Notre Dame Football: Analyzing Fighting Irish's Cleats for Season Opener

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 1, 2012

Photo courtesy of @NDFBEquipment
Photo courtesy of @NDFBEquipment

What better way to earn the support of the crowd than to wear their flag on your feet?

That must have been Notre Dame's mindset heading into Saturday's season opener against Navy in Dublin, Ireland.

The Fighting Irish donned new Adidas cleats for the game, which feature the colors of the Irish flag all over.

As if the fans in attendance at Saturday's game in Ireland weren't already rooting for the team known as the Fighting Irish, they were definitely on board after seeing their kicks.

Notre Dame equipment manager Ryan Grooms tweeted a photo of the cleats out last May:

Check out the shoes we are wearing in Dublin, big thanks to @adidasus for making it come alive #IrishFlagCleat…

— Ryan Grooms (@NDFBEquipment) May 7, 2012

Here is another angle from Grooms via Twitter:

Another view of our #IrishFlagCleats from @adidasus get ready for Ireland!…

— Ryan Grooms (@NDFBEquipment) May 7, 2012

I've always been a fan of Notre Dame's uniforms over the years, and the Irish certainly deserve a pat on the back for Saturday's uniform accessory.

They kept their signature style intact while adding a little Irish flare.

Oftentimes teams take the obvious approach and jazz up the helmet, which can turn into a disaster like in the case of Maryland last year

Notre Dame is always one of the most easily recognized programs on fall Saturdays, and these colorful kicks promise to keep it that way.

Although I'm not advocating that the Fighting Irish wear these cleats every week, they are a brilliant touch to a rare season opener across the pond. 

After all, it's not every year that Notre Dame plays in Dublin. 

Not only are the Fighting Irish paying tribute to Ireland and its roots with the cleats, but they look awesome doing it. 


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