Picture if you will: Two kids. Two sets of cleats. Hardwood floors throughout my home. Can you see it. Now, imagine me, the mom. What do you see me doing? Would it be screaming at the kids to get off the floors with their cleats? Am I shaking my head as they clap along my floors? Perhaps it’s seeing me grab my head in pain as I think about the damage being done not only to my floors, but also to the kids’ cleats. Yup. You’d be right a year ago. Now? So not the case. I’m protecting cleats and floors. How? Keep reading, I’ll tell you.
Protecting cleats (and floors)
Little Miss plays lacrosse. The Boy? He’s into soccer. Little Miss plays lacrosse in the winter, spring and summer. The Boy plays soccer in the fall, and now, the Spring. It means cleats are a constant
pain in the ass shoe selection in our home. We don’t have an off season for cleats. Lucky us. I’m also sure we’re not the only family with kids running around with cleats on all year long!
When Little Miss first started playing lacrosse, I didn’t realize walking around on cement, and my hardwood floors, actually damaged the cleats. I thought, selfishly, only of my floors, to be rather honest. Finding out the cleats I paid for were also being damaged, well that put a whole different spin on my dilemma. It was now a rule: no cleat wearing anywhere but on the field. It’s not like we had lacrosse cleat covers, or soccer cleat covers. Who’d ever heard of such a thing?
Of course, the husband didn’t follow this rule with her, and once The Boy started playing soccer, the rule wasn’t followed with him, either. It was too much of a hassle to have the kids wear regular sneakers to the fields, and change into cleats, and blah, blah, blah. It seems silly, but honestly, it’s a royal pain in the ass when no one listens to the rules, and even more of a pain the ass when the rule is just blatantly ignored. Fights were had over stupid cleats. What the what?
I always tell myself “pick your battles.” Instead of fighting about it, I found a solution that EVERYONE loved. My kids thought the solution was really cool. My husband didn’t have to struggle with worrying about changing from sneakers to cleats on the fields. Best part of all, I no longer had to worry about the cleats, and my floors, being damaged when the kids walked around with the cleats on. Bada bing.
So what was the solution for the cleats vs. the floors
Something so insanely simple, yet genius, and I’m so damn pissed I didn’t think of it first! Cleatskins. Yes, a simple solution of cleat covers is keeping our family together. I’m kidding. We weren’t going to break apart the family over cleats, but it has taken a lot of bickering out of our sports routines! Plus, the backs of my car seats are happier, too. No more little cleats kicking into the front seats’ leather.
Such a simple solution of crafting flexible compression molded rubber to fit around the bottoms of cleated lacrosse footwear, and soccer cleats. PURE GENIUS. As I said, I wish I had come up with this idea so I could be making millions! It makes it so much easier when we have to run errands after games, or right before games. Kids can just throw the skins on the cleats, and we’re off. Snow? Ice? The skins are pretty dang good about grabbing, so there isn’t a lot of sliding!
My daughter has the lacrosse Cleatskins that are normally used for metal cleated sneakers, but it works the same for the rubber cleats on her shoes. She’s got the Camo Gray ones in the photo above. Her cleats are actually rubber soccer cleats, because her foot isn’t big enough for a real lacrosse cleat. Go figure. Girls can start playing in Kindergarten, but no one has a lacrosse cleat to fit a child’s foot until they reach size 1. Poor Little Miss is still a size 12/13. What can I say, she’s petite! Damn cute, but petite.
There’s so many options for kids, and even more for adults. It’s insane, because now they’ve got not just Cleatskins for cleated shoes, but also wrestling shoes, golf shoes, bike shoes, and more. GENIUS I tell you, GENIUS.
Sharing is caring when it comes to sports cleat covers
When Little Miss outgrows hers, she can pass them to her brother, at least for a couple of more years. Happy mom means happy kids, and a happy dad who doesn’t have to struggle with changing sneakers to cleats, and cleats back to sneakers, or listen to his wife nag him about not following the cleat rules!
Definitely check them out for your kids, for yourself, and for anyone who’s an athlete that wears cleats! Head over to Cleatskins and buy a pair before the soccer, and lacrosse, and any other sport seasons start! Go, now. What are you waiting for?!
Sorry, the link would help, wouldn’t it! Here it is –> Cleatskins.