Parents Guide

Picking cleats for younger players

kids soccerParents it’s your job to make sure you are buying the right pair of cleats and although you do face a tough decision you should have a good idea about your child’s foot shape and size.

It can be quite a task to choose the right pair of cleats. You have to consider if there is enough space in the boot. You also need to figure how much your child will need to comfortably perform at their best without growing out of the boots too quickly.

For kids young and growing children, the best advice we can offer is to apply the the ‘finger rule’. If the width of the shoe allows enough space to fit more than a finger then there is too much space in the cleat.  The ideal measurement is about a half a finger of space. This will allow for optimal comfort and give your child time to grow into their boots. Of course, this will vary according to the size and shape of your child’s foot.

If done properly the correct width should give you enough room to allow your kid to grow into their cleats and mold their feet to the shape of the boot without affecting their performances. A leather upper is also ideal as the leather can stretch and will last longer.

Comfort is the trump card

Above all, comfort is the main objective when buying boots for young players. You should make sure the boot fits properly and doesn’t have any uncomfortable spots in the shoes. This can be easily tested by asking your child to walk around in the cleats to see if he/she feels any unwanted pain for pressure. Loosening the bottom laces will also help.

Test*

If you loosened the laces and your son or daughter still doesn’t feel comfortable in the cleats then it’s a safe bet that they are just not the right pair of cleats.

Ensure you have the right size

Your child may badly want a pair of cleats that doesn’t fit well or that is extremely uncomfortable. try not to buy into all the heavy advertising and product promotion of Nike and Adidas. In this day in age people rather look good then feel good…

That being said if you want the boots your child bought to last longer than a few months, buying boots half a size up is the smart thing to do. Always test for space in the boot to assure that the boot is a bit bigger then your child’s foot.

If it’s too big then he/she will look like bozo the clown flopping around on the field. If it’s too small then he/she will feel uncomfortable, either way your child will be unable to perform at their best.

Simple rule to follow ordering online

I personally think the best place for you to buy your soccer cleats should be in person at a soccer store. This is because it offers you a more ideal opportunity to try on the cleats and see how comfortable it feels. We usually revert to buying online when our local soccer outlets don’t have a specific pair of cleats, lack variety or don’t have enough sizes.

As it should go without saying, the worst thing you can do is order online from an unknown(ghost) source. Please, please ,please don’t order from an unknown company in China. You may think you are cutting corners and saving money but in the end your child is the one who will really suffer.

It’s not uncommon for these dealers to send you a fake pair of cleats that won’t last long at all. If they are coming from abroad there is possibility that  U.S. customs may seize the boots and you may get nothing at all! Trust me when I tell you that it’s not the fake dealers problem as their part is already finished once they received your money. The Chinese sites may offer you an amazing deal but if you are truly committed to your child’s soccer future then invest the money into a good pair of cleats that will ensure comfort and last long.

If your going to buy from Amazon.com then please make sure the seller is a brand name and also read the reviews.

Take a look at the sizing chart on Soccerloco. this list is immense in helping you find out what size you’ll need for specific brands like Nike, Puma, Adidas and New Balance. Each brand has a slight variation in size so get some simple measurements from your feet or the feet your buying the cleats for and have a look at this chart.


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