Skins help you wear cleats on the street
We were sent a pack of these Cleatskins to let our kids test drive. While I think the idea is a good one, it wasn't easy to execute. The idea is you can protect your cleats from rough street surfaces (and protect your car's carpet from mud and grass) by slipping this rubber shell over the sole of the shoe after you finish the soccer or baseball game. Note they are not for metal cleats, only rubber ones.
We had a hard time finding the right size to fit over my son's shoes and even then it takes some work to get on. The instructions say you need a tight fit, so you put it over the toe and pull back to slip it over heel. But my son got frustrated and preferred just to kick his shoes off and go home in socks. If you have to make a stop after the game, I could see where this would be handy, but so would keeping a pair of street shoes in the car.
This could be good for kids who take a long time to get their cleats on. They can do that at home, put these on and race to the practice field. Since it's easy to slip and fall while wearing cleats on a non-grassy surface, I could see having these handy if you have a busy athlete who wears cleats a lot. It can also save on the wear and tear of those expensive athletic shoes. They range in price from $25 to $32.45.
Expect to see this heavily promoted for Father's Day because they make a Cleatskins for golf shoes.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne