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 body strength for power in scrums, they need extra support around the ankle to help prevent foot injuries so go for high ankle cut for extra support in scrums. Though it must be said these are harder to find with the latest boots being more for style and developments of football boots so lower cut.
Kickers prefer a tight-fitting boot because it gives them a better feel for the ball, while backs like a football style low cut boot for mobility. Be more concerned with finding boots that fit you than those which look the flashiest, as you will stand out because of your ability rather than the boots you are wearing.
What Rugby Boots to buy
There are a vast range of boots and we do suggest it is worth having a look around the rest of this site before you make your choice. Look out for the pages of boots by position. For everyone who wants a listing now here are a few of our favourites:
Leather and synthetic boots are both available and there are advantages with each. Leather moulds itself to the shape of your feet but can stretch out of shape in wet conditions. Synthetic boots are often lighter and less expensive. A mix of leather and synthetics may be the ideal just ensure they are right for you. Often finding soft uppers which fit snugly will help prevent injury.
Boots with screw in studs tend to be popular because players can adjust their studs depending on the conditions. If the pitch is muddy then it’s worth using a longer set of studs, changing to shorter studs on a drier day. For hard grounds though you may prefer to wear moulded rubber studs. Whatever you wear be aware that rugby is a full contact sport, wearing the wrong kind of studs can do you or a member of the opposition a lot of harm. Referees will check whether your boots have any sharp edges or ridges, but it’s also your duty to make sure your boots and studs are in good order. Whatever your requirement we should have a boot to suit your needs within this site.