Hi-Tec Zuuk shoes
Featuring super lightweight, high abrasion EVA outsoles that deliver unrivaled underfoot cushioning and comfort, the Zuuk feels more like a slipper than a trainer shoe! Highly breathable, performance mesh uppers provide flexibility and protection, while a ghilly and toggle lacing system creates an easy to manage, yet secure, fit. An Ortholite sockliner provides long-lasting cushioning, plus anti-odour and anti-microbial properties to ensure the ultimate in all day comfort.
So they’re shoes, but what kind? These are one of those pieces of kit you just can’t quite pigeon-hole, it’s that rare kind of something in your gear stores that stands alone. We’ve been using them for all kinds in order to find that special niche that they fit into just for you.
A Ghilly and toggle lacing system usually seen on daysacks, makes a secure fit child’s play. Which was most welcome with cold wet hands after a day on the hills. Once on you instantly feel a sense of calm, with a Ortholite sockliner cushioning your feet they seem more like a pair of socks than a shoe! Not only does the liner deliver the ultimate comfort, they also boast anti-odour and microbial properties. Couple these features with the mesh uppers, which give great breathability you can see why we favour these as an apre-walk shoe to relax in, giving an airy and comfortable relaxation to your weary hard worked feet.
The other side of that coin though is we can’t see them standing up to any kind of abrasive walks or runs, especially so with the EVA outsole, with minimal to no tread for grip I would be hesitant to trust these on any kind of testing surface. But then again i don’t think that’s what Hi Tec were aiming for in these, if you’re looking for a running shoe from them go for the Hi Tec Shadow Trail (Review hopefully coming soon).
Weighting in at featherweight 166g per shoe and easily flexed they almost resemble ballet shoes rather than trainer, and with this in mind they make for the perfect addition to your wild-camp kit. Taking minimal space, adding almost no noticeable weight to the pack they make the perfect outdoors take on the slipper, but for the tent / camper van these are the ultimate in camping luxury (priced at £29.99) you didn’t realize you needed!
We tested the flashy blue and the more modest black versions, but they are also available in grey or if you are the flamboyant type, bright limonchello! But in all honesty I won’t be wearing these down the local for a swift half, unless said pub is nearby the end of a long days walk, in which case I wouldn’t care how I looked because I’d definitely be the most comfortable of everyone by the hearth!
Coming in Men, Women’s and kid’s versions these Zuuks are difficult to define, in fact I think they push a hard case for a totally new sub category in apre-walk shoes (you heard it here first!). If you’re looking for something to make that drive home after a long day out on the hills then this is your ticket. They wouldn’t hold up to any kind of a decent walk, but as a leisure shoe around the house/tent, long drives or any long trips in the car/ train / plane these are the bees knees.
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