STAR WARS FEVER IN FULL SWING

Have you caught Star Wars™ fever yet? If this unique ailment hasn’t struck you, look out because you’ll soon be wrapped up in it. The buzz for our favorite galactic saga had been slowly simmering back from a quiet period over the last couple years. And then with great gusto, the release of last month’s trailer and ticket sales for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS kicked it all into hyperdrive. Everything finally sunk in…we’re really getting more of this incredible story and it’s happening very, very soon! (December 18th to be exact…got your tickets yet?)

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Now the Star Wars Skechers collection offers even more fun ways to share your love and fandom. For traditionalists who want to feature Luke and Leia, there’s a slip-on style that features a super cool old school classic STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE poster printed canvas upper–available now in both adult AND kid sizes!   Then there’s Darth Vader™–an icon for nearly 40 years–who will use his Sith powers to help you beckon others to “come to the dark side” on cool Darth Vader printed kicks in a traditional canvas high top style.

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Kids around the globe have started falling for the new heroes and villains set to be introduced in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS before even seeing the movie. And since everyone loves to be bad, new dark side baddie Kylo Ren™ is already building a following. Sleek sneakers bearing his name and mug will help keep your young Star Wars fan in line.

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So get ready as this is just the beginning. Check out the current collection at skechers.com. More styles for men, women, and kids of all ages are on the horizon and set to arrive from a galaxy far, far away….  You won’t believe what’s set to come next as the saga continues to grow in the months and years ahead!

© & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.

SKECHERS BOOTS TO FALL FOR

Fall is in full swing, and there’s nothing better than grabbing a cup of cocoa, an old sweater, jeans and your favorite boots to feel cozy yet fashionably trendy during the cold months.

To get an inside look at the latest boot trends, we asked our women’s merchandiser Christina to highlight some of the season’s hottest boot styles.

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NATIVES SUEDE BOOTIES (#48696)

Booties continue to lead the charge with different materials and colors and heels that complement any style – and this one comes in your choice of Tan or the hot color of the season, Navy.  With a zip closure and finished edging at the top, the Native looks great paired with dresses or jeans.  The heel is just high enough that you feel dressed for any occasion, yet your feet won’t cry at the end of the night.

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TAXI CRISS-CROSS BOOTIES (#47814)

A higher heel than the Natives at two inches, the Taxi is the boot of the season.  Comfort has never looked so stylish.  A suede bootie with a criss-cross leather band on the top and buckle detailing make this a MUST HAVE for the fashionista in us all.  Available in Black and Taupe.

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THE COUGAR FOU FOU SLIP-ON BOOT (#48473)

For the woman on the go who won’t have her fine taste in fashion compromised, this slip-on boot is just what she needs.  Add a hidden wedge and you’ll be hard pressed to take them off when it’s time to retire for the evening.  This bootie is versatile in that you can fold down the top to reveal the grey contrast lining.  Available in Black.

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THE PATSY CHELSEA BOOT (#48456 at select Skechers stores)

For years, the Chelsea-inspired boot has graced runways of the finest design houses in Paris and Milan.  Our interpretation of this boot is on point with the hottest trend in booties.  With elastic side detail, this low heel slip-on bootie is so comfortable and so versatile you’ll want to buy two.  And lucky you, it comes in Black and Olive.

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THE HIGH RISE RIDING BOOT (#48497 – Black at select Skechers stores, Brown at skechers.com)

It wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t design a tall boot – and with our line-up of riding boots, you’ll want them all.  Our asymmetrical zip boot is great for anyone.  There are people who love a tall boot but wouldn’t dare wear one because they get tight on the calf.  Not the case here!!!  Our tall boot has an elastic inset to give a little stretch for those who need it.  Add the asymmetrical zipper closure and buckle detail and this look is classic!  This boot is available in Black and Brown.

Whether you like a traditional look or you’re following the latest trend in fall fashion, Skechers has a great line-up of boots for everyone. What’s your favorite Skechers boot style? Tell us in the comments!

TOP CANDIES FOR HALLOWEEN

HalloweenHalloween 2015 is upon us! As we get older, we spend so much time thinking about costumes and where we’ll go on the big night that it’s easy to forget about the most important part of this great holiday…CANDY! We polled the office for some favorites. Let us know your sweet preferences in the comments!

