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Soccer Cleats For Kids – Finding an Extra Wide Boot That Fits

Soccer Cleats For Kids

Did you know that the right pair of soccer cleats can have a positive or negative impact depending on how they are fitted? I am sorry, but there is no way I can go play soccer in a pair of soccer cleats that don’t fit my feet. I have been playing soccer since I was a child, and I know that a cleat that is too short, too long, or too narrow,  it will affect the way I perform in the field. Maybe parents should try running in a pair of shoes that are too narrow, see how that feels and then think twice when you are buying shoes for your child.

In the United States, the most popular sports among young children used to be baseball, basketball, or football. That’s changed. Soccer has leapt onto the youth sports scene. When playing soccer, children are stressing out their legs more since they are running faster and engaging in more strenuous activities. I have had several cases of children having knee pain and leg pain after playing soccer. This can be simply due to not wearing the right pair of cleats.

Did you know that soccer cleats came in wide widths? Yes, you read that right! There is actually only one shoe style available, but it comes in wide and extra wide.

That means that if your child has a wide or extra wide width foot, you can stop pinching his toes now. It is time to provide him with a pair of soccer cleats that actually fits! Save your time and money, and avoid future injuries by fitting your child in the right pair of cleats. Believe it or not, shoes are often a direct or contributing cause of many foot injuries.

Best Soccer Cleats

STOP Fitting Your Kids’ In Cleats That Are Too Long!

The risk for injury is higher in sports with jumping, such as basketball, or sports with quick direction change, such as soccer or football. Most parents are not aware that cleats come in different widths.

In many cases I have seen cleats that are fitted too long in order to compensate for the width. This can bring several disadvantages such as foot injuries, since if the cleat is too long you will be compromising your child’s stability, making him more prone to falling down. I have talked with several parents that explained me that because they didn’t know about soccer cleats coming in different widths, they kept trying longer sizes until the child will stop complaining.

I have been working for a children’s shoe store for over 5 years now,and I have fitted all sort of wide and extra wide feet. Parents are amazed when they find out about this cleat that comes in wide and extra wide, and they are always asking why shoe companies won’t make more cleats like that one. Basically, because there is no demand. Not because there are few children with wide or extra wide feet (believe me, most children have wide feet), shoe companies don’t make them because parents are not aware that the child actually needs a wider shoe.

At the same time, If the shoe is fitting too short this might have a negative impact on your child’s foot as well since the toes will get cramped causing all sorts of problems such as bunions, calluses, corns, and ingrown nails.

If you have been cramping your kids’ feet in shoes that are too narrow because you can’t seem to find wide or extra wide shoes, I wrote a post where I describe the best extra wide shoes for children and you can probably benefit it from reading it. The post is called: 

Children Extra Wide Shoes – Prevent Blisters, Calluses, And Corns!

 Fitting Your Children’s Cleats – Get It Right!

Besides causing pain and discomfort that can affect athletic performance, the wrong size shoes can result in foot problems and cause further injuries down the road.

Keep in mind that most soccer cleats are made to fit the shape of the athlete’s foot. This is important in assisting the players to direct the ball as they pass or shoot. Here comes the dilemma since a lot of children have wide feet and soccer shoes tend to fit a medium to a narrow width foot. There are definitely wider soccer cleats and these are discussed under product reviews.  Shoe weight should be another important consideration when it comes to choosing soccer cleats.Children Soccer Cleats

At What Age Should My Child Start Wearing Soccer Cleats?

There is not a set age to start wearing cleats. It will depend on the size and weight of the child, and their muscle development should also be taken into consideration. An experienced shoe fitter should be able to make the determination by taking all these factors into account. I believe that the coach will inform the parents when their children should start wearing cleats.

As soon as the level of competition gets higher you will likely have to purchase a pair of cleats for your child. Please remember that  children without cleats tend to slip and fall specially when the grass is wet.

How To Choose The Right Soccer Cleat For Your Kid?

The age and size of the child determines the length of cleat that is appropriate for child use. A cleat that is too long might cause a torque of the ankle and knee area. Aggressive sole sneakers are a better choice for young children. Having a young child wear cleats might increase their risk of injury. Please remember that proper fitting takes place at the ball of the foot .

Therefore it is necessary to have wide and extra wide shoes or cleats. Extra wide cleats will have more girth room than a wide width cleat. The foot of your child will not function properly if the foot is not seated properly with the ball of the foot in the correct place in the shoes.

Below, I will show you the answer to the question you were probably hoping to get answered.

The Best Soccer Cleats For Wide Or Extra Wide Feet!

There is a cleat made by Zephs that comes in wide and extra wide widths.  This is the number 1 cleat I recommend for children that have wide feet. I have fitted this shoe at the kids’ shoe store that I work for, and I can guarantee that it will even fit the widest feet out there.

The company did a great job upgrading the last version of the shoe, and the new version fits and looks better than before. The cleat also comes with laces in several different colors, so your child can match them up with their favorite colors or team jersey.

==>Click Here To See The Best Wide Soccer Cleat For Kids'<==

Now available in new colors! Take a look at the description below where you can find the newest style of the one and only wide soccer cleat for children and adults!

All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

Is Your Child Experiencing Leg Pain After His Soccer Games?

I am going to start this section by explaining this can be simply due to your child not stretching enough before and after the game or during practice. If your child does stretches regularly and is wearing the correct pair of cleats, then it might be a sign that your child needs extra support in his cleats.

