**Information About Turf & Cleats
What is the difference between a turf shoe and a cleat?
The purpose of a cleat is to provide maximum traction in a soft grass or mud laden field. The cleat studs are meant to dig into ground upon impact to help avoid slippage. Turf shoes are designed specifically for artificial turf surfaces and effectively prevent slipping on turf fields. Turf shoes have a larger number of closely positioned, short rubber studs or nubs on a flat style soleplate.
Are there different cleats or turf shoes for different sports?
Yes, we sell field cleats and turf shoes for lacrosse and field hockey as well as cleats for softball. The stud arrangement on the shoe's sole is different between field cleats and softball shoes because both cleats are designed to enhance a player's movement on that specific terrain. We do not sell soccer cleats. Many lacrosse cleats and turf shoes are high-tops for ankle support and protection while softball cleats and field hockey shoes are not.
Are there different shoes for field hockey?
Field Hockey players can wear both field cleats and turf shoes; however, field hockey players can not wear high-top cleats or turf shoes because the shin guards will not fit in them. A field hockey player wearing turf shoes on a turf field will have an advantage over other players wearing cleats. The new arrival Adidas turf shoes, Fabela X and Fabela Rise, have a reinforced toe and are designed for extra protection from a field hockey ball. Adidas's Fabela X was designed for the USA team to play on water turf fields and give field hockey players a leg up on their competition.