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 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.
For the second release of the Track & Field Pack, Karhu uses athletics as the thematic backdrop for the two
colour ways. The suede heel on the first colour way is reminiscent of a track’s reddish brown rubber, which
provides runners a consistent surface for fast times.