The game of curling is an intense, adventurous sport played between two teams. The object of the players is to strike the stone with the broom closer to the marked circle (house). The game demands a high degree of balancing and so the curlers try their best to stick on the ice sheet. The special curling shoes provide an added grip for the players to stay on the ice sheet. The pair of shoes have dissimilar soles - first being the slider shoe and the other one is the gripper shoe. The slider shoe helps the curlers in sliding through the ice sheet. The gripper shoe helps the feet in balancing on the surface. The shoes are aided with a rubber coating to increase its durability and protect from any damage while moving on the rough ice surface.
Regular shoes can also be converted to slider shoes by using a slip-on Teflon or applying a tape (gaffer or electrical) to the sole of the shoes. But the specially-designed soles of the curling shoes have an advantage over these temporary hacks and assist the curlers with balance and more confident footwork.
Nowadays, there are two major styles of slider shoes available and popular among the curlers - disc-type and full-foot. The disc-type has significant advantages over the full-foot as it provides the curlers more flexibility while performing tuck delivery and can be easily transformed into a gripper shoe by replacing it with a slip-on gripper. The discs are usually attached to the sole of the shoe with the help of Velcro.
The disc slider shoes and the full-foot shoes are manufactured from three types of materials -
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