Taking its name from the Finnish word for bear, Karhu was established in 1916, one year before Finland secured independence from Russia.
Initially, their focus was on producing general sports equipment from javelins to running spikes (made from high quality Finnish birch) alongside the running shoes that would still be a focus over 100 years later. It wasn’t long before Karhu became the official equipment supplier for all Finns competing in the olympic games, firmly cementing itself as the sportswear brand of Finland and leading athletic shoe manufacturer in the world. The shoes themselves were instantly recognisable thanks to the brand’s trademark, 3 parallel, diagonal stripes that now adorn the side of a certain well known German brand’s products (as legend would have it a trademark that was sold for just over a grand and a bottle of whiskey). Present day Karhu is all about chunky, technical running shoes in bold colour palettes; EVA midsoles and pigskin suede uppers. A must for any sneakerheads.