Shoes are usually sized in 6.5 to 15 for men and 5 to 11 for women.
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Many have often wondered about the actual necessity of wearing bowling shoes when bowling. Not only is shoe rental expensive, the shoes are relatively unfashionable. People often feel as if they could bowl just as well in their own sneakers. However, regardless of the bowler's skill level, bowling shoes are necessary to play the game successfully and safely and to keep the alleys free from damage.
The approach is where the bowler walks and releases the ball into the alley. The approach is very important and must be free of debris and damage. If the approach is damaged, one could easily fall or trip, which could cause injury as well as affect the score of the game. Bowling shoes help protect the floor of the approach and the person wearing them.
A Gliding Motion
Bowling shoes are constructed purposefully with the idea of a gliding motion in mind. The main difference between bowling shoes and regular sneakers is the sole. On a bowling shoe, there are sliding soles on each side to accommodate a right or left-handed bowler. These soles are also soft and have no heels, as opposed to regular tennis shoes, which can be slippery. Additionally, the sliding pad on each shoe can be changed so that the bowler can adjust their friction to different alleys.
Because bowling shoes are made solely for bowling alleys, they should never be worn outside or in other areas of the alley. Even the smallest gum wrapper or sticky floor could damage the shoe, which could then ruin the surface of the approach and also provide less protection for the wearer.
Personal Bowling Shoes
Many dislike bowling shoes because of their unfashionable designs. However, you may wear shoes with a more modern design. If you are attempting to become an intermediate to advanced bowler, personal bowling shoes become more of a necessity. Features like interchangeable soles and shoes designed for right-handed or left-handed bowlers make a huge difference in one's game.