A Bathing Ape’s BAPE STA is an enigma in the world of streetwear. The icon is lauded not for its originality, but the absolute opposite. It embodies the irreverent streetwear mentality, cutting and pasting one of Nike’s most famous designs and, somehow, getting away with it.
Founded in 1993 by NIGO, A Bathing Ape is one of streetwear’s golden children. Birthing some of the culture’s mainstay items like the Shark Zip Hoodie, Baby Milo range, and of course the BAPE STA.
Modeled after the Nike Air Force 1 — borrowing essentially every detail from the flagship sneaker — it’s a wonder that A Bathing Ape has never been sued by The Swoosh, especially considering Nike’s itchy legal trigger finger. Rumor has it, though, that Nike took a stake in NIGO’s company instead of suing him, realizing that the designer’s lifestyle take on the athletic sneaker catered to a gap in the market.
Whatever the reason, we love the fact that the A Bathing Ape BAPE STA is still readily available. To honor one of streetwear’s shining stars, we’ve rounded up the best BAPE STA colorways that you can cop right now.
Scroll down to shop 11 of the best BAPE STA colorways.
Highsnobiety "Not In Paris"
Call us biased, but we think that this two-tone BAPE STA is one of the best BAPE STA releases in years. It happens to be a Highsnobiety collaboration, too.
Over the past year, we’ve seen the sneaker tastes shift from bold, bright colorways to easygoing neutrals. This Sail pair epitomizes that style.
Black / Beige
A combination of leather and suede forms the black upper of this pair which sits atop an off-white midsole. We’re always on board with off-white midsoles, they lend any silhouette retro credentials.
The beauty of the BAPE STA is its versatility. That versatility is emphasized in this neutral pair. Caramel leather combines with a soft cream sole unit for a smooth finish.
Green SK8 STA
While the BAPE STA takes after the Air Force 1, BAPE's SK8 STA looks more akin to the Nike Dunk.
With a colorway reminiscent of Kanye's iconic College Dropout BAPE STAs, this orange-hued highlight also features embossed camo patterns to the leather upper.
We're all-in on pastels this summer and how better to round out a pastel fit than with this pair?
Pink Suede forms the upper of this relatively understated pair. No color-blocking to the upper is unusual for BAPE STAs.
Mids get a bad stick. We actually love this pair, not just because of the Klein Blue finish but also because of the retro mid build.
Outfitted in a perfect fall colorway (yes, it's summer but we'll take it), this pair of SK8 STAs is one to keep on ice for a few months.
As Elvis said, don't step on my blue suede shoes. No really, don't, they're rare BAPE STAs.
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