Skechers has donated 15 000 pairs of shoes to children in Puerto Rica, which still remains in need of many essentials a year after Hurricane Maria. The donation forms part of its BOBS from Skechers philanthropic shoe program, which has donated 15-m pairs of new shoes to children around the world who are affected by poverty, homelessness and natural disasters.

In February Skechers also donated 5 000 pairs of socks and 2 400 backpacks to Puerto Rico residents.

“Recovery from hurricanes is not a sprint, it’s a marathon – and much work still needs to be done in Puerto Rico,” says Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. “We saw this with power taking nearly a year to be completely restored to the island, and we’re seeing it in the families still putting their lives back together today. It’s crucial that we continue to distribute supplies to families in cities as well as more remote regions to let them know that they haven’t been forgotten.

“And with residents just beginning to assess the damage from Hurricane Florence, our outreach continues as we expect to be in the Carolinas in the coming months to help those impacted in that region as well.”