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TonyinPortland

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Bowling Shoe Slide
on: April 20, 2017, 04:13:39 AM
This year, at two different bowling centers, myself, and several teammates have had severe problems sticking on the approaches.  I have had to use either easyslide or baby powder almost every 2nd or third frame.

A couple teammates swear by these bowling shoe slides that you attach to your shoe. One let me borrow his old one last night.  I still stuck a little with it, but it was better than my regular shoes, because at least it was a consistent slide.

I have the expensive SST shoes with interchangeable soles and this year I got a new #8, because the old one had began sticking too much.  I also have a #10, but it is way too slick, I nearly fall down before I even get to the foul line.  I bought a #9 once, because I had to add something onto an order to get free shipping, so I need to try that, but if that does not work, or even if it does, when it is raining outside, and water is being tracked inside, once a sole gets wet, it will stick, and then if you apply powder, the slide will be inconsistent from frame to frame.

Wouldn't the bowling shoe slide also tend to stick in that situation, or is it immune to wetness in a way that normal bowling shoe soles are not?

I might try buying a brand new one, since they are only about ten bucks, although if that does work, it seems I wasted most of my nearly $200 on the SST shoes.  I could have bought cheap shoes and then just used the shoe slide.

What do most bowlers do that have this problem?

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Re: Bowling Shoe Slide
Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 05:36:57 AM
Is this the Bowler's Slide sock to which you are referring?
http://www.bowlersslidesock.com/home.htm
It is one of the best and the most consistent slides I ever got. I lent it to a friend who also uses Dexter SST shoes and now he uses it all the time.

Many people do not want to play around with the soles and change them, as needed, even though they paid a lot to be able to do just that. Not sure if it's laziness or just being unsure of what to do.

As for myself, when I found the #8 too sticky and the #10 to slippery, the #9 was not the solution for me. It it a combo of the #8 and #10, with one at the front and one at the rear of the sole. If I put the #8 at the front, it stuck because the #8 was too sticky by itself. If I put the #10 portion at the front, I slid until I put the #8 portion down and it stuck again.

My solution was to cut each sole into roughly four equal 3/4-1" strips vertically (front of sole to back); then place them alternately on the velcro to cover the whole sole. You can use 2 of each or 3 of one and 1 of the other to adjust the slide as you see fit.

I do not use the Slide sock because it is slightly too sticky for me - being somewhere between the #8 and my own version of the #9 sole.
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Re: Bowling Shoe Slide
Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 06:48:16 AM
If your using a S-8 sole The white microfiber sole and it sticks too much.

Then what you want is the original S-8 Yellow Leather (Buckskin) sole.

The Yellow Leather (Buckskin) sole is between the new S-8 and the S-10

The Yellow Leather (Buckskin) sole used to be the standard slide sole that came with shoes. But the shoe companies replaced it with the White microfiber slide sole, which doesn't slide as much.

You can get a replacement buckskin sole from Bowlingball.com (where I got mine) or Ebay you jut got to cut it to shape

https://www.bowlingball.com/products/accessories/bowlingball.com/9564/original-linds-buck-skin-leather-replacement-slide-sole.html



As for people tracking water in, thats simple put a shoe cover on if you have to go walk around or take the shoe off so the sole doesnt get wet.



Last Edit: April 20, 2017, 06:54:50 AM by Aloarjr810
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Re: Bowling Shoe Slide
Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 07:04:54 AM
Just a fyi this is the old dexter sole set as you see the white microfiber use to be a 6 slide which was a lot less slide than a 8.


S-2 Brown Leather - Less Slide
Use this sole when bowling on slippery approach conditions, such as synthetic lanes.

S-4 Red Leather - Short Slide
Use this s4 sole when bowling on moderately slippery approach conditions.

S-6 White Microfiber - Long Slide
Use this s6 sole for normal to slippery approach conditions.

S-7 Perforated Yellow Leather (Buckskin) - Long Slide
This s7 sole offers a little less slide than the standard buckskin sole because the added edge surfaces of the perforation holes create more friction on the lanes.

S-8 Yellow Leather (Buckskin) - Longer Slide
The s8 sole is the standard slide material for performance shoes.

S-10 Grey Felt - Longest Slide
The grey felt s10 sole has the longest slide of the interchangeable soles - It's like wearing a sock.
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Re: Bowling Shoe Slide
Reply #4 on: April 20, 2017, 07:07:11 AM
FWIW, I had the same problem with sticky approaches and trying to get my slide sole right. 8 would stick, 10 would be like walking on ice. I tried a million things with my soles... then realized the issue was my heel.

