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Skechers, Skies, Sandals and Scones!

Time to Socialize, Skecherize and Summerize!

Finding your favourite summer style is now only one click away! Our girl Stephanie from ChicSophistic shows us how she found her go-to sandals on our website and how she’ll be spending the season in SKECHERS.

I have been living the life of a blogger for quite some time now and really just can’t ever get enough! I am excited to wake up every day, look up at the sky and think “where will this take me next?” The beauty of pursuing your dreams and really reaching for the stars, is that you realize at some point, your future is directly linked to your choices now… and to the decisions that you make today!

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Being a blogger has its perks for sure, but it definitely isn’t always as easy and effortless as it looks! Some days are filled with back-to-back meetings, photo shoots – other days are all about research… developing plans for the next few weeks… deciding which outfits to wear to upcoming events – all that jazz! I have been doing this for a while now and it can definitely take a toll on my energy level throughout the day, especially because I like to keep a rather bubbly, upbeat feel to my blog… but also want to make sure that I present the best (and happiest) version of myself to my followers and to the world! As a result, comfort and style are totally an important part of my overall image and to the first impression that I make… when I am either on camera, entering a room, or meeting a brand representative for the first time – this is when my love for Skechers really starts to blossom!

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Skecherize

I started pairing up all of my outfits and ‘Skecherizing’ everything… so that the overall look was chic, fashionable, and comfortable! Once I started wearing Skechers, I realized exactly what I had been missing all along and how much better I felt throughout the day! I also found that with some of their shoes being an awesome cross between sport and style, I was able to do things like hit up the gym, then head directly to a meeting… simply by changing up my outfit and leaving my Skechers on! The same shoes that provided me the cushion I needed at the gym, were also the same shoes that provided me the comfort and chicness that I was looking for when pairing them up with my stylized pieces! Each of us get older with each day that comes, and as we grow older, we also tend to grow wiser – I definitely grew ‘shoe-wiser’ and really started to invest in my feet! I had so much more energy and felt so much lighter overall after I started implementing Skechers into my closet and sporting them around town – a 30-minute walk literally felt like 5 minutes – pretty awesome!

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Now that we’re in mid-summer, it’s perfect for what’s out there in the “sandal world!” I wanted to see what new cute chic styles were available. I found two adorable pairs – 2nd Take – Fall 4 Me and Indulge 2 – Urban Safari – purchasing them online was so easy – before I knew it… I had them in hand! Once I received them, I stepped out to a little beach I like to call Sugar Beach! This spot is super cute, definitely a chic little beach experience and best part is – it is filled with baby pink umbrellas – how much better can things get than that?

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With the goal of showing that women (and anyone!) can feel strong and empowered if they truly believe in themselves, Stephanie Kalen launched ChicSophistic in 2014. She uses her blog as a way to express herself creatively and she has discovered that sharing her lifestyle, fashion tips, food choices and travel experiences with the world is her absolute passion.

 

HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY CANADA!

As proud patrons of this great country we call home, we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday in true Canadian fashion – strongly, proudly and with a lot of RED and WHITE!

And of course, with shoe selections that followed suit 😉 SKECHERS has some ready to rock red and white styles that we know you’ll love to wear for the rest of the year in support of the country we all call home.

This past weekend we fired up our BBQs, gathered our s’mores sticks and lit up the sky with fireworks to celebrate this MILESTONE birthday for the northern nation that knows it was responsible for making hockey a sport and that idolizes the mastermind genius who came up with the deliciousness that is poutine. We drank our Tim Hortons, ate our Timbits and made sure that we took full advantage of our women’s SKECHERS collections that kept us comfy and patriotic all weekend long. We stepped into one of our favourite women’s sport Empire – Inside Look style for our long walks, relaxed in our SKECHERstreet Hi-Lite sneakers and made sure to catch some rays with our trusty heritage D’Lites – With It shoe by our side.

And for the men/boys – we had them covered too! Our men stayed active in their Men’s Track – Bucolo sneakers and the boys lit up the night (almost as bright as those sparklers!) in their forever favourite Boys Energy Lights style.

