Ahead of the European Championships in June and July, the England football team has revealed its new Nike Vapor kits. The kits, for both men's and women's teams, come in a familiar white, red and blue colour scheme.
“For both kits, we set out with the goal of bringing together the colours that are synonymous with English football," explains Martin Lotti, Nike's Creative Director. "Flashes of contrast are used to illustrate innovative details, such as the cross-dyed knitted sleeves and the ventilation-enhancing stripe on the sides of the shirts and shorts.”
The white home kit features light blue shoulders and sleeves, and engineered knit zones on the chest to enhance the fit. The sides of the knit also have a blue stripe that runs the length of the shirt onto the matching shorts. The kit is finished with bright red socks that feature a linear blue graphic on the calf.
The away kit includes the same performance innovations and design details as the home kit, but in red: a colour the team famously wore for their 1966 World Cup victory at Wembley. “England has had great moments in red over the years – one in particular," says Lotti, "and our design team has risen to the challenge of integrating references to England’s footballing history with a futuristic system of performance apparel in both the home and away kits.”
Nike’s Vapor kits with Aeroswift technology are the brand’s most advanced sportswear. According to Nike, they are 10 per cent lighter and have 50 per cent more stretch than the previous kit, and employ a new, textured high-performance yarn that wicks sweat from the skin 20 per cent faster. The kits have been constructed using a new knitting process that integrates single and double knit to enhance breathability, stretch and fit.