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

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The official on-field shoe for MLB umpires 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
  • Lace pocket on tongue to hide shoelaces
  • 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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Official Review: New Balance MLB V3 Umpire Plate Shoes

Ty Unthank takes you behind the plate and shares why MLB Umpires prefer New Balance Plate Shoes.

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Warren B.

Burlington, KS

April 22, 2021
Purchased these to replace an old pair of New Balance 450s. The 450s had served well but this was definitely an upgrade in weight and comfort. The cushioned insoles are great. The high gloss finish looks very nice and so far has been easy to clean. I am pretty much a New Balance wearer across the board in all my footwear and these didn't disappoint.

John M.

Tucson, AZ

March 8, 2021
I hate these umpire plate shoes. This is my third pair and all have gotten a series of streaks on both sides of the shoes that cannot be removed with polish or anything else. Very disappointed in the V3, I have complained to New Balance in the past but to no avail. I have very wide feet and these are the only shoes wide enough without going to a work boot.

Ken G.

Liberty Hill, TX

March 1, 2021
Great pair of umpire plate shoes. Provide great protection with a comfortable fit.

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Questions About This Product

Q: Do you have a plate shoe that comes in patent leather?
– Gerald Greene

These shoes are considered high gloss. The 3N2 Reaction Pro Patent Leather Low Umpire Plate Shoes are the only "true" patent leather option available.

– Ty Unthank
Communication & Service Specialist, Pro Umpire School Graduate and Umpire

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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.