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
  • 23.1 ounces per shoe
  • The official plate shoes for MLB umpires
  • For baseball or softball

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OFFICIAL 2-MINUTE REVIEW: New Balance V3 MLB Mid-cut Umpire Plate Shoe


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Questions About This Product

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

Q: Do these shoes have a patent leather finish or are traditional leather that needs polishing? The video and description leads me to think they have a patent leather finish. Patent leather, once scuffed, can never be restored to its original condition.
- Rich Osedacz
A: While these plate shoes are not patent leather, they do have a "high gloss" finish to them. The finish is easy to clean and polishable. No plate shoe is scuff-proof, but the "high gloss" finish is much more forgiving than a patent leather finish.
- Josh Mann

Q: It has a listed weight of 23.1 ounces. Is that total for both shoes or per shoe?
- Tom Ebel
A: 23.1 ounces is the weight of one plate shoe.
- Josh Mann

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Customer Reviews


Scott M.

Torrance, CA

April 23, 2018
Very good plate shoe. Light, comfortable. Does run a little narrower than some others, so just bare that in mind.

Wayne L.


March 27, 2018
Much lighter then the older ones. I love the finish on them.

Toby Moore

Bellingham, WA

March 16, 2018
These shoes are super comfortable, and purpose built for the plate. They are expensive, but they are worth it, no question.

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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.