Nike is suing rapper Lil Nas X and 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.
Nike is claiming the collective infringed its trademark.
MSCHF released 666 pairs of the shoes on Monday on its app and says they sold out in less than a minute.
The black and red shoes were “dropped” by MSCHF on Monday, coinciding with the launch of Lil Nas X’s latest song Montero (Call Me By Your Name), which debuted on YouTube last Friday.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, containing 60 cubic centimetres (2.03 fluid ounces) of red ink and a single drop of human blood, donated by members of the art collective.
Nike is asking the court to stop MSCHF from selling the shoes and prevent them from using its famous Swoosh design mark.
“In fact, there is already evidence of significant confusion and dilution occurring in the marketplace, including calls to boycott Nike in response to the launch of MSCHF’s Satan Shoes based on the mistaken belief that Nike has authorised or approved this product.”
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