Gola Classics just went Vegan!

You have been asking and Gola has been listening!

With the rise of veganism as a lifestyle choice and with many of you querying which of our styles are vegan-friendly, Gola is proud to announce the launch of its Gola Classics Vegan range.

But is it really Vegan?

“How can Gola verify that it’s vegan?” we hear you ask. Well, each and every style in the Vegan range has undergone rigorous Ve-MAP chemical testing. Ve-MAP is a new, unique DNA-based testing procedure within the Chem-MAP® family. The testing process identifies any trace of animal DNA from chemicals within our footwear and the manufacturing process. This includes:

  • Chemicals used in the fabrics
  • Other materials such as the sole
  • Dyes
  • Adhesives
  • Finishing components

High risk chemicals are tested to confirm that there is no trace of any animal-derived products, therefore providing authenticity of their animal-free composition.

Don’t just take our word for it: the Gola Classics Vegan range has also been registered by the Vegan Society, the oldest vegan organisation in the world. Founded in 1944 the Vegan Society is a world leader in its field and Gola has partnered with them to give customers additional reassurances.

The collection boasts style!

We have styles for women, men and your mini-me’s! Our range includes the ladies’ Coaster in various styles: Classic, Rainbow, Hi-Tops and Mirror, while we also have our very popular Mark Cox style in a range of colours. A pair of trainers with your dress is undoubtedly one of the chicest and breeziest style combinations this season.

Trainers with a skirt or dress will not only add a dash of nonchalance to your look, but will provide the ease of movement you desire when zipping around town. If you love anything shiny, then you will fall for Coaster Mirror. If you prefer a hi-top, then Coaster High in black or in off white will be a great addition to your shoe-drobe. Our most popular lines are Coaster Rainbow with the rainbow stripes down the side, as well as Tennis Mark Cox in a selection of colours, re: dark green, deep red, Indian teal, vintage blue and blossom.

Our men’s collection includes Comet and Comet Canvas, as well as Tennis Mark Cox and Varsity. If you’re on the lookout for some super convenient footwear that will easily go with your jeans or shorts, it’s only natural to look for a pair of Gola Classics Vegan that will best suit your style. Both Varsity and Comet come in a variety of colour combinations: from navy & powder blue, to deep red & white, there’s a style to suit your needs.

For your mini-me, you can choose between Coaster Rainbow, Coaster Rainbow Velcro and Coaster Velcro. Colourful, easy to put on and off and as comfortable as all Gola styles, they’ll be very much enjoyed by your little ones.

SS19 Trainers arrive at Gola

New season trainers have landed at Gola and we can’t wait to show you the latest styles to shop. Read our guide to SS19 at Gola below.

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Men’s Santorini/White Harrier Trainers

Classic Silhouettes

The Harrier is always a highlight of the season and SS19 promises newness from our flagship sneaker. Besides the classic navy/ white and red/white options, bolder colour pairings are available like the bright blue santorini/white trainers.

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Men’s Camouflage Montreal Trainers

Camo Print

Camouflage is a trend that will ensure you certainly don’t blend into the background and this season sees some of our favourite trainers get a rework in the print. The Monarch gets a new camouflage upper design whilst still keeping its recognisable thick front sole.

A more sporty version of the trend is the updated Montreal sneaker, which is constructed with a camouflage upper and completed with a rainbow design and a contrasting white sole.

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Women’s Velcro Orchid Trainers

Velcro Fasten

Not just a trend for kids trainers, the velcro trainer is making a comeback. Ridiculously efficient for getting your kicks on in a hurry, our women’s and men’s velcro trainers offer quicker fastening than their lace-up counterparts.

Our Orchid trainers in shimmer combine the velcro trend with pastel hues to give you the perfect sneaker of the season. Available in both blush pink and off white shimmer, the Orchid velcro provides form and function in one. Similarly, the Eclipse velcro takes ‘Dad trainers’ and velcro straps to combine them to offer something different and new to update your collection.

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Women’s Eclipse Trainers

Dad Trainers

You might not have pinned your parent as a style icon this season but 2019 is set to be all about the ‘Dad’ trainer. Think of the colourful trainers your father would wear on a ‘90s seaside holiday (perhaps even with matching bomber jacket) and your inspiration is there.

