England have unveiled their new 2016 home and away Vapor kits ahead of the European Championships in France this summer. The predominantly white and red themes of the respective kits blend symbols of England’s storied football history with Nike’s new cutting-edge Aeroswift innovation. England’s new Nike Vapor kits are 10% lighter, have 50% more stretch, wick sweat 20% quicker and dry 25% faster than Nike’s most recent football kits.
England Home Kit
The new home kit features a classic white English body with a contrasting light blue shoulder and sleeve produced by cross-dyeing white with the blue used elsewhere in the kit. On the chest, engineered knit zones create a geometric pattern that enhances fit, with smaller mesh shapes at the bottom of the shirt providing extra cooling.
Odes to national pride appear on both the interior and exterior of the jersey. The HD silicon federation crest is heat printed to the chest and “England” is knitted into the back collar. “Three” and “Lions” adorn the inside cuffs while the reverse of the crest reveals a white rose graphic, referencing the symbol that was embroidered onto early England caps in the nineteenth century.
The sides of the kit have a blue stripe that runs the length of the shirt and matching shorts. Expanding when the player is in motion, it maximises ventilation and reveals a subtle tone of underlying red. Bright red socks, featuring a linear blue graphic on the calf, celebrate the look of the English team that famously triumphed over Brasil at Maracana Stadium in 1984. They bring a vibrant spark of contrast to the head-to-toe look and highlight the most dynamic part of the footballer’s body, the lower legs, to accentuate speed.
England Away Kit
Honouring the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 World Cup victory at Wembley, the team’s new away kit integrates the very same performance innovations and design details as the home kit, but in the team’s World Cup-winning red.
The jersey’s red body is offset by a textured purple effect across the shoulder and sleeve achieved by cross-dyeing red with the blue used elsewhere in the kit – in the ventilation stripe with white underlay that runs down the flanks of the red shirt and shorts, and in the dominant block of contrasting colour that makes up the new away socks.
As in the home kit, Nike brings together innovation and pride. The geometric knitted layout construction of the chest is in place to provide an athletic fit, whilst the knitted detailing on the inside cuffs (“Three” and “Lions”) and back of neck (“England”) is complemented by the rose motif in red on the reverse of the crest.
The 2016 England home and away kits will be available from nike.com and in stores starting March 24, 2016.