GET CHARGED FOR ENERGY LIGHTS

Our Energy Lights rechargeable shoes have been a huge hit this year – our kids’ styles have flown off the shelves since they launched, and now they’re available for adults as well! Everyone loves wearable technology, and these sneakers have so many light combinations (seven unique lights, four different modes and up to six hours on a single charge) that the world can’t get enough of them. Plus, they’re so easy to charge and go – Energy Lights even come with their own USB cable!

Here’s how simple Energy Lights are to charge and use:

1. LIFT FLAPS – Right behind each sneaker’s tongue is Energy Lights’ charging port – just flip up the tongue flap cover, and you’re ready for charging.

2. INSERT CABLES – Energy Lights have a dual cable so you can charge both shoes simultaneously. Just insert the cables into the ports on each shoe (make sure to push the end of the USB firmly into the port, so that the shoe will properly charge).

3. PLUG IN – Connect the other side of the cable to a computer, or a USB plug adapter if you have one. Once the cable is properly connected, the lights on the sole will flash red when it’s charging.

4. UNPLUG AND GO – It’ll take approximately two hours for your Energy Lights to fully charge – the red lights on the sole will turn off once they’re done charging. Make sure to unplug the cables when done (don’t overcharge or leave plugged in overnight).

Once you’re done wearing your Energy Lights, you can hold the power button on your tongue down for three seconds to turn them off.

Still need to get a pair? You can find them here. Leave your Energy Lights questions for us in the comments!

 

CHENGDU: A SKECHERS CITY WALK

Skechers is exceptionally popular in China and our team there invites you to join us on a fascinating photo exploration of the capital city of China’s Sichuan province—ChengDu. Follow along for some insight into the small aspects of life within this massive 2,300 year-old mega city.

When speaking of ChengDu, the first word that often comes into mind has to be “spice”. This feels relevant for its food, its people, and its fashion. And today, wearing her Skechers, ChengDu local girl Boa will walk us through the less-seen “slow-living” face of this provincial capital of Sichuan.

 

First stop:
Ming Tang Creative Hub
No.55 Kuixinglou Street, Qingyang District, Chengdu, China

Prior to its recent transformation, this traditional, Germanic building was idle for years. Now it has become a creative hub filled with young creatives in Chengdu, hosting exhibitions, creative salons, live shows, music performances and creative fairs all year round. You’ll know you’ve entered the carpentry workshop on the second floor as soon as the wall of specialized carpentry tools comes into sight. Similar but also very different to pottery and floriculture workshops, this space offers carpentry production experience and customized carpentry service.

NU CAFÉ is a well-known place not only for its “20RMB unlimited-refills” of Americano, but also its leisure atmosphere and the panoptic windows filled with event posters. Keep walking through the cafe and you will find NU SPACE that sells all kinds of contemporary artwork.

Second stop:
XIAOTONGXIANG
Qingyang district, Chengdu City, China

Right next to NU SPACE, XIAOTONGXIANG is like the other side of the coin. Each store is like its own little world and you can even see the neighborhood hanging clothes in the balconies when you raise your head. This area defines “slow-living” in Chengdu.

Hidden in XIAOTONGXIANG, the BAOXIAN Xinjiang Rice Noodles restaurant is a Xinjiang restaurant, but with a breath of Japanese literature. Famous for its Beef Rice Noodles, it also sells handmade pottery.

Third stop:
Taikoo Li
No.8 Zhongshamao Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu, China

Located in between the historic DACI Temple and the Chunxi Road Commercial Area, Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu is representative of traditional architectural style with its modern technique, bringing the Chengdu marketplace back to life and offering an overlapped experience of both fast & slow-living. A perfect example of this is at MIXUN Tea House which brings a traditional atmosphere into the cosmopolitan Taikoo Li, offering a chance to “pause” and enjoy a cup of tea within the “spices” of people and fashion in Taikoo Li.


Between “Hellos” and “Good-byes” in a city injected with fresh air and new energies, Chengdu is a “living” example of combining slow-living with modern development.  So while spice comes to mind in this part of China, SLOW-LIVING is an even better label for Chengdu–and Spring in this city, is definitely one of a kind.

Bao is seen above wearing the Skechers Burst – City Scene,  Skechers GOwalk 4 – All Day Comfort and a limited style from the Skechers GOwalk Sport collection as she explored ChengDu. Find your perfect comfortable pair of Skechers for shopping, chilling or city-walking today at skechers.com.  

 

CELEBRATE YOUR INDEPENDENCE

From BBQ bashes to parades, the beach to the lake, there are tons of ways to create your own unique look and salute 1776 with a fresh new spin – in fun, spirited ways with family and friends.

