Lil Nas X‘s “Satan shoes, “together with MSCHF Product Studio, Inc., an art company based in Brooklyn, NY, resulted in a lawsuit of Nike on Nas X’s reworked Nike Air Max 97 sneakers. However, all is well as a settlement has been made regarding the controversial shoe, which appears in the rapper’s clip “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”.
According to an article published on Business intern Friday April 9, Nike settled with MSCHF an “undisclosed amount”. The monetary deal stems from a legal deposit the shoe giant made last week, accusing the company of tricking consumers into believing Nike approved the sneaker when it was personalized by Lil Nas X and MSCHF, which has modified other sneakers in previous years, in particular the “Jesus Shoes” which were released in 2019.
Nike allegedly claimed in reports that they were in no way involved in the making of the sneaker, which sparked controversy due to its satanic characteristics such as the biblical scripture of Luke 10:18: “I ‘ saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. ” The sneaker was also sold for $ 1,018 and features a drop of blood, a bronze pentagram, and an inverted cross. There were also 666 pairs available. However, although the shoe is no longer in production, over 100 pairs are available through eBay varying between $ 3,000 and $ 20,000.
Regarding the “Satan Shoes”, the lawyer for MSCHF said XXL in a statement: “MSCHF intended to comment on the absurdity of the culture of collaboration practiced by certain brands, and the perniciousness of intolerance. The 666 shoes (of which 665 had already been sold and shipped to collectors before the hearing of the interim restraining order last week) were individually numbered works of art that will continue to represent the ideals of equality and inclusion wherever they are exhibited. The artistic messages MSCHF hoped to share with these shoes were also powerfully communicated through Lil Nas X‘Montero (Call me by your name).’ “
The lawyer adds that Nike’s lawsuit against MSCHF “considerably amplified” the mission of the collaboration, which was to display “artistic expression”.
A Nike representative said XXL regarding the settlement: “As part of the settlement, Nike requested MSCHF, and MSCHF agreed, to initiate a voluntary recall to repurchase all Satan and Jesus shoes at their original retail prices, in order to remove them from the circulation.
If buyers are confused or want to return their shoes, they can do so for a full refund. Buyers who choose not to return their shoes and subsequently experience a problem, defect or health issue with the product should contact MSCHF and not Nike. The parties are happy to put this dispute behind them. “
Following the lawsuit, MSCHF’s lawyer said the company will now focus on “new artistic and expressive projects”.
XXL also contacted a representative of Lil Nas X for comment.
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