Rapper Lil Nas X launched the sneakers in collaboration with New York-based art collective MSCHF.
A new pair of sneakers is making noise in the fashion world with its unique design and concept. According to CNN, rapper Lil Nas X launched a controversial pair of shoes inspired by Satan. The black and red pair comes with a bronze pentagram and an inverted cross. Additionally, it has another shocking element that has raised eyebrows. The shoes contain a drop of real human blood.
As per the website, every shoe has an air bubble sole containing 60 cubic centimeters (2.03 fluid ounces) of red ink and "one drop" of human blood.
The shoes, known as "Satan Shoes", also feature a text from the Bible. Quoting Luke 10: 18, the text reads, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." Additionally, the shoe has a stamp revealing its number in the collection. The limited-edition shoes are priced at $1,018, according to the website.
The 21-year-old rapper released the shoes in collaboration with the New York-based art collective MSCHF. It is also tied to the release of his new song Montero (Call Me by Your Name) which was criticized for its controversial music video. While the product ticked off many, it seemed to have impressed the targeted audience. As per the statement given out by MSCHF creative director Kevin Wiesner, about 666 pairs were sold in less than a minute after its release on 29 March of this year.
These #SatanShoes by #Nike & #LilNasX with 666 and a drop of human blood in the sole is a reason why we Christians must be prayed up ready to battle in the spirit with the Voice of the Holy Spirit. This is evil & heresy and I pray that Christians rise up against this. pic.twitter.com/u7CK3NCIy7— Pastor Mark Burns (@pastormarkburns) March 27, 2021
Speaking of the human blood featured in the shoes, an MSCHF spokesperson stated that it was collected from members of the art collective. Wiesner further stated that the blood drops were collected by the creative team over the course of one week. He also pointed that the needle used was similar to the one used at-home glucose tests.
Meanwhile, Nike, whose Air Max 97s were used in the making of the shoe, stated that they do associate with the rapper or the art collective. "We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF. Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them," said the company to CNN. MSCHF further confirmed that Nike was "not involved in this in any capacity."
Reportedly, Nike is suing the art collective for diluting their trademark. Nike's statement came after the design garnered a lot of negative comments from religious leaders such as evangelical pastor Mark Burns and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. Pastor Burns referred to the sneakers as "evil" and heresy."
On the other hand, fans of the young rapper came forward to support the sneaker. Lil Nas responded to the outrage by posting a video titled Apologies for Satan Shoe. However, the video, after seconds of showing the rapper with the shoes, redirected to the much-criticized music video. The video shows the rapper snapping the devil's neck and wearing the horned crown on his own head.
Before releasing the shoes, the rapper released a statement 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."
Cover Image | Source: Satan Shoes Website