Footwear is an undeniable safety measure in cricket, which provides grip and flexibility while performing the game. If you are a fast bowler, then you need speciality shoes with spikes and ankle support. If you are a batsman facing Yorkers, then you definitely need toe protection. Before buying shoes for a match ahead, you should understand the variety of shoes that are specific to different player needs.
'''Cut of a Cricket Boot'''
The cut of a Cricket Boot is of two types namely the high cut and the low cut. The high cut is normally used by bowlers, whereas the low cut is suitable for batsmen and fielders. The chances of slipping are more in low cut, and hence pace bowlers do not use low ankle cuts in boots. On the contrary, the high cut diminishes movement, supporting the ankle to a greater extent.
'''Boot with Spikes'''
Spikes are good on soft ground conditions, because they provide grip. Bowlers need front spikes. Batsmen need spikes towards the sole. Optionally, there are 3 types in spikes in boots. They are
* Full Spike
* Half Spike – Only at front portion of the boot
* Adjustable Spike – Addition or removal of spikes is possible in this type.
'''Pimples and Combination Types'''
Boots without spikes are also used in cricket. They come in different forms. Moulded studs support the foot for a firm grip on the ground. Pimples are well suited for hard ground conditions and provide mobility. There are also combination of spikes and pimples available.
Always go for cricket shoes that are lightweight, non-slipping, cushioned and with shock absorbers.