Socks that Rock…Shoes that Shine…

Socks that Rock…Shoes that Shine…

REMEMBER THIS…

“Anyone got a pair of size nines?” That was Snooker’s Rocket Ronnie O’Sullivan once at the Crucible asking the audience if anyone had a pair of spare shoes he could use.

Then, there was the time that O’Sullivan played in his socks.

As the Crucible looms, it’s time for those top stars to don their best shoes and socks for the marathon month of snooker coming up.

However…

NEWS just in from the world of Pickleball…

A brand of performance socks THORLO are sponsoring the Pickleball Champion Allyce Jones.

Their desire to get involved was to be able to raise awareness about the importance of protection of the feet in physical sports such as pickleball et al.

Jones, 36, has had success in tennis, volleyball, and, of course, pickleball, and she’s also been a coach in some of those disciplines.

She discovered her fascination for pickleball in 2020, leveraged through her successes in other sports.

Martin Liberman, CEO of Lamour Group, the parent company of the Thorlo Brand, said: “Allyce Jones’s outstanding journey embodies the spirit of dedication and perseverance that we value at Thorlo.”

A bio of Allyce Jones…

Two-time Utah high school tennis state champion, volleyball state champion, and Utah Volleyball MVP… Also played softball… Played volleyball at Utah Valley University and was Conference Defensive Player of the Year, UVU Female Athlete of the Year, and UVU Crowd Pleaser of the Year… Became a teacher & volleyball coach (2011-19) – winning four state championships and awarded the NFHS Coach of the Year for the West Region of the US… Introduced to pickleball in 2020 and became a touring pro in 2022… Won Gold at the 2022 Las Vegas MGM Bubbly PPA Team Event… Married (Ryan Jones) with three children.

 

What is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a paddle and ball sport which has become the fastest-growing in the United States. It combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong and can be played as either singles or doubles.

The paddles are made of wood or other composite materials and the ball is plastic with small holes in it.

Read on for a complete look at the game, including how it began, all about the equipment of the game, rules on serving and scoring, gameplay, and even about how pickleball has progressed and its popularity in recreational and professional levels.

IN SNOOKER…

Interestingly, Ronnie O’Sullivan at the Tour Championship last week made a splash for wearing a Mustard shirt as he announced on Twitter/X that “Mustard was the new black.”

He lost out in the end to the three-times World Champion Mark Williams but wore the Mustard shirt that had everybody talking ALL week.

1997 World Champion Ken Doherty has often shown off his snazzy socks on social media…

SEE HIS INSTAGRAM for the peek…

The spiel from THORLO:

THORLO is an American Manufacturer from North Carolina established in 1980 with a legacy of engineering cushion activity for every activity.  Threading care and human-first design into every stitch. They are devoted to making everyone’s feet feel unstoppable!

 

Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!