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.