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The Best Baseball Cleats Reviews for the 2022 / 2023 Season

Best Baseball Cleats for 2023

As a travel parent, it seems I am always on the hunt for the best baseball cleats that fit my son at that moment in time. His youth baseball cleats are in constant rotation depending on how fast he grows each season. After I purchase new baseball cleats for him one day he tells me his toes or feet hurt which is usually due to being narrow-sided and having longer than average legs so we’re both always on the lookout looking at what’s available when shopping. I never realized just how important these little bits of baseball equipment really were! 

If your ballplayer is starting T-Ball, recreational baseball or even competitive / select baseball you may want to check out these articles: 

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Best Baseball Cleats

Best Baseball Cleats By Type

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Adidas Afterburner 6 MoldedBuy Now On Amazon
New Balance Harper 4 Mid RmMoldedBuy Now On Amazon
Nike Vapor Ultrafly KeyStone  MoldedBuy Now On Amazon
       New Balance 4040 v5 TPU TurfBuy Now On Amazon
Nike Alpha HuaracheTurfBuy Now On Amazon
Under Armour Men’s Yard Turf ShoeTurf (Wide Feet)Buy Now On Amazon

Which Baseball Cleats Should I Purchase?

Best Baseball Cleats by Surface

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The best baseball cleats come in a few different types. Each type of baseball cleats are best suited for a different type of playing surface to deliver optimal player movement and overall performance.

  • Molded cleats are best for turf and artificial surfaces. They have small, rubber spikes that provide good traction without damaging the turf.
  • Metal cleats are best for dirt and grass surfaces. They have larger, metal spikes that provide better traction and can help you dig into the dirt or grass for a better grip.
  • Turf shoes are best for turf and artificial surfaces. They have small, rubber spikes that provide superior traction without damaging the turf.

Now that you know a little bit more about the types of baseball cleats available, let’s take a look at some of the best baseball cleats on the market for each type.

Choose Your Baseball Cleats

The Three Best Baseball Cleats For Each Type of Surface:

If you’re looking for the best baseball cleats on the market, you’ve come to the right place. 

In this article, we will discuss the three best options for each type of surface: rubber cleats, metal cleats, and turf shoes.

Under Armour Kids’ Leadoff Low Rm Jr. Baseball Shoe

UA Leadoff Baseball Shoe

Ages: 4-12 years Old

One of the most popular molded cleats amongst youth baseball players that features the best performance for the price!

Editors Pick

New Balance 4040 v5 Baseball Turf Shoes

New Balance 4040 v5 Turf Baseball Shoe

Ages: 4-12 years Old

Whether your youth baseball player is practicing or playing on a turf, New Balance features both the quality, style and performance to provide your son the comfort he needs to run around the bases!

Editors Pick

New Balance 3000 v4 Metal Baseball Shoes

New Balance Metal Cleats

Ages: 13+ years Old

For the older baseball players getting out of rubber cleats and are getting ready to play in high school and want wear metal baseball cleats that deliver superior performance.

The Best Baseball Molded Cleats

As a dedicated baseball parent, I wanted the best baseball cleats that were durable, designed for performance yet had the right amount of cushioning for my son to wear and be his best. The rubber molded baseball cleats are the best baseball cleats for a youth baseball player could wear under 14 years old. 

Molded Cleats can virtually be used for any position and for all game conditions which is key! Getting a pair of these baseball cleats are very affordable and lightweight so your baseball player can play those long hours throughout the season.

Adidas Afterburner 6 

Addias Afterburner 6 Molded Baseball Shoe

Low Top Cleats

  • Wide Lacing System
  • Year Round Durability
  • 9 Spike Molded Cleats
  • Molded Rubber Outsole
  • Multiple Colors

We had 3 pairs of these cleats at 11U and below. Excellent durability and performance despite not a “baseball brand”

Under Armour Harper 4 Mid Rm

UA Bryce Harper Mid RM Baseball Shoe

Mid Top Cleats

  • Adjustable Ankle Strap
  • Dynamic Lace Bar
  • 9 Spike Molded Cleats
  • Bryce Harper Logo
  • Multiple Colors

Under Armour Leadoff Mid Jr. Rm

UA Leadoff Mid Baseball Shoe

Mid Top Cleats

  • Durable Molded 
  • MidFoot Strap to secure ankle
  • Aggressive 9 Spike baseball Cleats Pattern
  • Multiple Colors

Nike Vapor Ultrafly KeyStone  

Nike Vapor Ultrafly 4 Keystone Molded Baseball Cleats

Mid Top Cleats

  • Durable Molded Upper
  • Strap to secure ankle
  • Aggressive 9 Spike baseball Cleats Pattern
  • Multiple Colors

New Balance Harper 4 Mid Rm

New Balance Low Baseball Molded Cleat

Low Top Cleats

  • Durable Outsole 
  • Full Packaged 9 Spike rubber baseball cleats for stability and traction
  • Multiple Colors

Highly recommend. Very durable cleat.

