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Testing out the Hi-Tec Trail OX Chukka | WP Boots My Life | My Reviews 31 OCT 2016

A little while ago I got sent a pair of Hi-Tec Trail OX Chukka | WP boots to give them a bit of a run and see what they are all about. (The odd name becomes a little less odd when you realise that OX stands for crossover – i.e. intended for both casual and trail use, and that the WP stands for waterproof).


When I was younger (and believe it or not, extremely sporty), I used to swear by the Hi-Tec brand when it came to squash shoes which I used for both my badminton and squash court running about. Then I got into hiking, and it was a natural move to again favour the Hi-Tec brand in this particular realm.

Fast forward to today, and I am rather pleased to see them delving into the idea of making boots that are both practical and reasonably stylish as well.

The first thing that surprised me was just how light the shoes felt when I lifted them out of the box. Don’t get me wrong, these are not light as a feather shoes by any stretch of the imagination, but given their very rugged styling, they are in fact a lot lighter than what they look!


As expected, the padding and support from the boot is exceptionally good, whilst the Michelin branded rubber soles are firm and quite ‘grippy’. (Plus, this shoe is so damn comfortable in its fitting. I don’t know how they do it.)

The waterproofing seems to work surprisingly as well, as my socks are yet to get wet whilst wearing these shoes (a mind-boggling feat for my little girls as you might imagine!). That said though, the waterproofing does come at a price of the shoe not being ‘breathable’ in the slightest – so expect sweaty/clammy toes when removing these boots after a long day’s worth of walking!

I’ve genuinely fallen in love with these shoes, meaning that they have now become my defacto go to shoes whenever I need to wear jeans or any other long pants – even if it is for no more than a quick walk to the shopping mall!


(Oh, and naturally they perform quite brilliantly on the more rugged and natural stuff like gravel roads, river beds, vineyard fields, and grassy hills. As one would have expected them to I guess.)

Good shoes then these Hi-Tec OX Chukkas. #EverydayAdventure


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The Smart Black Shoes My Life 09 SEP 2011

I was quite surprised to haul these out of the cupboard on Friday morning, in the midst of my desperate scrabbling around to try and find some half decent looking clothes which would fit the bill for the upcoming afternoon Touchwork lunch function.

The dress code was smart casual, which should normally not be a problem for a man in his early 30’s, but which actually does happen to be a problem for Craig, who has long since become far too big for the paltry collection of work shirts who sullenly inhabit a dark corner of his little clothes cupboard, never mind the forlorn chinos sitting on the side of the aforementioned space.

All of which means that thank goodness I do actually own a pair of jeans that currently fit me, and for now, if I close my eyes I can imagine a collared golf t-shirt as being sort of ‘smart’. And seeing as underwear and socks go hidden, it really was only the shoes that were bothering me, considering the fact that my de facto shoes that I have access to at the moment happen to be a pair of white running shoes or my old smelly slippers, i.e. not exactly smart casual stuff.

So you can well imagine my sigh of relief and glimmer of joy when I made this discovery in the bottom of my clothing space, and then of course the grin when I had to promptly use my socks to take off a layer of dust a good few millimeters thick just to tell what colour they are!

Heavy, smart black Bronx shoes.

Who would have known? Certainly not Chantelle as she laughed when I excitedly showed them off to her, and then who promptly laughed again when I snapped some photos for the blog.

I thought they came out quite nicely actually…

Treading Painfully My Life 22 AUG 2010

Ouchie. Weird annoyance I’m sitting with at the moment. For those of you who know me, you know that I’m not the type to dress up very often – hell, I made my last couple of visits to the attorneys and financial planners in shorts and a t-shirt! So the one thing that I don’t do often is wear shoes – I find them restrictive and annoying and so generally go without them for most part of the day, even kicking them off at work when no one is looking! ;)

But this seems to have also been the root cause of my current pickle!

As I have now mentioned in these very pages, I enjoyed a great long weekend over at my Dad’s place in Pinnacle Point the other day. However, the house is one of those modern places with the painted concrete floors – interesting fact – walking about barefoot on them all day seems to have caused the appearance of two large, identical cracks situated on the balls of my feet, running between the two small toes at the ends of each foot!

These two cracks make it seriously painful to walk around on, and if it wasn’t for Chantelle’s great thinking of placing those awesome “winged” plasters over the bottoms of my feet, I would still be hobbling around with a grimace permanently stuck on my face!

Oh, and if you do have these gigantic craters running down the balls of your feet, allow me to advise you that it is not the best idea to attempt karate practice if you are not all plastered up – tried that on Monday after thinking that they had healed and all that happened was that they opened right up again with all that spinning around! Ouchie.

And while I’m on the subject of karate practice, I was amused to find the cause of the discomfort in my right eye on my return home on Wednesday night after an enjoyable session with Sensei Birgitt and the rest of the dojo.

We had started the evening off with some light kumite for the first 30 minutes or so, and somewhere in between someone must have caught me in the eye with a punch – because when I eventually took my contact lens out of my eye to see what was wrong, I discovered a huge chunk had been ripped clean out of it!

Turns out that a mitt glancing your eye will do enough to drag the lens along with it, tearing it off should any part of the lens decide its going to try and hang tough and cling for its life to your eyeball.

Sigh, and here I was doing so well in managing my contact lens supply up to now…