SUMMER WRAP UP

Can you believe we’ve reached Labor Day weekend already?  It feels like it was only yesterday that we were celebrating the start of the summer by planning out all the exciting things we would do and now here we are at the end. Yes, we know that technically summer continues for a couple more weeks but let’s be honest, with a new school year kicking off, busier schedules and cooler weather on the way, the sunniest season will soon be fading into the rear view mirror.

As you kick back and relax with friends and family on one last summer weekend, it’s a great time to take a moment and consider all the great things you’ve done the last couple months.  Did you get through your entire summer plans list?  We wanted to share some of our favorite moments with Skechers discovered on Instagram. Based on what we’re seeing, it looks like it’s been a fantastic couple months for everyone. From @momdutyblog having family fun at a park above to all the relaxation, dancing and adventures seen in the gallery below. Thank you to all who tagged #skechers this summer, and please keep it up!  We love seeing your pix and can’t wait to see how you style and wear skechers in the autumn months ahead!

ESCAPE TO IRELAND

As summer comes to a close, we’re wrapping up our series of great escapes with the gorgeous country of Ireland! We chose seven Irish cities and towns famous for their history, culture, character, sports and even shopping (perfect for grabbing another pair of Skechers). Read, explore, enjoy!

DUBLIN

The capital of Ireland is the country’s number one tourist destination. Dublin holds so many museums dedicated to Ireland’s history, not to mention it’s also the number one shopping destination with streets upon streets in the city centre and centres like Blanchardstown, Swords, Liffey Valley and Tallaght.

We recommend taking a trip to The National Museum of Ireland if you’re traveling to Dublin. You will learn all about Irish art, culture and natural history. You can also visit the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery Bow St. in Dublin to get a true taste of Ireland! And you have to try the fish and chips at the Brazen Head–Ireland’s oldest pub established in 1198.

If you’re not into history or shopping, take a bus out to Dublin Zoo, the largest zoo in Ireland! It’s situated right next to Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence and working headquarters of the Irish President. If you’re lucky, you might even see Michael D. Higgins!

WATERFORD

Take a walk along The Quay River in Waterford (part of the River Suir) and stop off on Broad Street to do a little shopping along your way. The entire city is built on the south bank of the river and the views are great for a few Instagram moments!

After your walk along The Quay, stop off at Waterford Crystal! Waterford Crystal has been around since 1783. You can take a factory tour, watch crystal production, visit their retail store, and, of course, enjoy a nice cup of coffee!

DUNDALK

Dundalk is one for you soccer fanatics! Dundalk FC has won the SSE Airtricity, Premier League for the third season in a row! With matches every other week, we would certainly recommend attending a game!

We’d also recommend taking a trip to Cooley Whiskey Visitor Centre located in Martin’s Bar on the main Dundalk to Carlingford Road. There are whiskey tours and tasting events, but make sure you pre-book!

BELFAST

Skechers Hi-Lites in front of the Titanic exhibit

If you’re taking a trip to Belfast, you must visit the Titanic exhibition! You can check out the shipyard and explore underwater to uncover the true legend of the Titanic in the city where the majestic ship was built and set sail.

You can also visit the Ulster Museum in Belfast to view some of the art, furnishings and costumes of the Renaissance times.

For a true taste of Ireland, take a trip to St. Georges Market on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. It was built in the 1800’s and is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions.

CORK

There is lots to see and do in Cork, whether you want to visit the Blackrock Observatory, walk through The English Market (Queen Elizabeth visited on her trip here a few years ago), take a tour of the Cork Women’s Gaol (a former women’s prison), or see the Jameson Distillery in Midleton. Take a trip out to one of Ireland’s top tourist destinations, Blarney Castle where you can kiss The Blarney Stone and receive the Irish “gift of the gab.” To take in all of Cork, we would definitely recommend taking the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour.

If sightseeing isn’t your thing, don’t worry! Cork is great for shopping and is full of delicious restaurants and cafes. As Cork is so diverse, you could end up anywhere, so we recommend taking a pair of Skechers with memory foam to keep you going through the day!

CRAIGAVON

Craigavon is located in Armagh in the north of Ireland. Craigavon refers to the space between two towns. The town is built between two man-made lakes. The lakes are surrounded by woodland with walking trails. There is also a water sports centre, petting zoo, golf course and ski slope in the area.

ATHLONE

Athlone in Westmeath is a town on the River Shannon near the south shore of Lough Ree in Ireland. It has the second highest population in the midlands.

There are many hidden gems in Athlone, but we recommend visiting Athlone Castle and Peter & Paul’s Church and taking a walk along the river Shannon.

Athlone Castle is over 5000 years old and is located on the banks of the Shannon. During the summer, it is open seven days a week and is worth the trip.

There is so much to do in Ireland with 32 counties in Ireland and Northern Ireland. And we’ve only mentioned seven, so plan a trip and visit all 32 – we’d recommend making a summer out of it!  And if you need comfortable shoes on your adventure, we actually have 14 Skechers stores open in Ireland so it’s easy to find the perfect pair as you travel!

Hope you enjoyed our summer travel series! Where did you adventure to this summer? Tell us in the comments!

 

FOUR TIPS FOR THE COLLEGE-BOUND

A member of our team just headed back to college (like many of you)… now a senior, she looks back on her past college years with lots of great experiences under her belt – and four easy tips to make your years just as fun and memorable. Read on for some great advice on how to make the most of your time on campus.

I can’t believe it, but I’m finally back at school for my last year at the University of South Carolina. Saying goodbye to my family in California is always tough, but I have established such an amazing group of friends at school and have come to love South Carolina and think of it as a second home!

Starting a new semester is always refreshing for me because I get to take on the challenge of tackling new classes and figuring out an entirely new schedule, which is always jam packed between classes, internships, teaching fitness classes, and spending time with my friends! I think that it is really important to figure out a routine that works for you, especially at the beginning of a new semester when there is so much going on! Here are some of my tips for starting your semester off on the right foot:

1) Choose classes that are most interesting to you and that are being taught by the best professors, even if that means waking up early for an 8 a.m. class.

2) Write everything down! I always carry around a notebook so that I can jot down assignments, meetings, and other plans that pop up throughout the day. I have definitely forgotten about deadlines in the past, so this is a must-do for me!

3) Schedule time to work out once in a while! I teach classes at my gym, which gives me the opportunity to move my body while focusing on inspiring my peers. Since working out is my job, I am pretty much always wearing comfortable shoes like the Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 – Bold Move so I can go from class to gym in no time!

Flex Appeal 2.0 – Bold Move

4) Always say yes to spending time with friends. It is easy to get caught up in the stress of writing papers and studying for exams, but take advantage of every minute that you have to hang out with the people who know you the best! My friends and I love going on mini road trips on the weekends; nearby Charleston is probably one of our favorite places to go! I love wearing the Skechers Vaso – Flor on fun girls’ weekends because they go with pretty much everything and are comfortable enough to explore new places in!

The Vaso – Flor sneaker

As a rising senior, I can honestly say how quickly college flies by! Take advantage of every opportunity; there will be tons. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and fail; those mistakes and failures will teach you so much more than acing an exam or winning an award ever will. Lastly, remember to have fun!

What wisdom have you gathered during your school years? Share your best memories with us!

At top: The Flex Appeal 2.0 – Bold Move in black and white.

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!

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