MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), a global leader in the footwear industry and the Number 2 footwear brand in the United States*, today announced that for every pair of BOBS alpagarta shoes sold, the Company will donate two pairs of BOBS shoes to children in need through the Soles4Souls shoe charity organization.
"As a global leader in the footwear industry, we have the network and the resources to make a difference in the lives of millions of children through the BOBS program," said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. "We have worked with Soles4Souls several times in the past to provide shoes for disaster relief, including the 2004 Tsunami in Southeast Asia and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. We are amazed by their accomplishments in those devastated regions, and our CEO Robert Greenberg had a vision to create a larger scale shoe donation program like BOBS to assist Soles4Souls in a constant, ongoing capacity. We believe we can donate millions of BOBS shoes through this program, reaching kids across the U.S. and overseas.”
SKECHERS created the BOBS name as an acronym for the charitable mission of the brand: Benefitting Others By Shoes. With a pledge to donate two pairs of new BOBS children’s shoes for every pair sold, the BOBS by SKECHERS program will potentially help millions of children around the word within the first year the brand launches.
Soles4Souls, founded 5 years ago by Wayne Elsey, will partner with SKECHERS to distribute BOBS unisex children’s shoes to communities and organizations in need throughout the United States, and as needed for international disaster relief and crisis situations.
"We’re excited to partner with a global company like SKECHERS to launch the BOBS shoe donation program,” said Elsey. "More than anything, we need large quantities of shoes to continue our charitable work. There are more than 300 million children around the world without shoes. Tapping into SKECHERS’ vast resources and global reach, we can help even more children in need. A new pair of shoes can change a child's life and we have a tremendous vision for the success of the BOBS program.”
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls has donated more than 12 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to needy children and families, free of charge. With a presence in more than 127 countries, their charitable work has changed lives around the world and across the United States. For more information about Soles4Souls past success stories and current charity work, visit www.giveshoes.org.
ABOUT SKECHERS USA, Inc.
SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of footwear for men, women and children under the SKECHERS name, as well as under several uniquely branded names. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States via department and specialty stores, Company-owned SKECHERS retail stores and its e-commerce website, as well as in over 100 countries and territories through the Company’s global network of distributors and subsidiaries in Canada, Brazil, Chile, and across Europe, as well as through joint ventures in Asia. For more information, please visit www.skechers.com.
*Sporting Goods Intelligence, June 21, 2010
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