In baseball, most youth leagues prohibit the wearing of shoes with spikes. Instead molded, cleated shoes are popular. You can also wear running shoes or cross trainers, but whatever you get, make sure they provide good traction. As when choosing any other footwear, it is absolutely essential to make sure that you have a comfortable fit. If not, they can cause foot pain, blisters and a lack of stability. Don’t assume that your shoe size will remain the same always. Changes occur due to various reasons over a period of time. Also, sizes vary according to the brands of the shoes.
When buying baseball shoes, make sure there is room for your toes to move. At its widest point the foot should fit comfortably without stretching the upper over the mid-sole of the shoe. The heel area should have a snug fit. Try on several pairs and walk around a bit in the ones you think feel the best, before buying them. Replace your baseball shoes after about 70-75 hours of activity in them and this means only the actual time you spend playing. Really good shoes may se you back by $40 to $70.
Not much is known about baseball shoes in use at the inception of the game. In the late 19th century, soft but durable leather shoes were the preferred choice of baseball players. Soon, detachable spikes came into vogue and were seen on and off until 1976 when they were outlawed. Up to the late 1960s, baseball shoes were found only in black or dark brown. Then whites became popular and soon solid reds and blues were also in.
The popularity of artificial turf meant modifications to baseball footwear. Sporting goods companies began manufacturing shoes specifically designed for the new surface. Soles of shoes had numerous small rubber bumps on them that provided good traction without harming the turf. Shoes with plastic cleats made their appearance in the early 80s.
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