To celebrate KARHU’S 100TH anniversary, Patta and KARHU have partnered once again to collaborate on a special footwear release. The category of shoes known as the Synchron first made their debut in the early 1980s.
Over the years, as the assortment got bigger it was always easy to recognize the group by the unorthodox lacing system in the toe box. The research and design team wanted to provide a better fitting upper and came up with the innovative lacing system for added comfort and durability.
Patta’s take on the KARHU Synchron Classic is crafted from premium nubuck on the uppers (a first for the silhouette), balanced out with durable mesh, pigskin leather lining, and 3M reflective accents. The heels feature embroidered Patta and KARHU branding on each shoe.
The woven tongue label is kept intact from the original Synchron Classic, which now highlights both brands. The collaborating partners are again highlighted on the sublimated sockliners. Each pair comes with 3 sets of laces with aglet branding, including the original zigzag-pattern characteristic of the original Synchron Classic.
The KARHU x Patta ‘Synchron Classic (Dark Green / Marzipan) is due to release globally in-store & online at Karhu.com and Titan accounts on Saturday, December 17th, 2016.
KARHU TITAN STORE LIST
Karhu Concept Store – Helsinki, Finland
Patta – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Woei – Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Avenue – Antwerp, Belgium
END – Newcastle, England
Hanon – Aberdeen, Scotland
Sneakersnstuff – Stockholm, Sweden
Sneakersnstuff – Paris, France
Colette – Paris, France
Shoez Gallery – Lyon, France
24 Kilates – Barcelona, Spain
Slam Jam – Ferrara, Italy
Sneakers76 – Taranto, Italy
One Block Down – Milan
Overkill – Berlin, Germany
The Good Will Out – Cologne, Germany
Afew Store – Düsseldorf, Germany
Suppa – Stuttgart, Germany
Asphaltgold – Darmstadt, Germany
Titolo – Zürich, Switzerland
Dover Street Market – New York, NY
Extra Butter – New York, NY
CNCPTS – New York, NY
CNCPTS – Cambridge, MA
Bodega – Boston, MA
Proper – Long Beach, CA
Blends – Los Angeles, CA
Bows and Arrows – Berkeley, CA
Sneaker Politics – New Orleans, LA
Likelihood – Seattle, WA
Ubiq – Philadelphia, PA
Ubiq – Washington, DC
Mita Sneakers – Tokyo
Beams – Tokyo
24 Kilates – Bangkok
KARHU, meaning “bear” in Finnish, is a leading running brand in Europe and has provided technical running and outdoor gear for 100 years. An authentic heritage in running 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, inlcuding nine time Olympic gold medalist Paavo Nurmi and Boston Marathon champion Olavi Suomalainen, giving rise to the “Flying Finns”. KARHU shoes and apparel are sold globally at running and lifestyle speciality retailers.
Out of love and necessity rather than profit and novelty, the Patta store opened it's doors at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal in 2004. Situated right in the city heart of Amsterdam, the store literally became the center of attention by bringing new excitement to the Dutch scene. Within a relatively short span of time Patta went from parallel importing footwear from overseas, to being rewarded with the top tier accounts from all of their favorite brands, to collaborating with them on products, resulting in Amsterdam's true one-stop shop and platform for streetwear culture.