The black and red sneakers come with an inverted cross, a bronze pentagram, and most shockingly, a drop of real human blood.
On Monday, rapper Lil Nas X launched a controversial pair of shoes that have been inspired by Satan himself. The black and red sneakers come with an inverted cross, a bronze pentagram, and most shockingly, a drop of real human blood! According to CNN, the satanic sportswear is a product of the 21-year-old singer's new collaboration with New York-based art collective MSCHF and it also tied to the release of the artist's new song "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" and its controversial music video. While this latest design is not everyone's cup of tea, it did manage to impress its targetted audience. On March 29, MSCHF creative director Kevin Wiesner confirmed that their limited-edition 666 pairs were sold in less than a minute.
Apart from a pentagon charm, the 'Satan Shoes' feature text that reads "LUKE 10:18," which refers to a Bible passage, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." It also has a stamp that reveals its number in the collection (for example 20/666). The shoes were priced at $1,018 and those who wish to get the shoes can try their luck by entering a lottery at the sneaker's official website to win the 666th pair. The results will be out on April 1. Every pair of shoes have an air bubble sole containing 60 cubic centimeters (2.03 fluid ounces) of red ink and "one drop" of human blood. A MSCHF spokesperson revealed that members of the art collective had provided the blood and added, "We love to sacrifice for our art." Wiesner later explained over a video call that the creative team has collected drops from an individual over the course of a week. He noted that the needle used in the process was the same as those used in at-home glucose tests.
Although the shoes were created using Nike Air Max 97s, the sportswear brand has since distanced itself from the hellish new design. "We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF," the company said in a statement to CNN. "Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them." MSCHF also confirmed the same saying that Nike was "not involved in this in any capacity." This came shortly after the devilish offerings sparked immense outrage over the weekend. Several high-profile religious figures, including the evangelical pastor Mark Burns and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, heavily criticized the design. Pastor Burns even described the sneakers as "evil" and heresy" in a tweet.
If u hate Satan so much why u hangin w him in this pic? pic.twitter.com/rI6Xruc3cG— RJ (@rjthinks) March 28, 2021
That being said, some fans of the "Old Town Road" rapper showed their support and expressed their desire to own a pair. Lil Nas X also responded to this outrage by posting a video titled "Lil Nas X Apologizes for Satan Shoe" on his official YouTube account. The video begins with the artist (whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill) holding the controversial shoe but after a few seconds, the apparent apology cuts to a scene from Nas X's latest music video. The singer is seen snapping the devil's neck and placing his horned crown on his own head. Apart from the shoes, his music video too attracted negative comments due to its rebellious religious imagery.
A day following the release, Lil Nas X responded saying, "I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the s**t y'all preached would happen to me because i was gay. So I hope u are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves" The 'Satan Shoes' was just one of MSCHF's many tongue-in-cheek art projects that are unveiled once every two weeks. Back in 2019, it released a limited edition "Jesus Shoes," which were also made from Nike Air ax 97 sneakers. It was complete with a steel crucifix and "holy water" taken from the Jordan River. Now Nike is reportedly suing MSCHF Product Studio Inc, over the Satan Shoes, claiming that the collective infringed on and diluted the sportswear's trademark.