No two pitchers drag their toe the same, but pitchers do drag very similarly. To find out what type of toe dragger you are, look at your cleats and see where the major wear patterns are, then take a look at the Custom Patterns we offer below and see which one is right for you.
Take a look at your cleats. If the major wear patterns are on the tip of your cleat by the big toe, do not go higher than the tip of your big toe nail, and do not reach your big toe knuckle, then a Standard Application pattern will be the best for you.
Included on every Custom Application (Dip) we provide the Standard application which will include 2 layers of Tuff Toe.
Take a marker and trace an outline of where you will be applying Tuff Toe. For a standard toe application, start at the front and go back to the area just in front of your big toe knuckle. Steer clear of your foots flex point.
If you need protection in other areas, then take a look at our other application patterns: Hot Spot, Extended Toe, Extended+Heel, and Reverse Toe.
Make sure to clean and sand the application area well. You’ll not only prep the cleats leather and foam but also the sole where you will be applying Tuff Toe. We recommend taking at least mins of sanding, if you use a dremmel then take :30 to :60 seconds to rough up the cleat.
You’ll need to equalize the cartridge to ensure both part A and part B extract evenly. To do this, simply attach the mixing tip and dispense an inch of material as shown in the picture.
Apply the adhesive first to the Molded Pro, you should have enough to apply sparingly, but don’t overload it. Smear the adhesive to an even layer with the included popsicle stick. Next, move onto the cleat and do the same as you did with the Molded Pro, applying to an even layer then spreading with the popsicle stick.
Wait 5 mins for the Base Layer to begin to set before continuing.
Change out your mixing tip for a new one. Then grab your cleat in your off-hand and begin applying the material from the corner down.
The material is still setting up and if you simply put the boot down the material will run to the sole. You want the material to be focused on the toe tip, so rotate the boot for 1-2 mins with the toe tip pointed down.
Rotate the cleat for a good 1-2 minutes while keeping the toe facing down. This will allow the material to self level and focus on the areas where you want the to have more protection.
A full 24 hrs is recommended for a full cure, however you will see that within 90 mins the material will be 80% cured. If you have to use your cleats before the 24 hrs, we recommend putting them in a warm area to help speed up the process (a hot car or in front of a heater works great).
Tuff Toe Pro is an abrasion, chemical, and water resistant polyurethane adhesive specially designed to provide long-term protection for your cleats. Don’t tear up of your expensive cleats!
Tuff Toe will extend the life of your cleats by 3 Times and with our Full-Season Warranty we’ll stand behind your Tuff Toe from peeling, cracking, or in any way, failing (as long as you follow our directions when you apply it).
All Tuff Toe Certified Application Pros (TCAP) go through the same training that we put our internal applicators through before they are allowed to apply Tuff Toe to NCAA or MLB pitcher cleats or other footwear. When you have a certified Tuff Toe pro treat your cleats, you’ll have the product and application guaranteed for the usable life of your boots.
If you decide to send your cleats in instead of the DIY process, be sure to mark the area that needs the hot spot with a marker so our Pros know exactly where to reinforce.
A Reverse Toe is simply taking the application pattern to the outside of the shoe from the outside of the big toe around to the little toe (approximately).
How to know if the Reverse Toe is right for you?
More common with baseball pitchers who are pigeon toed and who drag the outside of ther drag foot. The Reverse Toe is extremely rare for fastpitch softball pitchers because of their pitching form and motion.
The extended Tuff Toe application covers the standard coverage area and comes down the interior (medial) side of the cleat to almost the midpoint of the shoe.
Since this coverage covers the flex point of the shoe something may give over time and the Tuff Toe may pull away from the cleat. We do no guarantee the cleat with extended toe coverage but some of you just need it….especially fastpitch pitchers.
How to know if the Extended Toe is right for you?
If you are wearing down the majority of the inside of your cleats over your big toe and need more protection than the hot spot.
Some fastpitch pitchers need even more coverage. This combination has our Extended Tuff Toe coverage along with the interior of the heel below the ankle. Since this pattern covers the flex point of the shoe, something may give over time and the Tuff Toe may pull away from the cleat.
Watch the Video Demo on How to Add a Hot Spot to your cleat
You probably already know if you need to apply a Hot Spot. If you don’t, then just look at your old cleats. Did you wear out the side of your cleats, right over the toe knuckle, in addition to the standard wear on the toe of the shoe?
If you play baseball, softball, or do any other activity that requires you to drag the sides of your feet, you should consider applying a Tuff Toe Hot Spot to make your shoes and pitching cleats last longer.
Pitchers who wear a hole in their cleats over the big toe of the drag foot need to apply a tuff toe hot spot.
If you wear your cleat toe in the Standard Application area, but you’re also dragging your foot more on the inner big toe area wearing down the inside of your cleat over your big toe knuckle, then we recommend adding a Hot Spot.
To apply a Tuff Toe Hot Spot to your cleats, you will need the following:
*Tuff Toe Pro
*Tuff Gun Combo Pack:
This includes everything you need to repair and protect your cleats:
(1) 80 grit sandpaper
(1) Popsicle stick
(1) Cartridge of Tuff Toe Pro – 2 tips.
When you’re ready to reinforce your cleat, do the standard toe application first and let the material firm up for about 5-10 minutes before moving on to the Hot Spot.
Once the toe has set, use a marker to outline the area of your cleat that needs to be protected.
Just like any other application of Tuff Toe, you will need to sand the area you outlined, being careful to avoid sanding over seams, or else they will fray. If possible, it is also advised to leave a gap between the standard toe treatment and the hot spot so your cleat will still be able to flex.
Tuff Toe is a two-part application that needs to mix together at the time of application. If the parts are not equal, the application will fail. To ensure equalization, load the cartridge into the applicator without the tip and squeeze the trigger until both parts are extracting equally. Then put the tip back on and squeeze a 1 to a 2-inch line to test to make sure it’s coming out alright.
Hold the shoe flat on its side and apply a dot of Tuff Toe about the size of your thumb or a quarter. Start in the middle of the area you have marked off and let it run out toward the edges. Be careful not to apply it very thickly or your cleat won’t be able to flex and will be uncomfortable to wear. Just a thin layer will do. Continue to hold it flat on its side while you smooth out the dot with a popsicle stick.
Once the hot spot is the size and shape you want it, rotate the shoe slowly for one to two minutes so that the Tuff Toe doesn’t drip down the side or dry unevenly. Let it cure for 24 hours before wearing. And you’re done!