This is my list of players who own elite footwear systems. Enjoy.
The classic shallow foot requires minimal rise. Adidas provides an almost invisible increase from toe to tongue tip, footwear seems to skim over feet like a second skin. Angular geometry provides visual interest and deception. Personality is captured and revealed along with foot shape. Hosiery and stirrups pull viewer eye upward in a smooth seamless transition.
Cain’s bright and airy footwear coupled with his speed allow the viewer to wonder if he’s actually flying over the depths of Kaufmann Stadium. Superb color and style choice drives an uninterrupted blur of royal blue and white. Playful energetic footwear is the perfect contrast for face and hair. Footwear is large enough and long enough to keep the LoCain train running.
The Padres lack love from EPSN which is odd considering their sunny location. I believe that this is their loss. Despaigne has to be seen to be believed. Nothing jumps out at the viewer at first. There is no hint that anything is out of the ordinary, nothing that invites a second look. The eye is drawn onward and upward in a natural progression of footwear, hosiery, uniform. Ruthless originality without sensationalism is often imitated, but never duplicated.
Footwear that appears to be too long on short men often fits. Last season the tri-colored red, white, and blue Nike cleats were a highlight of the night I watched the Phillies host the Nationals. Like Danny Valencia, Galvis has a youthful face. His rogue dimple and wide smile give him the ability to pull off footwear that may seem garish and busy on another player. Could the Mets have topped the Royals with Galvis on their roster? The world will never know…
Frugal business decisions are to be applauded, but there is always a danger that a valuable asset will slip away if it feels unloved. Gerrit’s footwear may seem to be lengthy, and I might quibble about lace tension, but for a man with his coloring to make that color scheme work is no small sartorial feat. Underpaying a pitcher who understands footwear like Gerrit Cole is almost as foolish as denying a man a right to wear his facial hair as he pleases.
During the regular season Michael Clair opined that Sean Gilmartin’s stirrups should be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. We quite agree. Anyone who takes the time to fold his socks and stirrups over his pants to keep viewer eyes from an elasticized hemline is a gentleman and a scholar.
Rumor has it that Chuck Norris pursued Hamels for his squad before Cole and the other set of Texas Rangers agreed to work together. Few players coordinate footwear and eye color as splendidly as Hamels does. Of special interest to the footwear elitist is the ruler straight vertical at the end of Hamels’ cleats. Serviceable navy is a classy timeless choice for the less is more double play inducer.
If The Cutch ever runs out of things to do my advice would be to open up a footwear clinic. This is what footwear can and should be. From the way he stands to his utilization of high contrast components that enhance his overall appearance without overwhelming the viewer, it would be impossible to complete this list without featuring someone who may be wearing the best footwear in baseball. We’re not sure where he obtained his copy of Feng Shui Footwear, but we want to read it when he’s done.
Misty fog mimics the soft, subtle, unobtrusive gray of Buster Posey’s cleats. Take note Zack Greinke, this author predicts that Posey’s footwear would have a calming effect on you.
Volquez makes this list as a prime example of someone whose style is relaxed and comfortable. While there are those who may describe his uniform as sloppy I believe that these are people who are unfamiliar with the energy profiling system employed here. Heels are the largest bones in the foot, Volquez uses them effectively to carry his body weight. This pleases us mightily. We can’t imagine flopping down on a couch and taking a long revitalizing nap in his living room, but his footwear makes us believe that this is possible.
His name is on the list because he qualifies. Credit where it’s due and that’s all I’m giving to someone who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals.
A gentleman whose footwear is also relaxed and comfortable we voted Ben onto this list way back when he was a Tampa Bay Ray. When it came down to the last spot it was a choice between Ben and Kevin Pillar. Judging footwear requires people to make difficult decisions. Unquestionably both players are wearing footwear that helps them perform their job to an extent that makes them seem superhuman. The factor that helped Zobrist appear here while Pillar takes home an honorable mention? Fashions will come and go, but the timeless practicality of Ben Zobrist’s basic setup will never fade. Would this list change had the Blue Jays won the World Series? We hope you know us better than that.
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