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The Best Kits in World Cup History

We present out 10 best football kits in World Cup history spanning 66-18, showcasing the most aesthetically pleasing designs that international football has ever seen.

10- France 2018

This year’s crop of kits has brought us a fresh offering on some established styles from Nike, adidas, Puma and New Balance amongst others. Taking a contemporary fashion slant to the always popular France national, Nike has updated their template for the tournament to include a simple henley button collar and a tonal gradient to the sleeves, plus a plethora of France specific embellishments to represent their heritage. Their breton stripe training kit is also worth applause for its quintessentially French display. We’re steps closer to an APC x FFA, we guarantee it.

9- Japan 2018

It’s only fitting that the forward-thinking fashion facilitators in the world are provided with one the most unique offerings of the current world cup. The nation that brought us Comme des Garçons and Edwin amongst others has developed an eye-catching kit consisting of a denim colour base and consistent spots flecked throughout the kit, inspired by traditional Japanese samurai warrior armour. Whilst other nations pay homage to their footballing heritage in the form of their kits, Japan is referencing their warriors of premodern Japan. On top of that, they’ve placed their traditional FA badge on the breast, with an embroidered flag above.

8- Netherlands 1974

Displaying a nice shade of oranje across their kits, the peak of Holland’s footballing capabilities also saw them peak in the kit department, decking the legendary Johan Cruyff and his men in a simple orange long sleeve with black accents. Presenting their coat of arms loud and proud, the details are sparse other than the 3 stripes of adidas seen on everyone but captain Cruyff, who famously shed his strip of one of the 3 stripes thanks to his then deal with fierce rivals Puma.

7- USA 2010

Although their showings at FIFA tournaments haven’t been up to scratch, the bold and brash stars and stripes have always provided us with competition in the form of their red, white and blue kits. Their away kit offering in 2010 finally placed them at the forefront of the football world for everything but their ‘soccer’ ability. Taking cues from Polo Ralph Lauren in their sporty yet preppy look, the kit displays a vibrant sash to the frontal area, a fitting design for the world leaders in pageantry.

6- Soviet Union 1966

2018’s hosts and its former collection of states made a splash in the 1966 World Cup. Refusing outright to wear the Umbro sponsored kits of the tournament, the CCCP took their first outing in their red kits at Roker Park to beat former world champions Italy 1-0. Aided by Ballon d’Or winning goalkeeper Lev ‘Black Spider’ Yashin, decked out in his token all black outfit, it was a stylish and ultimately entertaining affair.

5- Argentina 1986

Argentina may be associated with a lot more than just kits in this incredible year for football, but dodgy replacement quarter-final kits and goals aside, 1986 introduced the world to the quintessential light blue and white jersey donned by the legendary footballing bad boy Diego Maradona. Decking the humble cotton offering with the Argentine FAs emblem and clean crew neck, it was the simple yet effective kit that lent them a cool air whilst going all the way. Kurt Cobain had his Converse, Slash his top hat, Freddie Mercury his moustache, Diego Maradona had the best iteration of the Argentine kit of all time. Of. All. time.

4- Denmark 1986

Another favourite from 86 comes in the form of unusual contribution from Hummel and Denmark. Commonly known as the brand who ruin football kits for bad teams, it was a perfect design spark at the right time for a thriving Danish team aided by superstar Michael Laudrup. A red and white affair with contrasting pinstriped panels and chevrons down the sleeves, it was a statement of intent from a country looking to make waves with a generational bunch of talent. Although they may not have come close to winning, they won our hearts with this wholly unique style.

3- Peru 1978

2018 has seen kit designs ramped up with homages to past football heritage of all qualified teams. In the case of Peru, their current kits are a wild throwback to one of the most unique and cleanest displays in football fashion. One of the first countries to adopt the diagonal stripe to their kits, the 78 world cup saw the pinnacle of Peru’s national team journey displayed in its beauty all the way till it’s eventual quarter-final exit at the hands of Pele and Brazil. Still, one of the greats of all time made sure he was walking away with the red white displayed boldly on his chest, swapping shirts with Ramón Mifflin after the whistle had blown.

