After years of lobbying, skateboarding lastly made its debut as an Olympic sport at this 12 months’s video games in Tokyo. Unsurprisingly, the Olympic skateboarding uniforms completely rip.
Despite the fact that Nike launched its designs for Groups USA, Japan, France, and Brazil roughly a million years in the past in early 2020, the gathering of boldly printed jerseys (designed in collaboration with Dutch artist Piet Parra), cargo pants, and short-sleeve collared shirts nonetheless holds up. And whereas in some ways the Olympics are all about uniformity and synchronicity, true to skateboarding’s complete ethos, individualism has reigned supreme on the street competitions to date.
Every athlete’s look has been a bit of bit completely different, and the principally gender-neutral skate uniforms permit for many customization: a tucked-in tee right here, a backwards cap there, and seemingly complete freedom over footwear and boards (which turns into, in fact, an opportunity to offer visibility to some sponsors). Even the Olympics’ official website is making notice of skateboarding’s show-stealing threads.
Whereas many athletic uniforms are form-fitting in a approach that almost all on a regular basis put on is just not, skateboarding’s very cool, loose-fitting silhouettes monitor with the way in which a number of trendy people need to costume now. Over the weekend, when Japan took house the gold in each ladies’s and males’s avenue skating, its two reigning champions—13-year-old Momiji Nishiya and 22-year-old Yuto Horigome—each rocked their nation’s jerseys with straight-leg pants and low-top kicks. On Crew USA, GQ favourite Alexis Sablone held it down for her fourth-place end in a covetable pair of navy Nike trousers and a pair of all-black Jack Purcell mids she designed for Converse. Brazil’s opponents additionally had a strong sartorial exhibiting, notably 13-year-old ladies’s silver medalist (and one-time viral Vine star) Rayssa Leal in some high-waisted cargos and a snap-buckle belt, and Giovanni Vianna’s sun-yellow button-up, saggy khakis, and basic black Vans. For probably the most half, the opponents all appeared like they’d simply stepped out of a daily neighborhood skatepark, which is an effective factor.
However to date, the fan favourite for Greatest Olympic Match has been the all-white kits worn by each Japan’s Aori Nishimura within the ladies’s avenue competitors and France’s Vincent Milou within the males’s. Appropriate for Tokyo’s at the moment scorching climate—or possibly a milk supply in 1953—the crisp look is prone to encourage many a monochromatic summer season match to return. Prepare so as to add some snap-button cook dinner’s shirts and free white pants to your need record.