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
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
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.
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.
There are many cleat accessories
to consider to protect your investment and to ensure the best performance for
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.
Determine Your Child's
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.