SKECHERS PIER TO PIER FRIENDSHIP WALK RAISES $1.6 MILLION FOR KIDS

 

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It’s been eight years since our Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk started in Manhattan Beach – and we’re so grateful that every year of the walk to date has brought record-breaking donations for children with special needs and schools. This past Sunday, we had our largest attendance yet – 12,000 people – all walking to raise more than $1.6 million for kids.
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They joined all kinds of celebrities – Brooke Burke-Charvet, Sugar Ray Leonard, Camila Alves, Ian Ziering, Denise and Katie Austin, and Tommy Lasorda; a squad of teen TV and movie stars; and Walk performers Asia Monet Ray, Jordyn Jones, New District and Aidan Prince. Sponsors backing the Walk included lead sponsors Nickelodeon and NBC4 Southern California, and national and local companies from every industry: retail, finance, technology, fitness, foundations and more.

When we look back at our very first Walk, we’re astounded by how it’s grown from a passionate community event into the nation’s largest for kids with special needs and education. In spite of its growth, we’re thrilled to see that it remains the same: the focus continues to be on our kids, and how we can achieve amazing things together to help them thrive.

The Friendship Foundation has been a huge gift for children with special needs and their families, and this year’s funds will continue to support their efforts with programs, peer mentoring, sporting events, and field trips. Education foundations will also be able to improve our schools by retaining teachers and programs, making classes smaller and upgrading facilities and technology. And we continue to provide scholarships to deserving children – $100,000 will be given in 2017. All this is because so many have given so much (an incredible $7 million over the years).
img_0604A huge thanks to everyone who participated this year – and to all of you, who have joined more than 4 million viewers engaged with our cause online. In addition to Nickelodeon and NBC4 Southern California, a grateful shout out to Wells Fargo, Steel Sports, The Claudette and Ethan Rickett Care Foundation, Ross, Zappos.com, Vertra, WSS, United Legwear & Underwear Co., Mattel, Body Glove, Premier Displays & Exhibits, Kids Foot Locker, JAKKS Pacific, Marshalls, Cushman & Wakefield, Caskey & Caskey, Siltanen & Partners Advertising, Continental Development, Northrop Grumman, Equinox, Chevron, and so many others who have provided funds and support to provide a better future for children.

You can learn more about the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, watch our videos and see how we help children with special needs and schools online at skechersfriendshipwalk.com and on Facebook.

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BLOG TAKEOVER: LITTLE SOUTHERN LIFE LIGHTS UP HALLOWEEN

Skechers lights for Halloween night! Amanda of Little Southern Life gives us an inside look on how she makes this spooky holiday so special for her kids, from head to toe.

This time of year is so much fun for our family. Not only do we get to do more out in the community, but I get to be creative with my little ones. With colder temperatures and fall colors comes the search for the perfect Halloween costume. I love the pre-made choices, but also have so much fun with the do-it-yourself flashes of brilliance. And of course, there’s the candy!

One of the finds I’m most excited about this year is Skechers’ line of light-up children’s shoes. Aside from the fashion statement they will make stomping to their hearts’ content, I know my little ones will be visible and easy to find in the hustle from house to house.

There are perks to buying a pre-made or DIY costume, so it really boils down to what type of work you want to put into it. When your kids are really specific about what they want to be, I vote to just purchase a pre-made from the store and save yourself the stress. This year, Nolan was very outspoken about the costume that he wanted. He is obsessed with superheroes and especially loves the Dark Knight – Batman! He also likes army men, so I decided to let him rock two. We go to several fall festivals and parties, so he will get use out of them before trick-or-treating as well.

Harper decided that she wanted to be a princess, and with so many choices she couldn’t decide on which princess, so I decided to make her a DIY costume. This was such a fun activity for me because I knew just the staples to use for her outfits. June and January just released their new pieces and they are all basic styles that work really well when making DIY costumes. I also decided to give her a second costume (there’s no way she would ever let it go if Nolan had two and she only had one). The June and January jumper works perfectly for a rocker look!