Here are some fun facts about Canada that you can mull over while you recover from this weekend’s rowdy festivities. Some of them were news to us!

CANADA FUN FACTS

  • Nunavut did, at one point, have polar bear-shaped license plates. They don’t anymore.
  • 4 Caribou (reindeer) live in Canada.
  • 20% of the world’s fresh water is in Canada and we have more lakes than all other countries combined.
  • 31% of Canada is taken up by forests.
  • 77% of the world’s maple syrup is made in Quebec.
  • Canada has more doughnut shops per capita than anywhere else.
  • Basketball was invented in Canada.
  • ‘Eh’ is not placed just anywhere in a sentence. It’s at the end used as a confirmation, agreement, or question.
  • Some of Hollywood’s biggest (and hottest 😉 ) stars come from up North – like Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling, Justin Bieber, Drake, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Seth Rogan, Elisha Cuthbert, Jim Carrey, Ellen Page, Rachel McAdams…need we say more?
  • Canada is home to 3,468 Tim Hortons restaurants.
  • For one day in 1943, Ottawa designated a hospital room to be “extraterritorial”(international) ground so a Dutch princess could be born a full Dutch citizen.
  • And every year the Netherlands sends Canada thousands of tulipsto show their gratitude. Which inspired Ottawa’s annual Tulip Festival.
  • Kraft Dinner (“KD”) is the top-selling grocery item in the country. Canadians consume 55% more of itthan Americans do.
  • Canada has an “Apology Act”. It allows an apology in court to be a sign of compassion and empathy, not guilt.
  • Our nation’s official phone number is 1-800-O-Canada.

Don’t forget to continue Canada’s birthday celebrations over the summer with SKECHERS! Make sure to check out the ones featured in this post and browse our site for MORE!

WATERFALLS AND WINERIES

Ahhh! Canada is finally in summer mode and we can’t wait to get going on our favourite outdoor activities. As we all know, summer is such a short season so make sure to get outside as much as you can to explore our vast lands of wheat and mountain peaks, rolling wine regions, stunning waterfalls and more! We know Canada is beautiful, so let’s experience it!

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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 stop off in Niagara Falls where you can admire one of the Seven Wonders of the World (right in our own backyard!!) and enjoy a colorful and eclectic stroll up Clifton Hill.

FUN FACT: Our Great Lakes 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 our greatest metropolises – Toronto 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 so close to us and many 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.

But of course, there is so much more to our beautiful country than Southern Ontario. Don’t forget to take on some of our other provinces! You can enjoy stunning mountain views in Squamish, BC, incredible rivers and lavender farms in Montreal and quaint fishing ports in the beautiful and always hospitable Twilingate, New Foundland. No matter what you love to do, Canada has something for you!

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

 

 

 

 

 

SKECHERS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

Today we’re celebrating 25 years of fabulous footwear! It all started on May 29, 1992—when the Skechers brand was born in a beach house in quaint Manhattan Beach, California. What kicked off with a single logger boot style that defined the grunge era has since grown over a quarter century to become an award-winning icon delivering comfortable lifestyle and athletic footwear worn by men, women and children around the globe.

In honor of this magical milestone and the holiday that we like to call #WorldSkechersDay, we reached out across six continents to invite some fantastic people to share their stories and experiences with Skechers over the years. From fashion experts and family bloggers to healthy living enthusiasts and athletes running the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon—this eclectic group understands how 25 years of comfort, style and performance has come to define Skechers. Check it out below along with some behind the scenes fun shots from the set.

 

The party extends to Facebook where we’ve gathered some cool images submitted by fans worldwide to help mark 25 years of Skechers footwear. Check out the gallery on our page and you can submit your own awesome all-time Skechers style photos on Instagram with #Skechers25CAN. We would also love to hear your thoughts on Skechers during this celebration so let us know in the comments what you love about Skechers, your favorite Skechers memory, or what you’d love to see from Skechers in the next 25 years!

