Been a mom to two young rugby players I never understood the differences of between rugby boots and whether playing in football boots made a difference. And with myself starting touch rugby, my trainers just don’t cut it! This is what I learnt there are very few Rugby Boots manufactured specifically for Women and the costs vary greatly to our counterparts rugby boots.
Not only that but there are so many important factor to consider before purchasing ones most important kit item for rugby.
Factors I never considered and when it comes to the next season kit I’m going to be choosing right for the boys! Rugby boots are categorised into soft ground (SG), firm ground (FG) boots and all rounder boots (like football boots).
Soft ground boots are made for playing on soft, natural surfaces which you will find through most of the rugby season in the UK. It’s these that are ok for the boys until the ground is very muddy!!
Firm ground boots are made for artificial surfaces I.e Astro turf.
All rounders boots have both short metal studs and moulded studs. I didn’t find too many of these but I’d say they ideal for both boys and similar to football SG boots!
What abouts studs ? Have you ever wondered what the difference between a 6-stud and 8-Stud boot? You aren’t alone I just thought it was design styles, but this is not the case.
With different positions on the field call for different features of the stud formation which are key in a player’s position . As forwards need grip, and plenty of it, 8 studs in a 6×2 formation are to give great grip in rucks, mauls and scrums and tough construction. Whilst a 6 studded formation with a 4×2 layout, lightweight construction are ideal for backs needing to focus on acceleration, agility and speed. Third type of rugby boot I came across is a hybrid rugby that has both metal studs and mounded studs.
Armed with my new knowledge I went in search of the right type of rugby boot for myself, I’ve got to say rugby boots are the most personal bit of sports kit I’ve bought in a long time for myself and can completely see the importance to get it right. Browsing a wide range of rugby boots in various styles and designs from the world’s best boot manufacturers in several sports shops, I did find it a bit overwhelming.
All the rugby boots I saw and tried armed with my new knowledge of specific positions and roles on the field in mind, rather than whether men or women will be wearing them. I’m still surprised that there weren’t many actually Women specific rugby boots in my high street stores, leaving me to chose a pair of men’s boots based on the same criteria. I choose a all-rounder type of boot as it’s the end of the season but hoping to continue in the summer months playing touch rugby and would have my trainers as a fall back at the height of summer when the ground would be hard.
Something else I learnt in my morning of boot fitting was that some styles and makes I had to go up a half size if not a whole size, this was not down to my socks I took along to tryouts. But as a general rule of thumb Women will need to go up half a size to full size from what they normally wear if buying boots in Men’s sizes, e.g. a Women’s UK 5 becomes a Men’s UK 5.5 (see below for link to a comprehensive size guide by www.rugbyboots.net).
I knew immediately I’d found the right fit, didn’t matter how many I still tried on I just went back to the ones I found comfortable. Once your foot is in a boot with a good width fitting for you – it will feel comfortable and right down the sides of your feet. Too narrow and you’ll know about it pretty quick – however boots will stretch out slightly in width over time.
I hope you have found my journey in finding the right rugby boot helpful. And hope to see more women specific rugby boots and football boots in the high street.
The correct aftercare for boots which I will try to install into my boys for their boots after each time they wear rugby boots, you should untie the laces properly to allow them to dry as this prevents shrinking, fraying and eventually snapping under the stress and strain.Dirt should be removed by knocking the boots together and using a soft brush on the sides and top of your boot.
Disclaimer: This product was bought by myself and reviews or of my point of view and research into the product.