From Shirts to Shoes: A Recent History of Clothing Brands That Launched Sneaker Lines

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A Bathing Ape

Clothes: 1993
Kicks: 2002

A Bathing Ape’s beginnings date back to 1993, but the brand didn’t start making shoes until 2002. Based in Japan but full of global pop culture reference points, BAPE boomed with US consumers with the allure, familiarity and exclusivity attached to the Bapesta. Based strongly on the Air Force 1, the model spawned growth and interest in both Bathing Ape kicks and clothes worldwide. Today, BAPE footwear is still strong with an array of models ranging in style and crafted after fellow classics. It’s also more accessible, available online at Bape US.

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