My interest and possibly mild obsession with football boots came from the research and many articles I read about finding the best boots for wide feet. This brought me to reading and learning about the many technologies, styles and a variety of many brands.
I am unfortunate to have both wide and flat feet which means getting the correct fit of football boot has been a massive problem my whole life. I will try to share with you my experience with all types of boots, do’s and dont’s and try to help you choose the correct pair of football boots.
The important thing to remember is that everyone’s foot shape is different and if possible try the boots on. And do not try to convince yourself they fit just because you really like the boots (I have been guilty of this).
Leather or Synthetic
The upper you choose is vital in this case, and the clear answer is always choose leather. The synthetic materials used on football boots do not offer much stretch, and can lead to serious discomfort and cause blisters. Leather on the other hand is a natural material and will stretch and mold to the shape of your foot, always try and break in football boots before taking them into a game and look after the leather to keep your boots soft and stop the leather from drying out.
The modern football boot all seem to have a gimmick attached to them and claim to enhance your game. If you want to perform at your best, all you need are a pair of comfortable, well fitting boots. The best style of boot to go for, are a traditional leather heritage styled boot, these generally accommodate a wider foot and do not use rigid synthetic materials.
What brand should I choose
This is a tricky question and it depends more on the individual boot silo, for example the Nike T90 range are very accommodating where as the Nike Mercurial not so much. From my experience if you have a wide foot try and avoid Adidas, they are more narrow and don’t offer much stretch.
Get the right fit
For years I have worn boots that are too long for me, when trying boots on I was wanting instant comfort from the second I put them on my feet, always remember that leather will soften and stretch after a couple of wears. Wearing boots that are too long can have a detrimental effect on your game.
The best boots for wide feet
Now I am going to list the best boots for wide feet, this is based on my experience with boots that I have worn or tried on.