Having lost their two biggest teams in Celtic and Liverpool for the 2020-21 season, New Balance had to make a statement with their first major release of the season, which came with the drop of the new Porto home shirt last week.
The first of these statements is the use of a more traditional stripe pattern. Thanks to a history lesson from @hendocfc, we now know that Porto have historically been associated with the thicker brace style of stripes.
I didn’t mind the brace style, but with any striped shirt it’s good to change up the design every now and again, so this new look is a positive move in my book.
The second, and perhaps more noticeable change, is the use of yellow for the shirt’s smaller features. The MEO sponsor fits better with the rest of the design, matching the New Balance logo and sleeve trim flashes.
In terms of the minor details, the always popular trope of phrases behind the crest sees “Nação Porto” (“Porto Nation”) printed on the inside of the shirt, while the collar thankfully stays away from the buttoned looks of previous New Balance shirts in the Portuguese capital.
The back of striped shirts tends to be a deal breaker, so full judgement can be reserved until we get a 360° view, but from what we have seen so far, this is an interesting departure from the norm for Porto and New Balance.
The new kits keep on coming, and as they do we'll be reviewing them. For starters, see what we thought of Barcelona's new home shirt.
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