Nike Files Lawsuit To Exorcise Lil Nas X’s Satan Shoes From Tainting Its Brand

Nike Files Lawsuit To Exorcise Lil Nas X’s Satan Shoes From Tainting Its Brand

Nike filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Monday against MSCHF, the designer that collaborated with rapper Lil Nas X to release 666 pairs of limited-edition Satan shoes.

“Nike filed a trademark infringement and dilution complaint against MSCHF today related to the Satan Shoes,” Nike said. “We don’t have any further details to share on pending legal matters. However, we can tell you we do not have a relationship with Lil Nas X or MSCHF. The Satan Shoes were produced without Nike’s approval or authorization, and Nike is in no way connected with this project.”

It took only six hours from the release of the sneakers for Nike to file suit, claiming it “has not and does not approve or authorize MSCHF’s customized Satan Shoes.” Nike also said the sneaker’s midsole “may pose safety risks for consumers,” since the shoes reportedly include red dye and a drop of human blood.

In 2019, MSCHF modified Nike Air Max 97s to release a Jesus-themed shoe with Jordan River holy water drops in the sole. Evidently, this is not the first time the company has ripped off Nike sneakers, but Nike did not sue the company over its Jesus shoes.

The 21-year-old Lil Nas X has received criticism for the release of his Devil-inspired sneakers, which people say are disturbing. Yesterday, former Clemson quarterback and NFL draft prospect Trevor Lawrence said the “line has to be drawn somewhere.”

My kids will never play Old Town road again.. I’m still debating about wearing @Nike after this come nike a drop of blood for real,” tweeted former NBA player and 2018 NBA Finals champion Nick Young.

According to Entertainment Weekly, all 666 shoes sold out within one minute of the release.

“We do not have a relationship with Little Nas X or MSCHF,” Nike said in a statement. “Nike did not design or release these shoes, and we do not endorse them.”

Gabe Kaminsky is a senior contributor to The Federalist. His writing has appeared in RealClearPolitics, the Daily Wire, The New York Post, and several other outlets. Follow him on Twitter @Gabe__Kaminsky and email tips to [email protected]
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