Best Foot Forward

Posted by Tenpin at 1.00pm on 1 April 2014

Bowling Shoes Blog 

Best Foot Forward

Why do you need to wear special shoes for bowling?

Some of you may believe that we only make you wear bowling shoes for a bit of fun. Yes, we love the retro-cool look of these sporting shoes, but there's more to them than meets the eye. There are two important reasons we need you to wear bowling shoes while you're on the lanes, one is to do with safety and the other, performance.

Safety First

It's all aboutthe approach- the part of the lane leading up to the foul line. It's really important to keep this as clean as possible. Any food, drink, dirt or gum on the floor could cause you to trip, fall, slip or stumble as you're bowling. Our bowling shoes are only worn while you bowl, so they will always be clean and won't track dirt or grit onto the lane. By wearing them, you're ensuring the safety of both you and the bowlers around you.

Slip and Slide

Bowling shoes have no heels and soft soles which can slide along the floor. There's less friction, so you get a smoother run up. The slide and release of the bowling ball remains part of one fluid motion. If you were to wear normal trainers, the friction from the treads could cause you to lose momentum as you run up.

Of course, if you're planning on going bowling on a regular basis, you could invest in a pair of your own bowling shoes. They come in all sorts of colours and designs and can even be tailored to left or right-handed bowlers. Nice!

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