Top Baseball Turf Shoes

Our baseball players need the best baseball cleats to match any field condition. Whether they are getting practice in at the local baseball cage or playing a game on a turf field, they need the superior traction designed to deliver their best performance.

Turf shoes are a bit more specialized rubber cleats when it comes to baseball cleats. However, they are worth the extra investment as the material is designed to be durable, stability and will breathable for our young ball players feet.

Nike Alpha Huarache

Nike Alpha Baseball Turf Shoe
  • Youth Shoe
  • Synthetic Leather – durability
  • Foam Sole soft & springy
  • Rubber outsole pattern for multiple field conditions
  • Multiple Colors

Adidas Adizero Afterburner 8

Adidas Adizero Afterburner 8 Turf
  • Best Seller
  • EVA Midsole
  • Full Length Midsole
  • Multi-directional studs
  • Multiple Colors

       New Balance 4040 v5 TPU 

New Balance 4040 v5 Turf Baseball Shoe
  • Youth Shoe
  • High traction turf outsole 
  • REVlite midsole 
  • 30% lightweight 
  • Synthetic upper
  • Multiple color options

Our cleat of choice for comfort and durability.

Under Armour Men’s Yard Turf Shoe

UA Mens Yard Turf Baseball Shoe
  • Men’s Shoe
  • Great for Wide Feet 
  • Clutch Fit delivers great foot support 
  • Mesh for breathability
  • Multiple Colors

Top Metal Cleats

This is the stage where baseball is even more competitive and every second counts. Metal baseball cleats are generally reserved for boys that are 13U and older. They are becoming bigger and faster so they want the best baseball cleats that needs to meet their performance expectations.

Regardless of where they play, the best metal baseball cleats give the grip or traction to accelerate to top speed at a moments notice. Most baseball players at this stage have already transitioned to men’s sizes at this point.

Adidas Afterburner 6 

Adidas Afterburner Baseball Cleat
  • Men’s Shoe
  • Lightweight 
  • Wide Lacing System
  • Metal Cleats Outsole 
  • Extra support and durability 
  • Elastic Gore on sides 
  • Multiple Colors

       New Balance 4040 v5 TPU     

New Balance 4040v5 Metal Baseball Cleats
  • Men’s Shoe
  • 8-Spike Plate
  • Metal Cleats
  • REVlite midsole 
  • Lighter weight 
  • Shoe runs short. Order 1/2 Size larger
  • Multiple color options

Our cleat of choice for comfort and durability.

      Mizuno Vapor Elite 7            

Mizuno Baseball Cleat
  • Metal Baseball Cleats
  • Original 9 Spike 
  • Padded Tongue for comfort
  • Full length EVA midsole
  • Synthetic Leather
  • Mesh for breathability

Nike Alpha Huarache Elite

Nike Baseball Metal Cleat
  • Men’s Metal  Cleats
  • Angled 9 Stud Design
  • Nike Air for cushioning
  • Internal Pads to avoid blistering 
  • Textile and synthetic 
  • Multiple Colors

New Balance 4040 v5 TPU Mid-Cut 

New Balance v5 TPU Mid Cut Baseball Cleats
  • Men’s Shoe
  • Mid-Cut 
  • 8-Spike Plate
  • TPU Molded Cleats
  • Lighter weight 
  • Shoe runs short. Order 1/2 Size larger
  • Multiple color options

What to Look For In A Baseball Cleats

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Whether your baseball player plays at the recreational or elite level, as a baseball parent, we strive to determine what are the best baseball cleats at an affordable price that will last them all season.

As we are shopping for the perfect pair of the best baseball cleats, in addition to price, we generally look for size, spikes, stability, durability, and style. However, as you can quickly notice, there are several types of baseball cleats on the market. 

It can be difficult and confusing. We want to ensure not only they comfort level of the baseball cleats but the field conditions that they will practice or play on. 

