Fancy something different from all of those regular Adidas reissues? You could always check out the 1960s Karhu Trampas trainers.
Not heard of Karhu? It’s a sportswear company that has been around for quite a umber of years. In fact, this Finnish brand has been making sporting clobber since 1916, with the Karhu name (a Finnish word for ‘bear’) being used since 1920.
As you might imagine with such a long legacy, the Karhi archives are pretty packed out and to be fair, the label is still producing new designs today. But it is the older pieces I am more interested in.
The Karhu ‘M’ logo has been in use since 1960s and the Karhu Trampas design was one of the first to use it. A mid-1960s running shoe, it was produced for ‘warm-up’ and for everyday runs. One of the first shoes to go down that route.
It has been out of production for decades as other sports shoes took over, but Karhu has brought it back of late, keeping much the same 1960s look and feel, albeit with the changes to the finish across the range.
The current version is offered in a chopped of leather and suede and sold work an original-inspired Trampas box for authenticity.
It’s a no-nonsense design, with detailing very much about the contrast branding, as well as some vintage-style branding on selected designs. If you want a clean, vintage-style shoe, it might well be for you.
The downside, in line with pretty much every archive shoe reissue these days, is the price. The price is from £109, although some pairs are in the sale in selected sizes if you don’t want the leather finish.
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