How to Shrink Soccer Cleats and Make them More Comfortable

How do you shrink soccer cleats to make them feel more secure and comfortable? As a soccer player, beginner, youth, or professional, one of the best feelings in the world is getting a brand new pair of soccer cleats, one of the most important pieces of soccer gear and equipment.

But what do you do when you find out your brand new pair of cleats are too big? Maybe the only available pair of cleats that you had to buy ran a size too big or maybe someone else gave you some soccer cleats as a gift, but they are too loose and not tight enough.

Whatever the reason may be as to why you need to shrink soccer cleats, this blog will explain various ways to make your soccer cleats smaller so that they fit better.

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Properly Lace your Soccer Cleats

One of the easiest ways to make your soccer cleats fit better is to properly lace them. This should be one of the first things you check to improve the comfort of your cleats. It is also important to try different lacing styles and see what works best for you.

Wear Thick Socks or Double Socks

If your cleats are too big, another one of the most effective ways to make them fit better, although this won’t necessarily shrink your cleats, is to wear a thick pair of socks or grip socks. Wearing a pair of comfortable thick socks or even using double socks will help your cleats fit better by filling up the extra space inside the cleats. Having really thin socks may make your feet slide around more inside the cleats.

Wear Insoles

Similar to the last method for making your cleats more comfortable, this method will also not necessarily shrink your cleats. If you don’t have access to a thick pair of socks, or don’t like double socking, then you can consider using high quality insoles to help make your cleats fit better.

The Freezer Trick

Now, onto the first method that can actually change the size of your cleats, the freezer trick. For this simple method all you need is a plastic bag, your soccer cleats, and a freezer.

Put your cleats inside of the plastic bag and put it in the freezer overnight. The cold temperature and the tight fit from the bag should make your cleats shrink slightly.

Use Hot to Warm Water

The next technique for shrinking your cleats and making them fit better involves submerging them in water. For this trick, simply fill up a bucket with hot water, put your cleats on with a pair of socks, and then put your feet, while wearing the cleats, inside of the water.

Let your cleats and feet soak for about 30 minutes and you will find that afterwards your cleats will fit a lot better. You don’t have to use boiling water but it should be hot, not warm.

Use Hot Air from a Hairdryer

Similar to the last method, this method will require soaking your shoes in water first. After your cleats have soaked for about 30 minutes you can use a hairdryer to blow hot air into your cleats, which will help shrink them.

Put them in the Dryer

The last trick, which is similar to the last two, includes using water and heat. Begin by soaking your cleats in water for about 30 minutes and afterwards put them in a dryer on low heat, which will help the shrinking process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How should soccer cleats fit?

Your soccer cleats need a nice snug fit and should provide a sock-like feel, but they must provide enough room for you to be able to retract your toes inside of the cleats. There should be some space between your toes and the end of the shoe, but not too much and not too little.

Do soccer cleats run true to size or do they run smaller or larger?

The answer to this question will depend on the brand which is why it is important to make sure to do some research first before you choose a new pair of soccer cleats. For the best possible fit make sure to get wide soccer cleats that are made out of leather as these cleats will provide the most custom fit since the natural leather will mold to the shape of your feet.

How to stretch soccer cleats?

On the opposite end of knowing how to shrink your soccer cleats is knowing how to stretch your cleats, if they are running a size too small.

How can I learn more about the game?

To learn more about soccer the most important thing is to join a team and play the game as much as possible. If possible, analyze high level games as much as you can and your own games as well by recording them with a soccer camera. Also read soccer books, listen to podcasts and interviews watch soccer documentaries, as well as some movies, tv shows, and anime.


In conclusion, properly fitting soccer cleats are essential for comfort and performance on the field. Whether dealing with oversized cleats or looking to improve the comfortability of your cleats, the techniques in this guide will help you make your soccer cleats shrink and feel more comfortable.

In this blog, I covered everything you need to know about how to shrink your soccer cleats, your most important weapon and piece of equipment on the soccer field.

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