Before you could buy A Bathing Ape products in the U.S., American cool guys paid top dollar to have the product shipped overseas. The Air Force 1-like "Bapes" were a must for any downtown kid with a sneaker collection, and when the first A Bathing Ape store opened stateside, everyone freaked out. Everyone, from hip hop icons to rich dudes brunching at Balthazar (which may or may not have been a good thing). Recently, Nigo had to sell the brand for a shockingly low valuation, but as far as we’re concerned, the product is still cool. Join us on taking a look back at everyone who has rocked this iconic brand of Japanese sneakers, from early adopters like Pharrell to late comers like Paris Hilton to the man who started it all, Nigo. Check out celebrities who have gone ape by clicking on the thumbnails above.
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