The ultimate bowling shoe! Specifically designed with the fast bowler in mind
- Bowling boot upper made from double layered Micro Fibre PU (Polyurethane) for maximum strength and durability with air holes for breathability.
- Topline collar cut to mid height for extra ankle support without restricting your movements.
- 30mm Velcro strap strategically positioned to lock down the foot and hold in place while at full speed.
- Hardened TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) heel cup to hold foot in place for extra support while landing.
- Lightweight EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate) foam midsole for cushioning with TPU stability plate under foot arch.
- A reinforced 7/4 spike formation outsole plate with 2mm high TPU lugs across the centre of the outsole reducing force through the foot while landing, with 5mm lugs around perimeter of the outsole enhance grip and traction in delivery stride.
- Reinforced toe box with rubber bumper to protect from dragging.
- Internal toe box 5mm foam padding to reduce pressure on toes during impact.
- Ultra lightweight insole with gel heel for comfort keeping weight to a minimum.
- Increased heel and neckline padding for comfort and support with moisture wicking lining to keep cool and dry in all conditions.
Things to consider when making a choice to buy new cricket shoes?
Size is very important. Your shoes need to be perfect fitting else something that is too tight will cause discomfort, nor too large that you can’t get into a full stride without losing your shoes in the runup.
2.What surfaces will you be playing on?
Pitch Type synthetic or turf pitches?
For synthetic pitches, good rubber shoes are important for grip. This is especially important when soil or moisture from the outfield ends up on the pitch. Normal sports sneakers or running shoes can wear very quickly, especially for bowlers.
For turf pitches, you will need spiked cricket shoes.
See how the size of your shoe is not the only important factor?!
3. Your Role as a Cricketer
For batsman, half-spiked shoes are the right choice. Longer spikes can dig into the turf surface, which can limit your footwork significantly. Your footwork needs to on point against both pace and spin bowling, and if your shoes don’t enable good footwork, it will have a negative impact on your game and confidence.
For bowlers, you need the ultimate grip, and as mentioned, good cricket rubber shoes are important for synthetic surfaces. On turf tracks though, full cricket spikes are the way to go, giving you full grip through your delivery stride and follow through. Also, shoes that offer additional support around the ankles is a good choice, particularly if you are a high-impact fast bowler.
For all-rounders, light shoes with the chance to change from full to half spikes when necessary is key!
Here are more details on the specifics of cricket shoes:
- The “Upper”: Top of the shoe. If you know your size, you’d know that a little bit of room is important to cater for impact and reduce the impact on your toes.
The “Outsole”: Part of the shoe that makes direct contact with the ground. The surface you play on plus your cricketing role is key.
The “Midsole”: Layer between outsole and insole, which provides an important cushion. This is especially important if you are a bowler.
The “Sock Liner”: Extra cushioning around the heel and ankle areas. This is again important for bowlers, especially if you have a high-impact action.
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4. Your Budget
A budget will help narrow down your choices.
If you are playing at a high level, or just want to be the best player you can be at any level, do aim for a higher budget shoe that provides an optimum level of performance, if possible.
But, in some circumstances, lower budgets work better. For example, if you are buying shoes for your 11-year-old son, going with a really expensive option is not ideal as your child is growing and will likely need new shoes in a year or two’s time.
Hopefully, these four tips help you choose the right cricket shoes to help with your performance!