The Gola Toronto takes on this trend perfectly, offering a white trainer with accent colours as well as a dark blue option with contrasting detail. The brightness of both Toronto designs instantly draws attention and ensures the trainers are not to be missed when wearing. The Gola Eclipse additionally epitomises retro cool with use of colourful design and a thicker sole, giving a nod to ‘90s athleisure.

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Women’s Quota II Liberty PJ Trainers

Liberty Print

Gola’s collaboration with Liberty Arts continues with new trainer designs created using the renowned brand’s fabric prints. The Quota II is reimagined with a blush petal upper print, perfect for spring, while the Liberty Bullet offers a pretty blue pattern to suit darker shades.

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Women’s Navy Cadet Trainers

Bumper Soles

The Cadet sees a new style of trainer for Gola, featuring a thick bumper sole which not only provides added resilience but also makes a statement in the style stakes. The Cadet comes in both dark shades and pastels and is a sneaker you can easily pair with an array of casual clothing on a daily basis.

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Women’s Cheetah Print Coaster

Animal Print

Animal prints return this season in lighter hues to adhere to the spring/summer aesthetic. The Gola Classics cheetah print Coaster comes in two covetable white gold and rose options, offering a subtler take on the loud print that can easily adapt to more casual styling.

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Women’s Rainbow Coaster

Rainbow Pattern

Rainbow trainer designs have become a popular feature for some key Gola styles over the past few seasons and this SS19 we have expanded the selection so you can enjoy more variations of this colourful trend.

The Coaster now comes in additional colours which offer a contrasting pop against the rainbow design. The Orchid rainbow also comes in glitter versions in black and white if you prefer more monochrome in your collection.

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Women’s Tennis Mark Cox Trainers

Sunshine Yellow

It’s only fitting our spring/summer collection would include a bit of sunshine, we’re just hoping the British weather matches up accordingly. Our popular Coaster gets an update in yellow, offering the perfect bright backdrop to its fun rainbow design.

The Tennis Mark Cox  also takes on the happy hue, with a velvet iteration of the trend. The classic sport trainer includes a towel textured inside as a nod to it’s tennis roots, which additionally provides sumptuous comfort when wearing.

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Microcord Kelly Backpack

Essential Backpacks

Whether storing your school books or carrying essentials on the daily commute, our Gola Backpacks have the storage you need with supporting straps. The Kelly rucksack takes on the cord trend in both pastel pink and black for a textured style, whilst the Harlow goes for block colour in classic fabrics for a more classic design. Also available is the Harlow mini, which comes in pink and purple velvet options and is cute and charming in aesthetic.

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Red Micro Redford

Micro Redford

The iconic Redford bag gets a space saving update with the Micro Redford. Perfect for styling with your colourful festival looks, the Micro Redford is small enough to carry round all day yet efficient in storing your essentials and features an internal zipped pocket for extra security. Super stylish, this small handbag comes in a range of bright colours and cool metallics to suit any look.

Sparkle 24/7 with Gola + Swarovski Crystals

Calling all women…add some sparkle to your festive casual ensembles with our special edition Gola Swarovski collection featuring crystals! Two of our flagship ladies’ styles, ‘Bullet’ and ‘Coaster’ have been glamorously enhanced to ensure you can sparkle 24/7 this Christmas.
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The Gola wingflash is upgraded on the ‘Bullet’ trainer by the beautiful application of crystals.  Whilst the ‘Coaster’ pump has a crystallised toe cap to give a striking finish to this popular Gola women’s silhouette!  Gola Bullet is available in black or off white or opt for the dazzling Gola Coaster in white or black.

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Take style inspiration from our influencer girlfriends that have styled these Gola Classics sneakers.

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The Trendiest Styles Of AW18 – Men’s

For AW18 Gola men’s once again delivers a collection of truly inspiring footwear that reflects back to its decade-long heritage. Along with some of the timeless classics, this season sees a selection of new and updated silhouettes that take AW18’s biggest trends to a new level. Mixing classic with modern, the trainers are given a lift with imaginative fabrics and details that add a contemporary twist whilst still maintaining a sleek, classic look

The recent hype around functional outerwear has reflected in a new direction in footwear, seen in some of Gola’s new season trainer styles. Inspired by outdoor and camping activities, the theme puts a new spin on urban footwear with influences from trekking and climbing gear. The silhouettes are clean and contemporary, accented by hardware details and pops of bright colours. A perfect interpretation of the trend is the Men’s Lowland Millerian designed for the return of the Gola Classics x British Millerian collaboration.  This silhouette has been reworked in British Millerian fabrics including an olive waxed canvas and a water resisting suede toe facing and counter, perfectly suitable for the sophisticated urban commuter. More of the utilitarian vibe can be seen on the popular Men’s Montreal Camo trainer, the Harrier Millerian or Men’s Monarch in Camo/Gum.