Special thanks to all who appear in our anniversary video:

FROM CANADA:
Sophie GeoffrionAdelaine MorinChloé Rochette

FROM USA:
Maisha Addai with Sarai and Shiloh; Remi Ashten; Audrey Brianne; Annemarie Chase and Jacob Kramer; Pattie Cordova; Aja Dang; Renee Evans with Madelyn, Kora, and Caleb; Kelly GilliamSara Haley with Landon and Liam; Deddeh Howard (originally from Liberia); Francis Kenneth; Kelsey Lee and Tyler Hollenbeck; Vince Lee; Heather Lieberg; Joshaunic LiseJose Madera (originally from Mexico); Kirby Morris; Rocio Ocampo; Alexis Pullen; Rodolfo Ramirez; Craig Ramsay; Tiffany Sooth with Brian, Landon Maverick, Linkin Kruz and Lukas Garian; Paris Sumpter

FROM ARGENTINA:
Santiago Garcia

FROM AUSTRALIA:
Colette McShane

FROM CHILE:
Barbara Moscoso

FROM GERMANY:
Rudi Schmidt

FROM HONG KONG:
Hana Tam

FROM INDIA:
Kavita Tungar

FROM INDONESIA:
Melissa Santoso

FROM ITALY:
Pietro Paschino

FROM KENYA:
Weldon Kirui

FROM MALAYSIA:
Teh Uh Mei

FROM PHILIPPINES:
Gerald Anderson

FROM TURKEY:
Murat Bur

MOTHER’S DAY STYLES WITH ADITI

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we reached out to photographer and blogger Aditi Mayer, who offered an insightful take on how she and her mother approach the special day with love and style.

Throughout the years, I’ve come to see the ways in which style has become, more and more, a medium for exchange and bonding between my mother and I.

For me, there has been an evolution: as a child, you’re dressed at her will; as a teen, you rebel against all that she prefers; and entering adulthood, you find your style is beginning to mirror her more and more. Let the closet sharing begin!

Shoes are a natural piece that one shares: their longevity, durability, and timelessness make it a medium for exchange and expression.

In honor of Mother’s Day, my mom and I came together for a photo shoot in some of our favorite Skechers pieces encompassing two approaches: formal and casual, both with comfort (a big must for us both). Some of our favorite looks are the Parallel – Structure sandal and the Livin Dream sandal (at select Skechers stores).

My mom and I are both suckers for added height to any outfit. But if there’s one thing that links us both, it’s that we need comfort. Wedges and platform styles are our best friends. These two styles have quickly become our daily wears, that transcend from our work lives to events. Jackpot.

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As much as we love heels, we need our share of the everyday flat — something that’ll translate to hiking terrain, bike rides, and rolling green hills. One of our biggest feats in finding the perfect flat was getting a pair that had aesthetic quality, a color that paired well with many outfits, added support for our flat feet, and a great sense of grip on the bottom.

We’ve prevailed! For the days we need a little extra comfortable loving, or know that the outdoors are in our agenda, we wear BOBS Pureflex – Supastar and Relaxed Fit: Bikers – Lounger (more colors of these are also available at select Skechers stores).

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Thanks to Skechers for helping us find our favorite pairs for the spring and summer. We’re ready for a Mother’s Day that can span everything from the outdoors to an evening out!

Aditi Mayer is the photographer and blogger behind ADIMAY.com, a site that explores the intersection of artistic expression and social action. She is passionate about using style as an agent to discuss a wide array of issues, from social politics to sustainability. Find her on Instagram at @aditimayer!

 

SPRING’S PRETTIEST SANDAL FLATS

We’re celebrating spring with sandal flats! We love giving our soles a warm weather break with sandals that are easy on the feet – and Skechers is taking sandal comfort to a totally new level this season, with incredible cushioning that your heels can really sink into.

Take a look at these gorgeous MUST HAVE styles from our spring assortment, courtesy of our women’s style merchandisers… they’re prettier than ever, with everything from sparkly stones and pretty prints to studded statements, chevron and more!

ROCK THE ROCKS

The perfect blend of bling and comfort, Meditation – Chill Vibes is the softest, most durable sandal flat – with a luxurious look that can dress up or down for any spring outing. The pretty rhinestone details look gorgeous – and the addition of yoga foam will have your feet saying ohm… Namaste! Shown in Chocolate; also available in White and Navy.

