Coffee plays an important role in Finnish culture. So much so, that Finns are among the biggest coffee drinkers in the world. Cafes create a center for conversation and allow coffee time (kahvihetki) to bring friends together.
The SS19 Albatross and ChampionAir collection blends bright colours with traditional tones on these classic silhouettes. Some are inspired by the colour ways of original Karhu running shoes from the 70s and 80s while others have a more seasonal look and feel. The material selection is a mix of nylon and pigskin suede.
The assortment is a reminder that taking a break to enjoy a relaxing cup of black coffee provides a healthy pause during a busy day. Plus, studies show the caffeine provides a boost in endurance sports like Karhu’s other favourite pastime… running.
This February, Karhu invites you to visit select retailers worldwide, KARHU.COM and the Karhu Concept Store in Helsinki and find out more about our classics, inspired by Finland’s coffee moment, ‘KAHVIHETKI’.

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.