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Harvey Hacksmasher

Registered: Apr 2012
Location: Calgary
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Curling Shoes to Recommend?

Hi there,

I'm looking for a good pair of curling shoes that anyone could recommend for someone looking to play at a high level.
A couple things about my feet/slide:

-My feet are pretty narrow

-I have quite a lousy pair of shoes right now as far as insulation, but I rarely get cold feet, so insulation doesn't need to be a consideration

-I get up on my toes during my slide, although it isn't exactly a tuck per se, more of a half-tuck or something like that, so some flexibility in the middle of the shoe would be handy

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sheila hills
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The only way to go.

Get a nice pair of running shoes and put a slider and gripper on them. Court shoes work best. Bernice at the Calgary Curling Club did my Pumas for me. Totally professional job. 1/4 inch slider and Goldline gripper was $150 installed and the shoes were $100. $250 got me a curling shoe that blows away anything the curling companies make. Comfy and warm. No break in.

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I have narrow feet as well and I use Adidas custom shoes (I agree with creating your own shoe, the majority of the time it can be cheaper, and it's a show you know you like). Adidas normally have a more narrow fit.
Since you slide up on your toe, getting a split slider would be best, or if you prefer balance plus, you have the "island" option which puts two rounded sliders at the front and back, leaving the middle open.

That's just my two cents, I am sure others have had great use out of traditional curling shoes as well.

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Registered: Nov 2004
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I used court shoes made by Bernice for many years and in fact went far too long with them. I just recently purchased the Goldline Podium Gold and absolutely love them. The stability on the sliding foot is way better than my old court shoes (although again that may be because I should have replaced them 2-3 years ago).

Good luck with your search.

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Go with a 3/16 to a 1/4 inch split slider: Options for a more narrow foot and somewhat tuck delivery are:
Tournament Sports (Ultima) CS6000 - great leather around $200
Balance Plus 500 around $210 to $240
Goldline Podium Gold around $240

Try the Tournament first

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Registered: Feb 2011
Location: NY, USA
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I'm looking for new shoes for next season, and I'm having a little trouble deciding.

I have a flat-foot delivery. I had the previous version of the Ultima Athletic shoes, and for the past two years I usually played three nights a week in season. Those shoes, however, didn't feel very "athletic" while sweeping--they're big and clunky, and I put some wear and tear on the insteps of my shoes.

I suppose that shoe has an 8-speed slider, so I'd probably want to get the same speed or perhaps something just a little faster. I'd really love a lighter shoe.

Right now, I'm trying to decide between the Balance Plus 200 Series with a 3/16" slider, or the Goldline Podium Silver with the 5/32" slider. I don't think I need a Ferrari on my sliding foot just yet. At the relative value of those shoes, would I be even better off passing on those and getting a custom-made shoe? Or is there a different option than the ones I mentioned that I'm overlooking?

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Balance Plus Delux.

most consistent game to game
most consistent end to end

performance performance performance
quality

this shoe has had a lengthy life without major alteration - for a reason - its built to last, built to perform. best value per game on the market.

get fitted by a retail professional
enjoy many years in your Delux!

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To update I ended up just buying a 1/4 inch velcro on slider from the local club shop, cut the velcro off and then cut the the slider into a couple of pieces and used some two part epoxy to glue the now split slider onto the bottom of a comfy and flexible shoe I had lying around. Then I shaped the pieces of teflon to be flush with my shoe. It looks like it'll be good, but unfortunately I'll have no way of knowing for sure how well the shoes will work until I play in a summerspeil in a couple of months here.

If nothing else though it sure was a lot cheaper than forking out 200-300$ for a 'real' curling shoe. The slider did still cost ~80$ though, which seems outrageous for a little piece of plastic, but luckily I had a 100$ gift certificate at the pro shop from a spiel, so it feels like the shoes were essentially free.

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and used some two part epoxy to glue the now split slider onto the bottom of a comfy and flexible shoe I had lying around.


You’ll have a problem with epoxy. It is not flexible and will not hold very long. Contact cement is more flexible or Shoe Goo works well too.

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You’ll have a problem with epoxy. It is not flexible and will not hold very long. Contact cement is more flexible or Shoe Goo works well too.



It should be fine, I don't have the package on me right now to tell you exactly what it was (I think it was a jb weld product) but it is the same stuff I used to make my first pair of shoes, and they held together fine, although you're right about the flexibility. That shouldn't be an issue though as I split the slider, and left a little bit of the back part of the front slider unglued, so it looks something like the picture below.


edit: Image doesn't seem to want to appear, but it's the one in this link:
http://www.quintecurlingsupplies.ca...nt%2520Flex.jpg

linz has attached this image:

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quote:
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To update I ended up just buying a 1/4 inch velcro on slider from the local club shop, cut the velcro off and then cut the the slider into a couple of pieces and used some two part epoxy to glue the now split slider onto the bottom of a comfy and flexible shoe I had lying around. Then I shaped the pieces of teflon to be flush with my shoe. It looks like it'll be good, but unfortunately I'll have no way of knowing for sure how well the shoes will work until I play in a summerspeil in a couple of months here.

If nothing else though it sure was a lot cheaper than forking out 200-300$ for a 'real' curling shoe. The slider did still cost ~80$ though, which seems outrageous for a little piece of plastic, but luckily I had a 100$ gift certificate at the pro shop from a spiel, so it feels like the shoes were essentially free.



Kinda funny about the teflon price as i purchase a sq. Ft. From goldline or olsens for about 70$ and it does 3 shoes
Good idea though good luck

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murphyj87
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Custom shoes etc,

One guy I knew used broomball shoes, and attached a slider to the left foot. He never could (at least in the 1970s)find size 13 curling shoes, but could find size 13 broomball shoes.

In the old days, 1960s, we couldn't get real sliders, so we cut out shoe sized pieces of Arbourite and cemented those to our shoes as sliders.

Once we could get real slider material, in the 1970s, it came in rectangular sheets, and I found a shoe maker who cut it, cemented it on, and trimmed it, and that lasted for almost a decade.

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