Soccer Legend Shane Smeltz Partners With Grip Star Socks

New Zealand soccer legend Shane Smeltz is the latest sports star to partner with Grip Star socks as the sports performance brand goes from strength to strength.

The 58-times capped Kiwi international is undoubted legend of the game in Australia and New Zealand – representing his nation at the FIFA World Cup Finals and twice being awarded Oceania Player of the Year.

Now he has partnered his Shane Smeltz Football coaching brand with Grip Star socks for an exclusive release of the high performance grip socks.

Grip Star socks are designed by athletes for athletes with anti-slip panels on the feet improving acceleration and agility, while also protecting feet from damage incurred in high-intensity sports.

The Shane Smeltz Football range will be provided to aspiring professional footballers through Smeltz’s coaching courses, as well as being available to the general public via the Grip Star store.


If anyone knows what it takes to compete at the highest levels of professional football then it would have to be Shane Smeltz.

Not only a star of the game in Australia and New Zealand, Smeltz also played professionally in England, Turkey and Malaysia during his decorated professional career.

A winner of the Johnny Warren medal in 2009 as the best player in the A-League, Smeltz previously held the record of most goals in an A-League season by a single player.

Still playing in Australia’s second tier National Premier Leagues for Gold Coast United, Smeltz said he is excited by the collaboration between his Shane Smeltz Football coaching programs and Grip Star.

“A few of my teammates were wearing them and then I really started paying attention to Grip Star on social media and it all looked great,” he said of how he came to learn of the brand.

“In today’s sporting world, grip socks have become part and parcel of preparing for a training session or a match.

“But, when I was playing professionally, there weren’t any grip socks, and I really wish they were around back then because there were always problems with standard issue club socks slipping or just being uncomfortable.”

“I love the feel of Grip Star socks and they mean I never have to worry about club socks again. They are truly an essential item for me.”


The new collaboration sees the launch of a new range of white crew socks, featuring the Shane Smeltz Football logo, in the Grip Star store.

He joins the likes former All Black Ngani Laumape and former Australian rugby league international Scott Prince in Grip Star’s growing stable of star partners.

Shane Smeltz Football’s coaching programs provide an adjunct to existing training regimes for aspiring professional footballers at elite clubs and representative teams.

“It is great to work with Grip Star on the design and the partnership. We are both giving it a red-hot go with our businesses and I couldn’t be happier with the design and the product,” Smeltz said.

Grip Star Australia Business Development Manager, Joel Mulvenney, also welcomed the partnership with the soccer legend.

“We are excited to team up with Shane Smeltz – he is clearly a legend of the game and having someone of his calibre is a winning endorsement of Grip Star socks,” Mulvenney said.

“One benefit of our range is the ability for custom designs like this and we look forward to further collaborations with athletes and clubs in the future,” Mulvenney said.

“Our custom designs are perfect for coaches, teams and clubs and certainly adds a level of professionalism, as well as the high-performance benefits, to any sports team.”


The Shane Smeltz Football range is now available in the Grip Star Australia online store in Medium, Large and Extra Large sizes for $25.00 per pair.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our big savings when you buy three or more (Save 18% on RRP) or 5 or more pairs (Save 25% on RRP).

Visit the Grip Star Socks online shop now.


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