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9 Best Baseball Cleats for 2024

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In the old days for baseball footwear, dads would take their little baseball player to one store, or just maybe two, to choose from perhaps a couple of models of cleats. Those days are long gone. Modern baseball cleats come in a variety of designs, styles, colors and more, and feature the latest in shoe manufacturing technology.

Today’s baseball cleats have so many features, in fact, that it can be hard to differentiate between them.

With that, let us offer our suggestions for the best baseball cleats for 2024, and (hopefully if the cleats last) the seasons immediately after. Each new season means new models and features, so we have to test them out and share our conclusions here.

We researched a number of brands and models, both old and new, and considered design, styles, pricing, and other features. We believe we came up with a good list for your starting point in the process to purchase new baseball cleats.


Who Needs New Baseball Cleats?

Any person who plans to play baseball beyond the level of pickup games or street ball will need cleats, for traction in the dirt or grass in a game that commands a lot of fast starts and stops. Slipping is detrimental to hitting, catching, running, and throwing.

Baserunning in particular is done mostly on loose dirt, and this is an area of the game that causes a lot of injuries, much of them slip-related. Besides helping improve your play, cleats help prevent injuries from slip-and-falls. High- and mid-top styles help better compress and protect ankles.

Infield and outfield grass also can be troublesome particularly when moist or wet. Some baseball field grasses are allowed to grow tall, making it even harder to run fast or make moves without assistance on the bottom of the feet.

Top-level baseball players mostly wear cleats with spikes made of metal, because they dig deep into any type of turf and grip well to prevent slippage. Metal spikes also wear down slower than their rubber counterparts.

So, for the most part every baseball player needs a pair of trusted cleats. The game just features way too much sprinting, abrupt starting and stopping, and sudden changes of direction to play in cleatless shoes.

Which pair of cleats is the most trusted? It depends on the player and the position to be played the most (more on that at the very bottom). A deeper look:

When Buying Baseball Cleats: What to Look for

Modern baseball cleats feature highly advanced and even scientific features to provide the ultimate in performance, traction, comfort, and longevity. Below, regardless of the order, all of these models are well above-average baseball cleat models.

In the buying process, what might you look for? Well, hopefully this helps:


This is probably the first thing to check because many youth leagues, especially for kids age 10 and younger, do not allow use of metal spikes. At younger ages this is not that big of a deal, but older and more advanced players might prefer the deeper grip metal provides. Metal spikes are not dangerous, per se, but if stepped atop a foot they can cause noticeable pain. Metal spikes last longer than their hard rubber or plastic counterparts. Be sure to check with your league for rules on cleats, per age division. Most non-metal spikes are molded rubber.

Metal spikes are better on very hard, or very soft, surfaces. Think the dry fields of the Western United States; our more tropical areas like Florida where it rains enough to make grass thick and soils moist. Metal spikes do not, except on rare occasions, slip.

Still, almost a third of Major League Baseballplayers go with molded plastic or rubber spikes. Reasons vary, but metal spikes can be rough on the balls of the feet depending on the model; and metal spikes also can get caught in grass or artificial turf seams to cause injury. Professional ballplayers must think long-term as they play a lot of games.

And basically, it’s more comfortable standing for hours on rubber, compared with hard metal.

So metal spikes dig deeper into turf and last longer. Non-metal spikes usually are more comfortable to wear, especially with extended use. For some positions like pitcher, they may prefer metal spikes because they dig one foot in deep to push off on throws.


For a long, long time the only choice for baseball cleats was hard black leather, in versions that resembled the dress shoes of the day, only with spikes sprouting from the soles. Over time, manufacturers found softer leather, and added colors, and later modern plastics to create cleat models quite different from those of the 1960s and before.

Cleats made of higher-quality leather are more flexible, and often lighter, than those made from thick inferior leather. Today there’s also mesh and vinyl and even newer exotic materials aimed at improving performance, and extending the lifespan of the shoes.

A lot of modern baseball cleats are made mostly from synthetic material (including a “synthetic leather” quite resembling the real thing). Mesh is often added for comfort, air flow, and to reduce weight. Leather is more hardy over the long haul so if you want them to last, go with leather. Note that leather is a tad heavier, and if exposed to moisture too much could crack. Mesh breathes easily and keeps feet cool in hot weather, but offers little protection in wet conditions.


