Nike is suing Brooklyn art collective MSCHF over a controversial pair of “Satan Shoes” that contain a drop of real human blood in the soles. The $1,018 (£740) trainers, which feature an inverted cross, a pentagram and the words “Luke 10:18”, were made using modified Nike Air Max 97s. 666 pairs of the shoes released on Monday in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X were sold out in less than a minute.
Nike has claimed trademark infringement and is asking the court to stop MSCHF from selling the shoes and prevent them from using its famous Swoosh design mark.
The black and red shoes “dropped” by MSCHF on Monday, coincide with the launch of Lil Nas X’s latest song Montero (Call Me By Your Name), which debuted on YouTube last Friday. The song sees the rapper, who came out in 2019, celebrating his sexuality while rejecting society’s attempts to shame him.
The imagery and the shoes both reference the Bible verse Luke 10:18 – “So He told them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven’.”
Each shoe features a signature Nike air bubble cushioning sole, containing 60 cubic centimetres (2.03 fluid ounces) of red ink and a single drop of human blood, donated by members of the MSCHF art collective.
Source: BBC News