Getting fit and healthy shouldn’t have to blow your budget. But, these days, gym gear is not only seen as a necessity, but a fashion statement as well. Gone are the days of using your oldest, rattiest clothes at the gym – today people want to their gym gear to look as good as it performs. Of course, not everyone has the budget to spend thousands of Rands on big name sports brands, especially if you’re just starting a new sport or getting back into a regular fitness routine. Luckily local brand, Olympic International has your back with a range of high-performance, technical sports shoes that will make your bank balance smile. From cycling and running, to netball and functional training, there’s an Olympic shoe to suit your sweat.
With over 100 years in the sports gear business, Olympic International offers an attractive, affordable and well-made range of trainers and sports shoes for active men and women who like to look good while they’re working out. Olympic has been supporting the South African sporting community with technical sports shoes since 1918 and the brand was even endorsed by late rugby great Danie Craven. Today the brand continues to offer quality, technical sports and leisure footwear at competitive prices, focusing on some of the fastest growing sports in the country; including netball, hockey, cycling, soccer, and athletics.
On the cycling front, Olympic really is the beginner’s best friend thanks to their reputation for making some of the most trusted, entry-level and advanced road and mountain bike cycling shoes in the country. Affectionately referred to as ‘the Ollie’ in cycling circles, the brand is one of the most popular entry-level cycling shoes for anyone starting out in this exciting sport. The Crank, an entry-level MTB shoe, is incredibly well-made, durable and delivers exceptional value at only R1,399 per pair.
Olympic also has your back on the court with entry-level must haves like the Defence netball shoe and the Goalie netball shoe. At just R499, the defence offers comfort, durability, traction and ease of movement for defenders and is the perfect entry-level netball shoe for beginners. For more advanced players, the Goalie offers added stability with flexibility for fast turns and is the ultimate shoe for attack players on a budget.
Heading out onto the hockey field, Olympic has your back with the Enforcer; an advanced hockey shoe offering comfort, durability, and great traction in wet and dry conditions. At just R799, this shoe is a no-brainer for any hockey player wanting technical performance with a competitive price tag.
For those who prefer the gym to the sports field, Olympic offers a range of on-trend cross-trainers and running shoes to help you reach your fitness goals. At R645, the Orbit offers gym lovers a comfortable, lightweight and trendy trainer with a unique speed lace feature, perfect for the gym or 5km runs. For beginner gym goers, the Maui is a great-looking cross trainer with excellent cushioning and a snug fit for the road or the gym. Plus, at R449 it’s a real steal!
Olympic International proves that well-made trainers and sports shoes don’t need to bankrupt you straight off the starting blocks. We recommend you give this brand a good review when deciding on a shoe for your fitness odyssey. And, now that you know an affordable pair of new sports shoes are easy to come by, why not donate your old pair of sports shoes to someone in need? In 2019, Olympic International will place collection bins at various running and sports events around the country, encouraging active types to give someone else the opportunity to get active and enjoy their favourite discipline. All you need to do is bring your used sports shoes and other equipment or gear to the event and drop them in the Olympic International bins provided. The shoes and gear will then be distributed to needy children and adult charity organisations.
Says Fahiem Frizlar, Marketing Manager at Bolton Footwear; “as a runner, I’ve often wondered what to do with my old pair, as it’s still in relatively good condition, but not suitable for long distance running. Instead of them collecting dust or being thrown out, they can be put to excellent use by someone else.”