Dexter has taken the bowling shoe to the next level with THE 9. THE stands for Toehold Hyperflex Engineering. This shoe has so many features starting with the unique reinforced toe hold that helps extend the life of the interchangeable soled shoe. The hyperflex channels on the sole of the shoe provide added flexibility and outersole longevity. With these features and everything the SST 8 shoes have to offer there is no lack of technology!
The 9 looks and feels great. The interchangeable toe system is great. I have replaced a handful of shoes because the toes wear out. Now with the toe guards on each sole, replacing the entire shoe is not needed. The shoes also breath much better then my 3Gs Tour Ultras.
The only issue I have is the options for the sole and heels that come with the shoes upon purchase. For the amount of money paid for the shoes I would expect them to come with 3 or 4 options each as my 3Gs did (at a lower cost i might add) or even my older set of Dexter SST6's. However I did understand before purchasing them that The 9s did not come with any extra soles or heels. In my mind the benefits of the shoes outweighed the lack of sole and heel options, but expect to pay for the shoes then an extra $60 to $120 for the correct heel and sole combination for you.
I've been a longtime Dexter customer and was very interested when I got wind of "The 9". Initially, I was a little put off by the shoe having only 1 #7 slide included. In the past I've felt more comfortable with a lower numbered slide that were included with prior shoes versions. Once additional slides became available on the marketplace, I pulled the trigger and bought "The 9" in the same size as my previous pair (8's). These turned out to be too small. Luckily, I bought the "Tru-fit" option and was immediately mailed out a new pair that was 1/2 size bigger. These shoes arrived and I bowled with them the first night! The shoes are outstanding! The #7 slide worked great.
I am a Dexter fan. This Time Dexter has out done itself. This is shoe is total comfort. It took a couple of games to break them in. I did change the sole to a #11. The shoe it self is well constructed. It is durable and it is total comfort. I am a twice a week league bowler and tournament bowler the shoe adapts to any lane condition. I do believe it has made my game better being so light on my feet. I wish they made this shoe in a street shoe. It is well worth the money. I would buy another pair in a heart beat. Way to go Dexter.
I am am leagur bowler whom enjoys multiple tournaments throughtout the year , The Dexter9 provides comfort and flexible to withstand grueling lane condition while keeping you stable and aggresive on the lanes Must have shoe for all.
When you first put them on, the feel is great. I've worn Dexter Bowling shoes for years. These are the best pair that I've worn and used. Love the soles and the heel being interchangeable. Thank you Dexter for another Great product.
I recently bought the nines first pair of dexters i have owned since the 4's came out. Before i was using some cheeper shoes. I always said good shoes could make you a better bowler, well i proved that to myself last night when i bowled for the first time with my new shoes. The main thing for me was not the comfort or the looks of the nines but it was the stability and balance they gave me at the line. The shoes are very burable and were easy to break in took me about a half of game of practice a little easy slide and i was off and running. I consider myself to be a mid to long slider and was worried that the soles that came on the shoe wouldnt have enough for me, but they turned out to be perfect. I am happy to say that after purchasing these shoes i will not buy another cheeper pair of shoes again. Thanks Dexter for another great product and tthanks bowling.com for the excelent service.
I use the Dexter 9's leisurely on the weekend to bowl with my boyfriend. He wanted me to have the latest and greatest in bowling shoes.
I was on the fence about purchasing these shoes at their price point . Eventually I give in so now not even half way thru winter leagues and I'm getting ready to purchase my third right sole because they just don't hold up on the toe section if you drag your toe some. My advice would be to purchase less expensive shoes if your footwork isn't perfect.
