Best Slowpitch Softball Cleats

If you’re new to the world of slowpitch softball, choosing the right cleats can be intimidating. When you go into the sports store, there’s an entire wall of cleats, each with their own designs and unique set of advantages and disadvantages. So how do you choose a cleat that’s right for you?

Luckily, we’re going to make the process extremely simple. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite softball cleats, with detailed information about each shoe to give you the best possible idea as to which cleat is best for you. Take a look through this list to discover the shoe that’s best for you, and even order it online through the Amazon links below to have it shipped for free right to your doorstep.

What is the best slowpitch softball cleat for you? (Girls/Women’s cleats)

1. NIKE Women’s Hyperdiamond 2 Keystone Softball Cleat

These cleats are crafted out of synthetic leather, and a breathable TPU mesh, to make the top of the shoe extremely robust. The Hyperdiamond is also extremely light and comfortable due to the phylon midsole cushioning. On the bottom of the shoe you will find 12-cleat spikes, designed to optimize traction while out there on the field so you don’t have to worry about slipping—only speed.

Nike Women's Hyperdiamond 2 Keystone Softball Cleat Black/White/Wolf Grey Size 8 M US

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Pro’s

  • Breathable
  • Light and breezy
  • Robust for use season-after-season
  • Supports ankle well.
  • Stylish

Con’s

  • Not suitable for players with wide feet, as the shoe is designed narrow
  • May rub ankle
  • Not designed for pitchers.

What players are saying:

“I purchased these cleats for our daughter to try out in the new season, and we have not been disappointed! Not only do these shoes look fantastic, but they’re also extremely high quality, which is obvious upon feeling them and putting them on. Definitely the best pair of cleats we’ve ever purchased! Would highly recommend over any other pair on the market.”
- Jules Ellyanne.
 

2. Under Armour Women’s Glyde RM

This imported cleat is designed out of synthetic materials, textile, and a rubber sole on the bottom. The coated textile forefoot component of these cleats makes it extremely lightweight, giving it the feel of a regular sneaker, and allowing it to last year-over-year. The Glyde is also extremely comfortable and durable due to the die-cut EVA sockliner component. The cleats on the bottom of the shoe are rubber molded, and designed for traction. And last but not least, these cleats’ full-length, signature ArmourBound midsole makes it one of the most comfortable pieces of footware in the game, providing key shock absorption.

Under Armour Women's Glyde RM Softball Shoe, 011/Black, 8

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Pro’s

  • These cleats offer excellent ankle support.
  • Durable, long-lasting make.
  • Comfortable shoe due to ArmourBound midsole.
  • Lightweight, sneaker-like feel.
  • Good value

 

Con’s

  • Narrow tongue that doesn’t fit perfectly over the top of the shoe.
  • Can take a while to work in. Players may get blisters for the first week of use.
  • The heel of the shoe isn’t as comfortable as other cleats.

What players are saying:

“I ordered these shoes not knowing what to expect, and when they arrived they fit perfectly! They’re extremely comfortable, and get the job done. They’re definitely the best value cleat I’ve seen on the market so far. I was in a pinch looking for a new cleat before my daughter’s next game because her old ones got ruined, and I was able to order this shoe quicker than the expected shipping time, and still paid less than if I had purchased many other cleats on the market in the store. My daughter has been playing extremely well in these shoes, and says they’re comfortable and have great grip. Would recommend!”
- Jaleen Salem.
 

3. NIKE Girl’s Hyperdiamond Keystone GS Softball Cleat

This is the original version of the Hyperdiamond (the Hyperdiamond 2 is listed above). This bright, colourful cleat isn’t only stylish and unique to look at, it’s also got a great design. The Hyperdiamond is made from synthetic materials, with a full-length phylon midsole that gives the shoe maximum comfort, cushioning, and support. This also makes it a very light cleat. The Hyperdiamond’s solid rubber outsole is designed with NIKE’s signature fastflex technology, so that this shoe moves with the contours of your foot, so you can run naturally, at top speed.

Nike Girl's Hyperdiamond 2 Keystone Softball Cleat Black/Pink Blast/Vivid Pink Size 6 M US

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Pro’s

  • Stylish, unique look.
  • Long-lasting and robust cleat.
  • Comfortable to wear on feet.
  • Fastflex technology makes the shoe flexible.
  • Comes at a great value.
  • Comes from one of the most trusted brands in the game.


Con’s

  • Some customers found that the shoe fits bigger than they expected.
  • Customers now have the Hyperdiamond 2 at their disposal, making this shoe second-best.


What players are saying:

“I’ve read some reviews of customers who complained that this shoe did not fit the way they expected—but to them I say it’s your fault, as you need to always remember to buy your cleats a size up from your normal size! These wonderful cleats fit like a glove on my 10 year old daughter, and she has been loving them. They’re definitely the most fashionable cleat on her softball team. But aside from the way they look, these shoes truly fit and play great. They’re sturdy, and have lasted through multiple games and come out still feeling just as strong as when we first bought them. I wouldn’t get any other pair for my daughter, other than maybe a cleat within the same NIKE series. Recommend!”
- Catherine Lawtz.
 

4. Mizuno Women’s 9-Spike Advanced Sweep 3 Softball Shoe

These imported, 100% synthetic Mizuno cleats come with a 9-spike advances outsole that is designed for fastpitch softball, but also works just fine in slowpitch leagues. The Advanced Sweeps come with a parallel outsole Wave technology that maximizes comfort, support, and stability. These shoes are very cushioned. Inside, you will find a full length mid-sole. And at the tips of these cleats, Mizuno has included new and improved “toe protector” technology to make the shoes lighter than ever before while actually increasing the shoe’s durability and toe-protection.

