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Skechers USA Inc. is an American lifestyle and performance footwear company. Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California, the brand was founded in 1992.[1] Now the third largest athletic footwear brand in the United States,[3] Skechers earned more than $4.16 billion in revenues during the 2017 fiscal year. As of January 2018, the company employed more than 11,800 people worldwide.[2]

Skechers USA, Inc
Public
Traded as NYSESKX (Class A)
S&P 400 Component
Founded 1992; 26 years ago (1992)
Founder Robert Greenberg
Headquarters Manhattan Beach, California, U.S.
Number of locations
More than 2,715 [1]
Key people
Robert Greenberg
(Co-founder, CEO)
Michael Greenberg
(Co-founder, president)
Products Footwear, Apparel
Revenue Increase US$ 4.16 billion (FY 2017)[2]
Increase US$ 179.19 million (FY 2017)[2]
Number of employees
11,800 (Jan 2017)[2]
Website skechers.com
Skechers Elite Flex shoe
Skechers headquarters in Manhattan Beach
Skechers, which operates in more than 160 countries, has grown in revenue from its international wholesale business.

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HistoryEdit

Skechers was founded 1992. Skechers' early products were utility-style boots and skate shoes; the company has since diversified to include athletic and casual styles for men, women, and children,[4] as well as performance shoes.[1][5]

Products and advertisingEdit

The company offers two footwear categories: a lifestyle division that includes Skechers Memory Foam, the charity line BOBS and Relaxed Fit comfort shoes, and a performance division that includes Skechers GOrun and Skechers GOwalk footwear. Through licensing agreements, the company offers branded bags, watches, eyewear and additional merchandise.[1]

Skechers uses celebrity-driven advertising,[6] and has promoted its products with celebrities including recording artist Camila Cabello,[7] TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet,[8] model and actress Kelly Brook,[9] former baseball player David Ortiz,[10] and football players Tony Romo and Howie Long.[11][12] The Skechers Performance Division has featured elite runner Meb Keflezighi,[13] and pro golfers Matt Kuchar, Brooke Henderson, and Wesley Bryan,[1][14] In 2014, Skechers signed an endorsement deal with musician Ringo Starr.[15][16]

CausesEdit

Skechers launched its SKECHERS Foundation in 2010. Skechers and the Friendship Foundation host an annual walk to raise money for a nonprofit that helps connect special-needs students with their peers.[17][18]

LitigationEdit

In 2012, Skechers agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $40 million based on a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that it had misled customers with its Shape-Ups ads.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "SKECHERS Corporate Information". skx.com. Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Skechers form 10-K, fiscal year ending December 31, 2017". 
  3. ^ "US Athletic Footwear Market Report". NPD Group. February 6, 2018. 
  4. ^ "History of Skechers U.S.A. Inc." fundinguniverse.com. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Shah, Alap. "Is Skechers Management Guidance Too Conservative?". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Stock: Skechers U.S.A. (SKX)". wikinvest.com. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Robin, Marci. "Camila Cabello Is Launching a Havana-Inspired Makeup Collection With L'Oréal". Allure. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  8. ^ "Brooke Burke-Charvet 'D'Lites' a Fan in New Skechers Spot". Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  9. ^ "Kelly Brook turns up charm for Irish fans as she launches Skechers range". The Irish Sun. 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  10. ^ "Big Papi Goes To Bat For Skechers". Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  11. ^ "NFL Star Tony Romo and Wife Approve These Skechers Shoes That'll Get You Through Airport Security". Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  12. ^ "How Did Skechers Afford That Super Bowl Buy?". Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  13. ^ "Marathon Superstar Reups His Partnership With Skechers". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  14. ^ "2018 PGA Merchandise Show: Skechers golf show review". Golf Channel. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  15. ^ "Skechers signs Ringo Starr". 
  16. ^ "Ringo Starr to Star in 2015 Skechers Ads". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  17. ^ "SKECHERS Friendship Walk". 
  18. ^ "Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk funds special student relationships". Daily Breeze. 2017-10-28. Retrieved 2018-07-13. 
  19. ^ Dina Elboghdady (2012-05-16). "Skechers agrees to $40 million settlement for claims about shoes' benefits". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-05-30. 

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