Pros: Extremely durable, replaceable cleats, great traction, good worth, and so comfortable
Cons: The only con is that every softball player doesn't have a pair of these cleats.
Hi, I’m Leslee, and I love softball. I have been playing softball since I was five years old, and I have been pitching since I was eight, so when it comes to softball, I know what I’m talking about. One of the most important thing that a softball player needs is a good pair of cleats, and when you’re a pitcher this can be especially hard because cleats wear our really fast for pitchers. So I am going to introduce you to a cleat that will last an amazing amount of time.
I played softball as the pitcher in varsity on my high school team for four years, I also played about six tournaments on the weekends for those four summers, and I wore these softball cleats every day to practice. I had these Mizuno cleats for four years, and I still wear them now. I will tell you a couple of secrets because these cleats lasted me a long time, but I had to do a couple of things to them to make them last longer, especially because I’m a pitcher.
Cost: These cleats cost about $90 dollars for just the regular pair of cleats, if you’re a pitcher and get the things that I suggest you get later on in this review, then it will come to about $120 dollars, but don’t let that scare you! I know that sounds like a lot for a pair of cleats, but if you buy cheap cleats that wear out every few months, you’ll end up paying more than if you just bought these cleats in the first place.
Durability: Ok this is the great thing about these cleats, I’m a pitcher and I had them for four years! That’s amazing when it comes to pitching and cleats because pitchers cleats are the ones that wear out the fastest. Now I’m not saying these cleats are just for pitchers either, they are great for pitchers because they last so long, but they are great for any position in softball. I have worn these cleats to every game I’ve played for the past four years, and I would say in that time that I’ve probably played in over 300 games. I’ve worn them to every practice as well, and in all of the rain… and snow that I’ve seen at those games. After all of that, the only place that they are worn is on the right foot on the inside, and that’s because I’m a pitcher and I drag my toe with that foot, they’re not falling apart or coming apart anywhere else; and the inside of the cleats are still soft and not worn out at all. They do look old because they are stained from the dirt, but if you take a wet rag and clean all of the red softball dirt off, they look brand new. I’m going to tell you what you can buy as a pitcher to make sure the inside of your cleat doesn’t wear out before the rest of the shoe.
Extra Help for Durability: Ok here is something that I’m going to suggest that you buy in order to make your cleats last even longer. This is specifically for pitchers, you don’t need this if you’re not a pitcher. It’s called a pitching toe, and it’s a piece of rubber that’s thick to protect your cleats from wearing out, and it’s already shaped so that it will fit right on the side of your cleat. You glue it onto the outside of your right shoe on left side (left shoe right side if you’re a left-handed pitcher), so that the left side of your cleat where you drag your foot doesn’t wear out in a few months. It wears the pitching toe out, instead of wearing your cleats out. These cost about $12 dollars, and they’re totally worth it. Here is a website where you can see what I’m talking about http://www.tufftoesports.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=36 They are very easy to apply, the kit comes with the glue you have to use, and you just glue it on and let it sit for however long it says before you play in them. They aren’t heavy at all, so they don’t affect you’re running or pitching when it’s on, it’s just like that part of your shoe becomes thicker to protect it, but not heavier. I have only had to replace my pitching toe once in four years because it wore out, and because of that pitching toe I haven’t had to replace my cleats, so it is really worth it to put this on your cleats before you ever pitch in them so they don’t wear out.
Cleat Part of the Cleats: Ok here is the most important part of these cleats, and what sets them apart from other cleats. It's also why I love them so much. The cleats on the shoes are replaceable! This is a huge advantage because when the cleats wear down to nothing, (and that happens to me with other cleats about every two or three months), you don’t have to go out and buy a whole new pair of shoes, you can just buy replaceable cleats. And the other thing that’s great about replacing cleats is that you can buy rubber or metal cleats to replace with. If you go to softball.com and click on accessories, and then shoe and cleat, you can see the replacement cleats there. They only cost about eight dollars for a pack that will have enough for two cleats, and you have to also buy a cleat wrench to put them on that costs about three dollars. You can also usually go into any sports store that carries softball cleats and get the replacements. It doesn’t matter what brand the replacement cleats are, the rubber and metal ones will fit in any brand of cleats, so you don’t have to worry with the different brands. But these replacement cleats are great because you can let the cleats wear out and replace them instead of having to pay a lot more money for new cleats
Comfort: The comfort of cleats is just as important as the durability, and these cleats are very comfortable. I was able to play in games the same day I bought them, and I didn’t get blisters, and my feet weren’t sore at all. They break in very quickly, it’s not a long painful process, in fact it’s not painful at all. There is a cushioned midsole for comfort, and the sides of the cleats don’t go over the ankle, which is something that I like because then it doesn’t rub on my ankles or the back of my foot and make them sore. There is also a mesh design on the sides so that the cleats are breathable and your feet don’t get so hot.
Traction: The traction on these cleats is great, they don’t slide around on the dirt, you can run well in them, and they’re great for gripping the pitching plate. That’s another thing I like about these cleats, the cleats on the bottom are a little bit longer, which makes them grip better when you’re running in dirt or grass, and I love to be able to grab onto the pitching plate with them, I can push off and throw harder with these cleats.
So overall, these Mizuno Softball Double Play Interchangeable Softball Cleats are cost effective in the long run, and they have interchangeable cleats which makes them last much longer than any other type of cleats. They are extremely durable and last a really long time without falling apart, but if you’re a pitcher I highly recommend getting a pitching toe to make them last longer. The comfort is great and they break in really fast, and the traction is especially good because of the cleats.
I hope the review of these cleats helps people out, and I hope that anyone that is interested in buying good cleats that last a long time consider these ones because they are really great.