The Rugby World Cup is a star-studded event showcasing the best rugby players on Earth challenging each other for dominance, but it’s also an opportunity for the big sporting brands to showcase their latest boot entries. After a few rounds of action, we’ve rounded up the best boots on show at this year’s tournament:
Adidas Predator Malice Control
Worn by: Handre Pollard, Beauden Barrett
Designed for the flyhalves and playmakers in mind, Adidas’ new Predator Malice Control boots are for accuracy and control when kicking, while also being light and sturdy for outside backs too. The blue and white colourway is the most common on show at the World Cup, but the All Blacks have a blacked-out version which are available too.
Nike Mercurial Vapor 13
Worn by: Willie le Roux, Johnny May
Nike’s Vapor line is a favourite amongst speedsters in the respective teams, and the latest iteration is argueably their best to date. Featuring a full Flyknit design (rather than just the upper) and a slightly stiffer soleplate, these boots are the best option for those who want something lightweight with a ton of traction.
Asics Menace 3
Worn by: Kurtley Beale, Jordan Petaia
To celebrate the Rugby World Cup, Asics released their Crack the Earth series of football boots, which you’ll see on most of the Wallaby backs. A combinative material selection of nylon on the outsole and microfibre on the upper make this booth lightweight but durable. The 10mm heel raise technology reduces strain on the wearer’s limbs and makes this perfect for solid, firm ground surfaces like that in Japan during this tournament.