BLOG TAKEOVER: MEN’S STREET STYLE IN SKECHERS

It’s 2017! A new year and an entirely new chance to find a solid resolution – why not make yours to be more stylish? Switch up your look by finding new ways to wear your favorite pair of Skechers with Samuel Anthony of The Frenchy Toast.

3bAs editor of The Frenchy Toast, my goal is to keep men’s fashion simple. I strive to provide men with tools to help them integrate the latest trends into their daily lives. I am thrilled to partner with Skechers to share tips on achieving the perfect street style look.

4aMy business partner, Erik Velasquez (AKA @CasualFridaze51) and I  partnered with photographer Natalie Miller to shoot these looks in downtown Phoenix. Although Erik and I shoot each other every week, it was exciting for us to both be in front of the camera. It sounds crazy, but it was actually our first time shooting together!

I’m pleased to report that it was a huge success! We dissected and analyzed the current street style trends and simplified them into the following four tips:

TIP #1: Get more use out of your athletic shoes (get Samuel’s Flex Advantage 2.0 – Missing Link style here) or casual sneakers (get Erik’s Crossroads shoe here) by dressing them up with a lightweight sweater or collared shirt.

TIP #2: Switch up your next casual look by mixing your favorite pair of Skechers sneakers (get Erik’s Bunker soles here || Samuel’s boots at select Skechers stores) with a heavy knit cardigan.

TIP #3: Pair Skechers work boots (get Samuel’s Skechers Work Relaxed Fit: Pettus – Grafford St boots here || Erik’s Bruiser boots here) with dark denim and a flannel for one of our favorite go-to outfits.

TIP #4: For the quintessential street style look, grab tailored joggers and pair them with the all-new Bunker sneakers from Skechers (get them here) along with a fitted bomber jacket.

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Remember to have fun! Wear your clothes, don’t let them wear you!!

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Erik in the Mark Nason Los Angeles Venice sneaker.

Skechers offers a variety of options for each one of these looks. Use these tips as starting points as you start to develop your own personal style. Have more questions? Not a problem – leave them in the comment section below, or feel free to reach out to @SamuelAnthony via Instagram.

Above: Erik in the Briggs boot; Samuel in the Mark Nason Goodman boot.

FIT TIPS FOR 2017

New year, new you! It’s that time again, when many of us make ambitious plans to get in shape. More than a few struggle to stick to it month after month – we all know how hard it is to balance those workouts with everything else going on in our lives! Approach your 2017 fitness goals differently this year and take a look at how some of our team plans to get in shape (and do their best to stay there)!

img_7852Joan – Be realistic! I make realistic fitness and nutrition goals like working out 3 times per week
(vs. 5 times) or not eating carbs after 2:00pm Monday through Friday (vs. every day). This way I can try to outdo myself rather than get discouraged by not meeting unrealistic goals.

Matt the Couch Potato – This year I’m going to limit the amount of alcohol I drink since it’s just empty calories.  I’m going to get up off the couch and walk around more…. maybe throw down some walking lunges or squats on the way out the door… carry a big water bottle with me all the time to get those crucial 64 ounces a day, minimum… and use it for bicep curls! Just remember to include some healthy moves and choices each day….

Brooklyn – My tips for staying healthy is to eat regularly but don’t eat too much at one sitting. A lot of people eat the most for dinner, but my tip would be to try and keep each meal even; if you need a larger meal, it should be for breakfast or lunch, not dinner.

Also, keeping a consistent workout schedule is key to maintaining a healthy body and mind. Set a goal and make it your priority – the longer you stay on track, the more it becomes a habit or routine and the easier it is to maintain.

img_7738Joey – New year, new workout plan. Best tips that help me are to 1) work out with friends and 2) switch it up. Working out with friends not only helps motivate me to go, but creates competition, so I work out a bit harder. By mixing it up, I don’t get bored with the same routines everyday. Also, it is important so your muscles don’t get used to the same exercises.

