Soccer shoes are sized like regular shoes, however with a soccer shoe a tighter fit is generally recommended so your standard shoe size may not transfer directly. Soccer boots are generally constructed of soft and supple, thin leathers and synthetics to ensure proper ball feel. Soccer shoes are designed with a more narrow upper, which allows for better feel and control of the ball. Your soccer boot should fit as close to the end of your foot as possible without touching your toes for performance and comfort. A 1/4 to 1/2 inch gap is ideal. As a basic rule of thumb, every 1/2 size will yield about 4mm (3/16 inch) of length.
Width is also important. Your soccer shoes should fit the foot snugly and your foot should not slide around inside the shoe during play. It is also good to note that many soccer shoes are only available in one width. You may have to experiment with several different shoes until you find one that fits the best.
Material of the shoe can also affect fit. The top-of-the line leathers and synthetics, will
generally stretch after a few uses. High-quality shoes will actually mold to the shape of your foot therefore you will want these to fit snugly in width when they are new, right out of the box.
In the past, synthetic uppers have left a lot to be desired regarding comfort and touch on the ball. However synthetic technology today has been developed and refined and in many cases now out-perform traditional leather uppers. The benefits of synthetic materials include being lighter, and more durable than leather and also won’t overstretch, as leather has a tendency to do over time. Even though most new releases are synthetic these days, premium grade leather is still favored by many in terms of ball control and fit. Proper Fit: When you receive your new soccer boots, try them on indoors to check for correct fit. Your shoes should fit snugly without discomfort or pressure points. Your toes should reach all the way to the front of the shoe, but should not touch against the end. Again. Look for a gap or 1/4 to 1/2 inch. If a player is still growing, we recommend buying soccer shoes a little large and filling in the excess space by wearing an additional pair of socks.
Another consideration when choosing a size is how much the shoe will stretch over time. Due to the enormous amount of pressure put on cleat uppers when running and changing direction during game, leather uppers will stretch and seem roomier over time. Synthetic uppers will not stretch so it is important to select a size that fits comfortably from the first wear if your preference is a synthetic shoe.
Please see our Guide To Soccer Shoes for detailed information about the variety of soccer shoes that we carry.