Leading the way in innovative sports shoes for over 100 years, Karhu has been the pioneering name behind the invention of trainer designs which introduced air cushioning for the first time to an audience of Gold-Medal-winning athletes and running shoe enthusiasts. Thanks to the new trademark ‘Fulcrum Technology’, Karhu continue to innovate and inspire in the footwear market of today and tomorrow, while also embracing the cool retro-look of their own enormous heritage in legendary shoe design.
- The name Karhu is Finnish for ‘Bear’.
- Karhu originally designed and used the 3-stripe Adidas logo.
- Karhu sneakers use the innovative ‘Fulcrum Technology’.
- The first brand to use air cushioning in running shoes.
- Karhu Originals are retro-influenced footwear.
History of Mens Karhu Shoes
Launched in Finland as a sports good brand in 1916, the Karhu brand first came to the attention of the general public at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics when the famous ‘Flying Finns’ athletes won five gold medals wearing Karhu spikes. Four years later at the Paris Summer Olympics, Finland’s Paavo Nurmi repeated the feat, winning another five gold medals in a pair of running spikes produced by Karhu. By the 1950s, Karhu were using a distinctive three-stripe logo in their branding which they decided to sell to a small unknown company called Adidas. The logo became one of the most iconic pieces of branding in the world, and Karhu famously let it go for the equivalent of a few dollars and a couple of bottles of whiskey! But Karhu were making their own innovative waves in the market by the 1970s, developing the first ever use of air cushioning and nylon in their sought-after running shoes, and more recently crafting new lines of sneakers based on their own ‘Fulcrum Technology’ which was invented in collaboration with the University of Jyväskylä.
Current shoe collections
FUSION RUNNING TRAINERS: New collection from the innovators of the industry, produced from suede, leather and technical mesh.
SYNCHRON SUEDE LOW-TOP TRAINERS: Retro-influenced trainers emblazoned with the signature M-shaped branding, featuring water-repellent nylon mesh.
ARIA PANELLED SUEDE TRAINERS: A symphony in blue, gray and tan, with suede panelling and chunky midsole.
FUSION SUEDE AND MESH TRAINERS: Sporting the iconic M Logo, these Karhu trainers are presented in natural hues with reflective accents.
SYNCHRON CLASSIC RUSKA: Seasonal colors and golden shades enrich these classic trainers with water-repellant outer and moulded EVA midsole.
Famous people wearing Karhu Shoes
Perhaps one of the most surprising star names to regularly step out in Karhu sneakers is Kanye West. The world-conquering artist is usually seen out and about promoting his own brand of trainers that he designed in collaboration with Adidas, and it’s very unusual these days to see him wearing anything on his feet that doesn’t feature the famous 3-stripe Adidas logo. But it’s been refreshing to see Kanye snapped in sneakers crafted by Karhu, the original designers of that iconic logo.
A.P.C: Perfecting a new balance between comfortable sportwear and slick fashion.
FEAR OF GOD: The King of ‘Chic-Grunge’ drops his latest footwear collection on his own terms.
JIMMY CHOO: Gorgeous bold new designs from the genius footwear designer.
SANTONI: Simply the finest footwear that money can buy.
TOM FORD: Uber-cool lines of footwear from the legendary fashion icon Tom Ford.