How to Make Synthetic Cleats Mold to Your Foot

    Step 1

    Wear shoes that are the correct size. They should feel snug at the toes, but not too tight.

    Step 2

    Apply petroleum jelly to the foot before beginning to mold the cleats. The process of molding synthetic cleats can result in blisters and the petroleum will help prevent that.

    Step 3

    Put on the socks that will usually be worn with the synthetic cleats.

    Step 4

    Put on the cleats and lace them up as they would normally be for a game or practice.

    Step 5

    Walk around on a variety of surfaces, such as asphalt, sand, carpet or grass. Your foot muscles move in different ways over each type of surface, and this will help to stretch out the synthetic material of the cleats. Do this for about an hour each day until they start to feel more comfortable.

    Step 6

    Keep wearing the cleats as you submerge them into lukewarm water for 20 minutes and then allow them to completely dry.

    Step 7

    Introduce the new cleats to practices and games slowly. Only use them for about an hour of play at a time.


  • Apply a conditioning oil or petroleum jelly any time the cleats get wet -- including the step when they are submerged in water -- as this will help prevent the synthetic material from getting tight and losing shape.
  • Help the cleats to keep their shape by inserting balled up newspaper or socks into them when they are not being worn.
  • Prevent blisters during the breaking-in period by wearing one pair of thin socks under a pair of thick socks.

Things Needed

  • Synthetic soccer cleats
  • Soccer socks
  • Petroleum jelly

About the Author

Alana Armstrong started her writing career in 2005, covering street art and graffiti. She currently works as a freelance writer, photographer and artist in Toronto. Armstrong has a diploma in photojournalism from Sheridan College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photo media from the University of New South Wales.