How to choose the right size football shoes

Finding the perfect size football boot can be more of a challenge than you might think. To make it easier, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide.

If the idea of finally acquiring the pair of football boots you’ve been dreaming of appeals to you, there may be some doubt as to the ideal size. The right size not only reduces the risk of injury, but also optimises your acceleration and ball control. A football boot that’s too big could well be the cause of annoying blisters.

So it’s important to understand that the size you’re used to in everyday life is not always the right size for football boots. So take your time and follow our advice to find the best size for your next pair of boots.


Once you’ve made your choice of model and colour, the question of size arises. Put on your usual football socks before measuring the length of your foot. All you need is a ruler to measure the length of your foot, a sheet of A4 paper and a pen.

Avoid measuring your foot in the morning; opt for the afternoon instead, when it is more likely to be in the condition it would be in during physical exertion. To measure your foot, follow these steps:

  1. Place a sheet of paper flat on the floor, alongside a wall. Stand with your back to the wall, pressing your heel against it.
  2. Ask someone to trace the outline of the front of your foot (or do it yourself if no-one is available to help you). Repeat for both feet, as there may be slight variations.
  3. Use your ruler to measure the distance from the edge of the sheet to the top of the pen mark.


Now you know the length of your feet in centimetres. All you have to do is apply this measurement to the concordance tables below.

Adidas Size

Nike Size

Puma Size

Please note: the tables below are provided as a guide by the different brands. There’s no substitute for an in-store fitting to ensure you choose the ideal size for your shoe model!

In the world of football boots, three brands currently stand out: Nike, adidas and PUMA.
To guide you in your selection of studs, here’s what you need to know about the sizes offered by these three manufacturers: If your usual size is 43, opt for a size 43 with PUMA cleats, a size 44 with Nike and a size 43 1/3 with adidas.