GO WILD

Knit sling thongs have been all the rage for quite some time now, but the Indulge 2 – Urban Safari sandal takes it up a notch with a pretty Ikat print and a luxe foam bottom that keeps your feet in total comfort. This is an office favorite – it’s perfect for work and play! Shown in White/Black and Black/Natural.

SAY IT WITH STUDS

We love this gorgeous Indulge 2 – Free Fallin’ Roman thong sandal – it makes a statement, but is also totally versatile. Plus it has luxe foam to keep your feet feeling happy and trend-right with the microfiber suede and studded details! Shown in Black; also available in Taupe.

GLAM UP YOUR GAMS

We love glitz, and this little Indulge 2 – Glitz & Glam rhinestone thong with luxe foam delivers. The chevron design and duraleather trim give it a fashionable edge that will be the envy of your friends! So simple, versatile and luxurious looking (and feeling). Shown in Black/Gray and Multi-Shaded Taupe.

Are you inspired to revamp your flats for spring? Tell us which style you’ll start with in the comments! And for those gearing up to head outdoors, keep an eye out for our hottest sport sandals in the next couple weeks!

HOT STYLES FOR FESTIVAL SEASON

For nearly two decades, people of all ages from around the world have been lured to the desert in a Spring ritual to the Coachella festival as it kicks off the summer music fest season. These days more than 200,000 attend the iconic event held over two weekends in Indio, California. Most come for the music–with over 200 artists performing spanning every genre–that becomes a soundtrack to a fashion show occurring on the lush polo field grass. With temperatures hovering in the triple digits, Coachella offers an early exposure to sweaty summer sunshine, and with it a glimpse on the fashion trends coming in the months ahead.

The perfect festival outfit shows off personality, adapts with the weather, and keeps you comfortable through three days on your feet for 12+ hours walking miles from stage to stage.  And before or after you enter the gates, you want to be looking amazing and feeling great at the campsite, rocking out with your crew at the rental house, or lounging poolside.  Every festival may have a different feel but the concept remains the same—define your style with comfort and you’ll make it to the last set on day three!

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And when it comes to comfort, Skechers always delivers.  We found a few fabulous women attending Coachella who rocked and amazingly styled their Skechers for the festival. We love these looks and hope these ladies will spark ideas on how easily you can add a little Skechers to your fest fashion plan. Alison Harvard (@AlliHarvard) poses on one of the pristine landscaped golf courses where all the best Coachella houses can be found in D’Lites – Reinvention at top and in a variation on our pink 2nd Take – Fall For Me sandal above left.  Above right Mia Stammer (@MiaStammer) shows us how to style that same pair of D’Lites only this time in black and white.

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You’re sure to see Colleen Kelly (@colliscool) wearing something like the above when she’s working her way to the front of the crowd for her favorite set. At left is the D’Lites – Reinvention again in a third color option—Mint (there’s also Gray, Pink and Navy options not seen here!) and on the right is the sandal in black.  Below Jac Vanek  (@jacvanek) proves that footwear truly is the foundation for every look…ready for the dance tent with a totally different styling of the black and white D’Lite sandals on the left and a more relaxing afternoon of indie rock on the main stage in her pink sandals at right.

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Inspired?  There’s lots of fun to be had in the months ahead—with some of largest upcoming festivals including Stagecoach this weekend in Indio, California; Sasquatch! near Seattle on Memorial Day weekend; June brings Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Governors Ball in New York City and Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas; LA’s FYF Fest is in July this year; plus Lollapalooza in Chicago and Outside Lands in San Francisco come August before Electric Zoo New York, Bumbershoot in Seattle and Philadelphia’s Made in America festival all close out the season on Labor Day weekend. And that’s just top highlights from the United States!

No matter where you’re going this summer, lounge time is always key.  Relax by the hotel or house pool before you hit the event. Festival going is hard work…you deserve to be refreshed!  Isabella Peschardt (@ibellapeschardt), seen below preshow in the Indulge 2 – Urban Safari sandals, understands the strategy.

Let us know what big music event you’re looking forward to most this summer in the comments! And show us how you style your favorite pair for the festivals with #Skechers on Instagram!