BOBS GIVES COAST TO COAST

At 14 million-plus shoes donated and counting, the BOBS tradition continues with another great summer of giving, thanks to our amazing partners at Delivering Good! From Washington to New York, we’ve had the joy of sharing new BOBS shoes with thousands of kids in need across the country this season. Check out all of our latest events:

Seattle, Washington

Skechers partnered with Amazon for a summer shoe carnival – donating BOBS shoes to local charities including Wellspring Family Services and the Boys and Girls Club of Seattle.  The kids got to personalize their shoes and enjoy face painting stations, balloon twisting, clowns, DJs and more!

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Skechers and Rogan’s Shoes paired up to give BOBS from SKECHERS shoes and books to local Milwaukee children, courtesy of COA Youth & Family Centers. After getting their new shoes, children got to customize them at decorating stations!

Portland, Oregon

Skechers returned to the Northwest for our latest account parntership: joining Fred Meyer to give BOBS shoes to local Portland children, courtesy of Oregon DHS Child Welfare Agency!

New York and Maryland

The Sunrise Day Camp event has become a beloved annual tradition for Skechers. Our team donated BOBS from SKECHERS to children fighting cancer at Sunrise Day Camps across New York – from their Long Island, Pearl River and Staten Island locations to their Horizon Day Camp in Baltimore.

A huge thanks to all of you for supporting the BOBS movement over the years! Want to make a difference for animals? You can purchase BOBS for Dogs and BOBS casuals, and your purchase will help save the nearly four million dogs and cats killed in America’s shelters every year. Take a look at the BOBS collection here.

Skechers U.S.A., Inc., 228 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-318-3100.  Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741, 435-644-2001.  During the promotion, twenty-five cents will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society per pair of specially marked BOBS from Skechers shoes sold in the U.S., and Skechers has guaranteed that at least $3 million will be donated to Best Friends to help save the lives of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.  The promotion runs September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2018.

THE BRAZIL YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE

The first thing that comes to our mind when we talk about Brazil is the beautiful beaches, Rio de Janeiro, samba and bossa-nova, isn’t it? But at this time, our Brazilian team invites us to know a different country, touristic but at the same time simple. The team invited four couples from Instagram to show us the best countryside places you must know and how is their days pass by with Skechers.

A weekend in Rio de Janeiro hills

Clara and Gustavo, from @lugaresqueamamos show Rio from a different perspective. The state of Rio de Janeiro has natural and cultural riches that go far beyond the beautiful beaches. There are many other super cool places to know in the Marvelous City. Our mission was to put lightweight Skechers sneakers on our feet and leave to clear another side of the city.

The first stop was at Mirante Dona Marta, a touristic spot that is very famous due to the beautiful view of Rio de Janeiro. The Mirante has 360 meters and, from the top, you can see the Cristo Redentor, the Pão de Açúcar, the Maracanã Stadium, the Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, among others. Having a free day in Rio de Janeiro, you can also go to nearby places, and feel another way to enjoy your trip, leaving the beaches and the hot weather behind to enter into a mountain range called Serra Fluminense. It’s a colder place and you can know Teresópolis, the city that was the capital of the country and where the emperors built their palaces in the XVIII century.

Just two hours from the city of Rio, Teresópolis boasts its beauty in many ways, whether through the towering mountains or the trails that lead to waterfalls, wells and overlooks with stunning views. Among the attractions are the famous Pico de Deus, Parque Nacional da Serra dos Órgãos and Granja Comary. This last place is the seat of the Brazilian Football Confederation. In just one weekend it was possible to enjoy Rio de Janeiro in different but incredible ways. And at all times our Skechers accompanied us making our walk even more pleasurable and comfortable.

Beautiful horizons from Belo Horizonte

The second couple we invited, Filipe and Renata from @estilofire, show us the charm of Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais State. It´s separated from Rio de Janeiro by mountains and fields where people grow coffee. Because of its history, Belo Horizonte was born modern. As the first planned Brazilian city, in 1897, BH (as we call it), was growing gentle, like its native people. It’s where you’ll find the most receptive and warm people of the country, who are, by far, the best attraction of the city. No visit to BH is complete without a visit to the Pampulha Lagoon, a touristic complex of the city that houses the Pampulha Church—designed by the renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, the same professional that designed our political capital, Brasilia.

