A buyers' guide featuring boots for the players with speed to burn

Best Rugby Boots for Wingers 2021

Speed and agility, that is what a winger needs and their rugby boots should reflect that. Protection is not a necessity, although even a lightweight boot offers some help if a big forward happens to land a stray boot on top of your foot.

The key is that the boot must be lightweight and stiff enough to allow for swift changes of direction. Rugby boots are increasingly following in the footsteps of football and creating a bootie-like fit. This reduces weight by replacing the more sturdy uppers we are used too with a knit fit. In addition to low weight, it also improves comfort by letting the foot expand instead of being squished into a rigid structure.

We all know that wingers enjoy making a statement and many modern boots let you do that. You can have pink, yellow, green, blue, orange or, if you’re feeling particularly daring, black.

Best Rugby Boots for Wingers

Nike Mercurial Superfly Elite DF SG Boots

(Nike)

The Mercurial Superfly Elite is an example of where boots for backs are heading. The knit upper is exceptionally lightweight, it is basically just a slightly over-engineered sock. That means two things: unrivalled comfort and unrivalled agility.

No matter what boot you were wearing before, these will be a monumental step-up. Add plenty of traction, thanks to the combination of stud types, and a perfect kicking surface, designed for a football, and these boots are ideal for a winger looking to break open the game.

Built for football, these boots are ideal if you plan on making kicking a part of your game

These soft ground boots have a stud pattern which should allow for year round use

– I don’t have to tell you that £200+ for boots is extraordinarily expensive

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.

Adidas Predator Malice Control SG Boots

(Adidas)

The Malice Control boots from Adidas will split opinion. The hedgehog like dimples provide control and accuracy for kickers while the asymmetric lacing provides more space to strike the ball. Foam Sensepods in the heel shrink and expand to fill space to ensure the optimum fit without rubbing.

The upper is crafted from 50% recycled materials and is lightweight but with some protection from rogue boots. The sole provides excellent traction on wet grass without adding weight.

+ Exceptionally lightweight but more than comfortable enough to wear for hours on end.

+ Ideal for kickers who want a clear contact patch between boot and ball.

Right at the top end of the budget for most.

Adidas Rumble SG Boots

(Adidas)

It is hard to believe just how much boot you can get for such a low price with the Rumble. The lightweight synthetic uppers have fantastic durability without weighing you down. The padded ankle collar gives a great tight fight without sacrificing comfort. All that is tied up in an elegant package thanks to the all-black outer.

The checkerboard design means that the Rumble can’t be accused of playing it safe in the style stakes.

+ Fantastic value boot at under £50

+ Looks wonderful. The folded tongue adds a bit of old school charm and the black outer will last a long time

With only plastic moulded studs the Rumble tends to lack traction in the worst conditions

Under Armour Spotlight FG Boots

best rugby boots for wingers

(Under Armour)

A wonderful pair of boots for speedy and agile wingers who are at their best with ball in hand in space. The Spotlight FGs offer a light but snug fit which 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. Most wingers will focus on keeping the ball in hand, but when a well placed kick is called for, the Spotlight will step up.

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.

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 Speedform CRM Leather SG Boots

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(Under Armour)

The anatomical heel cup keeps your foot firmly planted while the foam interior ensures that close fit doesn’t translate into discomfort. The synthetic leather exterior gives the same comfort without overstretching or taking on more water which would adjust the fit.

They are designed for soft ground but the combination of metal and plastic studs mean these will be perfect virtually all year round.

+ The all-white colour scheme is breathtaking and will stand out on any pitch

+ A well mixed set of studs allows for comfort on hard ground and traction on soft surfaces

With an RRP of £180, these are nearer the top end of most people’s budget

Adidas Malice Elite SG Boots

(Adidas)

A boot for speedy backs that won’t break the bank. Asymmetrical laces make more space for a clean contact and a series of raised dots on the upper enhance ball control for kickers.

The stud pattern combines metal and plastic studs offering plenty of traction year-round without causing discomfort on hard pitches. The upper is synthetic and keeps feet firmly in place to allow quick changes of direction.

+ A boot that can be used year-round all for a very reasonable price

+ An enlarged contact patch makes kicking simple and consistent

The mix of orange, purple, and yellow may be a bit much for some

That completes our wrap-up of the best rugby boots for wingers in 2021.

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