Keeping the weight light is important because baseball players are expected to be nimble on their feet. Not only is that, baseball games last a long time and fatigue can be a factor. Every ounce burns that many more calories. Generally somewhere around 1 lb. is the average cleat weight. Anything lower means the cleats are quite light.

Players in some positions, like catchers or corner infielders, might not be as concerned about weight, because those positions beat up on the feet and durability is more important. Regardless, cleat models more than 2 lbs are heavy.

Special Features

You will run across cleats with a design to hide the shoelaces, a rather aesthetic thing. Others might have a unique arrangement of the spikes on the bottom, or even more spikes than usual. Some have extra material at the very front tip to prevent damage from feet that drag behind on throws (like pitchers).

Read the online marketing materials for cleat models, and you’ll learn that some are made specially for longer grass, or just for artificial turf, and still others might be good for both. Which might be best for you or your child player is up to how that player plays the game, and which position he or she will end up in the most.

Our Picks for the Best Baseball Cleats for 2024

1. Best Baseball Cleat for 2024 Overall ~ Adidas Icon 7 Series Baseball Cleat


It’s not the first time the Adidas Icon 7 Series Baseball Cleat topped our list of suggestions for baseball cleats. In fact, should you run across the new Icon 8 line, go with it. We couldn’t include it here as we’re awaiting more user reviews. We’re sure the Icon 8 will be among the top cleats recommended next year/

You just get the most for your money with the Icon series. The model is priced quite competitively compared with its peers. It is very light, and has this neat sock liner for superb comfort. Add some brand trust, and it’s hard to go wrong with the Adidas Icon series.

Details? The Icon 7 has a textile upper and lining so air can flow and the shoe “breathes” to keep feet cool. On the bottom, this cleat is designed for added cushion, with a rather bouncy midsole), and grip with its molded rubber spikes.


  • Material(s): Textile synthetics; rubber sole
  • Weight: 2 lbs.
  • Special Feature: Interior sock liner

What We Like

  • Proven track record of the Icon series
  • Fair pricing

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2. Best Baseball Cleat for 2024 Runner Up ~ Under Armour Leadoff Baseball Cleat


This manufacturer is penetrating the professional market more these days, and we really like one of its best models, the Under Armour Leadoff Baseball Cleat. This high-quality cleat comes in various versions with different styles or features, so there’s plenty to choose from.

We’ll start with the 11 oz. weight, among the lightest models on this list. That’s aided by a synthetic upper, complete with toe box performations for air flow. The toe cap overlay was a nice touch for durability. And you get the ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole provides underfoot comfort for the full length of the cleats.


  • Material(s): Rubber, synthetic upper
  • Weight: 11 oz.
  • Special Feature: Lightweight mesh upper

What We Like

  • Super lightweight
  • Above-average rubber sole

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3. Best Baseball Cleat for 2024 Runner Up II ~ New Balance Fresh Foam 3000 V6 Molded Baseball Shoe


Almost every review we do of baseball cleats has a model from this company high on the list,  pointing to the comfort. The New Balance Fresh Foam 3000 V6 Molded Baseball Shoe is the model on this list. The fact that they chose to put the word “foam” in the model title says much about how New Balance wants to market these cleats.

Ever had a pair of NB walking or running shoes? Those who have will tell you it’s like walking on clouds, it’s so light and kind of bouncy underneath. The same goes for the 3000 V6. The Fresh Foam midsole is worth the price of admission; add plenty of TPU support for performance and durability, and you have a top-level cleat model.


  • Material(s): rubber; mesh upper
  • Weight: 1.82 lbs.
  • Special Feature: TPU heel clip for style

What We Like

  • Comfort, comfort, comfort
  • Above-average sole and cleat placement

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4. Best Baseball Cleat for 2024 for Speed ~ Adidas Adizero Afterburner Baseball Cleat


This manufacturer has been delivering quality baseball cleats since the old plain-black-cleat

era ended, so we’re not surprised that the Adidas Adizero Afterburner Baseball Cleat caught our attention.

