For those who frequent the bowling alley or are involved in a bowling league, owning your own pair of bowling shoes may be a better option than renting. You forgo the disinfectant spray, the long wait for shoe rentals, and the paramount shoe rental fee (that often costs more than a game itself). When buying a pair of bowling shoes, however, you must take a few factors into consideration. First, determine if you are buying men’s or women’s shoes. Then, go to the nearest sporting goods store (Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods, etc.) to see what kinds of styles and brands are out there. You can substitute this step with some online browsing. Most bowling shoes manufacturers maintain websites with their latest styles and shoes, as well as categories of bowling shoes designed for specific types of play. Lastly, once you find a style and brand that you like, think about how much you are willing to pay, and act accordingly.
While choosing men’s or women’s shoes and determining a price range are fairly straight-forward decisions, deciding what kind of style and brand may prove to be more difficult.
On Amazon’s website, you can find a list of the best sellers in men’s bowling shoes. You can also go on any bowling shoe manufacturer's website and find a list of top sellers, best sellers, or most popular. This is a good starting point if you are a beginner and are looking for a standard pair of shoes. Dexter, Brunswick, and Etonic remain the most popular brands. Dexter’s “Seth”, “Rental”, and “Turbo II” are the three best selling shoes. Simple styles of a solid color and athletic design appear to be a very common trend in men’s bowling shoes. Dexter’s “Ricky II” in black, “Jack”, and “Jason III” are some additional top selling Dexter shoes at online stores. Etonic’s “Basic Mens Kingpin IV” and “Smoking Skull” are also popular online.
On Amazon’s website, you can also find a list of the best sellers in women’s bowling shoes. The popular brands for women vary more than men’s, yet the popularity of Dexter, Brunswick, and Etonic also pervade women’s shoes. BSI’s basic white bowling shoes are the most popular of the group, followed by Brunwsick’s “Ladies Glide” white/pink bowling shoes. Dexter and Etonic shoes are very popular among women, offering female bowlers durable, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing shoes. Dexter’s “Raquel III” both in white/pink and white/blue, “Ana”, “Groove” and “Joan” are also some of the top sellers at online stores.
When it comes down to it, the decision is yours to make. However, with no starting point, trying to choose a pair of bowling shoes can become a daunting task. Dexter, Etonic, and Brunswick are some of the most popular brands across the board. Other popular brands are as follows: Elite, BSI, Nike, 3G, and Circle Athletics. Depending on what you are looking for, you can find a variety of styles, designs, and fits that will fulfill your needs. Happy bowling (shoe hunting).