How to Measure a Foot
- Put on the game socks first.
- Feet swell during the day, so measure them when they are a larger size, such as in the afternoon or evening.
- Distribute weight evenly across the entire foot.
- Tape a piece of paper on the floor against the base of a wall. Stand on that paper with heel touching the wall.
- Have a helper mark the longest part of your foot at the toes. Repeat for left and right.
- Trace the toes to measure against the cleat and make sure there’s a thumb’s width room or more room from the edge of the toe.
- Have a helper mark the two points on the widest part of your foot. Repeat for left and right. This will be useful when determining if the upper is a good, snug fit.
- Use a ruler to measure the heel to toe length of your foot.
- Use a ruler to measure the width of your foot,
How to Fit Football Cleats
- The upper should fit snugly against the foot, without room to slip or slide. It shouldn’t press on any pressure points or cause chafing or pain.
- There should also be extra room, at least a thumb’s width, from the longest toe to prevent injuries such as hammertoe or mashing from quick changes in direction. The cleat should not rub against the foot to cause blisters.
- It is best to buy and test game socks before fitting for a cleat. The athlete should wear the socks during the fitting
- The athlete should also practice making the motions of running, walking, and quick changes in direction to make sure that the cleat performs the way they want, and feels comfortable on the foot.
- Don’t rely on manufacturer sizing. Many brands have different physical sizes, even if they label them all the same as size 7 or size 8. Make sure to check that the sizing is true, and choose the shoe based on how it fits and feels, not how its size is labeled.
- Don’t plan on “breaking in” an uncomfortable shoe. If it pinches or rubs the wrong way to start, the discomfort won’t change even after use.