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Not to miss one of Gola’s long-time fabric favourites – the suede. Its luxurious texture remains highly popular for the AW18 season and also taps into the outdoor adventure trend. Gola has developed a palette of new deep earthy colours incorporated into some of the best-selling styles in suede. If you are thinking about Harrier, you’re probably not wrong, but we’d like to turn your attention to some of the new additions to Gola Classic’s trainer collection: the Men’s Tourist and Men’s Inca trainers. If you like a modern court sport style and a truly heritage feel, then look no further. Tourist sports a cognac suede upper and a subtle punched wingflash to the side. Available in a classic black and deep cognac, this timeless silhouette will keep your urban look on point. Introduced for AW18, Men’s Inca Suede adds an edge to the collection with its active, street-ready look. Featuring a gum sole unit and a nylon tongue, Inca Suede can be found in a navy, khaki or ash colour options.

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Speaking of nylons, AW18’s catwalks are a proof that technical nylons, and especially those which have a hard-wearing feel, have moved from a functional use to a design highlight.

The lightweight fabric is featured on casual every-day footwear and is accented by splashes of contrasting tones to complement the utilitarian trend. Updated for the season, the Gola Men’s Flyer, originally developed in 1975, sees this retro trainer in light nylon and suede upper, and a contrasting wingflash. The style is available in three colour options as seen below.

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Stay tuned for the trendiest women’s styles from Gola’s AW18.

A Sneak Peek At New Season

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We don’t like to admit it, but it is edging closer and closer to colder and darker days (nooo!) most of us haven’t even been on a summer holiday yet, but in the world of fashion AW18 has begun.

Here we have some of the new in collection that you can wear now and later in the year, call them the ultimate transitional trainers if you will….

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The classic Harrier has been updated for AW18 in new seasonal colours. Harrier is one of our most popular styles and dates back to the 1960s and the transformation of the style has been minimal, just slight updates to keep the silhouette modern. For AW18 the Harrier is in deeper earthier tones which are so on trend this AW! Pair these with anything in your wardrobe, but for true style a pair of classic jeans and a white tee – what could be more classic!

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New for AW18 the leather gola classics montreal grey men's

Montreal got a seasonal update for AW18 in on trend velvet! This style looks great paired with jeans but if you are brave enough to keep baring your legs into Autumn wear with a midi tea dress to add a sporty edge to your look. The velvet colours are opulent and bold, so you will stand out for all the right reasons

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The leather Trainer silhouette is here to stay, proving to be a popular style we have updated in new AW18 colours. Trainer is simple and stylish, with a tonal wingflash, it is minimalistic and low key. Wear the darker colours with jeans for dress down Friday for ultimate day to night smart trainers

The Classics

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Fashion trends are all well and good, but what you really want is a classic in your wardrobe. That one item you can go back to again and again and know you will feel and look amazing – your trusty pair of trainers!

At the moment the trend is chunky (and pretty ugly) trainers, where you need to either have legs as long as time to pull them off or style to rival an A-Lister. For the rest of us it is a strange trend, and here at Gola we are all about the classics, the styles you can keep forever and never get bored of, so here are some of our favourite Gola Classics styles that will be your wardrobe staple for a long long time.

Women’s Bullet

The Bullet was originally launched in 1976 and was originally designed as a running shoe for athletes, over the years the trainer has become more of a fashion trainer and has had numerous updates to ensure it is both comfortable and durable. The simple sleek likes of the Bullet means you can pair with both summer dresses or jeans, and the colour options mean you really have something for every outfit. Our favourite is the classic Black/White Bullet.

Women’s Coaster

The women’s coaster is a vulcanised sole plimsoll, the style is popular as it literally goes wit anything! The Coaster was re-introduced into the Gola Classics collection in SS17 and became a best seller, the Coaster Rainbow is one of our most popular Coaster designs – so much so we sell out on a regular basis! Make sure you keep your eye out for the next drop in September – get them before they go!

