A Sheffield cobbler is jumping to the aid of Ronnie O’Sullivan after the snooker superstar complained about a sore toe during his first round match of the World Championships at the Crucible Theatre.
O’Sullivan was forced to borrow shoes on Tuesday from tournament director Mike Ganley after hopping around in his socks due to the discomfort his new pair had caused.
Then on Wednesday having dug out an an old pair to help him through his victory over Craig Steadman, ‘The Rocket’ quipped: “If any top shoemakers feel like they want to come and sort me out with a new pair of shoes, send your boys down. I’m not going to say no.”
And coincidently, shoemaker Peter Bullock, who owns Peter’s on Sheffield’s High Street was already in the process of doing just that.
Bullock, 54, who owns shoe shops across the region, had already made a pair with O’Sullivan in mind and is now hoping the five-time former champion will take him up on his offer.
“I designed the shoe and I told (employees), this is designed with a particular customer in mind (O’Sullivan}.
It’s as light as a feather, he can get up on his toes like a ballet dancerPeter Bullock
“It’s got a toe piece that the camera will love, it’s got flexibility, the majority of the shoe is made from Yorkshire deerskin and we’ve made it.”
Peter got in touch with O’Sullivan’s management and is awaiting a response from the star, who could get a small fine for playing in his socks.
“Of course shoes are a very individual, very personal thing so even if Ronnie didn’t like the shoe, I can make any shoe for him,” added Peter who has had a shop in Sheffield for 30 years and who says there is always a buzz around the city when the World Championships come around.
“I love Ronnie. Steve (Davis) was a customer of mine but I think Ronnie is a genius .
“I reckon this is the shoe for Ronnie.
“It’s as light as a feather, he can get up on his toes like a ballet dancer...they should be right for him.”
He added: “I always tell the staff, watch for them coming in, the referees, the officials, the players, the fans - it’s snooker time.
“I’ve always felt behind the snooker and I keep promising myself, one day I’ll sponsor it big time. I’m a snooker fan and I like the characters of snooker and we get them coming in and looking around the shop