There are two basic sole types available for Broomball. Indoor and outdoor, either sole type offers good performance on our ice, with the indoor having the clear edge. There are now several broomball shoe manufacturers, D-Gel and Forest Ice and Acacia. D-Gel continue to produce their "Gripper" and "Tractor" soled shoes and has added the Rek label, whilst Forest Ice sells the Forest Ice shoes under the Spider and Traction banners. Acacia has a couple under Cruzr, Trio and Spider labels.
The durability of these shoes is perhaps the major problem, it's not a weakness, but the nature of the materials used in the soles of the shoes (of all brands).
Their effective life is about 12 months (of weekly play), during which their effectiveness will gradually decrease (as the sole is eroded from wear and tear) although this will depend on how well you look after them, and how good your ice is. Don't wear them in the car park! Dunlop volleys (an Australian, canvas
tennis shoe), offer a cheaper (at $25 a pair) option to broomball shoes,
and are effective (60%???), but Broomball shoes do offer better
traction on the ice, (which are unquestionably
better on very wet ice). Broomball shoe sizes are US sizes, but are comparable
to our own Australian sizes, so just order the size shoe that you (men's
shoe sizes only) require (there are NO half sizes, so choose the larger
size). You may want to consider going up a shoes size and wearing thicker socks, as this will give more surface area on the ice and therefore better traction.