In case you haven't noticed, sportswear has seriously blurred the lines between performance and fashion in recent years. It's why NBA teams have silly jerseys with sleeves and it's now ok to wear Jordans with a suit - it's not really but to each there own.
As the stylish guy in the office - at least that's what my co-workers tell me, and most times without a snicker or joke accompanying the comment - on the release day of the fourth installment of Mike Trout's signature shoe by Nike, I figured why not take a look at the hits and fashion faux pas from the best player in baseball's line of shoes.
So lace up and let's go:
Nike Lunar Vapor Trout 1
The mouthful of buzz words in the name aside, I like this debut effort. The swoosh goes nicely with the accents along the side and back of the shoe. To me, it's a speed shoe with a bit of bulk to it. Fitting for Trout, who looks part running back and part baseball player.
Nike Lunar Trout 2
The "Lunar" was dropped mysteriously from this sequel, and while I approve of the name change I can't say the same for this design. I get the "clean" look but the high cut of this shoe makes it look like a chunky workout shoe from jazzercise classes of the 80s aka before Trout was born. While the accenting lines of the previous version worked, this iteneration looks more like a topographical map.
Nike Zoom Trout 3
Alright, now we're back on track. The Zoom Trout 3 conjures some of Nike's classics and the clean approach here is much better played. Maybe a bit too minimalist for a signature shoe, it does its job and does it well without too many extraneous and flashy sidebits. Remind you of anyone?
Nike Force Zoom Trout 4
Here it is, the newest member of the Trout shoe family. We're back to adding more buzzwords to the name but aside from that, I am digging this look for Trout. The cut of the cleat looks a bit chukka boot like almost to the point you could get the turf version of these and wear them to the office - almost. Digging the clean toe and the gradient around the Nike logo and sole, which to their credit looks like a trout's skin. This looks like the best Trout-inspirted shoe yet. A long way to go to reach Jordan levels but as the only baseball player since Ken Griffey Jr. to have a signature shoe, Trout is making a real statement with these.