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First, and most important, is picking the right cleats for your playing style. Traditionally, this has been pretty straight forward. Highs were for the big guys, or those with ankle problems. Mids served a hybrid function, mostly for guys who wanted some stability but didn't want the extra material on a high weighing them down, or keeping them from making sharp cuts. And lows were for the speedsters those only concerned with being as light and as fast as possible. Innovation in the industry and the advent of new cleat technologies have largely rendered those days obsolete.
Today, the lines between cleat heights and on- field benefits are much more blurred. There's ultra- light highs, super- supportive lows, and everything in between. Technologies like Under Armour's ClutchFitTM, adidas's SprintSkin and Shockweb, and Nike's Flyknit and Flywire, have eliminated the need for bulky materials when it comes to support and durability, propelling us into an era of lightweight performance cleats of every height.
What this means for you is that these days, cleat height is more a function of personal preference rather than playing style. Although playing style can still enter into the equation (you won't often see a lineman in a low), you're going to see guys at the skill positions (quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defensive back) wearing what they feel most comfortable in, because no matter what cleats you have on, if you're not comfortable, you're not performing at your best.
If you're a running back who prefers a high cleat, there are a number of cleats you could choose that would afford you stability and support, while not weighing you down; first and foremost is the Under Armour Highlight MC, worn by Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy. If you're a quarterback who likes to be light on his feet, you could go with a supportive low; good choices in this situation would be the adidas AdiZero 5-star 3.0, Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite, or Nike Vapor Ultimate. If it's a mid you want, two solid options can be found in the adidas RG3 and the Nike CJ Elite 2. Both have been designed for two of the most dynamic players in the game. These cleats have plenty of support, protection, and traction, while still not sacrificing much weight.
The second, and much more straightforward factor, is playing surface. The type of cleat you want to use will be dependent upon whether you're playing on firm or soft natural ground, or artificial turf. Molded cleats are overwhelmingly favored for use on firm, natural, and artificial surfaces. For soft, natural surfaces, some players opt to use detachable cleats. These cleats generally dig down deeper into the turf, providing solid traction on soft, wet surfaces.
We're always updating our selection with the latest and greatest cleats out there, so whatever your preference: high, mid, low, molded, or detachable, we've got you covered. Go ahead find the cleat that's right for you, and Prepare To Win.