Fitting Children's Shoes

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now that focuses in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Over the years I became familiar with the best soccer cleats for kids.

One of the most common mistakes that I see parents make is to provide their children with soccer cleats that are too narrow. Playing soccer in a cleat that is too narrow can lead to several foot issues such as blisters, calluses, corns, ingrown toenails as well as foot and leg pain. The soccer cleats I recommend below are capable of fitting children with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

Below you will find a review of the best soccer cleat styles for kids. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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When children are playing soccer, they are stressing their feet and legs at a whole different level, putting more pressure on parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to. Your child will be making movements such as sudden stops and quick direction changes that require the  cleats to provide excellent traction. The cleats must also be  supportive, but lightweight and flexible at the same time.

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  1. Fantastic article on soccer cleats for kids! Your insights are spot on. Which model do you recommend for a boy who has extra wide feet in a big kid size 1?

      1. No yet, because yesterday we went to the appointment for take his measurements, for oder the SMOs. But the person take his measuring for the SMOs, recomend don’t use when is playing soccer.

        1. Hello Marynes,

          If your son doesn’t need to wear the SMOs during soccer practice/games, just make sure that you fit him in a good pair of soccer cleats that fit his foot shape correctly (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide).

  2. Hello- My son has narrow heels and normal width feet, but he has pronation and it looks like weak ankles. When he gets his soccer cleats on his ankles bend inward and he complains of lots of foot pain, but I cannot figure out where. Any suggestions for good cleats for him? He gets tired really fast because of it.

    1. Hello Michelle,

      Have you tried fitting a sport insole inside your son’s soccer cleats for extra support? There is a specific sport insole that I recommend:

      Superfeet Blue

      If you tell me your son’s shoe size I am happy to recommend specific soccer cleats for his feet.

  3. My child recently started up with soccer for a second season. First season no pain. This season (with different cleats) she complained of pain on the side of her foot and after the second game had to stop playing it hurt so much. The pain is NOT in her heal, though. It is on her left foot only and only on the side of the foot, her toes and her heal do not hurt. The side hurts more when she points her toe and does not hurt when she flexes it. Since this is not heal pain, what shoes do you recommend to help her? I notice last spring the cleat studs had a circular shape. The bottom of the new cleats are longer and kind of like slices of rectangles, not circles and there are no studs in the middle of the foot.

    1. Hello Jennifer,

      On which side of her foot is your daughter experiencing pain? Is it on the outer part of where her arch is?

      I suggest fitting your daughter in a soccer cleat that provides a substantial outsole with a firm heel counter, that also fits the shape of your daughter’s feet (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide). If you are unsure of your daughter’s exact foot shape I suggest that you follow the instructions here: How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

  4. Hi there Juan,

    My son is 4 and has pronation he has wide feet and we are in need of finding great soccer cleats for him! Any suggestions?

    Thank you in advance!

  5. Hello! Can you please recommend a soccer cleat for my 11 year old daughter who experiences ankle pain after every practice/game?

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Yes, I can help you find the correct pair of soccer cleats for your daughter. However, I first need to know whether your daughter has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet.

  6. Thanks for all of the info! What soccer shoe and insert would you recommend for my son with narrow feet and overpronation? He is size 2 or 2.5.

  7. Hi juan

    My son has sever’s disease and has heel pain. What soccer shoes do you recommend? He has narrow heel. Thanks

    1. Hello Chris,

      I am sorry to hear that. We need to provide your so with a shoe that comes with a firm heel counter, since that is the part of the cleat that provides heel support. Please find below my recommendations:

      Soccer Shoe Style for Sever’s Disease: Option 1

      Soccer Shoe Style for Sever’s Disease: Option 2

      If after wearing any of these soccer cleats styles for 2 months your child still complains about heel pain, I recommend inserting a pair of heel cups in his cleats and also in his everyday sneakers. You can learn about which are the best heel cups for kids in this article:

      Sever’s Disease In Kids – STOP Your Kids’ Heel Pain!

      You will find the heels cups I recommend by the end of the article. I hope this helps!

  8. Hello,

    Thank you so much for creating this website and sharing your expertise! I was able to find soccer cleats and shoe inserts via your recommendations that no longer hurt my daughter’s feet. Since now she has minimal to no pain, she is now interested in taking up other sports and has taken a liking to golf. I was wondering if you would have any suggestions on golf shoes for kids?

    1. Hello Maria,

      I am glad to know that your daughter is not having any foot or leg pain anymore. I am not very familiar with golf shoes since I have not fitted them before, but she won’t be putting the same amount of stress on her feet and legs when playing golf as she does when she plays soccer, since golf it’s not a high impact sport.Are your daughter’s feet a particular foot shape that makes it hard to find shoes?