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16-years of Adidas Bape. How it Started, and Where is It Headed?

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  • April 16, 2019
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What started as a small Japanese streetwear brand, has now, 26 years later, become one of the biggest names in the industry. A Bathing Ape, or Bape for shorthas achieved a success greater than that of most its competitors. Among all the labels that started in Japan around that same time, BAPE is probably the most known worldwide.

And just when you thought the brand couldn’t get anymore desired, it comes out with a game-changing partnership. Now, 16 years later, Adidas Bape turned from being a collaboration to become a brand by itself.

With 16 years worth of apparel and sneaker collaborations those 2 names are almost inseparable. Which made their products, especially sneakers, only attainable through botting. And if you’re looking for an efficient sneaker bot, you’re at the right place! AIO Bot is known for its incomparable copping power and high success rate. Check for yourself.

Adidas Bape Partnership Timeline

From the very beginning, it was clear that this relationship was built to last. All in all more than 15 pairs of sneakers were produced in addition to more than 4 sportswear capsules.

BAPE x Adidas Super Ape Star

Release date: 2003

Adidas Super Ape Star 2003

The first ever sneaker of this partnership was a co-branded version of the Superstar, advertised under the slogan “The Respect is Mutual,”. The sneaker was available in white and black colorways and featured leather uppers with Bape’s signature camo print. Two additional renditions followed in luxe suede and canvas uppers.

Bape X Adidas Super Ape Skate

Release date: 2003

That same year, Adidas and Bape released another pair, the mid-cut Super Ape Skate. Olive green, black, gray, and black snakeskin versions dropped. Each colorway came with three sets of camo laces. Only 100 pairs of the F&F snakeskin version were available while the rest 3 colorways were limited to 500 pairs each.

Adidas Super Ape Skate 2003

BAPE x Adidas Superstar 80s “B-Sides”

Release date: August 2011

Adidas Bape Superstar B sides

After a long 8-years break, BAPE and Adidas revisited their OG collab with a new colorway. The Adidas Bape “B-sides” was an off-white version of the infamous Superstar silhouette. Featuring Suede uppers, navy blue Three Stripes, and the Ape Head insignia with gold detailing on the tongue.

BAPE x UNDFTD x Adidas Consortium ZX 5000

Release date: April 2013

Bape X Adidas ZX 5000

UNDEFEATED joined the Adidas BAPE  collaboration in 2013 starting with 2 sneakers. The ZX 5000 was dressed in Bape’s camo print and highlighted with French-style tricolor three stripes. You can find a few sizes of the ZX 5000 now on StockX for $450 and up to $700.

BAPE x UNDFTD x Adidas Consortium Campus 80s

Release date: April 2013

Adidas UNDFTD Bape Superstar campus 80In addition to the ZX 5000, Adidas, Bape and UNDFTD dropped  the Campus 80s dropped in 2 colorways, Black and Olive. The uppers of this pair are Suede with camo tongue and sock liner. However, in this edition, Bape’s signature Ape head was missing from the tongue.

BAPE x UNDFTD x Adidas Consortium Superstar 80s

Release date: April 2015

Adidas Bape Superstar 80s White

Once again BAPE, UNDEFEATED, and Adidas collaborated in 2015. This time releasing an all-new collection of the Superstar 80s. The capsule included a white and a black version with blue and gray camo accents.

BAPE x UNDFTD x Adidas Consortium Superstar 80s

Release date: October 2015

Adidas UNDFTD Bape Superstar Blue

In October that same year, 2 new colorways, Blue and Black, of the Superstar 80s dropped. Featuring the same BAPE camo patterns used on the tongue and lining of the April’s versions.

BAPE x Adidas Originals NMD R1

Release date: November 2016

Adidas Bape NMD R1 Black

Bape Adidas NMD R1 2016

One of Adidas most memorable sneakers was and still is the NMD R1. Thanks to celebrity and influencer marketing, the NMDs became an iconic sneaker silhouette in the streetwear community.

All the hype surrounding the Adidas NMD R1 made it the perfect pair to re-imagine alongside Bape. And to date, this is the one of the most successful collaborative drops between Adidas and Bape. The BAPE Adidas NMD R1 featured synthetic nylon uppers covered with Bape’s Camo print. Those NMDs released in Black and Olive green versions and were accompanied by an apparel collection.

BAPE x NBHD x Adidas Superstar Boost

Release date: February 2017

Adidas Bape Superstar Boost 2017

A new streetwear brand joins the party! NEIGHBORHOOD alongside Bape and Adidas co-created a new modernized version of the Adidas Superstar. This collab introduced new details such as a Primeknit and suede for the uppers and black leather stripes on the sides. But the biggest change was adding a Boost unit in the midsole.

BAPE x Adidas Dame 4

Release date: February 2018

Bape Adidas Dame 4 Black - Green

Damian Lillard’s signature Dame 4 was the first basketball sneaker released under the Adidas Bape partnership. 3 colorways of the sneakers were available, Black, Camo, and Red. However, the red version was an event-exclusive pair. Which explains the higher resale price. This shark-inspired pack dropped on NBA All-star weekend back in 2018.

BAPE x Adidas Skateboarding 3ST.002

Release date: November 2018

Adidas Bape 3st002

Celebrating the release of its all-new 3ST.002 silhouette, Adidas teamed up with BAPE on a skateboarding shoe. The all-black Primeknit sneaker was embellished with a white outline of BAPE’s Ape Head camo, with the three stripes crossing the uppers diagonally.

BAPE x NBHD x Adidas Originals POD-S3.1 & NMD STLT

Release date: January 2019

NEIGHBORHOOD joined BAPE  forces again for a big collection of co-branded products in January 2019. The capsule included camouflage denim jackets, incense chambers, and Adidas sneakers. The Japanese street wear bands unleashed their creativity on the POD-S3.1 and NMD R1 STLT silhouettes.

Adidas Bape Football Capsule

Release date: February 2019

Just ahead of Super Bowl this year, BAPE and Adidas dropped a collection of football-inspired accessories, apparel, and sneakers. In addition to jerseys, a football, and a Bape Camo helmet, the brands released two new Ultra Boost colorways and two Adizero cleats.

Future Adidas Bape Releases

This month, a wider release of the  Adidas Bape NBHD POD-S3.1 and NMD R1 STLT is scheduled. Specifically on April 19th, 2019. So if you missed out the first time and aren’t planning on paying high resale prices, this is your chance.

As for more collaborative sneaker releases, it doesn’t seem that the Adidas Bape partnership will end anytime soon. And we couldn’t be more grateful for such an innovative and rule-breaking couple.