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.
With sturdy construction your balance can be the least of your concerns.
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.
Nice shoes and comfortable holds your balance very well
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.
great wearing shoe, and a lot of support.
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.
Should have bought these long ago, one less thing to have to think about on the lanes!