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Oct 31

Which Cricket Shoes?

Buying cricket shoes should be an easy task, but with so many choices on the market these days, even at specialist shops, it can appear quite confusing. Read on for a quick guide to choosing the right cricket shoes.

Boots v Trainers

Boots, usually bowling boots, finish higher on the ankle than cricket shoes. Choosing between boots and shoes is a personal choice. Some love the ankle support that a mid or high topper provides, but others prefer the lightness and freedom of a trainer. Only experience will tell you which is best for you, although general purpose cricket shoes are a good start for beginners. Many go for a mid-top style however, which offers the best of both worlds.

Bowling Boots

Traditionally called bowling boots, there are also now shoes for bowling on the market and of course, these are aimed specifically at bowlers. Such options are designed to help reduce the load for bowlers, minimising the chance of injury. Bowling boots may also feature a reinforced toe for added support.

Spikes

When you start shopping for shoes, you’ll notice you have a choice between half, full or multi spike shoes. The bottom line is that the more spikes there are, the more grip you’ll have. Those playing on artificial wickets do not need the same grip as those playing on real grass and those playing purely in summer will not need the same grip as those who play all year round.

Price

Like anything you buy, the more you spend, the higher quality you can get. Finding good shoes on sale can save you money. Professional cricket players or even those playing at high standard of amateur cricket will need quality shoes and it’s worth investing in these. Top brands include Asics, Adidas, Gray Nicolls, Gunn and Moore and Kookaburra, although provided that you buy cricket shoes online from a trusted retailer, you know you’ll be getting a quality pair of shoes.

Added Features

Look out for added built-in features such as gel cushioning, internal straps, bevelled heels and midsole support. These advanced features will improve the comfort and support of the shoes and can also improve your game and reduce the chance of injury.

If you’re still not sure about which cricket shoes to buy, contact the customer support at your online retailer for more information and advice.

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