South Africa’s best hockey and netball players will be wearing Olympic International footwear from now on, as the brand has signed a two year agreement to be the official footwear partner of both the South Africa Hockey Association and SA Schools Netball.

“We need to grow awareness around the improved technical capabilities of our sport shoes specifically for hockey and netball,” says Stuart Hopwood, group head for marketing at distributor Bolton Footwear. “And there is no better way to raise this awareness than amongst the top athletes who use them.”

The Blast netball shoe is designed for comfort and support. Photo:

The brand’s hockey and netball shoes’ strobel sock provides flexibility and comfort. Their removable inner sock is made from comfort EVA with memory foam and gel pads on the heel as well as fore-part to provide additional comfort. Lace locking eyelets offer players toe protection by preventing their toes from hitting against the shoes’ front during jarring movements. The addition of a breathable mesh and durable sports PU upper gives these shoes a light and comfortable feel and the lightweight phylon sole with a durable rubber outsole has a tread that is designed to offer players maximum grip on playing surfaces.

Both the brand’s hockey and netball models are designed to withstand the pressure these sports place on players’ knees and ankles.

Blast allows netball players to perform at their best. Photo: Zaid Joseph Photography.

Olympic International’s Blast netball shoe is designed for comfort and support in all the right places, says Hopwood. “They’re sturdy, supportive and provide vital support when changing direction and moving horizontally.”

Players wearing Sweeper Hockey won’t be worried about rough play. Photo: Zaid Joseph Photography.

The Sweeper Hockey has features that suit field hockey. “Not only is the synthetic upper trendy, but it’s also flexible and water resistant. Designed with a stabiliser feature, these shoes will make players more agile on the field. The Sweeper Hockey promises to protect feet from the ball and from dragging with a protected area around the toe. With this shoe, you won’t miss any of the action!”

The Blast and Sweeper Hockey shoe are available in sizes 3-8 and 6-11 respectively.