This is the most important aspect of any bowling shoe you will buy. This is also the difference between your regular sneaker and quality bowling shoes. Your sneaker or any other casual shoe has traction on the bottom of each sole. They are designed with the purpose of preventing you from slipping. Bowling shoes have the opposite goal.
They have special skid plates designed to ensure that you can slide along before putting your ball down the lane. Sports style bowling shoes can look like your regular sneaker until you flip them over the sole.
This means that both poles will have a sliding plate to allow them to suit left and right-handed players. Most of your rental bowling shoes will also have common soles. Because it is not possible to hold enough left or right handed shoes specifically designed to cater to the number of people renting them.
This means that the sliding sole will be at your dominant vacuum, left if you are right-handed and the drawbar at the dominant foot, right if you’re right-handed. Most of these shoes also allow you to adjust them to best suit the conditions where you bowling.
When you stop sliding, you also need to keep your feet steady as you don’t want to slip along your ball after release. This is where the unmarked rubber outsole of your bowling shoes works. They provide the support you need to keep you upright and to help prop up, neither marked rubber nor the approaching area.
Some performance bowling shoes have detachable soles. This may seem insignificant, but it can save you money in the long run. When traction wears on shoes you can replace them without having to buy a new bowling shoe.
These bowling shoes give you the ability to make a smooth approach, slide and release, which gives you better control of the ball. They provide comfort and often have tongue and padded collar, fabric inner lining and unmarked rubber outsole. All of these add to your comfort level keeping your feet cool and dry and supported throughout your game.