The Return Of A Legend
Be a part of history with the Nike Air Clippers 2017 baseball cleats.
Baseball cleats have gone through quite a lot of changes through the decades. But for Nike baseball lovers, one cleat has consistently stood out from the pack: the Nike Clippers. Well-known for their great style, long-lasting fit, and proven performance, many legendary players have laced up in them over the years. Let’s take a look at how the Clippers have revolutionized the cleat game over time.
It all started in 1980, with the original Nike Clipper cleats. A full-grain leather upper and nylon sole plate made this cleat durable and supportive. It immediately became a go-to among serious baseball players and was worn by MLB stars such as Rick Sutcliffe and Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry.
The next year saw the intro of a second colorway. The clean look of the white main with black accents was a big-time hit. With its unrivaled style, fit, and performance, the Clipper would go on to be on-diamond favorite for the next three years.
After a five year hiatus, the Clipper made its long awaited return during 1989 and 1990. Although it wasn’t available for the general public yet, the popular cleats started to be worn during games again by legends like Dale Murphy and strikeout king Nolan Ryan.
This was a huge year for the cleats. Not only was the Clipper available for the public for the first time since 1984, but a completely new model was introduced: the Air Clipper XTR. Its high-cut design provided unbelievable levels of support and stability without sacrificing comfort.
The next year saw another great addition to the Clipper Family with the Anniversary cleat. A supple deer-tanned leather upper and vintage treatment gave the cleat a premium look while maintaining the elite performance of the original.
After a few more strong years, Nike made another strong move by finally dropped a women’s version of the Clipper. Its low-profile heel and lightweight cushioning made it a perfect fit for serious fastpitch players throughout the world.
By the time 2003 hit, Nike had the Clipper cleat perfected down to a science. Their Pebax plate now featured a combination of full and 5/8-length cleats in the forefoot for a new level of traction. The Clipper would continue to shake up the cleat world until 2008.
After an 8 year break, the Clipper is back and better than ever! While taking design inspirations from the classic models before it, this cleat is as advanced as possible. Flywire cables are intergrated with the laces for a better fit and stability. The full-length Phylon midsole keeps your feet comfortable and cushioned all game long. Simply put, the Nike Air Clipper 2017 is the best of both the past and the present.