Best Bowling Shoes for Men

When it comes to bowling, we all have memories of the two-toned shoes which we would rent from the bowling alley for a couple of bucks.

We would try them on, ignoring the fact that hundreds of other pairs of feet had been in them, and marvel at how much grip they gave us on the lanes. They improved our performance, right?

Or, at least, we believed that they did. We may as well have thrown those shoes in the garbage for all the good they actually did. 

Thankfully modern technology has improved bowling shoes to a level where they can make a significant difference to our bowling performance and scores.

Modern bowling shoes not only improve how we bowl but they look good (and make us look good) while they are doing so. Modern shoes are comfortable, stylish, and give us the grip and slide needed on the lanes.

We have found some of the best pairs on the market. Take the first step into the world of profes-sional bowling with your own pair of bowling shoes. Let’s take a look at our favorite couple. 

In a hurry? Here's our top pick for the pro, the all-rounder and the best value for money shoes.

PS: If you're looking for bowling shoes for women you can find them here.

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Dexter SST 8 Pro Bowling Shoes, Black/Blue, Size 12.0

Why we like it:

We like the performance you get with these shoes. If you have the money to spend, then we would recommend these shoes to any bowler. If you are a professional bowler, then these are a must-have item.


Summary:

These are simply the best pair of shoes which we could find to bowl in. Let’s start with putting them on (the feel, not actually how to put them on; we are sure you know how to put on a pair of shoes). From the moment you have the shoes on your feet, you will feel comfortable. There is enough room around the widest part of your foot so that you do not feel cramped.

There is great arch support, and your foot will feel cushioned. The shoes also look good, much better than the traditional bowling alley shoes. These are shoes that you would be happy to wear with any outfit (though we recommend that you save them for the lanes).

When it comes to performance, these shoes will ensure that you do not slip when you are bowling your ball. You will also feel enhanced balance when you are throwing the ball. This translates to better shots. If you can release the ball from a balanced stance, you have more chance of the ball going where you want it to.

We like the leather toe drag. Over time, bowling shoe soles can begin to peel at the front with the added friction of bowling. The leather toe drag will ensure that the sole stays in place, elongating the life of your shoe. 

Key Features

Black/blue

Rubber

Interchangeable sole

Leather toe drag

Pros

Sole will not peel

Increased balance when bowling

Improved grip on the lanes

High-quality construction

Adaptable design

Cons

Expensive

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Storm Gust Men's Bowling Shoes, White/Grey, 11

Why we like it:

These are an affordable option for any level of bowler. They look and feel great, and will elevate your game through added comfort and focus.


Summary:

These shoes are great for anyone who has sweaty feet (we are looking at all bowlers here). The cotton upper and stylish design has created one of the most breathable shoes on the market. The circulation of air will reduce the amount of sweat in your shoes (along with the smells) while keeping your feet fresh. The added comfort that this brings can only give you more focus on your game.

These shoes are breathable, and they are comfortable too. They look just like a regular pair of shoes, and they fit as comfortably as any ordinary pair of shoes. They provide excellent grip for when you are bowling, allowing you to release the ball from a balanced position. 

Key Features

2 colors to choose from

Rubber

Lightweight

Cotton upper

Molded footbed

Pros

Great support for arches

Cotton upper promotes breathability

Stylish and elegant

Lightweight for improved performance

Great grip

Cons

Colors can fade over time

No toe kick

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Dexter Turbo II Wide Width Bowling Shoes, Black/Khaki, 12

Why we like it:

If you have wide feet, then look no further than these shoes. If you do not have wide feet, then these shoes will be comfortable and elevate your game. We like the balance between slickness and stickiness.


Summary:

If you have wide feet, then you have found the perfect pair of bowling shoes. Have you been left feeling uncomfortable and restricted by bowling alley shoes or other bowling shoes? Having wide feet means that you have to choose your shoes carefully.


Wearing the wrong pair of shoes can significantly affect your bowling score. These shoes will accommodate and cradle wide feet bringing you the comfort you need to concentrate on your game.

The other thing which you get with these shoes is the right balance between friction and slide. The shoes are not too sticky nor are they too slick. When you release the ball into the lane, you will find that the balance between the two will result in a balanced shot and more pins knocked down

Key Features

Variety of sizes

Universal soles

Wide shoes

Soft uppers

Synthetic

Pros

Comfortable

Durable

Comfortable for wide feet

Padded for added comfort

Stylish

Cons

Only comes in one color

They fit small

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Brunswick Edge Men's Bowling Shoes, Black, 11

Why we like it:

These are great shoes for all level of bowlers. For the price, you are not going to find a better shoe. They are stylish, comfortable, and will help you to elevate your game.


Summary:

These shoes look great. We like the understated design, the solid color with slight colorful embellishments. They do not look like bowling shoes, and we mean that as a compliment. With a choice fo two monochromatic colors, you are sure to find a pair which matches your outfit or color scheme. The best thing about these shoes? They are extremely affordable.