does the 9 come a 1/2 size larger like the sst84/7/2016 - By Jerry
Great question Jerry! It looks like a customer left a review saying The 9's run a little smaller than the SST8. I would recommend buying the True Fit Guarantee just in case they do not fit. Hope this helps!4/7/2016 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Is the leather real crocodile leather?5/13/2016 - By Russ
Do the shoes come in a wide selection, if so how wide?5/18/2016 - By LD
Hello LD! Yes, the shoes do come in wide, which is a EE width. You can find them here: https://www.bowling.com/products/dexter-mens-the-9-black-crocodile-wide-width.htm5/24/2016 - By Bowling.Com Staff
How do you order this product for left handed bowlers? I don't see andy options8/30/2016 - By Reel
Hello! The shoes have interchangeable soles and heels on both feet, so even if they come set up for the opposite handed bowler, you can just change them over to the other feet.8/31/2016 - By Bowling.Com Staff
Do the shoes come in other colors12/27/2016 - By Blackhawk
I drag my toe some, is that a commonly reported problem with these shoes?12/29/2016 - By Tay
Hello! These shoes are actually made to prevent that problem. They have a clip on the front to hold the velcro down and keep it from catching on the floor.1/3/2017 - By Bowling.Com Staff
I see that the replacement soles are ordered by size was just wondering if they still are a cut to fit like the sst8's were1/30/2017 - By Scott
Hi Scott. The replacement soles for the shoe are specifically made for THE 9s. The cut to fit for SST 8s are for all SST model shoes, but they will not work for THE 9s.1/31/2017 - By Bowling.Com Staff
I know the sst8'S soles will not fit this shoe what I am asking is the replacement soles for the 9's cut to fit like the sst8's are1/31/2017 - By SCOTT
The replacement soles for THE 9s are not cut to fit. You will choose a size based on what size shoe you wear. The sizing chart will be below the product description.1/31/2017 - By Bowling.Com Staff
So I just want to make sure I understand this right before I perchase these shoes. No other sole will fit this shoe unless you buy the one that's made for the 9s right?3/1/2017 - By Aaron
I own a pair of the SST8 size 10, do sizes of the nine run the same?4/4/2017 - By Bernie
How do I order a size 10M. I didn't see the M.4/5/2017 - By Bernie
i have dexter sst6. the problem i have is i drag my left foot (left handed bowler) so the sole pulls off and eventually the velcro doesn't stick. will the dexter the 9's help not peel off since they lock in?4/7/2017 - By JB
Hello JB. These should not peel back like the SST 6 model. The soles should not be in flush with the shoe once applied. If you have a problem with toe drag, we suggest using the Power Step to help out with that. If you click on the link that follows, it will direct you to the Power Step. https://www.bowling.com/products/dexter-max-powerstep-t3-.htm4/10/2017 - By Bowling.Com Staff
how can I be sure these are left handed4/15/2017 - By nelson
Hi Nelson. THE 9s will be interchangeable. If they are set up as a right handed bowler, you can switch the soles out with the velcroe technology.4/19/2017 - By Bowling.Com Staff
If i were to purchase this shoe, can you guys put my name on the shoe?5/27/2017 - By Ariff Izham
Hello! Unfortunately, we do not offer customizable embroidery for shoes. You can have your name embroiled on them at a local embroiderer5/31/2017 - By Bowling.Com Staff
How do I order new heels and soles?6/10/2017 - By Richard E.
If you click on the link that follows it will direct you to the soles. I will also include the link for the heels. https://www.bowling.com/search/advanced.aspx?s=the+9+soles and here is the link for the heels. https://www.bowling.com/search/advanced.aspx?s=dexter+heel6/12/2017 - By Bowling.Com Staff
I am a left hand bowler. Do I have to purchase the items to convert the shoes separately?6/16/2017 - By Roy
The soles and heels are interchangeable. If they arrive set up for a right handed, you can switch the soles and heels to become a left handed bowler. The soles and heels are holding on there with really strong Velcroe and it also clips on the shoe.6/16/2017 - By Bowling.Com Staff
I have used the Dexter SST 1's for at least 10 years but since they aren't really being made any longer I have to switch. Interested in this shoe but wondering how comparable it is to the SST 1's? Also, I drag my non-sliding foot, will my foot "catch" on the approach if I drag my foot in this shoe?7/30/2017 - By Lost in IL
Are these left and right capability9/17/2017 - By Lefty
If I wear an 11.5 in the sst6 model about what size would I need in these11/13/2017 - By Dcr2017
Hello! These shoes tend to run true to size, so if you wear an 11.5 in a Dexter shoe, the same size should also work in this Dexter THE 9.11/13/2017 - By Bowling.Com Staff
do the interchangeable soles and heels come with the shoes or do they need to be bought seperately12/8/2017 - By jake
What is the width of these shoes? Are they Medium?4/2/2018 - By Gordy
How many extra soles and heels come with the shoe?4/18/2018 - By Leroy
Hi.do you have red color of this.thanks7/3/2018 - By Joy
Do the shoes run true to size because I see mixed reviews I only want to order them once1/12/2019 - By Bob
According to customer reviews, this shoe will be true to size. If you are not 100% sure on the size to purchase, you can add the True Fit Guarantee with the shoes.1/16/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
I purchased the nine shoe and I can not find the H7 heel that fits properly are they all cut to fit? Or can I get the H7 heel that fits the nine without trim5/12/2019 - By Johnny p
does the 9 ht come with extra soles5/19/2019 - By too big
Unfortunately, it will only come with the soles and heels that are already on the shoes. On shoe (removable): THS7 slide pad, H5 ST, THT2 traction pad, H2 UB.5/20/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
I wear a size 9m in my other Dexter shoes. How do the 9's run in size5/23/2019 - By Chuck S.
According to customer reviews, this shoe will be true to size. If you are not 100% sure on the size to purchase, you can add the True Fit Guarantee with the shoes.5/24/2019 - By Bowling.Com Staff
I'm also a runner, and have had multiple leg issues. I use custom-molded orthotics in my shoes, which need to have a high level of cushioning. Can the insoles be removed? What is the cushioning level of the shoe?10/29/2019 - By Dave B.