Finnish brand Karhu began life in 1916 crafting locally sourced birch into skis, javelins, and discuses. They soon developed running shoes, worn by “Flying Finns" Hannes Kolehmainen and Paavo Nurmi, who won nine Olympic gold medals in the now famed footwear. By 1952, they were dominating the Olympics. The brand continued to innovate, developing the air cushion midsole in 1970 and the fulcrum support system in 1986. 

Today, Karhu continues to innovate in sport, whilst their iconic designs and 'M' logo have been recognised as classics and their Ortix Fit system is renowned for comfort and support.