Play in your old plastic-studded soccer or baseball cleats at your own risk. Thanks to budget cuts, many community fields around the country are basically ungroomed and the sun cakes the dirt rock solid. Protect your feet with turf shoes, like the Mizuno 9-Spike blast. These cleats hold up well throughout a 100-game season – not that you’ll play that many – and offer comfort right out of the box, true sizing, and great traction. [$59.99, softballfans.com]
Note: metal or metal-tipped cleats are not allowed in adult softball leagues.