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The Most Popular Rugby Boots of 2023

The Rugby Boot has sure come a long way…

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#1. A Short History of the Rugby Boot

#2. Best Boots By Brand

From the game’s genesis in the mid-19th century through to the 1970s, rugby and football players for a time shared heavy boots made of leather and metal.

As both games evolved, so did the level of research and quality of materials used to construct footwear for optimum performance.  

But unlike association football, rugby union took considerable time to develop into a lucrative sports market. Being a professional rugby player wasn’t even a thing until 1995! Crazy, right?

A Short History of the Rugby Boot

Even as trends shifted, and newer styles emerged, these classic boots refused to fade into history.

Take a stroll into today’s rugby retailers, and you might spot a rebel defying the march of time – the Puma King Pro H8 Boots. They embody the spirit of those bygone eras, standing proudly on shelves despite the allure of modern designs.

Puma King Pro H8 Boots – NOW £65 (Was £90) at

In a world where innovation and trends dominate, these boots are a testament to the enduring legacy of rugby’s humble beginnings. They whisper stories of muddy scrums, hard-fought tries, and the relentless spirit of players who wore them proudly.

So, the next time you spot a pair of classic rugby boots in a store, know that you’re not just looking at footwear; you’re witnessing a piece of rugby history, a nod to the days when giants were yet to emerge, and the underdogs ruled the field.

Which brings us to today’s topic:

Which boots are currently the most popular amongst rugby players?

Of course, a player’s boot choice is completely dependent on personal preference, and we’re not here to insist you spend hundreds of pounds on the flashiest footwear just because the top players wear them.

We’re here primarily to have a good old nosey, and by giving some insight into which wheels the pros wear, we can hopefully provide some valuable advice to help you choose your next pair.  

Best Boot by Brand

#1. Mizuno MIJ Neo IV Elite

Premium Japanese brand Mizuno has been producing limited lines of rugby boots for around twenty years. Their iconic premium kangaroo leather is represented by elite ambassadors Dan Norton and Nemani Nadolo, who both sport the Mizuno brand.

NANTES, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 16: Salesi Piutau of Tonga runs with the ball during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Ireland and Tonga at Stade de la Beaujoire on September 16, 2023 in Nantes, France. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

With the “Made in Japan” Neo IV SG Rugby boots first hitting pitches in swathes earlier this year in July 2023, these boots have been a roaring success, and now feature a stunning blend of glittering gold and deep blacks for a sophisticated design that looks as good as it performs.

Mizuno Made In Japan Neo IV Soft Ground Football Boots Adults – NOW £240 (Was £299.99) at

Most notably, it was these boots that debuted on the feet of Salesi Piutau at the Rugby World Cup 2023 in the match between Ireland and Tonga at Stade de la Beaujoire on September 16, in a stunning red colourway!

#2. Puma

The world’s third-largest sportswear company, Puma, recently hit the rugby ruck. Their growing roster of rugby pros opt for any of the long-established line of football boots. Powerhouse hookers Agustin Creevy, the Argentine veteran, and young English prodigy Luke Cowan-Dickie both wear the pouncing panther.

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Puma Ultra Ultimate FG Football Boots – NOW £150 (Was £189.99) at

#3. Nike

Aside from kitting out a handful of teams, Nike and their famous Swoosh’s presence in the game is mostly on foot. Exeter Chief’s Jack Nowell dons the all-new Nike Mercurial Vapor from the Nike Luminous Boot Pack.

EXETER, ENGLAND – APRIL 08: Jack Nowell of Exeter Chiefs runs with the ball during the Heineken Champions Cup Quarter Finals match between Exeter Chiefs and DHL Stormers at Sandy Park on April 08, 2023 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Ryan Hiscott/Getty Images)
Nike Mercurial Vapor Elite FG Football Boots – £235 at

Whilst South Africa’s Duhan Van Der Merwe sports the signature Blue and White colourway.

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Nike Mercurial Vapor Elite SG Football Boots – NOW £190 (Was £244.99) at

#4. adidas

Leading the way in rugby boot development are German giants adidas. They boast the finest and widest range of boots, having sponsored the most pros since the early noughties. 

Eagle-eyed boot boffins may recall a certain England fly-half donning a pair of Predators as he drop-kicked England to World Cup glory in 2003. Following Jonny Wilkinson’s moment of magic, he became the poster boy for adidas in their quest to conquer the rugby boot world. He presented the launch of the Predator Pulse alongside Steven Gerrard, cementing the common credence for boot performance shared by elite football and rugby players. 

The Three Stripes’ dedication to providing the widest range of rugby-specific boots is reflected in their long list of current pros on their roster. Scottish prodigy Finn Russell works wonders at fly-half and off the tee in his Predator Malice boots.

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adidas Predator Malice Soft Ground Boots Mens – £200 at

Welsh winger Louis Rees-Zammit’s blistering pace propels him past players in his lightweight RS7s.

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adidas Adizero RS7 SG Rugby Boots – NOW £129 (Was £179.99) at

The Kakari is ideal for pack players. If they’re good enough for one of the world’s finest props in Tadgh Furlong, they should suffice for anyone. 

adidas Kakari Z.1 Soft Ground Boots Mens – £180 at

Whether a seasoned pro or like to tear things up at your local grounds, step into the boots of legends and explore top brands from Nike, adidas, Kooga, Puma, Canterbury and more right here at

By Peter Wakeford

Just your everyday grassroots guru. I'm here to sprinkle some sportsy magic on your day with the latest boot drops, guides, news, and a dash of quirky humor. Let's lace up and have a laugh on this sporting adventure!

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