Men’s Harrier

The Harrier, the most popular men’s Gola Classics style is seen on an array of celebrities like Noel Gallagher to comedian Al Murray. Originally created in 1968 the Harrier was created for athletes to train in, now like the previously mentioned Bullet, it has been updated for a modern trainer lover. Available in an array of colours you can find a pair to suit any mood.

Men’s Coaster

The men’s Coaster is a vulcanised sole plimsoll (like the women’s) and comes with rubber or gum soles, the classic simple style is key to its longstanding success and can be worn in winter with our leather styles and summer with the canvas. Why not buy a pair now, you won’t regret it.

Take a look at the Coaster Neon collection

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When fashion trends talk, we listen. This season bright, bold colours are the talk of the fashion town and we have three women’s Gola trainers that are ticking all the boxes for this trend.

The Gola Classics women’s Coaster Neon collection celebrates colour. The simple silhouette of the women’s Coaster trainer is a perfect canvas for the bright colours, making each style the statement of your outfit. The three colourways are Neon Coral, a bold Coral colour which paired with a pair of white jeans and a denim shirt would make a summer statement. The Coaster Neon Yellow is a highlighter yellow colourway, team this with dark denim to really make your shoes stand out. The Coaster Neon Pastel Pink is the last colourway, this style is girly and vibrant and can be paired with a summer dress or jeans.

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The women’s Gola Classics Coaster trainer was first introduced into the Gola collection in the 70’s and has since become a firm favourite, the style has a vulcanised sole and canvas upper creating a trainer that is versatile and comfortable.

Summer 2017’s Hottest Shoe Trends

If you’re choosing your warm-weather wardrobe and need some footwear inspiration, check out our top shoes for summer 2017. We’ve looked at what’s tearing up the catwalks across the world right now to give you a clear-cut run-down of how to get ahead of the game this summer.

From sliders to snakeskin, our top picks for the best shoes in summer 2017 touch on a wide range of quirky designs that promise an interesting look this summer.

Wrap-around sandals

Top in our list of shoes for summer 2017 is the chic wraparound sandal, which are designed to be comfy, flat footwear — as sandals should be — but with a stylish twist. These sandals have extra material for winding around your ankle or even your lower leg to add some glamour to an otherwise ordinary shoe. This shows off your skin beautifully and it also adds to the security of your sandal which are notorious for flying off with the odd meaningful stride.

Platform and flatform shoes

Think Baby Spice in the Wannabe video and we need say no more. Platform shoes are dragging the legendary 1990s into today and will be a huge summer 2017 shoe trend. You’ll be able to get these in a range of colours, with open and closed toe options and materials, too.

Coming with the platform is the next generation of super-elevating shoes: the flatform. Set to join it’s cousin in taking summer 2017 by storm, the flatform shoe has the same sassy appeal — just a completely even base. Plat-and-flat-forms are real statement-makers, so they look great in bold colours with a neutral outfit. However, we’d also suggest you go for a type with an ankle-strap to make sure you don’t fall off them.

Kitten heel shoes

We never thought we’d see the day the divisive kitten heel would be in a ‘summer trend’ list, but here she is. Kitten heels — high-heels’ meeker and milder sister — are coming back with a bang this season. But, when you think about it, why not? They’re the ideal shoe to add a touch of height without becoming uncomfortable, plus they’re versatile enough to wear for both smart/casual and dressy events.

Wear them with sheer stockings of go barefoot and get a pair with an ankle strap for added support.

Kitten Heel Shoes

Re-visiting the 90s

The next 1990s-inspired theme to hit summer 2017 will be the 90s streetwear shoes. Those chunky trainers with big logos are going to be all the rage — especially for men. On top of that, the cool and casual sneaker is due to be a common footwear choice for boys this season, too. We think this type of laid back footwear looks great with slim-fit jeans or chinos and a checked shirt.

Gola Classics Men's Monaco Trainer

Spring boots

Boots might not be the first shoe to spring to mind for a warm weather outfit choice, but they will actually be a top trend for shoes in summer 2017. Thigh-high and ankle boots in all kinds of fabrics having been up and down the catwalks lately and there seems to be a focus on warm colours (perhaps to match the climate). So, choose your favourite material and get a pair of summer boots in orange or yellow to fit the trend.

Skinny stilettos

Incredibly thin stiletto heels are also set to be popular shoes for summer 2017. Flying in the face of the aforementioned chunky platform trend, the next season will also feature thinner-than-ever footwear options. If you’re a skilled high-heel walker, this is the shoe for you.

