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Plenty of options when picking a shoe

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By Lee Owen
Columnist

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

This past week, during league, I had a problem that I have always dealt with, and that is getting up on my toes in my slide.

For some reason, I have never been able to make myself flat foot it every time, and have always chalked it up to something I would deal with forever.

I then started shopping for shoes, and found that many advancements have come in bowling shoes since my last pair, and there are even new soles that will help a bowler slide even if they get up on their toes.

For the casual bowler, lacing up the rental shoes, which sometimes look like an audition for the circus, can be relatively boring. These rental shoes are stiff, and have slide soles on both feet to accommodate left handed and right handed bowlers.

For the serious bowler, however, there are many options, and the choices continue to grow every year.

If you have a lot of power behind your delivery, slide soles on both feet can cause a traction problem, resulting in sliding all over the approach.

The solution to this is buying right or left specific shoes.

The slide foot has a slide pad of course, but the other foot has a rubber sole that wont leave residue on the approach.

This allows for max push off on the final step, and plenty of power in your release.

If you bowl in multiple houses or tournaments, there is even another option for you.

Approaches differ from center to center, with some being more tacky and others sliding like ice.

The solution to this is interchangeable soles.

The push off foot still has a rubber sole, but the slide foot has options.

When you buy these type of shoes, they come with an assortment of slide soles and heels, and a cheat sheet of how to combine them to create the perfect slide you are looking for.

In an attempt to “one-up” the interchangeable sole concept, some companies are now offering inserts on the sole.

The sole is interchangeable still, but then there are small discs that insert into molded spaces to create a unique sliding experience.

Like anything, the fancier it is, the more it costs. An entry level shoe that is non-specific for left or right handed will run as little as $30.

When you get into the interchangeable sole shoes, however, these can run as much as $250, depending on the brand. The key is to find the shoe that works best for you and take care of them. If you take care of bowling shoes, they will last you for many years.

For the Monday Night Trio league, this week is the final night of the season.

This past week, Lake Krehel had the hot hand, leading all scores with a 258/688, followed by Stephen Marshall with a 242/641. Denwood Williams and Mark Tarkington added a 620 and 243 respectively on the night to round out the leaderboard. Bobbi Jo Tarkington led the ladies with her 232/640, followed by Brittney Gaumond with a 229/610 and a 205 from Kaytee Simpson.

Lake Krehel also had the top mark of the night on Thursday night this past week, firing a big 253/713, followed by Will Swinson with a 260/661 and Matt Stanwick with 251/625. Brittney Gaumond took over season high for the women with a huge 257/671, followed by games of 196 from Debbie Winslow and 157 from Stephanie Winslow.

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