Bowling shoes have been around as long as we can remember. They are the first stations we head to when we enter a bowling alley even before we pick out our bowling balls. And, we’re all familiar with the process of swapping out our everyday shoes for a pair of colorful bowling shoes. There is a reason why we don’t think twice about wearing bowling shoes anymore. They serve an important role in bowling and are used for more than just their colorful design.
Why Do We Wear Bowling Shoes?
Bowling shoes are worn to protect the player and the bowling alley. They are only used in a relatively controlled environment and are built to help the bowler play to the best of their ability.
Bowling shoes are only used indoors and aren’t exposed to the ground outside. This prevents dirt, debris, slush, and all other elements from touching the bowling lane. For example, someone who comes in with wet shoes could leave spots on the hardwood, causing the next person to slip and fall. Another example would be if someone tracked in a piece of gum on their shoe and it gets stuck to the floor. Dirt and debris that gets in the alley can ruin a bowler’s approach leading to sticks or slips which can increase risk of injuries. Bowling shoes prevent this from happening.
These shoes also protect the bowler. Regular street shoes have no give which makes it more taxing on your body when you’re swinging a heavy bowling ball and planting the same foot down each time. Bowling shoes allow bowlers to glide while the make they turn which keeps the center of gravity under them as opposed to being stuck in place.
Why Are Bowling Shoes Slippery?
One of the most important parts of bowling is the approach. Having a good approach is important to lining up your ball and making sure it hits your mark. A slippery bowling shoe helps maintain a good approach when playing.
A bowler’s last step before releasing the ball is a glide that takes them smoothly up to the release line. The slipperiness of the shoe allows you to slide in one fluid motion, giving your ball enough momentum it needs to make it down to the pins.
Ordinary sneakers or other everyday shoes won’t allow you to slide which means you end up putting a lot of extra strain on your shoulder. It’s not all slippery, though, because the heel of the shoe is made of rubber and helps you stop your glide once you’re finished sliding and releasing.
If you are looking for the perfect bowling alley, come check out the fun we offer at Stars & Strikes. We welcome bowlers of all levels. Get in touch with the location nearest you.