Quite light and designed especially for speed, the Adizero Afterburner fits well and snuggly with its wide lacing system, and the Sprintskin upper keeps the weight down while still allowing cool air to flow through. It’s just a well-designed model that feels good on feet whether on the field or not.


  • Material(s): textile synthetics; rubber sole
  • Weight: 1.48 lbs.
  • Special Feature: Super soft lining for comfort

What We Like

  • The fit and feel
  • Brand trust

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5. Best Baseball Cleat for 2024 for Turf ~ New Balance Men’s FuelCell 4040 V6 Turf-Trainer Baseball Shoe


For players who participate mostly on fake grass, we suggest the New Balance Men’s FuelCell 4040 V6 Turf-Trainer Baseball Shoe. The brand is known for delivering comfort, and when it comes to playing on artificial turf, foot fatigue is an important factor.

The company’s own FuelCell foam is cushy but also feels like it helps propel quick action, quite the advantage in this game. The sole is plenty grippy, and there are special touches on the fit like the mesh upper added for comfort and flexibility.


  • Material(s): Synthetic mesh upper; rubber sole
  • Weight: 1.65 lbs.
  • Special Feature: FuelCell foam

What We Like

  • Above-average comfort
  • Light weight

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6. Best Baseball Cleat for 2024 for Style ~ Under Armour Men’s Harper 8


Sometimes baseball players go with a cleat just for the look. For them we suggest a look at the Under Armour Men’s Harper 8 ~ or any of its offerings in the Harper line. It seems with the Harper 8 the company has de-emphasized crazy designs and color schemes. But there are still plenty of cleats in this line that pop out at the eyes.

They perform, too, and many Harper models are nicely priced. The super light weight is commendable; the ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole is full-length for total underfoot comfort; and there’s the internal lacing system that ensures a really snug fit.


  • Material(s): 80% cotton, 20% polyester; rubber sole
  • Weight: 13.1 oz.
  • Special Feature: Design influenced with input from MLB star Bryce Harper

What We Like

  • Great selection of styles and designs
  • Super lightweight

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7. Best Baseball Cleat for 2024 For Very New Players ~ Franklin Sports Baseball Cleat


This company has been delivering sporting goods for very young and new players for a while, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out the Franklin Sports Baseball Cleat. Consider it an entry into the world of baseball ~ but not too expensive in case the player quits soon thereafter.

This model is plenty durable with its synthetic leather. They know kids must feel comfy on the field so they use mesh for the tongue, which allows ventilation and a cooling factor. Add to that a cushioned insole and extra padding around the ankles an8d movement is as free as it is comfortable.



  • Material(s): ‎Polyurethane; rubber sole
  • Weight: 1.37 lbs.
  • Special Feature: Very aggressive rubber outsole with an impressive spread of textured cleats.

What We Like

  • 90-day limited warranty
  • Low pricing

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8. Best Baseball Cleat for 2024 for the Logo ~ Nike Alpha Huarache NXT


This brand does not dominate baseball like it does other sports, but we do like the Nike Alpha Huarache NXT model. It is super comfy with its Nike React foam and Zoom Air in the forefoot, and it delivers the quality known from the brand.

The cleat plate format places the cleats under the forefoot in more circular angles, supposedly giving players 360-degree traction. The Zoom Air unit up front helps with lateral movements. While this model is the lightest Huarache to date, it doesn’t rank among the lightest cleats on our list.


  • Material(s): ‎Synthetic
  • Weight: 2 lbs.
  • Special Feature: Nike React foam inside

What We Like

  • Brand trust
  • Mid-ankle style that feels like a low-cut

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9. Best Baseball Cleat for 2024 for Innovation ~ Mizuno Men’s Wave Lightrevo Baseball Shoe


This sporting goods company has tried to break into the baseball market for years, and perhaps the Mizuno Men’s Wave Lightrevo Baseball Shoe is the model to put them over the top. Its application of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) shows the Japanese manufacturer is not afraid to try new things.

The TPU midsole, outsole, and wave plate certainly provide flexibility along with firmness when needed, a nice touch for comfort as well as durability. This cleat may last you a long time. Also featured is technology aimed at reducing pressure on the feet, adding not only comfort but also stability during hard baseball moves.


