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#24689 - 09/25/02 11:42 AM Cleaning Shoes
Nimoy Offline
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Registered: 04/12/02
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When I got my bowling shoes (Brunswick somethingorothers) they were nice and slidey but over time they've gotten a bit grubby and I tend to find myself sticking at the foul line a little bit too much - what do people recommend to be the best way of cleaning the slidey bit??

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#24690 - 09/25/02 03:22 PM Re: Cleaning Shoes
Pizzaguy Offline
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Registered: 02/12/01
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Buy yourself a wire brush, available in any Pro Shop. Brush from toe to heel to increase slide, and across the sole to diminish slide.

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#24691 - 09/25/02 08:12 PM Re: Cleaning Shoes
SADMan Offline
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Registered: 03/05/02
Posts: 34
A/S/L: 33 / M / IL USA

Jim is right on with the wire brush!

You can also find a powder called smooth slide at some pro shops that can also help. Be cautious with this because you can easily put too much on your sole, such that it leaves the powder all over the approaches and can affect others as well. I was at a tournament where someone did this and everyone after him had to adjust because he made a portion of the approaches unusable as the next four bowlers fell down.


#24692 - 09/25/02 08:17 PM Re: Cleaning Shoes
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Little known fact:

Don't use ShoeSlide in sanctioned competition (ABC/WIBC/YABA Leagues or Tournaments) because it's specifically banned from use.
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#24693 - 09/26/02 12:56 AM Re: Cleaning Shoes
Rosedaleranger Offline
League Bowler

Registered: 02/24/02
Posts: 56
A/S/L: 38/m/PA
I just want to reinforce the statement about the powder, it is against ABC rules. The overuse will effect the other bowlers on the pair. The same would go for cigarette ashes which I have seen used as well. The wire brush is the best to clean the bottom. Sometimes though after a period of time, the sole is just plain worn out.

#24694 - 09/28/02 10:28 PM Re: Cleaning Shoes
graybeard Offline
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Registered: 01/27/02
Posts: 34
A/S/L: 58 m Maryland
I have been using a pair of Dexters now for5,6 years,what is the best shoe now for a good balanced feel,the Dexters have never felt good and i have not had any Linds for 8 years and feed back from other bowlers seem to be brand loyalty.

#24695 - 09/29/02 12:17 AM Re: Cleaning Shoes
Rosedaleranger Offline
League Bowler

Registered: 02/24/02
Posts: 56
A/S/L: 38/m/PA

Well trying to stay away from brand loyalty (I use Dexter SST 6) is a hard thing to do, especially when it comes to shoes. I like the feel of the 6's but then again they aren't for everyone. If you want to try what appears to be (and the early reports that I have, they are) a really good shoe that is just hitting the market is the ABS Tour Ultra's. Dynothane is the only US distributor and you would have to go to a Pro Shop to get them. What is really unique about them (I saw them this summer at a trade show) is the fact that they are Kangaroo leather which is really soft and comfy. I was able to try a pair. The other unique factor is that they offer both the full sole replacement system and the "Linds" disc system. I liked the way the heels also interchange. There is a guide triangle in the middle of the heel which allows the heel to go on only one way. The Dexters have to be lined up manually (Not good if you are trying to change on the fly). The ABS is also a sharp looking shoe and it should price in the same category as the top line SST 6 or Lind's. If your Pro Shop has them listed higher, go find another shop that will order them for you. You can also check them out at Dynothane's website:

#24696 - 09/30/02 09:59 AM Re: Cleaning Shoes
muppetboy Offline

Registered: 02/19/02
Posts: 12
A/S/L: 21/M/England
I'd recomend staying away from the powder it can cake up on your sole and make the slide erratic


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