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!

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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!

BLOG TAKEOVER: MISS MINUS SIZED STYLES UP SUMMER

Warm weather is quickly approaching… so we asked popular blogger Miss Minus Sized for a few unique ways to style her favorite Skechers this season.

I’m looking forward to trading my well used and abused winter boots for effortless casual pairs that can be chic, functional AND versatile. That’s a lot to ask of a pair of shoes, you say? Read on to see why, for these three particular styles, it isn’t.:)

 

Look 1: Summer Casual

This style will be your go-to entry to chic city this summer. I’ve literally been daydreaming of a day in the near future when I can wear this fun look on a sunny Sunday coffee run or an afternoon of pool-side lounging. These comfortable Criss-Crossover sandals (at select Skechers stores) come in the most versatile neutral camel shade, and are the perfect accessory to balance out the fun colors and prints in this breezy blouse + distressed shorties combo! Or pair them with cool, breezy beach pants perfect for soaking up the summer rays.

 

Look 2: Flirty Florals

Bohemian romance is a big trend this year, and a breezy floral dress like this one is the perfect gateway into it! Boho details like tassels, fringe and vintage jewelry set the perfect stage for the carefree vibe of Golden Hour sandals. Throw in a braid or two and a nice roomy tote, and we’re all set for the farmer’s market, brunch or pretty much anything that requires getting some of that Vitamin D.:)

 

Look 3: Laid-Back Layers

Whether you identify yourself as sporty or not, let’s admit it… comfortable sneakers are a necessity. I used to be the kind who reserves her sneakers for gym trips, working out and such, but consider me reformed! Now, if you happen to run into me, nine times out of ten, I’m in a pair of cute but comfy sneakers. These grey B’Weavers are such a great update to my basic sneaker line-up. The color works across all seasons and just like the other neutrals, seems to go with everything!

 

Criss Crossover Sandals full look 3Sushmitha (a.k.a. Miss Minus Sized) is a doctoral student in the biomedical sciences, and credits fashion as her creative escape from the daily trials of academic life. Her blog documents her evolving personal style at a budget of less than $50 a month. You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

GET MONOCHROMATIC WITH NORMCORE FEATURING D’LITES

Sometimes you just want to be comfortable without the flash and effort that goes into dressing to impress. Now those everyday anti-trend casual basics of the nineties has evolved into a style unto itself and two decades later that blank canvas look has become the trend known as normcore. Built on the foundation of blending in with unpretentious and average-looking style—it’s a rejection of the loud and flashy look-at-me culture driving our social media reality-tv obsessed world. Finally, it’s hot to be comfortable and desirable to be effortlessly basic. As Skechers was born in the nineties, we still offer designs inspired by the looks of that era that will flawlessly pair to your everyday normcore style.

Perfect for hanging out with friends on the weekend or a night out in the city feeling cool and comfortable, Skechers D’Lites have been a mainstay in the collection for more than decade.  Inspired by the big unisex Skechers Sport sneakers born in the nineties, every pair has been updated with a soft Skechers Memory Foam insole that delivers total comfort.  Available in whites and blacks, these styles pair perfectly with denim and a tee or go with the overalls and dress it down even more. Who cares so why not?   Seen in the photos:   Biggest Fan in black/white and Fresh Start in black.

As summer approaches and the days get hotter, the sunshine practically demands you wear sandals. With platform outsoles that deliver an incredible amount of cushioning, the Cali Cloud9 and Skechers Burst—Introspect sandals will feel great heading to an outdoor concert or festival, browsing at the record store, or just lounging around. Available in basic blacks and whites, these sandals will match up with worn jean shorts and the first plain tee you grab in your drawer.

Normcore means different things to everyone so tell us your thoughts on today’s top trend in the comments.  We also want to see how you pair Skechers to create the perfect look.  Show us your favorites on Instragram with #skechersstyle and #normcore today!

