I’m going to say something that might shock you… Thank you Under Armour for the Spine Highlight baseball cleat. Thank you Bryce Harper for wearing it. I know I might have lost credibility with some of our readers just by saying that. You think its ugly, you think its loud, you think its excessive. But let me explain.
Its been years since we have seen a cleat of this “stature” in the mainstream. I’m a 90s kid, back when stove-top cleats were normal. If they didn’t lace up under your knee cap then you weren’t in style. From David Justice to Barry Bonds to Frank Thomas, the higher the cleat the better.
The cleats today are far more advanced than the cleats of those days though. With the Spine Highlight, Under Armour has crafted a cleat so well that you are not sacrificing weight for fit. The CompFit sleeve allows for incredible flexibility while providing an almost ace bandage like feel. When asking my teammate what he liked most, he told me it felt like an extension of his leg versus a low top feeling like an addition to his foot. Also, the forefoot traction presents 6 cleats which he really loves as a hitter helping him torque and drive in his swing.
Seeing such a loud cleat pushes the envelope of what we can hope to see in the future. Lets be honest, anything Bryce Harper ( wears is going to be in demand for a very long time, and he hasn’t been shy about pushing the envelope (Griffey, anyone?). Case in point: you will see these cleats featured in the Under Armour All-America game on August 24th, paired with some traditional pants-up throwback uniforms. But the pants won’t be the only throwback, just ask these guys: