Trampas - A "Mestari is born"
Back in the mid-1960s, running shoes were limited, and "training shoes" did not exist. There were studded shoes for training and competition, but no shoes to warm up, cool down in. Athletics required a shoe they could do their daily training runs in, based on the need Karhu developed Trampas. Trampas had a host of new features at the time, including arch support and padding in the heel collar to protect the Achilles heel. Trampas became the standard shoe for Finnish Olympic athletes, and eventually, due to its popularity, 20 American colleges followed suit. Among them were major athletics schools such as the University of Oregon, BYU, and Minnesota. Trampas was produced in two versions; an athletic with the iconic M logo and a logo-free version for casual wear with leather lining.
You might be wondering what the meaning behind the m-logo is? It comes from the Finnish Mestari which comes from the Finnish word for Mester!