If you are looking to get your first pair of cleats but just aren’t sure how to go about it, this post is for you. Below we will explain just how one should get fitted with their first pair of cleats and what to look for when purchasing a new pair.
As a rule of thumb, soccer cleats aren’t always the same size as the regular shoes you would wear on your day to day life. Unlike shoes for daily use, a tighter fit is recommended for soccer cleats.
Tighter fitted shoes for soccer are a must, as cleats tend to be made from very thin, breathable material which a tighter fit will give you maximum touch and feel on the ball.
A ¼ to ½ inch gap between your toes and the top of the cleats is ideal, as your cleats should always fit as close to your toes as possible but not touching. Keep in mind, the snugger your shoes are, the lowers your risks of injury.
If you are still growing, try buying soccer cleats a little on the large side and filling the space by wearing an additional pair of socks.
While soccer shoes are standard when it comes to the width of the upper, it’s important to note that not all cleats are created equal and as such, you should try a few cleats before making your decision on which one to invest in.
When it comes to the material of the cleats, always remember that leather cleats, although more expensive, are some of the best cleats to purchase. If you have a wider foot, the leather material will be a must as expand, synthetic cleats, not so much.
When purchasing leather cleats, you’ll be able to see the shoes molding to the shape of your of your foot after a few training sessions. Because of this, when purchasing new leather cleats, you must purchase a pair that will fit snug on your feet as when they expand you will get the glove-like feel.
After you buy new cleats, you need to break them in.
Take them for a spin on indoor first as you get comfortable with them. Touch the ball a bit and get accustomed to the cleats before taking them out on the practice field.
Remember, your new cleats will feel hard at first, but don’t give up on them so soon, keep using them at practice as you continue to break them in until you feel comfortable enough with them for a game.
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