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Hi-Tec Sports
Industry Sportswear and accessories
Founded 1974
Founder Frank van Wezel
Headquarters Amsterdam, Netherlands[1]
Area served
Key people
Frank van Wezel (Chairman)
Ed van Wezel(CEO)
Products Sportswear, sports equipment
Revenue $250USD million
Number of employees
Parent Cherokee Inc.
Website www.hi-tec.com

Hi-Tec Sports, trading as Hi-Tec,[2] is a privately held[3] producer and distributor of sportswear and accessories, headquartered in the Netherlands.[1]


Hi-Tec Sports was founded in 1974,[4] in Shoeburyness, Essex, England,[5] by Frank Van Wezel. The company moved its headquarters to Southend-on-Sea,[6] before relocating its head office to Amsterdam.

Hi-Tec Sports USA was started in Modesto, CA in 1978 by Duke and Kathy Jones. They developed the first lightweight hiking boot. This became the main success of Hi-Tec Sports USA. They also developed and named the "Magnum" boot. Duke and Kathy Jones sold Hi-Tec Sports USA to Frank Van Wezel in 1990.

In 1988, the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange.[3] Frank van Wezel bought the company back in 2000. It remains privately held.[3]

In 2013, Hi-Tec founder and chairman Frank van Wezel, was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by Anglia Ruskin University.[7]


In 2012, Hi-Tec's V-Lite Altitude Ultra Luxe boot received a Which? Best Buy Walking Boot award.[8]

Hi-Tec's ZUUK trainer shoe was awarded Footwear Product of the Year 2013 at The Great Outdoors Awards.[9]

The UK based Hi-Tec office was announced Sports Footwear Brand of the Year 2014[10] and Outdoor Footwear Company of the Year 2013 at the Footwear Industry Awards.[11]


  1. ^ a b Cyr, Brian (November 19, 2013). "Hi-Tec Sports, the footwear and apparel brand, hires U.S.-based design director". Oregon Live. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  2. ^ Hi-Tec http://www.hi-tec.com/. Retrieved 13 June 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b c Brettman, Allan (May 14, 2013). "Hi-Tec Sports banks on Zuuk shoe for market distinction". Oregon Live. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Our History". HI-TEC UK. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  5. ^ Brettman, Allan (June 17, 2011). "Hi-Tec Sports footwear CEO had to prove mettle to founder". Oregon Live. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Hi-Tec vows to stay in Southend". Southend Standard. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/microsites/honorary/frank_van_wezel.html
  8. ^ http://www.hi-tec.com/uk/why-us.html
  9. ^ http://members.outdoorindustriesassociation.co.uk/news/info.php?refnum=95
  10. ^ http://www.footwearindustryawards.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/118/Footwear_Industry_Awards_2014_finalists_announced!.html
  11. ^ http://members.outdoorindustriesassociation.co.uk/news/info.php?refnum=73