Which Shoes do our Sporting Heroes Wear?

We might be half way through 2015, but we still have a lot to look forward to by way of Sports.

In Cricket we are watching the battle between England and Australia. This weekend the Barclay’s Premier League is back with Manchester United ‘V’ Tottenham (12.45pm). There will be the ITU World Triathlon series in Stockholm at the end of August (22nd-23rd) and then there is the Rugby World Cup (18th September – 31st October)…aren’t we spoilt for choice?

The vital question we all have on our lips……..what are our Sports Heroes Sports footwear of choice, that and who will win?

Cricket
Stuart Broad, one of England’s fast bowlers who famously “wasted time” by removing his boots at the Ashes in 2013 and is now delivering another blow to the Aussies. Stuart favours good fitting suits one he is not in his cricket whites. He prefers suits that are made to order such as McCann Bespoke (GQ interview with Jamie Tomkins, 20th August 2013). Stuart’s choice of footwear is black smart leather as shown at the races where he wore a single monk-strap Oxford shoes.

Stuart Broad and his girlfriend Bealey Mitchell at the Horse Races
Stuart Broad and his girlfriend Bealey Mitchell at the Horse Races

Stuarts career means that he faces similar occupational hazards as a ballet dancer. Daily, Stuart faces huge stresses and strains on his feet, ankles and knees as reported in the Telegraph. He has his Twenty2yds Mid Shoe Cricket shoes made for him in Munich by Adidas:

After every day of Test match bowling, Broad has blood in his left boot. Without anti-inflammatory tablets it would be blood, sweat and tears. Such is the wear and tear that Broad gets through ten pairs of boots per season, custom-made by Adidas in Munich.
“I used to suffer bad blisters when I played abroad but when I was touring the West Indies in 2009, Ryan Sidebottom told me to wear two pairs of socks,” said Broad, who then points to a large patch on top of his right foot as if he was a calf recently branded. “That’s where Mitchell Johnson hit me at Perth,” Broad remarked rather ruefully |Scyld Berry| Telegraph newspaper| 2nd June 2014

Soccer/Football
There are some sports where the shoes really create a hype, and soccer is one. Let’s look at Robin Van Persie for example, his soccer boots have been well documented. He has been in Adidas adapter to Predator adopter. In October 2014 it was a big deal that he had gone “back to black” – a nod to the days when that was the only colour you could buy. This season in his new Turkish club of Fenerbahce, Van Persie has returned to colour and the 3 stripes for his F50 adiZero soccer cleats.

Robin Van Persie wearing F50 adiZero soccer cleats in his Fenerbahce strip
Robin Van Persie wearing F50 adiZero soccer cleats in his Fenerbahce strip

Robin Van Persie prefers the casual style of jeans and Adidas Stan Smith sneakers as seen here in the article by Richard Arrowsmith for the Daily Mail on 23rd January 2015:

Robin Van Persie having a kick about with his son Shaqueel
Robin Van Persie having a kick about with his son Shaqueel

Triathlon

Richard Murray has come 5th in the World Triathlon series in 2012 and 2013, but will he manage to move from his current ranking of 5th to make the podium for this years ITU’s World Triathlon series? I for one hope so, as fellow South African and Capricorn I will have all my fingers crossed for him. AS you would expect from a triathlete, the only coverage of footwear is his sporting footwear. In Kitzbuhel 2013 he wore PUMA, and I think these are the Faas 500 rather than the Mobium Elite which were released that year. You decide:

Richard Murray wearing Puma sneakers for his Kitzbuhel 2013 performance
Richard Murray wearing Puma sneakers for his Kitzbuhel 2013 performance

Rugby

Irish Rugby Union Player Jonathon Sexton, has seen some nasty tackles on him (think back to last year’s incident with Australia): and yet his kicking form has remained reliable. Perhaps it is down to the design features of his favoured boot, the Adidas Predator Incurza (source:Worldrugbyshop.com). The boot has a unique striking zone which provides greater accuracy and power for a controlled strike. According to rugby boots.net, it is the raised rubber line system that provides this controlled strike.

Which brand is the most popular with our sporting hero’s?
In conclusion, three out four of our sporting heroes choose Adidas as their choice of sporting shoe.

What isn’t clear is what they prefer to wear when not being sporty? Overall, I feel through browsing the internet, that three of our four personalities prefer casual wear, and sneakers are their choice of footwear.

It only remains to wish all our sporting heroes the best of luck in 2015.