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What types of shoes do football players wear?
Answered by Science Channel
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  1. Football players wear different types of shoes depending on the weather and on which surface they'll be playing. When the game takes place on Astroturf, players can use one of three different types of shoes. When playing in dry conditions, the players use shoes with very light bottoms, but in damp conditions, they switch to ones with thicker soles. When it's downright wet outside, they wear shoes called Destroyers, which have very thick soles. Football players prefer to have games held on grass fields, which are softer than Astroturf, and to wear shoes with molded bottoms. Cleats ranging from ½ inch (1.27 centimeters) to an inch (2.54 centimeters), depending on how dry the field is and how far into the season it has been used, are quickly added or replaced on the shoes with electric stud drivers.

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