A buyers' guide featuring the best boots for players with wide feet

Best Rugby Boots for Wide Feet 2021

As a wide-footed person myself, the worst thing you can do is try to squeeze your feet into rugby boots that are too narrow. It’s not fun, it’s not comfortable and it can make match day exceptionally miserable.

All that can be over, though, by following this guide of boots for wide-footed players. We scoured the boot manufacturers to find those that cater to us galumphing giants and our oversized flippers.

Best Rugby Boots for Wide Feet

Gilbert Kaizen 1.0 SG Boots

Gilbert Kaizen 1.0 SG Boots

(Gilbert)

Designed for speed and agility, these are ideal for fleet-footed outside backs. A knitted upper, brought over from football boots, hugs the foot without adding more than the bare essentials in weight. Perfect for some dazzling footwork and a sprint into the open field.

The offset laces mean that, even when your only option is to kick, you can do it with confidence thanks to an unbroken kicking zone.

+ Very lightweight but still offering a solid and secure fit

+ A raised heel ensures you are always in the most powerful position when you need to surge by the last defender

The knitted upper and lightweight construction means you can expect a few bruised toes, even if you avoid rucks as much as possible

Adidas Kakari Z.0 SG Boots

(Adidas)

The Kakari Z.0 of 2020 featured a low key stylish black, white, and red look. In 2021 we all need some cheering up and Adidas has reacted with something bold. The bright yellow and orange colour scheme draws the eye but doesn’t step over into garishness.

The Kakari is a boot designed for the front five and it is packed with features to help those in the engine room. Eight hollow studs provide a strong platform but don’t add unnecessary weight. A synthetic leather upper and padded around the tongue and ankle protect against misplaced feet.

+ A boot for forwards that doesn’t come at the expense of speed.

+ Slipper like comfort means it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a high-performance boot.

At over £130 this really is at the top end of boot prices.

Puma King Pro H8 Boots

(Puma)

A classy, stylish option for any forward. The King Pro offers an all-black option that will look brand new season after season. The eight-stud sole offers excellent traction, even when the pitch has turned to mush.

The slip-on construction provides a tight fit, reduced weight, all without scrimping on comfort. The raised heel puts your foot in the perfect position to generate power, whether that is in a scrum or charging through defenders in the open field.

Great value boot given the high-tech features you would normally get at a much higher price range

The leather upper provides protection in even the roughest contests

– Some would call the styling classy, otherwise would say it’s a little boring

Gilbert Kaizen 3.0 Power SG Boots

Gilbert Kaizen 3.0 Power SG Boots

(Gilbert)

The perfect boot for a mid-winter game. The eight metal studs provided a firm grip in even the most marshy of pitches while the synthetic uppers limit water absorption. The padded ankle cuff provides some protection to your delicate ankle bones and ensures comfort and optimal fit.

These aren’t just for slow-moving forwards though; a heel raise puts the player into their most powerful position, vital for ball-carrying back-rowers who want to escape a chasing defender.

+ A rigid sole and secure inner allow you to exert all your power without fear of losing your grip

+ Provides durability and foot protection without compromising on agility thanks to its lightweight design

For all but the most traditional the design may be a little safe

Canterbury Stampede 2.0 SG Boots

(Canterbury)

With rugby boots and football boots merging into one, it’s nice to know there is still room for real old-style boots. The Stampedes are a real blast from the past with their eight stud-sole and old-school styling. They provide extreme grip year-round and are especially suitable to front-five players.

They may look standard but they pack a punch with features. The durable upper and reinforced toe box, in particular, provide lots of protection in scrums and rucks.

+ Extremely high grip levels for poor conditions and scrummaging.

+ Plenty of features in an affordable package.

The design is a little basic.

Mizuno Neo 3 Made in Japan SG Boots

(Mizuno)

Let’s deal with the obvious first of all, yes these are almost £300. That may sound excessive for a pair of boots but the Neo 3s are on a different level. The K-Leather upper provides extreme comfort and ball control for kickers. The fit achieves the rare combination of being sock like but without being sloppy or overly flexible.

The sole comes with a combination of studs and moulds which, aside from in extremely poor weather, should allow year round usage.

+ A very classy colour scheme to fit the premium boot.

+ Year round usage without any excess weight.

These will be much too expensive for many players.

Canterbury Speed 2.0 SG Boots

Canterbury Speed 2.0 SG Boots

(Canterbury)

A blend of pure speed and lightweight agility with enough grip to keep you planted even when the weather turns bad. A locked in toebox and collar ensures the wearer can be confident when dancing around in the backfield but cushioning on the ankle means these boots feel more like slippers than jail cells.

Six metal studs on the outer, with seven additional molded studs, allows these boots to be worn throughout the whole year. They are comfortable on cricket pitch-esque touch grounds and quagmire like December surfaces.

+ A reasonably priced boot which can do it all

+ Eye popping colour scheme which is noticeable without being over the top

As the name suggests, these don’t come with much in the way of protection

Under Armour Spotlight FG Boots

(Under Armour)

A wonderful pair of boots for wider footed players who still want to be quick. The Spotlight FGs offer a light but snug fit that won’t slow you down when you step on the gas.

The off-centre zip keeps your contact zone clear for consistent and accurate kicking. Just because you have feet like snowshoes doesn’t mean you can’t put delicate kicks through the defence.

An elite level boot when it comes to lightness.

Eleven moulds on the sole provide traction without adding weight.

– The style will take some getting used to.

That concludes our rundown of the best rugby boots for wide feet.

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