The footwear industry was forever changed with the released of the Ape Bape shoes. It was finally official, hip hop and urban trends were a huge market – even in Japan. The Ape Bape shoes were very very unique and trend setting. Though the Ape Bape shoes took inspiration from the Nike Air Force Ones, they were extremely different fundamentally.
The goal of the Ape Bape shoes was never to be an athletic shoe, but rather a limited sneaker that no one else would have ever seen or dreamed of. The shiny patent leather and bright colors seperated the Ape Bape shoes from all other casual shoes. Not only did these features set the Ape Bape shoes apart from the others, but really caught someone’s eye when look to buy a new pair of sneakers.
Bape Stas hit the peak of their popularity in the US in 2004. Many stars including Usher, Justin Timberlake, and Cassidy were seen in public and in music videos wearing Ape Bape shoes.
Finding Ape Bape shoes is pretty hard in the US. There are some sneaker boutiques who have a few pairs at any given moment, but the sure bet way to find an authentic pair of Ape Bape shoes is to take a trip to New York’s Soho district and get a pair from the Footsoldier store. Ape Bape shoes start at $190 per pair which is alot less than what you would pay if you wanted to grab a pair from Vintage Kicks but they probably won’t be an exclusive edition. Also, as a word of wisdom, don’t buy any Bape Stas from any online sites unless its Vintage Kicks since there is a flood of fake Ape Bape shoes sold online.
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