When playing soccer, baseball, softball, or basketball, your child is stressing his legs more since he is running faster and engaging in more strenuous activities. I have had several cases of children having knee pain and leg pain after playing soccer. However, these issues tend to diminish or fully disappear when I fitted them in a pair of insoles with support.

The ones we carry at the store I work for are called Superfeet insoles, and you might have already heard of them before. Insoles are effective in keeping the children’s feet free from such pains after strenuous activities.  

Superfeet insoles fit inside your child’s cleats and provides them with extra arch and ankle support. Be aware that these insoles will only work with shoes that have a removable insole (this should not be a major problem since 85% of the shoes now come with removable insoles).

Children Soccer Cleats

 In this post you can find a selection of the best inserts for kids that play sports:

The Best Insoles For Kids That Play Soccer!

Lately fashion oriented and expensive sneakers and cleats have become the trend for some children. But in order to keep your child’s feet healthy, the condition of the shoe is more important than the price tag or brand name. As your children get older they might be more prone to buy more popular brands such as Nike or Adidas. Use your parent best judgment and keep reminding your children how and why it is important to wear cleats that fit.

Please remember: It’s almost impossible for a kid to learn proper form in sneakers, due to the fact that most sneakers have a wedge. If you pay close attention you will notice how almost all turf shoes and cleats are generally flat. When the coach says is the right time to wear cleats, go ahead and provide your child with a pair of well fitted soccer cleats.

Also, don’t forget about the importance of well fitted socks. Getting the right socks size has the same importance as getting the right shoe size. I wrote a post where I describe the best socks for children that have wide or extra wide feet. The post is called:

Socks For Wide Feet – The Best Wide Socks For Kids

Do you have a child with a wide foot and can’t seem to find him soccer cleats that fit? Did you know that soccer cleats came in wide and extra wide widths? Please share your thoughts below with your own experiences and if you have tried some of the brands I recommend, please let me know how that worked out for you.


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16 Comments on Soccer Cleats For Kids – Finding an Extra Wide Boot That Fits

  1. Hey Juan,
    I know shoes are important but never knew that its actually that important! Where I come from (A small town in Malaysia), people play soccer all the time without shoes on.

    And this happens quite often in schools not to mention universities when we grow up. I do agree that when they do buy those shoes, they go for the branded ones that costs hundreds to thousands like Nike and Adidas. Great read, keep it up!

    • Riaz,

      Some of the best soccer players started playing without shoes, but this does not mean that is the right thing to do. It is important to wear the correct pair of cleats in order to avoid injuries and perform at our best.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this post. As a retired nurse I know how important it is for kids to have the right shoes. Taking care of young, growing feet is very important. The fashion conscious young people today do often make the wrong choices but how do you convince them to wear the best shoe when it isn’t the most popular?

    • Margaret,

      Most of the time parents will step up and tell them they can choose any style they want as long as it fits. However, in several cases the child will want a specific style which might not be the best fit and I let the parent know about it and then it is the parent’s decision.

  3. I could not agree with you more. I was involved in sports at a young age and my parents always bought whatever was on sale. I am now 40 years old and remember all the injuries I went through that have stayed with me throughout the years. Drop Foot for example followed me into adulthood which eventually lead to surgery. When I had children I knew from experience not to spare any expense when it came to cleats. I wish this stuff were available when I was a child. Great Information here I will bookmark this site.
    Thank You

    • Jason,

      Thank you for sharing your experience. I am always trying to emphasize the importance of fitting children’s shoes and how this can prevent further issues in the future. If you read my post “Foot Injuries From Running” I explained how protecting your children through footwear is one of the most basic ways to ensure they avoid and prevent injury in the future years.

  4. I didn’t play sports but I danced and was in show choir. I wore a size 10 at the time. This was pre larger shoe and clothing sizes for kids and teens. I can’t tell you how my feet hurt because I was wearing a size 10 regular and I needed a size 10 wide but they didn’t have it.

    I danced in character shoes and was miserable the entire time because my feet were in so much pain. This of course caused callouses and blisters. So I know what it is like if a child isn’t in the correct cleats for sports.

    As a parent I make sure my sons are in the correct size shoes for basketball. Too big or too small and not only do they perform below average but they have problems with their feet.

    I know for some parents it’s costly but it’s worth spending the extra money for the shoes that fit than spending thousands of dollars later when you’re taking them to the doctor for their feet.

    • Wearing shoes that are too narrow can be very painful, so I can imagine the pain you must have experienced. You seem well educated in this area and you value the importance of wearing shoes that fit. Please let me know anytime you have a concern about your children’s feet.

  5. What an interesting post! I play lacrosse and wear soccer cleats. My foot is not too wide, but occasionally my pinkie toe rubs against the wall of my cleats, which leaves a blister and reminds me that I have to purchase new ones soon. Thanks for the post, I learned a lot!

    • Jasmine,

      Are you tying your soccer cleats tight enough? Either that or you are wearing cleats that are too narrow. Since you told me that you don’t have a wide foot is most likely the first variable. Make sure you make the laces of the cleats tight enough so your foot does not move too much inside the shoe, that way you can prevent blisters. Let me know how it works out!

  6. My kids have”thick” feet from top to bottom. Is there a type of shoe that would work best? My daughter will begin playing outdoor soccer this spring and i am worried about finding cleats that fit well.

  7. Hello! The new balance J4040V3 do not appear to come in a wide 12 using the link you posted. Do you have any more current recommendations for wide cleats for a 4 year old? We plan to buy soccer cleats for use in soccer and Tball. Our son also has some mild sensory issues, so thanks for that post as well! Thanks you!

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