If you go bowling a lot or feel that it is something you may do in the future, it will be well worth your while investing in a pair of bowling shoes. It is possible to rent, but if you buy bowling shoes, you know that you are the only person using them and you can choose exactly what you want. As few, if any, bowling alleys let you use your own shoes. Even if they have soft soles you will need to have a pair suitable for the sport.
The main downside to renting the shoes is the fact that the type available is usually targeted at beginners. Logically, if you are going to bowl a lot, you will be throwing money away by continually renting. Plus, the more you play, the better you should get – hopefully. With this in mind you will want shoes that will help you play even better.
When you buy bowling shoes there are two main types that you can consider, athletic or performance. With athletic ones they are pretty much the same as the ones you would rent. They are considered to be best for beginners and the soles are the same. Both allow you to slide and are suitable for people who bowl with either hand. The performance shoe is the one to look for once you have got a bit of skill and are looking to improve your game even more.
One sole is suitable for sliding and the other helps to break. It is with this pair that the hand you bowl with becomes important. Whichever hand you bowl with is the same side as the shoe that allows you to break. If you get to a stage where you are entering competitions or are just really competitive in friendly matches, you can get shoes with interchangeable soles.
Depending on the texture of the lane you can decide which sole will be best. When you buy shoes for bowling, the choices are very much the same as with ordinary shoes. They come in different sizes and different widths. There will be a choice of color but not a great deal of choice where style is concerned. Too big and you may find you are not able to bowl as comfortably as you should.
While with a pair that are too tight, you will feel uncomfortable and may end up with cuts and blisters. Some bowling shoes you can buy do look a little bit like trainers. They are more brightly colored than the shoes we remember from the 60s and 70s. Most of them were brown and did not offer the sort of extras and options that the modern ones do.
Prices can vary and again the amount of time you expect to spend playing will be a factor in deciding which price range you go for. They can be purchased for as little as $30 for a pair that are suitable for regular use and this will go up to well, over $200. Whatever you decide to do, rent or buy bowling shoes as long as you enjoy the game, that is the main thing.