#WhichGolaAreYou – La Penderie de Chloé

After recently joining forces for our #WhichGolaAreYou campaign, we are delighted to present to you the esteemed French blogger, Chloe of La Penderie de Chloé.

La Penderie de Chloé was first launched back in June 2010 by freelancer Chloé as a simple and humorous way to share everything that drives her day-to-day life with the rest of the online world: think looks, shopping, travels and running!

In her post, Bordeaux-based Chloé took a trip around Paris with the Gola team, showing us all the stunning, world famous scenery as well as talking to us about her favourite Gola trainers and why the brand holds a dear place in her heart. Aside from the amazing photographs, we also captured the day on video to show the world just how much fun Chloe is and how great she looks in her much-loved Gola Classics footwear.

Head over to La Penderie de Chloé to read all of the gossip Chloé has to share about our day (there’s also hundreds of other brilliant posts which we highly recommend you check out), or check out the beautiful photographs and video below.

Watch out for more bloggers joining us on the #WhichGolaAreYou campaign soon!

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Gola Classics Trainers Now Available at Topshop!

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There’s now even more places to buy your favourite trainers thanks to a new partnership between Gola and Topshop!

Many of the most popular Gola Classics styles, including Equipe and Harrier can now be found in Topshop’s flagship Oxford Street store as well as on Topshop’s website.

As a brand with an illustrious British heritage, it is with great pride that we can announce this association with a store which has been an integral part of the British high street over the last four decades. Topshop has been key in helping to shape British fashion for generations and now the addition of Gola Classics footwear to their shelves will help to further spread the word of our home grown retro style.

If you are passing the Oxford Street Topshop store, pop in and take a look at their latest season and remember to tweet or Instagram us photos of their Gola range!

Twitter – @GolaClassics
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En Brogue: The Trainers Guide – Hannah Rochell

Fashion editor Hannah Rochell, author of the well respected blog En Brogue has recently written a book called The Trainers Guide. The book is a celebration of Hannah’s favourite trainer styles, which span from the humble plimsoll to far more glamorous incarnations. We’re delighted to say, Gola, features twice on the list.

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The first Gola Classics trainer to be featured is the iconic Harrier, originally launched by Gola in 1968 and still going strong today. Hannah explains how she loves the charmingly retro feel of this shoe and its authenticity.

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Second to be featured is Gola’s collaboration with Cath Kidson. Cath Kidson’s vintage designs and Gola’s heritage style made a perfect combination in 2015 with two great capsule collections.

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The trainers guide is a perfect coffee table asset for all sneaker enthusiasts.

Gola Ridgerunner ‘National Parks’ Pack

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It is hard to deny the sheer beauty of some of the landscapes which we are lucky to be blessed with here in Britain. In order to celebrate these national treasures we have developed the hiking-inspired ‘National Parks’ pack Gola Ridgerunner. Inspired by the great outdoors Ridgerunner is packed full of autumnal colours reminiscent of our stunning countryside.

Gola Ridgerunner ‘Yorkshire Dales’

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The Yorkshire Dales is situated in an upland area of the Pennines in Northern England. This historic area is famous for its Three Peak treks which take on Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside, with many people attempting and succeeding to tackle all three in one day. Our Yorkshire Dales Ridgerunner trainer is made up of dark, earthy tones including tan, brown and black. It is also available in both low and high-top silhouettes with each featuring a tweed-look inner and cleated hiking style sole.

Gola Ridgerunner ‘Cairngorms’

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The Cairngorms is a national park in the eastern Highlands of Scotland which is home to a mountain of the same name. The area is well known for its Caledonian pine forests and some of the best cycling trails available on our shores. The Cairngorm Ridgerunner is inspired by this beautiful location and features brown and tan set upon a background of navy blue with a red and tartan inner and cleated hiking style sole for extra grip.

