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kidlost2000

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Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« on: March 20, 2009, 10:38:43 AM »
So I was on bowlingball.com looking at some great deals on Circle bowling shoes and really wanted a pair.(I'm a huge fan of Circle products) The only problem is they didn't have interchangeable heels and soles. So I figure for the price I can buy them and do it myself. Needless to say it worked great. Here are some pics. (And works great with my dexter heels and soles.)

Anybody have any Circle bowling towels or shirts out there???

The shoes


The bottom, already started some.


Everything removed


Industrial strength velcro.(used before a time or two on my dexters)


Sideview. It looks like they overlap, but they don't.


Trimmed edges.


Finished product


Dexter sole and heel, and Circle logo that is also removable.


finished product


My favorite combo, the reverse cleat.


Another pic

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Re: Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2009, 06:48:11 PM »
That's pretty neato.

Built time/cost?

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Re: Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2009, 06:48:42 PM »
You shoulda traced out the dexter sole and heal on the shoe so you didn't waste velcro between them.  Looks cool though, let us know how the velcro holds up.

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Re: Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2009, 06:51:54 PM »
shoes were $38 shipped.
20-30 mins. total time while watching the NCAA tournamnet.

Velcro was free. Used my soles and heels collected from my different dexters.
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2009, 06:55:33 PM »
"You shoulda traced out the dexter sole and heal on the shoe so you didn't waste velcro between them. Looks cool though, let us know how the velcro holds up."



I got two giant rolls, plus where I bowl they wax the approaches before bowling every night so sometimes you need the extra space to add an additional heel to stop.

Same velcro I used to replace on my SST5's and so far it's out lasted the manufactures.
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Re: Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2009, 06:58:04 PM »
I smell an idea.

Yep.

Custom bowling shoes.

Nike, Adidas, Vans, whatever makes you feel comfortable.

That's a studly idea.

I'm finna hit it up with:

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Re: Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2009, 07:42:58 PM »
quote:
"You shoulda traced out the dexter sole and heal on the shoe so you didn't waste velcro between them. Looks cool though, let us know how the velcro holds up."



I got two giant rolls, plus where I bowl they wax the approaches before bowling every night so sometimes you need the extra space to add an additional heel to stop.

Same velcro I used to replace on my SST5's and so far it's out lasted the manufactures.
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anyone know where to get large sheet rolls of industrial velcro loop and hook?
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375 RPM, 17-18 MPH, 45+ DEG AXIS ROTATION, 17 DEG TILT

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Re: Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2009, 07:46:13 PM »
quote:
I smell an idea.

Yep.

Custom bowling shoes.

Nike, Adidas, Vans, whatever makes you feel comfortable.

That's a studly idea.

I'm finna hit it up with:

BOWLING SANDALS!!!
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JAT Junior Amateur Tour

Robb's Pro Shops: Bakersfield, California

Rob Stone Supporters of America!


Not a bad idea.. they did it with Golf.. seen the sandals with golf spikes..

on a side note.. it amazes me that bowling and golf shoes are just getting "athletic" and not even.. Linds are well constructed shoes and were the best of the best in bowling shoes for the longest time.. but it is hardly a shoe for any sort of athletic movement or support..
seems like tradition over rides functionality and technology...

also.. if you do do it.. just make sure the rubber doesn't come off on the approach on the push off shoe..
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375 RPM, 17-18 MPH, 45+ DEG AXIS ROTATION, 17 DEG TILT

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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2009, 07:48:03 PM »
you did it yourself with a screwdriver and a knife.. now if only Etonic could do it with their heels.
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Re: Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2009, 07:55:12 PM »
I got it courtesy of UPRR. The only thing I can tell you about it is on the back side it says Velcro Brand.

Which when you google it, it brings up all kinds of their products. So I would imagine it is pretty common to find and maybe available at many hardware stores.

I agree with the other guy this really makes it possible to make anything a bowling shoe if you wanted.

My only worry when I first started is I wouldn't be able to get the bottom of the shoes off safely with out damaging the shoe or needing to take it some where to have it done.

From what I could tell looking at most bowling shoes it would be easy to do. Some that are just a solid piece on the bottom front to back may be more difficult.
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Re: Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2009, 07:57:47 PM »
quote:
you did it yourself with a screwdriver and a knife.. now if only Etonic could do it with their heels.


I used a pick tool, a flat blade screw driver and then a box knife for the velcro.

The pick tool for the thread around the sole and the screw driver for the heel. Just worked it a little at a time. They used some strong glue.
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" hand, don't step on the lanes without some "
you can't  add a physics term to a bowling term and expect it to mean something.

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Re: Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2009, 08:00:38 PM »
That is Pretty cool. Just out of curiosity, what does the reverse heel do for you?
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Re: Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2009, 08:01:49 PM »
believe that is intentional.... he likes that combination the best he said..pretty cool though
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Re: Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2009, 08:03:13 PM »
Yeah, I saw that after I posted so I edited out.  But I am wondering what that does?  Just curious, that's all.
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Re: Great bowling shoes for less. (do it yourself)
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2009, 08:05:05 PM »
with ridges facing or digging into approach more in that direction i imagine he slides even less..
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