Everton’s kit releases seem to happen later and later each season, and once again like last year it looked to have been available in the Far East well before the official announcement from the club.
The new third kit has a dark navy background, with a different shade of ‘dazzling’ blue for the lettering, and is the same base colour from top to bottom, including the shorts and socks. The design has been influenced by the ‘football smart’ trend, with strips becoming part of fans’ casual and lifestyle wear.
Umbro has their trademark diamonds on strips running along each shoulder and there’s the ‘EFC’ logo below the back collar, inspired by the 1992/93 shirt and keeping with the theme with the home and away kits for this season.
To accompany the release of the strip will be the third volume of the St. Domingo ‘shirtzine’, explaining the design elements as well as interviews with Andre Gomes, Yerry Mina, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Leighton Baines, the cover stars of this release.
Gomes said of the strip -
“This kit is a classic, it looks really good and I think it will give us a presence on the pitch. And it’s one that is very wearable for the fans.”
It is certainly a striking look even though there’s a bit of a ‘colour-bleed’ feel to how the Everton, SportPesa, Umbro and Angry Birds logos look on the shirt.
Designed to be worn on and off the pitch, the shirt is constructed from lightweight durable fabrics with a comfortable fit. The jersey can not only withstand the pressures of the modern game, giving players freedom of movement but can also be worn on the terraces and in a social environment with the contemporary design and dark colours offering flexibility as part of an Evertonian’s casual wardrobe.
With this release Umbro have completed their obligations to Everton for this season, with the iconic blue and bright coral releases for the home and away kits respectively.
An Everton fan based in Hong Kong had posted on Twitter a month ago what looks to have been the same kit.
While we have our first look at the Coral Away Kit, I have also been sent a 'leaked' image of what could be our 3rd Strip for the 2019-20 Season. Thoughts? #EFC #COYB #ThirdKit #3rdKit @EvertonNewsFeed @grandoldteam @ToffeeTVEFC @RBMersey @Evertonthat_ @Footy_Headlines pic.twitter.com/5lHKcPDECm— Brian Li (@brianlcw) July 24, 2019
To prove his point, the fan actually appeared to have obtained the kit a fortnight ago, which has got to be pretty embarrassing for the club and the distribution setup they’re using.
Got hold of a 2019/20 Third Kit myself so here are some clearer pics. Would've been okay to be featured against Palace today if it wasn't for the match officials? COYB @grandoldteam @EvertonNewsFeed @Evertonthat_ @Footy_Headlines pic.twitter.com/nMo7Rcieox— Brian Li (@brianlcw) August 10, 2019
The new kits is now available in the club store and online as well.