May 30th, 2013 by John Kim
While we won’t expect this latest banishment of performance footwear to trigger a string of events that will change the course of a sport like the Air Jordan 1′s banishment back in 1985, we always take notice of these events because it’s such a rare occurrence these days. This latest footwear dismissal comes at the hands of Major League Baseball, which told Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones (owner of one of the greatest player profile photos in pro sports history) that his Red/Orange/Black PE of the Nike Air Swingman MVP was not fitting of the league dress policy. The pixelated camouflage print is the same seen on the “Come Out Swinging” edition of the same shoe that select players wore on Jackie Robinson Day, but apparently these were not suitable for every-day wear. The positive note is that Adam is considering giving the shoes away or auctioning them off, so it looks like someone may benefit from them, if not Adam. Thoughts on the banishment of Adam’s cleats? Ticky-tack or a clear distraction to other players?
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July 11th, 2012 by John Kim
The baseball diamond isn’t exactly a prime platform to show off good-looking kicks. First off, the shoes need to be equipped with turf/grass-ready builds, and by game’s end the shoes are all dirtied up anyway! However, notable footwear has slowly seeped into the MLB thanks to guys like Brian Wilson, who rocked Mags before anyone else did (in a dirty MLB dugout of all places), C.C. Sabathia, the reigning Air Jordan Cleat PE king, and Jimmy Rollins, the latest to whip out some neck-breaking affair.
Over the 2012 MLB All-Star festivities, we noticed quite a collection of colorful cleated footwear starting with the Home Run Derby on Monday night, when the contestants wore the ‘Home Run Derby’ PE of the Nike Air Max MVP Elite 3/4 Metal (and a bunch of other colorways during the All-Star Game, like David Wright and Melky Cabrera’s Hot Orange PE). Even during pre-game warm-ups, the All-Stars opted for some nice selections like the Nike Lunar TR1+, Air Max TR1+ 360 Breathe, and even the Nike Zoom KD IV (worn by Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen). adidas brought the fire with the hot-orange adidas adiZero Sonic Cleat, as did Under Armour, which went for the sick golden detailing. Is this the start of a sneaker-renaissance in baseball? Check out the recap from MLB’s mid-summer classic below and let’s hope baseball becomes a sport to watch for in the beloved ‘Feet’ category! Photos: yahoo
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