Mandela's long walk to freedom included a pair of Hi-Tec classic tennis shoes, which became his favourite footwear.
To do our part in continuing his legacy, we are releasing his iconic sneaker, the Hi-Tec Freedom 67s (as a symbol of 67 years dedicated to fighting for social justice). Limited to just 67 pairs and shared with 67 individuals who can make the biggest difference in creating freedom for others.
We invite you to walk with us. We will auction 1 of these 67 limited edition sneakers to raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Children’s fund. Founded by Mandela, the Fund believes that all children should enjoy a life free of hunger, abuse, exploitation, and homelessness.
BEHIND THE DESIGN
To honour the great man, Nelson Mandela, we’ve recreated the Hi-Tec FREEDOM 67, a sneaker collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. Based on the classic Hi-Tec heritage tennis shoe, this re-imagined sneaker builds on an already great silhouette.
A celebration of the original sneaker with only the highest quality materials and symbolic additions in remembrance of Madiba’s long walk to freedom.
The sole is moulded in a clear blue rubber, representing the transparency of Freedom. Embedded within the sole, you will find a symbolic sun representing a new dawn and the beginning of a new life, as well as a quote from Madiba, “The purpose of freedom is to create it for others”.
On the side of the shoe you will find the repeated mantra, “FREEDOM SHARED”. A Closed Fist Toggle is used to secure the lace system, representing collective unity and the freedom we hold so dear. Walking to freedom is not an easy path, so we have added a stitch element to the side of the shoe to represent healing.
True to Mandela’s legacy, every part of the sneaker development process was in honour of what he stood for.The practicality and simplicity of the FREEDOM sneakers’ classic lines have been kept as true to the original as possible, but at the same time providing additional comfort in a well cushioned sneaker.