There are some football strips which make The Beautiful Game just a little more beautiful. Today we’ll be taking a look at some of the best looking footy kits from footballing history. Do you have any of these beauties in the back of your wardrobe?

  1. Ajax, 1980s



With a distinctive red central panel, set against bright contrasting whites, Ajax’s kit has always been a design favourite. It’s clean, it’s bold, it’s iconic and it has stood the test of time whilst managing to look contemporary every single season. It’s a deserved winner.

  1. West Germany, 1990



Before the Wall came down, the West Germans were sporting some surprisingly chic, pre-unification football kits. We’re really repping this graphic, geometric take on the German flag, which has a properly dynamic feel to its shoulder-skimming ribbon of colour and all-business high sporting neckline.

3. England, 1966 (away kit)


Call us biased and patriotic, but the all-red strip donned by Bobby Moore and the team on that triumphant day looks like an absolute style classic to us. It’s hard to tell whether it looks great thanks to rose-tinted nostalgia – or whether this bold, long-sleeved look (with a simple three lions badge) is genuinely chic – but we love it regardless.

  1. Coventry City, 1978 (away kit)



Any team which can pull off a chocolate brown kit deserves some kudos. The flowing white lines of this unusual Coventry City strip somehow manage to make it look stupidly cool – even with a ginger perm on top.

  1. Inter Milan, 1993-1994


With a dynamic diagonal stripe, retro cursive font, gold star and classic blue-black ribbon – this is a kit with buckets of Italianate style, hearkening back to the insouciantly cool Bergkamp era of the beautiful game.

  1. USA, 1994



Not famed for their male footballing prowess (and certainly not in the nineties), the USA had a completely leftfield take on their national strip in 1994. And it looked weirdly good. We don’t want to like it. We don’t think it speaks to a rich tradition of football fashion. But we sort of grudgingly dig this star-spangled strip nevertheless…

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