Baseball and Softball Cleat Guide

Don't strike out. It's important to have the right equipment for the big game. To make sure you or your child play at their best, we want to offer our best tips to make sure you get the maximum use from your baseball or softball cleats.

One of the first things to consider is what kind of baseball or softball cleat you need. There are four different types of cleats. Each has its own pros and cons depending on what kind of surface you'll be playing on.

1. Molded cleats are molded to form plastic or rubber studs. These are the most durable because of their ability to be worn on and off the field. These are used in youth leagues because it makes base and field running safe.

Molded Baseball Cleats

2. Plastic cleats are great for hard outdoor surfaces and field turf.  The only difference between these and molded cleats is the raised pattern on the bottom.

Plastic Turf Baseball Cleats

3. Metal cleats have permanent metal spikes for better traction to prevent slipping. Typically metal cleats are used in more competitive leagues, such as the college and professional levels. They are typically banned in youth and amateur leagues. Metal cleats are also often preferred by competitive players looking for an edge in speed and quickness because of their light weight.

Metal Baseball Cleats

4. Interchangeable cleats feature removable studs to provide great versatility and peace of mind on the field. The studs can be made of metal, plastic or rubber. They can easily screwed off and replaced with a different style. This allows the athlete to simply replace worn studs instead of having to buy new shoes. 

Other things to keep in mind:
  • Depending how much ankle support you want, there are different shoes ranging from high tops with great protection to low tops.
  • When you get your cleats, practice sliding and running to get a better feel for the cleats and how they will grip the field.
  • Prevent cleats from wearing out by putting them on in the dugout and not walking in the parking lot with them on.
  • Lastly, you want something that is light but durable.
If you want more information, check out our cleated shoe fitting guide on our website.