Soccer players want their soccer shoes to feel like a tight glove. This allows for a better “feel for the ball” during play. Unfortunately, this can cause some shoe fitting problems.
While trying on a new soccer shoe you need to check the following while standing or walking:
Do you feel the end of your longest toe protruding into the toe box? There should be a small amount of room from the tip of the longest toe to the end of the shoe.
Does the width of the “ball of your foot” match the width of the shoe? The shoe upper will bulge beyond the sole plate if your foot is too wide. This can cause your foot to rub against the upper of the soccer shoe.
If your soccer shoe has a removable insole you place it on the floor and stand on the insole. You can quickly see if your longest toe extends beyond the end of the insole and if the width of your forefoot extends beyond the borders the insole.
A removable insole has another advantage. If you have a custom foot orthotic you can remove the insole and easily insert your orthotic inside your shoe. If there is no removable insole you can remove the existing attached insole by ripping it out. If there is remaining unwanted foam material attached inside the shoe it can be carefully removed using a blunt straight edge screwdriver.
If you have pain in the “ball of your foot” or metatarsal pain, the cleat of the shoe may be directly underneath that area of pain. If the shoe has removable cleats you can remove it to see if reduces the pain. Otherwise, you will have to find another shoe with a different cleat pattern.
If you are happy with the fit of your soccer shoe, you should check to see if there are any manufacturing flaws in your new shoe by placing it on countertop.
Does the heel counter lean to one side or the other?
Does the upper lean to one side or the other?
Is the upper of the shoe is firmly mounted on the outer sole?
How do decide when its time to replace your old soccer shoes?
Check if the heel counter is still firm. The heel counter will weaken over time due to wear and tear. A weak heel counter allows the foot to go through excessive motions causing foot instability. This can lead to ankle sprains or aggravate conditions such as calcaneal apophysitis, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, shin splints and patellofemoral syndrome.
If you observe the heel counter or the shoe upper leaning to one side or the other it is time to replace your shoe.
Check the cleats for excessive wear since it will cause the shoe to lean to one side.
Finally, check the tongue of the shoe. The tongue may no longer be providing cushioning on the top of your foot when you strike the ball with the instep of your foot. This may cause irritation to the top of your foot over a period of time.