Winning the Six of Nations for the second time, departing Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll wore a customised pair of adidas Predator Incurza boots in his last ever match for his country. The Ireland and Leinster star took to the field with personal touches to the boots adding the letters ‘BOD’ by hand on the upper […]
Popular Rugby Boots
Earlier this year adidas released their second generation of FF80 boots first released in two colourways dubbed White/Solar Blue and Black/Running White/Solar Blue. Powering across the game line and ready to tackle anything on the rugby field, the adidas FF80 II rugby boot is headlined by New Zealand’s Kieran Read and Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony. Designed […]
adidas have revealed a new Solar Blue/Running White/Tribal Blue colourway to coincide with the two new FF80 and RS7 silos released. Designed to make a fresh impression on the rugby field, a vivid solar blue shade is captured across the upper and joined by an abundance of white. With navy also thrown into the mix, […]
Earlier this year German brand adidas released their fourth-generation RS7 boot coming with an all new design and colourway officially dubbed Blue/Tribal Blue/Running White. Designed for wingers this silo is the lightest rugby specific boot ever created by adidas, their brand new adiZero RS7 Pro rugby boot brings lightning fast speed and agility onto the […]
The DC100, a boot specially created for one of the best players to ever play rugby, New Zealand & Crusaders Dan Carter. The boots celebrated his 100th test match for the All Blacks, playing against England at Twickenham, that didn’t go as well, Carter having to come off injured before half-time. Carter collaborated with adidas […]
It can’t have been the debut for their new rugby boots that adidas were hoping for, having convinced star player Sonny Bill Williams to wear the latest edition of their speed boot for the Rugby League World Cup over the Mizuno’s he had been sporting all NRL season long, he slipped wearing them on the […]
Sam Tomkins who sports X Blades Sniper ST Rugby Boots will soon be seen down-under his move to the NRL has been a major topic of conversation for months and now we have it he is to Leave Wigan Warriors for NZ Warriors. Now that was a surprise, we figured one of the top Aussie […]
adidas have officially released the next-generation Predator Incurza boot will overtake the original Predator Incurza which was headlined by Crusaders and All Black’s Daniel Carter and England’s Jonny Wilkinson. Like the first generation it is designed for maximum power and control when kicking an it is built purely for the fly halves and backs. The […]
This morning in Christchurch, All Blacks Richie McCaw and Dan Carter were at a local mall to sign a new deal with adidas at their adidas store. The two players will continue to be ambassadors for adidas until 2016, both McCaw and Carter have been signed to adidas under individual contract agreements since 2004, they’ll […]
Sergio Parisse could be seen sporting a new pair of adidas FF80 Rugby Boots. As he led out the Barbarians in the heat and humidity that was Hong Kong to a thumping defeat by the B&I Lions 59-8 Barbarians. Next up was a quick flight to South Africa where he joined up with the Italian […]
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.