Nike and MSCHF Settle Lil Nas X ‘Satan Shoes’ Lawsuit
One of the more weirdly intriguing sneaker controversies in recent memory has seemingly come to an end, with Nike and Brooklyn-based label MSCHF agreeing to settle the lawsuit over Lil Nas X’s blood-filled ‘Satan Shoes’. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
Both parties have confirmed an agreement of a settlement, with MSCHF set to offer a voluntary recall to buy back pairs of the Air Max 97-style ‘Satan Shoes’ for their retail price in order to try to reduce the number in circulation. Interestingly, customers who purchased MSCHF’s ‘Jesus Shoes’ from 2019 will be extended the same offer. In a statement, Nike said the following:
‘Today, April 8th, Nike and MSCHF have agreed to settle the lawsuit. As part of the settlement, Nike has asked MSCHF, and MSCHF has agreed, to initiate a voluntary recall to buy back any Satan Shoes and Jesus Shoes for their original retail prices, in order to remove them from circulation. If any purchasers were confused, or if they otherwise want to return their shoes, they may do so for a full refund. Purchasers who choose not to return their shoes and later encounter a product issue, defect, or health concern should contact MSCHF, not Nike. The parties are pleased to put this dispute behind them.’
MSCHF and its legal counsel have also responded in their own statement, suggesting that the shoes were ‘intended to comment on the absurdity of the collaboration culture practiced by some brands, and about the perniciousness of intolerance… Having already achieved its artistic purpose, MSCHF recognized that settlement was the best way to allow it to put this lawsuit behind it so that it could dedicate its time to new artistic and expressive projects.’
The ‘Satan Shoes’ don’t appear to be listed on any of the major sneaker marketplaces, but there are pairs floating around on eBay for close to $10,000. We can’t see many of the sold pairs making it back to MSCHF...