Kids

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!

 

KIDS’ HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

The holiday season is in full force! We cannot get enough of all the new adorable trends for kids this season, and have so many adorable winter looks for little ones (cozy knits, emoji-themed sneaks, colorful soles and an awesome holiday must-have that’s flying off shelves – Energy Lights)! Read on to see the latest…

HOT FOR HOLIDAY

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Energy Lights rechargeable sneakers are one of our hottest trends for kids and teens – take a look and you’ll see why! Boys and girls have been pouring into our stores demanding these (we even have adults trying to get a pair). Whatever your favorite light shade – red, green, blue – this street style can change colors and modes, run for hours, and quickly charge up to hit the streets all over again. These make the perfect gift!

SNOW STOMPERS

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Way back when, Skechers started out as a utility boot brand – and these Mecca – Mitigate boots for boys and girls have been a cute classic for years (they’re better than ever now with comfy Skechers Gel-Infused Memory Foam insoles). These are perfect for trekking around the playground and looking all-around adorable during winter break and beyond.

GONE IN A FLASH

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For younger boys, these S Lights: Hypno-Flash sneakers have been a big seller. We love how great they look for day as well as night – the cool lime and black fusion ombre design, and the sweet-looking outsole. With features moms and dads love (easy-on Z-straps) as well as kids (cool flashing lights) you can’t go wrong with these.

CUTE TO BOOT

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Belle of the ball! Girls absolutely love these Twinkle Toes: Glamslam – Lil Lovelies boots – how could they not? Cozy cuteness, aqua pom-poms and glittery hearts make these soft suede, sweater knit and faux fur booties tops on every girl’s list. A sure hit for her first week back in school in 2017!
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OMG – we ❤ ❤ ❤ these!! Emojis are all the rage – and these Twinkle Toes: Shuffles – Expressionista sneaks are right on-trend. Little girls will love expressing themselves in these fun and fearless Twinkle Toes emoji sneaks – decked out with glitter, satin and bling.

SO COOL FOR SCHOOL

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Icy aqua is still a popular trend, and these Skech-Air Deluxe sneakers are such a fresh and cool take on the shade! They’ve got subtle pink pops and silver details that we just love. Plus girls will love walking on actual air in the midsole (and the soft air-cooled memory foam). This is a perfect style that she can use everywhere she goes, from home to school.

Need to grab a few more gifts for men and women on your holiday list? Check out our top winter trends for him and her – and let us know your favorite kids’ styles in the comments!

BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET

School supplies… new clothes… and of course, the latest Skechers styles for school! As we prep our kids for BTS, we thought we’d get some tips from one of our favorite moms: Brooke Burke-Charvet. The busy Skechers ambassador, fitness guru, entrepreneur and mom of four tells us how she manages the BTS frenzy with her big brood, and what it takes to juggle school with everything else on her plate.

The new school year is here! Do you have any tips on how to prep for the chaos that surrounds back to school?

bye-bye-summer-igI think it’s important to get really organized. You have to try to gradually get your children back into a routine – including bedtimes. I like to do a lot of shopping online. Of course, I have all of the Skechers lined up for fall! I also set goals during the summer so the kids aren’t cramming and trying to develop new habits in the chaos of back to school; they read a couple chapters a day from easy, age-appropriate books. I think one of the keys is finding material that children can respond to, that they’re personally interested in. We also make it family time – I get into bed and read at night while my children are reading beside me, which makes it more enjoyable.

How do you make sure that your kids balance their activities with their schoolwork?

I’ve learned to listen to each child and make adjustments along the way. My son plays soccer, baseball and basketball and he’s able to manage that – but he’s going into third grade, so it’s a little bit easier at that stage in life. My nine-year-old’s a dancer, and there have been semesters in her life where she’s had to put her practice on hold to keep up with schoolwork. With my teenagers, it’s a matter of the homework and school load, and finding that balance with extracurricular wishes. I don’t ever like to have my kids overly stimulated. I like to figure out what’s just enough for them so they can manage their school load. It’s really about finding that sweet spot of balance for each child, and it’s different for all of them.

Any tricks that you use at home to keep the kids organized?
One of the great things that I learned from an elementary school teacher and have used since my older daughter was in second grade is a homework box. It’s great for young kids, and it’s really simple. You get a box and you put all of the school supplies in there, everything from glue to scissors to crayons to pencils and markers – anything a child needs at that particular age. So when they sit down to do their homework, they pull out the box, have all their supplies, and they’re not getting up five times. There are no distractions. And it’s been so helpful. It encourages them to be self-sufficient and get organized.

whiteboardI also just painted my daughter’s wall with whiteboard paint so that she can write out all of her schedules – we painted a certain area and she’s got dry erase markers so she can schedule and add little reminders, which eliminate all the post-it notes.

