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READ UP FOR SUMMER

Featured: the men’s Relaxed Fit: Tantric – Salman sandal in Black and the women’s Multi/Black Meditation sandal (at select stores).

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As amazing as the great outdoors gets during the summer, kicking back with an incredible book can be just as magical! Whether it’s a classic tome or the must-have pulp of the season, there’s no greater way to laze the days away than to get lost in a great story. To celebrate, we collected some of our favorite books as well as the greatest independent bookstores we know.

OUR FAVORITE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES

Powell’s Books, Portland – this isn’t so much a bookstore as a literary landmark: the biggest used and new bookstore in the world, it takes up an entire city block, stacked with 3,500 unique sections of one million books. Its convenient location in the heart of downtown Portland’s Pearl District makes it the perfect place to get lost in great stories and ideas. City of Books, indeed!

Strand Book Store, New York City – Head over to Manhattan’s East Village and you’ll find The Strand’s “18 Miles Of Books” – everything from new to used and rare offerings. Hailed by the New York Times as the undisputed king of NYC’s indy bookstores, The Strand’s fame has made it a guest player in movies, TV… even a namecheck in a Steely Dan song!

Weller Book Works, Salt Lake City – Sometimes the charm in a place comes from the people who populate it, and that’s no exception here. A new, used and rare bookstore founded in 1929, the family business continues with legions of followers (now located in historic Trolley Square).

The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle – A great selection, relaxed environment and frequent readings, events and clubs make this multilevel bookstore one of Seattle’s most dynamic literary offerings.

The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles – true to the creative spirit of LA, this downtown bookstore is the city’s largest – offering everything from used and new tomes to vinyl, graphic novels, DVDs and local art. A true creative (and let’s face it, tourist) destination for people who are avid about their books, music and more.

Sundance Books and Music, Reno – Want to find your favorite new novel in a grand old mansion? Sundance is the place to go! A totally unique two-story historic house, this awesome store is clearly beloved by its staff and visitors, and perfectly houses everything from books to records, gifts and more.

Pages, Manhattan Beach – Right next to SKECHERS’ headquarters, this cool beach town bookseller offers loads of fiction, nonfiction and kids’ tales, along with gifts and greeting cards.

Want to learn more about these and other great local haunts for readers? Check out WhereTraveler’s Top 10 here.

OUR TOP TOMES

The BOBS 2nd Take Pup Smarts and Outpaws sandals in Black.

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Here are some great books to get lost in this summer – courtesy of our team!

“I would suggest the following two ideas: 1) Diving into The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan; 2) Rereading the entire Harry Potter series (I don’t do this, but have friends who do).”

– Lena

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“A few of my favorite books: The Pact by Jodi Picoult; The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.”

– Janice

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1984 by George Orwell. These are interesting times we live in, so I plan on spending a few beach days reading this happy go-lucky novel to keep my mind off the real world because Big Brother and the Cult of Personality certainly isn’t at all relevant today.”

– Gunther

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“Most of my books happen at bedtime with the kid – and a couple of my current favorites are Tap the Magic Tree and Mix it Up! They’re really fun, interactive stories that really get children engaged on every page.”

– Deanna

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“I have two books, sometimes three, going at once. Fiction, non-fiction, and introspective. I just finished Lucky Boy by Shanthi Seharan. So topical (way to close to reality), poignant and well-written. Thoroughly recommend but hold on! So now I’m looking for the next fiction and I think it will be A Separation by Katie Kitamura—it’s smaller (perfect for my work trip this month) and is said to be literary and a thriller (perfect for that long plane ride). As far as non-fiction, John Doe’s Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk.—loving it!”

– Ashley

What are your favorite books, places to read and independent bookstores? Any books you can’t wait to take on your next vacation? Tell us your favorites!

The women’s Ultra Flex – Bright Horizon casual in Navy/Pink and men’s Boyar – Molsen casual in Navy.

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!

 

Travel Take Over: KatieLewLa On The GO

Traveling can involve a lot of walking. Especially if like me, you like to get off the beaten track, explore none tourist routes and make damn sure you climb the highest peak of that beautiful mountain. All this can take a huge toll on your feet and legs and you need to make sure to look after them, since they’re likely to be your main mode of transport whilst backpacking on a budget. 

Not long before I started traveling I learnt the hard way that wearing cheap shoes can cause serious problems. I got a summer job where I was on my feet all day and wearing cheap primark shoes and slip ons did me absolutely no favours at all. I would come home with the worst pain in my heels which would limit how much I could walk outside of work. I love walking and these pains in my feet were a huge inconvenience. The voice of my mum started going around in my head “you should stop wearing cheap shoes because they’ll do your feet no good” and finally it sunk in that she may have been right all this time (sshhhh). 

