Every once in a while, you see something and think, “I’ve needed that all along–I just didn’t know it!” Â My most recent such experience was with these bowling shoes, just released by designer Eponymous Trenchmouth of Jeepers Creepers. Â Her new Strike! Bowling Shoes come in two color variations, as seen in the accompanying pictures. Â Here you see the “Black and White” version, which is accented by a sharp red stripe. Â Both feature realistic leather texture, bright metal grommets, and flexi red laces.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught?myself zooming in on these shoes just to admire the highly detailed leather texture and sturdy stitchwork that looks as though you could actually feel how bumpy it is. Â Here I’m wearing the “Red and Black” version, the two darker colors accented by a snappy white stripe. Â Grommeted holes on the sides provide for ventilation. Â The only thing missing is the smell of Lysol, which when I was growing up was used at bowling alleys to keep the rental shoes allegedly germ-free, if not actually clean. Â I guess some things do change.
The men’s version comes with a psychedelic bowling ball (pictured), which somehow seems the perfect accessory. Â Just don’t go swinging it around mindlessly during casual conversation. Â These shoes are also available in a women’s version, which comes with an optional sexy walk. Â I didn’t try these out, so I can’t comment on how sexy the walk is. Â I know we have some women who follow along here regularly–maybe we’ll get a comment on these.Â
For men, these shoes are reasonably sized for feet set at?size 30 or smaller (for women, they are sized to fit at size zero). Â If your feet are larger, you will need to dial them down to avoid the dreaded “show-through.” Â The traditional size tag on the heel of each shoe has no particular relevance in SL, but it’s a fantastically cool and authentic design touch.
These spiff new shoes are available for L$300 a pair at the new Jeepers Creepers main storeÂ (Tean 240, 87, 24).