Bowling shoes come in left-handed and right-handed styles. This may seem slightly confusing to someone new to the sport – after all, don’t bowling shoes go on your feet? Why should it matter whether you are right or left-handed?
Yes, bowling shoes do, quite obviously belong the feet of bowlers. Nonetheless, it really is important whether or not the bowler is left or right-handed. You see, one bowling shoe is a sliding shoe, and one needs to be more of a braking shoe, a shoe with traction. A right-handed person will have a right-foot shoe with traction and a left-foot shoe that slides.
One reason why this information may be new to you is that the bowling shoes that you rent at bowling alleys are not made specifically for right-handed players or left-handed players. Rather, both bowling shoes have soles similar to the sliding shoe of a good pair.
It can be well worth buying your own pair of bowling shoes, ones specifically designed for a right or left-handed person. With the rental or loaned pair, you are liable to slip around on your approach. This is bad, because it does not allow you to get complete the power step, that next-to-last step, the step that drives you forward and into the slide, the step that requires some traction.
There are many people who would suggest buying a pair of bowling shoes before you even make the commitment to buying a bowling ball! They really are that important. Besides, do you really want to put your feet into bowling shoes that have been drenched with other people’s foot sweat and stench?
When choosing your bowling shoes, you are going to need to make the choice between performance bowling shoes and athletic bowling shoes. Athletic bowling shoes are going to look and feel like your other athletic shoes. Most athletic bowling shoes have sliding soles on both the left and right shoe.
If, however, you plan on bowling once a week or more, you are going to want to step it up and buy a performance bowling shoe. You are not going to be able to reach your full bowling potential if you stick with athletic bowling shoes. If, on the other hand, you get a pair of performance bowling shoes, with one traction sole and one sliding sole, you are going to achieve higher performance.
If you see competitive bowling in your future, it can be well-worth buying a pair of bowling shoes with interchangeable soles. With interchangeable bowling shoe soles, you are going to be able to make your feet and your bowling slide match your bowling style as well as the surface you are bowling on.