With every new season comes new kits, and amongst each year’s selections there are always some stellar designs… and some absolute misses. So we’re going to run it down and select the best and worst Premier League kits for the 2022/23 season.
Rather than do a simple “Top/Worst 5,” let’s do something a little fun, and pretend it’s the league table. So we’ll choose a top four of kits that really excel (Champions League), two honorable mentions (Europa League), and a bottom three (Relegation Zone).
Let’s get to it!
The Top 4
In no particular order, here are the best Premier League kits from the 2022/23 season:
We reviewed this one when it was released, and it still stands out as one of the most distinctive shirts of the new campaign – not just in the EPL, but anywhere. It manages to be both outlandish yet somehow reserved at the same time.
AFC Bournemouth have spiced up their traditional red and black stripes this season with a zig-zag/lightning bolt effect, and it’s turned out terrific. The design gives the shirt a sense of motion even when standing still, and is a great new take on a classic design.
This year’s Southampton away top by Hummel is definitely a standout amongst the season’s crop of shirts. The swirling wave motif is meant to evoke the Solent, the sea straight that lies between England’s south coast and the Isle of Wight. The design definitely feels somewhat Asian, a bit reminiscent of Katsushika Hokusai’s Great Wave, and the gold trim really sets it off.
Manchester United Home
The 22/23 United top is a modern classic, a nod to their late 80s / early 90s era without being too overly retro. The collar detailing is great, and the tonal pinstripes add just enough extra pizzazz to what is, in general, a traditionally plain shirt.
Close, but not quite
Crystal Palace Home
At first I thought I hated this one, but really only hate the away and third kits that go along with it. On the latter two options, the scribble effect looks tacky and cheap, but on the home, with the blending of the two-tone blue and red vertical stripes, it works surprisingly well.
This is a great example of doing a simple shirt right. Just the right balance of colors, and the wavy pattern on the collar and sleeves (representing the River Thames) is terrific. The only thing keeping this one from the true upper echelon is the wonky sponsor logo of betting firm W88. Either just have the big “W” or the “W88” text. Both stacked on top of each other just looks silly, especially with the two large, but differently styled, ‘W’s.
and last (and least) we have:
The Drop Zone
Not every shirt can be a winner, so here are the worst Premier League kits of the year:
Having had some time to stew on this one since it was released in late spring, the Reds really missed on their new home option. If Fulham showed us showed how to do a traditionally plain kit right, this is how you do it wrong. It’s just downright boring. The texture throughout the shirt is just kinda there (and isn’t unique to Liverpool’s top, it’s popping up on other Nike outfitted clubs) and doesn’t really add anything. And the stylized “YNWA” lettering on the sleeve cuffs or eternal flames on the upper back can’t save it. This is a plain red shirt.
In another Merseyside misfire, we’ve got Everton’s pink away top. The geometric diamond design across the shirt is supposed to represent the roof of Price Rupert’s Tower, but that’s a stretch. I’m calling it the Cobra Command kit. Losing the pattern entirely would be addition by subtraction on this one.
If this really were a relegation battle, this shirt would secure the drop somewhere around January. This royal blue/black/electric green number just flat out doesn’t work. The colored panels highlight Nike’s somewhat funky raglan template, and the stacked and centered logos on the front add to the offbeat look. It’s a few sponsor logos short of something that would look more at home riding a bike in the Tour de France and belongs, at best, on the training pitch.
What are your favorite (and least favorite) Premier League kits from the new season? Let us know in the comments!
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