Hi-Tec's unusual new shoe is designed for aprés activity chilling and general laziness...
A slightly unsual name for an unconventional sort of show, Hi-Tec's new for spring 2013 Zuuk is a dedicated lightweight aprés activity shoe that's intended to be light enough to carry around effortlessly and comfortable enough to slip onto tired, sore feet after some epic mountain walk - think of them as being like a sort of comfy sofa for your feet...
Very Light And Very Bright
First, they are light, proper light at 169g per shoe or just under 340g for a pair of size nines. Next they have distinctive, modern casual styling. Our test Zuuks are maybe a little more 'out there' thanks to the bright Limoncello colour scheme, a sort of acid yellow, but they're also available in slightly more sombre colour schemes.
We kind of like the limoncello though, it smacks of summer days lazing on the beach or chilling out on a sunlit mountain campsite after a long day walking and scrambling.
Mesh For Summer
Anyway, speaking of summer, the uppers are a super-breathable mesh, which should be spot on for hot, tired feet and there are simple shock-cord laces with cord-grip for minmal mental effort too. Those uppers also have an anti-microbial treatment and wick and dry rapidly too, it says here.
Underfoot, there's a simple EVA-based wedge sole with minimal tread, just enough grip to cope with wet camp-site shower rooms we reckon, or grassy meadows. They're not intended for proper walking - though no doubt someone will disagree and tackle a multi-day Himalayan trek in them regardless.
All of which is fine and lovely, but the obvious question is 'how do they feel?' And the answer is light, slipper comfortable, cool and cushioned with or without socks. Plenty of space for swollen feet and a nice, shock-absorbing sole. We reckon they'd be spot on for lolling about the camp site, chilling in the pub after a day on the hill or just for driving home in with mildly battered feet.
They should dry quickly too after a tip-toe through dew-soaked grass - or just a classic British Bank Holiday weekend. We'll report back on that front.
We can also tell you that they're also very pleasant for knocking about the office, particularly, we guess, if you don't have a formal dress code. They would look odd with a suit...
Yes, the styling is distinctive and maybe a little Marmite, but we'll leave that call up to you. Last but not least, the Zuuk is available in men's, women's and kid's versions in a variety of colours, some of them bright, some not so bright. And the suggested price is £35 with them being in the shops right now.
More details and colours at www.hi-tec.com/uk/zuuk.html