Lacrosse Cleats Buying Guide

While much of the talk surrounding lacrosse cleats today is centered around style, you still want to be sure you’re buying a pair of cleats that are comfortable and that actually fit your feet. Here are our tips when it comes to picking out a pair of lacrosse cleats.

Types of cleats

Cleats today come in three main cuts: low, mid, and high. The type of cut you’ll need is largely dependent on personal preference.

Low cut cleats

Low-cut cleats are a great option for players who need ankle flexibility, and who prefer a lightweight fit. While this style of cleat doesn't provide much in the way of ankle support, it allows you to make quick cuts and will help you take your overall speed to new heights.

Our pro’s recommendation: The Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro

Mid cut cleats

Looking for the best of both worlds? Mid-cut cleats offer the support of high-top cleats while maintaining a relatively lightweight feel. These are a great fit for versatile midfielders who play at both ends of the field.

Our pro’s recommendation: The New Balance Burn X Mid Cut

High cut cleats

No cleat can beat a high-top model when it comes to ankle support. High-top cleats are a great fit for defenders, especially because they allow for increased stability when leaning against stronger attackmen.

Our pro’s recommendation: The Under Armour Highlight

Types of outsoles

Outsoles are responsible for how your cleats respond to a field’s playing surface. Most cleats today come equipped with either molded plastic knobs, spikes, or stubs that are meant to increase traction on both natural and modern turf surfaces. If you’re playing on grass or most turf surfaces, something with plastic stubs is usually fine. On stiffer turf, a pair of cleats with more of a grooved outsole works well.

Just remember: no metal spikes allowed in lacrosse.

Sizing

Luckily for you, lacrosse cleats fit almost exactly like street shoes. While some brands’ sizes will run differently from one another, most cleats are fairly universal in their fit. It’s always important, however, to make sure that your feet feel snug and comfortable within the cleat. If your toes are scrunched up inside, you can probably guess that your feet won’t feel great during a game.

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