Lil Nas X's Satan Shoes Are Here, But Nike Isn't Happy
Take a look at the shoes that stormed the internet.
666 pairs of the shoes were released, and they sold out in under a minute, with each pair retailing at $1,018. The shoes are customized Nike Air Max 97s with added pentagram and Bible verse Luke 10:18 which references the lines, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
Soon after the release of the shoes Nike made a statement announcing that have filed a lawsuit against MSCHF for infringement and dilution. The lawsuit said that the shoes were produced “without Nike’s approval and authorization.” They go on to claim that as a result of the Satan themed shoes there has been calls to boycott the company.
me after the nike lawsuit pic.twitter.com/XVLjHlSrru— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 29, 2021
This is not the first time that Brooklyn-based streetwear brand MSCHF have been under fire for releasing religious themed merchandise. In 2019 they released the ‘Jesus’ shoe which contained holy water in the sole.
Nike 'Jesus Shoes' ft. MSCHF (2019) and Nike 'Satan Shoes' ft. Lil Nas X (2021) pic.twitter.com/xM4JLQuWo7— ᵯ ⁷ (@mariaveilleuse) March 27, 2021
The Satan shoe coincides with the release of Lil Nas X’s single Montero (Call Me by Your Name) a song that, much like the shoe, caused outrage across the internet. The music video sees the singer grind upon Satan’s lap. Many have criticized the video because some of Lil Nas X’s previous releases, such as Old Town Road, have been considered ‘child-friendly’ and a video such as this is deemed not suitable for young children to view.
Another criticism brought up the argument of using satanic imagery in art and the belief that satanic worship should not be normalized within the mainstream media.
Lil Nas X responded to the comments by releasing a YouTube video entitled Lil Nas X Apologizes for Satan Shoe. The video begins with the singer holding the shoe, with what feels like a lead up to a stereotypical apology video. The video quickly cuts and the music video for Montero (Call Me by Your Name) begins playing, clearly signifying the singer’s dismissal of the comments.
The Satan shoes are currently sold out, but a giveaway for the final pair is currently ongoing on the MSCHF website.