Below are some of the key topics to answer some of the frequently asked questions parents may have. 

Best Baseball Cleats For Playing On Any Baseball Field

We want to ensure we are investing in the right type of baseball shoe for our son. Not all baseball cleats are the same and some types of baseball cleats have certain advantages over others. The most common field conditions your son will be on are grass, turf and dirt. 

What are the Best Baseball Cleats for Grass and Dirt Fields?

Baseball field from first base side in morning light

The best baseball cleats for these type of field conditions are molded or metal cleats. They will offer your son the most traction to run and move at a moments notice. Additionally, because of the high demand for these type of cleats, they are generally lower in price. 

The majority of the baseball players time will be spent on either a grass or dirt field especially if they are playing in a recreational or youth select league. 

You may have to research what are the type of field conditions prior to game time to make sure they have the right pair of baseball cleats.

Seriously, this is a real issue!

Are molded cleats better for turf?

No, molded cleats are not necessarily better for turf. They have a “knobby” tread that will offer the amount of support and stability for the ankle your son needs to simulate the playing conditions. 

Also, if your son is a recreational baseball player or serious travel player, getting to the batting cages will become part of your weekly practice routine. Generally, when your inside an indoor practice facility, the flooring may not be best suited for rubber molded baseball cleats.

In fact, you should expect to see either be concrete or a thin artificial turf floor. So molded cleats and definitely metal baseball cleats will cause damage to the turf. Additionally, these cleats do not offer much ankle stability or traction indoors.

In some baseball tournaments, although the baseball field may be grass or dirt, the pitching mound may be an artificial turf mound. The safety of the pitcher are a tournament directors number one priority. 

So to prevent player injury due to the rubber or metal baseball cleats inability to properly grip the pitching mound, turf shoes are usually mandatory.

The best baseball cleats for both of these playing environments are turf shoes.

What is the Difference between Baseball Turf Shoes and Baseball Cleats?

Best Molded Baseball Shoes

Understanding the Types of Baseball Cleats

There are three types of baseball cleats

  • Molded 
  • Metal
  • Hybrid

All three offer the ability to grip the grass or dirt without much effort. The importance of the baseball cleat is to provide the ability to “push off” when required. The toe cleat does just this.

However, there are significant differences between them as we note further down the article.

In all cases, you can expect your baseball player to have the confidence as they run, hit or steal during the game.

best Turf baseball shoes

Turf Baseball Shoes

Some parents have asked could they use a generic “tennis” shoe for their ballplayer to train with at the indoor facility. First of all, of course, but to maximize the indoor training session is to use a turf shoe.

Turf baseball shoes are an essential item for serious baseball players. They maximize the grip on the turf surface especially in both wet and dry conditions. 

Tennis shoes do not have the “knobby” traction turf shoes provide and could cause your child to slip or lose balance. In both cases, your ball player could lose confidence while pitching on a turf mound in the big game. 

Main Three Types of Baseball Cleats

Youth Molded Baseball Cleats

Molded Baseball Cleats

Molded baseball cleats come in both rubber and plastic. They are very popular primarily due to player safety. They are unlikely to cut a fielder hand on the tag when a player slides into them. 

Additionally, they are more durable than metal cleats so they will ultimately last much longer. They work best on softer ground although they are not as effective as metal cleats in terms of grip.  

You can expect at multi-point spike array or omni-directional to ensure your player can move in any direction. 

Lastly, they are generally more affordable than metal cleats. 

Metal Baseball Cleat

Metal Baseball Cleats

Metal baseball cleats offer many of the benefits of the molded baseball cleat.

  • Multi-Directional Cleat Arrangement
  • Player Stability and Support
  • Superior Grip and Traction on Grass or Dirt

Due to safety concerns, metal cleats are not as sharp as they were in the past. However, they still pose a safety risk to opposing players. 

Also, they are not as durable as molded cleats and the metal will wear down especially on concrete surfaces. 

If you are looking for your son to have an advantage over the competition then you should consider metal cleats. 

Hybrid Baseball Cleats

Hybrid Baseball Cleats

Hybrid baseball cleats are still evolving not very common. Basically your son can enjoy the best of both world’s of metal and molded cleats. 

Some brands will allow you to “switch out” the tips. Other brands have blended the two technologies together. They state they are more light weight than the metal cleats while still providing the comfort for your son’s feet. 

They are bit pricier than the other two options and durability is still under review. 

