Daily US Times: The sports shoe giant Nike is suing Brooklyn art collective MSCHF over a pair of “Satan Shoes” that contains a drop of real human blood in the soles. The pair of shoes is hugely controversial.
The $1,018 (£740) trainers, which feature a pentagram, an inverted cross and the words “Luke 10:18”, were made using modified Nike Air Max 97s. Nike claims trademark infringement.
On Monday, MSCHF released 666 pairs of the shoes in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X. MSCHF says they sold out in less than a minute.
The controvercial shoes were “dropped” by MSCHF on Monday, coinciding with the launch of rapper Lil Nas X’s latest song Montero (Call Me By Your Name), which debuted on YouTube last Friday.
In the music video, Lil Nas X is seen sliding down a stripper pole from heaven to hell, wearing a pair of the trainers.
The imagery and the shoes 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, which containes 60 cubic centimetres of red ink and a single drop of human blood. The bloods were donated by members of the art collective.
Nike says in a filing with the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York that it does not authorise or approve the customised Satan Shoes.
Nike is asking the court to stop MSCHF from selling the controversial shoes and prevent them from using its famous Swoosh design mark.