The skinny stiletto looks incredibly elegant and really makes you get the picture-perfect posture in order to stay steady. You’ll be able to get these in all kinds of materials and styles. Go for a peep-toe variety or try on a pair with lots of wraps and straps going above your ankle.

Stiletto Shoes

Emphasis on great outdoors

A major summer 2017 shoe trend is the great outdoors. Khaki shades, camouflage options, durable trainers, and bulky, lace-up boots are going to be smash hits for trend-setting men — particularly if they wear them with windcheater jackets and a backpack.

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Yellow season

Summer 2017 is going to be splattered with yellow. A huge next-season trend in shoes, this bright and sunny shade will be available across all kinds of footwear, from men’s canvas espadrilles to women’s ankle boots.

Black and white checks and off-white

If you’re not into fresh-out-the-box-looking white shoes and prefer something a bit less high maintenance, shoes in summer 2017 are going to be more off-white for your convenience. Less blinding and easier to keep looking good, off-white and cream plimsolls or trainers are great accessories to match with a block colour shirt and plain jeans.

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Doodled-on sneakers

If you do stick with white, why not add some flair to them with a pen? Drawing and writing on plain sneakers are going to be big in summer 2017, so get a pack of colours and make yours stand out.

Rounded heels

Rounded heels are the ultimate shoe. They give you elevation for longer-looking legs, yet don’t offer the same level of falling-risk as standard high heels. Round-heel shoes are in this summer, and we particularly like the ones featuring contrasting colours between the heel and main shoe to show off the design.

Sandals with socks and boots

Our shoes for summer 2017 list wouldn’t be complete without this beauty of a trend. Wearing socks, tights or stockings with your sandals is going to be a top fashion style, which goes completely against what we thought was good dress etiquette. If you like the look of a pair of sandals, but don’t want your feet on show, it’s a great solution and there’s obviously a huge range of varieties you can choose from to get a different look every time.

Shiny shoes

Gleaming sandals, heels and boots are set to be the finish-of-choice this summer, too. That polished look is a fantastic fit for classy nights out and we suppose it makes sense to get something shiny to catch the sun when the warm weather hits.

Lot of laces

Every top fashion designer is going to be on the lace trend next season. From multi-coloured laces that contrast the shoe they tie up, to dainty types that cover just the top of your foot. You can even buy new laces to go with a plain pair of sneakers and plimsolls to add some flair to your footwear.

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Open back footwear/slingback shoes

Shoes for summer 2017 are going to heavily feature open-back footwear. Jetting off somewhere hot on holiday or even just enjoying the nice weather at home means that you’ll probably want a shoe that’s airy and breathable. This slingback trend — with just a single strip going around your heel — will come in a range of thin and thick straps to suit the feel you want. Plus, you’ll be able to choose from a good mix of casual and formal looks so you can get the right look for a particular event.

Varsity look

Summer 2017 shoes are going to benefit from a heavy dose of athletic inspiration. You’ll find lots of sneakers, plimsolls and retro trainers on the soles of people next season, which is perfect if you want a comfy day shoe that still looks like you put the effort in.

Gola Classics Women's Varsity Trainers

Snakeskin

Perhaps not everyone’s bag, but snakeskin has also made our grand ‘shoes for summer 2017’ run-down. Don’t just go for the typical snakeskin colour, though. The trend this year will see snakeskin in all kinds of bold and beautiful shades and you’ll find plenty of combo-fabric varieties if you don’t want your entire shoe in full serpent mode.

Moroccan slippers

If you like the coolness and breathability of sliders, but aren’t really into bright and bold designs, go for Moroccan slippers instead. Summer 2017 will bring a touch of the exotic thanks to an influx of this footwear type — also know as babouche slippers — which will mainly feature a subtle colour palette and simpler styles.

Sliders over flip-flops

Obviously, the flip-flop is a staple part of anyone’s summer. But this year, it might have some competition. Funky sliders in a rainbow of the brightest colours and embellished with sequins and flower patterns are set to strut the shops, promenades and beer garden terraces in summer 2017. Comfy and eye-catching, we’ve already seen great designs from fashion’s leading names, including Prada, Miu Miu and Dolce & Gabbana.

Flip Flops

For retro shoes that are perfect for summer 2017; check out our ranges of men’s Gola Classics and women’s Gola Classics before you head off.

#WhichGolaAreYou – Olivia Purvis

Introducing our latest #WhichGolaAreYou blogger: London-based Olivia Purvis.

