Right-Handed Bowling Shoes — They’re Not Your Average Bowling Alley Shoes!November 20, 2023
What are right handed bowling shoes?
As the name suggests, right handed bowling shoes are shoes that are made for right handed bowlers. The question is, what is the difference between right handed bowling shoes and left handed bowling shoes?
The answer is relatively simple. The soles on a pair of high performance bowling shoes are different from one another. One shoe is the sliding shoe, while the other shoe is the traction shoe.
The sliding shoe generally has a leather or buckskin soles, a sole that aids in sliding. The traction shoe, on the other hand, generally has a rubber sole and also a textured toe piece (for added traction during the important final push-off taken on the next-to-last step).
Right handed bowling shoes include a traction shoe for the right foot and a sliding shoe for the left foot. The reverse is true for a pair of left handed bowling shoes.
But what about the bowling shoes at a bowling alley? How can you tell which pairs are right handed bowling shoes?
Actually, the bowling shoes that you rent at a bowling alley are made up of two sliding shoes. They are ambidextrous shoes – they can be worn by left handed bowlers or right handed bowlers.
Generally, though, if you are getting serious about bowling, you are going to want to buy your own bowling shoes. And more likely than not, you are not going to want to buy a pair of ambidextrous bowling shoes. Rather, you ought to buy a pair of right handed bowling shoes if you are right handed, and left handed shoes if you are a lefty.
Yes, a pair of right handed bowling shoes may be more expensive than a pair of universal, or ambidextrous shoes, but it is worth it. In fact, once you improve even more in your bowling skills, and once you understand the sport of bowling even better, you may want to consider buying interchangeable soles for your right handed bowling shoes.
Interchangeable soles allow you to modify your bowling shoes for different lane conditions or simply depending on how you feel that day! You can make your sliding shoe even more sliding or less so.
Also, if you invest in a good pair of right handed bowling shoes, it is worth investing in a pair of bowling shoe covers, as well. You are going to want to wear the covers any time that you step away from the lanes – whether you are going to the bathroom or getting a snack.
Bowling shoe covers will protect your sliding shoe from becoming sticky with spilled soda pop, etc. It is important to take good care of your right handed bowling shoes!