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Soccer Shoes for Kids – The Best Wide and Extra Wide Soccer Shoe Style!


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on March 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of soccer shoes for kids with wide feet.

I decided to write an article about the best soccer shoes for kids that come in wide and extra wide widths, as I have been contacted by several parents that their children are developing foot pain and foot issues due to their cleats being too narrow.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses in children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.


What Makes the Soccer Shoes I Recommend Effective for Wide Feet?

In addition to being labeled as wide (EE), this soccer cleat I recommend provides 2 important features that will help accommodate the shape of your child’s extra wide feet:

✅ Extra Depth: This feature allows 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.


✅ Rounder Toe Box: This feature prevents your kids’ toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another.

Let me show you the difference between the soccer cleat I recommend and a different style:


Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best soccer shoes for kids with wide or extra wide feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Wide Soccer Shoes for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Below you can find the best soccer shoes for children with wide or extra wide feet that can also accommodate high insteps.

What Shoe Size Should You Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes I indicate whether you need to order a half a size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

If you want to be 100% sure about what shoe size to order online, I suggest that you follow the instructions in the article below:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

Below you can find a conversation between myself and a parent who had a child that was dealing with foot pain due to wearing soccer cleats that were too narrow.

Greetings Juan,

I came across your website and I found it extremely informative, but now I am wondering if I am purchasing the correct shoe size for my son.

I usually take him to Nordstrom’s or Stride Rite to have his feet measured, but I always have doubts on whether they are providing him with the correct shoe size and/or the correct shoe style.

My child is 8 years old and has been complaining about foot and leg pain lately, and I am wondering whether it might be the shoes or that he might have a foot condition such as flat feet. He just started playing soccer and is complaining about his feet hurting after the games and during practice.

I live in Los Angeles and I don’t know of any local children’s shoe stores and therefore I was wondering your location, so that I can possibly bring him to you.

Please advise if you are in California.

Thank you

Mary Kate

Hello Mary,

Unfortunately, the shoe store that I work for is located in Potomac, Maryland, and while we do have customers that travel up to an hour to see us, nobody has made it all the way from California just yet!

I recently created an article that showcases the best children’s shoe stores by state, and you can find that article here:

The Best Kids’ Shoes Stores In The United States – Where To Go For Proper Fittings

If I remember correctly, there should two good fitting children’s shoe stores in California.

I believe your child might not be wearing the correct type of soccer cleats if he is complaining about foot and leg pain during his soccer activities.

If your child is experiencing foot and leg pain, then you must start by making sure he is wearing the correct type of shoes and the correct shoe size. Getting the correct shoe size involves providing your child with the correct shoe length as well as the correct shoe width.

Do you know if your son has narrow, medium, wide or extra wide feet? Also, do you know if he has a high instep?

Please get back to me with that information so I can provide you with a selection of good supportive shoes.

Dear Juan,

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly.

I believe he has a “wide” or an “extra wide” foot and I don’t know about the high instep. Is the instep the top part of his feet? How can I tell if he has a high instep or not? He has never complained about the top of his foot hurting.

Had I not found your website, I would have no idea about how important it is to provide children with the correct pair of shoes.

I’ve learned that depending on the type of shoes the widths are different, especially with soccer shoes. Nike is very narrow for my son. Last Fall I purchased new soccer shoes from the brand named “Diadora”, and they worked better. He said they felt much better than others. But, the other day he put them on and was complaining that the back of the left foot was hurting him, he didn’t get a blister, but it felt like it was, he said.

I know he has one foot slightly bigger, it might be the left.  I was told that the Diadora shoes are wide, but I don’t see them labeled as wide.

Since he was a baby, I’ve always shopped at Stride Rite, because I thought they had people who knew how to measure kids’ feet and find good shoes.

I now purchase Under Armour, Sketchers, Converse, Saucony, ASICS and New Balance. I try to get good shoes for him – or at least I thought they would be good, because they are brand name.

He starts school on August 28th, so, I definitely will be needing to purchase shoes soon.

Thank you again for taking the time to get back to me, much appreciated.

Have a great day!


Hello Mary,

I want to clarify something, Diadora doesn’t make soccer cleats in wide or extra wide widths. They will fit a child with narrow or medium feet only. I believe your child is experiencing foot and leg pain because you are providing him with cleats that are too narrow.

There is only one particular shoe brand that makes soccer cleats in wide widths and it’s called Zephz. There is another soccer shoe style made by New Balance capable of fitting kids with wide or extra wide feet. You can find both of these styles in the link below:

The Best Wide And Extra Wide Soccer Cleat For Kids

These are the only soccer cleats for kids that are actually available in wide widths. It’s important to provide your kids with the correct shoe width, especially when it comes to sport footwear as that’s when kids are stressing their feet and legs at a whole different level.

Don’t buy him Under Armour anymore – their shoes are too flimsy, not supportive, and they only fit kids with narrow or medium feet.

Converse are only meant to be worn for short periods of time as they are considered “fashion shoes”.

Sketchers are “fun shoes” that don’t provide the correct amount of support. For his everyday sneakers I recommend New Balance and Saucony.

Good luck and I hope this clarifies!

Dear Juan,

I ordered my son a pair of the cleats in wide widths and they have made a tremendous difference! He doesn’t complain about foot or leg pain anymore, and I am sure it is because of the new shoes you recommended. I had no idea that soccer cleats in wide widths actually existed!

I could tell that this cleat was going to be comfortable right from the start since he had no problem putting them on (they slide right in), and once he had them on he said the word “PERFECT”.

I have two more questions for you:

Should I be providing him with a particular pair of soccer socks? I read an article from you about the importance of socks, but it didn’t mention anything about soccer socks. If there is a particular soccer socks you would recommend, please let me know and I will buy them.

My second question is: What type of everyday pair of shoes do you recommend that I provide for my son? I am looking for something that he can wear ALL day so I am assuming it has to be supportive and sturdy – I don’t want the shoes falling apart.

THANK YOU for all your help!

Hello Mary,

I am glad that the shoes worked out for your son. The key here was to minimize or fully eliminate his foot and leg pain, so he could enjoy soccer and worry about playing not his feet or legs hurting.

The answer to your first question is yes, you should be providing your son with soccer socks as they provide better cushion than regular socks. I describe the best soccer socks for children in an article called:

The Best Soccer Socks For Kids

If you need a pair of everyday sneakers for your son there is an article I wrote that describes the best wide and extra wide shoes for children. These shoe styles are available in different widths – remember that your son needs a wide or an extra wide width shoe, and they are supportive and durable – your son will outgrow the shoes before they get destroyed.

You can find that article here:

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

Dear Juan,

THANK YOU for everything! I am sorry I have taken o much of your time, but my son is so happy now and I have the peace of mind that he is wearing the correct pair of shoes.


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