What are Cleats?
For those of you that have ever been flagged for wearing baseball cleats in a soccer game, you already know that not all cleats are the same. For those just getting into sports, here’s a brief rundown of the different types of cleats.
- Baseball cleats range from metal, molded plastic or rubber cleats as well as turf cleats with studs or spikes, which help to provide the traction necessary for running on the hard dirt and infields of a baseball diamond.
- Baseball shoes have a toe cleat in the front that digs into the dirt and helps with quick acceleration.
- Football cleats are longer in length than baseball cleats. They are made to dig into the field to give the player traction and allow them to make quick cuts and turns on natural grass or artificial turf fields.
- The leather on football cleats is heavier and thicker than other cleats to protect the player’s feet when they get stepped on, which occasionally happens in football.
- The different player positions also mean different cleats. There are three heights = high tops, mid-cut and low cut. The high cut is for less mobile positions, such as offensive and defensive line players. Mid-cut is typically for linebackers, running backs and quarterbacks. Low cuts are designed for speed positions, like cornerbacks, safeties and wide receivers.
- Soccer cleats can typically be worn in other sports. But, it is not safe to wear baseball or lacrosse shoes that have a toe cleat in soccer.
- Soccer cleats are lighter than football and baseball cleats.
- The cleats on soccer shoes are low cut and they are shorter because they’re made for running and agility.
- The cleats on golf shoes are typically referred to as “spikes.”
- Spikes are necessary for golfers because they allow the shoe to grip the grass and the player can maintain their footing when the grass is uneven, wet and slippery.
- Spikes also provide golfers with a more stable stance when they take a swing.
- Some golf shoes have spikes built into the soles. But golf shoes and spikes can also be purchased separately. These spikes are referred to as “detachable.” Since some golf courses do not allow spikes on golf shoes because they do not want the ground damaged, instead of needing a different pair of golf shoes with no spikes, detachable spikes mean the golfer can simply remove them to play on that particular course.
Why You Need to Know How to Lace Cleats Correctly
Now that we have a brief review of the different types of cleats, let’s take a look at why it’s important for new athletes to know how to lace their cleats correctly.
If you’re new to the game of golf, baseball, football or any other sport that requires wearing cleats, it’s very important that you know how to tie up your laces correctly. You want to be precise so that you don’t trip over yourself or other players during the game. You want to be able to concentrate on scoring points and making every inning count instead of re-tying your laces during the game.
But knowing how to lace cleats is not just important for the sake of keeping your shoes on. Learning the ins and outs of lacing a pair of cleats correctly impacts player comfort, performance and injury prevention. Learning how to lace cleats will help prevent injury to the feet and ankles.
How to Lace Baseball Cleats Like a Pro
If you’re learning how to lace baseball cleats, follow these steps:
Insert the ends of the laces into the eyelets on the cleat closest to the toe. The lace goes in from the top and is pulled through from underneath. Hold the two ends against each other to make sure that you have equal length on each side.
Lace-up the cleat by crossing the laces over each other through each eyelet in a diagonal “X” pattern. The lace goes through the underside of each eyelet, out the top and then under again for the next hole. Lace-up the eyelets on each side before moving to the next row. Pull the laces through tightly each time, but not so snug that you have difficulty getting your foot into the cleat.
Put the cleats on your feet once you have reached the top of the eyelets on both shoes. Tie the laces snugly in a bow. Use a double-knot if necessary to provide a comfortable fit. And finally, fold the top flap of the cleat down over the laces. This will cover up the knot and provide extra padding for your foot.
If, after tying the laces, you find that there are areas that still feel loose or even too tight, you may need a more customized fit. That’s where Panther Teeth comes in.
What are Panther Teeth?
Panther Teeth are easy-to-use hinge and latch devices that clip onto the laces of your baseball cleats. With our small clip device, you can create separate tension zones, loose or tight, throughout the entire lace section of your cleat. This will improve fit, comfort and performance even better than just double-knotting your laces alone.
Here’s how Panther Teeth can help your game:
- They prevent your laces from loosening to retain the same level of tightness from the start to the end of your game.
- They create a tighter hold where you need it without sacrificing comfort or performance.
- They adapt to the unique characteristics of your foot to provide a more customized fit.
If you have high arches Panther Teeth can relieve pressure in the mid-foot area while preventing heel slippage. For those with a wide forefoot, Panther Teeth can relieve pressure by giving space in the forefoot area and providing a snug fit that keeps the heel in place.
Starting a new sport, whether you’re young or old, is an exciting time in a person’s life. You’re meeting new people and learning new skills and techniques that will last you a lifetime. The best thing you can do is focus on the game and take all precautions to prevent injury so you can continue to have fun with your teammates and win games.