Olivia Purvis #WhichGolaAreYouOlivia’s style is the perfect blend of cool, classic and contemporary, and her blog — What Olivia Did — has become a go-to guide for beauty, fashion and lifestyle.

Inspired by Spotify, Pinterest and the style on the streets of London, Olivia’s look is fresh and relaxed with a feminine twist, making her an obvious choice for the campaign.

Gola Classics

Olivia rated Gola Classics as colourful, current and extremely practical — basically able to go with pretty much anything and comfortable enough to walk in for hours on end. More than that, she loved how these shoes look both classic and on trend at the same time, which gives them a retro appeal which is really ‘of the moment’.

Olivia’s chosen style was the Gola Classics Women’s Tennis Trainers. Integrating flawlessly with her personal look, she loves how classic they are, that she can style them with jeans or a dress, and that they perfectly complement her girly style. Gola Cllassics Women's Tennis TrainerOlivia Purvis Wearing Gola Classic Women's Tennis Trainers

If you want an everyday but super stylish outfit, Olivia suggests matching Gola Tennis Trainers with pale blue wash jeans, a white T-shirt and a bomber jacket. The perfect combo for that laidback, ‘just-thrown-on’ look.Olivia Sitting Wearing Gola Classics Women's Tennis Trainers

Gola Classics Women’s Specialist Trainers

Next up were our Gola Classics Women’s Specialist Trainers, a great option when you want to add a pop of colour to your look. Olivia chose Specialist in sky blue but you can get the style in loads of different colours, from gold to navy.

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Her top tip if you treat yourself to a pair of Gola Specialist Trainers is to wear them with something in a similar colour for a relaxed yet stylishly coordinated look.Olivia Purvis #WhichGolaAreYou

Olivia Purvis #WhichGolaAreYou

Check out our Instagram for more #WhichGolaAreYou bloggers or get involved yourself at #WhichGolaAreYou.

Gola Interviews… Circa Waves

Since launching debut album ‘Young Chasers’ in 2015, Liverpudlian-born band, Circa Waves, has made an incredible impact on the music scene. From sell-out tours to performances at Glastonbury, the band has grown both lyrically and musically to become one of the most respected bands on the circuit.

Currently on a UK tour and enjoying massive success with newly-released second album ‘Different Creatures’, Gola caught up with Circa Waves’ guitarist, songwriter and lead singer, Kieran Shundall, to find out more about the roots, present and future of Circa Waves.

Circa Waves

There’s a significant change in sound between ‘Different Creatures’ and your first record ‘Young Chasers’. It’s a bit grittier and your lyrics are about darker themes, like alcoholism and depression. Was this shift a conscious decision with this record or was it something that came naturally from growing as part of Circa Waves?

KS: It was just what came out naturally when I started writing in early 2016. Our first record was more about looking back, but the lyrics in ‘Different Creatures’ are very present. It all came out of its own accord, really.



You worked with Alan Moulder on this album, who is the producer that worked with The Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. These bands have quite a distinctively raw, distorted sound. Did you seek him out because you wanted that sound, was it something he just created organically, or was it a bit of both?

KS: A bit of both, really. Alan has made every legendary rock record and the great thing is that he has all the knowledge. If you want that specific sound, he’s usually got the pedal that did that sound.

I think we asked one time: “How do you get the snare sound from that record?” and he just texted Butch Vig and got whatever snare it was, whatever mic was used, and within two hours had them both there ready to go. He’s got such a wealth of knowledge and information to get what you need. He’s also really patient and able to reach inside an artist’s brain and pull out the best, which is great for us because we don’t speak fluent musical language.

It seems like you knew exactly how you wanted each instrument to sound in every song. When you were writing, did you have a clear idea of how you wanted the album to turn out?

KS: Yeah. A lot of the demos did sound quite similar to the end result you heard. I’ve got a meticulous ‘demo-ing’ obsession. I think it’s a good foundation to have for an artist to go into the studio and say: “Let’s just make this but do it better”. Obviously, Alan is very gifted at doing that.

As much as you seem to have a specific idea in mind with ‘Different Creatures’, it sounds completely natural and doesn’t come across as over-polished. For example, I noticed you chose to keep in a comment you make about someone texting you at the end of one of the songs on the album…

KS: That was actually all orchestrated! We did loads of fake overdubs.

Really?! So did Alan try to get the right mics for how you wanted that to come across?

