From the rough ass streets of Dublin & Naples to the glorious pitches of London, Copenhagen, Jerusalem & Rome- the Euro boots off today.
Football & fashion have always been brothers. Since the days of English hooligans looting high street luxury stores in Paris & Milan during away match adventures in the 80's and coming back with the spoils of war, the two are synonymous culturally. SOULER has spotlit the most fashionable international ballers playing across Europe.
From England's next Beckham, Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, to to Les Bleus dandy Presnel Kimpembe -the stage is set. Whether your rooting for Holland's "Clockwork Oranje" total attack football or star-studded super sides like England, France or 2016's reigning champs Portugal - we can all agree that the fit game bar has been raised higher than ever this year.
Banter boys rejoice. Here's your starting lineup for the 5-a-side drip cup.
Memphis Depay- Holland
Memphis DePay can sometimes split the decision amongst fashion heads. Sometimes almost shockingly garish in his European label whore ostentatiousness, he used to dress like early 90's Michael Jackson. Alias, the dutch boy can play, and as he has reinvented himself on the pitch at Lyon, he's also reinvented himself off it with a high street galleria aesthetic.
Jack Grealish- England
The closest thing to David Beckham at the peak of his pop culture powers in 98-02. Grealish has been a UK it kid for longer than he hasn't, but the last few years in the Premier League at Aston Villa has seen his profile raised massively from up & comer to globally known hypebeast. Jackie Lad is on his way to he high priest of football fashion in a post Becks UK.
Presnel Kimpembe - France
Somewhere between Wes Anderson film wardrobe, Sisqo & 2.0 2019 Jidanna - the PSG & France international defender PK3 is a drip overlord. His use of bold color blocking, vintage patterns & late 90's early 2000's R&B boy band gloss is all somehow perfectly balanced. France might be the odds on betting mans favorite to win the Euros as well. I mean, that line up looks like a teenager with his dad's credit card built the the ultimate squad. It might not be fair.
Serge Gnabry- Germany
All hail the Bavarian maverick who is as lethal in front of a goal as he is with his own personal style & taste. Gnabry has been a full on risk taker with fashion, ranging from femme to raver to streetwear in the same fit. He's also anti-trend a f. He's into art, loves design & the fine art of juxtaposed nuance, and has previously been outspoken on what modern masculinity really means. Plus the dude is absolutely filthy.
"When footballers turn 18, they have a lot of money [at their disposal], and you can just buy whatever clothes you want," says Serge. "Then you go on Instagram and see brand overload, and everyone starts to look the same. Over time, I realized it doesn't make sense to spend money on a hoodie if it's not special and I don't really love it." He said in a High Snob interview last year.
Renato Sanches - Portugal
Being the coolest dude on the same squad as Cristiano Ronaldo is not easy. Low key, Renato Sanches is the coolest dude in the merlot & gold kit of Portugal. The defender Euro 16 champions played above their expected level last time out, taking the title even with an injured CR7 on the sideline, and Renato Sanches upped his profile by playing no small part in the ballsy performances the side displayed.
Off the field, he's been even cooler. A ath-luxe & streetwear sales associates wet dream, Sanches has been catching the collective hypebeast eye across Europe in his matching vintage luxury-con-street fits that have become a signature silo for the tenacious midfielder.