As a working mom, I use a weekly tear-away calendar pad that I love – it’s basically a big seven-day calendar because I feel like with monthly calendars, you can’t fit in much stuff. On Sunday night, I map out everyone’s schedule for the week: times, school, drop off, pick up, who’s doing what – it’s usually me when I can, but without that visual list, the household cannot run properly.

On Saturday night, I tear the last week off, throw it away and start a new week. It’s a tear-away pad that stays at home, but it’s big enough that I can organize everything on there.

You’re a fitness icon for a lot of women. Do you share your love of fitness with your kids?

Yes, I really do believe in family fitness. And I try to lead by example. My oldest daughter is a varsity cheerleader which takes up a lot of time, but it gives her a sense of loyalty and leadership at school, so that’s really great. Two of my daughters dance. My son plays every sport. My nine-year-old rides horses. It’s really about figuring out what’s enough, what’s too much – and introducing them to a lot of different things.

You come up with simple but fantastic ways to stay organized.

One of my favorites is that I set the breakfast table at night before I go to bed. It helps because with tired kids, nobody can make a decision in the morning, and we’re all rushing. I set it up at night and figure out what everybody wants – that way, I know they’re starting their day out right with a great breakfast. Some days it might be a smoothie on the road when we’re on the go, so I’m at least getting some nutrition in – but on a good day when the table’s set the night before and I know what everybody wants, it’s one less thing for me to do. I can get up a little earlier and get them set up.

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Speaking of food, how do you pack healthy school lunches?
It’s really tricky. I try to pack the good part of the lunch boxes the night before. I do healthy snacks, but also let them have something enjoyable, because every kid wants something yummy that someone else is packing. I have a snack drawer with packaged goods because you can only do so much, it has to be convenient – so maybe it’s healthy chips, a protein bar, granola bar, popcorn, seaweed – but it’s easy stuff they can grab. They get one of those, and they choose a fruit.

final-1Some days, I make chicken fried rice, a sandwich on whole wheat bread, or even chicken taquitos that I heat up in the morning and put in heat-saving containers. Every mom knows that half the stuff comes home anyway. Don’t throw it away, bring it home! If it comes home, I know you didn’t dig it. If you throw it away and your bag comes home empty, I’m clueless as to what you do and don’t want. I think the most valuable thing to being successful as a parent is communication: talking, tweaking and listening. We don’t get the information we need unless we ask the right questions.

I also have a little snack bag or cooler in my car for drinks and snacks. Every mom knows you pick up a starving child from school – I don’t care what they’ve eaten or what you’ve packed for them, they are cranky and they are hungry. Hangry is one of my favorite terms… there is nothing worse than a hangry mom and a hangry child! So I always have something like popcorn, nuts, a bar. And drinks like a cold ice tea or a lemonade to hydrate them.

How do you connect with your kids after a long day at school?

One of the things I’ve learned about raising older kids: you pick them up, you haven’t seen them all day, you’re dying for a conversation, you ask them a bunch of questions, and you get completely shut down or blown off. I used to wonder, what’s up with that? I’ve learned to pick up my older children, not say a whole lot and let them decompress. Like, hi – how was your day. Stop, listen, wait. The truth is that teenagers need a moment to let go of the stress of their day. And when my daughter has decompressed for a moment, she’ll engage. Just hitting the pause button and being patient and being more open to listening than drilling is really helpful.

With little ones, we use dinner as a time to connect. We’ll play a little game like “tell me the worst part of your day and the best part of your day.” Because if you just say “What did you do at school?” it’s so vague. If I can tap into specific questions with my kids later in the day, they love to share something crazy, something quirky, something terrible, something amazing. They love that. And that really inspires conversation. So creative questions help get our dialogue going.

Huge thanks to Brooke Burke-Charvet for all of her great advice! What techniques do you use to get your kids back to school?

HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL

It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again… it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the end of school, and now suddenly we’re prepping to head back! At a time when we should be celebrating the end of summer, we often find ourselves racing around like mad to get everything ready for the kids’ big day. What do you do to prepare? We asked MEGLEEWEST fashion blogger and mom of three Meghan Westbrook how she plans her attack, and she had a lot of great ideas on how to stay organized and relieve potential first day jitters.

Shopping: Supplies and Clothing

As soon as the supply lists come in the mail, I hit the store immediately. A lot of things sell out quickly and I want to make sure I get all the items on their lists with plenty of time to spare. I try to purchase extra where it seems reasonable. Often teachers will ask for additional supplies throughout the year as they run out, so I’m one step ahead of the game when these lists get sent home and my items are ready to go. It’s also good to have extra pencils, glue, and markers at home for school projects. I can’t tell you how many times I learned this the hard way doing last-minute projects in years past that I didn’t have glue for, or tape for that matter!

