Thursday, August 13, 2015
Back to school shopping means that Fall is right around the corner, and Fall means that it is time for some FOOTBALL! We carry a range of football cleats for boys and men, so you're sure to find the perfect pair for them to play under the Friday night lights. Before buying a pair of football cleats, there are a few things to keep in mind including the style of the shoe, the type of cleats and the materials the shoes are made of. We may not be able to teach you how to get a touchdown, but we can teach you how to get the right cleats.
There are 3 different styles of football cleats: high-tops, mid-cut and low-cut. High-tops feature a taller collar shaft, which will provide you with more support during lateral movement. Typically, linemen benefit from the purchase of a high-top styled shoe. A mid-cut cleat style will give you increased ankle support without restricting your movement, making it perfect for positions such as defensive backs, running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers. A low-cut cleat style gives you a lightweight fit. This style will provide you with the ability to move easily and change movements rapidly.
There are 2 different kinds of cleats: molded and detachable. The type of cleat that is right for you depends primarily on the type of surface you're going to be playing on the most. A molded cleat is permanently attached to the shoe. Molded rubber is typically used on turf shoes to give better spring to the step. A detachable cleat features studs that can be removed, allowing you to replace them if they break, or change them out when you switch field surfaces. Shorter studs work best with dry or hard surfaces, and longer studs work best for wet or squishy fields.
Finally, the material the upper portion of the shoe is made of should be taken into consideration. Football cleats are typically made from either leather or a synthetic material. Leather allows your feet to breathe better and provides more flexibility. Leather is more durable, but that comes with a price. A synthetic material helps cut the cost of the shoes, but doesn't give you quite as much ability for the feet to breathe or durability. Synthetic materials can be found on almost all shoes as accents and areas for support.
Football cleats should fit tightly. Not so tight that you feel like the the hulk when he gets angry, but tight enough so that you can experience all the benefits and support a football cleat provides. If it isn't comfortable when you first put it on, odds are they're probably never going to be comfortable enough. The shoes will break in a little bit, but not much. After purchasing a new pair of cleats, it's important to break them in slowly, as to not irritate your feet. Start by wearing them in around the house for a bit. When you're sure you've found the right ones, it's time to take them to the field! You'll want to make sure to only wear them for a fraction of practice to begin with, and slowly increase the time you wear them until you work your way up to wearing them all practice.
Now that you know how to pick them, it's time to start shopping! You can see our whole selection of boys and girls football cleats at our website; we carry a variety of brands and styles including Adidas, Nike, Under Armour and Reebok.