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Karhu Legacy 'Lunar Rock'
94,-125,-

Karhu Legacy 'Lunar Rock'

1 supplier
Karhu Fusion 2.0 Black / Black / Grey
112,-146,-

Karhu Fusion 2.0 Black / Black / Grey

5 suppliers
Karhu Albatross Deep Navy/ White
68,-92,-

Karhu Albatross Deep Navy/ White

3 suppliers
Karhu Championair Black/ White
76,-104,-

Karhu Championair Black/ White

1 supplier
Karhu Synchron Classic OG Grey
99,-135,-

Karhu Synchron Classic OG Grey

7 suppliers
Karhu Fusion 2.0 'Burnt Orange'
98,-140,-

Karhu Fusion 2.0 'Burnt Orange'

6 suppliers
Karhu Championair Classic Blue / White
60,-104,-

Karhu Championair Classic Blue / White

2 suppliers
Karhu Synchron Classic 'Blue Spruce'
129,-

Karhu Synchron Classic 'Blue Spruce'

1 supplier
Karhu Legacy 'Esign Blue'
87,-125,-

Karhu Legacy 'Esign Blue'

1 supplier
Karhu  Albatross
92,-

Karhu Albatross

1 supplier
Karhu Synchron Classic All-Round Pack 'Jade Cream'
129,-

Karhu Synchron Classic All-Round Pack 'Jade Cream'

1 supplier
Karhu Legacy 96 'Apricot Brandy' - Causing Motion
124,-

Karhu Legacy 96 'Apricot Brandy' - Causing Motion

2 suppliers
Karhu Trampas 'Seashell'
72,-120,-

Karhu Trampas 'Seashell'

1 supplier
Karhu Legacy 96 'June Bug' - Legend
125,-

Karhu Legacy 96 'June Bug' - Legend

2 suppliers
Karhu Synchron Classic Summer Colours 'Dawn Blue'
91,-130,-

Karhu Synchron Classic Summer Colours 'Dawn Blue'

2 suppliers
Karhu Mestari
65,-100,-

Karhu Mestari

1 supplier
Karhu Synchron 'Lily White' - URSA Major Pack
91,-130,-

Karhu Synchron 'Lily White' - URSA Major Pack

2 suppliers
Karhu Albatross Black/ White
90,-

Karhu Albatross Black/ White

2 suppliers
Karhu Albatross 82 'Rainy Day'
72,-90,-

Karhu Albatross 82 'Rainy Day'

1 supplier
Karhu Mestari
70,-100,-

Karhu Mestari

1 supplier
Karhu Legacy 96 All-Round Pack 'Spa Blue'
70,-125,-

Karhu Legacy 96 All-Round Pack 'Spa Blue'

2 suppliers
Karhu Legacy 96 'Lily White' - Legend Pack
87,-128,-

Karhu Legacy 96 'Lily White' - Legend Pack

3 suppliers
Karhu Albatross 82 'Jet Black'
50,-90,-

Karhu Albatross 82 'Jet Black'

1 supplier
Karhu ChampionAir White Sand Patriot Blue
50,-100,-

Karhu ChampionAir White Sand Patriot Blue

1 supplier
Karhu Championair Mestari
60,-100,-

Karhu Championair Mestari

2 suppliers
Karhu Aria 95 'Dawn Blue'
91,-130,-

Karhu Aria 95 'Dawn Blue'

1 supplier
Karhu Legacy 96 'Ensign Blue'
87,-125,-

Karhu Legacy 96 'Ensign Blue'

1 supplier
Karhu Synchron Classic 'Silver'
90,-130,-

Karhu Synchron Classic 'Silver'

2 suppliers
Karhu Mestari
70,-100,-

Karhu Mestari

1 supplier
Karhu Albatross
50,-90,-

Karhu Albatross

1 supplier
Karhu Albatross
40,-90,-

Karhu Albatross

1 supplier
Karhu Trampas
78,-120,-

Karhu Trampas

1 supplier
Karhu Trampas 'Golden Rod'
60,-120,-

Karhu Trampas 'Golden Rod'

1 supplier
Karhu Fusion 2.0 'Capers' - Outdoor Pack
105,-140,-

Karhu Fusion 2.0 'Capers' - Outdoor Pack

2 suppliers
Karhu Legacy 96 'Fudgesickle' - Causing Motion
81,-125,-

Karhu Legacy 96 'Fudgesickle' - Causing Motion

6 suppliers
Karhu Trampas
53,-120,-

Karhu Trampas

1 supplier
Karhu Trampas 'Mustard'
72,-120,-

Karhu Trampas 'Mustard'

