Players with wide feet, we feel your pain.
It’s time to say goodbye to blisters once and for all.
In this guide, we’ve reviewed the best soccer cleats for wide feet in 2019.
We’ve also included the most important things to consider when buying, helping you find something that fits.
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- Best Soccer Cleats For Wide Feet
- How To Find Cleats That Fit Wide Feet
- Cleat Terminology
- What To Look For
- What To Avoid
Best Soccer Cleats For Wide Feet
Time to begin our reviews!
Diadora is known for making wide cleats. Just about any soccer shoe by the company — even synthetics like these — are a good choice if you have wide feet.
These cleats are great if you’re fed up of sweaty feet. They feature a breathable insole that allows sweat to drain without letting water in, ensuring you stay nice and dry during games, even in hot and humid weather.
However, the best thing about this insole is the fact that it’s removable. Meaning, you can use your own ones if you’d prefer, creating a footbed that’s perfect for the shape of your sole.
The upper doesn’t stretch much, but is incredibly durable. It’s nice and light, maximizing your agility on the pitch. Plus, since it’s synthetic, this shoe is pretty reasonably priced.
Diadora’s upper also features a special “touch control coating” on the outside. This helps make the ball stick to your foot a little easier, helping your control, but also making it easier to play passes where you want to put curve on the ball.
If you do intend to buy this cleat, note that they do run a bit smaller than you might expect. Don’t be afraid to go up a half size for a good fit.
This cleat is one of the most popular soccer shoes ever made – period.
Not only are they great for those with extremely wide feet, they’re also a fantastic all-around cleat for nearly any position on the pitch.
But why is this?
Simply put: the upper is made from full-grain kangaroo leather, as opposed to synthetics. The leather stretches nicely to provide a snug, comfortable fit almost instantly – there’s next to no break-in period with these cleats.
This leather upper also provides a great touch on the ball – even controlling long-range aerial passes is a piece of cake. This material does increase the weight of the shoe, but it also improves its durability, which is especially important for those with wide feet.
Note that only the upper, or the area that will contact the ball, is made of leather. The Mundials have a synthetic inner lining and lightweight insoles that will keep your feet comfortable for the entire match. There’s also a foam-cushioned midsole, which is incredibly soft.
On the whole, the design is incredibly well thought-through. You won’t have trouble going the full 90 minutes in these, no matter your foot shape.
The one downside to these cleats is the price. Since the Mundials are made kangaroo leather, they don’t come cheap.
This cleat is Nike’s answer to the Adidas Copa Mundial.
The Tiempo Legend VII Academy is essentially designed to be as snug and comfortable as physically possible. It has cables that work with the laces to lock down your foot when sprinting, and the insole is engineered specifically to prevent slippage.
This design has two benefits:
- Less space between your foot and the ball, making it easier to control shots/passes and dribble the ball.
- Less slippage as you run/turn, making for a comfortable fit – and no more blisters.
Unlike nearly any other shoe, because of the leather used, this cleat will mold to the exact shape of your feet as you break it in. Meaning, no painful side pinching, even if you’ve got wide feet.
The end result? Probably the most comfortable shoe you’ve ever worn, especially if you’re used to synthetic shoes that always seem slightly too narrow.
Nike have also opted to install a layer of padding called Flyknit in the upper. While this does improve the comfort a bit, it can take the string out of super-powerful shots.
Nothing hugs your feet better than socks. Adidas ran with that idea when they designed the Predator 19.x range.
With this particular cleat, a synthetic mesh upper hugs your foot, making for a sock-like fit. As a result, the upper material stretches nicely, meaning it doesn’t constrict wide feet.
Not only is the mesh material comfortable, it also locks your foot in while you run. Combined with the sock top, this shoe provides a snug fit and excellent stability when sprinting.
However, Adidas focused more on optimizing player performance rather than prioritizing pure comfort in designing this cleat.
The upper is textured, meaning it has excellent grip, leading to better ball control. It’s also thinner than most leather alternatives, which makes for a better feel for the ball, and an incredibly lightweight cleat.
Another benefit of the synthetic upper as opposed to leather is it’s very easy to clean if it gets dirty.
However, while the mesh upper is very flexible, these cleats simply won’t stretch as much as the Mundials for example, because the synthetics in the upper just aren’t as soft as real leather.
