Despite the turbulence of legal squabbles that continue to bubble under the surface, A Bathing Ape, a name synonymous with streetwear royalty, is unrelenting in its pursuit of innovation. The Japanese label draws the curtain on its array of footwear offerings for the year, with the iconic BAPE SK8 STA stealing the limelight. In homage to the much-adored Nike Dunk, the BAPE SK8 STA’s popularity within the brand’s portfolio is uncontested, save for its sibling, the BAPE STA. As we roll into Summer 2023, the skateboarding-inspired shoe is confidently striding to the forefront of fashion.
In a move indicative of the season’s playful spirit, A Bathing Ape launches its summer range, sprinkling hues of levity throughout the lineup. Gradient fades, evocative of beachside sunsets, feature prominently with green-to-blue and light blue-to-purple renditions, instilling the collection with a sense of escapism. These colorways incorporate a play of contrasts, with white shooting star logos, interiors, and outsoles providing a clean, stark juxtaposition against the vivid uppers.
Yet, the brand has not forgotten its clientele with a preference for understated aesthetics. A monochromatic gray variant with subtle metallic copper detailing peeking from beneath the overlay provides a pleasing alternative. The combination effortlessly straddles the line between simplicity and sophistication, catering to the consumers who seek to express their style in muted tones.
Continuing their homage to classic sneaker aesthetics, A Bathing Ape doesn’t shy away from a touch of extravagance, with patent leather BAPE SK8 STA releases also part of the collection.