Nike and MSCHF have reached a decision in the fight to break the trademark with modified sneakers sold in partnership with rapper Lil Nas X.
Nike filed the lawsuit last week against MSCHF after it unveiled Nike Air Max 97s modified “Satan Shoes” and Lil Nas X. The shoes, valued at $ 1,018 and adorned with a pentagram pendant and a drop of human blood on the sole, were sold immediately.
The sneakers are furious online, with some calling for a Nike strike, even though the company has nothing to do with the shoe. Nike has filed a lawsuit against MSCHF, and the judge has issued an interim order to stop the fulfillment of the “Satan Shoes” order.
An agreement has been reached in which MSCHF will voluntarily remove the memory from the shoes and offer a re-purchase of Nike shoes that had been renovated called “Jesus Shoes,” Nike confirmed to NBC News on Thursday.
“If there are consumers who are confused, or if they otherwise want to return their shoes, they can do so for a full refund,” Nike said in a statement, confirming that it was not linked to the shoes. “Consumers who choose not to return their shoes and experience a product problem, disability or health concern should contact MSCHF, not Nike.”
Satan Shoes, a shoe produced by Brooklyn-based company MSCHF Product Studio Inc in partnership with rapper Lil Nas X.MSCHF / Reuters
MSCHF has agreed to resolve the case after realizing it “has already achieved its artistic purpose,” David H. Bernstein, an MSCHF lawyer, told NBC News. The shoes “have been a unique work of art that will continue to represent the principles of equality and inclusion for all,” he said.
“With these Sat Shoes – sold in less than a minute – MSCHF aims to comment on the emptiness of the collaborative culture created by certain brands, and on the dangers of intolerance” in collaboration with Lil Nas X, Bernstein said.
The release of “Satan Shoes” coincides with Lil Nas X’s latest song, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” and the accompanying music video. In the video, Lil Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, is seduced by what appears to be the Garden of Eden, falls into hell and gives the devil a pumpkin dance.
Lil Nas X defended the shoes as he alone and the video received attention. One was ranked # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
After Friday’s release, Lil Nas X released an open letter to his younger brother about his release. The rapper, who is apparently gay, explained that the song was about a boy he met last summer.
“I know we promised we would never go public, I know we promised we would never be that kind of gay person, I know we promised we would die a secret, but this will open the doors for many other wonderful people to be there,” he wrote.
Music video for “Montero” includes a voice with the same message.
“In life, we hide our parts that we do not want the world to see,” he said. “We lock ourselves in. We tell ourselves,” No. ‘We chase them away. But here, we do not. Welcome to Montero. “