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Best Baseball Cleats

A quick rundown on the best baseball cleats from a pro’s perspective, including tips to help you choose which ones are right for you and where you can buy them.

Baseball Cleats  are very important, they are what connects us to the ground.  Baseball cleats come in many different styles and colors, but don’t let that confuse you.  If you already have a favorite brand for your regular athletic shoes, then chances are you will like the cleats from that same company.   If you haven’t picked a favorite yet, I’ll run through the major companies that you’ll see pro players using.

Another important decision that each player must make is whether to use metal or plastic spikes.  Some leagues only allow plastic cleats which makes your decision easy, but if you have a choice i will run down a few pros and cons of each.

Metal Spikes-  give you the best grip to the ground.  They are a little harder on your feet especially for infielders who stand on hard dirt the entire game.  But you don’t slide around.  Most infielders, catchers, and pitchers use metal spikes because proper footing is very important.

Molded or Plastic Spikes-  are more comfortable than metal spikes.  The downfall is that you may slip a little more on dirt.  However, the ground in the outfield is softer and plastic spikes work fine.  The problem you may run into is the batters box could be hard and it may be slick with plastic spikes.  In either case, try them out and make a decision which one is best for you.

Coach or Turf Shoe-  are great for use in a batting cage or any other place where they don’t want or are not allowed to wear cleats.  They are great for coaches as well.

Usually buying a pair of cleats is much less deceiving than buying a bat or glove.  We all have been wearing shoes for a long time and we know what style and brand we prefer.  Baseball cleats are no different.  The following list are some of the big shoe companies in professional baseball.

buying guide for plastic or metal nike cleats or spikes

Nike Cleats

Nike

They are number one for a reason.  They are trend setters and always change the look of shoes every year. They are very comfortable and many people in and around baseball wear their shoes.

Baseball Rampage (free return shipping – Yeah!) only has the Nike molded spikes.  Baseball Express has a good selection of both metal and molded cleats.

new balance metal baseball cleats, best baseball cleats

MB3000 Low Metal Cleats

New Balance

New Balance baseball cleats are a very comfortable shoe, but got extremely relevant in baseball in 2011.  A lot of the guys I play with or against are wearing their shoes.  They have many colors and are stylish.  To buy, check out Baseball Express or HomeRunMonkey.

buying guide for under armour plastic or metal cleats or spikes

Under Armour Cleats

Under Armour

Another shoe that is becoming very popular.  The creativity of the look of the shoes are what sets them apart from others.  They are making their cleats more comfortable than they were a couple years ago.   Baseball Rampage has a good selection of

buying guide for plastic or metal adidas spikes or cleats
Adidas Cleats

Adidas

Very comfortable shoe.  Some of their looks may be a bit bold but Adidas provides some of the best prices of any big shoe company.  Baseball Express has a good selection of Adidas mens and youth cleats

buying guide for plastic or metal Reebok spikes or cleats

Reebok Cleats

Reebok

Has been around for a very long time and it is a dependable and comfortable shoe.  Some of their models can get a little heavy but overall a nice shoe.

The Pro Zig is a new baseball shoe that is unique in style and extremely comfortable (not heavy like some of their other models).  This shoe single handedly raises the Reebok baseball cleats cool factor and makes them popular again.  The Pro Zig cleats are pretty new, but I know you can find them at Baseball Express and Eastbay (sorry this link is a little slow, but it works).

buying guide for plastic or metal mizuno cleats or spikes

Mizuno Cleats

Mizuno

They have different cleat positioning on the bottom of the shoe (from the other shoe companies) making for really good traction.  Many types of models to choose from so pay attention to what you are purchasing. Some models are made from kangaroo leather which makes the cleats lighter.  They tend to run a little wide, but a great shoe.

There are lots of online stores who have Mizuno baseball cleats, so I’d go with Baseball Rampage for the free shipping and free return shipping (always nice if you change your mind for some reason).

buying guide for plastic or metal 3N2 spikes or cleats

3N2 Cleats

3N2

You don’t see many people wearing these cleats, but the people that do absolutely love them.  I have never tried them but I had to add them to the list because they have such a loyal following.  Several of the big retailers don’t even sell these, I know Baseball Express has them, but I think HittingWorld.com has the best selection.

See our online store comparison chart to find out who has free shipping, free return shipping, no fee returns, loyalty programs and other perks.  I hope this overview of the best baseball cleats has been helpful for you.  I invite you to leave feedback or suggestions in the comments section below.  Play hard!  - Doug

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About the Author: Doug Bernier

Doug Bernier, founder of Pro Baseball Insider.com, debuted in the Major Leagues in 2008 with the Colorado Rockies, and has played professional baseball for 13 years. Most recently, Doug signed with the Minnesota Twins in 2013, where he logged time at every infield position except 1st base in 33 Major League games. Currently Doug is with the Twins' AAA team in Rochester, NY

19 Comments

  1. Hi, I am a utility player, so I play 1st, 3rd, lf, rf, and once in a while catcher. What would the best cleats that don’t wear out easily be for those positions be? Also, where can I find size 12.5? I looked many places and only see sizes 12 and 13 but not 12.5. (I saw 12.5 mizuno but I have narrow feet.)

