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There are tons of football cleats available for players of all styles and positions. One of the most important decisions a football athlete makes when picking a cleat is choosing an outsole type. Molded football cleats have the studs formed from the outsole material. While the shape and pattern of the cleats vary by manufacturer, all molded cleats share certain characteristics.
The biggest advantage of a molded outsole is its predictability. Players don't have to worry about anything coming loose or changing underneath their feet. For this reason, skill positions like quarterbacks, running backs, and receivers generally choose molded outsoles that work as an extension of the body during tight footwork. Molded cleats are also easier to maintain and less likely to break than a detachable style. However, molded cleats usually provide less traction on long grass, especially in muddy or wet conditions.
Bigger players who need ultra-strong traction often prefer detachable football cleats. Generally, these cleats will have two strong cleats in the heel and then a brand-specific arrangement over the forefoot and toe. Football players like the versatility that detachable cleats provide. Being able to screw cleats in and out of the outsole allows the athlete to choose the stud shape, material, and length based on their playing style or field conditions. These cleats are quite durable, taking longer to wear down than molded studs. This durability and intensity is most often seen on offensive and defensive linemen, or some linebackers. However, these cleats are generally more expensive and heavier because of the extra technology in the studs.
After picking an outsole, the choice of ankle cut is usually much easier. This decision is about weighing the importance of weight versus stability. A low-cut cleat like the will have little foot or ankle support in order to give you a full range of mobility in a very lightweight cleat. Usually positions like running back or defensive back need the unrestricted motion of a low. A mid- or ¾-cut cleat is the medium-range choice. Mid cuts provide more support around the ankle but don't overly limit mobility. Mid-cut cleats are seen all over the field on positions like quarterback, wide receiver, linebacker, or lineman. High-cut cleats are the most supportive cleat choice, though they are still relatively new in the football cleat market. It gives players snug support all the way up the ankle. This higher level of stability will tend to weigh a little more and reduce some movement - not necessarily a bad thing for players who have suffered ankle injuries in the past. Because of this high cut's construction, it is seen on players who need agile support, like quarterbacks or tight ends.
Aside from these standard football cleats, you can also find a huge selection of football turf shoes that match these cleats. We carry molded, detachable, turf, low, mid, and high at Eastbay, so you're sure to find the right design combination for your style, size, and position. Our huge selection includes an enormous variety of team colors and even some flashy combinations you wouldn't expect.