Gola, the teen go-to for sporty school bags and shoes has teamed up with Liberty Art fabrics on a range of trainers and rucksacks. You really can't go wrong when teaming up with Liberty; in this case those ditsy florals give Gola's youthful sporty trainer a completely new look that appeals to a broader market. I am so past the teen years that I barely recognise myself in high school year book photos (that could be a good thing depending on the year), but I'd go for these hi-tops in a quick second. I'd easily wear the low ones as well but lately I'm leaning toward the high style, which we called hi-cuts back in the day in Canada when I wore them in middle school. Maybe I'm feeling nostaglic. Speaking of those days, you know how there are things everyone did that you look back on and ask, "What were we thinking? We'll never see that come around again!" There are two I can think of: the comb in the back pocket, and wearing hi-tops with the laces tied behind the tongue to pop it out. We'd wear our jeans tucked into the shoes, it was all about that tongue. I'm not sure where this trend originated from, I wasn't aware of any pop-culture references at the time and we did it simply because we saw the older kids doing it. Run-DMC? Or did some cool kid just put his shoes on sloppily one day and others copied it, went to the mall and then it spread out to the rest of the schools from there? (I actually knew someone who claimed they were solely responsible for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze. Alright, then.) Well, a couple years ago I saw some local kids around 16 or 17 years-old wearing their hi-tops with the tongues popped out and I couldn't believe my eyes. I'm still dying to know where they got that from, on the other side of the Atlantic all these years later. Maybe it would solve the mystery of why we did it.
For the record, if I go for the hi-tops, I'm lacing them up all the way to the top. I can't rock that look anymore (and don't want to) but no one's going to tell me I'm too old for pretty blue flowers!
The Gola x Liberty Art Fabrics range is available at www.gola.co.uk