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I was a big fan of the SweeTARTS three-packs when I was a kid – I’d look forward to my lunches after Halloween, when my mother would put them in for dessert!

Lauren
Kraft caramel squares because my mom always had a jar of them in our house around Halloween, so they remind me of childhood. Plus they’re delicious and I like unwrapping them, like a mini present🙂

Lara
Asking to choose a favorite candy is like being asked to choose your favorite family member. If I had to choose my favorite Halloween candy, it would be Candy Corn. I don’t know why it gets such a bad rap!

Alisa
REESE’S! As a kid, I never ended up with too many of these in my trick-or-treat bag but they were my favorite!

Melissa
Almond Joy Dark Chocolate is my favorite. Love the crunch. The little bite size ones… no guilt there!

Claudia
Twix minis! They are always my favorite but I like them even more during Halloween because those bite size version make me feel less guilt about how many I eat.

Brennan
Twix. Full size. No explanation necessary.

Gina
Dip n Stick – because who doesn’t love to lick a candy stick and dip it into more powdered candy goodness?

James
I seriously adored pop rocks growing up. And let me tell you that urban legend about your stomach exploding if mixed with Coca-Cola—not true! (I tried and survived!)

Haowei
I am new to Halloween because we didn’t celebrate this day in Taiwan. My favorite is the Extreme Sour candy. These candy look normal, but are really sour in the core. When I was a kid, I enjoyed watching my friends taking the candy and having really funny faces when they tasted the sour part.

SKECHERS PIER TO PIER FRIENDSHIP WALK RAISES OVER $1.4 MILLION FOR KIDS

For the past seven years, thousands of friends and families have gathered at the Manhattan Beach Pier to walk for kids with special needs and education. Every year of the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has broken new records in attendance and donations – and this year was no different! More than 12,000 people joined us at the beach on Sunday morning, blowing away this year’s $1.2 million goal to raise $1.4 million for children.

Many celebrities have taken part in this event over the years, and have returned year after year to lend their support. Brooke Burke-Charvet, Denise Austin and Tommy Lasorda were all back this year to cheer on the crowd – along with legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, who made his SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk debut and was thrilled to take part.

“When you say kids to me, I’m there,” said Sugar Ray. “This is my first, but believe me – this will not be my last.”

The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk’s grown into one of Southern California’s biggest events for kids – raising more than $5.5 million over the years to support The Friendship Circle, an organization for children with special needs, and education foundations in support of schools. Peer mentorships, social programs, new libraries, teachers’ salaries, classes that would otherwise have been shuttered – all of these and so much more benefit daily from the event’s contributions.

A huge thanks to all of the walkers and volunteers; our co-sponsor Nickelodeon; Steel Partners and its generous #P2PSteelSports Selfie Challenge, which pledged a $5 donation for every SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk selfie posted; and all of the wonderful sponsors who give tirelessly year after year to help educate and inspire the next generation.

Take part and learn more at skechersfriendshipwalk.com or on Facebook.

Clockwise from top left: Courtney Sixx; August and Ocean Maturo with SpongeBob SquarePants; the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk at the Manhattan Beach Pier

BLOG TAKEOVER: RODOLFO RAMIREZ STYLES THE CASCADES

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For fall I’m wearing Skechers Cascades boots, a perennial classic favorite. Their padded tongue, soft fabric lining, and cushioned insole made them the perfect choice for my line of work. As Creative Director of a fashion brand named Pocket Square Clothing I find myself taking on a plethora of different roles. Versatility in function is key for me; this made the Cascades boots ideal to take along with me on a busy day of fabric sourcing, meetings, and a dash of carpentry work in preparation for my store opening.

My personal style tends to take cues from my interest in patterns, prints, and textures which derive from my love of street wear and formal education in architecture. My look for the day features a mandarin color style chambray shirt, relaxed fit navy blue blazer, mustard color lapel flower for color, camouflage print cargo pants, and of course my Skechers Cascades boots. I find that neutral tones paired with a pop of color or print leave lasting impressions.

