Sports at Indiana University and the candy stripe design go hand-in-hand. The design has appeared on their helmets from time to time, and it’s also famous for being used as warmup bottoms for the basketball team. So naturally, Adidas and Indiana have decided to further implement the design into the team’s football design with their latest special uniforms.
In addition to the candy stripes on the sleeves, the design of the Indiana state flag is sublimated into the numbers on both the jerseys and the helmet.
The team will be wearing these uniforms for their homecoming game against Nebraska on October 15th, and the school explained the inspiration behind the uniforms here:
Inspired by the first candy stripe designs that Doc Counsilman and Hobie Billingsley used to better spot their legendary 1960’s and 1970’s swimming and diving teams at the pool, and later adopted by the 1971-72 basketball team, the retro look was designed in concert between Indiana Athletics and adidas Football to encapsulate the history and significance of the design that ushered in a historic era and created iconic identity for the university.
Combining innovation with style and detailing, the special edition uniform is centered around the iconic crimson and white colors of the Hoosiers’ athletic programs. Starting with a crimson jersey, the sleeves are highlighted with candy stripes that pay homage to the aesthetic featured on the Hoosier basketball team’s warm-ups. Next, an oversized ‘Script Indiana’ logo, made popular by being on the back of the basketball warm-up shirts, is highlighted in crimson on the leg of the white pants and offset with crimson socks and white cleats to create a head-to-toe candy stripe theme.
Overall, this is a pretty good look for the Hoosiers. The script logo on the pants is an interesting touch, and the iconic candy stripes look very good on the sleeves. Hoosiers fans should be pretty happy with this look, but what about you neutral fans out there? Do you like these, or did Adidas and Indiana mess up here?