How should soccer cleats fit?

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How should soccer cleats fit?

Your boots are your weapons, they need to fit. The question is: how should soccer cleats fit?

To play your best, the goal is a snug, locked-in fit.

You're looking for a combination of performance and comfort. Discomfort and pressure points are definite no-no's, but you don't want your foot sliding around either. Cleats that are too big or too small compromise performance and increase the risk of injury. Ain't nobody got time for that!

For optimal touch on the ball, you want your shoe to be a part of your foot. Control and stability means you can do what you want, when you want to.

Remember, fit and comfort beats style and brand. If you are serious about your game, if you want to win, then wear shoes that fit.



The first step to buying soccer shoes online is to measure your feet. For optimal performance and comfort, you want your toes to fill the length of the shoe with about a 1/4 inch of room. For reference, here's are size guides for adult and youth soccer shoes that includes heel-to-toe length.

Men's and Women's

Men's and Women's Footwear Size Chart


Kids' Footwear Size Chart

If you are not sure which size to order, no worries - we offer free shipping and returns in the U.S.


The material on the upper affects how a cleat will fit and stretch. For knit and leather shoes, slightly tight is fine, at first, because they will stretch and form to your foot.

  • Knit - forms to foot, low stretch
  • Leather - forms to foot, medium-high stretch
  • Synthetic - how they fit now is how they will later, no stretch

Brand / Style

In our experience, each brand and style fits differently. It's important to find the right pair of cleats for YOUR feet, so try them on and see how they feel.

Don't rely on just this guide, or anyone's advice - order a pair and lace them up with your match socks.

If they fit right, you will play your best. Simple.


  • the goal is a snug, locked-in fit
  • measure your feet when ordering online and leave 1/4 inch room at the toe
  • knit and leather will form to your foot and stretch, synthetic will not
  • all feet and all boots are different - try them on!

There you have it. The ultimate guide to how your boots should fit. If you have any questions, comment below or give us a shout at We are here to help!

Need a new pair? Check out our selection of men's, women's and kids' soccer footwear here.

Remember, U.S. shipping and returns are free, so order a pair, try them on and if they don't fit, don't worry. No fit, no foul!


Your friends at Pelé Soccer

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