    • Al,
      Thanks for writing in. I would stick with metal cleats because they will give you the best traction all over the field. Metal are better in the infield because the dirt can be difficult to get good traction sometimes. As for brand any of the major brands are good (Nike, Under Armour, New Balance, Adidas, Mizuno) it is your personal preference. Keep looking on different websites to find 12.5, that is a pretty popular size so I know it exists. If you are having trouble finding a website that has that size try our products page it will give you a list of some websites we use that may give you better selection in your size. Also the more mesh that a shoe has the lighter it will be but the less durable it will be. Good luck on your shoe search. Thanks for writing in.
      Doug Bernier

  2. i play outfield which type of cleat should i use metal or moldded

    • Logan,
      Thanks for your question. Outfielders can use plastic or metal cleats it’s a personal preference. Plastic can be more comfortable and sometimes lighter than metal spikes. The one downfall is that they don’t grip the dirt as well as metal. The batters box can sometimes get slippery when wearing plastics. If you feel comfortable running the bases and hitting with plastic cleats then feel free to use those. If you want to have a little better traction in the dirt use metal. Good luck with your shoe selection.
      Doug Bernier

  3. Hi! I have been trying to find a pair of metal cleats for my grandson in size 18 and everywhere I have tried has been hopeless. Do you know of anyone who sells these larger sizes? Also, is there an advantage to using these metal cleats for a pitcher as opposed to the plastic ones?

    Thank you so much!

    • Cheryle,

      Thanks for your question. Wow size 18 thats a big shoe. I have heard that some people that have a larger foot than a 15 will call the shoe company directly and ask for their specific size. I have heard that Reebok will make larger cleats. I am not sure if this works but it is something that I heard. I hope this helps, I can imagine that finding cleats or any type of shoe in a size 18 can be challenging.

      Your grandson should be using metal cleats as a pitcher. Pitching mounds are made out of clay and metal cleats will give him the proper grip or traction he needs. The plastic spikes won’t pierce the clay and he will slide around more than in metal cleats. When it comes to pitching you want to make sure he has very good traction.

      If you could write me back and let me know how your search for cleats ends up. I would appreciate it. I know there are other players out there with the same problem and this may give them an avenue to be able to get cleats for themselves. Thanks a lot and I hope the search ends well.

      Good Luck,
      Doug Bernier

      • I too have been looking for size 18 metal cleats for my 6’7″ growing son. Have call several companies with no success. Keep me in mide if you find any. Thanks

        • Laura,
          I will be asking around over the next couple days trying to find a solution. If you hear of anything in the meantime let me know. I hope to get the solution out there so we can help more kids. Thanks.

          Doug Bernier

  4. Which brands tend to be the most durable and long lasting? I had a pair of Nikes last year that wore out midway through the season and I’d like a better pair this year. Thanks

    • Matt,
      Thanks for your question. The sad part is sometimes you never know how durable a shoe is until you use it. I have had cleats that lasted the entire year and then I got the same exact cleats the next year and they lasted a month. I do have a few tips that may help you find that perfect pair of cleats. I know that in my experience the first place I see a rip or a shoe starts to fall apart is along the mesh. Many cleats are going with less leather and more mesh. Mesh is lighter but it can rip more easily. If you are looking for durability look for a cleat that might not have as much mesh throughout the shoe. Also take pride in cleaning your shoes after each game. It looks nice and I believe it will extend the life of your shoes. You don’t have to go crazy on them but take a wet rag and wipe them down. Getting all the caked on dirt off your shoes may give your shoes a little extra life. I have had good and bad luck with Nike, if you like them don’t give up on them but I know people that like Under Armour, their shoes tend to have less mesh and seem to be pretty durable (at least thats what the people that use them say). Hope this helps
      Doug Bernier

  5. What are the best baseball cleats for catchers? I need a very comfortable cleat and one that flexes a lot. Thanks

    • Justin,
      I know many catchers and most of them wear different brands of cleats. A few things they look for in a good pair of cleats are: they try to stay away from plastic cleats and lighter cleats that are designed for speed. Using metal spikes give you better traction which is very important when receiving a pitch. The lighter cleats that are designed for speed break down easier and don’t have the support needed for a catcher. Catchers are tough on their spikes so they need a more durable pair. The major shoe brands will have quality cleats I would stick with Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, New Balance, or Reebok. I know this is a broad answer but stick to the brand you like the most and stay away from plastic cleats and light speed type cleats. Thanks for your question.
      Doug Bernier

  6. Doug,

  7. Just wondering,

    Mid or low cut cleats? I play second base and had mids last year. I want more mobility but don’t want to risk an ankle role. Thanks.

    • Joe,
      Thanks for the question. I hope my answer isn’t disappointing but it is 100% personal preference on whether you should wear low or mid cut cleats. I personally don’t feel you loose much mobility using mids. I would say it is almost a 50/50 split on infielders that wear low or mid cut cleats.
      Hope that helps.

      Doug Bernier

  8. I’m at middle school outfielder and I was wondering which type do most outfielders use? I’ve been searching around and I haven’t really found a definitive answer yet. I was thinking about getting metal cleats, but do you know any of the cons of having metal cleats in the outfield? Thanks.

    • Joey,
      Thanks for your question. The cons to wearing metal cleats are that they are not as comfortable on your feet as plastic cleats and they may be a hair heavier. Outfielders are on the grass most of the game where plastic cleats work fine. One problem with plastic is when they hit or run the bases (any time they are on the dirt) they don’t get the traction someone with metal cleats would have.

      Personally I love metal cleats because footing is extremely important to me and I don’t think they are uncomfortable. When it comes to a specific brand, it is entirely your personal preference. Just like tennis shoes some like Nike and some like under armour. Good luck in finding the right cleats, I hope this helps answer your question.

      Doug Bernier

  9. Can you change Mizuno spikes in and out if the spikes get to flat?

    • Devin,

      I had to look around for the answer to your question but I believe that Mizuno only has one type of shoe where you can change the cleats when they get flat. The shoe is the Mizuno 9 spike double play FP cleat. Hopefully this helps.

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