Playing football is a great way to teach your little one all about teamwork and coordination, but before they begin any lessons you may want to invest in a decent pair of toddler football boots, as well as a football kit. They will be able to run around with ease and they will certainly look the part on the pitch.
First, you need to decide what style of boot you're going for. There are plenty of studded football boots and there are also AstroTurf-friendly options as well, but you could also just choose a casual pair of trainers or sports shoes if you'd prefer.
•Best for no laces: Predator Accuracy.3 Laceless Firm Ground Boots - Buy now from Nike
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Next, think about what brands you may want to have a look at and if your toddler already supports a particular team or has any favourite colours as this can add a more personal touch to their sporting wardrobe.
If you're still unsure what to go for, we've compiled a list of the very best football boots for toddlers and have also included a few accessories too. Some of these options would go brilliantly with a World Cup football kit!
The best toddler football boots 2023
Best for no laces
With these football boots, you won't have to worry about any laces becoming undone or being
- Adult sizes available
- Can add emojis as well as text
- Personalisation costs extra
Best for studs
Available in Shock Pink and Solar Gold, these bright boots will certainly add some colour to the
- Lightweight shoe
- Runs small so may need to go up a size
Best for AstroTurf
A brilliant option if you have more than one child as you can get them the same shoes but
- Comfortable fit
- Can choose the colour of the text
- Limited sizes for older children
Best for a budget
If you're after something smart and simple, these Nike football trainers are the ones to go for.
- Budget friendly
- Nice range of colourways
- Some reviewers say they may be too narrow for wide feet
Best for straps
Designed with a stretched woven tongue, these football boots are supposed to resemble the feeling
- Sturdy block heel
- Great for indoor use
- Limited sizes available
Toddler football boot accessories
Now you've chosen the perfect shoes, it's time to find some accessories to go with them. We've included shoe cleaners, bags and lace holders.
Best for laces
If those pesky little laces keep coming undone when they're running around the pitch, it's worth
- Suitable for child sizes UK 13-6
- Can be worn on all types of pitch
- Limited colour options
Best for cleaning
If your fed up of trying to clean your kid's football boots after every game, you need to get your
- Compact and portable
- Easy to use
- May need to clean the brush from time to time
Best for portability
Keep things simple with this shoe bag from Nike. It has a zip which is easy for children to use,
- Carry handle
- Mesh for ventilation
How to choose the best football boots for toddlers
When selecting football boots for children, there are many things to think about including the style, quality, comfort and price.
•Purpose - It's important to keep in mind what type of pitch they will be playing on, as this can determine the type of studs their shoes will need.
•Style - Just like regular shoes, football boots come in all sorts of designs, so why not ask your child which type they'd like? You could always create a shortlist and ask them to narrow it down from there if you have a budget in mind. There are also several pairs without laces and a few designs which have straps too.
•Price - How much are you willing to pay for children's football boots? While there are some which may cost more due to extra features or limited edition kit, there are plenty of affordable options which can work just as well. Don't forget that they're likely to grow out them pretty quickly!
•Comfort - For your child to perform at their best, it's important that their shoes not only support their feet but feel comfortable too. After all, nobody likes getting blisters or sore feet! Perhaps they could practice at home with a ball for toddlers before they head to training so they can get used to the feel of them.
What type of studs do their football shoes need?
There are several key terms which may be confusing if you've never bought football shoes before or played it yourself. These are:
•AG - This means artificial grass or ground. Shoes for AG will have studs that are quite small, rounded and made from plastic.
•FG - This refers to firm ground such as dry and hard grass. Boots for this sort of pitch have medium-sized studs.
•MG- Multiple ground surfaces is what this stands for. MG boots have plastic studs which are small and can be used on real grass and artificial grass too.
•SG- This one means soft ground and refers to wet and muddy conditions. They will need football boots with big metal studs which provide plenty of grip.
Arabella Horspool is a Commercial Content Writer for Mother&Baby at Bauer Media. She's a bookworm who enjoys cooking and spending time with her many pets.