Do you have a child with wide or extra wide feet that needs a pair of soccer cleats? Are you having the hardest time finding a pair of cleats to fit his/her extra wide feet?
Finding a pair of soccer cleats for children with wide or extra wide feet can be time-consuming, since there are only two shoe styles that will fit. The good news is that I have fitted soccer cleats for children with wide and extra wide feet before, and I will be able to show you which styles are the ones that work.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years now, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I am familiar with the best kids’ shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands.
Did you know that soccer cleats can have a positive or negative impact on your child’s performance depending if they were fitted correctly or not?
I have been playing soccer since I was a child, and I know that a pair of soccer cleats that are too short, too long, or too narrow will affect the way I perform on the field.
In the United States, the most popular sports among young children used to be baseball, basketball, or football. It might be surprising but there is cleats in wide widths available for those sports as well. That’s changed. Soccer has leapt onto the youth sports scene.
When playing soccer, children are stressing out their feet and legs at a whole different level since they are running faster and engaging in more strenuous movements. I have had several cases of children having knee pain and leg pain after playing soccer, and most of the time the pain was directly related to the cleats that the child was wearing.
I will show you the only two soccer cleats styles available for children with wide or extra wide feet. t is time to provide your child with a pair of soccer cleats that actually fits!
By providing your child with the correct type of cleats, you will end up saving a lot of time and money, by avoid possible injuries on the field. Believe it or not, shoes are often a direct or contributing cause of many foot injuries.
Most Common Mistake Parents Make – Compensating Width with Length!
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 sport shoes are available 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 issues such as foot injuries, since if the cleat is fitted too long you will be compromising your child’s stability, making your child more prone to falling down.
I have spoken with several parents that explained me how they needed to keep trying longer shoes in order to take away the pressure away from the widest part of the child’s foot, and they will keep trying longer shoes until the child will stop complaining about the cleats feeling too tight.
Please keep in mind that cleats that are too long will allow your child’s feet to move too much inside the shoes. This constant movement and friction will lead to several foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
At What Age Should Kids Start Wearing Soccer Cleats? – Let’s Find Out!
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 is the one who will inform parents as soon as their children are ready to 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, especially when the grass is wet.
The Best Soccer Cleats for Kids with Wide or Extra Wide Feet – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
There are two soccer cleats available for children with wide or extra wide feet. One os made by the shoe company named Zephs, and the other one is made by New Balance.
These are the 2 styles most recommend for children that have wide or extra wide feet. I have fitted both of these shoe styles at the children’s shoe store that I work for, and I can guarantee that they will fit even the widest feet out there.
Here you can find the style made by Zephz. 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 shoelaces in several different colors, so your child can match them up with their favorite colors or team jersey.
Here you can find the style made by New Balance:
Below you can find all the available colors these shoe styles are available in:
All of these soccer cleat styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to get a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock Device), in order to allow for growing room.
On a different note, 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, please take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best extra wide shoes for children:
Wide Soccer Cleats for Kids – The Features
These are the 5 most important features that these two soccer cleats will provide to your child:
- Ankle Support: These cleats come with a firm heel counter to minimize the impact that your kids’ ankles take every time they come in contact with the ground.
- Lightweight: This feature will prevent your child’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
- Supportive insole: This feature will provide underfoot cushioning and comfort.
- Durability: Your child will outgrow these cleats before they are ready to be replaced, since they are extremely well-made.
- Specially designed to penetrate the ground surface for traction.
Foot or Leg Pain After Soccer Games – Take Action!
I am going to start this section by explaining this can be simply due to your child not stretching before and after the games, 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 inside the cleats.
When playing sports children are stressing there feet and legs at a whole different level since they are running faster and engaging in more strenuous activities. I have had several cases of children having foot, knee and leg pain after playing soccer and needed a pair of orthotics to be fitted inside the cleats for extra support.
The ones that work with sport shoes are called Superfeet insoles, and you might have already heard of them before.
An insole is basically a shoe insert that is specifically designed to provide cushioning, support, stability, and relief pressure areas of the foot.
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, which should not be a major problem since the cleats I recommend above both come with removable insoles.
I wrote an article where I describe the best inserts for kids that play sports. Go to the link below:
Here you can see a picture of how easy it is to remove the original insoles of the cleats:
Once you remove the insoles you are ready to place the new shoe insert for extra support.
Fashion oriented and expensive sneakers and cleats have become the trend for some children lately. 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 will start asking you to buy more popular shoe brands such as Nike or Adidas. Use your parent best judgment and keep reminding your children why it’s important to wear cleats that fit properly.
IMPORTANT TIP: 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 correct type of socks has the same importance as getting the correct shoe size. I wrote a post where I describe the best soccer socks for children. Go to the link below:
Before you leave, do you happen to need a pair of wide soccer cleats for yourself? Did you know that these cleats are available for adults as well? I actually wrote an article where I describe the best wide soccer cleats for women and you can find it here:
Do you have a child with a wide foot and can’t seem to find a pair of 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 they worked out for your child.