A good pair of spikes is designed to give grip and stability to players.
The baseball boots are generally blades that allow better support during sprints.
Baseball cleats materials
The best baseball cleats are made from a variety of leathers and synthetic materials. Leather spikes tend to stretch with use and mold to the feet. They are also very flexible.
Types of Baseball Cleats
– Spikes come in three types: molded, interchangeable and metal.
+ The molded spikes have spikes that are either plastic or hard rubber and beyond directly from the sole of the cleat. These crampons penetrate the playing surface, providing the player with grip and stability. They cannot be removed from the sole since they are an integral part of the cleat. This type of baseball cleat is easy to maintain and does not require too much handling.
+ This type of spikes can be used in any of the baseball or softball categories.
+ The interchangeable spikes have removable clamps which can therefore be disassembled and replaced. These baseball cleats are often equipped with metal blades: they have hard spare spikes made of plastic or rubber that can be swapped. A player can simply replace the metal studs with the rubber or plastic studs. For this reason, interchangeable spikes are ideal for experienced players, although they require maintenance. The use of one type of crampons or another may vary depending on the surface of the ground depending on the player’s feelings (earth or synthetic, wet or dry ground,etc).
+ This type of spikes can be used in any of the baseball or softball categories with rubber or plastic studs. It is necessary to refer to the rules in force in the young categories or for the softball because the metal cleats are generally prohibited there.
+ The metal spikes provide deep penetration into the soft earth, because they make easier the race starts, stops and changes of direction. They also offer better traction on grass or hard surfaces.
+ This type of spikes can be used in the Senior Baseball category. It is necessary to refer to the rules in force in the young categories or for the softball because the metal cleats are generally prohibited there.
Designing Baseball Cleats
Spikes exist in three different heights: low, mid or ¾.
3/4-height spikes provide extra support for the ankle and helps prevent ankle damage. The sensations of certain players are limited by the spikes 3/4: they prefer the freedom of movement that the low offer. The mid are of intermediate size which, while offering the maintenance of 3/4, leaves more freedom to the ankle. The design of baseball cleats is a matter of preference, comfort but also personal aesthetic tastes.
Maintain baseball cleats
Remove dirt and mud from your spikes after each use.
Some find it easier to let the mud dry, then remove it. The important thing is to make sure your baseball cleats are clean before wearing them again.
If your spikes become wet, dry them naturally or using a dehumidifier, do not put them over an artificial heat source. This will make your spikes stiff and the leather might split.
Once cleaned, do not hesitate to use colorless polish to nourish and protect your cleats (also usable for your gloves, this remains a good protection!)
How to Determine Cleat Size
Depending on the manufacturer, the size and shape of the cleat may vary.
The table below shows the correspondence between the sizes used in different countries.