Introducing 5 of the most spacious boots available
cursed born with wide feet, now’s probably the best time to be playing football. Unlike the old days where your only choices were leather boots (due to its ability to stretch), brands these days seem to have “upsized” their offerings. Many boots on the market now tend to err on the wider side, with even the notoriously narrow Mercurial series being able to accommodate medium width feet.
Before we begin though, some disclaimers here. “Wide feet” is a very vague term as there are many parts of your feet that can affect the fit and how “wide” your feet really is. For example, Asians tend to have flatter arches, which leads to a wider and higher midfoot. Our list serves as a very general guide for people with wider forefeet based on boots we have reviewed before.
adidas X19.1 – The “People’s Speed Boot”
Surprisingly, the first boot on the list is a speed boot, a category which typically has a more narrow fit. The adidas X19.1, however, is what we affectionately call “The People’s Speed Boot”. The X19.1 has a wide and accommodating fit that will suit most people. It’s also one of the most comfortable boots on the market, even by normal standards, thanks to adidas using a thin layer of foam around the upper. The result is a touch that provides some light padding, just shy of feeling barefoot.
Don’t let that fool you into think that its not speedy though, its got one of the best heel lockdowns in the business thanks to generous padding around the heel, whilst the lightweight FG/AG outsole gives you great toe-off traction on AG without being overly clingy. If you always wanted to own a pair of speed boots, the X19.1 makes a great first buy for anyone regardless of position and preference.
Puma Future 5.1 – The best all-round comfort and performance
Out of the ashes of Puma’s many Future iterations came Puma’s best knitted boot yet – the Puma Future 5.1. It retains the innovative Netfit system that allows you to customise the lacing for a very one-to-one and personal fit. Thanks to Jay’s lower arches, he tends to loop the laces lower on his instep, to provide better support for hisarch, whilst lacing them higher on the outside of his foot.
As what we’ve come to expect from Puma, the Future 5.1 has got the best collar in the business, offering the right amount of compression around the ankle without feel restrictive. It’s also got one of the best knitted material on the rest of the boot, allowing for a bit of stretch while keeping your feet locked in while staying soft for comfort.
Performance-wise, the Future 5.1 provides a nice padded touch throughout the boot which makes you feel extremely protected. The upper has also got a nice waxy feel that adds a natural grip to the boot in wet conditions. Striking the ball in the Puma Future 5.1 is a dream.
Mizuno Monarcida 2 Neo (MiJ) – Lightweight and durable
While we’ve plonked for the Mizuno Monarcida 2 Neo, the truth is that there are several Mizuno boots that could have been on the list such as the Mizuno Wave Cup Legend or the Mizuno Morelia 2 (2015). This is because they are all leather boots, which in time will expand and mould to your feet’s shape.
The Monarcida 2 Neo, however, takes the crown thanks to its value. At S$179, it’s great value for money as it has the added benefit of being part of Mizuno’s Made in Japan series, which sees it lasted for 24 hours to improve the fit and longevity. While it’s a speed boot, its also got a slightly padded leather upper that moulds to your feet and gives a natural touch on the ball.
It’s perfect for the Sunday football warrior because of its durability and how protective and solid it feels despite only being 185g. We love the extra touch of a rubberised lip to prevent the leather from wearing out as well as the grippiest outsole in the business to save you from purchasing grip socks.
ASICS DS Light 3 – Hard ground compatible
Pro tip from us, if you’ve got a wide foot, start your football boot search with the Japanese brands. That’s because Japanese brands tend to produce boots for their home market of Japan, where they tend to have wider feet in general.
While the normal DS Light 3 is already fairly wide, it also comes in a wider version, which fits up to 3E widths. Like most Japanese boots, the DS Light 3 comes with a leather upper. ASICS, however, have switched it up into a non-stitched leather + foam cage combo that was the rage a few years back. While the leather feels slightly plasticky, at S$149, it’s very affordable with a very versatile HG soleplate that is perfect for both natural grass and AG.
Nike Premier 2.0 – No frills, old school charm
One of our Resident Boot Nerd’s all-time favourites, the Nike Premier 2.0 can do very little wrong. The Premier 2.0 is a classic kangaroo leather construction with an old-school tongue to cover your laces. With the boots made out of kangaroo leather, expect it to stretch over time to the shape of your feet. The tongue also makes it very easy to slip in and out of the boots while the suede lining around the heel promises a luxurious feel and adequate lockdown.
The touch on the ball feels soft and padded just like any traditional leather boot would feel. The FG studs are also very short, making them suitable for AG pitches. And about S$120, it is excellent value for money.
Honourable Mention: adidas Predator 20.1 Low
The adidas Predator 20.1 Low has legitimately been one of our favourite boots to play in this year. However, the Predator 20.1 has an extremely wide forefoot that is strangely balanced with a narrow midfoot. If you’re someone who has a wide forefoot but a high arch, and therefore a medium to narrow midfoot, this could be your perfect boot, Cinderella.
We never quite realised how much we’ve missed shot enhancement elements until we whipped in a cross with help from the spikes on the Demonskin. Those rubber spikes really, REALLY add a ton of grip when curling those shots. Striking the ball in it felt like a dream and we found ourselves taking potshots from all over the field thanks to the rubber elements taking the sting off the shots. Interestingly, despite its weight (235g in a US 9.5), we felt nimble in the boots, as if we were wearing speed boots with which every shot you take is destined for the top corner.