Gola Classics: Pretty in Pink

No matter what time of year it is, a splash of pink will always brighten up your day. You could say it is lucky then that right now on the Gola website, we have dozens of brilliant pink ladies’ shoes and bags which can help add some much needed colour to these cold and grey winter months.

There are plenty of pretty pinks to be found in several of our Harrier trainers, which were originally launched in 1968 and are part of our Gola Classics collection. Whether it is bright pinks against a dark navy suede like these, or dark, warm pink with a navy wingflash like these, you can always count on pink to bring your Harriers to life.

Our next selection is an eclectic mix made up of three styles which are part of our Gola Classics range. These include black slip-ons with an elegant pink floral print, the 70s tennis classic Orchid in a bright shade of fuschia and last but not least the Gola x Liberty Art Fabrics Samurai which makes great use of one of Liberty’s intricate prints.

Finally, we bring you a trio of bright and bold Gola Classics Redford messenger bags. We have chosen a baby blue and pale pink design, an allover pink and fuchsia number and lastly a darker blue, pink and white take on our classic over-the-shoulder bag.

Don’t just take our word for it though, there are plenty more for you to browse and buy in the Gola online store!

I will survive!

By Guest blogger, Alex Willis

Whether we like it or not summer is over and we can now start moaning about how cold, wet and windy it suddenly is. Whilst some of us want to hide away from the elements, many people see this time of the year as the perfect opportunity to release their inner adrenaline junkie and take part in the vast number of obstacle courses or ‘mud runs’ that seem to be popping up all over place. For some of you who may not have come across these events or may have been living under a rock events such as Tough Mudder and Survival of the Fittest are becoming one the fastest growing participation events in the UK.

Unfortunately this year is my turn, having being roped into Survival of the Fittest by my so called friends. Collectively they what a great idea it would be to go running round the Etihad stadium in Manchester, climbing over monkey bars, running up a Gladiator style ‘travelator’ and falling into unthinkably cold water.

When I agreed to take part I first thought was what on earth would I wear? This
answer escaped me until I looked at Gola Active’s AW15 range. This is where I came across the Equinox. These stood out to; me with their lightweight feel and especially the TPR inserts in the sole, which is a necessity when taking part in events such as this. So all that it is to decide now is which colour!

 

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Gola Classics Comet & Seeker back to life for AW15!

The weather is getting colder and greyer, the nights are getting darker earlier and the inevitable ring of people proclaiming ‘”it’s only (insert number here) days until Christmas!” is very much a reality… Autumn is here! And while this may be painstaking to any summer-lovers out there, it is the perfect time to up your shoe game and embrace the new season.

The dawn of this new season has brought with it the Gola Classics AW15 collection, which is now officially available in our online store and on retailers’ shelves. This new range is jam packed with hot and exciting new designs that are sure to help you through the colder months with lashings of style.

Being the good people that we are, we have decided to round up two of the newest and exciting styles in our autumn / winter range to give a little background and further insight into each trainer. So without further ado, we bring you the Gola Classics Comet & Seeker in all their glory:

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The Comet is back with a bang in our latest collection where you can find the plimsoll in no fewer than 11 new colourways. Choose from a variety of lace-up suede and canvas uppers, along with padded lining to bring you even more comfort. Stand outs in the collection of these quintessentially British fashion pumps are the men’s and women’s all white canvas Comets and the Navy suede Comet. Get them while you can because they won’t be around for long.

Gola Classics Seeker

For AW15, the Gola Classics Seeker comes in three easygoing styles – high top, plimsoll and slip-on.

The high top is our unique take on the classic chukka boot silhouette and this simple but effective design comes in five autumnal colour and material variations, which are: tan leather, black leather, brown suede, navy suede and blue suede. Each pair has a contrast heel tab, layered rand and would look perfect when teamed up with some casual jeans.

The Seeker plimsolls and slip-ons are available in blue or brown suede – subtle but effective!

The Return of Gola x Liberty Art Fabrics!