I paired both of the children’s outfits with the Skechers light-up sneakers. Coordinating the right shoes with Halloween costumes is fun and easy with so many styles and colors to choose from. Skechers’ light-up shoes enhance the children’s costumes, and help me keep track of them while they are trick-or-treating. And light-up shoes excite all children, so it’s a win-win both during and after Halloween.

For Nolan’s Batman costume we went with S LIGHTS: FLASHPOD – SCORIA. These have white lights along the bottom when he takes a step or stomps his feet (mostly stomping, because he enjoys watching them light up). Every time they light up, it makes him feel even more like a super hero. Nolan has had so much fun already that he has decided to forgo his name this week and only answer to “Batman!”

The shoes he is wearing with his army costume are HOT LIGHTS: DAMAGER II – ADVENTURE 2.0 and they have buttons that you press to light up each shoe. The lights change colors if you press the button twice and stay on until you turn them off. When Nolan is pretending to be an army man, the light comes in handy for his covert missions, along with the compass that is on top of each shoe.

Harper has the Skechers Twinkle Toes shoes for both of her costumes. For her princess costume, we went with TWINKLE TOES: SHUFFLES – STARLIGHT STYLE. These are gold with pink bows and gemstones on the toes that light up when you move in them. They really do look like princess shoes; she always asks to wear them when she plays dress up!

For her rocker look, we went with Skechers’ high-top Twinkle Toes. TWINKLE TOES: SHUFFLES – SWEETHEART SOLE immediately caught my eye when I was looking for shoes for her costume. This style screams punk rock chick, and are really edgy but girly at the same time. She loves the sparkles and they are pink, her favorite color.

No matter what costume your little one decides to wear for Halloween, light-up Skechers are the way to go for footwear. Not only do they add a fun pop to any outfit, they make it easier to keep up with your child in a crowd. Nolan and Harper love wearing them in the dark and giggling at the cool light that comes from their shoes. I love that they get excited about their sneakers and are involved in their own style!

Learn more about Amanda’s Little Southern Life with her beautiful family on her blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

WE APPRECIATE YOU! NOW ENTER TO WIN SHOES!

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We love that our fans all operate at the beat of their own drum. Each of you with your unique style and vision on life are beautiful in your own way. And nothing excites us more than when you tag us on social media!  These images help us get to know you and define the versatility of Skechers style. We appreciate so much that you’re eager to share them with us…and the world!  From working out to chilling at the beach–from play dates to rainy afternoons–from the city to the country, you prove that Skechers knows no boundaries and you inspire us to make sure we never let you down.

It’s #CustomerAppreciationDay at Skechers, but we can tell you’re far more than just a customer when it comes to this brand and that is exactly why we appreciate you so much.  To illustrate how much we adore you and your support of Skechers, we’re giving away FREE shoes!  Scroll past these awesome images to learn how to enter.

Cool shots, right?  Now for the fun part…here’s your lucky chance to win a FREE pair of Skechers!  It’s super easy to enter–just leave a comment below and tell us how many pairs of Skechers you own or when you wore your first pair or anything to get across how you are a big fan of Skechers! We’ll be selecting THREE winners to receive FREE shoes. Leave your comment ASAP as the cutoff for entries is Friday, October 21 at 4PM PDT. We can’t wait to read what you have to say!  Good luck and thanks again for supporting Skechers!

Complete rules for this blog comment contest are available here.
Top image courtesy @vinzyy_ via Instagram.

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!

BLOG TAKEOVER: WORKOUT AT HOME WITH SARA HALEY

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On this Must-do Monday, we asked prenatal and postnatal fitness expert Sara Haley to give us a few tips on easy at-home Fall workouts for busy parents.

Fall is one of the busiest times of year for my family. This year my oldest started kindergarten, and my youngest started preschool three mornings a week. Needless to say, our lives have been full of transitions lately, which also means workouts have fallen lower on the priority list. I’m determined to get my workouts back on track before fall is over. If you’re in the same boat as me, or just looking to switch things up, here are some ways to workout at home and make getting or staying fit a priority this fall.

