Like Real Madrid, Liverpool and Arsenal (usually, anyway), Ajax tend to avoid wearing change shorts or socks with their famous white and red shirts.
Most of the time, it’s no issue as they just wear their full away kit, which is usually a darker colour. That was the case in 2013-14, but the trip to Vitesse Arnhem in the league in April provided them with a problem.
Vitesse wear black and yellow shirts, sometimes with black shorts, but often with white shorts and socks, as was the case in 2013-14. Added to that was the fact that the back of their shirt had a large black panel for the number, meaning that Ajax’s away shirt wasn’t an option.
Ajax’s 2012-13 away shirt wasn’t a possibility either, and, rather than coming up a with special third kit, they took the plunge and wore red shorts and socks.
A 1-1 draw meant that Ajax couldn’t clinch the title, but they were confirmed as champions soon after that.
The red shorts and socks would be worn at Vitesse in 2014-15 and 2015-16 as well, but last season Ajax wore their away kit as Vitesse had a yellow-dominated home shirt.
The sides meet again in Arnhem in March – but Vitesse have black shorts and socks this season so Ajax’s full home should be okay.