110 Palmer Road

Belleville, ON

K8P 4C8





Performance and Comfort Considerations for Curling Shoes Slider Thickness - slider speed increases with the thickness of the Teflon™, ¼” being the thickest and the least resistance. Every curler should be looking for optimal slide with a minimum of leg thrust. For most curlers excessive leg thrust results in instability. Experienced curlers who are accustomed to the ice and do not have stability concerns usually prefer a thicker slider, whereas less experienced curlers usually want to balance speed with stability. It is important to keep in mind that inexperienced curlers generally have low leg thrust and, if they are equipped with an excessively slow slider, the result will be an unsatisfactory delivery. Hinged Front Slider - sliders that have a thickness of 5/32” or greater tend to be rigid, limiting any heel elevation during delivery. Rigidity also results in constant heel rubbing during walking. By splitting the front from the back slider and “hinging” the front slider, the negative effect of rigidity is eliminated. You will see many of our shoes have "split" or 'hinged" sliders. Lateral Stability - stability during delivery is best achieved by distributing weight equally across the width of the sole. During delivery the natural tendency is for weight to be shifted to the outside of the sliding foot. Even distribution of weight across the slider, a wider balance platform and enhanced stability. Warmth - insulation throughout the upper and air cushioning in the sole ensure warmth on all models. Comfort and Fit - careful attention to materials and design afford slipper like comfort from each supplier. Some shoes are available in both REGULAR and WIDE fit. Ask yourself ..... Am I right or left handed?
How many times a week do I curl? Frequent playing means you need a sturdy shoe – leather not vinyl.
Am I gentle with my shoes? If you treat your shoes well (dry them out regularly) you can get away with a lower price point shoe.
Is my foot wide, narrow or just right? Some brands are wider than others.
For those with cold feet, you will need an insulated shoe and thats costs more. Is my usual club cold? You might want a more insulated shoe and also one that offer lots of room in the toe box for air circulation.
If I have a current pair of curling shoes what thickness of slider do I have? Very important! There are 6 slider thicknesses and you want to ensure your new shoes have the same or a thicker slider than your old shoes.
Are my feet still growing?
If you have kids who are still growing we have a number of suggestions to ease the economic burden of purchasing curling shoes. By buying a half a size bigger for instance, your child might get 2 seasons out of the new shoe.
When I try on shoes will the socks I wear be the same thickness as the ones I wear when I curl? Bring socks with you or use our loaner socks to ensure you get a good fit.
Do I use orthotics? Take this into account and bring them when you try on shoes.
Do I have flat feet? Some brands offer more support. Do I need arch support? Some shoes are better than others in this regard.
What position do I play? If you throw hits a lot you might want to consider a thicker slider.
What’s my budget? Shoes range starts around $ 90 to over $300. We will do all we can to take into account all of the above questions and your budget.
Take some time to buy your shoes. They don’t fit like street shoes. Ensure you lace them properly to give the shoe a good test.
The shoes you ultimately pick will depend on your answers to the questions above. No two curling manufacturers make their shoes alike.
Maintenance tips for your curling footwear : New shoes will break in faster if worn at room temperature.
Cover your slider with an antislider (slip-on gripper) when not on the ice to avoid damage to your slider.
Keep your gripper and antislider clean by washing regularly with soap and water (don't forget the inside of your antislider). This will improve traction and keep dirt off the ice. Wipe excess dirt from the exterior of the shoes with a damp cloth and polish. Avoid storing your shoes in extreme cold temperatures prior to games; i.e. the trunk of your car. Grippers and antisliders are like tires: they wear out and must be maintained and repaired or replaced, if they become worn or damaged. This is for your safety to avoid falls and injuries.
Avoid unnecessary gripper wear with proper hack foot placement.
Curling shoes receive a lot of abuse from stopping and kicking rocks. Some curlers also rub their shoes together while sweeping. Check your habits to avoid unexpected wear.
The trailing shoe is subjected to abuse while dragging over the pebble during the delivery. Should you notice wear in a particular area, take the necessary precautions to reduce damage. Have all problems corrected promptly.
Let your shoes dry fully at room temperature. (Don't leave them in your curling bag). Remove the insole from your shoes between games to aid removal of perspiration. Cedar shoetrees are recommended if your feet perspire excessively.
The toe of the trailing shoe is designed to change shape. This will increase the life of the shoe and increase surface area contact. Applying low friction materials to the toe will increase drag.
The black dye on the leather welt of the Balance Plus Delux shoes that joins the sole to the upper may wear off with use, exposing the brown leather. This is natural and not a defect. It can be touched up with an indelible black marker.
Keep antisliders away from natural crepe rubber grippers, as a deterioration of the crepe rubber will occur.

Please note: We show MRSP for all items, however offer many specials throughout the season.

 Please inquire as to current pricing in the showroom as it is often better than MRSP.