Step Up Your Game: How to Choose the Perfect Rugby Boots

We like to think here at we have one of the widest ranges of rugby boots on the market. Selecting the right pair of rugby boots is crucial to your success on the field. In this blog, we will take a look at how to pick the right pair of rugby boots.  

The First XV Boot Room

Rugby is a sport that requires a lot of physical exertion and dynamic movements. It is a game that demands a great deal from its players, and having the right equipment is crucial to achieving success. One of the most important pieces of equipment for any rugby player is their boots.

Here are a few pointers to help you choose the right boots.....

  1. Know Your Position

The first thing to consider when selecting rugby boots is your position on the field. Different positions have different requirements in terms of the type of boot they need. For example, forwards need a boot that provides stability and support, while backs require a boot that is lightweight and allows for quick movement.

  1. Look for Durability

Rugby is a tough sport, and your boots need to be able to withstand the rigors of the game. Look for boots made from high-quality materials that will stand up to the wear and tear of rugby. Leather is a popular material for rugby boots as it is durable and can mold to the shape of your foot over time.

  1. Consider the Type of Stud

The type of stud on your rugby boots is also an important factor to consider. There are two types of studs: molded and screw-in. Molded studs are fixed to the sole of the boot and are ideal for playing on firm ground. Screw-in studs can be changed to suit the conditions of the pitch, making them ideal for playing on soft or wet ground.

  1. Get the Right Fit

One of the most important things when it comes to rugby boots is getting the right fit. Your boots should fit snugly but not be too tight. Make sure there is enough room in the toe box for your toes to move around comfortably, and that your heel is securely in place. It's also a good idea to try on boots with the socks you will be wearing during games to ensure the perfect fit.

    Make sure your rugby boots fit

    For length, we recommend between a thumbnail and half a thumbnail room at the toe. The picture on right represents the maximum amount of room that you should have at the toe. For width, make sure you choose a boot that does not feel too tight or offer excessive movement. They should just feel right when you put them on, no excessive squeezing, no excessive side to side movement.
      Be aware getting blisters can be part and parcel of breaking in boots, try a second sock, or an insole may just help the hot spots and reduce the amount the foot moves within the boot. Hard ground is also a culprit for causing blisters, often combining with new boots at the beginning of the Northern Hemisphere season to give a skin-destroying double whammy.

        Tighten your rugby studs before there first use


        Make sure you tighten your studs before the first use, many manufactures don't use standard studs anymore (50 pence each!), in particular Adidas. A set of Malice or Kakari studs will set you back £10, a costly mistake for not taking two minutes to tighten the studs.

          To make the most of your boots and increase their survival chances, remember to make sure and give your boots a good clean from time to time, just a bit of water to clear the excess dirt, letting them dry out naturally between uses is the key and then slapping on some beeswax will give real leather a proper feed.  

          We'll do our best to help and guide you into the correct boot, but ultimately it is your responsibility to make sure they fit correctly. Give you boots a try out around the house if you can, as soon as they hit the turf the can not be returned unless they are faulty.

          We do appreciate that boots can sometimes be found cheaper online, so if you have seen a price while we might not always be able to price match we will do our best to offer the best deal we can.

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