Global athletic leader New Balance announced today that it will be the official on-field footwear provider of Major League Baseball Umpires.
“Umpires have to be quick on their feet for extended periods of time, so comfort is of the utmost importance,” said Joe West, President of the World Umpires Association, which represents all Major League umpires. “We’re very happy with the commitment from New Balance to outfit our crews with innovative footwear that is both protective and comfortable.”
This season Major League Baseball umpires will be outfitted in the New Balance MU450, a full grain leather umpire shoe equipped with ABZORB® cushioning for comfort during long games behind the plate and a protective flap and steel toe for protection from errant balls and bats (MSRP: $110.00). The New Balance MF995 will also be available for officials on the diamond. The MF995 is a lightweight synthetic/leather shoe with a nubbed rubber outsole for maximum grip (MSRP: $80.00 mid-cut, $75.00 low-cut). All New Balance umpire shoes are available in a range of sizes and widths for a custom fit.