We are absolutely delighted to welcome back the Gola x Liberty Art Fabrics collaboration for AW15, with a whole new host of their floral, pattern and paisley fabrics used on the Gola Classics range.

For any of you that may have missed it, we first collaborated with the amazing London-based brand back in 2013, producing a beautifully feminine range of lades’ shoes and bags which captured the hearts of people all over the world. Now, they’re back for more as we continue this marvelous relationship of two quintessentially British brands on a mission to create high quality footwear and bags with an unmistakable floral image.

Who are Liberty?

Liberty Art Fabrics have a long and lustrous heritage which all started in 1875 when a certain Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened an Eastern bazaar-inspired store on Regent Street, London. Customers flocked to his store to browse and purchase Liberty’s ornaments, fabrics and other works of art which fueled a shop expansion within the first eighteen months.

Since then, Liberty products have remained irresistible to consumers and now the brand is adored all around the world. Below, we have pulled out some of our favourite pieces from the Gola x Liberty Art Fabrics AW15 collection, but you can browse them all in our online store.

Our first footwear choice is the gorgeous slip-on Delta plimsoll in navy / blue. This easy-going design comes with chunky sole, twin gusset and an eye-catching all over print. Second, Liberty re-imagine our Samurai with another of their stunning floral prints, this time adorned on an 80s-inspired silhouette with a suede and nylon upper. You can also see both of the charming Gola x Liberty Art Fabrics rucksacks above/below.

Gola Classics SS15 Summer Favourites

At long last summer is here and with it comes the time to spruce up your wardrobe in preparation for the warmer months ahead. Whether you are sticking it out here in Blighty or jetting off to sunnier climes, you can always get your feet ready for the summer sun with a pair of Britain’s much-loved Gola Classics.

It’s not like you ever really need an excuse to up your footwear game though, is it? We already know that our Gola trainers are loved all year round but here we have picked out a few of our favourite men’s and women’s styles for summer – let us know if you agree!

For the ladies out there we have picked out three fabulously guileful designs which all take elements of our brand’s classic styles and mix them with modern features to secure their place in the Gola Classics SS15 range.

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First up, the women’s Samurai Hibiscus trainer blends pale pink and grey tones with our vibrant Hibiscus floral pattern to produce a great looking and functional 80s-inspired jogging shoe. All in all the Samurai is a comfortable and reliable shoe which is ideal for roaming around in the sun.

Secondly we call up another classic jogger silhouette in the shape of the women’s Shinai trainer. This shoe boasts a darker colourway than the Samurai with its focus on purples and blacks, but also features contrasting streaks of light blue – such as the quintessential Gola wingflash –and a speckled phylon sole which give this trainer a life of its own.

Finally, why not go bold with the women’s Delta Hibiscus plimsoll? Like the Shamurai, the Delta also features our Hibiscus floral pattern but this time in an all-over design with a chunky sole. A great design for the beach as it easily slips on and off.

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Now for the gentlemen out there! Our first shoe is the men’s Quota plimsoll which is a brilliant low-profile blue fashion pump with a contrasting green Gola wingflash. The Quota comes in an authentic worn look which makes it perfect for anyone going for a vintage look this summer.

Next up, the relaxed men’s Comet Chambray plimsoll is another light shoe which will be a great addition to your SS15 wardrobe. With enhanced comfort from its padded lining and a contrasting wingflash against a chambray upper, this trainer will work with a whole host of relaxed summer outfits.

And to finish we bring you the men’s Super Harrier trainer which is based on the classic 1970s Harrier design. Originally developed for squash and badminton, the Harrier soon became a fashion trainer popular in its own right and now it’s back for SS15 with a light blue nylon and suede upper and a new-look toe and bumper.

