In 1996, the Karhu “Fusion” model was the top running shoe in the collection.
To bring it back from the archives, Karhu reworked the model with its original designer launching it as the Fusion 2.0.
After a successful 2015 introduction, Karhu felt it was time to honour the Fusion by releasing a version inspired by the shoe’s original details.
The Fusion 2.0 “OG” differentiates in look from the existing inline version to deliver an authentic aesthetic.
The printed lycra surrounding the ankle and heel collar provides a retro feel in look and material. The webbing tape on the medial side is shortened like on the original version and the Karhu word mark is added to the leather panel.
The Karhu word mark is also added in red to the heel tab just as on the original Fusion. Finally, the Fusion 2.0 “OG” comes in white and ultramarine green and keeps it true to the colour way of its 1996 predecessor.
The Fusion 2.0 “OG” comes in a special box, a salute to the shoe’s original heel print and tongue label. BUT that is not all, the show stopper of the project is a collaborative Karhu & Finlayson towel, which comes for free with each pair.
Finlayson is the Finnish home textile market leader since 1820 and to honour the 60th anniver- sary of their classic Coronna print, designed by Aini Vaari in 1958, Karhu and Finlayson came together to produce a special sports towel, in the colours of the Fusion 2.0 “OG”.

Photo credit
Still Life: Dutch Still life photographer Bram Spaan.
On Feet: Berlin based sneaker blogger and photographer@Runnerwally.

About Karhu
KARHU, meaning “bear” in Finnish, is a leading running brand, and has provided technical running and outdoor gear for 100 years. With an authentic heritage in athletics and a deep connection to the outdoors, KARHU follows the Finnish principles of design simplicity and running purity. KARHU shoes have been worn on the feet of the greatest Finnish runners, including Paavo Nurmi and five Boston Marathon champions. KARHU shoes and apparel are sold globally at running and lifestyle specialty retailers. For more information, visit Karhu.com.

About Finlayson
Finlayson is the Finnish home textile market leader since 1820. In its early days, Finlayson rapidly became the largest industrial company in the Nordic countries with its own church, hospital, school and fire brigade. Finlayson’s designs spring from the Finnish everyday life – the love for functionality, the close relationship with nature and the traditional storytelling, inspired by long dark nights. For more information, visit www.finlaysonshop.com.