The Everton kit line-up for the 2022-23 season is complete with the unveiling of their new yellow third kit.
The design takes its inspiration from the Everton away strip from 1990-92, though it has been given a modern twist with the outline of the prince Rupert Tower replacing the club badge.
The tower outline is also reflected in a pattern that runs across the bottom section of the shirt and along the front of the shorts.
This is likely to outrage some of the traditionalists on social media (in fact it already has). That is despite the fact Everton have dropped the main club crest from shirts before, in the 1970s and again during much of the 80s. During the 1970s, the Club used ‘EFC’ lettering on its shirts, and between 1983 and 1991 dropped the crest’s shield element. Indeed, the 1990-1992 away kit featured a tower icon and laurel wreaths set beneath the letters ‘EFC’ - a look recognised by the inclusion of an embroidered EFC on the neck of this season’s third shirt.
For me it is a worthy experiment for a third strip, bringing a fresh, modern look. It may work, it may not. Either way it’s not worth getting in a strop about.
The goalkeeper kit has also used the 90s as its inspiration, with the predominantly orange designed based on the kit worn between 1996 and 1998.
The kits are completed by the logo of gambling firm Stake on the front and technology platform BOXT on the sleeves.
Alex Iwobi, who modelled the new third kit, said:
“I’m looking forward to wearing it out on the pitch this season. I think the kit is cool. It’s bright, it’s bold, but it’s stylish and it’s more than just a football shirt - it looks good with jeans and shorts too.
“It’s casual. Trying to show how this kit can be a fashion item was what this kit shoot was all about, and it was one I definitely enjoyed being a part of.”
Speaking about the new kit, Richard Kenyon, Everton’s Chief Commercial and Communications Officer, said:
“The aim with this kit was to create something a bit different, while keeping within some traditional colours associated with Everton kits. We think hummel have done a great job of creating something that will look great on our players on matchday, and also appeal to our fans, who I’m sure will respond well to it - as they have done the other kits that have launched this summer.”
As with all Everton kits since the start of the 2021/22 season, the third kit has been produced using the ECO8 process, meaning each shirt is manufactured from eight bottles and uses minimal water in the dying process, further supporting the Club’s continued commitment to its Everton for Change environmental campaign.
You can also order the new men’s third kit, the women’s kit as well along with new goalie kit at the Fanatics Everton online store here.*
Unlike in previous years when at least one of the three kits for the next year was released before the end of the season, Everton’s tenuous battle for survival meant there was no unveiling of any kits until the club had secured Premier League status for 2022-23. Previous year’s kits can still be ordered at the Kitbag online store here.*
*- Royal Blue Mersey will receive a portion of any sales made through this link