What are cleats?
Cleats are sports shoes that generally consist of a
standard designed shoe on all sides and come in high top and low-top
heights. The bottom of the shoe varies in stiffness depending on the
brand, style, and manufacturer. The shoe is typically covered with
eight to 15 studs. Cleat studs can be made of metal or rubber,
depending on the sport. Many sports do not allow metal studs to
help prevent possible injury to other players of the sport. Many
leagues have rules regarding the size of the studs. Often they
are limited to the length of a half inch (this may vary).
Turf shoes can be
considered cleats and are designed with maximum mobility in mind.
The turf shoes offer very little stiffness on the sole of the shoe.
The height of turf shoes is mostly low-top, and the underside of the
shoe features dozens of small rubber studs with very little spacing
between each stud. Turf shoes are designed specifically for
artificial turf surfaces. The small rubber studs grip the turf
surface and assist in pushing off on a foot with minimal slippage.
The fairly obvious purpose of a cleat is to provide
the wearer with maximum traction in soft grass, wet grass, or mud laden
athletic fields. The cleat studs are meant to dig into ground upon
impact to help avoid slippage. The height of the shoe varies depending
on the amount of ankle support added. Low tops provide minimal ankle
support but allow a higher level of mobility. High tops provide strong
ankle support but most likely will limit the athletes mobility.
Cleats are used for various sports including golf
and track & field.
The Nike Zoom Superfly R4 is ideal for the power
sprinter (60-200m) looking for a technical track spike that provides a
dynamic lock down on top with a lightweight, yet aggressive plate.
A cleat as pictured above is fine for track, but
you would not want spikes such as these in multiplayer sports such as
soccer because of the potential for injury to other players on the
Here is an example of a soccer cleat.
Nike Mercurial Veloce II CR7 FG Men's:
Lightweight teijin avail upper, micro texture,
and an internal cage create a sock-like feel with unrivaled lockdown
Perforated sockliner with synthetic top cloth
mirrors the natural foot shape and creates low-profile cushioning.
Full-length compressed nylon chassis tuned to
work naturally with the foot.
Direct inject TPU studs provide traction in all
You may also want to learn
about indoor soccer shoes.
What is the difference between cleats and turf shoes?
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