Finland’s very own athletic footwear brand Karhu is celebrating two major milestones: The 100th company anniversary and the 60th anniversary of the Paavo Nurmi Games, a track and field athletic event named after the iconic Finnish athlete from the town of Turku.
Marking the occasion, Karhu will release a special colorway of the Synchron Classic shoe dedicated to Paavo Nurmi. The monochromatic colorway is inspired by Nurmi’s penchant for wearing white Kangaroo leather shoes in the 1920s, at a time when his peers on the track still wore all-black racing spikes.
For a personal touch, Nurmi’s signature is rubberized on the heel panel, while the Olympic Games where Paavo Nurmi achieved his personal records are immortalized on the insole graphics.
Each collector’s box also features a brochure about the life and achievements of Paavo Nurmi. For instance, did you know that the “Flying Finn” still ranges as the most decorated track and field athlete in Olympic history? With nine gold and three silver medals under his belt, Nurmi also set 22 world records during his career.
The Karhu Synchron Classic “Paavo Nurmi” will release on May 13 at select sneaker stores including Afew, Hanon, Titolo, and Allike with a EUR 149.95 price tag. And while you’re at it, also check out Karhu’s evolution of the Synchron Classic silhouette.