One of the biggest temptations in the baseball glove world is making (and sometimes ordering) a crazy custom glove. I mean, where else can you get a purple and orange A2000?
We’ve all done it before. We’ve logged onto the custom builder, started picking bright colors, and saw the end result. Some have even ordered their crazy concoctions.
But, the truth is that these gloves rarely turn out as well as you hoped. The colors either don’t look good in person, or if they do, they eventually fade and make an awful-looking mitt.
And for those who have the temptation to use bold colors on their custom gloves, I have a simple formula to use these colors while creating an awesome-looking glove:
Design one section of the glove (and only one) with the bold color and design the rest of the glove with natural colors.
Here’s what I mean:
Wilson’s custom glove builder has three sections: Leather, Trim, and Lacing (Stitching doesn’t count). You would design one of these sections with the bold color and leave the others a more natural color.
Here are some examples:
Benintendi went with a natural base (blonde and navy blue) and used his bold color (red) for the lacing. Benintendi’s glove was one of the hottest gloves in spring training.
Altuve went with a natural base (black and blonde) and went with bold trim and lacing (orange). This was one of the best looking gloves from a few years ago.
While he used the bold color on two sections, this creates an exception: if you match the trim and lacing while keeping a natural base the glove will still look awesome.
Of course, there are other exceptions, too, but if you abide by this general rule when creating your next custom, there are high chances you’re going to have a beauty that will age amazingly.