Why Do We Use Bowling Shoes?


Bowling is fun, no doubt. It’s a perfect activity for a hangout with family and friends, or even a first date. There so much to look forward to here.


From choosing the perfect ball to the fun music playing and, of course, the yummy snack options, bowling is a great experience for people of all ages.


If you’re a frequent bowler, you might be wondering why they make you change into bowling shoes at the alley. You might think it’s not cool, especially when the retro styling doesn’t pair well with the outfit you have on for your date. Unfortunately, those perfect kicks or pumps you have on would probably ruin the bowling experience for you.


On that note, let’s explore why bowling shoes are required at the alley.


Bowling Shoes


If you’re new to the bowling scene, well, just know it now. You’re going to have to change into bowling shoes at the alley before they let you onto the lanes. These are available to rent at the counter when you arrive.


These are typically recognizable everywhere. The two-toned shoes made of leather and rubber feature a rather slick sole. This makes them slippery and easier to slide with.


Bowling shoes are not exactly new. Ever since 1888 when the first bowling shoe was brought to the US, they’ve become a permanent feature in bowling alleys all over the country.


Why do you need to wear these shoes before bowling?


For starters, because of their sleek design, you’re able to slide on the lanes with a much smoother motion. This is important if you are to throw a good ball. Your normal sneakers will stick to the lane and cause you to stop abruptly, preventing you from making the correct sliding motion.


Also, they prevent you from getting hurt because you move better and stop safely with them on.


Beyond staying safe, bowling shoes also protect the lanes. Don’t you like how the lanes are super sleek and shiny? Imagine if people were allowed to get on them with their muddy, grimy shoes. Dirt and mud could “un-slick” the lanes. This will also create more work for the alley cleaners.


Choosing the right pair of bowling shoes


First, you have a choice between renting a pair at the alley or buying a new pair to keep. If you only bowl for fun or as an occasional activity, then buying a new pair might not be necessary.


People in bowling leagues or who bowl often will typically invest in their own. Otherwise, rentals work great and are relatively cheap.


Bowling alleys like ours have clean, fresh shoes in all shapes and sizes so you can choose the right fit.


Choosing the right fit


Check the width and choose the right one for your foot. Something not too tight or too loose. The right bowling alley might even offer you help in making the right choice.


Padded linings and insoles might make them more comfortable for you.


Ultimately, the right pair of shoes can take your bowling game to the next level.


At Stars and Strikes, we offer a wide variety of bowling shoes for you. Available in all shapes, sizes, and colors, you’re sure to get the perfect fit for yourself. Also, you’ll be offered the help you need to pick the right pair.


Now that we’ve covered why bowling shoes matter, come on over to the bowling alley at Stars and Strikes. Beyond the balls and lanes (and the very hygienic shoes), we’ve got other side attractions and great food. It’s a perfect spot for an evening out.


Reach out to us now at Stars and Strikes.com for more information.