Mizuno Women's 9-Spike Advanced Sweep 3 Softball Shoe, White-Red, 9 D US

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Pro’s

  • Long-lasting shoe. Very robust.
  • Cleats come with a toe protector
  • Durable and comfortable.


Con’s

  • Some customers found that this shoe fits smaller than they expected.
  • A bit expensive for the value of the shoe.


What players are saying:

“Bought this pair of cleats for my daughter, who has been wearing1 previous versions of the Mizuno cleat. This pair of cleats was a 1/2 size smaller than we’re accustomed to, so if you’re buying these cleats, always make sure to go a 1/2 size larger than normal. Other than that, these shoes have been breathable and durable. No complaints! Love the toe protector in the end of the shoe.”
- Sam M.
 

What is the best slowpitch softball cleat for you? (Boys/Men’s cleats)

1. Under Armour Men’s Leadoff Low RM

We’re only listing one cleat on here for men, because we feel like there’s no need to look further! These imported Under Armour cleats are designed from textile and synthetic materials, with a rubber sole/cleats. The synthetic leather top makes the shoe extremely robust and long-lasting, as well as comfortable against the foot. This cleat offers amazing support, so players don’t have to worry about their feet and ankles giving out. The mesh tongue in these cleats makes it an extremely breathable piece of footwear, and helps to keep your foot from over-sweating or over-heating. And, with a full-length EVA midsole, these cleats are able to effectively disperse pressure when running/upon impact. The Leadoff’s are designed for a breathable, comfortable, supportive footwear experience for optimal gameplay.

Under Armour Men's Leadoff Low RM Baseball Shoe, Black (011)/White, 12

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Pro’s

  • Very comfortable and breathable cleats
  • Comes at an excellent value
  • Fits perfectly
  • Robust and long-lasting.


Con’s

  • Narrow toe area.
  • Heel could use a bit more padding.

 

What players are saying: 

“I bought these cleats for my husband, who plays in a slowpitch softball league. He has a gigantic foot (size 13) so finding cleats that fit right is always a challenge. We thought we would give these Under Armour cleats a try and WOW are they great! My husband absolutely loves these cleats. The first pair he’s actually stood by. He says that they’re so light it feels like he’s bare foot, and they’re comfortable for his big feet. Unlike other cleats, these Under Armours didn’t give him blisters when trying to break them in initially. And best of all, these shoes come at an excellent value. I didn’t need to break the bank to find shoes that my husband loves! Thanks Under Armour, my husband is playing better than ever!”
- Charlie M.
 


How to choose the best slowpitch softball cleat (advice when looking for shoes):


1. Check the rules of your league:
It’s important to always check to make sure your cleats match the specifications of your league. For example, metal-tipped and steel cleats are not allowed in slowpitch softball.

2. Know what surface you’re playing on.

Slowpitch softball can be played either indoors or outdoors. So be sure which type of surface you’re playing on before buying your cleats. If you’re playing on an outdoor field, you will definitely want to use cleats. But depending on the type of indoor surface, you may not want shoes with spikes on the bottom.

3. Sizing

Some brands of cleats fit larger or smaller than others. So, be sure to do some research on the brand (particularly check the reviews that customers have left) to see if you need to order a half-size larger or smaller than you’re used to.

4. Gender

There is no rule stating that men must wear “mens” cleats and women must wear “womens.” So, if you find a pair of cleats you like that is made for the opposite gender, and you try them on and they fit, go ahead and use them! The most important thing is that they fit well and you’re comfortable.

How to break in your slowpitch softball cleats

Whichever pair of cleats you buy, it’s always recommended that you break them in before playing, so you can avoid getting blisters out on the field, and concentrate on the game. Breaking in your cleats is easy, and just takes a little bit of pre-game preparation. Here’s some of the best ways to break in your cleat before gameplay.

1. Use petroleum jelly to prevent blisters.

If you’ve played softball before, you’re probably already wise to which parts of your feet tend to get the most blisters. So, take petroleum jelly and lather it onto the parts of your cleat that will be rubbing against your foot in the areas where blisters normally form. This is often on the back of your heel, and on the tops and sides of your toes. The petroleum jelly will help to soften the material of the shoe, as if you’re using moisturizer on skin.

2. Use two pairs of socks during practice.

Doubling up on your socks during practice will make the shoe tighter on your foot, allowing the shoe to form to your foot’s unique shape. That way, when you take the second pair of socks off, the shoe will be naturally formed to match your foot. 

3. Two-hand twist.

Take your shoes in your hands, and twist them as if you’re wringing out a towel. This will help to break in your shoes, and soften the material. When you’re playing on the field, you’re going to be moving your foot around in every direction. So, by twisting your shoe like this first, it will react better to the quick movements of your feet, rather than being hard and resistant.

4. Foot/shoe soak.

This is one of the best methods for breaking in your cleats. Simply fill up a bucket or tub of warm water, and submerge your feet in the water while wearing your cleats on your feet. Make sure your cleats are done up snug on your foot. Keep your feet in the water for half-an-hour. Then, keep the shoes on your feet and go about the rest of your day (preferably on a day when you can be outside in the sun/warmth). By allowing the shoes to dry on your feet, you’re forcing them to shape to the contours of your unique foot.

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