Continuing the ride by the beautiful landscape and architecture, we find the Praça da Liberdade. It´s a synthesis of different styles, bypassing the Circuito Liberdade, recognized as the most important cultural areas of the country. It features 15 buildings including museums, centers of culture and formations that exhibit different aspects of the cultural and artistic universe. Parque Serra do Curral is formed by the mountains that surround the city and holds natural and artistic wonders within beautiful environmental reserves. In recent years Belo Horizonte has gained prominence through the Inhotim Institute, one of the most popular cultural centers in the world. Through all of our explorations wearing Skechers made the journey beyond comfortable.

A romantic walk in Piracicaba, the Brazilian Florence

In the heart of São Paulo state, there is a charming city cut by a magical river where the cupid plays and people fall in love with each other through an eternal dancing night. It is Piracicaba, the Brazilian Florence, the Bride of the Hill, the place where Lorena and Matheus, from the @eaivamosnos, chose for sightseeing. Tourists can note that they arrived in a different place when they heard the strong countryside accent and see all the young people living who study at one of the eight local universities. One of the universities is ESALQ-USP, with an environment full of beautiful gardens and lawns with neoclassical buildings created by Belgian landscape architect Arsenio Puttemans in 1907.

The city grew up around the Piracicaba river, one of the most important rivers of São Paulo. One of its main touristic points is the Engenho Central, built to replace slave labor by the wage earner and mechanizations. Those who access it through Avenida Beira Rio have the privilege of crossing the Suspension Bridge, from where you can observe the current of the river and the old buildings of the Engenho. Ahead of the Suspension Bridge is the Rua do Porto (Porto Street), famous for its restaurants with traditional fish on the grill. And, next door, there is a good option for walking, “Parque do Rua do Porto”!

These two loved wearing Skechers on this adventure and told us: “What got us out of the comfort of our couch was the comfort of Skechers shoes. When we realized how comfortable the shoes were, we wanted to put them on for a lot of walking. And we did two days of walking in Piracicaba. And when we got home, we did not even feel the need to take out our shoes… No tired feet!”

São Roque, the wine city in São Paulo countryside

Mariliza and Paulo, from @tripadoiss, visited two cities in São Paulo countryside. They started in São Roque which is an easy place for a short trip to enjoy beautiful walks, varied restaurants and the wines, spirits, distilled, artichokes and sweets produced in the city.

Especially worthy of checking out is the ecological reserve known locally as “Mata da Câmara”, a municipal park in which one can admire the natural vegetation of the Atlantic Forest, with its typical orchids, bromeliads, etc. The area is part of the so-called “greenbelt of the Atlantic Forest”, recognized as a natural heritage of humanity by UNESCO.

An American Settlement in Brazil

Their second stop should be especially interesting to Americans. Did you know that there was an American immigration to Brazil? Yes! Southern survivors of the Civil War started immigration to Brazil in 1867. The chosen city was Santa Barbara d’Oeste, in the São Paulo countryside. Along with their customs and cultures, Americans also brought new agricultural methods and techniques and new religious creeds to Brazil. On September 10, 1871, the first Brazilian Baptist church was founded in those lands. The city is also considered the birthplace of the automobile industry in Brazil, responsible for the production of the first automobile in Brazil in 1956, Romi-Isetta. Mariliza and Paulo laced up their Skechers sneakers and enjoyed the nice weather and saw it as a perfect chance for a workout in the park.

What a trip with so much to see! Brazil is a massive country with varying climates so there’s always somewhere to find great weather any time of year. The transitional spring-like season from now through October is particularly perfect for a visit filled with blooms ahead of the summer heat. Have you ever been to Brazil?  Let us know your favorite part of this beautiful South American nation in the comments. And don’t forget to visit skechers.com to find your next perfect pair of comfortable shoes for global exploration!

 

LET’S RELAX AS SUMMER SLOWS DOWN

It seems incredibly appropriate that today is National Relaxation Day. We suggest marking the occasion as a reminder to take a deep breath and enjoy these last couple weeks of August before the end of the unofficial summer season. With all the travel and getaways and barbecues and beach days, sometimes summer seems to pass by in the blink of an eye as the cooler days of autumn sneak up on us.
When it comes to footwear, relaxation and comfort go hand in hand and Skechers Relaxed Fit styles offer a roomier toe box and a soft air-cooled memory foam insole to ensure you’re feeling great at every step so you can maintain that late-season zen. The men’s Madolly lace-up sneaker is perfect for a trek out the beach cruiser away from the crowds.  When it’s just you and the path ahead, it’s easy to find your zone and let your mind let go.