Lacey – When the days are shortest (and it’s really dark and cold for my 6AM workout days) I’ll go to sleep in my workout clothes so that I have to go when my alarm goes off.

Lola – Find a workout buddy and motivate them to continue with their fitness plan – and vice versa!

Jack – Running in a nice pair of lightweight shoes through the neighborhood around my place is what keeps me going through the holidays.

Pasquel – I try not to pay attention to anyone around me when the gym gets crowded after the new year.  I know what I need to do and I’m ready to be awesome.  It doesn’t matter what stage of fitness anyone else is at… I’m on a mission for me and me alone!

Dolores – my goal for 2017:

  1. Sweat 1x a day!
  2. Only eat until you are full. (eat slowly)

Ruth – my fitness inspo: Drink water as soon as you wake up in the morning. Before coffee or food. Sign yourself up for classes early so it forces you to go and get your money’s worth.

Selina – The get fit tip that has worked best for me is pre-planning, whether it be meal planning or planning out physical activity. I am much more motivated to eat healthy if I have meals ready to go rather than deciding what to eat just before every meal. It makes it easier to get to the gym when outfits are laid out in advance and the gym is planned into my schedule.

img_7815Mila – I love Seinfeld’s tip for getting stuff done; it applies to workouts too. Grab a calendar and marker, exercise a little every day and add an X over each day once you’re done. You’ll soon have a chain of Xs, and your only job then is to not break the chain (especially helpful for those times when your enthusiasm fades a few weeks in). It’s great way to stop focusing on the big goals and just stay committed to each and every day.

What tips do you have for getting and staying in shape this year? Tell us in the comments!

SHARE YOUR FAVE 2016 PAIR TO WIN!

Now that the holiday madness is coming to a close, we’re all taking some time to gather our thoughts and reflect on our wild, jam-packed 2016… and what was most important to us as a Skechers team was the incredible love and support that each of you gave us this past year. From connecting with us on our blog, social sites and skechers.com to visiting all of our stores, you’ve been great supporters, embracing our designs and sharing them with the world.

In tribute to all of you, we wanted to highlight some of your gorgeous photos, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being such amazing fans of our brand. As Skechers enters its 25th year in 2017, we can’t wait to continue this amazing journey with you and make next year our best ever (and share all the great new styles we’ve got in store)!

As our way of saying thanks, we’re sending off 2016 with one final contest: share your favorite 2016 Skechers style with us in the comments, and you could win a free pair of Skechers for 2017! We’re selecting TWO winners from the comments, and are choosing the winners tomorrow, 12/30 at 4pm PST… so don’t wait! You can check out our contest rules here.

And if you happened to snap more great photos in Skechers during your holiday trip, we’d love for you to share them on social for a chance to win a $25 Skechers gift card! We select a winner on each social channel every month, and can’t wait to see your latest pics. See our #SpottedinSkechers rules here for more info.

Hugs to each and every one of you as we start 2017 together… WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!

Top featured image by SMS 7stagram_o0 IG.

BLOG TAKEOVER: LORNA WEIGHTMAN STYLES SKECHERS

I work on my feet all day long, from shoots to filming TV and running around Dublin and most of Ireland to do my job. With this in mind I have to look after my feet, and I have been a long standing fan of Skechers. Aside from the support each pair gives, I feel I never have to compromise on style with either sneakers or shoes, and some of my most loved blog posts have been wearing some form of Skechers footwear! My followers on instagram love my shoe posts and in particular how I style my Skechers in each of my pictures. Me and my Skechers have been everywhere together in 2016!

Most recently, I traveled to Africa on a charity trip where I was out filming on mountains, remote villages and even Kilimanjaro! For those few important days I wore Skechers lightweight sneakers to keep my feet cool and comfortable. I cannot tell you how much I love Skechers Memory Foam! Every time I put on my trainers, my feet soak up the sponginess that encases them! I swear my feet have never been so happy! I love black trainers as I wear them with skirts and tights as much as I do with my favourite skinny jeans. My favourite pair right now have a snake skin print on the soles which gives a nod to the trend of the season!

