Athletes spend years training and honing their skills leading up to the Olympics to prepare their bodies for the ultimate test of athleticism. Meanwhile, designers, tech specialists, and the like are grinding just as feverishly to create the most advanced shoes, uniforms, goggles, and more to enhance every one of their sports. And while, yes, one goal is to look cool (every athlete wants an edge and that intimidation factor), the primary objective of the latest innovations is to function as an extension of the athlete's body so there's nothing standing in their way when it comes time to perform. It's the ultimate in fashion meeting function.
We've rounded up a selection of performance and lifestyle pieces Olympic athletes will wear whether they're training and warming up, competing, receiving a medal, or simply hanging around the Olympic Village. Shop the looks so you, too, can look like Lochte, compete like Carmelo Anthony, and take to the track like Jeremy Taiwo. We've got gear for golf, running, swimming, sailing, and so much more.
When Team USA athletes collect their medals, they'll be wearing this jacket—The NikeLab Dynamic Reveal Jacket. Emblazoned with the official Team USA Olympics logo on the chest, engineered with breathable ribbed knit sleeves for tons of mobility (you've got to be able to cheer and wave your arms around, afterall), and crafted with a woven front panel to protect against wind, this is one stylish, sporty piece of history.
$300, nike.com/nikelab(Available July 28 online and in select NikeLab stores in Brazil and USA colorways.)
*You can also customize tons of models in Nike running, basketball, and sportswear to support your country and give your kicks their own unique look. Check out the Unlimited Pride Collection. Or, rock the Unlimited Colorway Collection inspired by the Rio Games (and reflective of what the athletes will wear) when it drops August 4.
As the official uniform provider of the USA Golf team, Adidas has a bevy of golf gear available for fans who want to deck themselves head to toe in Team USA swag when they step onto the green. You can get the exact looks, loaded with the same technology, golfers will be wearing in Rio. (Shop everything here.) One of the standouts is the TOUR360 Boost. While the golf shoe is made with premium leather, there's weather-proof technology infused into the material so you get soft-to-the-touch richness and durability. Midsole cushioning runs through the entire length of the shoe, the heel follows the natural contour of your foot, the internal lining minimizes heat, moisture, and friction, and there’s enhanced arch support so you can comfortably withstand hours of walking and teeing off. What’s more, the 10-cleat outsole provides superior grip in wet and dry conditions, and helps provide more control between your heel and forefoot by eating into the ground.
Skip the t-shirt and opt for an iconic look from an iconic brand. This trim-fitting cotton mesh polo was made for Team USA to wear during the Rio Games. Available in 3 colors: French Navy, Pure White, and Ralph Red.
Oakley EVZero Path Green Fade With Prizm Field/Chrome Iridium
Green Fade is Oakley's special-edition collection. The bright color was featured on the brand’s first performance product in 1980—only now the shades are enjoying a tech boost; they're enhanced with Prizm lenses that fine-tune colors—depending on your environment, like snow or water, for example—where your eyes are most sensitive to detail. You'll see Kerri Walsh Jennings (Beach Volleyball), Bubba Watson (Golf), Gwen Jorgensen (Triathlon), Bob Bryan (Tennis), and Mike Bryan (Tennis) all wearing a pair from the collection when they compete in Rio. We recommend the Oakley EVZero Path Green Fade With Prizm Field/Chrome Iridium (shown above). Ideal for running, triathlons, cycling, mountain biking, and beach volleyball, it features a dual lens coating: Iridium and two Prizm lens tins. The Iridium coating reduces glare, while the Prizm lens tints clarify your vision and optimize performance.
$190, oakley.com (Also available in select Oakley locations and retail stores this summer.)
New Balance athletes will rock this exact shoe (among others) during training and downtime in Rio. Try the Vazee Rush v2 on for size. The midsole is crafted with the brand's latest cushioning tech that offers a spring or pushback effect, so you feel as if you're getting some energy out of the shoe. The upper is made from three separate layers to create all-over support that moves with you—for a fit that's flexible, lightweight, and super breathable. Shop the entire Team New Balance Elite Pack here.
This sporty backpack was designed by Ralph Lauren—an official outfitter of the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams—for Team USA during competition and training in Rio. A patch of the official logo of the U.S. Olympic Team is fixed to the side—so you can show your support while you trek and train outdoors or as you make your way to the gym.
You'll see Jeremy Taiwo, competing in the decathlon, wearing these speedy spikes in Rio. They're called The Wire 4 and, while this color way is designed for the Olympics, you can get a pair of your own in one of two colorways from Brooks. If you've never worn track spikes before, your speed work will forever be changed once you do. Screw-in spikes at the forefoot of the lightweight shoe give you aggressive traction, encouraging you to get up on your toes for maximum speed and optimal form. You can shave miliseconds off sprints and seconds off mile times; these grip the ground so you can hit higher speeds. The 3D printed upper has overlays made to feel like it's custom-made for your foot for structure and flexibility; and the foam midsole gives you the right amount of featherweight cushion and comfort to fly. The distance plate inside the spike makes it ideal for 1500-meter races and beyond, Brooks says. But if you've never done more than a sprint workout in spikes, transition slowly, as spikes are more minimalist.
Sperry Men’s U.S. Sailing Team Soft Shell Hooded Performance Jacket
Sperry is the Official Footwear and Apparel Sponsor of the US Sailing Team—so, yeah, they know a thing or two about outfitting athletes for unpredictable weather. This performance jacket is really more of a wind- and water-resistant shell. It's not flimsy, though. It has fleece on the inside for extra warmth whether you're sailing on the open sea or not.
You'll see some of Team USA's swimmers hitting the water in the Fastskin3 Elite Mirrored Goggle (black model pictured on right). The competition goggle is Speedo's first-ever 3D seal: The unique seal hugs the contours of your eye socket without leaving marks or letting water leak through—thanks to head-scanning research. And, the goggle strap has a tensioning scale that won't loosen over time (but also won't cut off circulation) so you always get an accurate, secure fit, every time. The lenses also prevent fog and condensation from blocking your vision and protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays. While these are available for purchase for $75 at speedousa.com, Speedo recommends the MDR 2.4 Mirrored Elastomeric goggles for the active guy who's training and swimming on the reg. The larger shape of the goggles have the most universal fit—so they sit on the outside of your eye socket comfortably. And, instead of a traditional curved lens, these boast a split lens that eradicates distortion and minimizes eye fatigue.
Get ready to be a game changer in the brand new Air Jordan XXXI "Banned." You'll be in good company: Both Jimmy Butler and Carmelo Anthony will be wearing the “USAB colorway” of the shoe (not shown) during the Olympics. Then in the fall, Russell Westbrook will wear the “Banned” shoe (shown above) on-court during NBA games; this is the colorway you can purchase, too.
The latest model of the iconic shoe boasts off-court sensibility and luxury. The shoe's first foray into the world of woven tech, these Air Jordan's boast structure, support, and exterior abrasion resistance. A subtle, almost airbrushed-looking Swoosh and the original Air Jordan "Wings" logo adorn the shoe. The launch colorway and the "Banned" logo underfoot pays homage to the “banned” story, which you can read about here. There's an inner bootie for comfort, a full-length air bag in the sole of the shoe for maximum explosiveness, a low-profile and low-to-the-ground feel that Jordan himself preferred, and heel pods designed to keep your landings protected.
$185, jordan.com (Available September 3 online and in select retail stores.)