Hi-Tec Sports, trading as Hi-Tec,[3] is a privately held[4] producer and distributor of sportswear and accessories, headquartered in the Netherlands.[2]


Hi-Tec Sports was founded in 1974,[5] in Shoeburyness, Essex, England,[6] by Frank Van Wezel. The company moved its headquarters to Southend-on-Sea,[7] before relocating its head office to Amsterdam.

In 1988, the company was floated on the London Stock Exchange.[4] Frank van Wezel bought the company back in 2000. It remains privately held.[4]

In 2013, Hi-Tec founder and chairman Frank van Wezel, was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by Anglia Ruskin University.[8]


In 2012, Hi-Tec's V-Lite Altitude Ultra Luxe boot received a Which? Best Buy Walking Boot award.[9]

Hi-Tec's ZUUK trainer shoe was awarded Footwear Product of the Year 2013 at The Great Outdoors Awards.[10]

The UK based Hi-Tec office was announced Sports Footwear Brand of the Year 2014[11] and Outdoor Footwear Company of the Year 2013 at the Footwear Industry Awards.[12]