We recently managed to get our hands on a pair of the new Warrior Skreamers, so we took them down to the park and put them to the test. We immediately felt the effects of the deep lacing system, designed to enhance the fit and feel of the boots which are made from lightweight PU […]
Popular Rugby Boots
We recently got hold of a pair of adidas’ F50 speedboots, so we took them down to the park and put them through their paces. The super-lightweight boots utilize a revolutionary synthetic upper and feel like a second skin when you put them on. Built for the pace men on the paddock the Sprintframe construction […]
The Absoldao is adidas’ more cost-effective version of the Predator Incurza, and we recently took them for a test run, to see how they compare to the more expensive model. The boots were comfortable from the moment we put them on, and we experienced very little of the discomfort which one normally associates with a […]
It’s important to understand the shape of your feet and your running style. Find out whether you’re flat-footed or have a high arch. Ideally rugby boots will fit snugly, although if your feet are still growing it’s advisable to allow a little bit of room. Different players prefer different fits. As forwards rely on lower [...]
We have been asked the question? “Please could you advise me which boots would be suitable for my son who is starting senior school in September and will need a pair of black rugby boots.” It is pretty certain that at this time of year there will be many of you out there asking the [...]
Rugby Boots History
The original football boot first comes into records with Henry VIII in 1526 when he called for a pair of leather football boots. However the man in the street would not yet have had this pleasure as both football and rugby boots did not exist in the early days. In the late 1800's players were usually wearing walking, working boots or hobnail boots, which would either come with nails or studs protruding. The sports split into their distinctive games of rugby and soccer and at this time also allowed hacking a players legs as a method of stopping them, so some boots would also have had metal tips to inflict more pain.
In 1889 a law change barred the wearing of projecting nails or iron plates, in 1910 further improvements to enhance safety came when changes specified a cylindrical stud no less than 3/4 inch in diameter and no longer than half the diameter long fixed to the sole by 4 nails. The next change occurred in 1926 when studs had to be leather, circular and fixed by at least 3 nails. Rubber was included in 1948, aluminium in 1953 and approved plastics in 1954. Currently rugby requires an approved rugby boot with studs that carry the IRB marking which can be used for both rugby league and rugby union.
Different boots for different positions
Traditional rugby boots are very similar to football boots, but the thing that makes them different is a high cut designed to give extra support to the ankle. However, more and more players prefer to use football style boots, especially backs, who favour the low cut for extra mobility. So it's important to understand what position you're playing before choosing what kind of rugby boot you want.