KS: Nah, in all seriousness, it’s something that we’ve all always loved. Like when you listen to old Beatles records and you can hear them all talking to each other. As a listener, it sucks you in straight away, which is what you want. For me, I always remember being able to hear when the Arctic Monkeys click the distortion pedal off at the end of their first record.

It’s immersive, isn’t it? It takes you right into the studio.

KS: Yeah, you’re in the studio with them. I’ve always wanted that. No matter how big the production — and it’s big on some of these songs — I still want it to feel personal to everyone listening to us.

Circa Waves

The album has been very successful so far. Do you feel you’ve now reached a place as a band, commercially or artistically, where you’re happy with where you are?

KS: No, I don’t think we’re content at all, really. We are really proud of what we have achieved and what we’ve done, but I don’t think we will ever think we have made it. Even when we’re headlining festivals, we’ll want to headline two festivals.

Any musician who is content should probably give up. You’ll stop making music that means something to you. We’ve got that drive and just want to keep moving up and up. We’re really happy with the album, but we want to keep pushing it as far as we can take it.

I think that takes a lot of confidence as a band. Is that how you feel?

KS: Yeah. I think when we first started we were just happy to actually be in a band. You get a record deal and take everything with a pinch of salt. You go: “Well, we’re just glad we’re here!”.

But over the last few years, we’ve seen the reactions that we’ve had and we’ve watched ourselves getting bigger and better. That alone makes you more confident. It’s hard not to be when you see 10,000 people singing your songs back to you! It’s such a massive boost. We want more of that.

It seems like Circa Waves is a band that has worked from the ground up. Do you think it’s harder, particularly as quite a working-class group, to take that path?

KS: I think we pride ourselves on being a live band that have toured continuously. Since we were all about 14 years old, we’ve been playing live and honing our craft, and we’re definitely happy to have made our name that way and not through some awful TV show.

We’ve played the toilet circuit (a network of small music venues that hosts rising rock, indie and metal bands) many times over to get to this point. Hopefully, people will see how we did it and it’ll inspire them to grow their own band that way and not look for the easy way into it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who think you just have to go on ‘The Voice’, or whatever, to make it.

But, is it hard to support yourself when you’re starting out and not seeing that kind of success?

KS: When we were first in bands, we all had jobs and would practice at night. With Circa Waves, we got signed really early which gives you a foundation of cash to live on. Not much, but enough to get by and just concentrate on being a band and making music. So, I don’t know, sometimes you’ve just got to put yourself out there and do it.

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You said you pride yourself on being a live band, as it’s where you built character and honed your craft. Is there any particular way you approach performing live? Is it an entirely different performance or do you go out and play with the same energy and enthusiasm that you did in the studio?

KS: I suppose it is a bit of a performance. I don’t walk around the way I do on stage in real life. You have to have a bit of swagger when you’re in front of people.

Yeah, I’m sure Nick Cave doesn’t walk around on stage the way he does in real life, either. You are playing a bit of a role, aren’t you?

KS: It is a bit of a role. I think we are very aware of our fans and they’ve all paid £15 to come and see us, so we owe them that amount of entertainment. We do put everything into it and at the end of each gig, we’re sweating and our hands are bleeding. I don’t know any other bands at the moment who are as active as us in our genre. We do absolutely give it everything.

Are there any other bands right now that inspire you?

KS: The Vryll Society. They’re really cool, sort of like early The Verve. I’ve always loved the singer, Mike Ellis. He’s such a confident guy and actually reminds me of a young Mick Jagger. He’s a brilliant songwriter, too, so I’m really intrigued to see what he does next. I also heard Zuzu on Huw Stephens recently, who’s really cool, and Clean Cut Kid are doing well at the moment, I think.

Do you put much thought into your fashion when you’re on stage? Is there an image you aspire to when you’re performing?

KS: Elvis. We all try to be Elvis… As a band, we try to put a bit of effort into our look but we don’t wear guy-liner. Yet.

So, when you talked about ambition, you meant glam rock?

KS: Yeah. Flares and guy-liner.

That could be the next stage for Circa Waves.

KS: That’s the next level.

Circa Waves are made up of bandmates Kieran Shudall, Sam Rourke, Colin Jones, and Joe Falconer. The boys are currently touring across the UK, supported by INHEAVEN and The Magic Gang, and their latest album is available to buy now.

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 women’s 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!

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:

Gola Classics Comet

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!