Harnessing the history of two great footballing cities, Gola Classics and limitEDitions team, have combined to create our first ever collab. Drawing inspiration from the historical city shield of Barcelona, the first one used by "Barcelona Football Club" and Manchester coat of arms, also used by Manchester United at the same time, taken from the time of Gola’s inception date of 1905, this ‘Footballing Greats’ pack offers three no frills Harrier styles that focus purely on traditional manufacturing techniques and the finest materials. Wools are hand selected from Manchester woollen textile manufacturing company, Mallalieus, and the trainers themselves have been handmade in Manchester. The quality leather uppers are offset by contrast wool linings and a custom two-part insock design. For those not in the know, Harrier is Gola’s most iconic trainer design, born of humble beginnings in 1968 and today holding flagship status for the brand.
Of the three options, the Barcelona themed style features a rich tan leather upper, soft grey wool lining and gold Gola branding call outs. The limitEDitions fleur-de-lis emblem is subtly added to the lace catcher and lace keeper where it has been laser etched into the leather. If you turn to the back of the shoe the Barcelona shield has been applied with a print emboss. Other notable features include a quality triple stitch to the upper panels and fine 3M gold underlay on the Gola wingflash detail.
The Manchester themed style, in black leather, more akin with the Manchester skyline, is the perfect counter part to the Barcelona themed option. Again featuring a soft grey wool lining, gold Gola call outs and fleur-de-lis detailing but with the Manchester coat of arms as a print emboss to the heel. As all of them, it comes with an extra waxed premium cotton laces in flat and round options, in matching and contrast colorways and metallic old brass lace tips. All styles comes into an original packaging from Gola Made in England series.
Finally, there’s also a special ‘friend and family’ edition, but unfortunately this is exactly what it says on the tin, limitEDitions team has an exclusive list of sneakerheads who are listed to give a home to these beauties. Featuring the Barcelona shield to the right heel and the Manchester coat of arms to the left, this option has an ‘out there’ British tweed upper, contrasted with rich brown leather trims and gold Gola call outs. The linning of this premium edition comes in high quality goat leather as a commemoration of the chinese horoscope in 2015 ( Year of the goat ). Officially released on December 29th 2015 at limitEDitions. Gola has made a combined total of 110 pairs of the three styles in celebration of the brand reaching its 110th birthday.