Sometimes chillaxing with a friend with no plans in the future is exactly what the doctor ordered. Coordinating colors of your comfortable knitted slip-ons is optional, but as you can see the men’s Expected – Gomel in navy and the women’s Breathe Easy – Lassie in blue could be a perfect ice breaker as you and a date drift off into a long laugh-filled conversation about your favorite episodes of Always Sunny.  It’ll be a silly conversation but what makes it amazing is that you have nowhere else to be.

In the end, all that matters is locking in the time to do whatever sets your mind at ease. It almost seems counterproductive to make an appointment for relaxation, but if we don’t carve out the time in our busy lives—it just passes us by!  So don’t miss out and treat yourself while the sun is still bright and the weather still warm.  A few more perfectly comfy slip on Relaxed Fit styles—the Men’s Harper – Moven and women’s Breathe Easy – Like Crazy seen above.  And the women’s Empire – Inside Look seen below.  Let us know what you’re doing to find relaxation this summer in the comments!

BACK TO SCHOOL IN SKECHERS WITH MEGHAN JOY YANCEY

We’re entering Back To School 2017 with a special, unique POV on how to get it done: mom and homeschooler of five, Meghan Joy Yancey! Read on to see how she navigates this busy season with humor, fun and style.

We are heading into our 5th year of homeschooling and we are nearing that beautiful back-to-school time again. My husband works in education as an assistant principal at a private school but we have chosen to homeschool our children during this season of life. We have five kids who are ages 8, 7, 5, 3 and 20 months. Our “Back to School” might look very different from the traditional type, but it works pretty well for us. I’m going to share a few tips and tricks with you for how we do “Back to School.”

#1  Because of our homeschooling schedule, I have the luxury of waiting for the back-to-school madness to pass before I hit the supply store. We schedule our homeschool year around my husbands’ school schedule, so we have the same days off that he does. And I make sure to have enough supplies on hand so I can start school with last year’s supplies and head to the store once the BTS rush is over. A laid-back trip through the aisles with our shopping cart while Mama sips on a chai tea! If you can hack it, wait a few weeks for a more stress-free shopping experience (you may even find some good deals).

#2  The kids are always seeing other kids get new clothes for school and they always desire some new digs as well. They don’t have any sort of dress code (obviously) and although some days are spent in their pajamas, we most often like to get ready for the day and also have our own adventures/field trips to explore. They each get to pick out their own awesome Skechers shoes to complete their wardrobes and roll into the new school year with style. They each have their own unique styles and rock them fiercely. I love to see how they mix and match their outfits to go with their shoes, and being able to let them explore their style is a joy on its own. This year, their top picks were Energy Lights and Energy Lights – ElipticTwinkle Toes: Shuffles – Twist N TurnsSkech-Lite – Lil Critter and Skech-Trax (we treated ourselves to Classic Cup – Buckner and Canal casuals as well)!

#3  We have created a special place in our home where our studies are done. (We call it our homeschool room, but find your own name that tickles your fancy and say it with pride!) Our room is peaceful, bright and organized. We have it strategically decorated with motivating décor and signs. There are windows lining one whole wall so they get to feel the sun shining in. They each have their own drawers to store their schoolwork and a place for studying. We keep it very tidy so they learn how to have a nice work space and focus on their tasks. Now, I have little ones running around all day as well and that can allow for some distractions. I keep a few toys on hand to keep them occupied during our school hours. Creating your child’s own quiet space can be so fun to design, and they really look forward to going to “their” spot.

#4  We really cherish our time together in the evenings. It is time we set apart to talk and grow together. Every single night, we purpose to sit down to a home-cooked meal and eat together. We each talk about our highs and lows of the day and it gives us great opportunity to stop all the hustle and bustle and hear about each other’s day. Rejoicing in the highs together and learning how to grow through the lows. We get updated on Daddy’s day at work while he was away, and also share our own experiences at home. Being able to rest at the end of the day and catch up as a family is so crucial. And each child feels like he or she is being heard. So, if they do have jitters or are apprehensive about something with summer ending and school starting back up again, there is always a chance to speak about it.

#5  Prepare for the next day. Before you go to bed that night, make preparations for the next day. For us, that might mean setting out lesson plans. For others, that might mean packing up lunches. Whatever it is, set yourself up for success in the morning. And if at all possible, rise before the rest of the house does. Give yourself some time to wake up, have some alone time and get charged up for the day ahead. It is a gift to be alive and healthy and strong, so live the day to the fullest. Maybe you need to go for a quick jog? Slap on your sneakers and get your heart pumping. Maybe you enjoy spending time getting ready in the morning. Put on the pretty fall dress and adorable wedges and take on the day! You’ve got this.