3 suppliers
Karhu Trampas 'Navy'
60,-128,-

Karhu Trampas 'Navy'

6 suppliers
Karhu Fusion 2.0 All-Round Pack 'Silver'
98,-140,-

Karhu Fusion 2.0 All-Round Pack 'Silver'

3 suppliers
Karhu Mestari
80,-104,-

Karhu Mestari

4 suppliers
Karhu Legacy 96 'Trooper' - URSA Major
125,-

Karhu Legacy 96 'Trooper' - URSA Major

4 suppliers
Karhu Synchron Classic 'Dawn Blue' - Mascot Pack 2
65,-135,-

Karhu Synchron Classic 'Dawn Blue' - Mascot Pack 2

9 suppliers
Karhu Synchron Classic Colour of Mood 'Jazzy'
91,-130,-

Karhu Synchron Classic Colour of Mood 'Jazzy'

1 supplier
Karhu Fusion 2.0 'Dark Olive' - Shinrin Yoku
76,-140,-

Karhu Fusion 2.0 'Dark Olive' - Shinrin Yoku

7 suppliers
Karhu Trampas 'Jet Black / Dark Ivy'
70,-120,-

Karhu Trampas 'Jet Black / Dark Ivy'

7 suppliers
Karhu Trampas
60,-120,-

Karhu Trampas

4 suppliers
Karhu Mestari
100,-

Karhu Mestari

1 supplier
Karhu Trampas 'Rubber / Fiesta'
84,-120,-

Karhu Trampas 'Rubber / Fiesta'

2 suppliers

Karhu Sneakers

In 1916, a small workshop was founded in Helsinki by Ab Sportartiklar Oy, where locally sourced birch was crafted into skis, javelins, and discuses. In the same year, the workshop developed spiked running shoes, which are worn by Hannes Kolehmainen, the first ‘Flying Finn’, and Ville Ritola, the ‘Flying Wolf’, both record-breaking marathon runners.

In 1920, the brand changed its name to Karhu (Finnish for ‘Bear’) and dominated the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, taking five gold medals on the track in Karhu spikes. Shortly afterwards they became Finland’s official equipment provider for all Olympic Games. In just the next eight years, Paavo Nurmi comes back home with nine Olympic gold medals, all won in Karhu footwear.

In WWII the brand does its part in defending Finland, manufacturing camouflage uniforms, tents, army boots, rucksacks, and skis for the Finnish army in its factories.

In 1951, Karhu sold its signature three stripes trademark to adidas, and became known for its now famous ‘M’ design, which is taken from ‘Mestari’, meaning ‘Champion’ in Finnish. Just a year later, the brand boasts fifteen gold medal-winning spikes in the Helsinki Olympics, including those on Emil Zatopek.

In 1968, Karhu recognised the demand for an off-track running shoe, and created their first sneaker, the Karhu Trampas model. Receiving an overwhelming positive response, the sneaker became the standard issue footwear for the Finnish Olympic team, and also numerous American colleges.

In 1976 Karhu develop the ‘Karhu Air Cushion’, a year before Nike’s ‘Air’ technology is registered in 1977. The Karhu Champion model was the first to feature the technology and was an instant bestseller.

In 1986 Karhu replaced its Air Cushion system for ‘Fulcrum’ technology, which was based on increasing a runner’s efficiency by limiting the amount of wasted energy in each footstep. Scientific research has proven that the Fulcrum reduces a runner’s vertical bounce by 13% compared to traditional shoes. Originally made from denser EVA than the surrounding midsole in the pivot point of the shoe, in 2019 it was redesigned to be encapsulated by liquid-based foam, combining the forward propulsion from the Fulcrum with shock absorption and durability.

In 1996, the brand created a new lacing system called Synchron, which provided diagonal lacing across the toe box to wrap the feet firmly within the shoe, providing a better fit for runners.

Despite its established history in sports, Karhu has also recently been regarded as a lifestyle brand, with other big-name brands collaborating on some of Karhu’s most popular models. In 2015, Sneakersnstuff and Moomin teamed up on a Moomin-patterned Karhu Albatross, Dutch sneaker boutique Patta collaborated on a Fusion 2.0, and Concepts brought back the classic Aria ’95 in a colorway that paid homage to Finland. A year later, Patta and Karhu also released a 100th anniversary special collab on the Karhu Synchron.

Kanye West was seen in a pair of Karhu Fusion 2.0s in 2017, gaining the brand a new wave of admirers and hype in the US.

Karhu’s continued innovation and dedication to understanding running is why the brand is still one of the most popular running sneakers today.

Do Karhu sneakers fit true to size?

Generally, Karhu sneakers run a little small, so you might need to size up half a size when purchasing.