Madiba’s long walk to freedom in Hi-Tec tennis shoes



The late South African president and global icon of freedom, affectionately known as Madiba, walked out of the Robben Island prison in 1990 after a total of 27 years of incarceration and hard labor wearing a pair of white tennis shoes, U.S. size 10, with the Hi-Tec logo in blue. The blue and white trainers were Nelson Mandela’s favourite footwear during his 27-year long incarceration on Robben Island. Upon his departure he auctioned them off for charity.



Frank van Wezel, founder of Hi-Tec Sports, bought them without hesitation. Frank has huge admiration for the late President. The shoes were kept in a glass case on display for years at the company’s global concept store in Amsterdam. Tourists from all over the world visited the store to see the shoes, take pictures and express their admiration for our late president. In December 2018, the shoes were brought back to South Africa where they are proudly displayed and can now be viewed in the Hi-Tec Stellenbosch store.



The Hi-Tec brand pays tribute to South Africa’s first democratically elected president, the late Nelson Mandela in his long walk to freedom and the legacy that he has left behind. To celebrate former President Mandela, the brand announced the release of the Hi-Tec Freedom 67s sneaker.



The relaunch of the these sneakers pays tribute to the great man who created a new free future for all, by investing in the kids of tomorrow. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) was founded by President Mandela in 1995. Its mission is to address the challenges the children of South Africa face on a daily basis.