A few months after I started Curling, I bought my first pair of Curling shoes -- Balance Plus 200's.
For my non-curling friends, Curling shoes are different. Not just different from regular shoes, but from each other.
My left shoe is the slider shoe. It has a slip-over rubber gripper, and a white teflon sole. The right shoe has a grippy soft rubber sole, and a hard plastic coating on the toe.
I like them, but they haven't worn that well, and the fabric lining on the inside has worn through. I might have picked different shoes in person, but the closest store is at least 1500 miles away.
Our summer league is over, so I don't need them every week. I took them to the local shoe store to have them repaired.
I walk in and say "I need to have these fixed."
First thing the repairman says is "How'd you do this to the toe?" -- looking at the right shoe.
"Playing in them" I said.
He said, "ah, these are special shoes. Are they from the same pair?"
Yes, they are. I showed him the slider sole, and he said "What's that for?" -- "Sliding on ice" I replied.
He asked if I wanted the slip on gripper permanently attached, and I said "that'd ruin them."
I just need heel inserts on both shoes.
Finally I said "name the sport" and he said "that one with the brooms."
I get my shoes back on Saturday.