To make leaping interceptions, sharp lateral cuts, or sprint toward the end zone as the crowd thunderously roars, you need the right football gear that enhances your on-the-field talents.
No matter which position you play, you’ll need the help of durable, high-quality football cleats for standout performances on the gridiron – especially since so much of football excellence derives from your footwork. But with so many available options, how can you be sure that you’re choosing the best cleats for your skills?
Purchasing cleats are similar to buying the right shoulder pads, which is largely based on your position. The key to buying the right cleats is to determine the ideal shoe features and level of support for your position, skill level, and style of play.
Features to Consider for Football Shoes
With so many features to choose from, it can be challenging to find the best football cleats for your skill set. When shopping, keep in mind that you’ll want your cleats to provide:
- Reliable traction. Whether you’re trying to run a comeback route or kicking the extra point, it's important that your cleats give you traction with a combination of stopping precision and explosiveness on the field.
- Extra stability. When your shoes offer proper stability to help keep you upright, you'll find yourself being able to chew through defenses or change direction on a dime more easily.
- Strong support. Your cleats should offer you ankle support, added comfort, breathability and, above all, confidence.
To find out which cleats offer the traction, stability and support you need, try on a few pairs. While you shop, make sure you're looking for high-performance elements that match your playing position, including the cleat's cut and spike style.
Still not sure which football cleats are best for yourself or your young student-athlete? Coach Townsend from Grind House Fitness shares his best tips to consider before buying.