Big Papi made the switch, like a lot of Red Sox, to New Balance last season. We noted it in Ortiz’ profile, and now we have the beauty shots of his fully custom 4040v2 cleats. Above you can see both, with some Dominican flavor, including the “809” area code and the Dominican Republic coat of arms on the tongue.
These are two very handsome shoes. Notice that they both have MCS, or plastic, cleats as opposed to metal. This is still a question we get asked a lot, and we did a full breakdown on why many Big Leaguers wear plastic here. For Ortiz, being a full-time DH, if he feels fine in the box with plastics there’s really no need to go metal.
Ortiz kept this pair pretty classy with only subtle red accents for color. Which do you prefer? Are you more flashy or classy? Shop the 4040v2s here and many thanks to New Balance Baseball for providing some great looks.