Check out these new Hi-Tec Infinty Flare styles for 2013.
They call this scheme Blue and “Tangelo”.
Images via Holabird Sports
For reference, this is a tangelo:
Photo by Jerrica Merz ∞
Anyway this tangelo fellow is Nick Matthew’s signature shoe. Here he is:
Photo by Steve Cubbins ∞
You can see the pattern by the pinky toe (marked with a blue arrow above) matches the S701, Nick’s longtime shoe:
Here’s the actual Infinity Flare again:
After word got out that out that Nick’s shoes were painted to look like a newer model, Nick responded:
Hi-Tec are perhaps the only company out there who invest time, money and resources into a shoe ESPECIALLY for squash. Asics & Adidas, to use two examples are both ‘court’ or ‘indoor’ shoes not specific to the needs of squash. It is very difficult to make a shoe which suits every foot, as we found out to our cost last year.
We are very confident in the new shoe suiting as many people as possible. And being a great product, I wouldn’t have put my name to it otherwise. My shoe has a slight tweak on the toe because of the unique nature of my foot which wouldn’t be appropriate to 99 per cent of other people. I look forward to continued success with Hi-Tec, the world’s number one squash shoe maker.”
Seems like more than just a ‘slight tweak on the toe’ to me. It’s a wholly different shoe, right?
My take is it’s a custom shoe that fits Nick’s weird foot. Yes, it’s the old S701 shape, but Hi-Tec no longer sells it, so it’s de facto custom. There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m sure the golf clubs Tiger Woods plays with are not the same ones you buy in the store. Still, it might be nice if the manufacturers were more up front about this stuff. (Ahem, that includes Dunlop too.)
For their part, Hi-Tec made me laugh with their response:
— Hi-Tec (@hitecsports) December 4, 2013
Anyhow, you can buy the shoes at these affiliate links:
Here’s the relatively uncontroversial silver-yellow-black color scheme:
Image via Holabird Sports
This is the 2012 model, which was actually worn on-and-off by Nick:
Here’s a video of Nick talking about the shoes. Check out the interesting pattern of the laces.
And here’s another video with Nick Matthew, this one looking more like a TV commercial.
The roar at the end of that video is a bit weird, but overall still pretty cool. I like that this shoe has its own trailer.
It’s also available in this charcoal gray color:
Here’s Nick lunging for a ball in the finals of the 2013 Swedish Open.
Photo credit: Mikael Dunder
He’s wearing his new Hi-Tec Infinity Flare shoes. He actually started off the match wearing his old shoes, the Hi-Tec S701 4SYS. But after the first game he was treated for blisters on his feet, and when he came back on court he was wearing the Infinty Flares.
Here are a couple more photos of the Hi-Tec Infinity Flare.
Via Jordan Mansfield
Via Mike English
I’ve seen a few negative reviews on the these shoes. I’ve heard they caused a “nasty blister” and are “cheaply made and uncomfortable”. Other reviewers in this forum thread came to the defense of the Infinity Flares.