Mizuno Redefines the Baseball Cleat in the New Mizuno Heist IQ

Fit to Perform, the Mizuno Heist IQ Maximizes Acceleration and Speed on the Diamond as Worn by Jose Iglesias in the All Star Game

Jul 16, 2015, 09:00 ET from Mizuno USA

NORCROSS, Ga., July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Mizuno, a global leader in baseball equipment and apparel, is changing the cleated footwear game with the introduction of the Mizuno Heist IQ (Innovative Quickness). Designed to help players perform at their best, the Mizuno Heist IQ provides the power, quickness and torsion needed to improve play in all parts of the game.

The all-new Mizuno Heist IQ's product benefits were on full display during All Star game as Mizuno brand ambassador Jose Iglesias wore a custom designed version of the new cleat. The consumer version of the Heist IQ is set to release on August 1, 2015.

The Mizuno Heist IQ is a completely new cleat in the Mizuno baseball line-up. A new anatomical last shape molds to the foot and locks in the heel to minimize power loss while maximizing acceleration. The newly designed out-sole plate features flex groove technology that improves torsion while aiding acceleration. A unique stud configuration reinforces traction when needed most. The Mizuno Heist IQ is extremely lightweight thanks to a three-layer, no-sew synthetic leather upper, a lighter out-sole plate and base mesh and ventilation windows for increased breathability.

"Players need to be stronger and faster than ever to match the increasing demands of the game and stay a step ahead of competition," said Mike Puccini, Director of Product Management - Diamond Sports. "The Heist IQ has the fit, feel and functional design baseball players need to maximize their game performance on the field."

Mizuno Brand Ambassadors Ian Desmond, shortstop for the Washington Nationals, and Andrelton Simmons, shortstop for the Atlanta Braves, were integral in the research and design of the Mizuno Heist IQ, and have put the new cleat to the test in live game action since April.

"The game of baseball is getting faster. It is important to react quickly on the field. The Mizuno Heist IQ gives me confidence and the fist step quickness to make plays. The shoe fits and performs unlike any other cleat I have worn," said Simmons.

"Having the right footwear is important throughout the course of the season. The Mizuno Heist IQ is the perfect mix of function and style, and it's the lightest shoe I've ever worn," said Desmond.

The Mizuno Heist IQ will be available in a variety of team colors and low and mid design options. Starting August 1, the new cleat will be available online only at mizunousa.com/baseball, Dick's Sporting Goods, Eastbay and other online retailers. The new cleat will be available in Dick's Sporting Goods stores nationwide in November 2015. Learn more about the new Mizuno Heist IQ online at mizunousa.com/baseball

Mizuno Heist IQ – LOW

  • MSRP: $100
  • Sizes (US Men's): 7-13, 14,15,16
  • Weight: 11.0 oz.
  • Colors: Black/White, White/Black, Grey/White, Navy/White, Red/White, Royal/White

Mizuno Heist IQ – MID

  • MSRP: $105
  • Sizes (US Men's): 7-13, 14,15,16
  • Weight: 11.4 oz.
  • Colors: Black/White, White/Black, Grey/White, Navy/White, Red/White, Royal/White

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About Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno USA, Inc. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for North America.  Mizuno USA, Inc. is based in Norcross, Georgia.