All I can say is that the new Ross County kits are looking better and better by comparison…
The shirt is terrible. You know it. I know it. The Scottish people know it. Replace that…that…”thing” with a simple crew or v-neck collar and you have a classy, if not flashy, kit. I guess the big inset looks…retro…maybe? I’m not thrilled with the cross-quad seaming on the shorts, but that seems to be part of the Adidas template this season (I’ve already seen a couple of other kits featuring them) and it’s not enough to ruin them. I do really wish clubs would put some kind of initials or something on the socks- I don’t care much for the off-the-rack look.
Heart of Midlothian F.C.
The rib cage-t0-sleeve white flash is terrible. Terrible. Much like the Aberdeen kit, this one is finished off with simple solid-colored shorts and socks (again generic Adidas) with only a bit of white trim. Also, is it just me or could they (should they?) go a little bit bigger with the club crest?
This kit isn’t wrong…but it’s not right either. It looks kind of like it it could be worn by an official (especially the socks). When I saw the shirt by itself I thought, “Cool training top!” The shorts are…inoffensive…I guess. I think the only way this kit would actually work for me would be if it was their goalkeeper kit. If that was the case I think I would love it. As it stands, however, it seems like a disconnect from both the clubs home and away colorways and I don’t like that. Then again, Motherwell once did this, so I guess I’ll just count my blessings.
St. Mirren F.C.
Alright, enough with the bad news! The sponsor logo (Blacks is the U.K. equivalent of R.E.I. or E.M.S.) could be a bit better and the yellow trim on the kit is just slightly neon-ish, but otherwise it’s pretty much perfect. Sometimes all you have to do is not screw things up, but St. Mirren have gone one better this season. The sleeves and black stripes on the shirt have a sublimated “paisley” design on them. Why? Because St. Mirren play in…wait for it…Paisley! Paisley was a center of textile manufacturing in Scotland and its mills were the ones that printed and popularized the Indian/Iranian motif in the Western World.
St. Johnstone F.C.
Okay. Paired with black shorts and black socks (my best guesses- see below) I think this will be a fine kit. Not great, not bad, maybe even better than average for kit maker Joma. No, the cool thing here is the story behind this kit. In the 2012-2013 UEFA Europa League St. Johnstone played a tie against Turkish side Eskisehirspor. St. Johnstone lost 3-1 on aggregate, but the two clubs got along so well that St. Johnstone has chosen to wear Eskisehirspor’s home colors as its away colors this year. A class gesture and one that I’d hope to see Eskisehirspor reciprocate in the future. Given that Eskisehirspor wear black shorts and socks at home, I think it’s safe to say that St. Johnstone will do the same when they play away.
Here’s an update on our progress so far.