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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.

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Puma Te-Ku Leather Trainers | Available Now

A brand new drop in the Puma lineup are the Te-Ku leather trainers, originally created during the 1970s and the design is every bit a classic today. Crafted with a premium leather upper, durable rubber outsole and stunning colours the Te-Ku is a great trainer for a casual look.  The name itself “Te-Ku” comes from its very roots in court sports, in German the name is “Teppich and Kunstböden” which means ‘For Carpet and Artificial Court’.

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Built with premium materials the ultra soft leather upper wraps around the foot to provide exceptional comfort. From the moment you take them out of the box your foot will feel right at home! The rubber outsole was originally created as a sports trainers to be used on sports courts, Puma have brought the classic Gum colour back to pay tribute to the court past. Providing great comfort you can be sure to have plenty of grip should you need to make a quick move.

Puma Te-Ku trainers leather brown

Puma have given us plenty to choose from bringing three very fresh colours to the table with the Te-Ku leather. Available in Grey, Green and Brown and all look great on feet and in hand, you can’t go wrong with whichever colour you choose, all will suit a casual look with a pair of jeans or chinos and a smart shirt.

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The attention to detail makes this re-issue a must have for collectors, with extensively researched materials and a premium feel they are as true a remake as there can be. The Puma Te-Ku trainers are available now from Aphrodite Clothing in three colours.

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Puma TSUGI Shinsei Raw | Triple Black & Marshmallow White | Releasing 1st of June

It’s undeniable that Puma have made some of the most iconic shoe styles of all time; the Clyde and Roma are timeless classics. But there’s more to Puma than heritage styles, which the company is aptly demonstrating with their new TSUGI range. Meaning ‘next’ in Japanese, the name evokes the brand’s commitment to pushing things forward, both in terms of aesthetics and technology – an ethos embodied by the latest addition to the range, the Shinsei.

Boasting a striking look that’s sure to be divisive among sneakerheads, the Shinsei utilises Puma’s latest technologies, including an evoKNIT upper in the popular sock-fit design, a padded nylon tongue coupled with a side-lacing system to provide comfortable foot lockdown and a unique ‘waveform’ sole unit made from IGNITE energy-returning foam (Puma’s answer to arch-rivals adidas’ Boost technology).

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Elsewhere we find diamond-perforated suede side panels for a subtle textural hit, and a boldly-branded elastic gore to the heel for supreme comfort. Taken together, these elements combine to create a unique, stylish and comfortable sneaker that’s sure to turn heads.

The Puma TSUGI Shinsei Raw sneaker drops on June 1st in both Triple Black and Marshmallow White colourways from Aphrodite1994. Shop our full Puma range today for more past and future classics.

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Puma Brand Guide

One of the oldest athletic brands in the world, Puma has become synonymous with both peak performance and casual style. From the tracks to the terraces, Puma is the choice for those looking for simple, unfussy styles that are still distinctive in their own way. Founded in 1948 by Rudolph Dassler after a bitter feud with his brother Adolph ‘Adi’ Dassler – who went on to found adidas – the brand was originally named RUDA after its founder, before soon changing its name and logo to represent the swiftness of the big cat of the same name.

Timeless Style

While originally a manufacturer of running shoes – a heritage that is still evident today, with Puma gracing the feet of the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, and the enduring popularity of iconic and innovative running styles like the Disc Blaze and R698 – Puma is perhaps best known for its simple low-top basketball shoes like the Clyde and Suede. These classic silhouettes and the instantly-recognisable Formstripe became symbolic of hip-hop and breakdancing culture in the late 80s. These styles were also popular with skaters because of their simple design and outsole design that provided excellent board grip. Around the same time, athletic shoes like the Roma and Trimm were enjoying popularity among football casuals as an alternative to similar adidas models.

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Street-Ready and Peak Performance

Puma’s popularity among these subcultures has translated into lasting appeal in the streetwear and menswear scenes. The Suede and Clyde in particular have released in a huge number of colourways and materials, from more subdued, neutral tones to outlandish neon and snakeskin variations. They have also recently released premium Made in Italy ranges, which are a step up in materials and construction. The Disc Blaze and Blaze of Glory models are also popular; tapping into the retro tech running shoe trend with OG inspired colourways and materials. As a nod to their lasting influence on music subcultures, Puma have also tapped some of the biggest stars in the world of music as brand ambassadors, with Rihanna and The Weeknd currently in the position.

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Whether you rock Disc Blazes with joggers or Clydes with jeans, Puma is the ideal choice for a combination of understated style and comfort with an underground edge.

Shop our range of Puma footwear at Aphrodite1994.

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Puma Clyde MII “Made in Italy” Trainers – Available Now

In 1973, New York Knicks Basketball player Walt “Clyde” Frazier made his mark on the scene not only for his success in winning the NBA Championship, but for doing it in style. Known for his unique look, Frazier took to Puma to ask for a custom pair of their iconic Suede silhouette. Puma seized the opportunity and instead re-visited the Suede shape, making it lighter and wider to accommodate for Frazier’s foot. This new silhouette was dubbed the Clyde and from then on it became a Puma classic.

The most recent pack of Puma Clyde’s, the MII “Made in Italy”, aims to pay homage to the original roots of the Puma Clyde but inject some modern aesthetics and luxury into the legendary Puma model. Presented in Black & White iterations, the Puma Clyde MII has been crafted in Italy from the finest materials available. A soft leather upper is complemented by suede detail at the tongue and heel, with fish-like scales seen all across the upper of each pair for a unique look. The signature “Clyde” foil branding has been taken away in favour of a more subtle and seamless upper that are presented in monochrome colours on each pair.

Of course, the Clyde’s initial creation was because of more comfort and Puma have retained this idea with a padded leather lining and padding at the tongue for a snug-like fit to the wearer. Puma also pay homage to the OG Clyde in the form of a retro box that matches the original one that the Clyde was present in.

A seamless combination of modern day aesthetics and original detail, the Puma Clyde MII “Made in Italy” is available in Black & White now for £129.

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