Which Gola Are You? Last Style of Defense

Next to answer the question ‘Which Gola Are You?’ is Author of Last Style of Defense, Dan Hasby-Oliver…
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Gola is one of the oldest British sportswear brands in existence, who mixes heritage, quality materials and contemporary styling for a fresh approach to footwear. Having been a wonderfully sunny day, I got out in the garden to capture a couple of the SS15 collection – to answer a question of Which Gola Are You?
The first pair I chose was the Samurai Leather Sneakers which fuses a leather upper with a sleek white sole on an ’80s archive inspired profile. Perfect for wearing with a pair of slim cut, washed denim jeans and a bright, graphic t-shirt; the combination of the slightly dressy black leather offsets the casual combination of the two blue tones. .
Next I chose the Made in England Pacer 1905 pair, these are part of the Made in England 1905 collection, which see’s Gola return to its manufacturing roots. Gola Pacer is a jogger based on an original ‘70s design and features a high quality mesh and suede upper on a soft EVA mid sole, that also features Union Flag tab and tongue branding. Adding onto this; because both are these are perfect for exploring the city in, or just running into town to get a few bits, is the Barlow Stone rucksack. New for SS15 is Barlowe, a heavy wash canvas bag with a roll top fastening. Barlowe is a preppy inspired canvas rucksack, featuring a distinctive woven badge and padded should straps, it has all the right styling cues.
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We’re All Mad Here – Which Gola Are You?

We asked fashion blogger Kayla Hadlington… Which Gola are you?

I’ve been so excited to finally wear these Gola plimsoles, they’re super comfy and it was such a nice day yesterday I decided to go out and shoot them in this rather lovely weather! The print on the trainers is a collaboration with Liberty London, it makes them feel extra special! I’ve been a big fan of Liberty fabrics for absolutely ages and whenever I go into store I love to go and stare at the fabrics and decide which ones if I would purchase if, yknow.. if I were super rich. This particular fabric is adorable as its their Alice in Wonderland print (hence the title, We’re All Mad Here!!!!) to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland! I think my favourite part of the print is how how on one of the toe on the left trainer theres a cute little picture of Humpty Dumpty so whenever I glance down I see him staring up at me which makes me chuckle.

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I wasn’t too sure which colour were my favourite, I’m probably going to have to go with pink though as, well, I always choose pink lets face it haha! I’m totally considering wearing one of each colour on each foot, I don’t know why I didn’t think of that for the shoot ahh!! Think I could get away with it?? They look super adorable with little frill socks and jeans or as these are quite girly and cute I would totally wear them with a cute little dress if I wanted to dress or skirt it down a bit.

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As the campagin is called #WhichGolaAreYou and I had both of the colours for these trainers I decided to try out two different outfits in a how-to-wear-your-Golas kinda thing, honestly my favourite outfit is definitely the mom jean outfit however I also really like the long socks and the tropical tshirt look which is very summery! think they’d also look super cute with a tennis skirt!

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Which Gola are You?

Gola’s 2015 campaign has taken a fresh direction, with a new strap line ‘Which Gola are You?’! We have worked in partnership with established and influential bloggers to try to ascertain which designs from Gola’s SS15 collection best complements their own style by asking the question ‘Which Gola are You?’.

Which Gola are You? Jonathan Daniel Pryce

For our first collaboration we have teamed up with the author of Garcon Jon, a London based street style blogger and photographer. Jonathan Daniel Pryce established Scotland’s leading street style blog in 2008 and is now based in London working as a street and fashion photographer. His current blog www.garconjon.com focuses on his interest in men’s style in all its forms. Jonathan selected the iconic Gola Harrier trainer, take a look at the video below:


We wanted to get a female perspective, so we travelled across the pond and teamed up with New York based model and blogger Natalie Suarez. Natalie has massive domestic and international appeal and is the author of www.natalieoffduty.com. We have again produced a street style shoot and short video highlighting the Gola Comet plimsoll that Natalie likes from Gola’s SS15 collections.

Gola will work with a wide variety of other fashion and lifestyle bloggers throughout 2015, asking that all important question… Which Gola are You?

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