Sketchers, the black sheep of sneakers?

I’ve noticed that the Sketchers brand is hardly ever, if ever, mentioned on these boards… though on the street, I see the stores everywhere, and people wearing them all the time.

What’s the take on the Sketcher brand from the footwear design community?

I think they’re doing a good job on the current urban street city shoes that are the rage now, don’t know the exact term. The hybrid ones with the flat rubber soles. I have a pair of the sketchers and love them, and while shopping for them the sketchers had the most selection of things I would consider wearable. Other brands just had one or 2 of that type that looked nice, almost all of the sketchers were nice for somebody even if not for me personally. I think they do very nice in that footwear category. I also had a pair of dress shoes from them (cheap) but they’re kinda crappy.

generally, that statement could apply to any brand not affiliated with the swoosh…

one of their designers hits these boards from time to time (what up TH!), i think they do what they do pretty well, i can’t say that i have noticed many people sporting them though…

and they most certainly are not the black sheep of sneakers…

these guys are: (bigs up dstokes!)

it just seems that sketchers seems to bite, instead of innovate.

“seem to bite”? They have managed to build a billion $ business on knockoffs…I wouldnt want to do it but g-d bless them if they can…

my experience with Skechers is

  1. They do generally jump all over the current trend, they do it well, but you will rarely see them taking any real risks.
  2. They’re all show and no go, some of the most uncomfortable / non performance shoes I’ve ever put on.

One reason I think they are so successful with the style of shoe Skinny is talking about is that style of shoes is pretty much entirely fashion, with very little emphasis on “performance”

Skechers is big on licensing too
from the corparate website:
With more than 2,000 styles, SKECHERS meets the needs of male and female consumers across every age and demographic. SKECHERS’ brands include SKECHERS Sport, SKECHERS USA, SKECHERS Active, Somethin’ Else from SKECHERS, Collection by SKECHERS, SKECHERS Work and SKECHERS Kids. Branded separately from SKECHERS, the Company’s fashion and street lines include Michelle K; Mark Nason; Siren by Mark Nason; 310 Motoring; Unltd. by Marc Ecko; and Red by Marc Ecko.

yeah i suppose it was an understatement :stuck_out_tongue:

Whaddup, Ade!

So, Skechers…umm…err…yeah…

Never thought I would see this thread on here!