Category Archives: Sports

Nike Football CTR 360 All-Black Boot

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I had to post this up, call me old skool but football boots should be black and I can remember the last time a new boot released and it followed the OG tradition. Nike Football says goodbye to one of their most beloved boot silhouettes with an all-black, limited-edition version. The idea behind the blacked-out CTR 360 was to turn “the lights out on the CTR 360,” in addition to the all-black colorways used when athletes wear-test new models. The boot’s textured upper helps provide a layer of depth while a hint of reflectivity in the laces finishes things off. Look for the limited- edition, individually numbered boot to hit nike.com in the coming days.

Nike Debuts Englands New Home & Away Kits

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Every  summer when we are waiting for the new football season to start enjoyment is to be had in the releases of all teams new kits…(apart from the year my own team brought a shitty red checked one out!) and the World Cup kits are the same. Nike has just unveiled England‘s new home and away kits ahead of the team’s campaign at this year’s World Cup in Brazil. The new kits pack the latest in technical innovations from Nike while sticking to an aesthetic inspired by classic England kits of the past and St. George’s cross. The all-white home kits are a direct reference to the ones worn by England in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico and feature an engineered pinstripe in the fabric, white satin tape on the shoulders and a subtle metallic weave on the Three Lions crest. The away kit plays up the national symbols of England and features a subtle, tonal pinstripe design with a graphic interpretation of St. George’s cross on the front that can only be seen when viewing the jersey from a distance. The away kit also features a unique treatment that makes it come to life under UV light. Look for the new kits on the backs of the England players when the team takes to pitch in Brazil.

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Nike Magista Football Boot

nike-football-unveils-magista-boot-002-960x640Remember when you first seen a footbal boot that was any colour other than Black or when you first seen a Preditor boot? Weird at first but then it becomes the norm very quickly…well I reckon this is another one of them moments, as Nike officially unveiled an innovative football boot today in Barcelona. The Magista comes equipped with the sportswear giant’s Flyknit technology along the upper with a specially designed collar and new features through the outsole.  The boot was designed to offer a sock-like fit throughout while allowing for increased awareness of the body’s movements and interaction with the ground and the ball. The Magista will be available for pre-order at Nike.com on April 29 and to purchase from May 22. Be warned though, the first lads on a sunday morning to don white boots got more than their fair share of two footed tackles!nike-football-unveils-magista-boot-001-960x640 nike-football-unveils-magista-boot-003-960x640

A Bathing Ape Milo Golf Balls

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Expanding its graphic-heavy releases to sporting accessories, A Bathing Ape presents the MILO GOLF BALL featuring BABY MILO’s face at its center. The iconic logo is featured across black, white and brown golf balls. Priced at ¥2,940 JPY (approximately £25), the A Bathing Ape MILO GOLF BALLS are now available via the BAPE online store.

Umbro England 2012 Football Shirt

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Umbro have unveiled the new England shirt, always a highly anticipated release and the first time the design is purely white with red trim makes for an interesting design. Featuring a woven collar with red inner stripe rib and striped rib cuff detail on the arms, the shirt also features an embroidered red England crest and red Umbro double diamond on the chest. Front body darts provide extra fit and comfort, while under-arm panels offer extra movement and breathability. A certain amount of controversy has come about the release of a new shirt following the previous design was only worn eight times by the national team, creating a bit of frustration by the fans. In my opinion not a patch on the last two home shirts. None the less, a great design and one that will be seen on the pitch, on the terraces and on the streets. Heres the new keeper jersey as well..

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Vintage Gear Addicts with Ian Hough

I have always been fascinated reading about the culture of football hooligans and the fashion that comes with it so I loved this informative interview done by Vintage Gear Addicts with Ian Hough on the Football Casual subculture.

