How to Choose the Right Soccer Cleat Size

adidas Predator LZ TRX Firm Ground Soccer Shoes - Vivid Yellow/Black/White/Vivid Pink

The adidas Predator LZ features a synthetic upper material that fits like leather.

Soccer cleats are sized like regular shoes. With soccer cleats, however, a tighter fit is generally recommended, so your standard shoe size may not transfer directly. Soccer shoes are generally constructed of very thin materials, so a tighter fit is often preferred to ensure optimal touch and feel on the ball.


 Nike Mercurial Vapor IX Firm Ground Soccer Shoes Sunset/Total Crimson

The soft Tejin upper of the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX will mold to your foot.

Length and Width

Your soccer cleat 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. Soccer shoes are designed with a narrow upper, so that your foot does not slide around inside the shoe during play. It is important to note that most soccer cleats are only available in one width. You may have to experiment with several different shoes until you find one that fits best.

 adidas F50 adizero TRX Leather Firm Ground Soccer Shoes Metallic Silver/Black/Joy Blue

The adidas F50 adizero‘s Goleo calf-leather provides a snug, lightweight fit.


Premium leather soccer cleats, especially kangaroo leather, will generally begin to stretch after a few training sessions. Since high-quality leather cleats will usually mold to the shape of your feet, you will need them to fit snugly when they are new, out of the box. Synthetic soccer cleats will not stretch as much as leather cleats.

PUMA evoSPEED 1 K Firm Ground Soccer Shoes Jasmine Green/White/Monaco Blue/Fluo Yellow

The PUMA evoSPEED‘s kangaroo leather upper will stretch over time.

Proper Fit

When you receive your new soccer cleats, try them on indoors first to check for correct fit. Your soccer cleats 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 the end. Look for a gap of 1/4 to 1/2 inches. If a soccer player is still growing, we recommend buying soccer cleats a little on the large side and filling the space by wearing an additional pair of socks.

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  • Kaleb Mullins

    how do i choose the size for a pair of Puma evoPOWER’s I’m looking to buy? i wear an 8 in nike…

    • Cole Walker

      I would stay true to your size. I wear a 9 in Nike cleats and a 9 in the PUMA evoPOWER fits me perfectly.

      • Bobb Ngo

        I wear Adidas neo in 7.5 so which size will be fit for me?

  • Alejandro Cervantes

    how do i choose the size for a pair of Adidas X 15.3 ? i wear 11 in nike hypervenom

  • Linda

    I want nike high top cleats but idk what size to get them I’m a size 4 in mercurials should I get a 4.5?

  • Eliseo Lopez

    I’m a size 9 in Nike hypervenom and I want to get the pure control adidas what size should I get

    • Cole Walker

      I would try going a half size down if you like your cleats to fit tight. I also wear a 9 in Nike cleats, but the 8.5 in the Purecontrol fit me perfectly.

  • steve turcios

    I’m a size 9 in Nike mercurial and I want to get the pumas evotouch what size should I get?

  • Wyatt Tallman

    im a size 7 and 1/2 in normal shoes what size cleat would be best?