I decided to write an article about the best soccer shoes for kids that come in wide and extra wide widths, since I have been contacted by several parents that their children are developing foot pain and foot issues due to their cleats being too narrow.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier specialty children’s shoe store, a leader in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in fitting children with foot and leg problems as well as provide regular shoe fittings for all children, whatever their needs are.
In this article you will find out which is the best soccer cleat for children with wide or extra wide feet.
Below you can find a conversation between myself and a parent who had a child that was dealing with foot pain due to not wearing the correct type of soccer shoes, and his pain went away as soon as he tried a pair of cleats in a wide width.
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.
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 tall 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:
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 at me with that information so I can provide you with a selection of good supportive shoes.
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!
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’s is experiencing foot and leg pain because you are providing him with cleats that are too narrow.
There is only ONE shoe brand that makes soccer cleats in wide widths and it’s called Zephz. You can find about the best soccer cleats for kids with wide or extra wide feet in this article:
This is the only soccer cleat style for kids that actually comes in wide widths. It’s important to provide our kids with the correct shoe width, especially when it comes to sport footwear since thats 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 don’t fit kids with wide feet)
Converse are only meant to be worn for short periods of time since they are considered a “fashion shoe”.
Sketchers are “fun shoes”… For his every day sneakers I would stick with Saucony, New Balance, and Asics (be extra careful with Asics since they don’t run wide at all, they do make great supportive shoes).
Good luck and I hope this clarifies!
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 the 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!
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 since they provide more cushion than regular socks. I describe the best soccer socks for children in an article called:
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:
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THANK YOU for everything! I am sorry I have taken you so 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.