The middle of winter means we can finally get stuck into some mud and start playing some rugby. Depending on the local rules and regulations you may not be able to get out and start playing in the month of January but you can make sure you have the best boots for when you do.
To help you out on your search for the right boot, we have picked out five of our favourites for 2021...
adidas Kakari X Kevlar Rugby Boots - £110
The durability and flexibility of the upper material of this boot makes it one of the best on the market. Sublime comfort is matched with lightweight and soft material, perfect for those speedy backs looking to make inroads into an opposition defence. The Kakaris are also durable, come with a rubber sole and have room for those with wide feet. Plus they look absolutely fantastic. The only negative really is the cost, but if you have a bit of spare cash, these are a brilliant buy that should last.
Canterbury Mens Phoenix Raze Rugby Boots - £45
At a price point more tempting than the adidas’, the Canterbury Phoenix Raze are excellent for adaptability. Again, comfort is a priority as a heavily cushioned collar supports and cushions the ankle while there is space for a broader foot, and also boasts a locked-in toe box and collar.
A slightly raised heel has been designed to reduce pressure on the legs and reportedly gives you a better spring from a standing start. Detachable studs also mean that you can put soft or firm ground studs on, and tackle the opponent no matter the weather.
Nike Tiempo Legend VII FG - £80
Nike’s entry into this category comes in the form of the Tiempo Legend VII FG, an ideal blend of power and comfort. With ultra-soft leather, like its competitors, comfort is a given but Nike’s signature Flyknit on the heel and midfoot makes sure the boot is snug to your foot. Nike’s technology also prevents sliding around in the shoe while it also features ankle support and stability pods inside the collar cup for additional support. The gold Nike Swoosh on the black kangaroo leather looks simply superb.
ASICS GEL-Lethal Speed - £49
If you fancy a low-cut shoe, consider ASICS. Their GEL-Lethal Speed shoe is designed to benefit those who base their game on agility, mobility and pace with a 10mm heel set-up and a Propulsion Trusstic System to help you stay stable when weaving through a back line. Their gel cushioning will reduce impact when sprinting at full speed but they are also remarkably tough. Their thick upper will protect your feet in those rucks and allow you to power away from your opponents. The price is reasonable, too.
Under Armour Highlight MC - £60
How about these for a wildcard? If you want to stand out on the pitch and fancy trying something a little less conventional, consider this offer from Under Armour. With a high upper that fully supports your ankle and foot and offers you a second skin, could these be the boots everybody is wearing in the coming years?
They may have more material but the lightweight design means these can be for speedsters or forwards alike. Comfortable, stable and an outstanding look sounds like a winner to us while the PlasmaX Plate technology is there for maximum comfort. Moulded 4d foam also shapes around your foot making these sound as good as they look. At £60 they might just be worth a punt.