It has been a while (in fact far too long) so we have updated a list of the best fitting boots for players that need some extra width. A lot has changed in the current market, including upper materials and the general shape of boots. This has obviously made things ever more complicated, leading to frustration as players struggle to find a soccer shoe suitable for their wider foot shape.
Let me start by highlighting the following; This is a list of suggested options that covers current general release options. We are not including custom order boots or anything that exceeds an EE. My personal foot shape is on the verge of a wide fit, so I’m basing the choices off how each boot feels and fits on my foot. There is no scientific analysis, but the following should serve as a starting guide of boots you should consider, and then try on before purchasing.
The following is the Best Wide Fitting Soccer Boots, 2018 edition.
#1 – Puma FUTURE 18.1 NetFit
The premise behind Puma’s FUTURE series is to provide players with the “perfect” fit. NetFit technology is the key component that allows the wearer to lace their boots any way they want, with a truly customizable, locked down feel across the upper.
It is the FUTURE 18.1 low (above left) that provides the best option for wide fitting players. They feature a separated tongue, so when you loosen the lacing up the boot completely opens. Add this to the fact you can actually reroute the lacing through the NetFit upper and you have a boot that is very accommodating. The upper also has some stretch, so over time they will gently adjust if you feel like they are too snug starting out.
Alternatively, the top-tier FUTURE 18.1 offers a decent option, but they are a little tighter since you can’t loosed the laces completely up and you also have to squeeze your foot in through the evoKNIT ankle opening.
#2 – adidas Predator 18+
Who would have foreseen a Predator making this list, and especially the laceless version! For wide fitting players, your biggest test will be getting your foot in through the tight, high collar opening. But this shouldn’t prove to be a determining factor in choosing them. I’m going to defer to my notes from testing the boot on how they fit:
The one thing that excites me about these boots is just how accommodating they are for a wide variety of players and foot shapes. Because of the laceless style and the inclusion of a very tight ankle entry, there is bound to be a selection of players that immediately determine them to be a bad option. But, I say give them a chance. Once you slip your feet in, the actual fit and feel is pretty terrific with the upper stretching in a very unique fashion.
You can also go with the laced version if you want a little extra play with the fit. But, unlike the Puma FUTURE low, the laces don’t allow you to open the boot right up. You still have a closed tongue to contend with. The real advantage with the laceless Predator 18+ is the actual feel of the upper and the amount of give it offers. It proves to be more pliable, so your foot has room to push up against it. The material in the lower tier Predators is not as soft, so they don’t stretch as much.
#3 – Nike Magista Obra
Price: Magista Obra is $299.99
The best Nike option available for players in need of a wide fitting shoe. What I especially like about the Magista Obra is the collar, which because of the shape is actually very easy to slip your foot in through. This is a spacious boot, with a very accommodating fit through the forefoot. The original Magista was very similar, and it quickly became a fan favorite for players in need of a wider fit.
Inside the boot, a plush layer of soft material molds perfectly across your forefoot. You can feel a layer of cushion between this material and the actual outside coating. As you begin to move your foot, the entire structure naturally contours and sways with your motions.
While looking at the Magista Obra, I considered the Magista Opus as an option, but they just don’t stretch as well as the Obra. This is related to the Flyknit used through the lacing area of the Obra, it allows for a more natural fit on foot. As a result, they are the more appropriate option to include on this list.
#4 – Mizuno Rebula V1
Before I even start talking about the Rebula, note that you are going to need a half size up to get the right fit. One of the key features behind the Rebula V1 that provides a spacious fit is the ability to open up the laces. The general construction and shape of the boot is designed to be snug across the forefoot, pretty typical for a k-leather release. But what is different here is how the CT Frame provides additional strength to the upper material as it stretches to your foot shape, allowing it to keep its shape over time.
Again, going a half size up is key here. You will appreciate the additional room in the boot when you take them out of the box, the fit is just so much more natural.
When they were released, the Rebula actually replaced the Wave Ignitus series. Now, the Wave Ignitus is also an accommodating boot that became a fan favorite in recent times. But, they have become tougher to find in sizes as the boot has been phased out. I add them to the list here in case you can find a pair that fits. In reality, the Wave Ignitus is a good option, but the Rebula (a half size up) definitely provides players with a more suitable wide fit.
#5 – New Balance Furon 3.0
Price: Furon 3.0 is $199.99.
Here is a boot that might surprise on the list, but the Furon actually proves to be an accommodating boot compared to other options on the market. Performance wise, I haven’t personally been a fan of what New Balance create, but don’t let that deter if you need to try something fresh and different. Again, the ability to loosen up the laces proves key here, as you can really create a wide open fit before you slip your foot into them, tightening the laces to create a more custom fit.
What is even nicer here is that New Balance offer wider fitting options as part of their line-up. I’m just talking about the regular version on this list since they are the only ones I’ve tested, so if you want to play it safe then go with the wider fitting version.
Boots To Avoid
In reality, it might help more to actually narrow your options down. There are several highly popular silos on the market right now that are not designed to fit a wider foot. So, here is a selection of boots you will want to avoid:
Anything Nike Mercurial – It is no secret that the Mercurial silo has always been designed in a more sleek, narrow fasion. The current Superfly VI 360 and Vapor XII 360 are no different, both feature a very stiff upper with no give.
Mizuno Morelia Neo MIJ – As much as you might be tempted by “Made In Japan”, avoid this silo as it has a more sleek, pointed forefoot. They are designed for a medium fit, with some stretch through wear. But not enough to suit a wider foot.
Nike Tiempo Legend – This latest version of the Tiempo is much more accommodating than previous models, but they still won’t suit anyone with a wider foot shape.
New Balance Visaro –The shape is all wrong. So even if you find them to be wide enough for your foot, you need to contend with the angled toe-box.
In reality, your opinion counts more than anything else when it comes to the shape and fit of a boot. If you have experience with different boots on the list, let us know in the comments which pair you consider to be the most accommodating right now. Adding a comment help educate us and other readers on what you think are the best options.