It was during this time that me and my partner went to London for a week and with no time to go shopping for a new pair of shoes beforehand I suffered greatly. I found myself in some serious pain when I’d been walking around all day, to the point where my ankles would double in size and I couldn’t wait to lie down. I realised that I needed to do something sharpish because I couldn’t continue like this and I was worried about causing serious damage to my feet. On a day out in London, in ridiculous amounts of pain, I caved in and went to buy a new pair of shoes. What did I purchase? 

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Skechers

The moment I put the skechers on my feet my life changed. I know that sounds corny but I speak honestly. I was able to walk around London for the entire day with no pain. Not only did my feet feel comfortable but the skechers also eased the pain in my heels caused by previous shoes as the day went on. Skechers are so unbelievably comfortable and from that day I don’t think I took them off for about 1 whole month! Pretty dress and skechers, leggings and skechers, sportswear and skechers, jeans and skechers. Just everything with skechers. They were my absolute saviour and I knew from then, that these would be the shoes I would travel with and so I visited the skechers factory shop close to home and purchased another pair ready for my backpacking adventure. 

I chose the Skechers on-the-go design in Navy. They look similar to a boat shoe and I thought they’d look pretty cute with near enough any outfit whilst I’m traveling. They feature the new goga mat technology which makes walking even more comfortable than before with the new and improved insoles. It pretty much feels like waking on clouds and completely takes the pressure off your heels and feet. 

Whilst traveling I have worn these shoes so often! What makes them even more impressive is the fact that they are machine  washable. So when they start getting grubby you can throw them in the washing machine and make them as good as new again. Very impressive right? I imagine that eventually the sponge inside the skechers insole and on the soles will wear down, but so far I have worn these pretty much every day for the last two months whilst traveling and they are still in good condition (despite being in need of a machine wash).  

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If you’re going traveling and are thinking of buying a suitable pair of shoes for lots of walking without being too bulky then skechers are great. They haven’t failed me yet and my feet have been so comfortable after numerous treks, walks and hill climbs. Winner winner! They’re also really light weight, so they won’t add much extra weight to your bag at all. 

Let us or @katielewla know what skechers you have if you’re already in love with a pair. Be sure to keep up with  katielewla‘s travel and style journey by following her blog .

SKECHERS PETS OF INSTAGRAM

For pet lovers everywhere it’s hard to find anything that brings more joy to the world than our four legged furry friends. And with the holiday season in full swing now that we are deep into wrapping paper, we turned to Instagram to find some of our favorites. Maya seen above looks nothing short of adorable with her reindeer ears. We imagine she just brought in that pair of Flex Advantage 2.0 sneakers to surprise her daddy on Christmas morning. Follow @mayathedox to see more!

The felines seem to approach the holidays in different ways. Albert (below, left) is ready for the snow in a cozy sweater. He couldn’t care less about the cold when out and about with his human friend wearing the Relaxed Fit Marselo boot built to tackle the elements. See more at @albertbabycat.

Some cats take on the role of dogs and protect property at all costs. Mick (above, right) sits stoically guarding a pair of Mecca – Sawmill boots for a young boy in the house. He’s daring you to try and challenge him and won’t rest until these shoes are worn and enjoyed in amazing snowplay. Emma (below, left) takes a more…we’ll call it direct…approach to the job. This little girl won’t ever let these cozy BOBS Plush slip-ons leave her paws! If you need to go out you’ll probably have to suffer through copious amounts of kitty cuddling first! Follow Mick at @meowing_mick and Emma at @furryboy.leo.

For a cool Yorkie who is beyond ready to open presents check out Joey above. Have you ever seen a pup more eager for present time to begin? The cleverly positioned men’s Mark Nason Parker boot and women’s Winchester – Mysterious boot send a covert signal that he’s ready for a walk. Like right now. As seen below, Lucy and Emily can get by without a human friend. At least that’s what Lucy wants you to think as she’s put on a pair of D’Lites herself and is all set for the adventures that come. Emily clearly isn’t having it and despite Lucy’s best wishes will still beg for endless petting. Joey can be seen @joey__bateman and follow the ongoing mischief of Lucy and Emily @pupsonpar.

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Last week in the spirit of the holidays we held a Skechers pet adoption event for the first time at our headquarters in Manhattan Beach. Our BOBS for DOGS charity partner Best Friends Animal Society stopped by with an adoption van and information for new pet owners. Countless essential items were donated to local pet shelters and everyone from the office loved hanging out and spreading cheer with dogs and cats for an afternoon and the puppy and kitty below (plus another kitty) found lucky new parents and forever homes! Learn more about the No-Kill LA initiative here.

We love seeing furry friends! If you have cool pictures of your pets please share on Instagram with #PetsOfSkechers. Maybe we’ll feature you next time! Happy holidays!