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    ISlide Experience: Corey Gilkey

    ISlide Experience: Corey Gilkey

    Corey Gilkey, owner of Leaders sneaker boutique in Chicago, visits ISlide headquarters


    Last Thursday, Corey Gilkey, owner of one of the top sneaker boutiques in Chicago, Leaders, stopped by headquarters for an ISlide Experience. From friendly competition on the court to creative brainstorming with our lead designer off the court, Corey got to experience what it means to be a part of the #ISlideFamily. We even set up a little birthday celebration (ISlide style of course) to cap off our day. Check out the full recap above and get a glimpse into the ISlide Experience for yourself.

    Be sure to stay tuned for later episodes as we introduce new competitions and welcome more special guests to the ISlide headquarters!


    *The ISlide Experience is hosted at ISlide Headquarters in Boston, MA via invite only. Guest(s) get a chance to check out our new home, see exclusive upcoming designs, brainstorm future collection ideas, sit and talk with the ISlide Janitor Justin Kittredge, and create their own custom pair on site.

    We #ShopSmall For Small Business Saturday

    We #ShopSmall For Small Business Saturday

    To show our support of Small Business Saturday this year - we are starting a new tradition of helping to share our favorite small businesses around us here in the Boston and surrounding areas. Not surprising - more than a few of us listed places to eat that warm our hearts.

    Justin K -

    50’s Diner - Dedham - Comfy American diner serving breakfast all day, plus lunchtime burgers, sandwiches & wraps. They already know my order!

    Victory Grille - Dedham - The Best Sports Bar in Dedham!

    Rarely will you find 50’s Diner ever empty!

    Rarely will you find 50’s Diner ever empty!

    Sam P -

    The Toast Office - Westwood Center - Comfy American diner serving breakfast all day, plus lunchtime burgers, sandwiches & wraps.

    Tori W -

    Gus & Donna’s Barber Shop - Norwood - The best in the area…...and you may just see a few local sports pros getting cleaned up before a big game.  

    Dedham Square Coffeehouse - Very hip with a bit of why aren’t you here. Plenty of seating and great view of the Dedham Square for people watching.

    Birch Street Bistro - Hip casual-chic, brick-lined locale for elevated comfort food, terrace seats & live music Thursdays.

    Gus & Donna’s may be small but certainly not unknown.

    Shaun J -

    Toscanini’s Ice Cream - Gus is the Willy Wonka of Ice Cream and consistently rated the best in Boston and on the short list for the country.

    Body Burn by Ray - A group fitness studio offering high energy and intensity workouts in a fun party environment.

    WheelWorks - Serving the Boston community since 1977, the selection of bicycles, apparel, accessories, and parts at Wheelworks is second to none.

    Body Burn squad!

    Aashil S -

    Leavitt and Peirce - A 127 year old tobacco shop and specialty store still in its original location in the heart of Harvard Square just across the street from historic "Harvard Yard." Make sure to say hi to Karen!

    Grendel’s Den - Serving casual gourmet dishes and international specialties in the same location for over 35 years.

    Overhead view of Leavitt & Peirce

    Doug L -

    Portsmouth Shop - A small, family-owned establishment specializing in fine gifts for ladies, children, and home.

    Groovy Gator - THE fashion spot for newborns to tweens that seeks out unique and bold clothing that embraces the playful spirit of children.

    Clements Marketplace - The heartbeat of Portsmouth and Rhode Island’s best local market.

    The “it” place for parents/tourists in Portsmouth

    Amy T -

    Tony's Place - Italian restaurant in West Roxbury. Family owned and run with great food.

    Charles River Running - Awesome running specialty store in Norwood who are very involved in the local community; hold lots of in-store events/running groups.

    Tracy's Skincare - skincare service in Norwood with an amazing owner.  Soothing, relaxing, comfortable environment.

    Tim Y -

    Blue Jay Sandwich Shoppe - 423 Sprague Street (down the street from our office) - Good food, great service, real personality!

    Nate B -

    Theory Skate -  Local skateboard and snowboard shop in Holyoke and Northampton, Massachusetts. Specializing in clothing, footwear and hardgoods.

    Acapulcos - Needham - Mexican restaurant that honors its authenticity and family spirit. Everyone works together, not only as a team, but as a family.

    Alex V -

    Nick’s Pizza (Roslindale) - Comfort food central with a counter-serve known for pizza, salads, subs & other American & Italian foods.

    Jordan B -

    Crescent Ridge - Since 1932, Crescent Ridge Dairy has been delivering small batch milk and quality provisions to families throughout Massachusetts

    Mandarin Chef - Located near the center of the town of Foxborough, we offer traditional, as well as American style Chinese cuisine.

    Sals and Mals - Foxborough - 16 years of NY Style pizza in the ultimate family-run business.

    Steve A -

    Anna’s Taqueria - Boston’s most beloved burrito and taco spot. Fresh ingredients, authentic recipes, and expert assembly go into each of our burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and Mexican bowls.

    D&G Deli - Voted “Best Chicken Salad” by Boston Magazine.

    Pizza Palace - Offering delicious Pizza, Calzones, Dinner Entrees, Pasta, Subs and more!

    Sue D -

    The Village Manor- Small local restaurant & bar featuring a varied menu with American & Italian options. Plus they always donate to all the local school functions.

    Conrads in Norwood - Family-owned restaurant offering American & Italian food that is delicious plus a full bar & outdoor seating.

    Blue Jay Sandwich Shoppe - see above!

    ISlide For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Breast Cancer Awareness Item

    Our limited edition pink slides are here!  

    At the heart of this collection are our cancer awareness slides, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’re taking steps to support cancer awareness with the Ellie Fund - a foundation that provides essential support services to breast cancer patients throughout Massachusetts. The latest in our ISlide4Good campaign, this new partnership introduces two exclusive Ellie Fund slide designs for sale in our online shop with a portion of their sales being donated directly to the cause. In addition, we will donate $4 from EVERY slide purchased on our website in October back to the Ellie Fund!  In addition to selling various other pink designs in our Slide Shop, you can also customize your own pair. Check out our full pink collection or click here to start designing your own! 

    Now, more than ever, we challenge you to Stand In What You Stand For to help us raise money in the fight against breast cancer.  





    I'm intrigued Hawaiian culture and lifestyle, so it's something I try to bring into my life East Coast. Social Media, like Instagram, helps me stay connected with that culture -- you see a lot of phrases and sayings that are a staple of the 'Hi Life.' One, in particular, stands out the most, 'Aloha Spirit.' To me this means -- waking up in the morning with a smile, taking on tough times with a sense of perspective, and having a light-hearted personality. The 'Aloha Spirit' is something I try to embody daily, and although at times it may be difficult, it's important for me to have this motto because it keeps me grounded.
    I'm neither creative nor artistic -- but recently I started doodling in my notebook creating larger and more focused projects.
    Last January I visited Hawaii. It was there that I took the time I needed to be free and find inspiration, and it was here I was able to finish my intricate art piece.
    When my project was complete, I turned it into a pair of Slides. I drew this all free hand and then had it digitized, making it ready for print. I wear slides nearly every day, and it was important to have my own mantra on them; it's fun wearing my own design.
    This is "my own, " and I love that. It represents me, and it represents what I believe in with the company I work at, Islide, and their philosophy: Stand In What You Stand For.
    - Torrie