If there’s any type of player who has it tough; it’s the one with wide feet.
We all know how important it is to use a boot that is comfortable and fits well, but that’s not always easy, particularly for those of us with wide feet.
So we’ve scoured the market, highlighting our top 5 boots that we’ve found accommodate players with wide feet.
Analysed below in more detail, including links on where to buy them, here are the top 5:
Best Football Boots for Wide Feet
- Adidas Copa Mundial
- Nike Tiempo
- Adidas Copa
- New Balance 442
- Puma Future
- Concave Halo
In our experience, wide feet can be wide in different ways; some have wide toes, others have flatter arches and need a wider midfoot – we’ll be aiming to highlight the good and bad about each boot.
Natural leather – Kangaroo or Calf – will stretch over time, meaning they will become more accommodating, which is why I say leather is usually the better option for wide feet as it stretches and shapes to your foot more than a synthetic boot.
Before we begin, there is no order or rank to the boots listed. Each is diverse in its own way.
1. Adidas Copa Mundial
Nothing beats a classic, and Whether you’re an Adidas fanatic or a Nike enthusiast, both brands offer a boot of pure beauty and comfort.
A lot of people will say the Mundial has a wider last and suits any foot type compared to Nike’s offerings, I agree. Boasting the old school tongue and riveted soleplate that rarely separates, this gladiator is the oldest boot on the market and there is good reason why it’s still in production today.
2. The Nike Tiempo
Legend by name and by nature, another classic featuring ultra soft leather. Packed with a Flynit heel and midfoot, this is one hell of a great boot. A lot of people were disturbed by the weight of the Copa and wanted something more slick and modern, well Nike nail that demand. With a roomy last and flexibility due to using leather and laces, the Nike Legend is a popular choice for footballers with wide feet.
3. Adidas Copa
Now, this boot is a real treat, a reinvented version of the original Copa. Much like the original, the upper is made from super soft kangaroo leather offering you that flexibility that K-Leather provides. The collar on these boots is super stretchy too, so getting that wide foot into the boot is a breeze. Once in, the Copa really does let you lock your foot in, so your foot and boot will knit together nicely.
4. 442 Pro
Now I feel obligated to give the 442 a shout out here, and that is simply because New Balance offers this beautiful boot in a wide fitting variation. Unlike most brands, New Balance offers different width fittings, though not as many as they used to. So if you are buying this wide fitting boot, make sure you pick the wide fit. I’ve worn the regular Visaro and it’s already pretty wide, but with the Wide fitting variation, NB lifted the upper giving you more material thus more space for your foot. Not to mention, the boot is extremely comfortable and gives you flexibility with laces.
5. Puma Future
The Puma Future football boot is all about fit. Puma market it as a boot enhanced for fit as well as any foot shape. Engineered to conform to the foot, the Future boot, particularly in the low cut version, offers a valuable option for those with wide feet.
6. Concave Halo
Amongst the bigger brands, the Concave Halo stands up well for players with wide feet. The simple reason is that like New Balance, the Halo comes in a wide fitting.
With a focus on comfort, the Halo also features a neoprene inner.
Of course, the Concave differentiator is their ‘sweet spot’ tech. So if you want a wide fitting boot with a difference, this could be worth considering.
Do I have a wide foot?
If you’re not sure if your feet are classed as wide or not, there’s a simple way to find out. All you need is a soft tape measure or piece of string.
Firstly, there are a couple of things to consider to get the most accurate measurement:
1) Feet expand during the day, so measure your feet at night rather than in the morning.
2) You wear socks with your football boots, so put them on before measuring.
Measuring for Wide Feet
Using a soft tape measure or a piece of string, measure the circumference (in mm) around your foot at the widest point, this is normally where your toe joint meets your foot (see the picture below).
Once measured, compare your size to the table below to find your width fitting for your football boot size.
To finish, to familiarise some of the tech terms for those of you not schooled on football boots:
– Upper: The Material the top of the boot is made of; typically leather, synthetic leather, synthetic microfibre or mesh.
– Soleplate: The traction plate on the bottom of the boot, Soft Ground (SG) Studs, or Firm Ground (FG) blades or conical studs, with Artificial and Turf options available.
– Toebox: The front of the boot, where your toes go.
– Vamp: The bit on top of the toebox.
– Midfoot: In between the toe and heel, includes the arch of the foot.
– Heel Counter: The ‘Cup’ that locks your heel in place in the boot, could be internal or external.
– Last: The last is the mould upon which the boot is constructed. The last used affects the overall fit of the boot with a focus toward the heel width, instep height, forefoot width, and toe box depth.
There you have it, a list of the current wider fitting boots on the market.
To conclude, I would like to add that leather uppers with traditional lacing and wide lasts give you more flexibility if you have a wide foot.