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Ever since I was a young kid, I had a love for shoes and I built up quite a collection from an early age. I loved trainers, and seeing as my Mum would not let me wear heels until I was a bit older, trainers became a big part of my wardrobe. I had quite a liking for Skechers from the offset, as I really loved the look and colours of the trainers they sold, and that still sits with me today.
Skechers are an American shoe company that is well known world wide for its cute, cool and modern designs of all colours and shapes. They make a trainer for pretty much everyone, and most of my friends own at least one pair of Skechers. Heck even my Mum and Nan have a pair of Skechers!
My first pair of skechers was a lace up, chunky red pair of trainers which had a cool silver swirl design on them, and I believe I was only about 11 or 12 when I got them. I loved them so much, that I soon went and bought the same pair in blue. Ever since then I have bought more and more from the Skechers range, and I have never been able to fault a single pair.
All the pairs of Skechers I have owned have looked awesome, with a great design and wonderful choice of colours. They have always been comfortable, even after walking for miles in them. Never have I found them to rub my feet or give me sores or blisters, and even in the midst of a baking summer, my feet have been kept at a perfect temperature. The inside of the trainers have always been well padded, even on the thinner, lighter designs, and my feet have always felt comfortable.
These days, there is a massive choice in the Skechers range, from full on chunky trainers, to slim, foot hugging ones. They even do a Skechers Shape Ups, which are designed to help you tone up the muscles in your thighs and bum. I have not yet had the chance to try these, but they do still look nice, and just an ordinary trainer from what I have seen on adverts and in stores.
I personally can not find anything bad to say about Skechers, as they have done me so well, and lasted many years too. If you like your trainers to be of good quality, look great and make your feet feel great, then I do not think you could go wrong with a pair of these. Skechers do not have their own stores as far as I know, (at least not in the UK) but you can buy them in many shoe stores and on websites. The main stockists of them are Schuh and Foot Locker.
They are not the cheapest of trainers, and some of their "lower range" trainers will cost you around the £30 mark, depending on where you shop. They are totally worth the money you pay for them though, and they will last you for years. I find that the designs they make work with almost any outfit, so you really do get your money's worth with a pair of Skechers.
I totally recommend Skechers all round, for look, comfort and quality. I give them a 5 out of stars.
My top priority with footwear these days is comfort, with durability coming second for everyday wear, and looks coming second for special occasions.
My first pair of Skechers were trainers. I wanted something comfortable and durable to help me cope with the large amount of walking I do, rather than for specialist sports wear. I found these in Matalan, about 10 years ago, and the bargain price reflected the value for money that I expect from this store. Sadly I haven't seen this brand in Matalan lately.
Stockists of Skechers recently include Amazon, Barratts, Brantano, Littlewoods Office and Schuh. There are styles for women, men and children.
Before I tried Skechers trainers, I had previously bought Reebok Classics Trainers, as these suited by wide feet better than the brand of choice for my husband, Nike, but these Skechers were even wider.
Although my foot length is Size 4, I often have to buy Size 5 footwear to get the width I need. Then I am restricted to styles where I can adjust the width enough to keep my feet in the right position with a length of sole that is a bit too long. Alternatively I could go to shops specialising in really frumpy footwear for wide feet, which I don't want to do, while there is a reasonable alternative.
I find Sketchers reasonably priced compared with other big brand names. However, for those on a tight budget, you may be able to find something similar in budget shops such as the clothing section of your large Asda or Tesco supermarket.
Over the last 10 years I have been pleased with the comfort and durability of Sketchers trainers, and leather shoes designed to be suitable for stylish school wear or other formal occasions when wearing trainers would be frowned on.
However, I haven't been tempted to buy their most extreme styles, as I feel these would look like a more "mature" lady was trying too hard to be fashionable. Endorsements from top pop stars help to maintain that young and stylish image. I wish that I had the flexibility and stamina to perform like the youngsters in their adverts but sadly Sketchers don't yet perform miracles. I can dream though!
On another positive note, the chunky soles give me a little extra height, without having to topple around on high heels. As I am only 5 ft 4 ins, this is a pleasing bonus.
Similarly to many top brand footwear manufacturers, Sketchers are now saying, "Get in shape without setting foot in a gym." Is this the miracle that I have been longing for? These new Shape Up trainers, with their slightly rounded sole, as opposed to being flat on the ground, are claiming to get wearers in shape, but I notice not "fit", so I guess traditional exercise is not redundant yet. The idea seems to be that you roll your feet from heel to toe, on the convex sole, to exercise parts that normally walking would not.
