Posted on August 29, 2013
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.
The soft Tejin upper of the Nike Mercurial Vapor IX will mold to your foot.
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.
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.
The PUMA evoSPEED‘s kangaroo leather upper will stretch over time.
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.