It is tough to not get caught up in the energy and hype around the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Whether you call it football or soccer, the sport is one that evokes national pride as well as unity amongst the world’s best teams, and, more importantly, their fans. Showing your national pride doesn’t stop at a team jersey or scarf; our guide brings together plenty of other options to show your team colors. From Japanese Mickey Mouse flag t-shirts to surf board shorts, our guide to fan essentials will have you representing with pride.
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Aloye and US-based “football-inspired” design company Wong Wong team up to create a series of kits including that of Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Uruguay, and of course, the US and Japan. The jerseys feature chest pockets with stars embroidered above them that signify the number of titles each respective country has won. ($76)
Online retailer Yoox and “football fashion’s sexiest magazine” Sepp team up, putting together the “fashion dream team” for the World Cup. They collaborate with 10 brands and designers for exclusive sweatshirts made with each of the participant’s country of origin in mind. AMI Paris for France, Opening Ceremony for the US, Damir Doma for Germany, Juun. J for Korea and more. #yooxsoccercouture ($112)
adidas Originals Adilette Team Slides
No World Cup celebration is complete without Adilette slides. Now available in various team colors and flavors, the iconic adidas slide of choice works well everywhere. Just remember to replace or wash them every once in a while. Our slip-on guide carries other options, though none this World Cup-ready. ($35)
Hentsch Man World Cup Shorts
Hentsch Man release a set of six World Cup swim trunks based on the teams they think will go the farthest. The shorts are well-designed so they can be worn in and out of the water and during and after FIFA. The chosen six are Brazil, Italy, England, Germany Argentina, and Spain. ($109)
SOPHNET and Mickey Mouse Summer Flag T-Shirt Collection
Japan’s SOPHNET and Disney’s Mickey Mouse franchise come together to create a series of football t-shirts for France, England, Brazil, the USA, and Japan. Find them here.
adidas Skateboarding continue their Skate Copa collection with a series of decks for the World Cup. In celebration of the summer games, they are designed with the team riders’ respective countries and sponsors. Look for them at adidas stockists.
Kangol World Cup Nations Socks
The Kangol World Cup Nations Socks are a great and comfy way to playfully show off your support. ($6)
Hurley Phantom National Team Board Shorts
Hurley joins in on the celebration by designing three sets of lightweight and water-repellant board shorts based on their Phantom series. The three teams included are the USA, France and Brazil, and each have been outfitted in their country’s respected colors. ($70)
The non-national kit from Y-3 is an appropriate street-friendly way to celebrate the World Cup without showing loyalty to one team over another (proper for sons and daughters of immigrants who cannot decide between homeland and home country). Shop them at Barneys, here.