  • Material(s): ‎Synthetic
  • Weight: 1.46 lbs.
  • Special Feature: Mizuno Wave® technology to reduce pressure

What We Like

  • Use of materials and features that differ from most models in this class
  • Affordable pricing

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Cleats for Other Diamond Sports

Almost all the models noted above are also suitable for use in fastpitch softball or slowpitch softball. The former is popular with girls and young women; the latter for adults in various recreational leagues.

Just know that many public recreational leagues do not allow metal spikes. Also, Little League and some other youth baseball organizations either do not allow metal spikes at all, or only after a certain age, usually beginning around age 10.

Softball play is different from baseball, mainly because its fields are smaller (60 feet between bases compared with the 90 feet at top levels of baseball), but also because the entire infield is dirt. Baseball diamonds have grass inside the baselines.

Fastpitch softball is a much faster game, with a lot of bunting and stealing and making hard plays on all that infield dirt. Cleats should be light, and have a solid underfoot to ensure traction as dirt gets softer as games progress. Pitchers certainly will need protection in the very front for that leg that drags behind with every underhand toss.

Same goes for adult slowpitch players. Their fields tend to have longer grass, and dirt that softens early in games, so pay attention to the rubber cleats underneath. Are there enough, are they long enough, will they last, things like that.

If we haven’t said it before we’ll state it here: rubber cleats tend to be easier on the bottom of feet. Metal spikes grip the turf and avoid slippage better.

About Durability with Baseball Cleats

Above, we mentioned how leather on cleats may crack if exposed too much or too often to moisture. That does not have to be the case, with proper maintenance.

We bring this up because it could help you extend the lifespan of your new modern cleats, whether they have a leather or synthetic exterior. Synthetic leather, too, can crack if they get too dry and owners are negligent.

Try to always wipe moisture away from cleats before putting them away, preferably while still at the field, or outdoors. This is a good idea anyway as it avoids the potential for causing a mess once indoors.

Also, store them well. Too many players just squish their cleats into crowded bags, and sometimes they get twisted like they’re not designed to move, and it changes the way they perform, or last.

With leather cleats, be sure to thoroughly clean them after use, and apply a wax or conditioner at least once a week. These waxes come in roll-on form and are very easy to apply, then hardily dry off with a clean towel.

For players who are rough on that big toe area due to dragging follow feet, available are protective guards designed to fit right in that very place.

Baseball Positions Hard on Cleats

Finally, we need to let new players or parents of new players understand that the lifespan of baseball cleats depends on the style of play. Much of it depends on the position played most. Here’s our ranking of baseball positions according to how brutal they are on the cleats:


Playing catcher is easily the most demanding position for both players and cleats. All the squatting and twisting takes a toll on equipment.


Pitchers twist and drag their cleats with every play.

Fairly Rough

Middle infielders do a lot of twisting on double plays or long plays in the hole and their cleats can wear faster.

Not So Rough

Corner infielders have it a little easier than the guys who play next to them, although a first baseman’s cleats are always in danger of getting stepped on over there at that bag, by oncoming base runners.


Outfielders play on cool, soft grass on defense, and only crush dirt when they hit periodically during games.

Related Questions

Question: How do you know which size is best while shopping online?

Answer: Many top brands include sizing tips along with product information for shoes for sale. You only need to find one, print it, and use it for all online shoe purchases. For an example, see the Franklin Sports model included in our list.

Question: Why isn’t genuine leather used in many baseball cleats today?

Answer: Several reasons. The main one is that the technology of the modern synthetic plastics has reached a point where those materials just last longer than old-fashioned leather. Synthetics also are much lighter, and don’t crack with too much moisture.

Question: Do white cleats actually keep the feet cooler than black cleats on hot days?

Answer: Yes, depending on the exposure. We wouldn’t say “cooler’; “less hot” is probably more accurate.

Question: Do players really file metal spikes to make them sharper?

Answer: They have been known to, namely the legendary base-stealer Ty Cobb. However, modifying equipment to gain any kind of advantage is forbidden in baseball rule books. And no one should be sharpening spikes with hope of hurting another player.

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