A good pair of bowling shoes plays a major role in any bowler’s performance. There are different manufacturers offering varied styles, designs for support, and even fit. You may experience wearing different sizes of shoes from two different brands.
Wear a comfortable pair always to enjoy a good game. Try it on before buying, making sure that it there are no roughness in your movements whatsoever. There are mainly two kinds. It could be for athletic or for performance. Athletic bowling shoes have sliding soles on each shoe while performance bowling shoes are specifically created to give bowlers a better performance.
A performance bowling shoe is different from athletic shoe. The first one is made for sliding and the other one is for braking. Furthermore, the athletic shoes only have the sliding strip. Performance shoes are also specifically designed for left-handed bowlers or right-handed bowlers.
The sliding shoe helps the player to have an easier slide while delivering the ball. The braking sole gives traction for stopping. Choose the performance bowling shoes if you want to compete. If you are playing for recreation only, it is not very important but you will play better if you choose the athletic kind.
Just keep in mind that comfort is the main consideration. But if you want to be a professional bowler, your shoes will greatly affect your performance. Some have pads that can be interchanged. This feature allows you to fit your shoes to the surface you will play on.
Shopping for the best fitting bowling shoes is not an easy task. Be guided by some important tips and factors to look for in a good pair. The easiest way to finding the right shoes for you is by measuring your own feet. Measure the exact width and length of both your feet.
Prepare a paper and pen, then sit on the floor and bend your knee. When your foot is comfortably resting on the floor, trace your foot and then the other. Measure the length of both feet using a tape measure and jot down the measurements. Now, get the width of both your feet and write it down. And subtract 2/10 inch from the length and width to adjust the space between the pen mark and the side of the foot. You can find the proper fit of bowling shoes from these measurements.
Bowling shoes should always be clean. The slide strip and the grip shoe must be clean to work best. Dirty shoes can affect your performance. Dirty bowling shoes may give you a bad game. A dirty sliding shoe can give you a slide you are not used.
It is easy to take care of your bowling shoes. You only need a clean cloth or rag and some water. Wet the rag and wring it lightly. Use the wet cloth to clean the dirty spots of the shoe and use it only on the bottom. Clean the slide strip, it is the little leather or plastic at the front of the sole. Do not rub the slide strip just gently wipe it. Clean the other shoe and dry both with towel or cloth.
Regularly polish your shoes to keep it in tiptop condition. Use dry cloth in polishing and wiping the bottom of your bowling shoes. Polish both the shoes for a few minutes. This will remove the dirt and makes the slide strip smoother.
Buying used bowling shoes can help you try various brands and see how they perform. You will know about the difference between athletic and performance shoes by trying these used shoes. It can help you decide which will give you the proper fit before investing on an expensive and high quality pair.