These are the 19 best kits for the 2016/17 season (say us)

9. Bologna, home

See, Macron, you can do red and blue stripes! Bologna’s kit is lush in its simplicity. You won’t find many striped kits with a better collar and sleeve design.

8. Hoffenheim, home

Diving collar, well-matched tones, mildly amusing sponsor – we like this effort a Lotto (oh, hush).

7. Juventus, home 

This is a beauty. For a black-and-white shirt there’s a lot going on, but it avoids resembling a barcode. While Juve aren’t alone in featuring Adidas’ trademark three stripes down the sides, not the shoulders, it works particularly well here.

6. Arsenal, goalkeeper

Gone forever – or at least temporarily – are garish keeper jerseys. Printing nerds such as FFT will call the colour scheme CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black), but all that really matters is that it’s niiiiice.

5. Bayer Leverkusen, home

This season Bayer Leverkusen – backed by a pharmaceutical giant, don’t forget – swapped big boys Adidas for local lads Jako, and the result is a swish switch to black.

It’s a mighty fine shirt, weird shoulder pattern aside. 

4. Aberdeen, away

Aberdeen’s bid to match or even improve on second place, despite Rangers’ arrival, will look especially sexy on the road.

3. Galatasaray, home

There’s a lot to like here, be it the colour contrasts, the thin horizontal lines, or the continuing shirt-to-shorts stripe. Lovely.

2. Spurs, away

Tottenham’s third kit for 2016/17 is a gold monstrosity, but their primary two uniforms more than make up for it.

We especially like what Under Armour have done with the change strip: clean and understated, in just the right shades.

1. Pumas, home

Crikey. Where to start? No, really: ‘where do we start?’ must have been the first thing Nike said when beginning this conceptual design. 

The shirt incorporates everything from zodiac signs and the popular Central Library’s circular patterns (representing the contrasting heliocentric and geocentric theories of Copernicus and Ptolemaeus, obviously) to traditional Mexican imagery and a 16th-century city map, creating an astounding tribute to astronomy and astrology that, most importantly, looks incredible. It’s impressive Nike even managed to find space for their swoosh. 

Buy this. Buy this now. 

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