Lil Nas X is partnering up with MSCHF, a Brooklyn-based creative label, to release “Satan Shoes.”
On Monday, the label, which created the “Jesus Shoes” in 2019, launched its limited-edition, 666 pairs of customized Nike shoes.
The Jesus Shoes and Satan Shoes are essentially modified Nike Air Max 97s. However, the Satanic shoes sport a black-and-red theme. The exterior is dark like ink with a touch of devilish red on its sides. The shoes also have a bible verse, Luke 10:18, as part of its design. “And he said to them, I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven,” is inscribed on the side of its toe cap.
If the shoes were not intimidating enough, it is rumored that the shoes contains real human’s blood. However, Nike is disavowing any involvement with Bloody Satan shoes, according to Vanity Fair.
“We do not have a relationship with Little Nas X or MSCHF,” Nike stated in a statement. “Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them.”
MSCHF x Lil Nas X “Satan Shoes” 🏹
👟Nike Air Max ’97
🩸Contains 60cc ink and 1 drop of human blood
🗡️666 Pairs, individually numbered
🗓️March 29th, 2021 pic.twitter.com/XUMA9TKGSX
— SAINT (@saint) March 26, 2021
Heavy has reported that some people on social media thought the shoe’s debut was an early April Fool’s joke, given its bizarre nickname and the timing.
The shoes are real and for sale on MSCHF’s official app.
The release of the shoes coincides with Lil Nas X’s newest single and video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” which dropped last Friday.
In Montero, Lil Nas X enters the Garden of Eden to ancient Greece, and then, the Old Town Road rapper goes to hell and gave Lucifer a lap dance.
The shoes and song have caused some controversy among Christian believers who think Nike and the music industry is promoting Satanism.
From politicians and fellow mainstream musicians, Lil Nas X is challenges critics on social media.
ur a whole governor and u on here tweeting about some damn shoes. do ur job! https://t.co/qaor6W0B9C
— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 28, 2021
i literally sing about lean & adultery in old town road. u decided to let your child listen. blame yourself. https://t.co/gYmTi49BqB
— nope 🏹 (@LilNasX) March 29, 2021
The shoes cost more than $1,000 a pair.