How to Correctly Buy Your Soccer Cleats: A Half Size Too Small

It’s starting to get colder outside and the holiday season is right around the corner. Soccer cleats are always a great gift idea, but as with any shoe you want to make sure you choose the appropriate size for the activity. This is especially important in this case because soccer cleats should be worn differently from your winter boots and even your running shoes.

Winter boots should be worn a half size bigger than normal because you want room for thick socks with a little extra room. This allows air to circulate and also helps insulate your shoe. Winter boots that fit too tight can also cause your feet to get cold quicker.

Most other shoes are meant to have a little room in them, especially when you are younger. And most people like to have a little room in their shoes. When buying soccer cleats, however, you want to make sure that they fit very snug.

This means buying cleats a half size smaller than what you normally wear. For example, if you normally wear a size 10, then you would buy a size 9 ½ for your soccer cleats.

You want to have snug fitting soccer boots for several reasons. For one, the shoes will stretch some and form to your foot no matter if the material is synthetic or leather. Your big toes should be right up against the material of the cleat. This will most likely feel a little different at first but remember that the material will stretch.

Each shoe company makes cleats a slightly different size and fit. Some cleats are narrow, wide, smaller than normal or larger than normal. You need to figure out which cleat type fits you the best. The less the amount of material and room in your shoe the better. Wearing slightly smaller soccer shoes has plenty of benefits on the field as well, such as allowing you to feel the touch of the ball better. So next time you’re out shopping for cleats, always remember: think a half size small!


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  1. Dean says:

    Interesting theory. I have always bought cleats that were the same size i wear in normal shoes. Never noticed any issues. I will have to try this out and see how it does.

  2. Great post there guys, I really loved the info0

    Buying a small size for your cleats than the normal size for sneakers is a MUST KNOWN piece of advice. I liked that you mentioned it here coz I’ve been saying this for years now haha.

    I had a coach in high school who always told us that.

    Thanks again for the share and keep rocking buddy

  3. Mike says:

    I’ve been having problems with soccer shoes that are the same size as other shoes that I buy but usually the first use or two of the season my big toe gets smashed against the front of the shoe resulting in painful toenail injury. I’ve now lost several big toe nails because of this. I’ve been wearing a 12 and always am afraid to jump all the way up to a size 13 (cause 12 1/2 are hard to come by). Any advice?

  4. Hey Mike,
    I would try to wear your boots in the bathtub. If you soak your boots while they are on you feet, then the shoe will stretch a little and mold to your foot. Additionally, you should consistently condition your boots. Putting leather conditioner on your boots will help them be soft.

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