I wear these to work but also to the gym! I love strength and conditioning training and when I am lifting weights I need to have my feet level on the ground. I find Skechers gives me the centre of gravity I need to support my feet and legs when I train. You have to protect your body when working out, so I started wearing  Skechers GOrun or Skechers GOtrail depending on the terrain for this great support they give me. Runs have never felt this great!

I’ve recently converted my Mum to wearing Skechers too for when she walks, and I am glad to report that she’s a fan too. We even have some of the same pairs! For anyone who wants to have a balance of supportive footwear for walking, training or just your regular day, there’s a Skechers shoe for you.

Lorna Weightman is one of Ireland’s leading fashion commentators and television personalities who shifts her time between Dublin and London. She’s contributed to many major Irish publications and can be seen often on television as a stylist and commentator speaking about the latest trends and fashion news.  Visit her blog at beaut.ie to keep up with her latest styles and be sure to follow @styleisleIRL on twitter and instagram!

SKECHERS PETS OF INSTAGRAM

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For pet lovers everywhere it’s hard to find anything that brings more joy to the world than our four legged furry friends. And with the holiday season in full swing now that we are deep into wrapping paper, we turned to Instagram to find some of our favorites. Maya seen above looks nothing short of adorable with her reindeer ears. We imagine she just brought in that pair of Flex Advantage 2.0 sneakers to surprise her daddy on Christmas morning. Follow @mayathedox to see more!

The felines seem to approach the holidays in different ways. Albert (below, left) is ready for the snow in a cozy sweater. He couldn’t care less about the cold when out and about with his human friend wearing the Relaxed Fit Marselo boot built to tackle the elements. See more at @albertbabycat.

Some cats take on the role of dogs and protect property at all costs. Mick (above, right) sits stoically guarding a pair of Mecca – Sawmill boots for a young boy in the house. He’s daring you to try and challenge him and won’t rest until these shoes are worn and enjoyed in amazing snowplay. Emma (below, left) takes a more…we’ll call it direct…approach to the job. This little girl won’t ever let these cozy BOBS Plush slip-ons leave her paws! If you need to go out you’ll probably have to suffer through copious amounts of kitty cuddling first!  Follow Mick at @meowing_mick and Emma at @furryboy.leo.

For a cool Yorkie who is beyond ready to open presents check out Joey above. Have you ever seen a pup more eager for present time to begin?  The cleverly positioned men’s Mark Nason Parker boot and women’s Winchester – Mysterious boot send a covert signal that he’s ready for a walk.  Like right now. As seen below, Lucy and Emily can get by without a human friend. At least that’s what Lucy wants you to think as she’s put on a pair of D’Lites herself and is all set for the adventures that come. Emily clearly isn’t having it and despite Lucy’s best wishes will still beg for endless petting. Joey can be seen @joey__bateman and follow the ongoing mischief of Lucy and Emily @pupsonpar.

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Last week in the spirit of the holidays we held a Skechers pet adoption event for the first time at our headquarters in Manhattan Beach. Our BOBS for DOGS charity partner Best Friends Animal Society stopped by with an adoption van and information for new pet owners. Countless essential items were donated to local pet shelters and everyone from the office loved hanging out and spreading cheer with dogs and cats for an afternoon and the puppy and kitty below (plus another kitty) found lucky new parents and forever homes! Learn more about the No-Kill LA initiative here.

We love seeing furry friends! If you have cool pictures of your pets please share on Instagram with #PetsOfSkechers.  Maybe we’ll feature you next time!  Happy holidays!

ON TREND WITH BLACK AND WHITE SNEAKERS

Want us to let you in on a little secret? If you are one of those people who likes simple and trendy but struggles to choose between the two, the time is NOW to jump on the Black and White sneaker look. Team Skechers is here to help you introduce this hot current style into your daily fashion!

