I wasn’t raised as a girly-girl. I had a big brother kicking my butt for too many years to NOT wanna do the fun sporty-sports the guys did. So even as an adult, my sense of style is somewhat an afterthought while my taste for good athletic equipment is unnatural.
I had a passionate relationship with the last pair of cleats I owned and it was quite difficult to part with them (truth be told, even in the state they are in – falling apart & smelly – I keep them as a backup). So as Spring 2010 season begun, I embarked on a $100+ journey to obtain a new pair. And what a fine pair I bought though I was FLOORED to find that high-end soccer shoes nowadays are made from KANGAROO – ick.
Here’s the kicker (heh). I’ve now spent more money on my soccer shoes than on any other pair of shoes (including running) that I own. In addition to my weekend games, I occasionally play at work. But at work, I have a LONG walk from the locker room, over office floors, sidewalks, and basketball courts, before I get to the grassy haven of the soccer field. SO I had to find a solution: either change shoes Mister-Rogers style on the field OR find a way to protect them. Enter Cleatskins.
Cleatskins are the greatest invention for people who wear cleats – think soccer, baseball, football, golf players. Rather than deaden your cleats or even hurt the surface of the floor you’re walking on, you can wear a stretchable, flexible sheath on your shoe. The ones I have are called Cleatskins Pro and they are made from material that remind me of Crocs. They easily fit snugly over the cleat part, both protecting your investment and also giving you added traction (ever try to chase a toddler on a slick sidewalk with cleats on?) I like that I can put my shoes on at home then hustle out the door and drive to the game, Cleatskins & all, so when I’m late (like always), I can quickly remove them and hop onto the field.
The only bad thing about Cleatskins is that once I decided to buy them, they weren’t readily available in my area – online is the way to go (though in my case, a rep from the company sent me a pair when I had trouble accessing the online store). After showing them off on the soccer field last Saturday, however, my teammates were very interested in buying some on the spot. So Cleatskins, if you’re listening, make your next retail location like Soccer Fanatic or at least sell them to our league – I think you’d have a lot of customers who share my sense of soccer function over fashion (though the colored ones are pretty fashionable!)
Disclosure: As stated above, I received this as a free product sample (value $29.99). The company did NOT ask me to post my thoughts/tweet about the product but I think Cleatskins are totally awesome and of course I wanted to write a quick post to share my opinion. The opinions expressed in this post and on this blog are my own and my disclosure policy is here.