What are turf shoes?
First of all, what is turf.
Sod or turf is grass and the part of the soil
beneath it held together by the roots, or a piece of thin material. In
British English such material is more usually known as turf, and the
word "sod" is limited mainly to agricultural senses.
Artificial turf is a surface of synthetic fibers
made to look like natural grass. It is most often used in arenas for
sports that were originally or are normally played on grass. However, it
is now being used on residential lawns and commercial applications as
well. The main reason is maintenance—artificial turf stands up to heavy
use, such as in sports, and requires no irrigation or trimming. Domed,
covered, and partially covered stadiums may require artificial turf
because of the difficulty of getting grass enough sunlight to stay
healthy. But artificial turf does have its downside: limited life,
periodic cleaning requirements, petroleum use, toxic chemicals from
infill, and heightened health and safety concerns. Artificial turf first
gained substantial attention in the 1960s, when it was used in the newly
The inventor of synthetic turf,
AstroTurf® is one of
the most iconic brands in American sports — as legendary as the athletes
who’ve battled on it. The brand that created the category is once again
the leading innovator in synthetic turf. American-owned and operated,
AstroTurf is the only synthetic turf brand with true vertical asset
integration, ensuring that every inch of product meets and exceeds the
highest standards of performance, quality and durability. With over 40
years of experience and 160,000,000 square feet of turf in use
worldwide, AstroTurf brings more technological expertise and real world
know-how to the game than any other brand. AstroTurf is backed by
Textile Management Associates, Inc. (TMA), one of the leading suppliers
to the synthetic turf industry. Textile Management Associates, Inc. is
part of a 35-year-old, family owned manufacturing group based in Dalton,
Georgia. The company has owned the AstroTurf brand, including all assets
and intellectual property, since 2004.
OK, now we have a better understanding of turf, synthetic grass, and
Now let's learn about the types of shoes that are
appropriate for playing sports on turf.
The primary goal of turf shoes is for an athlete
to keep their footing on turf fields. Some people say that they
are specifically designed for play on artificial turf surfaces.
However, they can also be used on real grass under certain conditions.
Turf shoes or turf boots (outside the USA)
usually have an extremely durable, rubber outsole. Artificial turf
shoes have small rubber studs or patterns on the outsole to improve
traction on hard, natural fields and artificial turf. Turf shoes are
also great for soccer training and can be used as a back-up pair of
shoes for play on hard surfaces.
Turf shoes can be considered
cleats and are designed with maximum
mobility in mind. Most turf shoes are designed to 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.
The small rubber studs grip the turf surface and assist in pushing off
on a foot with minimal slippage. Again, the primary goal of this
type of footwear is to help gain traction on artificial grass surfaces.
Turf shoes help players reduce the possibility
of slipping. Turf shoes can have cleats (studs) or fine-grained
stud like patterns.
Cleats and turf shoes are a bit different even
though some turf shoes have cleats on the sole. The studs under
cleat shoes are generally smaller on a turf shoe design.
The blades or cones on the bottom of sports shoes that are there to
improve traction are called studs or cleats. The size of these studs
help determine which shoes can be categorized as turf shoes.
The word “turf shoe" often gets intermingled when
discussing the sport of indoor soccer. Indoor soccer can be played
on turf fields (artificial grass) or on hard wood floors. When
playing on hardwood floors, the proper shoe is actually an “indoor
soccer shoe" not a turf shoe. The
soccer shoes have a relatively flat bottom (not studs).
They have groves for traction, but not actual studs.
If you are a consumer, you should consult your
local shoe stores to make sure you are purchasing the proper shoes for
the surface that you plan to play on. Also, make sure to ask your
coach regarding the appropriate footwear style. It would also be a
good idea to consult with specific league rules.
For more information about soccer shoes, we suggest
you visit the Soccer.com site to view the
soccer shoe guide.
Below are a few examples of turf shoes. It is important to note
that we have categorized them by sport but this does NOT mean that all
turf shoes for that particular sport look the exact same or that the
shoes can't be used for other sports. The shoes and soles of the
shoes vary by brand, style, manufacturer etc. These are simply a
few examples of various turf shoes. They are not the only options
or neccessarily the absolute best design for a specific sport.
