For a decade, Daniel Sturridge has been a fixture in English football. Not only did the 26-year-old striker don his country's colors at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Cup, but Sturridge has spent his entire career in the English Premier League, having played several seasons as an adult at Manchester City and Chelsea, while he now resides at Liverpool since 2013.
When NBA stars like Dwayne Wade and Russell Westbrook try to get fly, they end up looking like they're attending a science fair. Much in the same way, a large majority of European footballers seem to be moonlighting as nightclub promoters on their days off, at least as far as we can tell. No shade to our boy Lukas Podolski, we see you rocking YEEZYs.
But Sturridge seems to get it more than most. In recent memory we've seen him rocking looks from Hood by Air and Opening Ceremony, while rubbing elbows with the likes of PARTYNEXTDOOR, Pharrell, Drake and others.
Below, Daniel gives us the scoop on his go-to designers, and which artists get him pumped up before a big match.
Let's start with sneakers, what are your favorite sneaker boutiques in the UK and in Liverpool?
In Liverpool it's size?, and in London Footpatrol is a good one.
We've seen you in Nike Air Presto Lightnings. What are some of your other favorite sneaker releases recently?
I would actually say those are my favorites. Also the Air Max OG because it just brought me back to when I was in primary school. I was probably about 10 when I had them and I felt like I was the man. I would say those and the all-black Nike Air Prestos for me are the best shoes I have right now.
How big is your sneaker collection?
I don’t know how many I've got, but it's definitively over a hundred pairs.
Are you a fan of Jordans?
I am a fan of Jordans. I got quite a few pairs, but again I'm tending to drift away from them a little bit because they had the phase where everybody wanted to have them which was like "why are you ruining my vibe?" So I stopped wearing them as regularly as I used to.
You have one minute to pick out an outfit. What are your go-to pieces?
For pants I would say a pair of Dsquared Cool Guys or a pair of Balmain biker jeans; both of them have to be black. Paired with a black T-shirt or shirt – can be a little fitted but I don't like it when clothes are too close to the skin; it needs to be stretchy. Then I would either go for a leather jacket and some kind of hat.
But on the feet is difficult man. There is too much to choose from. I’ve got too many pairs so I really can’t say.
Do you read any specific magazines or online publications to stay updated with streetwear and fashion?
Sometimes, but I like to go out there and have a look myself really. I wouldn't necessarily say I stay on trend, which might be a bad thing. I just like what I like, and when I feel like I need to buy something I just go out and wear it.
We have seen you wearing Nasir Mazhar. Which other British designers do you keep your eye on?
Alex Mattson is the other designer I like and I got a few T-shirts. From Nasir Mazhar I especially love the hats - they're amazing. I have been trying to get a hold of another black one – still can’t find it. Nasir? Can I get another black hat please, is that possible?
Who, apart from yourself, do you think is the best-dressed in football?
I don't really like to watch other guys and how they look to be honest, so I can't say. I'm sure there are many out there, but I don't tend to watch the next man. I just stay in my lane.
On to a bit of music. Name some tracks on your pre-game playlist.
I listened to Future's "Blow a Bag" about five times before the last game. Apart from that I would say "Digital Dash" from Drake and Future, and "Can’t Tell Me Nothing" from Kanye West, and "Go Crazy" from Young Jeezy feat. Jay Z.
You gave Drake a signed Liverpool kit with your name on the back. If you could have a team made up exclusively of rappers – who would be in it?
Skips, but he doesn’t like football so I can’t put him in there actually, don’t think Tinie Tempah does either. From the States I would choose Jay Z, I would like to see him play football. Drake, but he isn't the best at football and 50 Cent, because he's a legend from way back, and I would like to see Skepta play, too.
Vice called you the only hipster footballer. How do you feel about that?
Shout out to Vice, they show me love. They probably have given me that title because I have decent taste in music, and I dress quite well. But I'm not trying to be that person. I think that's just who I am. I just love music and fashion and like to do different things from time to time.
You also produce beats in your time off. What kind of music have you been working on?
All different types – R&B, hip-hop, alternative and a little bit of house and dancehall.
Who are some of your favorite producers?
Definitely Southside, who is Future's producer. There's a guy called Screamer in Birmingham who is amazing. I’ve got a couple of guys that I don’t want to say no names because I need to keep them for myself, but those guys are sick – they know who they are.
Do you think the Nike F.C. collection successfully captures the area between performance and lifestyle?
Yes, definitely. I would say so because a lot of the stuff I would actually wear just on a casual day but you can also wear it to nice places and not just to have a kick around. There are some pieces, especially the T-shirts that you could wear to dinner as well. And I think the sneakers are very nice and really comfortable and link to the Nike F.C. branding.
What do you think the big look of 2016 is going to be?
Nike has a Hypervenom coming up. Besides that I really do love the Prestos and I hope they will continue to be what they are, which is amazing.