I’ll start by saying that neither one of these is as bad as the St. Mirren home kit I posted yesterday- at first glance, one might even be tempted to like them. As always, however, the devil is in the details. Let’s start with the home kit, specifically the shirt.
First off, I’ll be positive- I like the club’s claret and amber colors and I especially like the claret band across the chest, a design feature that Motherwell has been using pretty consistently since the late 1920s. I also don’t mind the “gradient” stripe down the side of the top- more on that “motif” below. Finally, as far as the positives go, I like the club crest and the way that it is integrated into the design- St. Mirren might want to take a tip from this! The missteps here- and there are only two by my counting- are not egregious, just a bit “off.” First, Italy-based Macron is another one of those second (third? fourth?) tier kit makers that a) has a terrible logo (a “celebrating man” pictograph, I guess?) and b) feels the need to plaster it everywhere on every kit. The wordmark (which incorporates the logo as the letter “o”) on the front would have been sufficient. Second, the white trim is awful- especially around the collar where it looks as though it were a late, poorly thought out, addition. A simple amber collar and cuffs would have been a great improvement. White has been used off-and-on (mostly as the base color for shorts) by the club since it’s inception, but it has rarely looked good, or more importantly, natural. Speaking of the shorts…
These could have been perfect. Unfortunately, there is one detail too many. At first I thought the problem was the white flash at the top, but if you’re going to have the shorts echo the top (even though I’d prefer the top sans white), it has to be there. No, the issue is the stupid logo again. Leave the white, take that away logo and you’ve got a handsome pair of shorts whether you keep the current length of the yellow stripe or extend it all the way to the hem. Personally, I think it would look fine at the shorter length. Finally, the socks.
They could have been great too. I like that the side stripe mirrors the one on the top. I like that, if it has to be there, the Macron logo on the shin is at least smaller, and I like that the club’s initials appear on the calf. What I don’t like is the amber stripe around the cuff. Why? It’s simple, it makes them look like softball socks. Don’t believe me? Take a look-
Probably not something that’s going to bother your average Motherwellian(?), but to my American eyes? Ick.
Now, having dragged you through the home kit detail-by-detail I’m going to give you a break and just hit the main points of the away kit, starting with the shirt.
The asymmetrical shoulder “yoke” reminds me of the kits Puma debuted 3-4 years ago. I didn’t like them then, I might like Macron’s version even less now.
Again, get rid of the Macron logo and you’ve got a decent pair of shorts. Not super, not awful, but with the right top and socks, just fine.
I actually love these socks- but not as part of a football uniform, rather, they would look great as part of an American football uniform- from the 1970s. In fact, what the remind me of the most is the tube socks I wore as a kid in the 1970s: they came in a package of six, the had three wide stripes at the top, and while they were never branded as “NFL” socks, we all knew the black and gray striped ones were the Raiders, the green and yellow ones were the Packers, the aqua and orange were the Dolphins, etc.. Good memories, but the wrong kind of football.
Finally, c’mon County- release the new kits!! You’re killing me!!