It was in Finland in 1916 — over 100 years ago today—that Ab Sportartiklar Oy started building sports products from locally-sourced birch. His company was named KARHU (Finnish for the word “bear”), and it quickly became a household name, a gold standard for superior footwear. KARHU running shoes have been worn on the feet of some of the greatest Finnish runners. KARHU has an authentic heritage in running and a deep connection to the outdoors. KARHU follows principles of design simplicity and running purity and street style appeal.