Let's talk shoes. There is a big misconception that broomball shoes have suction cups on the bottom. Broomball shoe traction is determined by the fingers on the bottom of the shoes. These little fingers grab the ice and give you better traction. The difference between indoor and outdoor shoes is simple. Outdoor shoes have holes on the bottom that are designed to allow obstructions to fall out of the shoe. Obstructions could be snow or ice chips that are left behind after ice skating. Ideally, we would like to play broomball on perfectly smooth ice. More often than not, broomball is played on obstructed ice. I always suggest an outdoor shoe for first time players. An outdoor shoe will work indoors or outdoors. It has fewer little fingers to grab the ice, but the holes on the bottoms will allow obstructions to fall out of the sole so that the fingers can grab the ice. If there are obstructions on the ice, I would continually hit your shoes with your broom to free up the fingers.
Every shoe that we sell is a good quality shoe. The Dgel shoes and the FI Elite are a little wider than most. The Acacia shoes and the Forest Ice Spider and Traction are a little narrower and tend to fit women and narrow feet better. The soles of broomball shoes are made from latex. There is a point of diminishing returns. If you make the shoe sole too soft, the fingers will break off faster, but you will have great traction right out of the box. Shoes do break in over time. The latex softens up. There are tricks to softening the soles. Be careful, the softer the sole gets, the more likely you are to lose the fingers that give you traction in the first place.
Broomball.com is marketing the new gripper sole on the NEW Rek and Gripper as an indoor and outdoor sole. Dgel designed the sole with a few holes to allow obstructions to fall out and an unusual finger design that also allows obstructions to fall out. We have had a number of good broomball players using this sole and all agree that this sole is an indoor or outdoor sole.
We all need and want to promote the game of broomball. If you get into this sport and grow to love it like I did, borrow, gift, or sell your shoes to a new player and upgrade your shoes on a regular basis. That way you will always have ultimate traction on the ice. It is a great way to get someone into the game. A lot of people never play the game with broomball shoes. If they do wear shoes, their success increases and usually they will stay with the game and promote it to their friends and family.