I always advise taking time and care when choosing any piece of cricketing equipment. These items should last across more than one season so durability is the first thing to look for.
What Shoes Should You Wear for Cricket?
Those that have watched cricket closely for a number of years will know that bowlers and batsmen tend to wear different styles of boots. They are carrying out different jobs and, in the case of bowlers, boots will get more wear as they bang into the pitch on delivery.
You may, like me, recall the days when fast bowlers used to cut out a portion of their boots to allow the big toe to poke through. That shouldn’t happen anymore but it’s necessary to ask whether you need purpose-made cricket shoes and a choice of pairs for playing cricket.
In terms of finding the best cricket shoes, most importantly they must be comfortable. Comfort can help you perform at your best and, equally importantly, it can guard against injury so I urge you to read on.
Types of Cricket Shoes
Batsmen and bowlers have different roles so, why shouldn’t they wear different pairs of cricket shoes? Among the factors that are taken into account by manufacturers is the threat that the ball poses to the batsman. With deliveries up to and beyond 90 mph, a player can suffer serious injury if the ball were to crash into an unprotected foot.
Another element to take into account is the running between the wickets. Batsmen are running on areas where there is less grass so they need to maintain a steady grip. They also need that grip to be precise when they turn quickly at the end of each run.
In summary, batsmen need to consider movement, protection and grip. As a result, manufacturers tend to produce batting shoes that cover all of those necessary requirements.
We’ve mentioned that bowlers are constantly banging their feet in the crease on their delivery stride but there are other issues to consider. Those bowlers will need greater cushioning as they run and more traction as their feet hit the ground on every step.
Bowling shoes also tend to be ‘cut’ higher. The ankle needs protection too so the material will rise above the foot towards the shin. Spikes on the outsole provide extra protection and guard against slipping.
How much you spend on cricket shoes for fielding will depend on how seriously you take this part of the game. For most club cricketers, the cricket boots that we use for bowling or batting will work perfectly well, no matter what fielding position you take up.
Specialist fielding shoes will be lightweight as you need to move quickly. Because that movement can be from a standing start they will also come with spikes for better grip.
This doesn’t mean that you have to be a specialist all-rounder to buy this shoe. Unless you’re playing the game professionally or at an extremely advanced club level, you probably won’t want to buy more than one pair of cricket shoes.
For that reason, the majority of shoes that are manufactured currently are all-rounders which cover the most important aspects of general play. They will offer a good combination of protection and movement and can be used in all situations.
Indoor (Turf) Shoes
These types of shoes are meant to be worn indoors. They are produced for a range of sports and are becoming more popular in cricket spheres.
The stand out feature of turf shoes is the fine rubber studs on the soles which are designed to grip hard, indoor surfaces. Conceivably, they could also be used outdoors on dry, dusty pitches.
Cricket Shoes Structure and Parts
As with all shoe manufacture, cricket boots are made in separate sections. There is the upper which is the top part of the shoe covering the top of the foot. The insole is towards the bottom of the shoe on the inside of the foot while the outsole is on the opposite side.
The midsole joins the insole and the outsole together.
The upper will tend to be made of lighter, breathable material for ventilation while harder rubber offers more protection in all other areas.
Best Cricket Shoes Brands
They are one of the oldest sporting brands around and they’ve built up a reputation for quality. In fact, the Adidas brand has been around since 1949 and they are heavily involved in cricket in the present day.
Most of the shoes I’ve seen from Adidas come with full spikes and there’s a good range of prices from around £60 to £100 and above.
The brand name is almost exclusively linked with footwear and Asics are producing a good range of quality cricket shoes. In fact, they are responsible for producing a material called SpEVA, which has a ‘bounce back’ factor and has even been compared to memory foam.
If you’re serious about cricket and play at a high club level then it’s worth checking out this brand.
New Balance offer a good, all round cricket shoe and they have one of the biggest ranges around. They cover shoes for batsmen and bowlers and are a good choice for all rounders too.
I was pleasantly surprised by the pricing of New Balance cricket shoes which seemed very reasonable from £40 upwards.
Payntr may not be so well known as a brand but that deserves to change. They produce a wide range and specifically state on their website that they can cover bowling, batting and all-round cricket shoes.
The designs are striking, they look extremely comfortable and the price range is also reasonable with shoes starting at around £44 per pair.
Like Adidas, Puma are a well known brand and, in their case, the name first appeared in 1948, They produce a lot of sporting footwear and that may be why they are not the first brand that you think of when it comes to cricket shoes.
I would suggest that you consider them seriously: They have very bright designs so you will stand out on the field but they are also comfortable and offer great protection.
Cricket Shoes FAQ
What are Cricket Shoes Made of?
There can be a number of different materials used in the production of cricket shoes. In general, a synthetic material is combined with leather to provide the utmost in protection for vulnerable areas.
Mesh and more breathable fabrics tend to be used in the uppers for ventilation.
Why do Cricket Shoes have Spikes?
Grip is essential when it comes to playing cricket effectively. Matches are played on grass and, at club level, the outfield can often be damp as it’s uncovered in all conditions throughout the year.
Spikes will provide that grip that is essential for playing cricket in all weathers.
What is the Difference Between Rubber and Spikes Shoes?
Rubber shoes have smaller, rubber studs and they are designed to be used indoors on hard surfaces. In contrast, shoes with spikes have metal studs which are longer and should be played with outdoors.
Do Cricket Shoes have Toe Protection?
The toe is vulnerable, particularly for batsmen but all shoes should have some protection in this sensitive area. Depending on the exact product, the boot may have an extra layer of material or it could have a reinforced toe.
It is also possible to purchase a separate toe guard for added protection.
How to Clean Cricket Shoes?
Taking care of your cricket shoes by regular cleaning is a necessity. In our recent guide on cricket shoes maintenance we thorougly discussed every aspect of keeping your cricket shoes always ready for action.