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Choosing the best lacrosse cleats can have a tremendous impact on your game. DICK'S Sporting Goods carries a wide selection of lacrosse cleats from top lacrosse brands like Nike, Warrior and Under Armour. Choose from a selection of men's, kids' and women's lacrosse cleats.
Lacrosse cleats usually have four studs in the heel portion of the shoe, a stiff midsole for impact absorption, and up to eight cleat studs in the forefoot. Molded lacrosse cleats are a basic, low maintenance option that employs cleats attached to the outsole of the shoe. Detachable cleats, as the name suggests, feature cleats that can be removed and replaced to accommodate different playing fields and weather conditions. Turf shoes are a special type of lacrosse cleat intended for use on artificial surfaces.
Cleat cut is also a critical consideration. Low-top lacrosse cleats allow for greater range of motion in the foot and ankle. With their lighter weight, these are best for quicker players who often change direction and evade defenders. Mid-cut lacrosse cleats offer more stability, traction and greater support to the ankle. These are more popular among defensive players and goaltenders. The added cushioning of mid-cut shoes also makes them a good addition to any collection of youth lacrosse gear.
Cleat materials also impact cleat performance. Lacrosse cleats are most often made from leather or a synthetic material. Leather is softer, but is more susceptible to tearing. It is also a slightly heavier material than many synthetics. Synthetic cleat uppers provide greater flexibility and support along with their lighter weight. However, synthetic materials are typically less breathable than leather.
Tips & Expert Advice
Advanced players who play in a climate with both dry and wet periods should take advantage of detachable cleats which feature studs that can be replaced due to wear or weather conditions. In dry weather, place short studs on your cleats to accommodate hard field conditions. During or after rain, longer studs can be inserted to give you better traction and footing on soft and loose turf. If you will be playing lacrosse on turf instead of grass, look for a shoe that has strong lateral support.
Additionally, experienced players should look for a low-cut shoe so they have greater mobility and prevent injuries to the Achilles tendon.