Nike has distanced itself from the ‘Satan Shoes’, a devilish modification of the brand’s Air Max '97 sneakers co-devised by rapper Lil Nas X. The shoe features a drop of human blood in its sole and a sinister pentagram pendant.
"Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them,” the footwear giant said in a statement to NBC News. "We do not have a relationship with Little Nas X or MSCHF.”
It seems that the rapper and a Brooklyn-based streetwear brand, MSCHF, have simply modified Nike’s existing product – the brand was not entirely against this but did not approve the controversial kicks either.
666 pairs of the naughty Nikes are expected be released on Monday; the shoes will go on sale for $1,018 in a reference to a Bible verse Luke 10:18, which features a remark on Satan falling from heaven. The sneakers' base will also contain a drop of blood drawn from MSCHF crew, according to the company.
Previously MSCHF modified Nike Air Max 97s kicks to release “Jesus Shoes” which they said were filled with holy water from the River Jordan.
The ‘Satan’ footwear immediately provoked the divine wrath of some religious social media users, including a devoted Trump supporter, Pastor Mark Burns, who branded the shoes “evil & heresy” on Twitter.
“I pray that Christians rise up against this,” he said on Twitter on Friday.
These #SatanShoes by #Nike & #LilNasX with 666 and a drop of human blood in the sole is a reason why we Christians must be prayed up ready to battle in the spirit with the Voice of the Holy Spirit. This is evil & heresy and I pray that Christians rise up against this. pic.twitter.com/u7CK3NCIy7— Pastor Mark Burns (@pastormarkburns) March 27, 2021
Lil Nas X has rushed to issue an “apology for Satan Shoes” video on his YouTube channel – which turned out not to be an apology speech but rather a quick jump to a segment from the singer's newly-released "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” clip. In the video, the rapper was filmed giving a lap dance to ‘the devil’ after falling from the Garden of Eden.
“y’all gotta admit... the shoes hard! u cannot sit here and lie,” the musician said on Twitter.
He didn’t seem apologetic after all.