Cleat Question

Updated on May 08, 2008
M.K. asks from Arlington Heights, IL
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Is there a difference between baseball cleats and soccer cleats or can one pair of shoes do both jobs?

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M.C.

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Yes, there is but depending on age of child and level of play it may not matter for younger children. Ask the prospective coaches.

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J.H.

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Baseball cleats have an extra "spike" in the toe and are illegal for soccer. Soccer shoes can be worn for baseball. You may even get two seasons (soccer & baseball) out of the same pair!

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A.P.

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There is a difference. Baseball shoes have a toe cleat, soccer shoes do not. You can use soccer for both. But baseball are not allowed for soccer.

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J.B.

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There is definitely a difference between baseball cleats and soccer cleats. My son plays club soccer and has played baseball in the past. Besides the cleat being different; soccer shoes are lighter weight. Hope this helps.

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J.S.

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Yes. Baseball cleats have a spike in the very front, soccer cleats don't. Its illegal to wear baseball cleats in soccer because you might kick someone in the shin with that spike in front (which now a days is plastic). The soccer referee will check for this before the game.

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K.R.

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Yes, there is a difference, but you can use soccer cleats
to play baseball, but you can't use baseball cleats
for soccer, since there is a cleat near the toe.
If your child will be playing both, then
get a pair of soccer cleats and they will work
fine.

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M.C.

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Yes, there is but depending on age of child and level of play it may not matter for younger children. Ask the prospective coaches.

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J.B.

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I was told we could cut off the front cleat from the baseball shoes and use them for soccer, as long as they are not metal. Check with a coach or league personnel.

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T.W.

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Soccer cleats and baseball cleats are the same basically, with the exception that the baseball cleats have a cleat at the toe and soccer shoes do not. Both of my boys were soccer players who played other sports, and only wore soccer shoes. My youngest wore soccer shoes while playing football, even through high school (he is the kicker) and shoes are lighter. Good luck. Some kids insist on 2 pairs of shoes, I told them they could get better soccer shoes if they only got one pair in the beginning, after that they liked the soccer shoes better because they are so much lighter and more comfortable.

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A.T.

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I'm not addressing the cleat issue because what everyone else said is right...what I am going to suggest is going to a second hand store Like Play It Again Sports for shoes. My daughter grew so fast we have gone through 2 pairs of shoes per season (not per year mind you---PER SEASON! The last pair were worn 3 games and she outgrew them.) Those shoes get sooo expensive. $9 a pair is a lot better than $25 a pair. Also, in case you don't know this, soccer socks are usually bulky be sure to try the shoes on with soccer socks or go at least an extra half size bigger in shoes. I can't tell you how many times we had to make our kid jump and down so her foot would stuff into her shoes because of those bulky socks.

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L.B.

answers from Chicago on

My son tells me that there is: The soccer cleats are for running on grass, and the baseball ones are different so you can run the bases too. (Personally, unless your little sportster is going pro soon, I'd just get one--look at the shoes at a sports store, and go with your gut. It makes sense to me if they work for baseball, they should work for soccer-however, I'm no athlete!) I just read the other responses. I should have looked first. Good luck!

B.S.

answers from Rockford on

Soccer cleats can be used for either of the two sports, but baseball cleats have a cleat right at the tip of the toe that is not allowed in soccer. If you want a pair that can be used for both seasons then just make sure they do not have the front cleat. We learned the hard way & had to cut the front one off for my daughter.

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M.G.

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HI M.,

For years my son wore only soccer cleats for soccer, baseball and football. This past fall, when he was 8, we bought him football cleats because they offer a little more ankle support. He now wears them for baseball. If your child is young, I think you're okay with soccer cleats for all sports, but as he or she gets older and more active and competitive or aggressive, you may want to consider something other than a soccer cleat for other sports.

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C.P.

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They are pretty much the same. I bought my son cleats for baseball at wal mart and they are called all purpose cleats. Good luck
C.

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M.G.

answers from Chicago on

You can use soccer cleats for baseball but not the other way around because of the cleat by the toes on the baseball ones.

M.

Mom of major sports fanatics (age 8 & 5).

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K.B.

answers from Chicago on

I am the different one. My son wears football cleats, which is in the fall, for baseball in the spring. We mothers have to do what we can with the price of both gas and food on the rise. Good Luck!

K.L.

answers from Chicago on

My hubby says that there is definately a difference. Apparently, a baseball cleat is not designed for kicking. It will wear out faster if used for kicking, it's not as well suited for running and will send the soccer ball in awkward directions. I'd say it's worth it's to get both--you don't want your child learning to kick wrong or being unsuccessful bc of the shoe. Hope that helps!

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J.H.

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Baseball cleats have an extra "spike" in the toe and are illegal for soccer. Soccer shoes can be worn for baseball. You may even get two seasons (soccer & baseball) out of the same pair!

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S.D.

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I happen to play both, and yes there is definately a difference. Both the cleat placement and shape differ from one to the other. They are designed for different turf. It is definately in your child's best interest to get both. Injury can occur if they can't grip the turf correctly.

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A.A.

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M., baseball cleats have a toe pick( one extra cleat at the front) and soccer cleats don't. You can wear soccer cleats for baseball, but you can not use baseball cleats for soccer,more possiblty of injury while kicking at the ball in soccer. Hope this helps you out. A.

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S.

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the other response is exactly right. It is all about the toe spike. The ref of the soccer game checks the cleats to make sure that they are the right ones - no toe spike - before the game. You could use soccer spikes for baseball but they are also a lower cut shoe that has a different shaped toe and tie. Baseball is usually a high top shoe and they are heavier than a soccer cleat. The soccer cleat is rounder and more form fitting than a baseball.

I never played myself but I have 4 children who all play travel/competitive baseball and soccer!

M.S.

answers from Rockford on

Yes there is a difference. Baseball cleats have an extra spike in the front by the toe and soccer cleats don't. It is used for better traction when running the bases. You can not wear baseball cleats when playing soccer because soccer players are constantly kicking the ball and others are too close to you. If a soccer player gets kicked by someone wearing a baseball cleat the front spike could puncture a persons leg or worse their face, causing a lot of damage and pain to the person being kicked expecially if it is a metal cleat.
Hope this helps you.
M.

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