Bape Sneakers

The name is a short word for “A Bathing Ape”. Bape is an exclusive Japanese apparel company, which sells its products in a very limited number in only a handful of select places around the world.

The owner is Eye-Candy Nigo, a young designer who had this great idea to start the company in 1993 in Shibuya, his favorite part of Tokyo.

The success didn’t come as most would expect, by getting as much branding and publicity as possible. Instead, the success of Bape sneakers comes from Nigo making friends with various rappers, such as Pharrell Williams, with whom he actually collaborated on his Ice-Cream collection. Both enjoyed the fruits of this friendship in equal share.

Bape sneakers are probably the rarest shoes in the whole world. If you manage to run into one of their stores, you can consider yourself a lucky guy.

Bape Sneakers

Bape Sneakers

Unfortunately, not many do, because there are only about five stores in the world, and NONE of them has any form of markings to let you know whom it belongs to.

Moreover, if you find one, prepare yourself to pull out a lot of money for one pair, because you won’t find anything called Bape for less than $300. These are exclusive sneakers all right.

Forget the internet. Bape sneakers aren’t sold over the net (maybe only used ones on eBay). They don’t wholesale at all. If you find something on the internet and especially if it’s for less than $300, then they are most likely fake.

Yes, Nigo does some shrewd marketing, and as far as he’s concerned, if you want his footwear, you’ve got to pay big money.

Personally, I’m not that much of a Bape fan, so I would rather buy myself a pair of Air Jordans and put the rest of the money safe for later.

They sure are worth it, but that price will definitely scare away many interested people. For a devoted fan though, the price is just fair and it ensures what many people really want: exclusivity. Chances of running into somebody else wearing Bape sneakers are so very slim.

Jessica March 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Noooooo. those are completly wack. we are used to bapes being low top not high top. Please don’t sell those and go back to ciantreg low top bapes shoes thanks.

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