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What are cleats?

Cleats are sports shoes that help you maintain balance. They also improve your motion. Their designs are made according to the needs of the sport. This means that those that are great for soccer will be inadequate for a baseball game. It is, therefore, very important that you ensure the cleats you intend to buy are those made for the sport you intend to use them for.

Where do I buy cleats?

Several options are open to you if you are looking to buy new cleats. You can get them in general merchandise stores or specialized shoe outlets. You can also get them online. However, a good point to bear in mind is that they must be the right size and specifically made for the sport you intend. Please, do not buy cleats for another sport no matter how the salesman tries to convince you they will do the job, they won't.

Soccer Cleats....

Soccer cleats are different from other cleats in that they do not have outsoles. They also do not have mid soles. They are made of various materials like leather and polyurethane and may sometimes have aluminum cleat covers or caps. An important consideration in the design of a soccer cleat is that it is made to keep the player's center of gravity low. This ensures stability. It is also built to keep the players feet as low to the ground as possible. If you are a soccer player, you'll agree that this helps your speed and in certain types of shots. Lastly, soccer cleats have stitches in place of toe cleats as these make for better control over the ball. For further information on  shoes and shin guards see soccer shoes.

Baseball Cleats....

The standard for baseball cleats is not as straightforward as that of soccer. A lot depends on the individual player's preference and the turf they play upon. Some prefer better support around their ankles and so go for higher cleats. Others prefer lower cleats. You'd have to decide which will help and not impede your play. A good rule of thumb is that you use steel cleats if you play on hard surfaces and something softer if you play on well-turfed pitch.

Football Cleats....

We all know football is a heavy impact sport. This means you need all the support you can get. You also need traction. You'll notice that football cleats always have a center toe cleat. They are designed that way to ensure players get good traction and are able to take off more easily. Where you play also has to be considered when choosing a football cleat. For further information on  football shoes see football cleats.

Shoes for Lacrosse...

Soccer cleats are fine for playing lacrosse or you can purchase lacrosse specific cleats.  You will find that Lacrosse specific shoes will be more expensive and there will be less of a selection.   The cleats for Lacrosse can not be metal-tipped baseball or softball cleats. Lacrosse is played in close quarters and metal-tipped cleats pose a safety risk.

For a first-year player, you can buy cheaper, synthetic fabric cleats for about $35. For girls who are in the sport for the long run you may want to consider leather shoes.  They shape to the feet better, and will last longer, however they are more expensive.

There are places and persons you can get help from if you still do not know which cleat is best for you. You can get help from a good store that has knowledgeable salesmen. If their knowledge is in doubt, try a good coach. If you can't get any of these, you surely can check forums or message boards online that are devoted to these sports.

Portions are compliments of Gregg Hall an author living in Navarre Florida.