Lacrosse Footwear 101
Knowing what type of surface you will be playing on is essential when selecting new athletic shoes. Turf Cleats or Turf Shoes can be used on artificial surfaces as well as dry grass fields. If you are playing on a natural grass surface, a Multipurpose Cleat or a Molded Cleat may work best for you. The photo shows the difference between each shoe type.
Turf Shoes have small, round grips that are perfect for surfaces where you do not need to "dig in." This type of athletic shoe would fair well on artificial turf and groomed dry grass fields, but are not recommended for wet grass or muddy surfaces. Turf Shoes are a good choice for players with ankle or shin issues, as they offer more whole foot support. Turf Shoes are perfect for those training days when the team is doing a lot of running and agility work. Great examples of Turf shoes are the Asics Gel-Hockey Neo 3 Turf, Brine Empress Turf Shoe, New Balance X, and Nike Speedlax 4 Turf Shoe.
Multi-purpose Cleats have both long cleats around the edge and smaller cleats in the center of the sole. These are perfect for natural grass fields muddy or dry but are not recommended for hard natural surfaces. Although they can be worn on synthetic surfaces, they are not the best option. An example of the multi-purpose cleat is the Nike Vapor Shark Cleat.
The Molded Cleats feature long hard-plastic cleats that dig into any natural grass surface. They should not be worn on artificial turf or hard surfaces as they will not offer adequate traction and may cause unnecessary strain on knees, shins and feet. Perfect examples of the molded cleat is the Nike Speedlax 4 Cleat, Under Armour LAX Finisher Cleat and the Brine Empress Cleat.