 

BLOG TAKEOVER: A DAY IN A MOM’S LIFE

 

In celebration of Mother’s Day next week, we asked the multi-talented Amy Kavelaris to share moments of her life as a mom. The artist, author, illustrator, art school owner and blogger dressed up in her favorite Skechers and shared her personal side with us in a series of beautiful snaps that chronicle a day in her life.

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Although I work from home several days a week, we are also constantly on-the-go. Truth be told, we are crazy about our Skechers and how they have every kind of shoe for every activity under the sun. Their Skechers Memory Foam insoles are dreamy and I am often amazed at all of the different beautiful styles!

Here we are at my art school, Bloom-Prints Studio. In this beautiful, eclectic space, with original hard-wood plank floors dating back to the turn of the century, I am constantly inspired while teaching fine art classes to all ages.

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“Surround yourself with great content” has always been my motto, so as often as we can, our little family loves to find a great museum, or a historical site for inspiration. We adore our Milwaukee Art Museum, and the classes and enrichment they offer (you might have seen it featured in Transformers 3).

Since my husband and I both own businesses, we are constantly working. So, as a family we find it crucial to unplug and find time to play with our sweet girl. We live in the Midwest in an area called the “Lake Country.” So of course whether it is spring, summer, fall or winter… you can usually find us at the lake.

And ANY opportunity we get, we spend time outdoors. Here we are, parkside, reading our book Bloom With Mi which I wrote and illustrated. It’s a sweet story about a girl named “Mi” who learns how to give back and celebrate others, and a portion of every sale goes towards a different give-back organization each month.

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Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and blooming Mother’s Day! And thank you for stopping by!

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Picnic 3Drawn in black and white to connect with every girl, Amy Kavelaris’ best-selling book Bloom with Mi is a sweet tale of a girl named “Mi” who has an opportunity to make life about herself… or about others. Every time she decides to use her gifts for someone else, she leaves her “bloom” behind. Follow the Bloom With Mi journey on Instagram as @AmyKavs, at Amy’s blog or on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

BLOG TAKEOVER: GET HEALTHY WITH SARA HALEY

Hey Moms! One of our biggest struggles is how to take care of ourselves while taking care of our kids, so today we’re talking to fitness and lifestyle mompreneur Sara Haley on how we can stay fit, healthy and happy as parents. She has a lot of wise advice from her experiences in the mommy trenches… read on to learn seven easy ways you can improve your life, every day.

 

1. Get outside! The weather can have a huge effect on your health and happiness. Even when it’s not so nice, I still encourage you to get outside whenever you can. The fresh air wakes you up and when the sun is out, it can’t help but put you in a better mood. Walk wherever you can, with or without the kids, and maybe even turn it into a workout! (P.S. If you’re looking for some workout inspiration, check out my free 10 Day Upper Body Blast workout at UpperBodyBlast.com.)

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2. Keep your Bag of Health stocked! If you don’t have one, you need to keep one with you always, so you don’t give in to bad habits just because you weren’t prepared. I keep mine packed by the front door, or just leave it in my car.

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My Bag of Health is always stocked with:

1) water

2) a lock (in case I make it to the gym)

3) fiber and/or protein bars

4) an extra bag to help keep it green with any last minute shopping

5) My Skechers (Flex Appeal – Obvious Choice is my favorite), leggings, a sports bra and top

Having these things on me at all times helps keep me healthy by keeping me hydrated, avoiding evil cravings, and giving me a chance to get a last-minute workout. Add anything that will save you from your normal excuses!

 

3. Hydrate! I always make sure that both my kids and I stay hydrated. My number one health tip for everyone, but especially moms and moms-to-be, is that when you think you are hungry, you are more than likely just dehydrated, so drink H20 as often as you can! Keep a water bottle on you at all times (like in your Bag of Health).

