Retro Shirt Reviews #1

  • Club: ???
  • Year: ???
  • Make: Erima
  • Sponsor: STORR
  • Number: 4

One word: STORR. Which is altogether appropriate, as on a recent trip to IKEA I noted that the shirts the staff were forced to wear are quite similar to this remarkably beautiful jersey. I even considered taking a sly photo of one of the staff members to include on this blog and refer to the top as “the IKEA shirt” from now on. But I feel that would be doing it a vast disservice.

This classic, slim fitting Erima work of art was most likely used by some sort of non-league/regional/amateur West German club side from the 1980’s, (which hopefully will be a reoccurring flavour in this series). In a look reminiscent of something Eintracht Braunschweig might have worn (perhaps I should have used them as a comparison instead of IKEA earlier), the unique blue/white/blue striping combined with smart wrap-around collar, raglan sleeves and “box” number on back make this an amazing shirt. “STORR” on the front pushes it to possible “Best Thing I Own” status.

Erima are also one of those brands that has a special place in my heart, possibly due to a love of general West German aesthetics on my part, and when I think of them I’m reminded of West Germany’s white/black/green kit combination at the 1978 World Cup which is a very good thing.

Overall, I give this shirt my highest grade: 7 and a half thumbs up.

Bonus, International Selection:

  • Country: West Germany
  • Year: 1988-1991
  • Make: Adidas

Ok, I know it’s nearly cliché to be highlighting what is generally accepted as the greatest shirt of all time, but it seemed appropriate to include this masterpiece. There is nothing to say about it that hasn’t already been said, except that when I mentioned the Erima shirt being possibly the best thing I own, this one was definitely the undisputed king for a while. I enjoy wearing it for the feeling I get attracting many glances and double takes from men, to which I’m like “eh, my eyes are up here, boys”. This also applies to some other shirts which will be highlighted in upcoming editions of this new feature, so stay tuned for more jersey porn!

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