The Complete History of Baseball Signature Trainers

Previous / Next 1 of 31

airmaxgriffey1lead The Complete History of Baseball Signature Trainers

When you think of sneakers digging into the dirt of a baseball diamond, you're probably not picturing crosstrainers. For most on-field play, cleats are necessary due to the playing surface and rigors of the game. However, many athletes have made such a name for themselves in the sport that they were sponsored by brands to endorse training sneakers. For players, the benefits of having a non-cleated pair of footwear are numerous: athletes can practice, recover, train, and travel in crosstrainer variations. Since the '90s, a number of stars have been connected to signature models. Although the trend has cooled off, and today's players tend to opt for strictly cleats, the crosstrainer still holds a special place within baseball footwear.

RELATED: The 25 Most Influential Uniforms in Baseball History
The 50 Most Influential Sneaker Sponsorships in Sports History

Riley Jones is a journalism student from Charlottesville, VA. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

  • J J

    No Kenny Loftons?

  • free

    why are the jordan jeter in the top ten they are all ugly shoes

  • Dean Martin’s Soul

    Dick riding Jordan’s heavy even with bum ass Jeter shoes. Griffey’s take the cake. Complex writers are a team full of hypebeasts

  • Fran

    What about these? A Rod had a shoe in the mid 90s.

  • turn2

    Love that #20, #21 and #22 The author “lifted” MY pics yes MY pics.

  • turn2

    Love that #20, #21 and #22 The author “lifted” MY pics yes MY pics.

    • Riley Jones

      The images were pulled from user PuffNettles on the NYYFans message board. If you’d like us to include a link to your photographs, we’d be happy to add one.

  • Riley Jones

    The link will be added, thanks for your comment and interest in the article. By the way, nice collection!

  • Jared Judnich

    2 things: 1: You have the release of the Zoom Diamond and the Zoom K-Lo reversed, the Zoom Diamond came first. 2: The top 12 are all Jeters? You can not be serious, please take your pinstripes colored glasses off. Any discussion of the best Baseball Sigs starts and ends with Griffey.

  • shapace

    Anyone know where I could locate ken griffey jr nike air max mid and white with red swoosh from 2002?