Rapper and artist Lil Nas X is launching a disputable pair of shoes called “Satan Shoes” which includes a bronze pentagram, an upset cross and a drop of real human blood.
The black and red shoes, part of a coordinated effort between Lil Nas X and New York-based art collective MSCHF, were made using Nike Air Max 97s, however the sports wear brand has distance itself from the plan.
In an articulation released by Nike, it was not engaged with making the altered shoes. As per them, they don’t have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF. Simply put, Nike didn’t plan or made these shoes and don’t support them in any way.
The “drop” of 666 sets of each shoe’s has air bubble sole, and contains 60 cubic centimeters (2.03 liquid ounces) of red ink and “one drop” of human blood, as indicated by MSCHF. They are valued at $1,018 a couple, a reference to the Bible section Luke 10:18 that reads: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
A representative of MSCHF said the blood had been given by members from the art aggregate, since they love to forfeit for their art. However, the group has affirmed that Nike isn’t part in this in any way.
The shoes started shock online throughout the end of the week, and pulled in criticisms from various prominent political and religious figures, including governors and the evangelical ministers. They depict the shoes in a tweet as “evil” and “heresy.” Meanwhile, some aficionados of the “Old Town Road” rapper, in the interim, tweeted their support and willingness to own a pair.
Accordingly, Lil Nas X (real name is Montero Lamar Hill), posted a video on his official YouTube but Apologized for the Satan Shoe,” which has now been viewed over 1.8 million times. But after a few seconds, the apparent apology cuts to a scene from his new music video, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” showing him dancing provocatively with a devil character.
The rapper is then pictured snapping the devil’s neck, before removing his horned crown and assuming it himself. In 2019, the collective released limited edition “Jesus Shoes” was also made from Nike Air Max 97 sneakers — which featured a steel crucifix and “holy water” sourced from the Jordan River.