Rugby Boot Reviews

We look at all the most popular boots on the market for Rugby Union and Rugby League. adidas have their own rugby specific boots, whilst Nike boots, even though they could be considered football, they work for rugby too. Puma also have their boots on the rugby ground, and a few other brands that considered rugby as a niche for their respective entries.





other BRANDS

Watch a top-level rugby game and you will see that most players either have the Swoosh, the Stripes or the Formstrip on their boots. But every once in a while you’ll see a distinct pair that does not belong to the major sports brand above. The following are some manufacturers who happen to have a boot of their own worn among those in the professional ranks. Few as they are, the stand out nonetheless amidst the influx of mainstream boots.









POSITIONAL BOOTS: Forwards: PropHookerLockFlankerNo 8 |  Backs: Scrum HalfFly HalfCentreWingerFull BackKickers |

BOOTS FOR: Kids/Children | SevensWomens

History Of Rugby Boots

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.

How to choose a pair of Rugby Boots
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….

Getting Your First Pair of Rugby Boots
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…