Who popularized it: Pharrell

Before haters were getting mad at Soulja Boy, Pharrell single-handedly introduced the world to the luxury Air Force 1 look-a-like from already popular brand Bathing Ape that had hip-hop heads buzzing from coast to coast and hemisphere to hemisphere. Later on, we would see some unnamed rappers rocking the fake version of these, which, like all great things at one point or another, sent the sneakers into obscurity.