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A Bathing Ape Shoes

A Bathing Ape Shoes

A Bathing Ape (short Bape) is a Japanese apparel company, which started business in 1993 in Shibuya area of Tokyo as a T-shirt manufacturer. Eye Candy Nigo, a huge fan of hip-hop, founded the company when he was only 22.

Soon, after experiencing huge success, the company started to manufacture other items such as sneakers.

They came into the US public’s attention after Nigo’s collaboration with rappers like Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z who’ve worn his sport shoes in their videos.

Actually, Nigo has had an important contribution in starting Pharell’s Ice Cream sneakers line, a joint venture for Reebok.

Bathing Ape Sneakers

A Bathing Ape Sneakers

Authentic Bathing Ape sneakers can only be purchased from about 16 well hidden stores in Japan, Hong Kong and carefully chosen locations in the US. You will not find any form of marking on any of them, which makes them very hard to run into.

This rarity or exclusivity is what makes these sneakers so desirable and as a direct result, expensive. You won’t find an original pair for less than 300$. Not even on the internet. And speaking of the internet, you’ll only find replicas. To find original shoes, you need to first find the stores.

A Bathing Ape is known for its shrewd marketing. I’d even call it manipulation. But of course, if you are a fan, It’s OK.

However, my question to you is, is it really worth it? I mean, they actually look almost identical to the Nike Air Force Ones which you can purchase for less than one third of the bathing apes sneakers price. I’d think again before spending 300$ or more for a pair of sneakers.

Take a look at some other rare sneakers or custom sneakers.

Tiara November 11, 2010 at 5:38 pm

i want to find these blue bape shoes that i found. star. they were all bright blue. everything


12yr old fashionisto December 2, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I meant japenese


12yr old fashionisto December 3, 2010 at 12:02 am

Ahh I messed up


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