We love making Skechers our personal anthem for the 4th. Whether it’s a breezy cool dress and a cute pair of flats; sporting red, white and blue soles with a classic American tee and denim (and completing the look with our Skechers watches!) or syncing up Energy Lights to blaze through fireworks night, there are endless ways to style up, celebrate and salute this wonderful patriotic tradition.

Want to kick off your July 4th celebration with a new pair of Skechers? Enter our Independence Day sweeps and you can win! Just tell us your favorite style for the long weekend in the comments to win! See all the details here.

Above: Skechers Sport styles for him and her.

Left: the pooch-friendly Burst 2.0 – Smeeton sneaker.

Clockwise on gallery: Energy Lights, Cleo flats, BOBS espadrilles and Skechers USA watches.

LITTLE SOUTHERN WIFE’S SKECHERS WORKOUT

From being a mom of three to blogging and staying fit, Amanda of Little Southern Life does it all! We partnered with our guest blogger to learn more about her mindset on getting in shape, and how Skechers fits into her regular fitness attire. Check out her thoughts and some of her favorite workout reps below.

Y’all, I can honestly say that choosing to invest in my body is one of the best decisions I ever made for myself. It literally changed my life. I lost weight and I didn’t feel like I was being held captive by my own body anymore. Three babies later and now I am in the best shape of my life. Exercising is more than just a way of getting that summer box, it’s about having a little “me time” and focusing on myself. The kids take up most of my time, which I love but if I don’t do a little something for me, I feel my cup becoming empty. I make it a point to get some form of exercise into every single day. It might be going for a walk, a run, yoga class or working out at home to a YouTube video, but I make sure I do it! Working out is a great way to relieve stress, keep my anxiety at bay and overall help me stay in a positive head space. I have noted over the years that the time I didn’t keep exercise at the top of my priorities is when I became depressed easier.

Above: Amanda heads out in Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 – Bold Move (in White/Gray).

I recently took over Skechers‘ Instagram for the day and showcased how my entire family wears Skechers. To say that we love them is a bit of an understatement. They are SO comfortable and I love all of the new styles they have available. I have been on the prowl for sneakers that I could wear with my workout attire and feel good in while I am exercising. I LOVE the memory foam support inside of these and I wear them pretty much every single day. The only bad thing that I can say is that I wish I would have found these sooner because they are amazing! You can purchase them at your local Skechers or click over to their website to order.

Amanda (Little Southern Life) is a stay-at-home mama turned mompreneur.

What are your favorite Skechers styles for working out? Tell us in the comments!

Below: Amanda works out in Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 (in Black/White).

SKECHERS CANADA ON WATERFALLS AND WINERIES


We asked the Skechers Canada team to share some cool travel ideas for visitors to their great country. And as you can see in the photos, there’s a Skechers style for every aspect of this adventure–you’ll find all the specific styles featured at the end!  

Canada is finally in summer mode, and we can’t wait to get going on our favorite outdoor activities. With summer being such a short season for us Canucks, we do our best to spend as much time in the great outdoors as possible; exploring our vast lands that offer picturesque scenes of mountain peaks, wheat fields, wine regions, waterfalls and more! Canada is a huge country with lots to discover and we are excited to share it with you. But we should mention that it’s a lot nicer to experience in person, so make sure to come on over/up this season and say hi!

We have a soft spot for Southern Ontario. With beautiful beaches that line the Great Lakes, award-winning wineries you can treat yourself to and northern cottage countries that go on for miles, we have it made and it’s a region that deserves some boasting. Although some people only recognize Hamilton as Ontario’s steel town, it’s incredible to note that it is actually the home of more than 100 waterfalls and big or small, they are all worth a visit. Waking up early when the world is still quiet and all you can hear is the water crashing onto the rocks is the best way to experience these natural beauties.

If you’re a wine lover but can’t make it all the way to Okanagan, BC to fill up your glass with some robust reds and sweet whites, then Niagara’s wine region is the next best place to be. Some of these wineries may not be as big as you’re used to, but the small-batch collections are carefully crafted and are so tasty you’ll start taking Ontario wines seriously. The region is so abundant we’ve even got Mike Weir and Wayne Gretzky getting in on the action! Who can resist a glass from The Great One and the 2003 Masters champ?

And when you feel satisfied from all the wine and cheese, don’t forget to make a stop at Niagara Falls where you can admire one of the Seven Wonders of the World and enjoy a colorful and eclectic stroll up Clifton Hill.

Our Great Lakes — Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Erie — make up the largest body of fresh water on Earth, accounting for one-fifth of the freshwater surface on the planet. Lake Ontario is the smallest of them all, but one of the greatest metropolises in Canada (Toronto, ON a.k.a the 6ix) runs along the shoreline as well as a curious little neighborhood full of colorful beach/gingerbread houses in Grimsby, ON. It’s amazing what we have in our own backyard and we find it easy to call Lake Ontario home.

