Slim pickings for narrow feet? Not quite.
If there’s one interesting yet subtle shift in the football boot industry that has gone almost entirely un-noticed, it’s that football boots in general have been getting wider, or at least more accommodating. Almost all modern boots would fit most moderate to wide footed players fairly comfortably. Even speed boots, which typically skew more narrow to give a sleeker and speedier look, trend towards a more forgiving fit these days.
This also means that if you’re one of those with “Mercurial feet” (i.e a nickname we used to give our blessed slim footed friends who could wear the Mercurial Vapor 3 true to size), you could find yourself having a little too much space in most boots on the market today. Fret not, your friendly bootheads are here to share our top football boots best suited for players with narrow feet.
Puma Ultra 1.3
Puma Ultra 1.3 – Narrow Feet
When Puma reignited the ultralight speed boot race last year with the Puma Ultra 1.1 and 1.2, they surprised everyone by giving it a fairly wide and accommodating fit. When it came to the Puma Ultra 1.3, however, the German brand dialed back on the room in the boot. The new fit, along with a more structured upper means that the boot is one of the more narrow fitting boots on the market today.
Featuring their MATRYXEVO woven upper that’s now reinforced with a brand new Speedcage, and floating on the scales at a mere 159g, the Puma Ultra 1.3 is the lightest speed boot today. With such a paper thin upper though, you feel every touch of the ball and yes… those narrow feet of yours better be fast.
Mizuno Morelia Neo 3 Japan
Mizuno Morelia Neo Japan
While the Japanese brand has two versions of the Morelia Neo 3, we’ve gone for the Mizuno Morelia Neo 3 Japan for a simple reason, a two-piece upper means a better wrap around your foot. Do go half or even a full size down from your normal fit though, as the Morelia Neo 3 Japan has a roomier toebox.
Performance wise, the Morelia Neo 3 Japan is arguably the most comfortable speed boot on the market today, thanks to its super soft k-leather upper that moulds to your feet in no time, whilst providing a nicely balanced touch. Don’t let the conical studs fool you, the tooling provides excellent grip on both FG and AG, giving a nice bite when pushing off for a goal scoring sprint.
adidas Copa Sense.1
adidas Copa Sense.1
At first glance, the adidas Copa Sense.1 might seem like an unorthodox pick, but hear us out. While the shape of the boot isn’t particularly wide, its two-piece construction allows you to better tighten the boot for a more snug fit. The Sense pods also help to remove excess space within the boot, making for an even tighter wrap – perfect for narrow footed players.
On feet, the Copa Sense.1 has a sturdy and well-built, almost tank-ish sort of feel while the Sense pods add a dampened feel on the ball to give you that extra bit of control when controlling those harder hit passes.
Nike Mercurial Vapor 14
Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 Elite
Arguably the silo that defined what a narrow fitting boot was during its inception, the Mercurial series has steadily gotten more accommodating over the years. The Nike Mercurial Vapor 14 has an average fit, but go down half a size and players with narrow feet should still get a fairly tight and locked in fit.
The Vapor 14 is our favourite Vapor from the last decade, mainly because of how comfortable that new Vaporposite upper is, whilst retaining all of the performance characteristics that we’ve come to associate with a Vapor. It still gives you a sharp touch on the ball, giving you the confidence to pull off the audacious on pitch, in a way only a Mercurial can.
adidas X Speedflow+
Quite potentially the surprise pick for the list, but the adidas SpeedFlow+ made the cut for our list. Due to its lack of laces, the upper is a lot more structured than its laced adidas Speedflow.1 counterpart and has a narrower fit to ensure maximum lockdown.
We’ve never been a huge fan of laceless boots in general, but the adidas Speedflow+ is melting our resistance. The laceless system has been implemented incredibly well, giving you a great locked in feeling even when making quick cuts and turns. Combined with that incredible carbitex infused tooling, the Speedflow+ is definitely one of the best speed boots of all time.
adidas Predator Freak.1
Power with control
adidas Predator Freak .1
The adidas Predator Freak.1 has one of the most unique fits on the boot market, a wide forefoot that’s married to an extremely snug midfoot. We recommend going down half a size, and the narrow midfoot should work well enough narrow footed players.
Once you get the right fit though, the Predator Freak.1 is one of the most enjoyable boots to play in. The low cuts give you an almost speed boot-esque vibe due to the fit and the thin upper, yet brings about just the right amount of control thanks to the Demonskin spikes. It’s a paradoxical feeling that you have to try to fully understand. Be prepared to start hitting shots from all over the pitch though.
We hope you enjoyed our article on the Best Football Boots for Narrow Feet. Did we miss anything here? Let us know which football boots should make the list in the comments below.