All cleats aren’t created equal, so to give you a bit of guidance in navigating what you need in a cleat, sit down and read up, so we can fill you in.
When it comes to the actual cleats of the football shoe, there are two main categories. You have molded cleats, and you have detachable cleats. None is necessarily better than the other, so each has their advantages and disadvantages.
Taking a look at molded cleats, they are permanently attached to the shoe. They usually provide better traction while also delivering the ability to play on a variety of surfaces. Of course, since the cleats can’t be removed and replaced, once they’re worn down, they’re done, and then you need a brand new pair.
For football shoes with detachable cleats, such as the Nike Zoom Code D Cleats, expectedly, you can change them out at will, and they come in different color options. There are short and long cleats, rubber, plastic and metal tip cleats. Of course, short cleats are better suited for dry playing fields, while longer cleats are made to dig into wet surfaces.
In terms of cut, football cleats can be broken down into two categories: low and mid-to-high. Low cut cleats are made lighter and allow for more range of motion, so they should be used for skill positions in football. The higher cut should be reserved for less-skilled positions that require more stability and less motion.
For baseball, it’s a bit simpler. Metal cleats, such as the Nike Air Huarache 2K Fresh Metals, are available, but are banned in quite a few leagues.
Plastic cleats, such as the Nike Air Huarache 2K Fresh MSC Cleats, are more acceptable. But, there are still more things to think about.
High-tops provide ankle support, mids slack a bit on the ankle support but lighten the load, and low cut cleats are on the low end of the ankle support spectrum, but provide the most maneuverability.