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SBN Kit Week: the best and worst Tottenham hotspur third kits

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Time to get weird!

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa - White Hart Lane Photo by Daniel Hambury - PA Images via Getty Images

It’s Kit Week at SB Nation, and we’re taking the opportunity to revisit, and vote on, our favorite and least favorite Tottenham Hotspur kits in the Premier League era. We’ve already looked at home kits and away kits. Now it’s time to look at the thirds.

Ahh, the third kit. Born out of both necessity and unbridled greed, the “change” kit was supposed to be a solution when two clubs played each other and no combination of home/away shirts could result in a suitable color clash. It quickly became a cash cow for clubs and kit manufacturers, as fans will buy ANYTHING, and it also allowed for clubs to get truly and spectacularly weird. Hot pink shirts? You bet. Wild geometric patterns? Uh huh. Literal pictures of smoked meats? They’ve done that too.

Third kits can be glorious, and they can be awful, but they are very rarely dull. Tottenham have had their share of thirds in both categories, and we’re here today to vote on them. So let’s get cracking!

Best Tottenham Hotspur Third Kits

2015-16 “Spurple” AIA (Under Armor)

Audi Cup - “Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur”

In my mind, if you discount classic white homes, this might just be the perfect Tottenham kit. Purple has historically been a classic change color for Spurs, and this is an utterly fantastic shade. The grey trim and the white sponsor logo make it pop. I am proud to say that this shirt hangs in my closet and it’s my go-to when I want to show my colors.

2019-20 AIA (Nike)

Brighton and Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur - FA Womenâs Super League - The People’s Pension Stadium Photo by Steven Paston/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images

Recency bias? Maybe. And the 2013-14 aways are as good if not better than these, but boy do I love seeing these kits on the pitch. There’s something about that color, and the subtle pattern on these shirts.

2011-12 Aurasma (Puma)

Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

These were the same template as Newcastle’s orange away kits this same season, but the black with the diagonal stripes harkened to the iconic home kits and added a subtle splash of color on the field. I always liked them.

2016-17 AIA (Under Armor)

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Shut up, the mustard pin stripe kits were great.

Poll

Which Spurs third kit is the best?

This poll is closed

  • 49%
    2015-16 "Spurple" AIA (Under Armor)
    (416 votes)
  • 20%
    2019-20 AIA (Nike)
    (175 votes)
  • 14%
    2011-12 Aurasma (Puma)
    (119 votes)
  • 14%
    2016-17 AIA (Under Armor)
    (125 votes)
835 votes total Vote Now

Worst Tottenham Hotspur Third Kits

2016-17 AIA (Under Armor)

Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Shut up, the mustard pin stripe kits were horrible.

1991-93 Holsten (Umbro)

It’s difficult to find many pictures of these third kits, possibly because the club has spent the time since then trying to atone for their horrible mistake by attempting to burn them from the memories of supporters. It’s too late, Spurs. I see what you did there. Yes, that is “SPURS” depicted in vertical striping at the top of that kit. There is no excuse for it and you cannot unsee it.

2006-07 Mansion (Puma)

FA Cup 5th Round: Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images

In theory the idea of playing in a chocolate brown kit with gold trim doesn’t seem so bad. Third kits are a time to get goofy. But with that big red Mansion logo on it, Spurs just looked like a bunch of turds. Played like it too on occasion. These kits are rare nowadays and if you have one, congratulations — you’re a Tottenham Hipspur.

2012-13 Aurasma (“Halfsies”) (Under Armor)

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur - Emirates Stadium Photo by Adam Davy - PA Images via Getty Images

What the hell even were these things and why did we wear them so damn often that season?

2018-19 AIA (Nike)

Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

This one is a toughie, because as much as I hated these kits (and still do) they are intrinsically tied to that magical run to the Champions League final. But man, those teal kits were ROUGH, and the overlay of North London satellite imagery on the top made it look like one of those seeing-eye images where you cross your eyes and see a sailboat schooner.

2017-18 AIA (Nike)

Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Massimiliano Ferraro/NurPhoto via Getty Images

I didn’t hate the idea of purple camo kits when these were but a twinkle in Nike’s eye, but as soon as these “dazzle camo” kits were released... whoof. It’s not the purple that’s the problem, it’s the garish yellow set against the purple. My eyes!!

Poll

Which Spurs third kit is the worst?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    1991-93 Holsten (Umbro)
    (149 votes)
  • 39%
    2006-07 Mansion (Puma)
    (313 votes)
  • 18%
    2012-13 Aurasma "Halfsies" (Under Armor)
    (147 votes)
  • 6%
    2018-19 AIA (Nike)
    (49 votes)
  • 4%
    2017-18 AIA (Nike)
    (39 votes)
  • 12%
    2016-17 AIA (Under Armor)
    (103 votes)
800 votes total Vote Now