GET OUTSIDE . . . while you still can! I currently live in Southern California, so this isn’t as much of a problem for me. I was, however, raised in the Chicago suburbs and spent years in New York City before kids, so I know the reality of winter workouts. Take advantage and do as many workouts as you can outside while the weather is nice. You’ll be kicking yourself come January if you don’t. Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 are perfect for slow or fast walks. If you’re a mama, I have some great FREE stroller workouts available on my YouTube channel.

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SWITCH IT UP WITH FALL INSPIRED EXERCISES – As a mom, I sometimes have some “entertaining” to do during my workouts, so this Peek-a-BOO Ghost Squat works my butt, legs and heart while keeping my two-year-old entertained. Squat down (option to take hands covering your face). Push off the floor (opening arms and yelling “Boo”) before landing back in squat. Do a total of 10 in a row. Rest and repeat three more times. I love the Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 air cooled memory foam because it adds support during plyometric exercises like these.

USE PROPS – I love props, or “toys” as I refer to them at home. They make things fun and different, so I don’t get bored, which ultimately means I workout more often. One of my favorite props for fall is of course a pumpkin! Skechers Skech-Air Extreme – Evolve give me the support I need to get the most out of these “Pumpkin Chops” that work the core, legs and butt.

I hope you have the happiest and healthiest fall and are inspired to get outside, perform some fall inspired exercises and use some new props!

Sara Haley is known for her expertise in fitness through pregnancy and motherhood. She has developed a series of workout DVDs for soon-to-be and new moms and speaks often about prenatal fitness on news programs as well as in major newspapers and magazines. Sara is sharing fun and effective Fall-inspired exercises all through October on her blog at sarahaley.com and be sure to follow @sarahaleyfit on Facebook & Instagram for additional healthy lifestyle tips and inspiration.

BEST WOMEN’S FALL BOOTS

We’re back with another look at boot styles… this time, for her!

For this season’s hottest looks, our team has been getting inspiration from the trends gracing the runways and fashion magazines around the world. Booties are hotter than ever, and we’re loving this season’s hottest designs. There are so many rich materials and warm colors to choose from, not to mention the addition of Skechers Memory Foam, which makes any shoe feel so much better. Check out what we have in store for the season!



3AMARILLO – GUNS BLAZIN’

Annie, get your gun (and get these booties, too)! This ruched upper suede bootie is the go-to style when you want to go from dress up to jeans and a fun sweater. Its rich chocolate suede will make you swoon, and the fact that it also comes in black will make you want to buy both colors!

 


5LOVELY

This lovely bootie is exactly that. The warm brown color and Skechers Memory Foam comfort just may have you wearing these all day and night. Who says fashion needs to be painful? Also available in rich chocolate.

 


1-1WINCHESTER – MYSTERIOUS

There is nothing mysterious about this mid-calf boot.  A great look, whether it’s paired with boyfriend jeans or a pencil skirt. A nice sleek leather, this cutie is the perfect black boot for fall.

 

 

4AGENDA

No hidden agenda here, folks. Just a comfortable, rich olive suede bootie with a leather buckle strap across the vamp for added style. We’re loving the lug sole for a little edge. If olive isn’t your thing, it’s available in black too. (At Skechers retail stores and coming soon to skechers.com.)

 


2-2CACTUS MARCHER

Sign me up for these quilted mid-calf lace-ups! Can’t you just picture them peeking out of your favorite long skirt, saying “Look at me!” Available in black only, this marcher is turning heads everywhere.🙂 (At Skechers retail stores and coming soon to skechers.com.)

What new boots are on your must-hit list? Enjoy the season and happy shopping!

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.

 

p1070206SKECHERS SERGEANTS – VERDICT

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.

 

p1070162SKECHERS RELAXED FIT – SEGMENT – ANDER

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!

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