All-Star Baseball Cleats: Our top picks halfway through the professional season

All-Star Baseball Cleats: Our top picks halfway through the professional season

Baseball fans, rejoice! We’ve made it to midpoint of the grueling 162-game season. Now it’s time to kick back, relax, and enjoy baseball’s All-Star game. For the avid or casual fan, this is one of the best games of the year. The biggest names in the game assemble for one night of big hits, spectacular plays, and fun-loving trash talk. It’s also where these top players show off the all-star cleats they use to elevate their game. Eastbay is home to the best selection of baseball cleats, including the newest models chock-full of cutting-edge technology. Let’s check out some of the top picks and the All-Stars who’ll be rocking them throughout the second half of the season.

New Balance 4040v5

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Baseball is a game of ever-changing strategy, and the new era of ballplayers is constantly adapting to the evolution of America’s pastime. So, when you step onto the diamond, you need a versatile cleat for this versatile game. The fifth version of New Balance’s popular 4040 cleat offers a new Kinetic Stitch upper, strategically placed in high-stress zones to support the foot with stronger material that doesn’t compromise flexibility. New Balance tested the cleat using a variety of baseball movements that included balance while batting, stability while planting during a pitch, and accelerating while running the bases. Plus, when All-Stars like DJ LeMahieu and Jorge Polanco consistently rock the 4040 line, you know it’s a legit cleat built for all-around players. After browsing our large selection of team colors, make sure to check out the new All-Star colorway, available at eastbay.com.

Nike Force Zoom Trout 6

All Star Trout
Personalized Mike Trout features include: Cleat plate mapped to Trout’s foot and 865 area code on the heel to pay homage to Trout’s hometown

Smacking dingers, driving the gaps, blazing the base paths, and making plays in the field. Is there anything the overall leader in All-Star fan voting, Mike Trout, can’t do? The short answer is no, and it’s only fitting that the newest version of Trout’s signature cleat is designed to help you do it all, too. The Nike Force Zoom Trout 6 features Flyweave construction that conforms to your foot, providing the ultimate lightweight support. Nike also used a data-generated design from the two-time AL MVP’s foot to pinpoint where to reinforce the bottom plate, providing exceptional traction. Finally, the sixth version of this cleat has a large strap across the lacing that keeps your foot locked down during intense movements.

adidas adiZERO Afterburner 6

All Star Afterburner

If speed is the name of your game, then the Afterburner 6 is the perfect choice for you. The tongueless bootie construction feels like a natural extension of your foot, while the widened anatomical lacing system delivers a custom, locked-down fit. These cleats were specifically designed to allow for quick, multidirectional movement when turning that single into a double or chasing down a ball in the gap. So, it’s no surprise that All-Star starters, Alex Bregman and Ketel Marte, sport the newest Afterburners while tearing up the diamond. Don’t forget to visit eastbay.com for the brand new “Iced Out” colorway.

adidas Icon V Boost

All Star Icon V Boost
*More colorways to come

There’s a reason that Kris Bryant is one of the best young players in baseball today. It’s because he works tirelessly day after day to perfect his game – down to the smallest detail. So it’s only fair that adidas put in the same effort when designing the newest Icon Boost cleat, worn by the superstar slugger. The Icon V Boosts feature a full-length BOOST midsole that provides game-changing comfort while easing the pressure felt from metal spikes. These cleats also include a brand new fit system that uses flexible elastic bands for an easy on/off and a back-lacing configuration for a locked-down feel. The Icon V Boosts are also available in the new “Iced Out” colorway, in addition to a large selection of team colors.

Eastbay’s 2015-2016 Basketball All-Stars

Eastbay’s 2015-2016 Basketball All-Stars

Eastbay's NBA All-Stars

This year’s 65th NBA All-Star teams have been announced, and we’re happy to have ten Eastbay athletes heading to Toronto for the game. Eastbay is for the dedicated, the driven, and the focused — it’s why athletes dream of being on our cover. The following athletes are a testament to the goals and values of Eastbay, and without further ado, our 2015-2016 NBA All-Stars:

STEPHEN CURRY (PG) – GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

What’s there to say about Curry that hasn’t already been said? Last year’s MVP also won 2015’s 3-point contest with a record 27 points. While trying to defend that title this year, Curry will try to add a new piece of hardware that he’s never had: All-Star Game MVP.

