The sport of track and field is close to Karhu’s heart. Across the decades, Karhu has appeared on podiums at the Olympics, national and at collegiate championships. At its core, track and field’s various disciplines serve as the basis for all sports, which is why it is also known as “athletics.”
Karhu’s latest release of its Legend collection draws inspiration from the sport we admire most: the “Track & Field” pack. “In the 60s and 70s, when I was training and racing in Finland,” says Karhu Chairman, Franco Arese, “I learned the tracks had a unique colour compared to other countries, they were black! However, these tracks were really good for racing.”
A passion for track and field and the different competition surfaces around the world influences the colour assortment and material selection in this concept. In this drop, Karhu delivers the Aria in two track-centric colour options. The first is colour-blocked with a warm rust suede heel and bold blue perforated toe box reminiscent of the track surface seen at the famed Drake Relays’ “Blue Oval”. A gum rubber outsole completes the look.
The second Aria option comes with a golden yellow suede forefoot similar to the track surface at University of California, Berkeley’s outdoor facility. Both options have a reworked booty construction that is thinner and more comfortable around the foot.
The second model in the release features the Fusion 2.0 in soft grey suede and o white tones creating a sporty look. Before all-weather surfaces were installed at most track complexes, grey cinders with white chalk lines were the most commonly found.
The Karhu Legend “Track & Field” pack will release globally on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 at select dealers worldwide, online and at the Karhu Concept store in Helsinki.

About Karhu
KARHU, meaning “bear” in Finnish, is a leading running brand in Europe and has provided technical running and outdoor gear for 100 years. With 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 some of the greatest Finnish runners, including Boston Marathon champion Olavi Suomalainen and Paavo Nurmi, giving rise to the Flying Finns. KARHU shoes and apparel are sold globally at running and lifestyle specialty retailers