Sounds like the Heineken of the footwear world to me!
I expect to continue to look at the Sketchers brand when looking for comfortable durable trainers, or black leather comfort shoes, which are the types of footwear for which they seem to be most famous. They do other types of footwear, but they haven't appealed to me yet, although I may try a pair of their warm winter boots, when I next have the opportunity.
*** My Marks out of 10 ***
Up to Date Styles 10/10
Range of Styles 7/10
My most recent brush with Skechers products has been in the form of a pair of Skechers Shape Ups. For those who are not aware of what they are, perhaps the best way to describe them is as a pair of very clumpy toning trainers with what looks like part of the the heel missing.
I didn't get along very well with my Skecher Shape Ups at all which was a great shame, as not only were they not cheap to buy, but I bought them with high hopes seeing as though these types of toning shoes have been hailed as mini miracles of late. Whilst they didn't work for me as I had hoped they would, many people love them so I wouldn't say they don't work at all, but I will say that my Shape Ups just didn't suit me.
I certainly have no issues with the quality of the Skechers shoes I have bought over the years and my Shape Ups were no exception to that. I found that the style and over all appearance of the shoes was good, the leather used in my shoes certainly seemed of a good quality and the padded sections of the shoe allowed for a nice cushiony feel when I placed my foot into the Shape Ups.
The issues I had were really that I was not able to get used to the feel of wearing the Shape Ups. I felt unstable when wearing the shoes in situations where I could have been knocked accidently in a crowd. It made me feel like I might lose my balance and fall if I was caught off guard and so that really put me off wearing my Shape Ups after a while. I would not have wanted to have tried wearing these shoes on stairs either as my balance wasn't right when wearing the shoes.
Over all I feel that the general quality of Skechers is good but prices can be high. I always hunt for the best deal when considering a shoe purchase especially when the prices can vary a lot as they can with this brand. I feel that the shoes we have had have been of a good quality but in the case of the Shape ups they were a bit of a let down. I don't think that was due to poor craftsmanship at all, but more to do with how the actual shoes worked for me.
Because of that I still feel that Skechers are a good brand and so deserve a 4 star product rating. Skechers have a good range of products and these range form boots to trainers to leisure shoes, they produce shoes for all ages from children to adults. I would purchase shoes from this brand again if I saw something I liked the look of, but I wouldn't want to buy another pair of Shape Ups.
I bought my Skechers shoes just under three years ago and have been really happy with them in fact yesterday I tried to revive them a little to make it through the winter as they had been threatened with the bin!
They are classed as low rise sports shoes which makes them sound really boring but they are the most comfortable pair of trainers I have ever had . In my work I am on and off boats all the time and boat good manners means you take your shoes off after you have boarded in case you bring any oil etc on board. My Skechers pull on and off with ease and half elastic crossover laces that dont have to be tied and ensure a comfy fit.The sole are non slip and non marking and the shoe body itself is a combination of grey suede are breathable mesh so they dry easily and your feet dont get toohot in summer. They look great with jeans and are neat enogh to wear with shorts ,my skinny legs look ridiculous in crocs.
Skechers are based in California and have a range of over3,000 styles!they specialise in sports and casual shoes and sell Tone Ups ,Shape Up and Resistance shoes for the really serious.You can find them on-line and in depatment stores and speciality stores in th U.S. and U.K and much of Europe. I was lucky enough to buy my pair in my first "mall" experience in Florida and as my header says I wish I had bought more. Expect to pay around 30pounds for womens and a little more for mens. I am now going to hide my faithful Skechers until I can get some more.
In my teens I loved Skecher's shoes. They were always hip and funky. My mum would always moan that they were consistently on the expensive side but at the time I wasn't bothered as long as I got the shoes I wanted! Well that selfish teen has grown up into a woman who still has a bit of a love affair going on with the shoe shops. When I first started earning my own money I was really bad with it and would buy stupid things I didn't need and ended up with many pairs of shoes that I would rarely have the opportunity to wear!
When pregnant with our second child I in a mad hormonal state decided to get rid of things that were taking up space. I was ruthless! Baby finally arrived and once the household had calmed down and was back into our daily routines I realised what I had done.
I was missing some basic necessities such as sandals and I love sandals so I decided to keep an eye out for some good ones. There's still a bit of baby weight hanging around harassing me and my goal is to do more walking along with my dance workouts. I had seen the Skechers trainers that apparently help tone your leg and bum and also help with good posture. My mum is under strict orders to purchase them as my Christmas present (well, at least she'll know it's something I want and wouldn't be a waste of money). I went into a local shop to try them on so I could tell her what size and colour I want. Skechers sizes seem to run big and whilst the shop assistant was finding me a pair in my size I noticed that they also make a workout sandal! A closer inspection was required and so I tried these on too (buy a size smaller then you are and if you have narrow feet maybe try them on in a store first).
