The Satan Shoes
Multinational corporation Nike asked to recall Satan Shoes as part of a trademark infringement.
MSCHF, a Brooklyn art collective, created the Satan Shoes with rapper Lil Nas X.
The team modified Nike’s Air Max 97s by adding a pentagram and inverted cross. The sole of the shoes was also modified by adding red ink to signify human blood.
The shoes were produced to market the singer’s new song “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).”
There are only 666 pairs of Satan shoes sold in the market. Each pair costs around $1,018.
The price represents Luke 10:18, a Bible passage. The selling price is six times more than the original price of the Nike Air Max 97s.
The shoes were sold out in one minute after its release. The last remaining pair was set to be given away by Lil Nas X on Twitter.
Nike has requested a temporary restraining order to stop the shoes from being produced and recall the sold shoes.
A New York federal judge approved the restraining order in April 2021.
The company claims that since the modified shoes contained their signature “swoosh,” buyers and fans of their company may be misled to think that they have collaborated with the team who made the Satan Shoes.
Nike asserts that they did not take part in the creation of the shoes. They also add that they did not authorize the production of the shoes.
The company argues that all rights and decisions pertaining to products with their signature “swoosh” belong to the company. Third-party companies, like the MSCHF art collective, have no right to modify and produce the shoes.
U.S. District Judge Eric Komitee, who granted the restraining order’s approval, declares that MSCHF can still submit evidence that the Satan Shoes are under the First Amendment. However, they cannot further sell the shoes until they have proof.
MSCHF and Lil Nas X Statement
Lawyers representing the MSCHF contend that the shoes contain individual artworks owned by their creators.
They believe that MSCHF has the right to produce the shoes under the First Amendment.
They also add that all pairs of shoes have already been sold and shipped, except for one pair.
Nike attests that MSCHF should recall the shoes that have already been sold.
MSCHF asserts that Nike did not request a recall of the Jesus Shoes produced in 2019. The Jesus Shoes also came from modified Nike Air Max 97s.
Lil Nas X tweeted that he cannot give away the last pair of shoes because of the restraining order. He adds that freedom of expression has been prevented due to this action.
Editor’s Note on Nike Recalls Satan Shoes Due To Trademark Infringement:
This article is published to inform you of Nike’s temporary restraining order regarding Satan Shoes’ trademark infringement.
Case Name & No.: Satan Shoes Recall
Products/Services: Satan Shoes
Allegations: Trademark infringement of Satan Shoes
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(Photo Credits To MSCHF)