On the whole, they’re probably a better option for those with slightly wide feet as opposed to extremely wide feet.
The Copa 19.3 gives you the best of both worlds: a leather upper with a mesh tongue.
You get a flexible, form-fitting cleat that works for wide feet, with a lightweight construction.
This makes these cleats much more agile than other leather options – perfect for wingers and attackers. Plus, the mesh is more breathable than having a full leather tongue, so your feet will be thanking you.
The tongue construction also lets you lace the shoes exactly how you want to, which helps prevent your feet from slipping around in the shoes – no matter your foot shape. You’ll get stability, support and comfort all in one.
Speaking of comfort, the upper has soft inlays to protect your feet from tough tackles, so you get a lot more protection than in the Predator 19.3. A specially designed foam heel cup also provides support when landing or turning sharply.
The extra padding does impact your ball control a bit. But the embossed ridges on the upper provide a large, uninterrupted striking surface, perfect for edge-of-the-box curlers and long-range shots.
Best of all, the dual materials in this cleat mean you won’t be paying as much as you would for full leather shoes. So, you get the full flexibility and comfort of leather – without the price tag.
Synthetic cleats aren’t always the best option for wide-footed players, but if you don’t like the idea of leather, check out the Future 2.3 NETFIT.
The upper is mostly mesh, which is covered with a second layer of netting. Rather than having a solid polymer wall to the shoe, you get this thin, perforated sort of material, which, just like a goal net, is very flexible – perfect for wider feet.
Plus, Puma have designed the shoe so that you can thread the laces through whichever part of the netting you want, as opposed to a specific set of eyelets. This lets you customize the tension, placement, and pressure of the laces. It’s a great option for those with wide feet, since it can be hard to find a foot-hugging fit that isn’t too constrictive in a synthetic cleat.
Another benefit of the mesh construction is how light it makes the shoe. What’s more, it’s quite breathable. And because the netting is so thin, it also gives you an unparalleled first touch.
This is probably the best synthetic shoe for those with wide feet. However, you will pay a premium for this cutting-edge design.
The mesh does have its downsides though. Importantly, it provides very little protection. Much like the Predator 19.3, this cleat isn’t a great option if you’re worried about getting kicked or stomped on.
Additionally, the netting does run the risk of tearing with extended use (especially if you tend to be the victim of plenty of tough tackles).
Playing barefoot probably isn’t a good idea. But this shoe is the next-best thing.
The barely-there synthetic upper on this cleat provides fantastic ball control, pass placement, and shot power. A thin foam lining in the upper helps keep the shape of the shoe, but the padding isn’t too bulky – it won’t take the venom out of your shots.
While the upper is thin, there’s little risk of the sides splitting if you’ve got wide feet. Made of a surprisingly stretchy synthetic material, the upper molds to the shape of the foot quite nicely. But unlike most synthetics, your foot doesn’t have to “force” the material back. Once it’s broken in, the fit lasts forever.
Additionally, the evoPOWER 1.3 features a special grippy coating on the upper. This allows you to trap and control the ball with ease. It’s particularly useful for defenders in teams that love to play around the back, but you’ll find this level of close control useful as a midfielder too, if you often need to work your way through congested areas.
The insole conforms to the foot, but is removable in case you want to add your own for extra support. Plus, the outsole flexes as you run, meaning less work for you to do with each step you take.
These shoes are ideal for players looking for a synthetic cleat that isn’t too narrow. Like the Future 2.3, they’re a little expensive, but unlike with the shoe we just looked at, you don’t have to worry about any durability issues associated with mesh.
How to find shoes that fit wide feet
Ideally, your cleats should fit snugly, so that your feet don’t slide around as you run. If your feet slip inside your shoes, you’ll end up with nasty blisters, and find it hard to control the ball.
That being said, you don’t want the shoes to pinch or constrict your feet. This is the problem you face if you have wide feet.
A common solution is to just buy regular cleats one size up. You don’t want to do this.
Buying oversized cleats can cause problems because of the extra room left around the toes and heel. The cleats won’t conform to your feet, which will affect how you run and strike the ball. This will hinder your performance, and could even lead to injuries like sprained ankles if the slippage is really bad.