Are Mid or Low Baseball Cleats Better?

Low Top Baseball Shoe

Mizuno Baseball Cleat

Low top baseball cleats offer a lower profile, so they offer less support. The lower profile means that they weigh a bit less. As a result, they offer a small increase in speed and agility.

Mid Top Baseball Shoe

UA Leadoff Mid Baseball Shoe

Mid top baseball cleats as it implies is the middle ground between the other two styles. It weighs a slightly less than the high top while offering the ankle support your son may need.

High Top Baseball Shoe

high top baseball cleat

High top baseball cleats should be highly considered if your son has any ankle issues. They are the highest reaching profile to maximize support. 

Heavier than the other two styles, they offer little additional increase in agility and speed. 

Selecting Between a Budget or Premium Baseball Cleats

I would advise to purchase the best pair of baseball cleats you feel comfortable purchasing. The reason is that baseball cleats aren’t just equipment. They’re a safety feature. Bad baseball cleats can cause a lot of problems for young players.

However, I would not state that you go out and spend $200 dollars on a pair of baseball cleats for your recreational player. 

I am talking about paying a reasonable amount for something that will build confidence, comfort and ensure safety for your son.

In fact, if you were to “spending up” on any particular baseball equipment it would be to invest in their baseball cleats. 

Having a premium glove may not make much difference for a 6-year old, but the quality of their shoe absolutely can.

How does my position affect which cleats I buy?

The best baseball cleat for your position is based on the type of play at that position.

  • Pitcher – Metal Cleats
  • Catcher – Turf Shoes
  • Infielders – Metal or Molded Cleats
  • Outfielders – Molded Cleats
  • First Basemen – Molded Cleats

Are Metal or Plastic Cleats Better for Baseball?

The best baseball cleats for your needs is dependent on a variety of factors, including the type of player you are, the position you play, and the surface you’ll be playing on. 

Metal cleats offer better traction and support than plastic cleats, but they can also be more dangerous to opposing players.

Are Molded Cleats Better for Turf?

Molded cleats are the best choice for most players, as they offer good traction and support on both grass and turf surfaces.

Metal cleats offer better traction but can be more dangerous to opposing players, while turf shoes provide the best grip on artificial surfaces. 

Position and play style also play a role in determining the best baseball cleats for your son.

Are Nike Baseball Cleats Good?

The Nike Air Max Diamond Elite is one of the top-rated baseball cleats on the market. It features a full-length Air Max unit for maximum comfort and support, as well as a durable synthetic upper that can withstand the rigors of play.

The Adidas Adizero Afterburner 2.0 is another excellent choice for baseball cleats. It weighs in at just 9.8 ounces, making it one of the lightest options on the market. 

It also features a breathable mesh upper and a comfortable fitlock system that helps keep your foot secure during play.

The Under Armour Spine Metal is another great option for baseball cleats.

Which are the best metal baseball cleats on the market?

If you’re looking for the best metal baseball cleats on the market, look no further. Here are six of the best options for both youth and adult players.

First on the list is the Mizuno 9-Spike Franchise 7. These cleats are designed with comfort and durability in mind. They also have a sleek design that will make you stand out on the field.

Next up is the Under Armour Harper One. These cleats are perfect for players who need a little extra support and stability while they’re playing. They’re also extremely lightweight, so you won’t feel weighed down while you’re running around the bases.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, take a look at the New Balance 4040v4 Metal Cleats.

Can You Wear Metal Baseball Cleats in High School?

When it comes to high school baseball, metal baseball cleats are not allowed. This is due to the fact that metal cleats can cause injuries to other players as well as the may be playing on a turf field. 

However, there are a few brands that make hard molded baseball cleats specifically for high school play.

Summary of Determining the Best Baseball Cleats

Similar to my other topics, it is safe to say that each child is very different than the next and selecting the “best baseball cleat” is about comfort and feeling. My son loved New Balance baseball cleats until he didn’t and now claims the pair of Adidas make him faster. 

I am encouraged that if that belief will help build his confidence and love for the game then I am on in. 

The primary purpose of this article was to simple provide information on the various styles and types of baseball cleats out there. As baseball parents, we are used to researching for baseball equipment including the best baseball cleats. 

However, it takes significant time and effort to understand what makes what product better than the other. 

My hope is that this article answers your specific questions and empowers you to make an informed purchasing decision whether it is online or at your local sports store. 

Best of luck with your upcoming season! 

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