Coolest kits: summer 2016
By Matt Glazebrook, 5 June 2016
You may have heard that there's a big football tournament taking place in France this summer. And, in offices up and down Europe, people are paying their Euros and entering 'which country has the best kit?' sweepstakes. Bad luck everyone who drew Latvia away – the results are in.
5. Spain (away)
Perhaps in homage to its own greatest/worst European international shirt ever – Holland's 1988 bright orange geometric bewilderkit – adidas have busted out the diamond and triangle stencils again for Spain's 2016 change strip. It's a bold look but the slick white-and-sunburst colour scheme keeps everything in check. Make like Skepta and style with all-white sneaks, trackie bottoms and a baseball cap.
4. Germany (away)
Deutschland 2016 by way of Yeezy Season 1, this adidas top is the most achingly contemporary of those on show this summer. The tonal grey-greens keep it firmly rooted in the realm of streetwear, while the khaki sleeves reference the ubiquitous military/utility trend. It's also reversible, which makes it ideal if you and your mates all turn up for a night out wearing the same top. Wear with an oversized hoodie and a boxy-fit tee slung over the top and slim-fit jeans down below, all in tonal shades of army drab.
3. Turkey (away)
While plenty of nations have gone down the retro route this summer, the Turks stand out for their decision to look forward for their Nike shirt, which is less soccer top and more sexy utopian utility uniform from the year 2147 (think Michael Bay's The Island costumes by way of Tron – those neon-blue grid patterns – and a sort of space surgeon's scrubs from a film we've just made up). Rock the full kit with a see-through PVC raincoat. Or ripped white skinny jeans and minimalist white plimsolls if you’re feeling less adventurous.
2. Italy (home)
The Azzurri have an in-built advantage with the best basic colour scheme in world footy (royal blue with a little red-white-and-green flag badge) and rarely stray far from their classic template. That said, Puma's efforts for their 2016 iteration are still worthy of note – there's an ace '60s race car driver' away version and, even better, this cool home number. Enhanced with subtle pin-stripes and retro detailing, Puma's standard muscle-fit approach becomes suave and modish rather than macho – an effect only enhanced when you add in slim-fit tan chinos and a burgundy cardigan.
1. Belgium (away)
Prada may have led the way with the current 'contemporary 70s' trend (muted retro colours and textures, given a cool modern edge with slim cuts and subtle colour blocking) but the Red Devils and adidas have taken that baton and run with it. Belgium will have one of the most exciting squads in France but even the prospect of Kevin De Bruyne linking up with Eden Hazard pales in comparison to the idea of getting our hands on one of these pale blue (and black, gold and red) masterpieces. Style with indigo jeans, a suede Harrington jacket and – if you can – an Axel Witsel-esque 'fro.