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4. Start cleaning – housework counts! Did you know that 30 minutes of vacuuming burns 119 calories and 30 minutes of washing your floor burns 187 calories? Seriously, if you can’t fit in a traditional workout, than start cleaning! I just slip on my Skechers Stretch Fit: Glider – Deep Space shoes (no laces required), pull out my favorite vacuum and start burning some calories and clearing my mind. There’s nothing that makes me feel better than sitting down in a tidied up, crumb-free room. (Did I really just say that? LOL #momlife)

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5. Laugh and smile as often as possible. Smiling is contagious. When you’re having a “mom moment” or better yet, when your kids are having a “kid moment,” SMILE or make them laugh! Tickling is a guaranteed path to laughter at my house. The sound of children’s laughter, especially my own boys’, is music to my ears. It makes me feel like I’m doing my job right. Remember, staying healthy isn’t just about the food we eat and the way we move our bodies, but about how we feel too.
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6. Do nothing. What? Yeah, right! Trust me, I know the feeling. When my oldest is at preschool and my youngest is down for a nap, I immediately get cleaning, start writing, make a phone call, check social media, the list goes on and on. But I’m encouraging you, as well as reminding myself, to take five minutes (or even more) and just sit, breathe, and have a moment to tell yourself “Good job, Mama.”

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7. Bonus Tip: Let it go! Fellow mamas will understand this one: I was trying to get a pic of me and my boys in our Skechers, but the timing was horrible. Landon (my oldest) had just come home from school and was clearly exhausted and not into it. I thought about it and said to myself, “Sara, just let it go. It’s not that important.” And let’s be honest, in the scheme of things it wasn’t. So for your mental health, and for your kids, pick your battles and choose sometimes to Let It Go!

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Thanks for listening! I hope these tips will help you in your quest to be a fit, healthy, and happy mom.

 

SaraHaleypicSara Haley is an active mom of two and creator of the Expecting MORE workout series for moms and moms-to-be. Check out her workout programs at SaraHaley.com/shop and chat with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or Periscope @sarahaleyfit.









SKECHERS CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

Nearly 25 years ago, Skechers was born in a beautiful place (on a beach house overlooking the ocean) so it’s safe to say that we love the great outdoors. It’s one of the many reasons we take Earth Day to heart. This day always inspires and empowers us to realize the many ways we can help the world.

This year, we wanted to celebrate how even the smallest actions can make a big difference. We took our beloved BOBS Sailboat alpargatas on a journey to find three simple ways to make the world beautiful.

START A GARDEN

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Whether you have a huge yard or a tiny balcony, a garden is always a lovely way to help the world and create beauty in your home. Try planting your own vegetables this season as a new spring project, or a few bright flowers to brighten up your space. Live in a low water region? The drier weather has introduced a number of gorgeous flora to people’s landscapes and are making drought-tolerant flowers, succulents and grasses more popular than ever.

TIDY UP THE BEACH

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Those of us who visit the beach (or the lucky few who live there) know how beautiful it can be, and how much of an eye sore it is when garbage is left on it. But even worse is the impact of this trash, which can choke and entangle sea animals, wreck our oceans, contaminate the seafood we eat and more.

If you’re heading to the sand this season, take 10 minutes out of your beach day to pick up a bag of trash. It’s a quick task that everyone can do to make a huge difference.

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Pull out your trusty old bike, dust it off and ride it to work! It’s a great alternative to your gas guzzler – not just for helping the earth, but also for your physical and emotional well-being. Long commute? Make it a weekend thing with friends. Cruise over to your favorite brunch spot together: it’ll amaze you how much more of the world you’ll see when you’re not behind the wheel.

Last but not least are the BOBS Sailboat alpargatas we took on our journey… we were overjoyed to hear how eco-friendly our pair was (made of hemp, a renewable resource that uses less watering, less land and is better on the environment than cotton). And even better, every purchase of BOBS means that Skechers can help save the lives of dogs and cats as well as support kids in need – a great way to make the world even greater.

How are you helping earth every day? Share your tips in the comments!

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