What is Bathing Ape? At first glimpse, the name doesn’t exactly scream limited edition, exclusive and rare, but overtime this brand that originally came out of Japan has found its way into the hip hop and urban culture of America. I’m sure the first thing many people ask themselves upon hearing of the brand name is, “What the hell is a bathing ape?” According to Tomoaki “Nigo” Nagao, the creator, the name “A Bathing Ape” is short for a Japanese saying “bathing in lukewarm water”. Japanese people typically have daily baths in water at temperatures above 40 degrees celsius (104°F). As such, bathing in luke warm water is to complacently over indulge. This is, ironically, a reference to the lazy opulence of the younger generation of Japanese, the brand’s own customers.
Now that we have that out of the way, we can focus on the exclusive sneakers offered by A Bathing Ape, or BAPE, for short. To the trained eye of any sneaker collector, it is quite obvious that BAPE took inspiration from the Nike Air Force One. While this may be true, the two sneakers are fundamentally different through their intended purpose. While Air Force Ones are mainly an athletic shoe, BAPE was always focused on being an extremely limited sneaker that no other brand could even dream up. The extremely shiny leather and crazy colors give the shoe an extreme differentiation advantage over other brands. BAPE sneakers are also much more expensive and much more limited than the NIke Air Force One. BAPE’s usually start at approximately $200 a pair and many pairs are only made in runs of 200 or less. Chances are you won’t find these sneakers in your home town, so head on over to our BAPE section and pick up some of these extremely exclusive sneakers.