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How To Choose The Right Athletic Cleats For Your Particular Sport

Aug 18, 2007
In some sports it is crucial to wear cleated shoes for traction but many people don't realize that in the various sports there are different and unique cleats designed to enhance the performance for each one. This particular type of athletic footwear gives greater traction and stability for those playing serious sports. Because of the differences in playing surface, movements made, and other factors one simply cannot wear the same style of cleat for every sport. In football, soccer, and baseball you will require three different styles of cleats just for those sports alone.

So now you may be wondering where to look for them since you need so many different types. Many of the larger department stores will carry cleats at low prices but for the better selection you will want to go to a sporting goods specialty store or shop online, you will also find good prices online since there so much competition. Another option is your local mall where there are sure to be specialized sporting goods stores, but expect to pay higher prices there.

When looking for cleats designed for playing football you will see that all cleats for this sports feature a center toe cleat which is designed particularly to help players get better traction and start more quickly when the ball is snapped. Due to the fact that football id such a fast moving high impact sport it is crucial to have the best support and traction possible to avoid injury and be as stable and strong as possible against your opponent. The last consideration for football cleats is the playing surface. If you are playing on artificial turf you will require a different style cleat than if on a normal grass field.

Soccer cleats are unique when compared to other cleats since they feature a rubber or polyurethane outsole. Unlike baseball cleats, the footwear designed for soccer has no midsole either. Because soccer is a very fast moving sport requiring one to run very fast and make quick movements these shoes are made to keep your feet as low to the ground as possible. Some soccer cleats are even made with aluminum cleat caps for strength as well as because aluminum is so light.

In baseball cleats are very important because the way the sport is played all of your body weight is shifted to your feet and when you are playing baseball on turf this is especially critical. Baseball, unlike football is a game in which the same motions are seldom repeated since each hit causes a different reaction to it depending on where it is hit. The majority of movements in baseball are lateral so that is why baseball cleats are made differently. Again you have to look at the type of field that you play on to decide what style of cleat to wear, for example on a hard field you will probably want a steel cleat while on turf you will want one specialized for that.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about cleats as well as athletic shoes at http://www.shoesforeveryoccasion.com
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