And there you have it. Back to School jitters don’t have to be overwhelming. Stop and smell the roses. Go for a walk in some kick-butt new sneaks and enjoy the beauty around you. Plan ahead, be prepared, stay chill and enjoy the journey, my friends.

Meghan and her husband, Seborn, live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with their 5 children. She homeschools while running a few businesses from home. Meghan runs her blog over at www.meghanjoyyancy.com and is currently writing her first book. She enjoys spontaneous adventures, creating art with her hands, and a random dance party almost every day. You can follow along for some daily encouragement on Instagram, @meghanjoytoday. 

What’s your annual back-to-school plan (and which Skechers Kids styles are on your list)? Tell us in the comments!

EXPLORING NAXOS IN SKECHERS

Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands and is less known compared to its famous neighbors — Mykonos and Santorini. A historical island blessed with a fertile land, Naxos is dotted with enchanting villages, ancient walking paths and isolated beaches. Passion for Greece founder and travel blogger Elena Sergeeva spent a week exploring Naxos in her Skech-Air – Infinity sneakers; here is what she experienced.

Chora of Naxos

The capital and main harbor of Naxos known as Chora has managed to preserve its traditional flair. An imposing Venetian castle dominates the highest point of the capital. Spend some hours getting lost in the picturesque cobbled alleys. Discover the pretty doors and windows, the blooming bougainvilleas and the friendly Naxian cats along the way.

The main harbor of Naxos is perfect for scenic seaside walks where you will come across the sailing boats which moor here before continuing their voyage. Here you will find a plethora of local stores, cafes and restaurants that stretch across the harbor.

Follow the long paved road which leads to the northern part of Chora to witness the most memorable sunset from the landmark of Naxos — the famous Portara translating as big door, the only evidence of the unfinished Temple of Apollo, god of sun and music.

 

Hiking on Naxos

Naxos is heaven for the outdoor enthusiasts. Those who greatly enjoy outdoor activities must definitely go hiking on Naxos. One morning I put my Skechers gear on and went to explore one of the most popular hiking trails, Kurunochori or Seven Villages walk with a local expert — Stella Korre.

During the four-hour hiking tour we visited the two Kouros statues which date back to the 6th century B.C., learned about the fascinating local flora and fauna of Naxos, toured the island’s marble queries and walked the ancient marble trails.

Villages of Naxos

One of the highlights of Naxos is its quaint villages. The 45 villages of Naxos all have their own unique charm – but the most picturesque are Halki and Apiranthos. When visiting Halki, visit the Vallindras Distilleryto to try the locally produced citron liquor known as kitron.

The village of Apiranthos was originally settled by Cretans and to this day, you will come across the Cretan dialect spoken by the locals. Walk the narrow paved mule tracks covered by archways and marvel at the untouched architecture which dates back to the Venetian times.

Temple of Demeter

Naxos is a sacred island and is also home to the Temple of Demeter, the ancient goddess of earth fertility. According to the ancient Greek mythology it is here that Pluto placed the abducted Mother and Daughter. Persephone was taken to the netherworld and thus symbolizes the cycle of seasons.  At the beginning of autumn, when the seeds of the old crop are laid on the fields, Persephone ascends and is reunited with her mother Demeter.

This magnificent temple made of the finest Naxian white marble dates back to 530-520 BC. It is located in the village of Ano Sangri.

Culinary Delights on Naxos

Due to its fertile land, Naxos is known for its rich production of olives, grapes, figs, citrus fruit and the famous Naxian potatoes. One of the best places to try the potatoes is at Popi’s Grill, a traditional family-run taverna, one of the oldest on the island which opened in 1948.

Today the taverna is operated by the fourth generation of the Margaritis family. It’s no surprise that one of the owners, Georgia was also wearing Skechers shoes!

Popi’s Grill is located on the harbor of Naxos overlooking the boats and the sea. Here you can enjoy fresh fish, grilled meats, the fantastic Naxian grilled cheese called saganaki, delicious Greek style burgers biftekia made by Georgia and the best Moussaka you will ever have! All of the vegetables are grown on the family’s farm. The olive oil and wine are also produced by the Margaritis family. A true farm-to-fork experience.

