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 Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 12:29 am Post Number: #1 Post
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Just wondering if anyone wears custom bowling shoes? If so, could you provide pictures? It would be nice to have something other than the generic Dexter's...

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 Post subject: Re: Custom Bowling Shoes
 Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 4:11 am Post Number: #2 Post
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Dexters custom shoes are very expensive in the $1000 range, other customs would probably need to be custom made, DIY.

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 Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 10:39 am Post Number: #3 Post
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TH58PZ700U wrote:
Dexters custom shoes are very expensive in the $1000 range, other customs would probably need to be custom made, DIY.


Thats what I was referring to...DIY's bowling shoes. Just wondering if anyone has taken an ordinary shoe and made it a bowling shoe. Thanks.


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 Posted: Sun May 27, 2012 5:39 am Post Number: #4 Post
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NPMystikal24 wrote:
TH58PZ700U wrote:
Dexters custom shoes are very expensive in the $1000 range, other customs would probably need to be custom made, DIY.


Thats what I was referring to...DIY's bowling shoes. Just wondering if anyone has taken an ordinary shoe and made it a bowling shoe. Thanks.

Bowled a collegiate tournament with a guy who took some nike skateboarding shoes, shave off the bottom of the left sole, and installed interchangeables. Looked silly when I first saw him bowling but it looked comfortable and was definitely unique. I think the biggest concern I'd have doing that is getting a non-marking sole so I don't mark the approach on the pivot step. Additionally, I'm curious how the sliding dynamics change when you reduce the surface area. I know skateboarding shoes are large and flat-bottomed like bowling shoes, but I'd be inclined to use something like a New Balance Minimus with its narrow, foot-shaped profile. Less surface area, less slide? A few interesting questions I think an industry professional from dexter or etonic could share with us.

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 Post subject: Re: Custom Bowling Shoes
 Posted: Sun May 27, 2012 10:01 pm Post Number: #5 Post
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Just had Billy Hall out at the tourney this past week....He had a pair of Rockports customized with the slide shoe slightly cut down to add the velcro system on them similar to what the Etonics look like. Took a few dexter soles and chopped them up to what he needed to use and now has a very nice pair of "custom" shoes that cost less than a hundy.

Any cobbler can do this for you. Just need to tell them what you're looking to do and go from there.

Seen someone awhile ago do it to a pair of fifteen hundred dollar Italian loafers. A wee bit over the top for me, but he was stylin'. :shock:


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