Best football boots for wide feet 2020
Finding a comfortable wide-fitting pair of football boots has never been an easy task. Until now.
Whether you’re buying for yourself, a friend or one of your children, finding the perfect pair of football boots can be a real nightmare.
As soon as you start shopping, you’re confronted with all manner of different surface types, upper materials and elaborate boot packs; while the promise of “fresh, innovative boot tech” can become downright confusing at times, especially if you don't own a dictionary on modern boot jargon. Inner Quadfit Mesh material, anyone?
Modern boots are engineered to enhance certain play styles and player attributes, which means most of us have to put some real time into finding the perfect pair. For players with wide feet, things become even more difficult.
Fortunately, I’ve put together a quick guide on the best football boots for players with wide feet, so you can make sure you’re always comfortable out on the pitch this season. Right then, let's get cracking.
8. adidas Predator 20.1 Low
After what feels like an eternity, the adidas Predator has finally made a proper comeback. Its revival back in 2017 had us all getting giddy and looking at old pictures of David Beckham, but the boots that followed just didn’t feel quite right. The latest generation has thankfully brought back the silo’s identity - and they’re also great for players with wide feet.
Featuring 406 tiny rubber spikes, this has got all the power and swerve which made the Predator so popular. Just as importantly, the 20.1 offers plenty of width from the toe box to the heel, although you should certainly avoid the tighter fit of the laceless 20+ model.
In all honesty, there are wide boots out there which you’ll probably find more comfortable (just see the ones below), but all this wild Predator goodness is just too good to ignore. Honestly, the DEMONSKIN upper makes it feel as though the ball is glued to your feet at times, and it’s simply impossible to resist curling the ball home from distance. Deadly.
7. Puma King
Oh, yes. All hail the King.
Despite being much older than the other boots on this list, the Puma King is still one of the most comfortable football boots on the market. This certainly rings true for players with wide feet, since stretchy leather and a wide soleplate are both used to offer as much space as possible.
In fact, you could probably argue that it’s the old-fashioned nature of the King which makes it such a great option here. Many modern boots feel more streamlined, with the big brands looking increasingly desperate to create the lightest football boots possible. Somewhat inevitably, these boots now seem much tighter.
The King comes without the bells and whistles of the latest releases, serving up a zero-fuss football boot which is just a joy to play in. There are no special tricks here. No innovative new features. This is just a classic football boot which has always been famous for its comfort, durability and width.
6. Nike Tiempo Legend 8 Elite
Typically made from stretchy k-leather and boasting some truly classic colourways, many wide-footed players have been opting for the Nike Tiempo for years. The Legend 7 undoubtedly changed the game forever, introducing the Swoosh’s Flyknit technology to the silo for the very first time.
The next-generation Tiempo has improved things even further, with the Legend 8 once again combining the traditional k-leather with a knitted heel counter. In short, this Quadfit Mesh provides plenty of flexibility when squeezing your feet in or out, while a Flyknit tunnel offers a customisable fit through the midfoot.
Around the toebox, the Tiempo’s classic k-leather materials take centre-stage yet again, with the ribbed texture designed to enhance control of the football. Since this upper comes completely unstitched, comfort and flexibility remain completely unhindered.
If you love the Swoosh but also love saving some cash, then I’d recommend giving the classic Nike Premier II a go. It's much cheaper.
5. adidas Copa Mundial
Let’s face it, the adidas Copa Mundial suits just about everyone. Your nan, the neighbour’s dog and players with wide feet can always pull off a pair of these. The classic black and white colourway is still just as cool as it’s ever been, the perfect choice for players who can’t be bothered with the frills of more modern boots.
Once you’ve spent time wearing these in, the Copa Mundial will stretch around the shape of your foot, giving your feet plenty of room to breathe. The stretchy, soft leather offers absolutely insane comfort to pretty much every player, with the wide last and old-school tongue meaning you can slip your feet into these without any grunting or groaning.
We call it “The Godfather” for a reason. You just can’t refuse.
4. Mizuno Rebula 3
Mizuno boots have always been a popular choice for players with wide feet. Their ‘Made in Japan’ collection is famously comfortable and spacious, ensuring you never have to stretch and strain to squeeze your foot inside of them. More importantly, they’re always nice and easy to take off after an exhausting 90 minutes of football.
