For 35-years, Hello Kitty has been a highlight of Japanese popular culture, at times being considered the official, fictional character of Japan. Sanrio, the Japanese company responsible for producing Hello Kitty is constantly working on collaborative products to give the brand greater prominence. For one of their most recent projects, Sanrio reached out to fellow Land of the Rising Sun native, A Bathing Ape, to put together a highly limited Bapesta. Using Hello Kitty’s signature colors, the patent leather Bapesta features a red and white base with accents of light blue on the BAPE star logo, BAPE stamp on the midsole and on the outsole. A graphic of Hello Kitty and Baby Milo hand-in-hand is shown on the heel of the right sneaker, while the left sneakers includes an image of Hello Kitty’s trademark hair bow.
The Sanrio x BAPE Bapesta will become available online on an undisclosed date, but in the meantime BAPE’s flagship store in New York City has a few sizes on hand for those who act fast.