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Bape

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by dhinggok, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. dhinggok

    dhinggok Senior member

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    Do you guys think that BAPE is a stupid company or do you like some of their stuff? I am not a huge fan of their camo hoodies and such, but I think some of their shoes are pretty cool for streetwear. I am going to NYC soon and will probably stop by the shop and pick up a pair of shoes.
     
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    I have never seen the shoes close up so have no opinion on them. I find the hoodies and other logo-ed stuff to be very unappealing. The hype surrounding this brand is mind-boggling. I have never understood it, which I assume is due to almost surgically precise market-targeting by Nigo.

    If you like the shoes, get 'em!
     
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    I hate to admit this, but I was looking for shearling jackets last week and the only one I found that I liked the design of was, well, you guessed it.

    Way too expensive for me though, even on Ebay.
     
  4. minya

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    If the shoes were cheaper I would, without question, own several pairs of the neon-colored Marvel Bapestas. Especially the Hulk ones.
     
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    Tabris Well-Known Member

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    I've seen one t-shirt I like, I'd buy it if it wasn't so expensive.
     
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    To be honest I've never seen a single thing by them that I liked, and it's only getting worse since nearly every music video on BET has the rappers decked out in Bape gear.
     
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    I don't like any of their clothes really. Its just normally a monkey, camo print or what look susipiciously like my 3-year old cousin's pyjamas with cute little cartoons sewn into a sweater. Doesn't help that every clueless poser has them on their wishlist.

    Some of their shoes, espcially the plainer, two-tone ones, are pretty nice though. Second minya's thoughts on the Marvel versions too. If only they were more reasonably priced.
     
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    My friend bought me a BAPE t-shirt while he was in Japan. My friend also picked up a couple pair of BAPE shoes for himself as well. Their merchandise is alright, IMO. I do think some of their items are ridiculously expensive.
     
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    I hate it. It's the most overrated brand ever. But once a brand like BAPE hits the hiphop scene it's bound to be hyped crazy I think.
     
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    I think a lot of the appeal comes through the rarity of the items. They are hard to get your hands on outside of the internet and for that reason people feel a strong desire to have something that nobody else will have. Obviously this rarity stems for a large part from a ridiculous pricing structure in similar vain to Ferrari (but on a much smaller scale of course[​IMG] ). Couple this with everybody that is 'cool' (ya know, from the hoodizle) seems to where them, the desire for the product only gets stronger.

    As far as my own interest is concerned it lies mainly with the shoes and nothing else. I think that's part of the reason BAPE made it into the hip hop scene as hip hop has a strong connection with cool (and often rare) sneakers. BAPE fitted these requirements perfectly.
     
  11. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    There are plenty of super cool, hard to find brands that are way more worth the money. And the fact that you have to know to know and not just follow the hype makes them a lot cooler. I gotta admit, I'm not insulated to brand snobbery (who is,m really?) Given that, I would give someone (especially in the States) way more credit if he were wearing a 6876 hoodie than anything from BAPE. In the first case, I would think "This guy knows his culture from his trash". The the second case, my first thought would be "poser".

    Rant being over, I think that BAPE had some interesting ideas to begin with, many years ago. Now, it's gimmick after gimmick.

    I think a lot of the appeal comes through the rarity of the items. They are hard to get your hands on outside of the internet and for that reason people feel a strong desire to have something that nobody else will have. Obviously this rarity stems for a large part from a ridiculous pricing structure in similar vain to Ferrari (but on a much smaller scale of course[​IMG] ). Couple this with everybody that is 'cool' (ya know, from the hoodizle) seems to where them, the desire for the product only gets stronger.

    As far as my own interest is concerned it lies mainly with the shoes and nothing else. I think that's part of the reason BAPE made it into the hip hop scene as hip hop has a strong connection with cool (and often rare) sneakers. BAPE fitted these requirements perfectly.
     
  12. Nick M

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    If the shoes were cheaper I would, without question, own several pairs of the neon-colored Marvel Bapestas. Especially the Hulk ones.
    Nice colorway on the Captain Americas.

    But a lot of those would look so much nicer if they weren't patent.

    Checking out some Bapestas on Vintage Kicks - if I had an extra three hundred bucks sitting in the Swiss, I'd totally buy a pair of "NYCs" or the mid-height pair in tan nubuck.
     
  13. minya

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    Nice colorway on the Captain Americas.

    But a lot of those would look so much nicer if they weren't patent.

    Checking out some Bapestas on Vintage Kicks - if I had an extra three hundred bucks sitting in the Swiss, I'd totally buy a pair of "NYCs" or the mid-height pair in tan nubuck.

    Yeah the Capt. America ones rock.

    You're crazy man. The ridiculous, gaudy patent leather is precisely what makes them so fantastic.
     
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    The ridiculous, gaudy patent leather is precisely what makes them so fantastic.
    Agreed. there is something about certain Bapes' crazy combination that just looks good.
     
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    I'm not that into BAPE, though a lot of the stuff is kind of interesting.
     
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    dhinggok Senior member

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    I just bought the Captain Americas here in NYC. They are truly pretty cool shoes. I also bought some Rock n' Clothing shirts. I might pick up a pair of Earnest Sewns at the store. I will see.
     
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    How much were they?

    (the shoes)
     
  18. dhinggok

    dhinggok Senior member

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    The Captain Americas were $220 based on the current exchange rate. I agreed with whoever on the forum said that the patent leather adds to their trendiness. These are obviously not everyday shoes, they are merely collector sort of items and I am young (19 years old) and I figure that I can pull them off once in a while at a trendy club in LA or possibly NYC. For all of you who question my style and lack of thought when buying such an item, don't do so. I recognize that they are not the most practical shoes, but you live once and I just hope to have fun with the shoes.
     
  19. Nick M

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    You're crazy man. The ridiculous, gaudy patent leather is precisely what makes them so fantastic.
    The patent has a certain appeal, to me, sometimes.

    But I think that with all the interesting effects that can be done on a shoe now, and for a company that makes artwork - pop artwork, anyway - Marvel should've demanded more than some vague colorways.

    EXAMPLE: If I got showed that red, yellow and black Bapesta, I wouldn't say, "Hey, Iron Man shoe!"

    But change the colors to matte deep red and that Dior Homme gold, take that "haze" effect that was on those Futura Dunks from about 2003:

    [​IMG]

    Really give it that muted, brushed aluminum look, and you've got the sweetest pair of Iron Man shoes ever.

    [​IMG]

    Yes I am a great big nerd.
     

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