The story of the blues, part 2
Last season, we looked at how adidas differentiated the four clubs in the English league system for whom it provided kit – Birmingham City, Cardiff City, Ipswich Town and Leicester City – who wore primarily blue home shirts.
As you can see, the stand-outs were the fact that Ipswich had white sleeves and red trim to set themselves apart from Birmingham and, while both Premier League sides had all-blue, Leicester had gold trim and white sock turnovers.
This time round, however, it seems that there is a confluence rather than a divergence.
We have already looked at the Leicester kit, which features a return to white shorts, though gold remains as the third colour. Their status with adidas is reflected in the bespoke chequerboard design and different sleeve cut.
Birmingham have changed sponsors from 888 to BoyleSports, who have apparently asked that yellow be included on the shirt, which is based on the adidas Condivo 18. In addition, their Peaky Blinders-inspired kit launched revealed the addition of navy sleeves and socks.
Back in the Championship, Cardiff have also swapped all-blue for a return to white shorts, which have white adidas stripes. They are in the Tiro 19 design.
Ipswich, relegated to League 1, have shirt is also based on the Condivo 18, as it was last year, but the sleeves are blue and there is no red.
A shadow pattern is added while the Magical Vegas logo is now rendered in white, which is far less obtrusive.