Lacrosse Footwear 101

Every athlete knows the importance of a great shoe. There are a number of very good options this year for lacrosse specific footwear. Lacrosse footwear tends to be lighter and lower cut in comparison to a softball cleat and offers greater ankle support and an extra cleat at the center of the toe as compared to a soccer cleat. Lacrosse footwear is designed to be light, to provide solid ankle support and to provide adequate traction at the toe of the shoe. Each brand brings top technology, superior fit and comfort, as well as great style to their product lines. Here are some footwear basics to help select which type of shoe works best for you.

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 Lethal Shot, Nike Air Team Destroyer 3, New Balance X, and Under Armour LAX Elite 10K Force II Turf.

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 Landshark 2.

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 3, Under Armour LAX Elite 10K Force II Cleat and the ASICS Gel Provost.

 



    

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