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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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