How To Stretch Soccer Cleats That Are Too Small? [5 Easy Ways]

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You know the feeling—you’ve finally found a pair of football or soccer boots that look amazing and are perfect for your game, but when you slip them on, they’re too tight and uncomfortable. Don’t give up yet!

Here are five easy ways to stretch football (soccer) boots so your feet can feel as good as they look. 

How to stretch football (soccer) boots – 5 easy ways

Nothing is more frustrating than realizing that your football boots are too tight or too small after you’ve just purchased them.

Whether your new kicks are pinching your toes or rubbing against your heel, it’s essential to find a solution before the pain becomes unbearable.

Luckily, with a few simple tricks, you can stretch out those boots and get back on the field in no time. Let’s look at five easy ways to do just that! 

#1 Wear them around the house 

One of the easiest ways to stretch tight boots is by wearing them around the house for short periods at a time.

Sometimes boots that are too tight just need to be broken in. This method is best done gradually; start with 15 minutes in the morning and then another 15 minutes at night until you reach an hour or two each day.

This allows the leather to become used to being stretched out bit by bit instead of all at once, which can damage your shoes – and feet!

Check the shoelaces too – loosening them up to make your boots wider can make all the difference if your football boots are feeling too narrow.

#2 Stuff them with newspaper 

If wearing them around doesn’t work, try stuffing newspaper into the toes of the shoes before bedtime each night until they feel comfortable.

Make sure that you stuff as much paper as comfortably possible into each boot so that it fully stretches out all areas that are feeling tight. 

We suggest using old newspapers since some ink may transfer off onto the leather if you use glossy magazines or new papers!

#3 Soak them in warm water 

Soaking your soccer boots in warm water is another great way to naturally stretch out tight areas without causing any damage – if you’re careful!

Fill a basin with lukewarm water and let your shoes soak for about ten minutes before taking them out and letting them air dry in a well-ventilated room away from direct sunlight.

Be sure not to oversoak your boots—this could cause serious damage to both fabric and leather materials! And always leave them to air dry – don’t be tempted to put them in the dryer! They’ll shrink!

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Add hair conditioner or fabric softener to warm water to help soften the leather and make it easier to stretch.

#4 Use a hairdryer

You can also use a hairdryer to help stretch out tight spots in your football boots quickly. 

Use a hairdryer on low heat and aim it directly at any tight areas on your boot while massaging the area with your hands to help loosen the leather or synthetic material up.

Keep moving and drying until the area feels softer, then let it cool completely before testing out how it feels again once cooled off.

#5 Use a Boot Stretcher  

Finally, if all else fails, there are boot stretchers available on the market specifically designed for stretching football boots that are too tight or uncomfortable in certain places like heels or toes boxes.

These nifty devices work by applying pressure evenly across the entire surface area which helps loosen up any tight spots without damaging any part of the boot itself (just make sure to follow the instructions carefully).

As with all these methods though, make sure that you don’t overstretch your shoes as this could cause permanent damage over time!  

Watch and learn: What do you do if your football boots are too small.

Here’s a great video that shows you what to do if your football boots or soccer cleats are too small and some easy ways to make them bigger!

Is it OK to wear tight football (soccer) boots?

Wearing tight football (soccer) boots is a matter of personal preference.

Some players feel they give more control in the game while others find them too restrictive and opt for a looser or wider fit.

It can be down to the type of socks you wear too. Thicker socks will take up more space in the shoe and make it feel tighter, while thinner socks may require a slightly looser fit.

Whichever way you decide to go, it’s important that your football boots fit correctly to avoid any potential problems such as blisters or other discomfort during gameplay.

How long do football boots take to break in?

Although you may be tempted to hit the field with your new football boots as soon as you’ve bought them, it’s important to bear in mind that they will always need some time to break in.

Depending on the materials they’re made of and the quality of your boots, this can take anywhere from a few hours to several days or training sessions.

It might seem a bit of a grind, but having patience will pay off when it comes to match day – because soft leather and well-fitted boots will give you better ball control than stiff or overly tight ones ever will!

Can you stretch synthetic football (soccer) boots?

Yes, you can stretch synthetic football boots! Although synthetic material doesn’t stretch as quickly or as much as leather does, there are still a few techniques you can use to help loosen them up.

The best way to do this is by slowly warming them up with a hairdryer and gently pushing on the area that needs stretching.

Wearing them around the house for a while will also start to stretch them and get your feet used to them.

Some people swear by wrapping their boots in warm wet towels overnight, and that may even give you some extra stretch.

Whichever method you choose to go with, don’t worry – you’ll have no trouble breaking your synthetic boots into shape.

Can you stretch laceless football (soccer) boots?

Yes, you can stretch laceless football boots for sure!

Since laceless boots don’t have laces to adjust the tightness around your foot, they’ll need a bit of extra help.

The same stretching techniques mentioned above will work on laceless boots as well. Make sure to use a hairdryer on low heat and massage the area with your hands while warming them up.

For an even better fit, wear some thicker socks when you’re breaking them in or opt for insoles that provide more cushioning for extra comfort.

With patience and creativity, your laceless football boots should be molded perfectly to your feet in no time! 

The final score.

Finding shoes that fit perfectly can be tricky—especially when it comes to sports gear like soccer boots!

But don’t give up hope just yet—there are plenty of simple methods available that can help make even the tightest pair of boots fit comfortably without breaking down their structural integrity over time.

From wearing them around the house, stuffing with newspaper, soaking in warm water, using a hairdryer, and using a boot stretcher – there are plenty of options available that will have you feeling like crushing it on the pitch in no time!

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