Tone Ups - Fun Flops
* Improves posture
* Improves blood circulation
* Tightens abdominal muscles
* Strengthens the back
* Firms buttocks muscles
* Reduces cellulite and tones thighs
* Firms calf muscles
* Reduce stress on knee and ankle joints
* Available in silver, black and navy
After going through the list I was pretty much sold. My Dooyoo miles were enough for me to get some Amazon vouchers and the Skechers are available on there ... I ordered my Amazon vouchers and two days later had my code ready to use. The sandals in my size and in black were going to cost £29.99 so with my £30 voucher all I had to pay was postage. I'm never going to complain about a bargain like that!
They arrived moments before the school run two weeks ago. I of course had to give them some wear! I had read the reviews about them and there were two main complaints. First was that the toes area was too long. I have always found that my feet slide forward in sandals and then my toes are hanging over the edge so a bit of length doesn't bother me at all. The second complaint is that the toe thong or whatever it's called (bit that goes between your toes) is ruff and rubs. I thought maybe these were people who didn't normally wear this type of shoe and were just not used to it but the blister along my second toe tells a different story. They only rubbed on my left foot for some reason. I've had little soft plastic bits that slide onto that part of the shoe before but I can't for the life of me remember where I got them from (if anyone knows please share the knowledge!).
Aside from the obvious attack on my second toe the sandals are comfy. It's too soon to tell if my left over baby weight will fall off and my legs will suddenly look like those of a supermodel but fingers crossed!
Leaving the toe bit out I think it was a good use of some Dooyoo miles, but if I can't find a solution to the attack on my poor defenceless second toe then these sandals might have to find a new home. I have been told that the Fit Flops are a bit more comfortable and the toe attack doesn't happen so if I can't get any of those plastic cover things I might do a switch as I still have some Dooyoo vouchers left. Bit of a waste of voucher but I can't wear shoes that hurt can I.
Good idea, comfy sole, evil toe thong ... Still love Skechers tho!
Update!: Scholl Gel Toe Separators have saved my poor toe from the abusive sandal!!!! yay!
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Yay! I got the Shape-ups in the end before Christmas and have really enjoyed them. The pair I got are called midnight. A bit confusing as they are white, with navy and light blue areas but oh well. these athletic shoes are like the above toe thongs designed to improve your life through walking.
"For maximum benefit, stike heel first. Then roll foot forward." - Sounds easier then it actually is. Breaking the habit of a lifetime was quite hard and I found myself analysing every step for a while. I've got the hang of them now and when I have them on it's now second nature.
After having the toe thongs and now the trainers for a while I can let you all know if I saw the benefits in action. Sadly the answer is no. Both shoes are really comfy and look nice. I'm sure there were other things in my life like not enough exercise and maybe not eating all the correct foods but I was still gaining weight. I started walking more once I got the trainers and I watched the instructional video to ensure I was going to get the best result. Muscles didn't feel as if they were more toned and my posture was still as bad as it's always been.
I rarely wore other shoes for a couple weeks after getting these. I went into the doctors by the end of the second week with a strained ankle. She asked me if I had been putting any weight on it I don't normally. Maybe my body needed to slowely get used to this new walking method. Little bit of @ home phisio and I got myself back into shape and it's never happened again.
It does feel at times like Skechers have packed in a pillow to the sole of the shoe. My only agro with the sole is that it sometimes makes a squish noise and when sneaking out of a sleeping baby's room it can be a bit annoying! :)
Not so highly recommened as a fitness routine (unless you add it to an already established one), but very comfy and nice looking pair of shoes.
I bought skechers calies pair of shoes from sportsdirect shop for a bargain price of five pounds. I was very impressed with the range of colours and its looks. There were orange, pink, grey, silver, bronze, yellow and I finally decided to buy the gold ones. When I first tried it in the shop I felt so comfortable.
The shoe has a criss cross like strap with Velcro fasteners which I think is good because it holds the feet very well in the shoe- feet doesn't lift off while walking. The shoe is made of plastic like material which makes it any weather shoe- I would say that it is a good looking rainy shoe.
The comfortness didn't last long. I wore this shoe when I went shopping the next day and it was very painful near the toes. I thought it might be new shoe bites but it wasn't- they were the starting point of the straps which is exactly near the last couple of toes- so after sometime they start pressing on your toes and makes it incredibly painful to walk- I could walk after an hour. I m not sure if this happened to just me or my feet shape but its worth checking this out.
