Lacrosse Cleats 101

Lacrosse is a high impact, high energy sport, cleats that are designed specifically for the sport are essential. When choosing footwear, fit, comfort and traction are important factors to consider.

FIT
Lacrosse cleats should not be too tight, nor too loose (which can cause blisters). As with running shoes, you should have at least a one-half inch space between your big toe and the top of your lacrosse cleats.

HIGH, MID or LOW?
High tops offer additional ankle support, while low-cut offer more flexibility on the field. High are great for players who are prone to ankle injury. Mid cut cleats offer the best of both worlds, added support and flexibility. A lot of the popular lacrosse cleats are mid cut, which still offers good ankle support during dodges and cuts but are not big and bulky to slow you down. Some popular mid cut cleats would then be the Warrior Burn 8.0 and the Nike Huarache 4’s. Those cleats also come in some great color options so the player can continue to customize their own look on the field or match with their team. Low cut are ideal for players who make fast cuts and tear down the field.

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UPPER MATERIAL
Pretty much every cleat is synthetic.

Benefits of synthetics:
Durability
Support
Lightweight

Many lacrosse shoes include mesh ventilation for added breathability. Also if you need a shoe that can last, it’s a good idea to look at cleats with reinforced toe areas.

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OUTSOLE
First up, check with your league. They may require a specific outsole.

The majority of lacrosse games are played on natural grass/turf. Thus most lacrosse cleats will have molded TPU spikes/studs to offer traction in all conditions. If you play on artificial turf, you should choose artificial turf cleats. These shoes will have shorter, often rubber studs. Lacrosse cleats cannot be metal-tipped baseball or softball cleats.

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Low: Warrior Burn 8.0 Low (70496), Nike Vapor Carbon ELT (69753)

Mid: Nike Huarache 4 (61500), Warrior Burn 8.0 Mid (70493)

High: Under Armour Lax Highlight MC (71805)

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