Nike, MSCHF reach agreement on “Satan shoes”

Earlier this month, Mschf and Nike agreed to settle a lawsuit over the controversial “Satan Shoes”.

Earlier this month there was a big spectacle after Mschf unveiled his “Satan Shoes,” a sneaker that allegedly had a drop of human blood in each pair. The shoes used the “Nike Air Max 97 model as a base” and were a collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X to help promote his new song “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”. However, Nike had problems with the shoe and filed a lawsuit against Mschf. Earlier this week, Mschf and Nike reached a legal agreement, and under that agreement, Mschf will voluntarily recall the shoes.

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In addition to the “Satan shoes”, according to the settlement agreement, Mschf must also remember its “Jesus shoes”, which hit the shelves in 2019 and used the same Nike sneaker model. If you are not familiar with the “Satan Shoes” and the controversy surrounding them, let me explain. They are sneakers with a “pentagram pendant and a drop of human blood in each sole”. They also have images from Lil Nas X’s equally controversial music video “Montero”. The ‘Jesus shoes’ were made with a crucifix and had holy water from the Jordan in the soles. Both shoes sold out almost immediately, raining between $ 1,018 and $ 1,425 per pair.

In a statement on the matter, Nike said:

“In both cases, MSCHF changed these shoes without Nike’s approval … Nike had nothing to do with the Satan shoes or the Jesus shoes.”

The lawsuit, filed back in March alleging that “some consumers misunderstood the ‘Satan shoes’ to imply that Nike endorsed Satanism,” began boycotting the brand.

David H. Bernstein is the lawyer who represented Mschf. He is also chairman of the intellectual property group at law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. Commenting on the settlement, he said that “the collective had already achieved its artistic purpose with the shoes” and the settlement would enable him to pursue new projects. He went on to explain that the shoes were “individually numbered works of art that commented on the culture of brand collaboration and intolerance – issues that were dramatically amplified by the Nike lawsuit.”

Before settling the settlement, Nike filed an injunction against Mschf to stop shipping the sneakers less than a week after they were released. “This motion was approved by a US District Court in New York.

While Lil Nas X was not listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, he had planned a giveaway for the 666th pair of shoes. This giveaway has been canceled due to the settlement agreement.


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