As far as clothing, I keep things to a minimal to start. Let’s be honest – underwear and sock restocks are first on the list! A fresh couple pairs of PJs as we slide into the chillier evenings of fall somehow makes everyone “sleep” better (strange but true!). We go through everyone’s closet and drawers and pull out anything that doesn’t fit so 1. we are decluttered and 2. we know what we have to start. I like to take those items to a consignment store and get a little cash back in my pocket to help with the new items we’re about to shop for (cha-ching!).

Generally, I look for a couple pair of jeans, pants (leggings for my daughter and something easy to pull on for my son, such as joggers), a couple new tees that aren’t too summery (great to layer under long sleeved items), a couple tops with longer sleeves, a hoodie, as well as a fall coat and new backpack, if needed. The most important item on my list though is SHOES! Everyone needs new shoes – especially kids with their fast-growing feet!! My kids require a great pair of gym shoes and then I like something a little more casual in addition to those, to give them variety. Gym shoes in my opinion are the number one playground necessity! I want them to be comfortable as they are running around (like when my daughter chases the boys) and provide support while they are in gym class. My son will be looking snazzy and cool in his Burst – In the Mix Skechers. My daughter will be equally fun and fresh in her Burst – Ellipse pair. These are great choices as they both provide Air-Cooling technology and Memory Foam.

Haircuts

Haircut 2 - finalThis section is quite simple… your kids need haircuts! I’m telling you. Even if you cut their hair a few weeks ago, plan the back to school cuts 1-2 weeks before school starts. Most often Picture Day happens in the first couple weeks, so what you think “looks good” now, will probably NOT look good in a couple more weeks, trust me. I have mom-failed at this many times! Make your appointments a month before school starts and set them for 1-2 weeks prior to the big day. The earlier you call, the more appointment times you’ll have to choose from. Don’t be left trying to fight the crowd or worse, wait until after school starts and fight your schedule and the kids’ new schedule!
My daughter and I hit the mall for her cut. She has a hot pink streak in her hair that we get touched up every six months. My boys, on the other hand, can head out with dad. What a fun date day! The girls can hit the mall and shop (win-win) while the boys can hit the barber and… well, do whatever it is that dudes do! My guy will be heading out in style. My hubby is sporting his Relaxed Fit – Palen – Nieto kicks with gel-infused memory foam. My oldest is feeling as cool as daddy in his memory foam Outgo kicks!

Lunch Planning and Schedules

Why is lunch planning important? Because I guarantee you your child does not eat the same thing today that he/she did last week. OK, welcome to lunch planning. I sit down with each child a week or so before school and talk about lunch items they had last year, things I have noticed them eating or not eating this summer, and go over expectations – both mine and theirs. We brainstorm new lunch menus. I want to make sure I am not heading to the grocery store buying items they won’t eat, but in fact getting items they have requested within reason. If your kids buy hot lunch at school, you can turn this into dinner planning with the same concept.

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Additionally I like to go over their schedules as far as afterschool activities. This way, everyone knows where they are going each evening if they do have an activity. This also helps with dinner planning. Lastly, I check the old containers and this is usually a good time to replenish the stock of sealed containers, purchase new water bottles and thermoses, as well new ice packs. One last key item to bring this all together… a new lunchbox! Skechers even has their very own here.

Mornings are busy. Keep things simple by finding something easy to throw on without taking the extra time to lace up while running out the door. I’ll be sending my littlest off in his Lil Lad – Swagy soles. My oldest will be confident in his Skechers Throwbax. My daughter will be the talk of the bus stop in her Nebula – Prism Pop Skechers, and she wouldn’t have it any other way! I’ll be keeping things easy and comfy in my air cooled, Flex Appeal 2.0 memory foam sneaks.

First Day Expectations

I like to get the kids back into a routine before the big day (or try to, anyway). We hit Move-In Night at our school so they can meet their new teachers, find their lockers, and see their friends they’ve been missing all summer. We review where other classrooms are and talk about the bus route if we have any changes for the new school year. Taking a trip to the bus stop and reminding them to “BEHAVE – this is someone else’s driveway you’re standing in every morning” is always a plus!

Then there is that First Day outfit. We choose our outfit a couple days before and get everything laid out and ready to go to make sure that first morning is a breeze, or close to it! Do you take photos the first day? We do. I’ll admit they are usually lame with us all standing at the bus stop holding fingers in the air to show what grade everyone is in. This year, I decided to get all Pinteresty and make signs. OK, I bought signs, and I bought chalk. Cute, simple, and reusable! My little Princess will hopping her way to her classroom in her lighted Twinkle Toes – Shuffles – Sweetheart Sole. My 4th grader’s stylin’ in those kicks he wore with dad earlier, Outgo. And our little man’s just turning two, but he needs shoes to run around in as well – his Lil Lad – Swagy will allow him to do just that.

