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Ready for the Lanes: Bowling Shoes
Stay prepared for every match with high-quality bowling shoes from DICK'S Sporting Goods.
Why do you have to wear bowling shoes? The section of the lane you walk on before releasing the ball is called the approach. Bowling alleys require players to wear a clean pair of bowling shoes to keep the approach free of debris. Bowlers are not allowed to wear street shoes due to potential debris and moisture being carried in from the outside, which can create a dangerous playing surface. It's recommended to only wear your bowling shoes in the designated playing area in order to avoid potential spills elsewhere in the alley.
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What to Look for in Bowling Shoes
Besides proper etiquette, having your own pair of bowling shoes is a must if you play often. Not only do you avoid the fees associated with rentals, you have a comfortable shoe with details that make a difference.
Features of Bowling Shoes: Bowling shoes feature non-marking rubber outsoles, padded tongues and collars for comfort, comfortable linings and breathable, lightweight uppers. Many bowling shoes include a raised heel, toe pads and removable slide pads, heels and footbeds. You can even create custom bowling shoes with a soft slide pad on your sliding foot and rubber sole on your non-sliding foot.
Your bowling shoes should have a soft, supportive footbed to maintain comfort during the game. Built-in toe bumpers provide toe-drag protection. Look for bowling shoes with a traction-optimized outsole pattern. Your bowling shoes should let you control your slide at the approach with efficient stopping power.
Shop men's bowling shoes, women's bowling shoes and bowling shoes for kids—all in a range of sizes, styles and colors to help personalize your look. Choose from classic, retro styles with contrast stitching, casual slip-on styles and sneaker bowling shoes with a sporty design. Browse popular brands, including Dexter® bowling shoes and Strikeforce® bowling shoes.