“The casual subculture began in the late 1970s after Liverpool F.C. fans introduced the rest of England to European fashions that they acquired while following Liverpool at their 1977 European Cup quarter final against the French side St Etienne. These Liverpool fans arrived back in England with expensive Italian and French designer sportswear, most of which they looted from stores. The fans brought back many unique clothing brands that had not been seen in the country before. Soon other fans were clamoring for these rare items of clothing, such as Lacoste or sergio Tacchini shirts, and unusual Adidas trainers, which are still associated with Liverpool supporters today. At the time, many police forces were still on the lookout for skinhead fans wearing Dr. martens boots, and paid no attention to fans in expensive designer clothing.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

 

Nike Tennis 2011 Wimbledon Collection For Roger Federer

 

Of the four Grand Slam championships in tennis, only Wimbledon lacked the word “open”.  Partly because the feat to play on the All England Club‘s grass courts itself is already an unique experience.  The oldest among the four and considered by many to be the most prestigious, the remarkable lore and history embedded here, such as the longest tennis match ever at last year’s championship, makes an appearance here a moment to behold. This is especially true for Roger Federer, who is looking forward to win back his number #1 world rank from his long time rival, Rafael Nadal. In support of his intention, Nike and Nike Tennis designed the 2011 London Collection for the most successful tennis player to date.

In accordance to Wimbledon’s “all white” uniform policy, the Roger Federer x Nike Tennis Collection for 2011 Wimbledon is a mostly white affair, with accents in deep green as Federer’s request. Like all performance apparel,  Nike’s Dri-FIT fabric played a big role in the creation of the RF Trophy Lawn Polo and Trophy Woven Taped Short. All seams are Sonic Welded, a process which reduced the need of extra fabric or threads and lessen chafing. As with the clay courts of Roland Garros, the lawn surfaces of Wimbledon are notoriously unpredictable. To compensate Federer’s astonishing speed with sure footing,  Nike turned to Lunar Vapor 8 Tour again. With its full length Lunarlon foam as outsole for supple support and agility, its Flywire overlay “lock down” each foot for a snug fit, thus ensure Federer to stomp out the competition. See Roger Federer in his new Wimbledon kit starting on June 20th.


Paul Smith Manchester United Champions League Suit

I am a life long United fan, and I was over the moon when they picked Paul Smith to create the Champions League suits for the Red Devils. Modeled by Vidic, Carrick and Kuszczak, the package features slim cut grey wool/mohair suits, white cotton shirts and burgundy silk ties. (alA short Q+A with Sir Paul Smith was conducted by GQ and seen below.

GQ: Why did you go for the grey/burgundy colour combo?
Paul Smith: I am really drawn towards grey at the moment as a new alternative to black, and for me burgundy works really well with this shade.

Were any of the players particularly interested in the suits and their construction?
Generally speaking, the comments were very positive – especially the slimmer line that the suits have, and the fact that they are softer because of the wool/mohair mix and consequently more comfortable to wear.

Is there anything you have to bear in mind when cutting suits for footballers?
Obviously as sportsmen their hips and thighs tend to be bigger than the average man’s…

What’s your best advice for getting off a bus after a long journey and still looking good?
Don’t wear your jacket on the bus, and make sure the tie is not too long and not too short: ideally not with a huge Windsor knot but a more elegant, simple knot like a four-in-hand. One button on the jacket should be always be done up.

Are footballers starting to dress better generally, do you think?
If they are wearing our suits then yes, definitely

Nike x Colette: The Away Project

Having presented the Away version of the French Football Federation kit last week, Nike continues its alliance with the FFF as it announces a special joint showcase with Parisian boutique colette. Kicking off March 28, the venture looks to feature a wide assortment of luxury product following the same “mariniere” inspiration that the Away kit was given. Featured participants include: Chanel, Colorware, COMME des GARCONS, Hermes, Laduree, Longchamp, MontBlanc, Swatch, Trousselier and Yves Saint Laurent. In addition, the photography project shot by Karl Lagerfeld for the Nike Away Kit campaign will be shown in its entirety.