The Mizuno Rebula 3 is the pick of the bunch, however, with plenty of space found throughout the midfoot and an absolutely cracking design to boot (no pun intended). By combining stretchy mesh and soft leather, lots of room can be found throughout the entire boot - so you’ll be able to wiggle any particularly wide toes to your heart’s content.
Although many wide-footed players might be tempted to go for the next size up, you should certainly bear in mind that the Rebula uses stretchy premium leather. So, even though this involves some wearing-in time, I’d recommend sticking with the smaller size and allowing the leather to stretch around your feet.
After all, these are expensive boots, and you don’t want to end up quickly replacing them because they’re now too big for you.
3. New Balance Furon v6 Pro
Oh, yes. New Balance have finally joined the knitted bandwagon, and they’ve come up with something that wraps perfectly around a wide foot. The Furon v6 is currently headlined by Sadio Mane, and I’d argue it’s by far the best speed boot for wide feet right now - although the adidas X 19.1 is also worth considering if you’re dedicated to the three stripes.
The new Furon is fast. The ridiculously responsive soleplate will have you eating up grass in no time at all, tearing across the surface whilst wondering how on Earth these boots are so damn soft. Unlike so many other speed boots, the upper feels plush and snug, moulding around your feet as if they’re giving you a nice warm hug.
Above all, though, there’s actually a wide-fit variation of these boots available, and New Balance remain one of the only brands who specifically cater to wide-footed players. I don’t really know why others don’t bother, to be honest.
2. New Balance Tekela v2 Pro
Talk about an underrated football boot. The Tekela v2 is yet another fantastic option for wide-footed players from New Balance, and I’ve never quite figured out why it’s not much more popular.
Launching back in July 2019, the Tekela sequel introduced subtle tweaks to improve the overall comfort and performance of the original. In fact, the standard version of this boot is incredibly comfortable and spacious indeed, meaning that you may not even need to go for the wider version - depending on your individual measurements.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Tekela 1 remains a great option for any players with wide feet, especially since the release of a new generation should see a decent drop in the price tag. But be warned - do NOT think about upgrading to the Tekela v3 if you have a wide foot. This features a laceless upper which feels incredibly tight, so don’t make the mistake of thinking a newer model is bound to feel comfier. It doesn’t.
1. Puma Future 5.1
The best wide-fitting football boots will always involve one very important thing: laces. Well, no other boot does laces quite like the Puma Future, which uses NETFIT technology to give you a fully-customisable fit. This should be music to the ears of every wide-footed player who’s ever been left behind in the training room, sweating and straining like an over-exerted Cinderella.
The ludicrously soft knitted upper doesn’t just give you an insane barefoot sensation on the ball, but also wraps seamlessly around the shape of your foot. Since you can tie the laces in pretty much any way you see fit, the Future is wide and roomy enough to have you wondering whether boots are supposed to feel so comfy. Well, yes, they are.
But it’s not just all about being soft and spacious, because the Future is also surprisingly responsive and feels amazing when controlling the ball. Its grippy, snug and, most importantly, wide - to the extent that narrow-footed players should probably avoid this at all costs.
Do I Need Wide Football Boots?
Figuring out whether you need wide football boots is relatively simple. You just need to measure the length and width of your foot, and then cross-reference this with a reliable width measurement chart.
To be more specific, the width of your foot should be taken from its widest point (whether this is your toes or midfoot), while it’s always a good idea to do this while wearing your thick football socks. From there, you’ll probably need to check the shoe size chart of the specific brand you’re thinking of buying from, as sizes tend to fluctuate.
If you’re still uncertain, the most effective way of testing for wide feet is seeing how the boots actually fit. You’d be amazed at how many players feel uncomfortable on the pitch, simply because they’ve failed to recognise they have wide feet. Basically, your boots should feel secure without being tight and you should have enough room to wiggle your toes.
Trust me, the blisters will soon let you know whether you need some wide-fitting boots. Either way, FOOTY.COM lets you compare prices on all the latest football boots, so you can always make sure to find the best deals with us.