Things to consider when buying cleats this Football Season.

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Things to consider when buying cleats this Football Season

As the season approaches it is important to know that there are football cleats specifically designed for your budding football star. When helping your child select football cleats, there are a couple of crucial factors to keep in mind.

First, there are two lengths of football cleats

Long-cleat football shoes are generally used by lineman and players that are not making hard sharp cuts on the field.

Short-cleat football shoes are generally for the skilled position players who make sharp cuts when trying to avoid potential tacklers.

Second, there are two types of cleats: 

Molded and Detachable cleats. Most are designed exclusively for either grass or turf fields, so consider what types of fields your child most commonly plays on. If their games are played on both grass and turf, you can opt for a multipurpose cleat.

One important side note: Some schools, teams, and leagues DO NOT allow Metal and/or detachable cleats, so make sure to ask before you buy.

Molded.  These cleats are permanently attached to the outsole on the shoe's bottom.  Turf shoes usually use molded rubber cleats to give a player spring and traction on the harder turf surface.  Molded cleats are generally less expensive than shoes with detachable cleats.

Detachable.  Detachable cleats use studs that can be removed and replaced to fit field conditions on all types of grass--hard and dry or wet and sloppy.  Their versatility makes detachable cleats preferable if your child primarily play on grass.  The shoes can be easily customized with a wrench and replacement cleats, using shorter studs for a hard, dry surface and longer studs when playing on a wet, sloppy field

There are also multiple shoe heights for football cleats.

High-tops. Extend up the ankle to provide extra support, especially for lateral movements, to reduce the risk of ankle sprains.  Linemen benefit from this extra support because they spend a lot of their time moving from side to side during a game, which puts a lot of stress and strain on their ankles.

Mid-cut.  A mid-cut shoe offers more support while still allowing maneuverability.  This style best fits the game of players at the “skill” positions:  defensive backs, running backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks.

Low-cut.  Low-cut shoes are preferred by some players because they are lightweight. The lower cut provides extra maneuverability, allowing a player to make quick cuts on the field, but obviously provides less support and protection against ankle injuries.

Shoe Materials

The shoe's upper portion is made from either a leather or synthetic material I most cases.

Leather breathes well, which helps keep a player's feet more comfortable, and is generally more flexible, a big plus in both comfort and function.  Leather shoes are also very durable. 

Synthetics don't have the breathe-ability or durability of leather, but are also less expensive.

Accessories

There are many cleat accessories to consider to protect your investment and to ensure the best performance for your child.

Extra laces

Water-proofer

Replacement cleats come in a variety of sizes and make sure you have a cleat wrench to remove and replace cleats, if you buy a shoe with detachable cleats.

Replacement cleats generally run in 1/2-, 5/8-, 3/4- and 1-inch sizes. Having all four sizes gives you more options for different field conditions.

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Determine Your Child's Cleat Size

Determining proper shoe size is essential to a comfortable fit for football cleats.

Don't assume your child's football cleat size is the same as it is with other shoes.

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