Lil Nas X’s New Cancelled Shoes

Teagan Harbor

April 11, 2021

In order to promote Lil Nas X’s new song, MONTERO, he produced and sold ‘Satan Shoes’ which have developed major controversy between the public and the brand Nike. Stay tuned to read about the supposed ‘malicious’ shoes and the lawsuit Nike has pursued.

The brand new kicks launched through MSCHF, an art company in New York, and sold out in under a minute. Ironically, on March 26th, only 666 pairs of shoes were released just like the number representing the devil. The shoes were worth exactly 1,018$ each and produced over 700,00$ in sales. The appearance of the shoes was black and red, contained a Nike swoosh symbol, and had a satanic star symbol attached to the laces. With the immediate questioning of the symbol, the Bible verse on the shoe sparked some arguments. The verse, Luke 10:18, “So He told them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven’”, was said to be inappropriate for the shoe. Alongside this, the soul of the shoe contained red dye and a small drop of real human blood inside. The physical appearance of the satanic shoe made people question it already, yet the real human blood tipped people off. Parents had been reporting that the shoes were a poor example for their children on this famous singer's part. Lil Nas X, who is most famous for his song, Old Town Road, doesn’t set a great example for younger children who loved this popular song. From the public’s reaction, Nike had seen the outcome and the organization claimed that they never permitted MSCHF to include their logo. Following this, Nike had started a lawsuit against MSCHF. The lawsuit was ruled as trademark infringement, which Nike won. From further on, MSCHF is banned from using the swoosh symbol again and a restraining order was put into place. In response to the hate that the businesses and Lil Nas X had received, the singer stated, “‘Nike only stopped the sell of the shoe because a powerful group of people pushed them to do so’”. Lil Nas X reported that different versions of Nikes are created all the time, yet Nike had only spoken up when they saw the negative responses by the public. Whose side are you on? Do you think these kicks should be worn?