How to wear high-top trainers

High-top trainers are one of the most popular trainer styles on the market. They are comfortable, versatile and can be worn all year round – all you need to do is adapt your outfit!

However, it is important to know how to style high-top trainers to get the most out of them.

Whether you’re searching for the latest style advice or unsure how to wear high-tops, we’re here to help. Follow our guide for everything you need to know about this popular footwear style, including how to wear high-top trainers with various outfits, lace them properly, and style them for any casual occasion. 

Two different styles of Gola high top trainers sit against a contrasting, bold pink and orange striped background. One of the trainers features rose-gold wingflashes, and the other has silver.

Table of contents

  1. How to wear high-tops
    1. How to lace high-tops
  2. What to wear with high-top trainers
    1. How to wear high-top trainers with jeans
    2. How to wear high-top trainers with shorts
  3. Can I wear high-top trainers with a dress?
  4. Shop high-top trainers at Gola

How to wear high-tops

With their full coverage shape and secure lace-up fastening, high-top trainers not only look on-trend, but they can offer support around the ankle. They also offer effective protection against the elements, so your feet stay warm and dry without compromising style.

Once you’ve purchased your brand new pair of high-tops, you may want to know how you should lace them. Below, we’ve shared our tips on how to lace high-top trainers. 

A white Gola high-top with off-white trims and a off-white sole.

Gola Classics Women’s Coaster High Trainers

How to lace high-tops

While lacing your high-tops may seem trivial, it is essential for a secure, comfortable fit. 

Everyone has their preference when lacing high-tops, from creating criss-cross patterns to straight bar lacing. Here, we share how to lace your high-tops the Gola way.

Step one: First, straighten your laces to ensure they aren’t twisted. This will help them to last longer and provide a more secure fastening.

Step two: Next, thread your shoelace through the bottom eyelets of your high-tops closest to your toes. Insert the lace through the eyelets from above and pull through, creating a straight, horizontal bar between the two eyelets.

At this stage, it’s important to ensure the length of lace left on either side of the eyelets is as even as possible so that you will not run out of lace on one side of your shoe as you continue.

Step three: Start with the left eyelet lace and run the lace to the next eyelet up on the right side of the shoe, creating a diagonal line. Pull it through the eyelet from the top side of the shoe so that the end of the lace faces the shoe’s tongue as it is pulled through. This will create a stylish, seamless look.

Step four: Repeat step three with the opposite lace, again running the lace diagonally to the opposite side of the shoe and pulling it through the eyelet from above. Once you have completed this, you should have two diagonal lines that make a criss-cross pattern, with the ends of each lace facing inwards towards the trainer’s tongue. 

Step five: Continuously repeat these steps until you get to the top eyelets, criss-crossing the laces on the opposite sides and running the laces through the eyelets from above in the direction of the shoe’s inner part.

Step six: Once you have reached the top, you can tie your shoelaces together as normal, pulling the laces as tight or loose as needed to ensure a secure yet comfortable fit.

A white gola high top with rich rose-gold/peachy toned wingflashes. At the back of the shoe, near the top, it features a teal detailing. The high-top has a thick sole with ribbed detailing.

Vegan Gola Classics Women’s Rally High Plimsoll Trainers

What to wear with high-top trainers

High-top trainers come in a range of classic and on-trend designs guaranteed to become wardrobe-essentials. There are endless possibilities when styling them, as they offer so much versatility. 

Wearing high-top trainers is effortless, as you can easily style them with your go-to clothing pieces to create outfits that make you feel chic, comfortable and confident. Read our tips below to style your trainers with your favourite wardrobe staples. 

How to wear high-top trainers with jeans 

Denim jeans are extremely versatile, so pair perfectly with high-tops.

High-tops teamed with relaxed fit jeans are a great pairing. Straight, mom and wide-leg jeans are exceptionally comfortable and provide a casual aesthetic on dressed down days. Whether running errands or relaxing at home, we recommend opting for light wash denim in blue or grey and worn with simple T-shirts, shirts or knitwear to suit the season. 

Alternatively, try a more fitted style, such as slim or skinny jeans, for a smarter look. Their figure-hugging design will draw attention to your high-top trainers, making them a perfect choice if you want to show them off. Dark washes such as navy blue and black create a smart-casual look that can be worn for a wide range of occasions. Plus, if you have bright-coloured high tops, they will really contrast and pop against the darker denim.

Bold print high-top trainers by Gola. They are predominantly black and white, with a thick white sole that is ribbed near the front of the shoe. The sides of the shoe feature dalmation style dots, while the front, including the eyelet part of the shoe and the tongue, is a contrasting black colour.

Vegan Gola Classics Women’s Baseline High Safari Pure

How to wear high-top trainers with shorts

Shorts are an excellent clothing choice with high-top trainers, especially during the warmer months. 

Go casual with a pair of light-wash denim shorts or cargo shorts in a neutral or bold colour. They can be styled with various short and long-sleeve tops, so it’s easy to create different outfits to change your look. Try a pair of tailored shorts  to smarten up your high-tops.

Can I wear high-top trainers with a dress?

With many on-trend features, high-top trainers are perfect for marrying with dresses. You can style them with long maxi dresses or short dress styles, offering an on-trend, urban look. 

Plain white chunky Gola high-tops. These high-tops have a similar look to dunks or chunky trainers. They have Gola's loga in plain white, almost camoflaged into the white sides of the shoe. Chunky and cool, perfect for everything from jeans and shorts to dresses and skirts.

Gola Classics Women’s Slam High Trainers

Shop high-top trainers at Gola 

There are no rules for styling high-top trainers, as you can use your creativity to pair them with anything. Whether you opt for trousers, joggers, shorts or a skirt, there’s no end to the looks you can create.

At Gola, we stock an on-trend selection of high-top trainers, expertly crafted with high-quality materials. 

Explore the collection to discover our most popular high-top styles in various chic colours to suit your taste. From simple block colours to eye-catching prints, our striking collection has options to suit every taste.

Or, if you’re looking for more of your favourite Gola styles, discover our men’s and women’s new in range and find your next favourite pair today.

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