Hi-Tec Infinity Flare Squash Shoe

Check out these new Hi-Tec Infinty Flare styles for 2013.

They call this scheme Blue and “Tangelo”.

Hi-Tec Infinity Flare - Blue Tangelo Insole View
hi-Tec Infinity Flare - Blue Tangelo
Images via Holabird Sports

For reference, this is a tangelo:

Tangelo
Photo by Jerrica Merz

Anyway this tangelo fellow is Nick Matthew’s signature shoe. Here he is:

Nick Matthew 2014 British Open
Photo by Steve Cubbins

Only one problem though. As first reported over at Control the T: Nick Matthew’s Infinity Flare Hi-Tecs are actually his old Hi-Tec S701s painted to look like the new model:

Nick Matthew Custom Hi-Tecs

You can see the pattern by the pinky toe (marked with a blue arrow above) matches the S701, Nick’s longtime shoe:

hi-tec-s701-4sys-white-navy-silver-image

Here’s the actual Infinity Flare again:

hi-Tec Infinity Flare - Blue Tangelo

Thanks to Bopper for relaying the tip. And Lauri Selänne for nearly getting it.

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:

Anyhow, you can buy the shoes at these affiliate links:

holabirdsports.com

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Here’s the relatively uncontroversial silver-yellow-black color scheme:

Hi-Tec Infinity Flare - Silver Black Yellow
Image via Holabird Sports

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This is the 2012 model, which was actually worn on-and-off by Nick:

Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity Flare - Blue and Lime

US: amazon.com holabirdsports.com

UK: amazon.co.uk
pdhsports.com
sportsshoes.com

Germany: amazon.de

France: amazon.fr

Or try:

ebay.com

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:

Buy (US): amazon.com holabirdsports.com

Buy (UK): amazon.co.uk sportshoes.com

Buy (Germany): amazon.de

Buy (France): amazon.fr

Here’s Nick lunging for a ball in the finals of the 2013 Swedish Open.

nick-matthew-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 Jordan Mansfield

Via Mike English 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.

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4 comments… add one

  • The Infinity Flare are nice shoes, but unfortunately the sole wears off in less than two months, if you play regularly. Hopefully they did fix that in the new version, but by looking at the pictures, the sole looks exactly the same to me…

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    • Thanks Kevin

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  • I was very excited by these shoes but they turned out to be the worst I had ever worn. Grip seemed to wear away really quickly and they are now in the bin replaced by Peter Nicol’s bright luminous green prince shoes.

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    • Thanks Tom

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