Run Through Time With Hi-Tec

Run Through Time With Hi-Tec

Celebrating 50 Years of HI-TEC

Hi-Tec, the leading producer and distributor of outdoor footwear, apparel, and accessories in South Africa is preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The company was founded in England in 1974 by Frank van Wezel, and it has always been dedicated to creating high-quality products that help people enjoy the outdoors, whether they are strolling in a park, hiking in a forest, or climbing a mountain. With the belief that spending time in nature is important, the brand is committed to remaining relevant in the ever-evolving sports and outdoor industries, as well as producing functional and comfortable products whilst maintaining their consistent drive to create new technologies.


Hi-Tec’s ORIGINAL styles defined the brand as they represented a unique sports discipline on which the design and thought processes were built on. For the 50thanniversary the brand pays homage to these styles by introducing a range that pays tribute to the past but also highlights their commitment to future growth of the Hi-Tec brand. These original styles were the Squash Classic-1974 (Court style), Silver Shadow-1981 (Running style) and the PCT -1985 (Hiking style). The brand then took their latest development – the GEO range of products and combined the upper styling of the ORIGINALS with the GEO soles and midsoles, thus creating the ORIGINAL SINCE collection.

To celebrate the golden jubilee, Hi-Tec is launching the “Run Through Time” campaign. The campaign aims to take customers on a journey through the brand’s incredible stories, from being the shoe of choice for 23% of runners in the first-ever London Marathon to global football superstars wearing the Kings Cup boots in the 90s. By proudly becoming the official shoe of the Wimbledon Tennis Championship in 1995, Hi-Tec has been redefining sport, culture, and outdoor activities since its inception.


Simon Spreckley, Founder and CCO of FUTUREBORN, said, “We’ve had the privilege of collaborating with Hi-Tec on the ‘Run Through Time’ campaign, using tech and AI to breathe life into the brand’s remarkable stories. In an era where the world’s leading lifestyle and apparel brands are built off incredible stories, we are excited to help Hi-Tec tell theirs.” Hi-Tec continues to work tirelessly to keep up with the latest trends and to evolve the aesthetics, technologies, and materials that are carefully implemented in all their designs. The brand has redeveloped some of the most popular styles and put a fresh spin on them. Their goal is clear: to get the world outside and enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors. 

To celebrate the momentous occasion, Hi-Tec is running a social media competition where one lucky winner stands a chance of winning R50,000. The campaign is launching on the 15th of April 2024, with a spectacular 3D billboard to be seen in Braamfontein, along with the launch of 9 new Original Since footwear that will be available online and in stores. Consumers are encouraged to visit the exciting activations located in these Hi-Tec stores: Tygervalley Mall, The Grove Mall and the Kolonnade Shopping Centre, as well as being on the lookout for weekly teasers showcasing shoes that were iconic over a certain era. Hitting their 5th decade mark, Hi-Tec is determined to make it a memorable one for everyone.


About Hi-Tec


Hi-Tec is one of the leading brands that create sports apparel, footwear, and accessories for outdoor adventures. Founded in 1974, The brand has grown to become the best outdoor brand for athletes, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts and currently has 10 stores across South Africa. Hi-Tec gained huge popularity for its breakthrough design of footwear that is specifically designed for outdoor sports.





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