If your rugby boots are hanging off your feet then it could be time to invest in a new pair. If you are looking for a good pair of boots that will see you through the rugby season, then there are some things that you need to be aware off. The wrong pair of boots can hurt your feet or worse, make you miss that all-important try!
The first thing that you need to remember is that fashion isn’t everything. It is all too easy to be dazzled by the ‘big names’ in the boot industry and compromise your own comfort in order to impress your friends. Performance, safety and comfort are far more important than the brand name. This means that you can get some great cheap rugby boots that are sometimes better than the more expensive, branded names.
You will need to consider what type of ground you are intending to play on. Whether this is soft, firm or hard will make a great difference to the type of boot that you buy. Each type of boot has different stud layouts, different upper materials and so on. It is going to be unwise and probably painful to use soft ground boots on a hard ground pitch and vice versa.
Now you have thought about the playing surface the next big consideration, and probably the most important of all, is comfort. You need to make sure that the boot is the correct size and shape for your foot. When you try on a boot there should be a gap between the end of your big toe and the toe of the boot in order for your foot to be able to move freely. This gap should ideally be just less than a centimetre. Also you should make sure that it is a snug fit when the laces are tied and that it provides adequate padding, particularly to the arch of the foot.
Boots come in various materials, the most common being leather and man-made synthetic, with the two often being combined into one boot. Although leather boots remain the most popular, and more expensive, you must remember that leather expands and contracts in different weather conditions. A combination of leather and synthetic materials can make for cheap rugby boots and be more suitable for all weather conditions. However, leather boots give you a better ‘feel’ for the ball, which can be lost with synthetics. This is something you will have to decide upon for yourself.
The type of studs that the boot has is also going to be very important. It should be possible for them to be unscrewed and changed if required. Studs also come in a number of different forms; they can be rounded or bladed for example. Also remember that your feet get use to the position of the studs on the boot so if you change to a brand which has a different stud layout, it may take a month or so to get used to the feel of the new boots.
Having said that fashion isn’t everything and that safety and comfort are of prime importance, some boots can give you a psychological edge. If you find that the best boot for you is one of the top brands, then so be it. The point to remember is don’t decide on looks alone, but the look of the boot is important to you, include that in your decision. After all, they’re your boots and your choice.
And there you have it – a basic guide to buying cheap rugby boots that should help narrow down your choices. Remember that safety and comfort are top priorities followed closely by performance. A good, perfectly fitting boot will help your game and protect your feet at the same time. If buying online from a specialist such as www.lovellrugby.co.uk, don’t be afraid to send the boots back if they aren’t quite right. It is better to take a while finding just the right boot than end up causing yourself an injury.