By Rehan Iqbal
From Adidas to Air Jordans, there are a lot of shoes out there. Some sneaker enthusiasts eagerly collect hundreds of pairs of shoes to wear or display. But among this crowd is a common trend: most of them seem to universally hate the Skechers brand. Why is this? Let’s look at some of the most common reason people hate on Skechers.
Are Skechers Stylish?
One of the top reasons Skechers aren’t as popular as other brands is because aesthetically, they don’t look all that interesting. They aren’t considered high fashion by any stretch of the imagination. You wouldn’t see them on fashion magazines or on the runway. If you’re looking for fashionable shoes, Skechers aren’t them.
They also aren’t considered very cool or sporty-looking shoes. They don’t have a very unique look, or a clean, streamlined style. For people interested in sneakers specifically for the visual appeal, Skechers are low on the list of options.
Are Skechers Functional?
Skechers aren’t known for being the best in sportswear. There are many higher-end brands that provide proper support for your feet and that are specifically meant for running, hiking, or other athletic activity. Skechers don’t fit into this category.
For the regular joe who likes to hike occasionally, Skechers may be a fine option. But for the people who exercise all the time, for the people who make sports an important part of their lifestyle, Skechers is not the best option.
The shoes aren’t typically meant for intense physical activity. And even for the Skechers shoes that are meant for intense physical activity, they are still beaten out by higher quality brands. The ergonomic support of Skechers has been called into question a number of times. We’ll examine that more later on.
Are Skechers Made From Cheap Materials?
Skechers are usually made from cheaper materials than other brands. This is because they’re meant to be a budget brand for those who can’t afford the most expensive sneakers. But to sneaker enthusiasts, this makes them a poor-quality brand. Lower quality materials mean a lower quality sneaker, which means a sneaker that wears out more quickly. If you want shoes that will last, Skechers may not be the brand for that.
Does Skechers Make Innovative Shoes?
Another reason for the Skechers hate is that the designs aren’t innovative at all. In fact, in many instances, Skechers produces designs that seem very similar to other brands. For example, compare Skechers’ Bobs with Tom’s slip-on shoes. Side-by-side, the shoes look very similar.
Many people speculate that Skechers copies designs from other brands, although this is not proven. Alongside the previous reason of Skechers using cheap materials, many Skechers-haters conclude that Skechers is copying other brands and making lesser-quality rip-offs from them. For these people, this is a big reason to dislike the brand.
Skechers has their range of slip resistant work shoes suitable for people who need to navigate slippery floors at work. These work shoes are quite popular among people who need a budget shoe with non slip features.
Are Skechers Budget Shoes?
As I mentioned earlier, Skechers is meant to be an affordable brand. But let’s be honest for a moment. Sneaker enthusiasts and avid sneaker collectors, just like the super intense fans of any niche interest, tend to be a bit elitist. The simple fact that Skechers is meant for smaller budgets is enough reason to garner hate from these small groups.
Is this hate deserved? It’s hard to say. If you can’t afford the name brand of a shoe you like, buying the similar but cheaper version by Skechers is a tempting option. But for some people, the fact that Skechers are cheap is reason enough to find them unappealing.
Do Skechers Cause Foot Pain?
Skechers are known for producing comfortable shoes. Alongside the affordability, that’s their main draw. However, this comfort may come at a cost. Some Skechers customers report that after wearing their shoes for a while, they start to feel discomfort, even pain.
Sure, a memory foam sole might be comfortable, but it’s not a good support for your feet. For the same reason that a super soft bed can be bad for your back, super soft shoes can be bad for your feet. For this reason, even though the comfortable fit might be appealing, a lot of people don’t prefer Skechers.
Do Skechers Have a Big Celebrity Endorsement?
Remember that elitism I mentioned earlier? It’s coming into play again because Skechers also doesn’t have a big celebrity endorsement. Other brands become famous and popular because of the big-name athlete, actor, or singer who advertises for them.
In the past, Skechers has had a few celebrity endorsements from singers like Camila Cabello, Britney Spears, and Demi Lovato. But they haven’t had recent endorsements, at least not wide-reaching ones. Nor do they have an ongoing relationship with a celebrity. When I think of Camila Cabello, I don’t think of Skechers, even though she promoted their products in the past.
Do celebrity endorsements reflect the quality of the brand? Not really. But if a brand has a big celebrity name tied to it, they’re more likely to attract people who are fans of that celebrity. And if people hate a product, they might not hate it as much if a celebrity they like starts to promote it.
There are a lot of reasons for the intense hate Skechers gets. Some of those reasons may be valid reasons for the hate. Other reasons are perhaps a bit shallow and ill-founded. Skechers hate is a vicious circle. Once it becomes known as a brand to hate, a lot of people jump on the hate train without knowing why.
The more people that jump on the train, the more the brand becomes known as a hated brand, causing more people to—well, you get the idea. When it comes to shoes, trends have a huge effect on which sneakers are coveted and which are hated. Perhaps one day the trends will swing the other way and Skechers will be considered a cool, retro 90’s brand.
The important thing is not to concern yourself too much with what other people think of a brand. If you like Skechers because of their affordability and comfort, don’t let haters turn you away. Wear your Skechers proudly, or don’t. In the end, it’s up to you.