BUYER’S GUIDE TO RUGBY BOOTS – WHY EVERY POSITION HAS ITS OWN
Rugby boots used to be one-style-fits-all. But now almost every player on the field gets their own type. Find out how each part suits different positions.
As you’d expect, this is everything that goes on top of the boot and keeps your foot covered. It used to be simple foot coverage, but now uppers are suited to backs and forwards.
- Forwards… get a tougher upper that’s also flexible enough to bend upwards in the scrum
- Backs… need a hugging fit and lightweight materials so they can burst to the try line)
- Kickers… want their uppers to be like a football boot, with a sweet spot that they can use to strike the ball further
You’re spending 80 minutes on your feet so the outsole hitting the ground is massively important.
- Forwards… need an outsole that’s dotted with lots of long studs that let them dig deep into the pitch
- Backs… have a handful of studs at the front that help to propel them forward
Rugby boots used to have no heel on them – it was as if your foot was totally flat on the floor. But ASICS have changed that and put in a 10mm heel in all our rugby shoes
The heel does a couple of things:
- Cuts down the strain on your lower leg with less pressure placed on your Achilles tendon
- Helps you run faster as your feet are angled slightly forwards
- It’s useful for backs getting through the gain line, and forwards that are running with the ball out of the ruck.
The midsole is the heart of any shoe – it’s the material between your insole under your foot and the outsole on the ground.
- Forwards… don’t need too much cushioning here, but they need enough for those destructive runs
- Backs… need lots of cushioning as they’re running miles over the course of 80 minutes
There’s extra cushioning in the heel for backs with GEL units that further soften your landings on the pitch, especially good when it gets cold and the grass can be rock hard.