor and remember the brave who died while serving the country and protecting the freedoms that we enjoy every day. On this final Monday of May, take the time to think about those who made the ultimate sacrifice. If your town has a parade or special event to commemorate the day and you haven’t attended in many years, check it out—it’ll probably have an added bonus of bringing back a lot of pleasant childhood memories.

And if something that official isn’t an option, there’s no better way to honor those who served than enjoying the freedom that they sacrificed to protect.  Go outside, breathe the fresh air, hike through the wilderness, go sailing or take a long stroll. We can never offer enough gratitude to those who we now remember. It takes only a moment of meditation or reflection.  There will still be plenty of time in the day for the food, drinks and revelry.

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WORLD SKECHERS DAY

SKX GRoup ShotOn May 29, 1992—24 years ago—an exciting idea became a reality when Skechers was officially incorporated in sunny Manhattan Beach, California. Things were a bit different in those early days. Business was conducted from a beach house and the only style available was a logger boot at the forefront of grunge era trends. While we’ve always been proud of our heritage, many styles have come and gone over the years, but that original Cascades boot for men remains in the collection even today!

Skechers quickly gained popularity and before anyone could blink, the collection expanded to women’s and kids’ footwear and currently there’s more than 3,000 styles available in over 160 countries around the globe. What started out as a trend-right lifestyle brand now includes cool light-up shoes for kids, the charity-focused BOBS collection and an entire award-winning Skechers Performance Division that made an instant impact in the running world with champion elite marathoner Meb Keflezighi. And with Skechers Memory Foam, we’re now tops when it comes to comfort. It’s been an amazing ride!

Along the way we’ve brought some amazing celebrity talent—Britney, Christina, Carrie, Ashley, a man of iron, and the always infamous Kim.  Now it’s all about multi-platinum recording artists Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor who both recently launched fun new ads for awesome cool new collections. And there’s the world famous drummer Ringo Starr, model and actress Kelly Brook, as well as TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet–she first modeled for Skechers in the early ’90s! Plus, Joe Montana is back and Howie Long is on board for the 2016 football season.  That’s all in addition to Meb and elite runner Kara Goucher plus pro golfers Matt Kuchar, Belén Mozo and Colin Montgomerie.  Whew!  Still going incredibly strong at the ripe age of 24!

#WorldSkechersDay commemorates this great occasion in Skechers history! Some of our fans shared images of their favorite Skechers old and new on social media. When were you introduced to Skechers and what is your all-time favorite Skechers style?  Let us know in the comments and see you next year for the Skechers Silver Anniversary when we celebrate a quarter century!

MEMORIAL DAY GETAWAYS

That stretch between the winter holidays and Memorial Day is a long one… so we can’t wait to get back out there and have some fun this weekend! We asked our team what fun events they have planned, and there was no shortage of ideas. Check out the list below.

 

We’re launching camping season with a trip to the Sierras! Can’t wait to hike, roast marshmallows and say hi to some bears…  –Ruby

I’m heading to SF for a long weekend of food, drinks and exploring the city in my Skechers. Can’t wait!  –Anneka

I’m visiting my cousin in New York! We’re both huge baseball fans, and Dodgers are in New York that weekend. Let’s go Dodgers!  –Julian

I’ll be taking out the yacht for the annual holiday cruise through the marina with a couple good buds. Hopefully this year Trevor pays more attention to steering than the grill and we don’t end up beached again. That wasn’t fun.  –Skipper Jones

Big Bear with a friend and the dogs, and lots of rest!  –Lina

I’m planning on going up to Castaic Lake and getting in the boat. Hoping the water is warm so I can water ski!  –Delilah

My boyfriend is just returning from a week long business trip! ‘nuff said 😉  –Noelle

Some may have wonderful destinations planned, but given how crazy busy Skechers has been, I am looking forward to a staycation that involves sleeping in, reading, writing, painting a bedroom, and planting drought-tolerant plants.  –Ashley

 

Tell us what’s in store for your Memorial Day weekend!

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!

MUST-DO MONDAY: PREP YOUR KIDS FOR SUMMER

Just a few more weeks before the kids are out of school! Summer’s a favorite time for children and families, but you can make it even better with a little pre-planning. Check out all the ways you can turn three months into a lifetime of great memories.

2The great outdoors. Hiking, swimming, waterskiing, river rafting, arts and crafts, s’mores and camp songs. Whether it’s day camp or week-long caravans, summer’s a great time for kids to explore mountains, forests, beaches, caves and more. Sign them up for their favorite activities, or try out a few new ones. Space is often limited and goes quickly for the most popular camps, so be sure to start early and lock in spots now for your little ones.

Travel. If you’ve been itching for a place to take your kids beyond the classic camp adventure, summer’s the perfect season to venture to new cities, states, and even countries if you’re feeling ambitious. Create your very own adventure by stocking up on travel books at the bookstore or library, and choose a place that the entire family can explore. Hotels, motels, RVs, home rentals – there are a million ways to get to know a new place. Poll your coworkers, ask friends and go online for tips on hidden restaurants and local haunts. If heading abroad, check your passports now: a non-rush renewal can take four to six weeks, and kids’ passports expire every five years (plus some countries require that your passport expires at least six months after your trip dates).

IMG_6802Gear up. Every outdoor outing needs gear to match! Stock up on 30 SPF sunscreen and sun hats to keep the rays off the kids, along with UV-protective polycarbonate sunglasses that offer shatterproof protection. Do a test run of their swim suits to avoid any surprises on pool day. And stock up on name tags and labels so they come home with everything they left home with (or at least as much as possible).

Skechers has some great summer styles as well: sandals for the sand, water-friendly shoes and rugged boots for the outdoors. And of course, our go-anywhere collection of sneakers for boys and girls.

Indoor fun. Indoor time has never been more fun and imaginative – thanks to the slew of creative activities at your disposal. Get them lost in all kinds of worlds through your favorite books. Strike up your own masterpiece with coloring books. Become the master of popsicle and ice cream makers, and new discoveries like kinetic sand and science kits that cover everything from electricity to magnetics, chemistry and more. You can even order caterpillars for kids and help them grow their very own butterflies.

3Above all, make memories. Take a few minutes out of every day to enjoy the longer days (and stargazing nights) and spend some time together. Even the simplest experiences (an evening walk, dinner outdoors, a board game) can mean a lot to your kids. Collect snaps of this summer’s adventures to share with family and friends now, and your kids in the future. Most importantly, do everything you can to live in the moment and enjoy the most special thing in our lives: each other.

Styles shown: the Empire – Rock Around sneaker in Neon Pink/Coral and the Skech Appeal – Fabtastic sneaker in Gray/Mint.

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.

#SKECHERSLOVESMOM WINNERS

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Did you have a great day with your mom on Sunday?  If you forgot to call, it’s not on us, because we were running our #SkechersLovesMOM sweepstakes last week on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We asked you to share your favorite Mom & Me moments and your submissions were amazing.  Our winner shared a photo captioned “My sweet momma” and won a $200 Skechers gift card—we hope you share that with mom!

1st prize

Check out our two runner up winners below along with some of our other favorite submissions. Each runner up won two pairs of Skechers footwear!  Watch our social channels for more contests and you could be our next winner!

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