Smitty All-Black Mid-Cut Umpire Plate Shoes
Official Review: Smitty All-Black Mid-Cut Umpire Plate Shoes
The first umpire plate shoe by Smitty is an ode to the previous New Balance 460 plate shoe. Excelling in comfort and a professional genuine leather shine, this is a wallet-friendly, all-level protective pair of plate shoes.
Twin Falls, ID
Shoes fit great. My feet got a little sore this summer when I wore them for more than 3 games in a row with softball tournaments this summer, and the metatarsal guard is starting to tear and I'm not sure how long it will last. I've taken a few missed low balls off the guard, barely felt a thing, pretty good shoes over all. Make them a bit better cushioned for those long multiple games you're in them but aside from that, it is a good shoe.
I love the shoe. Only drawback is they are very hard to get on without a shoe horn.
The Smitty umpire plate shoe is a solid well-built shoe. But umpires have to run and be flexible when moving on their feet. These are akin to steel toe work boots. The shoe is too stiff. I found them too heavy. The width is too narrow. I do many games alone at the plate with the umpire shortages and your feet swell after wearing them for two games it's painful. I wore 3n2 plate shoes for a few years and do over 70 games a year in them. I just bought another pair in 2E width. So if you have a wide foot do not buy Smitty.
Questions About This Product
|Q:||Is there a lace management feature on these shoes or do the laces just flop around on the plate of the shoe?|
– Tim Zemaitis
No lace management on these Smitty shoes. The laces come through the eyelets and tie on top of the guard plate.– Sherie Sandifer
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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.