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#28095 - 03/04/05 09:24 AM New Bowling Shoes do not slide
larsonjean Offline
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Registered: 08/16/03
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HI, My husband just bought a new pair of bowling shoes at Sports Authority. He used them the other night at bowling and they would not slide at all so he had to rent the shoes from the alley.

He has Parkinson's so it is very hard for him to bowl anyway and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion how to help these shoes stop sticking and make them so he can slide.

He doesn't bowl that often because of his illness so it would be hard for him to do a lot of practicing to break them in.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Jean

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#28096 - 03/04/05 11:10 AM Re: New Bowling Shoes do not slide
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All new shoes need to be broken in. My first suggestion is to have him wear them around the house, on tile and wood floors preferably. You need to break down the nap so they can slide. If that doesn't work, take them into the Pro Shop at the center and see if they can sell you a little teflon sole that can be permanently affixed to the shoe.
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#28097 - 03/04/05 02:02 PM Re: New Bowling Shoes do not slide
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There is also something you can buy that will make the shoe slide. Im not sure but i think its called a sliding sock. Its a small thing that you strap around the back of the shoe and the front is covered in a nylon type material. It helps you slide. Also, shoes bought from stores like SA and Kmart wont perform like shoes bought from a Pro Shop. Look around some proshops will have deals for example I bought my shoes for 20 dollars and they are Dexters that ussually run for 50 to 60 dollars.
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#28098 - 03/04/05 05:51 PM Re: New Bowling Shoes do not slide
No open tenths Offline
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Registered: 12/17/04
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If the sole is leather a wire shoe brush could be used to break in the sole. Most pro shops sell these and they are not very expensive. I keep one in my bag in case I start to stick. brushing from the toe to the heel will provide more slide. You won't want to brush side to side as this will decrease slide. Hope this helps.
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#28099 - 03/04/05 07:37 PM Re: New Bowling Shoes do not slide
goatster Offline
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Registered: 12/19/04
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A/S/L: Oxbow, Jefferson (County)
well its great that your husaband still is active in a sport like bowling with such an unfortunate condition.a guy in our league has a slide sock they work good.there is also some stuff called easy slide or a slide sole that can be attached to the bottom of his slide shoe.a guy on my team gas one of those and he can walk in water even and not stick it probably is something like the teflon slide someoneelse mentioned and ive heard of where them around the housebut i dont know any one who has done it.good luck hope you come up with a solution for him.

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#28100 - 03/05/05 12:36 PM Re: New Bowling Shoes do not slide
larsonjean Offline
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Registered: 08/16/03
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A/S/L: 67/F/FL
Thank you for al your excellent suggestions. We will work on it and see what we can do. If not, maybe he should buy a good pair at the Pro Shop. Better to spend a little extra money than have him fall down.

Thanks again.

Jean

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