American footwear giant Nike has disowned the ‘Satan Shoes’ launched by rapper and singer Lil Nas X, saying it was not involved in its creation.
The controversial pair of black and red sneakers features a bronze pentagram, an inverted cross, and a drop of real human blood. It is part of a collaboration between the artist and New York-based art collective MSCHF.
Lil Nas X’s Satan Shoes: Nike Disowns Footwear, Refuses To Endorse Them
Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’ were made using Nike Air Max 97s, prompting the footwear brand to respond in a statement, distancing itself from the recent creation.
According to CNN, Nike said: “We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF. Nike does not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them.”
Eye9ja gathered that the sneakers were launched a limited “drop” of 666 pairs and each shoe’s air bubble sole has 60 cubic centimeters (2.03 fluid ounces) of red ink and “one drop” of human blood.
Priced at $1,018 a pair, they reference the Bible passage Luke 10:18 which reads, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
A spokesperson for MSCHF revealed that the blood was provided by members of the art collective, adding: “We love to sacrifice for our art.” They also confirmed that Nike was “not involved in this in any capacity.”
The shoes caused outrage during the weekend, attracting criticism from a number of high-profile political and religious figures, including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and evangelical pastor Mark Burns.