Just food for thought. If you slide flat footed like I do, you might need a different heel, not a different sole.

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Re: Bowling Shoe Slide
Reply #5 on: April 20, 2017, 10:56:50 AM
FWIW, I had the same problem with sticky approaches and trying to get my slide sole right. 8 would stick, 10 would be like walking on ice. I tried a million things with my soles... then realized the issue was my heel.

Just food for thought. If you slide flat footed like I do, you might need a different heel, not a different sole.

+1

I have migrated to a "stickier" sole and "slicker" heel.  Try several combinations (not just soles) to see what works best for you.

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Re: Bowling Shoe Slide
Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 12:56:48 AM
That is not the same one I tried, but it is similar.

I know about the #9 being a combo of the two, but I never thought of cutting it that way.  That is a great idea.

Is this the Bowler's Slide sock to which you are referring?
http://www.bowlersslidesock.com/home.htm
It is one of the best and the most consistent slides I ever got. I lent it to a friend who also uses Dexter SST shoes and now he uses it all the time.

Many people do not want to play around with the soles and change them, as needed, even though they paid a lot to be able to do just that. Not sure if it's laziness or just being unsure of what to do.

As for myself, when I found the #8 too sticky and the #10 to slippery, the #9 was not the solution for me. It it a combo of the #8 and #10, with one at the front and one at the rear of the sole. If I put the #8 at the front, it stuck because the #8 was too sticky by itself. If I put the #10 portion at the front, I slid until I put the #8 portion down and it stuck again.

My solution was to cut each sole into roughly four equal 3/4-1" strips vertically (front of sole to back); then place them alternately on the velcro to cover the whole sole. You can use 2 of each or 3 of one and 1 of the other to adjust the slide as you see fit.

I do not use the Slide sock because it is slightly too sticky for me - being somewhere between the #8 and my own version of the #9 sole.

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Re: Bowling Shoe Slide
Reply #7 on: April 21, 2017, 01:00:47 AM
Thanks, I didn't realize they had changed them.  The number 8 was fine for the most part for the first couple years, it was just this season it started being a problem for me, and like I said that was after buying a new one, because I had the same problem with the original one.

And as far as people tracking water in, I never leave the bowling area with my shoes on, I either just take them off or use the shoe covers.  But I still end up sticking all the time.

If your using a S-8 sole The white microfiber sole and it sticks too much.

Then what you want is the original S-8 Yellow Leather (Buckskin) sole.

The Yellow Leather (Buckskin) sole is between the new S-8 and the S-10

The Yellow Leather (Buckskin) sole used to be the standard slide sole that came with shoes. But the shoe companies replaced it with the White microfiber slide sole, which doesn't slide as much.

You can get a replacement buckskin sole from Bowlingball.com (where I got mine) or Ebay you jut got to cut it to shape

https://www.bowlingball.com/products/accessories/bowlingball.com/9564/original-linds-buck-skin-leather-replacement-slide-sole.html



As for people tracking water in, thats simple put a shoe cover on if you have to go walk around or take the shoe off so the sole doesnt get wet.



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Re: Bowling Shoe Slide
Reply #8 on: April 21, 2017, 01:06:47 AM
I have tried a different heel, but I think the one I use now is the slickest one.  I might try to see if there is a slicker one, because I have noticed that I occasionally stick on the heel and have to put the ez slide on it.

FWIW, I had the same problem with sticky approaches and trying to get my slide sole right. 8 would stick, 10 would be like walking on ice. I tried a million things with my soles... then realized the issue was my heel.

Just food for thought. If you slide flat footed like I do, you might need a different heel, not a different sole.

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Re: Bowling Shoe Slide
Reply #9 on: April 21, 2017, 04:22:21 AM
I have tried a different heel, but I think the one I use now is the slickest one.  I might try to see if there is a slicker one, because I have noticed that I occasionally stick on the heel and have to put the ez slide on it.

FWIW, I had the same problem with sticky approaches and trying to get my slide sole right. 8 would stick, 10 would be like walking on ice. I tried a million things with my soles... then realized the issue was my heel.

Just food for thought. If you slide flat footed like I do, you might need a different heel, not a different sole.

I believe the red leather is the most slide heel.
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Re: Bowling Shoe Slide
Reply #10 on: April 21, 2017, 07:28:54 AM
I have been using the Bowlers slide sock for a few years now.  I also wear Dexter SST 8s but with the BSS I have had no issues wiht either sticky or slippery approaches.  I use the red slide heel also.  I find use a longer slide and being heavier with bad knee I cannot risk not sliding.  THe link above is the best slide sock I have ever used and recommend them to any one having any slide issues.  THey also last a long time.