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1974

Hi-Tec Sports is founded by Frank van Wezel in the appropriately named village of Shoeburyness, England. Frank's love for sport leads him to build an innovative, lightweight and instantly comfortable Squash shoe.

 1974 Frank
1974 Hi-Tec Office 1974 Squash Classic

1978

Hi-Tec is established in the USA with the introduction of the world's first lightweight hiking boot, the Sierra Sneaker, a sports shoe for the mountains.

1978 Sierra Sneaker

1981

The Silver Shadow is launched to conquer the running category and in this year 23% of the runners in the London Marathon wear it.

1981 Frank Silver Shadow
1981 Silver Shadow

1982

The MAGNUM brand is born following a direct demand from the FBI to Hi-Tec for lightweight, athletic and comfortable uniform boots.

1982 Magnum

1988

Hi-Tec was floated on the London Stock Exchange and became a public limited company.

1988 Hi-Tec Office

1990

The Altitude IV becomes the number 1 hiking boot in the US.

In July 1990, mountaineer Adrian Crane climbs the 50 highest peaks in each of the 50 states in the USA in a record time of 101 days. The 50 Peaks brand is born out of Adrian's astonishing accomplishment and the first collection is introduced with his support.

1990 Adrian Crane
1990 50peaks

1992

In the first season of England's world famous Premiership Football competition, Hi-Tec's dominant position in sport was confirmed with the best selling Kings Cup boots featured on 52 Premiership players.

1992 Dennis
1992 Roy Keane

1995

Hi-Tec becomes the Official Shoe of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

1995 Sampras and Ballboy

1996

Combining its roots of sport and outdoor, Hi-Tec introduces a revolutionary new multi-activity event in the USA, The Adventure Racing Series. During this event each team has between 4 and 5 hours to complete the race which includes trail running, kayaking, mountain biking as well as a series of tests such as blindfolded puzzle solving, knot tying and mud crawling.

1996 Adventure Racing Series
1996 Adventure Racing Series Runners 1996 Adventure Racing Series Logo

2000

Frank privatises the company. Still today Hi-Tec is a wholly owned family business.

2007

Golfer Padraig Harrington wins 3 major Championships wearing Hi-Tec's technologically advanced CDT Golf shoe, the world's first game improvement performance golf shoe.

2007 Padraid Harrington

2010

Hi-Tec releases the Liquid Mountaineering video which becomes viral with over 15million views and wins the 2011 Cannes Lions award at the Creativity Awards in France.

2010 Liquid Moutaineering

2011

Ed van Wezel, son of Frank, becomes CEO and the Global Headquarters is moved to the Netherlands, the country of origin of the van Wezel family.

2011 Frank and Ed past
2011 Frank and Ed present

2013

Hi-Tec wins Footwear Product of the Year at The Great Outdoors Awards with the introduction of the popular 'Zuuk', an incredibly lightweight multisport shoe. The same year, Hi-Tec also wins The Outdoor Footwear Brand of the Year at the UK Footwear Industry Awards.

2013 Zuuk

2014

To celebrate its 40th anniversary Hi-Tec debuts the Classic74, inspired by the design of the company's original Squash Classic.

2014 Hi-Tec 40th anniversary

Hi-Tec becomes the official sponsor of the "The Walk of the World" also known as "De 4 Daagse". This multi-day walking event is the world's largest with more than 45,000 participants each year walking up to 200km around the vicinity of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

2014 4daagse the walk of the world-1 2014 4daagse the walk of the world-2
2014 4daagse the walk of the world-3

2015

Hi-Tec sponsored athlete and three-time World Squash Champion, Nick Matthew is officially awarded his Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne.

2015 nick matthew 1
2015 nick matthew 2

TODAY

Hi-Tec Sports is now a global brand generating global sales of more than US$250 million with distribution in more than 85 countries and subsidiaries in UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, France, Germany and the Benelux.

Today family

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