Kanye’s (Second) Favorite Sneaker Brand Is Making Dad Shoes Cool Again

Kanye West Sneakers: Kanye’s (Second) Favorite
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* Kanye occasionally ditches his Yeezys for Karhu sneakers
* The Finnish sneaker brand is gaining traction stateside
* Nails the “dad shoe” trend that’s poised to take over sneaker fashion

Kanye West might have a mega-successful deal with Adidas, but sometimes he ditches his self-designed Yeezys for another sneaker: Karhus.

The Finnish brand was a relatively small operation until Ye’ started wearing them around, and they continued to grow when Kanye released the (probably Karhu inspired) Yeezy Waverunner.

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Kanye is boring as f*ck

Human Cobras
3 years
Kanye is boring as f*ck

The brand has upped their game as demand increases, releasing some new sneakers that nail the dad shoe style of the moment – slightly chunkier, roomier and super comfortable while still maintaining some street cred. Here are 7 of our favorites to buy right now.

1. Karhu Fluid 3 Fulcrum

The Fluid3 is Karhu’s most modern sneaker with a lightweight, synthetic-and-mesh construction. It’s engineered for serious training with Karhu’s Fulcrum technology, which (as the name suggests) acts as a lever to propel the runner forward with minimal energy expenditure.

Running Shoes KarhuImage courtesy of Amazon


2. Karhu Low-Tops

These black-and-white Karhu low-tops have a very old-school running shoe vibe that looks especially good with office attire. The shoe’s upper is made of premium suede and techno fabric, which is highlighted by a white leather tongue and Karhu logo.

Black White Sneakers Karhu Image courtesy of Yoox

Karhu Low-Tops


3. Men’s Karhu Fluid 5 MRE

Another hyper-modern Kahu is the Fluid 5 MRE. It also features Karhu’s Fulcrum technology, and ample padding for comfortable distance running. Plus, It comes in this bold Finnish blue and white colorway that scores extra style points on the trail or in the gym.

Blue Sneakers KarhuImage courtesy of Amazon


4. Karhu Synchron (Tan)

The Synchron has become one of Karhu’s flagship sneakers, and it’s easy to see why. The shoe effortlessly upgrades the “dad shoe” to make something stylish, unique and versatile with a modern wardrobe. One of our favorite colorways is this tan, marzipan and black combo.

Tan Sneakers KarhuImage courtesy of Amazon


5. Karhu Synchron (Grey)

Another great Synchron color combo is this double grey with blue and red accents. Like all Synchrons, they have a molded EVA sole that utilizes Air Cushion technology for supreme comfort.

Gray Sneakers Karhu Image courtesy of Barneys New York

Karhu Synchron (Grey)


6. Karhu Fusion 2.0

The Fusion 2.0 is the Karhu that Kanye has been spotted in, so obviously it’s a good choice. It has the most bold design with technical lines and an extra chunky sole, and looks great in this asphalt/taupe colorway.

Chunky Sneakers Men's Karhu Image courtesy of Need Supply Co.

Karhu Fusion 2.0


7. Karhu Synchron (White/Black)

Karhu does a great job of picking unique colorways for their shoes, but sometimes classic black-and-white looks just as good. What makes these Synchrons unique is the way Karhu mixes the colors, and upgrades the sole with a speckled pattern.

Black White Sneakers Karhu Image courtesy of Need Supply Co.

Karhu Synchron (White/Black)


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