Are you having a hard time finding a pair of wide or extra wide soccer cleats for your child? Have you tried different styles but none of them seem to be able to accommodate your child’s extra wide feet and high instep?
Finding a pair of soccer cleats for children with wide or extra wide feet can be time-consuming, since there are only two soccer shoe styles that are wide and deep enough to accommodate the shape of a child with extra wide feet. The good news is that I know exactly which soccer cleats styles you need to try, and I will show them to you shortly.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a premier children’s shoe store that specializes in children with foot and leg problems, and that also provides regular shoe fittings.
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. There are a lot of sudden stops and quick direction change movements in soccer. 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.
In addition to being labeled as wide (“EE”or W””), these soccer cleats provide the two following key features that will guarantee to fit the shape of your chid’s extra wide feet and high instep:
✅ Extra Depth: This feature will allow your child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of the foot (instep), from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.
✅ Round Toe Box: This feature will prevent your kids’ toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another.
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.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best soccer cleats for kids with extra wide feet, I want to show you first what features these cleats will provide and answer the important question: at what age should children start wearing cleats?
At What Age Should Kids Wear Soccer Cleats? – Let’s Find Out!
There is not a predetermined age for children 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.
Wide Soccer Cleats for Kids – The 5 Most Important Features!
In addition to providing extra depth and coming with a round toe-box, 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 and Flexible: 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.
There are the best two soccer cleats available for children with wide or extra wide feet. One is 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.
Now that you know what features these soccer cleats will provide, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best soccer cleats for kids with extra wide feet.
The Best Soccer Cleats for Kids with Extra Wide Feet – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, so I can personally assess how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how well they fit.
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. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
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.
Foot or Leg Pain After Soccer Games – Take Action!
Your kids foot and leg pain after soccer practice or games 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 soccer cleats:
Once you remove the insoles you are ready to place the new insert for extra support.
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 and take the pressure away from the widest part of the feet. 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.
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.
It’s almost impossible for children 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 soccer socks. There are certain soccer socks that will provide extra cushion to targeted areas of the feet, allowing your child to feel more comfortable and preventing the formation of calluses, blisters, and corns.
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. Go to the link below:
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.