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  • by Phil Delves September 23, 2022 3 min read

    Any long time readers will know that we’re always keen to bring you some of the most interesting new shirts from the world that might otherwise be a bit tricky to pick up.

    This week we’ve added the latest collection of S.P.A.L. shirts to the store, and if you’re wondering why we chose S.P.A.L. this blog has the answers…

    Macron are back (they never left)

    S.P.A.L and Macron

    Macron aren’t making as many headlines this season, but in truth they’re continuing to build on the reputation they’ve built. This S.P.A.L. collection is no different, with the sort of attention to detail and bespoke treatment we’ve come to expect from the Italian brand.

    In the competitive tier of manufacturers who sit below the obvious ‘big’ names, Macron are a key player who many collectors particularly enjoy. Count us in that group; we’re always excited to see what they bring to the table and we’d highly recommend the brand to any collector no matter what sort of shirts you collect.

    So, whether it’s one of these S.P.A.L. kits or another shirt from the Macrom stable, it’s the way to go in our book.

    A creative take on stripes

    2022 S.P.A.L home shirt

    That’s all well and good but what about the shirts themselves? Starting with the home shirt, Macron have rolled out a creative take on the traditional S.P.A.L. stripes.

    Striped shirts are notoriously difficult to change up year on year, and if anything I’d say striped shirts have typically suffered the most in the age of a new kit every year. The combination of varying stripe thicknesses strikes just the right balance on the 2022 S.P.A.L. home shirt though, and sublimated text within the central stripes adds a further layer of interest.

    Perhaps best of all the stripes continue on the sleeves and on the back, with a gradient applied on the back to help get around any legibility issues. All in all this is a great take on a striped kit, and again it’s typically Macron in its quality.

    Tiles all over

    2022 S.P.A.L away shirt

    For the away things take a different direction entirely with an all-over pattern resembling tiles. Both front and back (get in!) are covered in a repeated pattern which gives the shirt a tonne of character, and the surprising but welcome choice of turquoise for the collar trim and sleeve colour rounds things off really well.

    Far from being a random design choice, the look of the 2022 S.P.A.L. away shirt is directly inspired by the walls (not tiles!) of the Palazzo dei Diamanti, a Renaissance palace in the city of Ferrara where S.P.A.L. hail from. We’ve seen similar renaissance inspired looks from other Italian teams in recent years, notably Venezia, but this take is just as fresh as what we’ve seen from other clubs.

    A map in a year of maps

    2022 S.P.A.L third shirt

    Speaking of other clubs, every man and his dog is releasing a map inspired shirt in 2022! We’re here to tell you that that isn’t actually a bad thing though…

    With overarching trends like this, it can be great to pick up at least a couple of shirts as a means to remember the era by. In 10, 20, 50 years time a couple of map shirts will serve as a symbol of one of the most pervasive trends we’ve seen in the modern shirt game, and you could do a lot worse than the 2022 S.P.A.L. third shirt.

    Utilising the same turquoise accent colour but with a punchy blue base instead, this is a vibrant take on the map trend. Don’t miss the recoloured S.P.A.L. crest, which features in a charming outline style.

    Flag detailing

    S.P.A.L shirt details

    Finishing up, the Italian flag detailing seen on the collar of all 3 kits is a delight. Shared details across home, away and third shirts are not all so common, but the callout on each design here adds so much in each instance.

    We often think of flag detailing as something related to international kits for obvious reasons, but when applied as well as the S.P.A.L. shirts here they lift already solid designs. The flag itself is actually a small piece of material too, rather than just a sublimation or print, and as we’ve banged on about throughout this blog it’s the sort of thing you expect from Macron.

    You can pick up any of the 2022 S.P.A.L. shirts from us. Shipping comes from the UK, which means you don’t have to wait as long or pay as much as you would do going directly from the club themselves. 

    Phil Delves
    Phil Delves

    As Head of Content, Phil is the creative playmaker of the team, covering every angle of football shirt news in our blogs and weekly Newsletter. Whether it's telling your fakes from your authentics, or deep dives into the newest football shirts designs, Phil will have all your football shirt content needs covered.

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