Position-specific specialization changing scientific art of cleats

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Cleats and the technology behind their design have come a long way in the 88-year history of the shoes.

Cleats and the technology behind their design have come a long way in the 88-year history of the shoes.

Different movement needs across sports and positions require different cleat shapes and placements.

Different movement needs across sports and positions require different cleat shapes and placements.

Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and technology for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.