2- Nigeria 2018

It may be premature to dub Nigeria’s current offering as one of the greatest kits of all time, but we have a strong case we swear! The intersection of fashion and football was inevitable, but in the last decade we’ve seen high fashion brands adopt the sporting styles of the beautiful game to great effect, from Virgil  to Gosha and all the way down to their reciprocal collaborations with Nike and adidas, we’ve seen football fashion become an accepted way to present yourself, adding a prestige. Combine all that with the hypebeast culture that dominates our fashion scene and you get the Nigeria kit, the first football top to sell out as soon as it was made available. It’s revolutionary.

1- Germany 1990

The grandaddy of them all, the shirt synonymous with efficiency, with 90s style, with winning, the swooping technicolour design from Germany’s very own adidas. It’s quintessential ownership for any retro football fan. Everything about its design is so ironically unique considering the contrast to its wearers, all modelled on one another. Can anything ever come close to it?

Honourable Mentions:

France / Atletico Kimberley 1978

The only club kit to ever be worn in World Cup history thanks to a mix up between French and Hungarian FAs, local club Argentine club Atletico Kimberley bailed the French out from a faux pas that left both teams taking the field in white. The clean green and white stripe contrasted beautifully with the blue and red lower bodies of the France team.

England Third Kit 1990

We had to acknowledge a classic that was never donned by the 3 lions, the best blue shirt in England history, boosted by it’s showing in the timeless anthem ‘World In Motion’. New Order guitarist and singer Bernard Sumner rocks the 3rd choice kit flanked by suitably excited bandmates and John Barnes post-rap.

A Guide to Wearing Casual Sportswear

So, it’s not exactly new news, but if you haven’t already heard it is now acceptable to wear your casual sportswear clothing out in public, in social places! Yes, you heard that right, this trend has been coming out the woodwork for two years now and we are here to give you that little bit guidance on how to ace this trend.

Now this doesn’t mean the clothing you laze on the couch with covered in stains! You still have to put some thought into this. But don’t worry we have cut it down into simple sections and even better we have selected a few of our favorite pieces.

Let me start by telling you, although it is casual sportswear it doesn’t mean everything must be exclusively sports labeled brands, even designer brands are flaunting their inner sportiness.

Tops

Starting from the basics with a simple tee, any block colour will work fine, even throw in a graphic front to mix it up a bit. Feeling a bit cold don’t want a jacket? Try a sweatshirt, a different option instead of a hoody. Again, like the t shirt, block colours work best but we always make exceptions for a good graphic logo front!
A decent polo doesn’t go a miss either long or short sleeve mix it up in bold colours, or go for a more subtle monochrome both work and they look great under a bomber jacket.

Jackets & Hoodies

An essential piece for your outfit is your outerwear. Start with the base of your outfit, what colour is your bottoms or your top? This is a good start to match colours or if you’re feeling bold add a pop of colour. Try not to add more and more colours though as you don’t want to look like a walking rainbow!
The bomber jacket is a great go to especially how they tend to come in a wide range of colours and they are a perfect match with a pair of slim fit joggers.
Hoodies have got to be the holy grail of casual sportswear, the comfiest piece of clothing possibly out there and it fits in with our trend. Now ditch your old scraggy hoody, you don’t want to fall at the last hurdle so opt for something clean and crisp.
Finally, we love a track top, the ideal candidate to layer with. Now don’t worry no running has to be involved wearing these! There are the heavier track jackets like Fred Perry and adidas which go great layered with a plain polo, or think Nike if you’re going for a thinner style. They have the Windrunner series which are great for adding a pop of colour to your outfit.

Bottoms

Ok, so time for bottoms, I think this is the easiest to style, you have two options joggers or shorts. Starting with joggers we love a slim fit jogger it’s just effortlessly cool, comfy and gives off a sophisticated look. But don’t shrug off a baggy jogger these are great for a more relaxed fit and look equally as good. Black, grey or navy are good starting points, try stick for a classic style with cuffed bottoms to show of your sneaks.
Now for shorts, it’s simple just go for a standard style jogger short, classic and casual the perfect exchange for joggers on a hot day.

Footwear

Last but not least, the final step to creating your casual sportswear outfit. Now don’t skip this step and put any old trainers on, you have got this far don’t ruin it now, they are equally as important so carefully think this one through! Black and white are going to be your best bet if your struggling to match but this is also the part of your outfit where you don’t actually have to be so subtle so go daring if you want to.
As long as your sneakers are clean you have already won. Gone are the days of mucky trainers.