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Enjoy Summer!

This should be a no-brainer… ENJOY THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER! You know it flew by. Take time in these weeks before school starts to enjoy your time as a family. Get the ice cream you’ve been promising all summer. Hit up the local Farmer’s Market. Go see that movie they’ve been waiting to see. Take one last road trip if you can. Hit up the park and have a picnic. Spend the time with your children before school starts. Continue to make the memories and build on the bonds you have created. My husband is doing it all in his Oldis – Stound Skechers (at select Skechers retail stores) – they go with everything and make chasing little ones around a breeze. I like to be stylish, but I also like comfort and mobility. The Jitter Bug sandals (at select Skechers retail stores) give me the best of both worlds!

We all have our lists, our To-Dos, our plans. Yes, there are things that need to get done. I encourage you to get those items checked off your list quickly and efficiently as soon as you can so you can truly embrace the last days of summer. Because let’s face it… next summer is a long ways away! XOXO

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Photo of Meghan WestbrookMeghan Westbrook is the blogger of the fashion, beauty and style site, MEGLEEWEST. Check out her tips and pics of the newest trends, home decor and more at Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

Weekend Family Fun!

At last, the weekend has rolled around again… time to take full advantage of this beautiful sunshine and step outdoors with the family… dressed in the right footwear of course.

Check out the #SkechersStyles we recommend for outdoor adventures with your little ones.

HIT THE BEACH

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Make the most of our warm summer and head to the beach! Your little one will be able to search for pretty shells and collect “sea glass” while you enjoy the peaceful scenery of the coast. She’ll look sporty and colorful in SKECHERS Skech Appeal whilst feeling like she’s walking on air with Gel-Infused Memory Foam insoles. (Style #81847 BLLB, #81068 NPPK)

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For easy walking comfort and classic pretty style, dress her in the Skechers GOwalk – Bitty Bow shoe. Top tip for mums, the soft canvas fabric will dry quickly – making these ideal for your family beach trip. (Style #81068 BLHP/NPPK)

HEAD TO THE PARK

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All boys love letting off steam and running out in the open air with their friends! Why not make it a play date so you can catch up with your friends too? The park is a great place for your kids to have adventures, from climbing trees to playing in the playground. The SKECHERS Equalizer 2.0 – Settle The Score lace up athletic training sneaker with Air-Cooled Memory Foam insoles will be a perfect fit for your cheeky chappies’ fun and games this weekend! (Style #97371 NVLM, #97570 BLLM)

TWINKLE THE NEIGHBORHOOD

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Every girl loves to sparkle… even in your backyard! Make your neighbourhood a fun zone day and night by letting her sport Skechers Twinkle Toes: they provide causal and cute, colourful fun in a sneaker. A Skechers favourite which will keep her mesmerised for hours with the twinkling lights and sparkles! (Style #10569 DNPK, #10556 TWLV, #10726 BLLV)

Whatever your family decides to do, Skechers provides comfort and style for every adventure. We’d love to hear what your plans are – let us know in the comments!

BTS 2016: HOT NEW STYLES FOR GIRLS

We are so excited for school this fall! We raided the Skechers vault for the hottest new kids’ looks, and found tons of color, lights and bling perfect for making a big entrance this season. Check out a few of our top picks!

SKECHERS BURST – EQUINOX

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We are really loving Skechers’ heathered jersey knit: not only is the look totally on-trend, the comfort is unbelievable… they’re so soft on your feet! This Burst – Equinox sneaker is no exception: from the upper to the air-cooled memory foam. The pink color pops give these versatile soles a fun burst of color, and the single strap and slip-on bungee lacing makes it easy for kids to jump in.

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 These brilliantly pink Skech-Air – Stardust soles are perfect for little ones who love to stand out… not only are they super-easy to throw on (thank you, stretch bungee!) but their comfy air pillow outsoles are totally unique… take a peek! They’re made of glittery purple stars – oh-so adorable, and perfect for running on (or showing off to friends).

 

TOES: SHUFFLES – SWEETHEART SOLE

 

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Metallics and quilted looks are huge this season, so what could be better than pairing the two together? Twinkle Toes heard the call: enter the Shuffles – Sweetheart Soleso cool in quilted metallic canvas. The bejeweled buckles, rhinestone toe caps and flashing lights make these sneaks totally glam for BTS.

TWINKLE TOES: SHUFFLES – TWIRLY TOES

 

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Here’s a great limited edition style for fall: Twinkle Toes: Shuffles – Twirly Toes is a classic white sneak that’s totally glam and unique, thanks to the flashes of color and bling. It’s dressed up with glittery gold, ombre rainbow stretch laces, sequins and rhinestone gems. And it even lights up! LOVE.

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Want to see the latest in boys’ styles? Come back on Thursday and check out Part Two of our top back-to-school trends series!