DRAYMOND GREEN (F) – GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Draymond, one of three Warriors on this year’s crew, wasn’t necessarily surprised by being named an All-Star, but he was certainly caught off guard with how he found out. We were impressed he was able to hold back tears. Moms, man…

PAUL GEORGE (SG) – INDIANA PACERS

Despite a not-so-great supporting cast and coming off of an ACL tear, PG is carrying the (currently in 8th) Pacers into the playoffs. When times are tough, PG gets tougher. He’s made the All-Star team every season since 2013, with the exception of last year due to his season-long injury.

LEBRON JAMES (F) – CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Despite all the noise, the pressure, and the off-court distractions, LeBron James has been a cool customer this season (he’s averaging nearly identical numbers to last year). As the Cavs struggle to mesh, they at least know their identity: LBJ. And he’ll carry that competitive dedication into the All-Star game. You can count on that.

JAMES HARDEN (G) – HOUSTON ROCKETS

The bearded baron has been a scoring machine this season, averaging 27.5 points per game and nearly 7 assists. He’s ready for any challenge, and his fearlessness has allowed him to sink some ludicrous game winners. Often overshadowed by Stephen Curry (who isn’t?), he still has the filthiest step-back in all of basketball. This will be his fourth straight All-Star appearance.

ANTHONY DAVIS (C) – NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

Loud, proud, and uni-browed, Anthony Davis is making his third straight All-Star appearance, averaging 22 points and 10 boards per game. Though he’s struggled with injuries, Davis is playing like an All-Star, and deserves his spot on the squad.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK (G) – OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

Last year’s All-Star Game MVP stays hungry, and will probably try to repeat his ridiculous 41 point performance, which helped break the record for most total points scored in an All-Star game. Though it will be tough to repeat a night like that — just look at where he was pulling up from!

KEVIN DURANT (G/F) – OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

With seven straight appearances, KD is a permanent fixture on All-Star weekend. It’s crazy to think that two stars as big and bright as Russ and KD can share not only the same sky, but also the same court. Grab your telescopes and watch as the 2012 All-Star Game MVP tries to regain his former title from his fellow teammate.

CHRIS PAUL (PG) – LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

In 2013, Chris Paul led the West with 20 points and 15 assists to earn the All-Star MVP Award. He has nearly the same regular season numbers this year as he did that year, so is it destiny for him to regain his past All-Star Weekend glory? This will be Chris Paul’s ninth overall All-Star appearance.

KOBE BRYANT (SG) – LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Eighteen straight All-Star Game appearances. Eighteen straight. No matter how many times you say it, that accomplishment is hard to fathom. Though some may question this bid, it’s an incredible nod to his career achievements, fierce competitiveness, and his endearing presence in the game of basketball. Hats off to Kobe for a tremendous accomplishment.

Tell us in the comments below who you think will win the dunk contest, 3-point contest, and All-Star Game MVP!

Available: adidas adiZero Rose – “All-Star”

Available: adidas adiZero Rose – “All-Star”

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Not only will Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose be making his second NBA All-Star appearance in Los Angeles later this month, he’ll be an Eastern Conference starter for the first time in what is sure to be a highly decorated career. At the ripe age of 22, Rose has led the Bulls to their best season start since the Jordan/Pippen Era, and has earned some league MVP consideration in the process.

To celebrate Rose’s All-Star nod, adidas Basketball is using the star-studded platform as an opportunity to showcase both of Derrick’s signature shoes. For the first half of the game, he’ll wear a special colorway of the shoe he’s worn throughout the season, the adiZero Rose. Perhaps a salute to D-Rose’s high school days at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, the shoe is done mostly in yellow, with hits of blue accenting the look throughout.

You can purchase the “All-Star” colorway of the adiZero Rose at Eastbay today.

Available: adidas adiZero Rose – “All-Star”

adidas adiZero Rose All-Star G23572

adidas adiZero Rose All-Star G23572

adidas adiZero Rose All-Star G23572

adidas adiZero Rose All-Star G23572

adidas adiZero Rose All-Star G23572

adidas adiZero Rose All-Star G23572