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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!

 

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!

 

BLOG TAKEOVER: LIFE IN BALI

We sent a few pairs of Skechers to Bali for expat American writer Caroline Griswold to share her take on what it means to live in paradise when you’re not just a tourist.

Bright sunlight streams in through my curtains, and the roosters up the road are crowing. I hear some distant chanting at a temple, and the fragrant incense from the daily offerings wafts through the air. These foreign, yet comforting, sensory experiences have all become familiar the past three months I’ve been living on the island of Bali.

Full of beautiful landscapes, lush vegetation and cheerful people, Bali has everything I could ever want. I’ve spent the last three months in Canggu, an area of South West Bali that’s just a 20-minute scooter ride away from the bustling city of Seminyak. During the typical day in Bali, I usually have some tropical fruit for breakfast, go to yoga, and get some work done at Dojo, a coworking space just steps from the beach.

Seen above:  The Vinyasa – Beach Bae sandal during yoga practice and a relaxing fruit breakfast in the BOBS Day 2 Nite espadrille in turquoise. Plus, below as well on the scooter is the Ultra Flex – First Choice.


Yes, you read that right. It is possible to get work done in Bali. Doing so, however, has made me way more effective at time management. With so many adventures available a short scooter ride away, it’s definitely difficult to be disciplined and work on my laptop instead of exploring a hidden waterfall or wandering through a monkey forest. Somehow, in this verdant paradise, I manage.

Every day, it seems like more and more tourists come to the island, but I honestly don’t blame them. Who wouldn’t want to come here and relax on beautiful black sand beaches, sipping from a refreshing coconut? Doesn’t trekking along picturesque rice terraces among lush greenery seem more appealing than a morning commute on the highway? I can assure you that a picture of a Balinese sunset on Instagram doesn’t compare to witnessing it in person, relaxing on a bean bag on the beach.


Below the BOBS in chestnut and the Reggae – Zig Swag sandal are perfect for beach days.


Whatever your style may be, Bali probably has something for you. Adventure, relaxation, and endless natural beauty — along with beautiful people and culture — make for a destination like no other on this planet.

Caroline Griswold is a writer originally from Los Angeles, and currently living in Bali, Indonesia. Check out her website thecarolinegriswold.com, or follow her on Instagram @grizshiz. Pictures by Conor Macken. See more of his shots on Instagram @conor_macken.

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.  

 

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.

LET’S TAKE A ROAD TRIP

School’s out.  You have vacation days to burn.  What are you waiting for?  Pack up the car because summer road trip season has arrived!  From the early days of automobiles traveling historic Route 66, the road trip has been the most American of ways to head out of town for a few days or weeks of adventure somewhere…anywhere else in this great country.  Here are a few ideas to get you started!

The classic road trip will take you to one of the great United States National Parks. This type of destination is especially timely as the parks will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in August. One of our favorites in California is the magical Yosemite which should be on everyone’s bucket list.  You can camp right in the valley and start your morning on hikes to some of the most amazing waterfalls on the planet. And if you’re especially brave, tackle the 20-mile round trip hike to the top of the glacier-carved Half Dome 5,000 feet above the valley floor. The view seen below will be worth every exhausting step.

For a very different but equally amazing outdoor adventure, let the asphalt lead you to Utah where the old southwest city of Moab gives you easy access to two extraordinary desert parks—Arches and Canyonlands.  This amazing town is the perfect home base for all sorts of fun ways to explore the unique scenery including hiking, mountain biking, climbing and river trekking.  It won’t take long to fall in love with the beauty of the painted browns, oranges and reds and windswept towers of eroded rock that make up this landscape like no other. With every step you’ll feel like you’re on the set of a John Ford masterpiece western.

Journeys can also bring us to the urban centers that are just as amazing as the wilderness…but of course in vastly different ways. While the parks shouldn’t be missed, if everyday life for you is far from the city, point your car to Chicago or New York or at least stop along the way to your ultimate destination. Whether it’s a fun time hopping around Brooklyn or checking out iconic sites like The Bean or Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, there’s always something new to discover. And with the glass floor observation deck at the Willis Tower, you can even get a view that almost rivals that from Half Dome with an easy elevator ride instead of an all day hike! Chicago photo credits: Kwaku Owusu-Afriyie  @kwakuworldwide  and Jessica Owusu-Afriyie @zylajean

Sometimes you just want to get a little weird, and Austin is the best place in Texas to make that happen. As the cultural mecca of the Lonestar State, Austin is a unique oasis of amazing art, food and shopping where a great pair of leather cowboy boots are just as appropriate as a comfortable pair of Skechers Originals sneakers.  Known as the live music capital of the world, Austin is home to more music venues per capita than any other US city.  Check out the clubs on 6th street and you’ll eventually discover a new favorite band or two no matter what your musical tastes may be.  When you’re done with Austin, embark on the perfect mixtape road trip by continuing your drive to New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville.

If you can’t decide between an outdoor versus city trek for this year’s vacation, why not get the best of both worlds by driving towards a city like San Francisco?  From the endless array of parks that comprise the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to some of the best restaurants and museums in the entire country you’ll never be without options for fun and excitement in this great California destination. And once you get there, you can leave the car parked and rent a bike to see the magnificent scenery as you feel warm sunshine with the bay breezes at your back.

What type of road trip adventure do you plan to take this summer?  Let us know in the comments and show us your pictures of your travels wearing Skechers footwear using #SpottedinSkechers on Instagram and Facebook!

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