But if you want to beat your friends in pickup football at the park—and look cool while doing it—you’re going to need some new gear. Those leftover high school cleats that've been collecting dust in the back of your closet? Not going to cut it. It's time to donate those to your kid brother and get some new footwear.
You can bend it like Beckham with these Nike cleats—Odell Beckham, that is.
The electric New York Giants wide receiver uses these carbon fiber-plated cleats to get a leg up on his opponents, as do fellow NFL stars Victor Cruz and Mohamed Sanu. All three players wore specially designed Nike Vapor cleats for 9/11, and Beckham has worn various exclusive designs of the shoe, including a Christmas theme, Batman design, Snoopy Thanksgiving design, and a camo design. The cleat is made to have a quick response to cuts and pivots for football players, and the “Durable Flyweave" construction offers stability and support for your foot.
The cleat has an old-school look, but the modern tech production makes this piece of gear essential—and it comes in some awesome colorways, including anthracite, voltage green, blue lagoon, gym red, and metallic platinum.
Any pair of Yeezy shoes are hard to find—and the cleats are no different—but that’s just one of the reasons why the Yeezy Boost 350 Cleats are so awesome. Modeled after the sneaker of the same name, the “Turtle Dove” design has a black and tan colorway with bright pale white cleats. The shoe is made with the adidas Primeknit material for extra traction and stability, plus the SprintSkin coating gives it a lightweight feel for comfort. Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins liked them so much, he wore them despite falling afoul of the NFL’s style rules, resulting in a $6,000 fine.
Denver Broncos linebacker and high-intensity workout enthusiast Von Miller was sent a pair of the Boost 750 Cleats for opening night of the 2016 NFL season, but he only wore his in warmups. The Boost 750 Cleats are similar to the sneakers of the same name, sporting a high-top design and white midfoot strap to go with the white-on-white colorway. It’s not easy to get a pair of Yeezy cleats, but their exclusivity makes them even more essential to any sneakerhead’s closet.
This cleat is one of the coolest pieces of gear for the season. The slick, high-top design is made of lightweight materials—weighing just over 11 oz.—allowing players to feel like they are almost floating across the field as they score touchdowns. The cleat is worn by NFL players like Vontaze Burfict, Ryan Mathews, Aqib Talib, and the new-and-improved Eddie Lacy. The cleat conforms to the individual shape of the wearer's foot with its “Molded 4D Foam” technology. The cleats come in over 10 different colorways—including midnight navy, forest green, “Steeltown” gold, team royal, and metallic silver—and will make you the envy of your friends when you play pickup.
Nike’s Huarache V Cleats are made for lacrosse, but that hasn’t stopped NFL players from using them for football. Matthew Stafford, DeSean Jackson, and Antoine Bethea have all laced these up, and you can do the same to give yourself a style upgrade on the gridiron. The white and metallic gold, silver, or red colorway design will stand out amongst your friends’ beat-up cleats from high school and they come made with a “Phylon midsole” for extra foot support.
If you’re looking to add speed, these cleats were made for you. The ultra-lightweight cleats (weighing less than 9 oz.) are made with a cheetah-like design that will make it look like you’re hunting down gazelles on the football field. The black stripe design is contrasted by a number of different colorway options, including red, “Steeltown” gold, team royal, metallic silver, and midnight navy, so you can try and match your favorite NFL team with your choice. The cleat is made with V56 technology and a special “Pebax external heel” that provides extra support for you foot.
These cleats are meant for the hardest-hitting, toughest players on the field. Adidas used “DuPont Kevlar-reinforced plating” for the gear to help with traction and foot stability, giving the players the ability to get rough from the ground up. The mid-top cleats give ankle support and have a customizable lacing system to allow you to shape the tightness to your unique foot size.
Jordan brand footwear isn’t just for basketball anymore.
NFL star Dez Bryant rocks Jordan cleats when he’s grabbing touchdowns for the Dallas Cowboys, and you can emulate his style by grabbing a pair of these. The all-black colorway evokes the classic Jordan sneakers and the “Arch Beam Propulsion” design gives you flexibility and stability as your try and up your speed on the field. The 12-cleat design is made to be responsive to quick changes in direction—perfect for any wide receiver looking to shake a cornerback.
The Adizero cleats have a sleek design and a Kevlar-reinforced top plate for protection and durability for your foot. The powerful foundation allows players to reach optimal speed on the field and the specially designed heel cup keeps your foot stable as you try and push through defenders. The core black and running white colorways are dotted with digitally printed images of diamonds, offering a shine for the cleats that will earn you some major style points among your friends.
The Nike Lunarbeast Elite Lightning cleat is made specially for linemen—the big dudes who battle in the trenches day in and day out, doing the dirty work for their teams. The Flywire cables and full-length Lunarlon midsole provide protection and foot comfort for when you are pushing hard trying to make a sack (or trying to prevent one). The mid-top strap offers adjustability to the ankle and the “TPU plate” configuration for the cleats gives players extra durability and traction. Miami Dolphins defensive lineman and noted ferocious hitter Ndamukong Suh uses the cleats to dominate the field.
Cam Newton’s signature line with Under Armour includes the awesome-looking C1N1 Football Cleats. The Carolina Panthers star helped design the cleat, which includes his logo and a high-ankle strap for extra stability and comfort. The cleats come in two colorways—metallic silver black and metallic silver white—but Newton gets a different colorway from UA to wear almost every week of the season (including one that featured an image Newton himself doing the dab after scoring a touchdown).