Rather than settling for this solution, look for cleats that actually fit the width of your foot, especially in the midfoot area. Check out the shoes’ actual dimensions, if they’re available. It’s also a good idea to read product reviews to see what previous buyers think about the fit.
Did you know: there are actually size guidelines that describe how wide your foot actually is. They go all the way from B (narrow) up to EEEE (extra-wide). It’s a good idea to have your feet professionally measured – this way, you know exactly how much width you need, and can buy accordingly.
Before we dive in, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different parts that make up a soccer cleat.
Importantly, the upper refers to the outer material on the main contact areas of the cleat. It’s what the ball will actually touch as you play.
If you’ve got wide feet, it’s also crucial that the midfoot has plenty of width. But at the same time, you don’t want to have excess space in the toe box at the front of the cleat, or your foot will slide around as you play.
What to look for
Here’s what you should look for to find comfortable, long-lasting cleats as a player with wide feet.
Even if a cleat runs a little narrower than your feet, if it’s made of a slightly stretchy material, it can mold to the shape of your foot as you break it in.
The last thing you want is a super-tough upper. If the shoe has no give to it, it’s unlikely to be very comfortable if you have wide feet.
You want to look for stretchy materials on the top of the shoe, which will allow it to accommodate the added width of your feet along the sides.
Leather is by far the best material in terms of the give it offers. However, some synthetics can work for those with wide feet. Just look for a cleat with an especially flexible upper – mesh works well, but isn’t incredibly durable. In general, the thinner the upper is, the more stretchy it will be.
Why leather is your friend
As we just mentioned, natural materials stretch over time, which is key for players with wide feet. Kangaroo hide is the most common type of leather in soccer cleats, however it is currently banned in California. If you’re in CA, you can buy cleats made of calf leather, but they might be more expensive.
Speaking of price, leather cleats do tend to be more expensive than synthetic alternatives, but they’re incredibly durable.
The only reason you might not want a leather cleat as someone with wide feet (apart from the cost) is the fact that they can be harder to clean. They’ll require a bit more TLC to keep them looking fresh as opposed to synthetics.
However, the level of comfort they offer far outweighs this disadvantage. If in doubt, go for a leather cleat – the Adidas Copa Mundial is a great place to start.
If you don’t go for leather, be sure that the actual cleat fits nice and wide. We’ll discuss this in more detail a bit below.
Finding the right brand
Different brands have different ways of making soccer cleats. Some companies are much more wide-foot friendly.
You want to avoid anything from Nike that isn’t made of leather – their Mercurial line is especially narrow, although the Hypervenom is a little wider.
Puma make the best synthetic cleats for wide feet, and Diadora is also a fantastic option. Adidas cleats tend to run a little wider than Nike’s, but there are exceptions to this rule.
Get removable insoles
The arch support in built-in insoles may not match up with the anatomy of wider feet. Many cleats have removable insoles you can swap out for custom inserts (you can buy online) that will provide better support.
What to avoid
It’s a bit of a minefield out there.
When you’re shelling out money for new shoes, there are some things you want to avoid if you’ve got wide feet.
To prevent an ill-fated purchase, dodge the following:
Shoes with synthetic uppers tend to be stiffer. This means that they’re less likely to stretch to conform to the exact shape of your specific feet, especially if you have a wide foot profile.
While modern materials are getting better and more flexible, if you go the synthetic route, you’ll want to look for cleats that also incorporate stretchy mesh, netting or some other material with a little give.
If you want synthetic shoes, but don’t want mesh (due to its durability for instance), something with a thinner upper is your best bet. The less material, the more flexible it will be. However, thinner shoes do tend to be less durable.
This one’s pretty self-evident!
You want to avoid narrow shoes. But how do you know if a cleat is likely to be wide?
Sadly for all the speed-demons out there, nearly all winger-specific cleats are designed to be narrow, for aerodynamics. The same can be said of a lot of attacker-focused cleats, especially those from Nike and Adidas.
Look for shoes that don’t taper in drastically under the arch of the foot or near the toe, as this can create a pressure point.
Wider cleats normally have a much more traditional look to them.
If there’s one thing to remember, it’s this: leather is your friend.
While they might not be as fashionable at the moment, boxier, leather cleats are by far the best option for those with wide feet.
If in doubt, avoid synthetic cleats, especially the fancier modern ones with a narrow profile.
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