New Balance V3 MLB All-Black Mid-Cut Umpire Plate Shoes

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The official on-field shoe for MLB umpires for the 2017 season, the MU460v3 New Balance Umpire Plate Shoes are designed for that extra look of authority with its hi-gloss finish that is easy to clean while maintaining the comfort, breathability and traction you expect in an on-field athletic shoe.

The redesigned floating instep guard provides advanced features. First, it provides maximum protection where you need it most, on the inside of your feet, without the extra bulk on the outside where you don't. Second, it "releases" from the top making it easier to take on and off and to lace your sholaces. Third, there is a mesh strap that creates space between your shoe and guard for air to flow.

This mid-cut style is all-black high gloss finish with MLB logo on the tongue and heel and with NB logo on sole.


  • Dispersion Instep Guard provides more inner foot protection
  • ABZORB® - a blend of Dupont™ Engage® and Isoprene rubber - in heel and forefoot provides superior shock absorption and cushioning throughout the game
  • Strategically placed mesh strap on inside of metatarsal guard that promotes air flow and breathability
  • Guard releases for easy on/off
  • Mid-cut provides greater ankle support
  • High gloss is easy to clean / polishable
  • Snug-fit integrated neoprene sock liner provides additional comfort between foot and hard toe
  • Nubby outsole for enhanced traction
  • 31.3 ounces per shoe (size 15)
  • The official plate shoes for MLB umpires
  • For baseball or softball

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Questions About This Product

Q: Are the shoe sizes true and I should order my normal shoe size?
– Michael King

Yes Michael, these plate shoes run true to size. You should be satisfied if you order your normal shoe size.

– Sherie Sandifer
Service Manager

Q: I have the previous V2 model which run large for length of shoe size. I purchased size 9.0 2E. I would like to purchase the V3. What size do you suggest?
– Patrick Indivero
A: The V2 and V3 models fit similarly so if you are comfortable in a 9 2E, I would suggest ordering the same size Patrick.
– Josh Mann
Marketing Assistant, Pro School Umpire Graduate

Q: Used to wear this shoe a few years ago, had several pairs and they were great. Then they switched to new models and no longer made in my size 7 or 7.5 wide. Any chance they will offer this size again?
– Lee Myers
A: I'm sorry Lee, but New Balance only manufactures their plate shoes in sizes 8 to 15. 3n2 starts their plate shoes at size 6 so you should be able to find a pair that works for you.
– Josh Mann
Marketing Assistant, Pro School Umpire Graduate

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Customer Reviews


Chris E.

Davenport, IA

June 7, 2018
I was unsure about these plate shoes at first. After the first game I was thinking they were okay but not great. After the second game they feel more broken in and are very comfortable. They are still new so I can't comment on durability because they haven't been hit or stepped on but they look great and are very comfortable!

Ryan R.

Hollis, ME

May 26, 2018
I have worn the old model for the last four years and really enjoyed them. When it was time for some new ones, I was a bit hesitant about changing up what worked well for me. Man I'm so glad I did. These umpire plate shoes are more comfortable than the older model and I love the high gloss shine. They are lighter and moving around in them is much easier. I highly recommend these shoes to everyone!

Edmund A.

Olympia, WA

April 29, 2018
This is a great and light weight plate shoe with great protection on the top and insole. The semi gloss finish makes clean up a snap with a damp cloth or a quick rub down before a game. My only complaint is the the top guard comes down on the insole a little too much and actually contacts the ground.

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WARNING: Participants in any sports activity assume risk of injury. This equipment may be used to help aid in preventing or reducing the extent of injury. No equipment can guarantee umpire or player safety from injury during participation, and use of this equipment carries no such guarantee. Do not use any umpire equipment that is damaged in any way.