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With an architecture background, I’ve always found form and function to be equally as important. My style takes from these cues (pocket, pockets, and more pockets). I find myself never having too many pockets; they serve me well when cutting fabric swatches, carrying sheers, color samples, sunglasses, and other essentials like my phone, keys and wallet. This same idea also rings true for the Skechers Cascades as they are extremely well crafted and ready to take on any work you throw at them.

The Skechers Cascade boots are offered in two colors and come with different shoe lace options allowing you to be as subdued or unique with your hiking style boot laces.

Learn more about Rodolfo Ramirez’s fashion collection at www.pocketsquareclothing.com.  You can also follow him on Instagram @rodolfo_psc, facebook @pocketsquareclothing, and twitter @pocketsquareco.

SKECHERS TRICKS AND TREATS

It’s that spooktacular time of year… Halloween’s one of our favorite holidays! There’s nothing better than seeing costumed kids racing down the sidewalks at night, scaring and screaming door-to-door as they load up on massive amounts of candy.

Here are our Skechers Kids merchandisers’ top picks for spooking and sparkling on Halloween. All are perfect for brightening up kids’ costumes (and are nice for lighting the way as night falls) as well as great styles for dressing up all year long. Check out these four popular looks (presented by none other than our favorite spaniel Poppy in three adorable costumes)!

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Poppy As: Pumpkin Delight

The Shoe: Twinkle Wishes – Enchanters

Every little fashion-forward girl needs something shiny and bright to complete her Halloween outfit.  Skechers provides trend-right styles with signature lighted features that will fit perfectly with fun girly costumes. Twinkle Wishes are the “perfect fit” for a beautiful princess in a fancy gown on her way to a ball! This is a very pretty sneaker with light-up toe caps – and what makes it extra special is the magical sound that comes out of the star-shaped speaker. Just touch your toes together and whimsical music fills the room! Vibrant pastels, glitter details and satin materials make Twinkle Wishes the perfect comfy sneaker to play dress up in. This style’s also perfect for fun fairies, elegant ballerinas and enchanting mermaids.

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Poppy As: Baby Jaws

The Shoes: Magic Lites: Street Lightz – Vroom and Twinkle Toes – Shuffles – Mysticals (at select Skechers stores)

Nothing can stop him from trick or treating when he’s wearing Magic Lites – Street Lightz – Vroom! Whether your little one’s dressing up as a firefighter, animated superhero or lil’ demon, this versatile style is perfect for blazing a trail in a lot of different costumes. With the translucent sole and blinking colorful lights, he’ll be easy to spot in the dark. Every pair lights up with four different colors – two on each shoe! And the easy slip-in, single-strap feature makes putting them on a snap.

One little girl costume that’s always a favorite every year is the traditional witch. A great witch outfit needs a few elements to complete the look:  a broom, pointy hat and of course, the perfect pair of shoes. Twinkle Toes – Shuffles – Mysticals are the ideal choice! This classic black sneaker has sparkly pink stars, a rock glitter strap, fun buckle details and pretty satin bungee laces that make it witch-perfect. Plus its signature rhinestone toe caps help light up a fun-filled night.  And the slip-on design means less time tying laces, and more time lighting up the path to Halloween fun!

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Poppy As: Lil’ Lobster

The Shoe: Hot Lights – Damager II – Adventure

This year, your kiddos can navigate through the night with this Hot Lights Adventure shoe.  With a functioning compass and a built-in color-changing flashlight, these cool camo sneaks will have your little explorer ready for any Halloween adventure! The front light switches from white to colors at the touch of a button – and they’re built rugged with lots of grip on the sole for your little one to treasure hunt, any time of year! Light up Halloween night with Hot Lights Adventure by Skechers.

Ready to start scaring? Keep an eye out for our upcoming Halloween contest on Facebook and Twitter… Check back in on Friday for the details!

BOBS GIVES 40,000+ PAIRS TO BACK-TO-SCHOOL KIDS

BOBS launched the back-to-school season with its very own cross-country tour!

We had a great time trekking east and west this fall to give more than 40,000 pairs of new shoes to students in need – partnering with some leading retailers and charities to help school districts and organizations in cities like Baltimore, Philadelphia, Lancaster PA, San Jose, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane and beyond. It was so rewarding and fun to see thousands of kids loving their new shoes and personalizing them at our decorating stations. Check out the pics below!

Thanks for your huge support, and for continuing to help so many kids in need.

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