Soccer Turf Shoes
Nike Men's Hypervenom Phelon II Tf Turf Soccer Shoe: Getting to the
goal is a breeze with the high performance power of the Nike Hypervenom
Phelon II TF soccer turf.
- rubber sole
- Agility traction pattern provides faster release and maximum
- Shortened, asymmetrical lace area increases the size of the vamp
and strike zone
- Full-length nonmarking rubber outsole designed for use on
Baseball Turf Shoes - The sports of baseball &
softball sometimes involve a field that consists of both artificial turf
and dirt. While turf shoes may provide excellent traction on the
artificial turf in the outfield, the players may find that cleats allow
for much better traction on the dirt infield. The shoe version a player
selects may take into account their position on the field. Some
players may wish to change shoes when they are up to bat so they can run
more effectively on the dirt infield.
Nike Men's Lunar Trout 2 (year 2016): Take your domination from the field to the
street in the Trout II. NikeSkin technology on the quarter panels
combine with a polyurethane and mesh upper to deliver a durable
lightweight feel for an improved fit and added stability. The Nike®
Lunar Trout 2 Turf baseball shoe has Flywire technology that wraps the
midfoot and arch for a locked in supportive fit while a Lunarlon foam
midsole offers superior padding for long lasting comfort.
- Built to the exact specifications of Mike Trout
- Polyurethane and mesh upper with NikeSkin technology offers a
durable lightweight feel and added stability
- 4-way stretch mesh inner sleeve acts as a base layer for your
- Flywire technology locks down your midfoot and arch for a snug
- Full-length Lunarlon foam midsole ensures maximum cushioning and
- Flex Grooves delivers an improved range of motion
- Nubby rubber outsole provides superior traction and speed on a
variety of surfaces
Football Turf Shoes
adidas Performance Men's Turf Hog LX Mid Football Cleat (year 2016): Being quick
off the ball is the difference between a first down reception and a QB
sack. These men's football cleats with a mid-cut construction are primed
for big plays on any surface. Designed for step-in comfort from kickoff
to the final play.
- Synthetic sole
- Breathable coated leather and textile upper
- No-tie elastic laces
- Designed for step-in comfort
- EVA cushioned midsole
- Foam lining; Multi-surface grip outsole
Lacrosse Turf Shoes
Reebok Men's Bulldodge Turf Mid Lacrosse (year 2016): Proper training
is critical to success, and proper gear is critical for a successful
training. If you take the game seriously, then the Reebok Bulldodge Turf
Lacrosse cleats are just what you were looking for. This pair of shoes
features: Performance synthetic leather upper is lightweight, breathable
and requires little break in. Mid-foot support power strap for a perfect
fit and amazing style. Molded padded collar for ankle comfort and
protection. Breathable lining with Play Dry wick moisture away to help
keep the foot cool and comfortable. Dual-density. anti- microbial
footbed with ETC adds breathability, top cover helps reduce friction and
heat build up. Cushioned, removable insole. Griptonite anti-slip inner
heel coating adds superior heel lock down. TPU midfoot arch bridge
designed for excellent midfoot stability and rigidity. Rugged rubber
outsole with cleat like surface offers excellent traction. Your team is
only as strong as your weakest link, so make sure that your feet aren
not to blame with the Reebok Bulldodge Turf Lacrosse cleats.
- synthetic leather
- rubber sole
- Proper training is critical to success, and proper gear is
critical for a successful training. If you take the game seriously,
then the Reebok Bulldodge Turf Lacrosse cleats are just what you
were looking for.
- Performance synthetic leather upper is lightweight, breathable
and requires little break in.
- Mid-foot support power strap for a perfect fit and amazing
- Breathable lining with Play Dry wick moisture away to help keep
the foot cool and comfortable.
- Dual-density. anti- microbial footbed with ETC adds
breathability, top cover helps reduce friction and heat build up.
What is the difference between turf shoes and cleats?