Chuck Taylor All Star II with Counter Climate Technology – Available Now Online and In-Store

The iconic Chuck Taylor All Star trainer has been a household name since 1920, when Converse released their first canvas basketball trainer. Throughout the years All Stars have been worn around the world by musicians, artists and sportsmen alike, making them a timeless fashion statement.

In 2015, Converse released the All Star II’s in which the original design was updated to make it stronger and more comfortable. This year, Converse have added new styles with Counter Climate technology, making the classic trainers more weather-resistant and durable than ever before. Aphrodite are proud to stock the following styles from the Counter Climate range:

1. Shield Canvas – The classic All Star II silhouette constructed with water-repelling 18oz Shield Canvas, which resists the absorption of water allowing you to wear them during any season. Available in black and white colourways, with contrasting lava coloured eyelets and lining.

2. Rubber – The traditional All Star II shape, made with a woven heat reflecting barrier for added warmth. This style also has a waterproof, translucent rubber coating for the ultimate weather-resistant design. This style is available in a black colourway with black laces and classic white rubber sole.

Both of these styles feature the cushioned Nike Lunarlon insole, a padded, non-slip gusseted tongue to keep feet dry and micro-suede lining for the utmost comfort. The staple circular Chuck Taylor All Star logo can be found on the side of the trainers, as well as the customary rubber-printed branding on the heels. The Counter Climate technology on the All Star II’s make them the most versatile style Converse have produced yet – whether you’re dressed up or down, Converse have produced a style that can be worn through even the wettest of weather.

Priced between £69 and £75, shop for the Chuck Taylor All Star II’s with Counter Climate technology at Aphrodite, online and in-store now.

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Converse first started out in 1908, as a rubber shoe company who specialised in galoshes which was just a seasonal process. After a while, the designers decided to keep work going all year round by making shoes. Converse used rubber to make sneakers which they named the ‘All Star’. A silhouette which has had a large cultural impact on generations ever since.

The intended use of the All Star was to be worn on the court, but they have since become associated with music, culture and art, including fashion. The converse silhouette is a distinctive one, which is brimming with American heritage. It’s very rare to not see someone wearing a pair of Converse, they have become a statement shoe over the years, also known as the ‘baseball boot’ or the ‘plimsoll’.

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In particular, the iconic silhouette is the Chuck Taylor high top which has earned its place as a statement piece of UK streetwear. The ‘All Star’ was produced in 1917, and was made most popular by Charles ‘Chuck’ Taylor, who was a basketball player for the Akron Firestones. Taylor realised the shoes potential and started working for Converse, even becoming a coach for the company’s basketball team, the ‘All Stars’. Chuck Taylor was so successful in promoting the shoe, his name was added to the iconic badge on the side of the shoe.

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Here at Aphrodite we stock a wide range of the Chuck Taylor silhouette in both the low and high-top. The Chuck Taylor All Star is available in both canvas and leather uppers for a distinctive look. The Jack Purcell signature styles are also available in a range of colours. The Jack Purcell trainers are crafted from a softer leather, making them comfortable and breathable for the wearer. The sole unit of the shoe contains Nike Zoom Air Technology and Ortholite technology for a lightweight and cushioned experience.

To shop our range of Converse, click here or visit our Sunderland store.

 

Win 1 of 5 Pairs Of Converse in March 2016

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED 

Converse has recently joined our ever expanding list of menswear brands and we are teaming up with the world renowned brand for this months competition. We have 5 pairs of Converse up for grabs throughout March with 5 winners being selected to each win a pair at the end of the month.

Since their early beginnings over a century ago as a rubber shoe company specialising in galoshes, Converse have broadened their horizons and now appeal to a huge demographic. Although the infamous canvas “All Star” basketball shoe was originally designed to be worn playing the sport back in the 1920’s, people started to wear the brands’ sneakers for fashion / lifestyle over function. Today the results of this evolution is still apparent with people still wearing their All Star, Cons and Jack Purcell to every occasion imaginable. 

To have a chance of winning 1 of 5 pairs of Converse, simply follow the instructions detailed below:

How to enter the competition

To enter you simply follow the steps below for this Instagram based giveaway.

  1. Follow @aphroditeclothing on Instagram
  2. Repost our Converse competition image with the hashtag #AphroditexConverse
  3. To complete your entry, please subscribe to our regular mailing list by entering your details below:
Closing date for entries is 0900hrs on the 31 March 2016 (GMT)

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Published by Mark Logan