Trekking Naxos in Skechers

Exploring Naxos in my Skechers was a perfect and comfortable choice.

The Skech-Air infinity shoes feature an air-cushioned heel that supported my feet while hiking the trails and walking around Chora. The air-cooled memory foam allowed my feet to breathe, in spite of the warm island weather.

Elena Sergeeva is the founder of Passion for Greece and Passion for Dubai, social and visual travel platforms that encourage travelers and travel bloggers to discover, explore and share remarkable places and activities along their journey.

Which Skechers would you take with you to explore the Mediterranean? Let us know in the comments!

BLOG TAKEOVER: LIFE IN BALI

We sent a few pairs of Skechers to Bali for expat American writer Caroline Griswold to share her take on what it means to live in paradise when you’re not just a tourist.

Bright sunlight streams in through my curtains, and the roosters up the road are crowing. I hear some distant chanting at a temple, and the fragrant incense from the daily offerings wafts through the air. These foreign, yet comforting, sensory experiences have all become familiar the past three months I’ve been living on the island of Bali.

Full of beautiful landscapes, lush vegetation and cheerful people, Bali has everything I could ever want. I’ve spent the last three months in Canggu, an area of South West Bali that’s just a 20-minute scooter ride away from the bustling city of Seminyak. During the typical day in Bali, I usually have some tropical fruit for breakfast, go to yoga, and get some work done at Dojo, a coworking space just steps from the beach.

Seen above:  The Vinyasa – Beach Bae sandal during yoga practice and a relaxing fruit breakfast in the BOBS Day 2 Nite espadrille in turquoise. Plus, below as well on the scooter is the Ultra Flex – First Choice.


Yes, you read that right. It is possible to get work done in Bali. Doing so, however, has made me way more effective at time management. With so many adventures available a short scooter ride away, it’s definitely difficult to be disciplined and work on my laptop instead of exploring a hidden waterfall or wandering through a monkey forest. Somehow, in this verdant paradise, I manage.

Every day, it seems like more and more tourists come to the island, but I honestly don’t blame them. Who wouldn’t want to come here and relax on beautiful black sand beaches, sipping from a refreshing coconut? Doesn’t trekking along picturesque rice terraces among lush greenery seem more appealing than a morning commute on the highway? I can assure you that a picture of a Balinese sunset on Instagram doesn’t compare to witnessing it in person, relaxing on a bean bag on the beach.


Below the BOBS in chestnut and the Reggae – Zig Swag sandal are perfect for beach days.


Whatever your style may be, Bali probably has something for you. Adventure, relaxation, and endless natural beauty — along with beautiful people and culture — make for a destination like no other on this planet.

Caroline Griswold is a writer originally from Los Angeles, and currently living in Bali, Indonesia. Check out her website thecarolinegriswold.com, or follow her on Instagram @grizshiz. Pictures by Conor Macken. See more of his shots on Instagram @conor_macken.

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BIG PAPI

When it comes time for retirement, it’s fairly common for many people to end up spending a bit more time on a golf course. And that’s exactly where recent retiree David Ortiz AKA ‘Big Papi’ found himself shooting his first commercial for Skechers. Of course, Ortiz isn’t your typical pensioner. He’s a legend in Boston and around the globe known not only for hitting home runs but for his energy and enthusiasm off the field as well.  So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his approach to relaxing on the driving range might be just a bit different than everyone else.

We had the chance to spend a gorgeous afternoon outside Boston with the man himself as he has some fun with a baseball bat, a golf course and an open field. Take a look at the video below for some behind the scene insight and hear Ortiz explain why the Relaxed Fit collection is perfect a man who retired after painful injuries and is ready to experience retirement with a bit more comfort through his day.

And then check out his new commercial for Relaxed Fit from Skechers footwear below to see how it all came together and don’t forget visit skechers.com for all the latest Relaxed Fit styles featuring comfortable Air-Cooled Memory Foam! 

COMMENT TO WIN!  We’re celebrating this new campaign with an #OrtizSkechersGiveaway!  Comment below with your favorite moment from Big Papi’s career and you could win!  First prize is a David Ortiz signed Skechers riding jacket that he wore at the Kentucky Derby (See the evidence!). Second prize is a David Ortiz signed Skechers hat also worn at the Derby.  And third prize is a pair of Skechers shoes.  Must comment by 12:00PM PDT Friday (7/21/17) to enter to win.  Winner will be notified in the comments.  See complete rules here.

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