Have you been looking for soccer cleats to fit your wide or extra wide feet? Do you normally go to shoe stores where they tell you how certain soccer shoes “run wider” than others but don’t really offer cleats that actually come in wide (W) or extra wide widths (XW)?
I have been working for a family shoe store for over 10 years that helps women with “complicated” foot shapes or foot conditions find the perfect pair of shoes for their feet. Over the years I became familiar with the best soccer cleats for women with wide feet.
Keep in mind that whether you are involved in a particular activity or a specific sport, there are shoes that will fit the shape of your feet no matter how wide or how narrow they are.
When it comes to soccer cleats, I have spoken with several women who explained me how they had to stop playing the sport due to developing blisters and calluses on their feet since they couldn’t find cleats that were wide enough for their feet.
It is extremely important to wear the correct shoe size when playing soccer since our feet will move and turn in all different type of directions. When we are playing a sport we are stressing our feet and legs at a whole different level, and if the cleats don’t fit properly, you will create all sorts of different foot problems such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
We must prevent and avoid developing blisters, which are a common condition that affect soccer players at all levels. You will notice how they normally appear on the back of the heel, sole of the foot, and in the small toe as well.
What Makes the Soccer Cleats I Recommend effective for Women with Wide Feet?
✅ Rounder Toe-Boxes: This feature is going to prevent your toes from rubbing against one another or the side of the cleats.
✅ Extra Depth: This feature is going to prevent the top part of your feet (instep) from rubbing against the top part of the cleats.
Some women in addition of having wide feet have a high instep. The instep is the top part of the feet and when it’s high it makes it more challenging to find shoes that fit as there is a lot of extra foot volume that needs to be fitted inside the shoes:
By the way, if you are unsure whether you have wide or extra wide feet there is a different article I wrote where I help women identify their exact foot size and foot shape. I will also be able to tell you whether you have a high instep or not:
If you are a woman with wide or extra wide feet who likes to play soccer, I will show you the best wide soccer cleats that come labeled as wide (W) and extra wide (XW).
Why Is It So Important To Wear The Correct Cleat Size?
Playing soccer involves a combination of jogs, sprints, stops and pivots. That’s a lot of abuse to your feet!
If you have played a particular sport before, you will know that during that time you are stressing your feet and legs at a whole different level. During soccer games or soccer practice there is a huge risk for skin injuries to the foot, which will lead to annoyance and create discomfort which may require treatment.
If you are feeling discomfort when walking and running you should check if you have developed a blister. So how can you tell if you have developed a blister?
You will notice pain, redness, swelling and fluid underneath skin.
When playing soccer there is a lot of friction between your feet and the shoes, since you are making a lot of sudden stops and moving side to side. If you are wearing a shoe that is too narrow, you will create a lot of problems to your feet.
Once you develop a blister, it can develop into a corn (which is really hard to get rid of) and you will feel a lot of pain every time you take a step or try to run around the field.
You must avoid wearing cleats that are too big or cleats that are too small. If the cleat is too big the foot will move too much inside the shoe which will lead to creating constant friction. Cleats that are too small will create pressure points and as you move the skin will rub against shoe.
Let’s now take a look at the best wide soccer cleats for women.
The Best Wide Soccer Cleats for Women ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Make sure that you choose the X-Wide shoe width. The soccer cleats below come in men’s sizes which means that in order to select your size you need to subtract one size and a half. For example, if you are a woman’s shoe size 8 you need to order the shoes below in a shoe size 6 1/2.
In order to prevent your toes from rubbing against the front or side part of the cleats, I highly recommend that you order these sneakers a half a size larger than the size that your feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.6 centimeters of space between your longest toe and the end of the cleats.
If you are a woman’s foot size 7 1/2 or smaller you will need to choose the kids version of the cleats. You can find them in the article below:
Most Effective Way to Lace Your Soccer Cleats
Always make sure you tie your shoelaces tight, since the tighter the shoelaces, the more stable you will feel on the field. There is a particular way I tie my soccer shoes which I love since it really hugs my feet and secures my ankles, I called this technique the “reverse the laces technique”.
Follow these 3 easy steps:
1-Start with leaving the top two eyelets of the shoe open.
2-Go through the top hole first.
3-Go through the holes you left open
You are all done! You will notice a difference right away!
You will feel how this shoe tying method will push your foot back and secure your heels! The soccer cleat will feel much snugger around your feet, like it’s hugging it better, making you feel more confident and stable when running.
The Best Soccer Socks for Women – Breathable and Extra Padding!
Did you know that sweaty feet leads to increased friction compared to dry feet? That’s why it’s so important to find a pair of soccer socks that fit properly but that are also breathable.
I always explain to women that choosing the correct sock size has the same importance as choosing the correct shoe size. You won’t be comfortable in your cleats if you are not wearing the correct sock style and the correct sock size.
Socks that are too small or too long will fold inside the shoe and create friction points on the skin. You must also avoid socks that are too bulky since they will also fold inside the shoe.
Socks act as a barrier between your feet and the shoes. Most sport socks come padded in the bottom, to properly cushion your shoes and make you feel comfortable when running. Soccer socks also tend to come padded in the bottom of the foot and around the ankle, which will help reduce the friction between your foot and the shoe, and prevent blisters and calluses from forming.
While most women believe that cotton is the best type of sock material they can get, they are not aware that cotton absorbs sweat but doesn’t repel it. However, the new athletic/soccer sock made of acrylic will wick the moisture away from your feet, limit the friction, and provide seams that are designed to avoid pressure points. Below you can find a selection of the best soccer socks for women:
Remember that blisters are common in soccer players, but wearing the correct shoe size and the correct sock style will keep your feet healthy and you will never have to worry about developing blisters, calluses, or corns.
How Can Blisters, Calluses, or Corns Affect the Way You Play?
Any of those three types of foot conditions will affect your game play tremendously, to the point that they might lead to other more severe foot and leg injuries.
When you are feeling the pain from a blister for example, it will cause you to change the bio-mechanics of your gait. This will make you more prone to injure your ankles, knees, or hips because your joints are not used to being stressed in this new way.
Also, every time you run you will feel the friction between the shoe and the blister, which will affect your ability to play at your full potential (your speed and agility will be decreased due to the pain). I have played soccer with blisters before and they definitely will affect the way you play!
Have you found a specific soccer cleat that has worked well for your wide feet? I encourage you to share your findings below so other women can benefit from your experiences!