LOOK 1: MRS. FASHIONISTA

Fads may come and go but having those basics on your feet won’t because of one simple fact: they pair with EVERYTHING!  You can style them with velvet purple overalls or funky patterned pants. No matter how out there or fashionable the outfit, a sneaker like the black leather Omney – Kort Klassix or knitted white Skechers Burst – City Scene will do just the trick.

LOOK 2: STREET SLEEK

This is the ultimate unisex trend, so men pay attention too! Whether you need black, white, or black AND white sneaks, Skechers has got you covered for all occasions. The comfy casual man can rock this look in a pair of DressKnit Mark Nason Monza slip-on loafers and the street sleek gal can work it in the retro Skechers Originals OG 90.  No matter how you hit the town, this look can work for you!

LOOK 3: ATHLEISURE

With countless options for both men and women that fit the B&W sporty sneaker trend, you won’t ever need to think about coordinating an outfit for those 2017 New Year gym sessions!  To complete the gym look, wear a colorful pair of work out shorts or top with your black and white sneakers. The color will pop while also bringing attention to the shoe!  Start sweating your way to your resolutions in the Flex Advantage 2.0  for him or the Skechers Burst for her.

Now that you’re all caught up, be sure to stock up on those Black and White essentials. You can find even more options for women here and men here. And thanks to the Air-cooled Memory Foam insole in every pair, you will be on-trend with comfort included. No more standing in front of the mirror deciding what to put on–with a pair of black and white sneakers you can wear whatever you want—even those velvet overalls!

BLOG TAKEOVER: THREE WAYS TO LOOK CUTE IN WINTER BOOTS

Great boots are even better with a great stylist! We asked Michelle’s Paige how to dress up our most popular Skechers boots of the season… read on for three new ways to dress up your look.

I don’t know about you all, but when the temperatures start to really drop, so does my patience for putting together cute looks. All I really want to do is stay cuddled in my PJs and binge watch Netflix all day… but that’s not realistic for a gal on the go. In my mind, a good outfit starts with a good pair of shoes, so I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Skechers to round up a few easy ways to look cute this winter without sacrificing your style.

COZY UP

First up, I’m wearing these snuggly Skechers Keepsakes – Peekaboo booties that are so cozy and warm, I feel like I am walking around all day in my slippers! I definitely wanted to showcase peeks of the faux fur interior and the tweed fabric, so I paired these booties with cozy socks and basic black leggings. I completed this look with an oversized poncho sweater which added to the comfy nature of this overall outfit, making it perfect for cozy weekends. These booties are available at select Skechers stores.

WINTER WONDERFUL

Next up, I’m wearing an all-weather winter look thanks to the Skechers Highlanders – Portland boot. (You can’t tell in these photos, but the ground was still wet after a rain storm, so I was sinking into the mud!) So you can trust me when I say having these boots are perfect for trudging through fall/winter snow, slush and overall gross, muddy weather! I love that unlike most classic rain boots or duck boots, these have Thinsulate™ insulation for added warmth and comfort. Plus, the tan and navy color of these boots perfectly fits into my cold weather uniform of skinny jeans and neutral sweaters.

 

GO GLAM

Last but certainly not least, I’m showing you all how I dress up a pair of winter booties. That’s right – it’s possible to wear a pair of winter boots in a glam way! Usually when I head out to a holiday party, I wear my winter boots and then bring an alternate pair of shoes to slip on once I arrive at the party. With winter booties this cute, there is no need to change! They even have a hidden mini wedge! I decided to go for a monochrome black and gray look while wearing the Skch Plus 3 – Trois booties (at select Skechers stores). The darker shades keep the look sleek and make it look even dressier. I added polka dot tights and a red lip for some fun accessories and to help break up the dark shades in this look.

Which outfit was your favorite? How do you style your winter Skechers styles?

Michelle’s Paige is a personal style blog hoping to inspire visitors to take risks and test out trends as they get dressed each day. Check out Michelle’s site and her pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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