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

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The official on-field shoe for MLB umpires starting the 2017 season is the 460 New Balance Umpire Plate Shoes. They are designed for that extra look of authority with a 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
  • Toe box is designed of the highest grade Thermal Polyurethane possible, with greater density in high impact zones
  • 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
  • Men’s sizing in all widths

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Jozsef K-J.

, Scotland, Edinburgh

June 7, 2019
Comfortable umpire plate shoe to wear on long days. Worth every penny.

Mark R.

Springville, PA

May 8, 2019
Fits great! I have only done one game while wearing these shoes. I was the only umpire running down the line to cover the play at first and then backpedaling to cover a play at the plate with no issues. Great shoe for the price.

Charlie H.

Knoxville , TN

May 6, 2019
Always have worn New Balance plate shoes and very excited about getting these new ones. Very comfortable shoe but very disappointed in the durability. Only 14 games in to a college season and the toe guard is ripping off at the bottom. I clean my equipment after every game and there is a bare spot starting to form on the top just below the toe guard. Overall great shoe for comfort and protection but very disappointed in the durability.

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Questions About This Product

Q: Great shoes, but I am not sure how the laces should be tied. Are the laces supposed to come up through the holes in the protective plate and then tied? Or, are they to be tied in a different manner?
– Paul Slominski

Glad to hear you like these plate shoes. For best results, it is recommended to lace the shoes all the way to the top eyelet, feed the laces up (from the backside) through the eyelets on the metatarsal plate and then tie.

– Scott Kennedy
Business Development Specialist, NCAA and Former Triple-A Umpire and KHSAA Basketball Official

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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.