For a shoe so affordable, you are going to be hard pressed to beat these ones for comfort. As soon as you slip them onto your feet, you are going to feel as if your feet are home. This is important for keeping your focus on the game and not on your feet. We also like the slickness of the shoes. You get a little bit of movement when you are throwing the ball but not enough to throw off your game. 

Key Features

Black or white

Variety of sizes

Lightweight

Stylish

High-quality

Pros

Affordable

Good for wide feet

Great for flat feet

Comfortable

Good amount of slide

Cons

Can fit small

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Dexter Pro Am II Bowling Shoes, Black/Grey Alloy, 10

Why we like it:

These are the perfect shoes for adding more power to your ball. We would recommend these shoes to any level of bowler.


Summary:

This is a pair of shoes designed solely for right-handed bowlers so you should be aware of that before you purchase them. If you are right-handed, then read on.

When we think about bowling, we think about two things, power, and accuracy. If you want power, then you need a lot of traction to be able to deliver that power. That is what these shoes are capable of.


From the moment you put these shoes on, you will feel more powerful. As you take your steps with them, ball in hand, you will feel the grip and cushioning pushing you forward. As you release the ball, you will release it with more power.

If you are an aggressive bowler who bowls with a lot of speed, or if you want to increase the power of your bowl, then these are a great pair of shoes. They help you to generate the needed power to smash through the pins but do so while bringing comfort to your feet. 

Key Features

Multiple sizes

Synthetic

Soft upper

Padded tongue

Rubber outsole

Raised heel

Pros

Feels like a custom fit

Comfortable

Soles have some slide

Horseshoe heel for better support

Great design

Cons

Right-handed

Only one color

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Brunswick Frenzy Mens Bowling Shoe Black/Red, 10.5

Why we like it:

We love the look of these shoes. If you want to make a fashion statement, then these are the shoes to buy. That is not to say that they do not perform. All levels of bowlers will find something from these shoes.


Summary:

There is no doubt about it; these shoes are the most stylish pair of bowling shoes which we have found. The colors are great, the design is impeccable, and the overall look is elegant and enticing.


It does not matter what you wear these shoes with; they are going to look great on the lanes. They will look so good that you may want to invest in a couple of pairs, one for the lanes and one for your everyday life.

A lot of the time we find that style does not always translate into functionality and comfort. These shoes have a little bit of everything. They are stylish, fit well, and will give you good performance on the lanes.


The soles are light to keep you on your toes, the soles also provide a good balance between grip and slide, and the padding and breathable mesh keep your feet comfortable and dry for hours (and it's a lot nice to put dry shoes in your bowling bag...)

Key Features

Black/red

Selection of sizes

Universal soles

Lightweight

Mesh upper

Pros

Breathable for added comfort

Comfortable and padded

Most stylish shoes on our list

Molded outsole brings even more comfort

Affordable

Cons

Only come in one color scheme

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KR Strikeforce Men's Crossfire Lite Bowling Shoes, Black/Nautical Blue, 13

Why we like it:

These shoes are cushioned, light, and extremely breathable. When you have them on your feet, you will feel like you are walking on air. If you have had problems with clunky shoes, then you should give these a go.


Summary:

These shoes have been designed with comfort in mind. They are 40% lighter than most conventional bowling shoes on the market, making it easier to get up speed when moving towards the lane.


The EVA outsole is one of the reasons for the lightness of the shoe and also adds to the comfort, molding around your foot when you have the shoe on. The outside is grippy, flexible, and cushioned, offering you a balanced shot and a cushioned foot.

The mesh upper allows your foot to breath, no matter how long you are bowling for. The heel pads are cushioned and non-marking, saving the lane from any damage. 

Key Features

Black/blue

Multiple sizes

Lightweight

Mesh upper

EVA outsole

Pros

Lighter than other bowling shoes

Elevates performance

Breathable for hours of comfort

Affordable

Comfortable

Cons

No other color choices

No slide

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Pyramid Men's Skull Black/Green - Size 13

Why we like it:

We like the unique design of this bowling shoe. It is not for everyone, but those who love the shoe will really like it. The shoe is sturdy and strong and can be used by any bowler.


Summary:

These shoes come with one of the most unique (and stylish) designs which we have seen on a bowling shoe. The black and green design, with skulls, will not appeal to every bowler but will be loved by many. One thing which we really like with this bowling shoe is how strong and durable it is.


The design is fun and whimsical, but a lot of focus has been put into making this shoe as robust as possible. From the reinforced stitching to the metal eyelets, this shoe is going to stand the test of time.

This is a shoe which is comfortable and will be useful to right and left-handed bowlers. It offers a lot of support and will help to improve your bowling performance. 

Key Features

Green/black

Multiple sizes

Skull design

For left/right handed bowlers

Metal eyelets

Heavy-duty stitching

Pros

Unique design

Strong and durable

Can be used by all bowlers

Affordable

Comfortable

Cons

No other color choices

You need to like the design

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