And of course, while we get our feet wet at the waterfalls and admire the summer sunsets over Lake Ontario, we’ve always got our SKECHERS on to keep us comfy from morning to night.

If you’re thinking about traveling to Canada but want to explore outside of the Southern Ontario region – no problem! Look forward to enjoying some stunning mountain views in Squamish, BC, some incredible rivers and lavender farms in Montreal and quaint fishing ports in the beautiful and always hospitable Twilingate, NF. No matter what you love to do, Canada has something for everyone!

Check out all the styles we wore on this adventure!  Seen in the images above from top to bottom—Reggae Loopy and Redemption sandals, Luxe South Coast BOBS, Bright Horizon sport bungee with the comfortable Memory Foam insole,  BOBS Plush Dream Doodle flats, GOVulc2 Definite sneakers and our favorite women’s Hi-Lite style.

NATIONAL SHOEFIE DAY

In recognition of National Selfie Day, we want to celebrate the Skechers remix of the classic selfie concept. We call it a SHOEFIE—and we love seeing yours!  That’s right, it’s exactly as you probably expect.  Take that phone camera and point it right at your kicks to show your favorite pair off to the world in all its amazing glory. What’s best about the SHOEFIE is that there are so many options. There’s the classic point down that captures the shoes on your feet from above.  There’s the lay out where you sit on the ground and extend your feet with something glorious in the background.  We always enjoy seeing the prop up where feet are extended into the air. Alternatively, you can take the shoes off and capture a still life SHOEFIE.  And lastly there’s the Cheatshot—as you can imagine this is where someone else is obviously holding your camera to take that picture. Sometimes you must break the rules to get that perfect image, and we’re 100% OK with that!

We want to see your Skechers SHOEFIE! And to encourage you to show us those perfect shots, every month we’re offering three lucky winners a $25 Skechers gift card.  It’s easy to enter—just post to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with #spottedinSKECHERS. For inspiration, check out some of our recent favorites below…your next shot could end up in our feed in front of millions! Check out the full contest rules here.

ISLAND LIFE IN SKECHERS

One of our Skechers interns had a really unique childhood… she grew up on the tiny island of Catalina off the coast of Southern California (approx. 4,000, with fewer than 500 people in the town where she grew up)! We asked her to share her experiences growing up on this nearby but remote getaway, and learned how her family’s Skechers styles play a big role in their day-to-day lives off the mainland.

Two Harbors, Catalina Island

All my life I’ve lived off the coast of California on the little island of Catalina. And the biggest necessity of my life has been comfort. The residential areas (a tiny city and an even tinier town) are built along the sloping terrain, making getting anywhere quite a feat for our feet.

 

We islanders walk (or run since island time doesn’t always follow schedule) basically everywhere. We walk for exercise, to work, to the singular grocery store, and then back home at the end of the day. We need shoes that can do it all. For me, those shoes are Skechers.

My family has been Skechers fans since the beginning. I wear Skechers anywhere I go: the beach, college, during a casual out-and-about. Other shoes squeeze my toes and rub my heels the wrong way leaving my feet covered in bandages. Skechers give me room to breathe and simply feel good to wear in general with their memory foam soles.

My parents operate at two different ends of the work spectrum. Although my mother has a short commute to the harbor office (a five-second walk across the beach) she’s always either donned her Skechers GOrun sneakers or athletic sandals. She says the comfortable nature of the shoes, as well as the bright, fun colors, is a must while she caters to the boaters at her window.

My father operates in a more hands-on job with power tools, machines, and such. Over the past two decades he has worn nothing but Skechers’ work boots because they’re the ideal combination of durability and, of course, comfort. Day after day, he put them through the ringer but they keep on keeping on.  He even keeps a spare pair in his closet so he never has to worry about being without his brand.

Avalon, Catalina Island

There was one occasion when I was visiting Avalon (the tiny city) and off the express boat saunters a dressed up woman with a huge black sunhat flopping about her head – but what struck me was the fact that she had high heels on. Now I hold nothing against heels, they’re quite fashionable – but these were tall, pointy-toed and undoubtedly uncomfortable. And on an island like ours, I wondered if she would be more comfortable in a pair of Skechers GOwalk or Reggae sandals.

Skechers are fashion-forward, vibrant, tough as nails, versatile, and most importantly comfortable. And for island life, they’re a personal go-to shoe.

What is your favorite Skechers style for trekking your own terrain? Tell us in the comments!

Photo credit: Mackenzie Phelps and Shelby Phelps.

Shown below: Classic Cup – Bradbury in Navy, Reggae – Haystack in Black/Gray, and Flex Appeal 2.0 – New Gem in Teal. 

Two Harbors, Catalina Island

 

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