But other than that everything else is good including the price. I saw the same pair in amazon for £19.99, so it's better to check your local sportsdirect shop before you buy one of them.
Unfortunately I'm one of those people cursed with short but wide feet, and so I have a lot of difficulty in trying to find shoes that fit. On top of that, my feet are very shaped and arched, which means the vast majority of shoes are very uncomfortable, from shaped high heels to sandals (the front bit or bits always rub horribly against my feet).
This is where Skechers come in, as they are not only comfortable for my poor feet, but are available in a huge range of designs and colours, which are more interesting and originally shaped than a lot of casual shoe ranges on the market. With flat shoes, wedges, sandals, trainers and more in a range of materials from foam to plastic to leather, there is something for everyone.
Luckily I work in a non-customers facing place, and as my current favourite pair are black, I can just about get away with wearing them. Best selling Skechers tend to stick around for several years, which is great because the last pair I had their soles worn away so much I needed to replace them. Before you think they were bad quality - thin soles after wearing them almost every day for a good 3 years is great value for money to me. They've been up volcanoes, in 3 feet of snow, and on 10 mile plus walks and I've never had a problem. The only downside with this particular pair is that the laces aren't particularly durable, but you do get a spare pair when you buy them and laces are cheap anyway.
I also have a couple of backless pairs of Skechers, which are surprisingly easy to wear and don't require any extra effort in walking.
Finally, I bought a pair of fomay wedge sandals in black. They do their sandals in a range of colours and effects - some of which are great for the beach and holidays, others are good for summer in general. You can adjust the wdith as well which is great. They are easy to walk in, feel secure despite only being slip ons and are lovely and soft on the soles. As my feet are heavily arched I do tend to get a lot of pressure on certain parts of my foot so this is important to me. However, I find that these rub painfully on the sides and front of my toes/foot, but this is due to my weird foot shape as my sister has a pair that she has no problems with.
Skechers aren't too widely available. There are a few actual Skechers shops in cities, such as in the Trafford Centre in Manchester. Otherwise head to your nearest Schuh or buy online.
Skechers can cost up to £50, but if you work it out per day you use them, you will get a hell of a lot of wear out of them so they are definitely worth it. I don't know what I'd do without mine!
My sister bought me a pair of skechers for xmas last year and ive only worn them once and ill tell you why.
The ones she bought me are very similar to the soulmates made by skechers.
When i first got them i though ahh yeah there great.Looked really nice and very pretty ideal for the summer too as they were very open and just had a cross strap so would get some funny tan lines on my feet.
They fitted pretty well for what they were and were alright for the first 10 mins or so.
ok so i decided to go to shop in my nice new trainers n see what they were like for walking in.
thats where they went wrong! the cross straps comes undone so easily
as your foot bends when walking you end up with big gaps at the size of your feet where the trainer bends too.yes i know its ment to do that but the fabric of the shoe doesnt move back when your foot goes flat, it stays stuck out so you end up with a bump in the side of your trainer that looks just stupid!
along with that ,the fabric on the heel of your foot isnt very thick either meaning that the stitching in the heel rubs and rubs on your foot causing really bad blisters and actually made my foot bleed it was that bad :(
i walked home from the shop bare foot
needless to say there now sat in the bottom of my cupboard till i work out what to do with them.
I've lost count of the pairs of Skechers I've owned. I guess now in my twenties I should have grown out of them, they have a real teeny-bop image but there's a lot in their ranges, it's not all sparkly glittery and pink trainers. There's funky yet sensible ones in there too and they are all so comfortable.
Surely for a trainers brand comfort and style are key and skechers wins on both factors. No wearing in required, their shoes instanly fit like a glove.
I've also had shoes form their Skechers cami range, A pair of black sandals and some skull and crossbones flip flops that I lived in last summer. This range are a little cheaper than the core range and at some of the discount sports shops you can get them for a real steal.
To sum up Skechers and good quality comfy shoes that aren't just for kids.
I have to say I had to buy a pair of these fab shoes by default as I had returned some leather insoles to the shoe shop which I knew I was not going to use and instead of a refund had to choose a pair of shoes as replacement. I was amazed when I tried on these (what I thought were wooden) soled sandals as they were made from rubber and were about the most comfy thong mules I had ever worn, also very pretty in gold. I have since bought another pair with a blue glass flower pattern across the front (their designs also seem to be quite original) and would thoroughly recommend them.
Popular American shoe manufacturer.