Nike and MSCHF have reached a settlement in the legal battle over Lil Nas X’s incendiary Satan Shoes.
In a statement to USA TODAY, Nike announced that MSCHF, which collaborated with the rapper on the shoes, has agreed to buy back any Satan Shoes at their original retail price, in order to remove the product from circulation.
The buy back also applies to MSCHF’s Jesus Shoes – another product from the Brooklyn-based streetwear company that, like the Satan Shoes, modified Nike Air Max 97s.
Customers who don’t return the shoes should report future product issues, defects or health concerns to MSCHF instead of Nike, the footwear company added.
MSCHF’s attorney David Bernstein said the company “was pleased with the settlement” and “already achieved its artistic purpose” with the Satan Shoes, in a statement to USA TODAY.
“The 666 shoes … were individually-numbered works of art that will continue to represent the ideals of equality and inclusion wherever they are displayed,” he added. “MSCHF recognized that settlement was the best way to allow it to put this lawsuit behind it so that it could dedicate its time to new artistic and expressive projects.”
USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Lil Nas X for comment.
The “Old Town Road” singer, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, collaborated with MSCHF on the limited Satan Shoe release, which sparked social media furor in late March. Only 666 pairs went on sale for $1,018, a reference to Luke 10:18, a Bible verse about Satan’s fall from heaven. The shoes immediately sold out, according to MSCHF.
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The Satan shoes are decorated with a pentagram pendant, pentagram designs on the heel and an inverted cross on the tongue pull-tab. The sole air bubble contains 60 cc ink and one drop of human blood, according to a statement from MSCHF.
Prior to Thursday’s settlement, Nike was granted a temporary restraining order against MSCHF, halting the sale of the Satan Shoes. The ruling marked Nike’s first legal win over the shoes since suing MSCHF for trademark infringement in late March.
According to NBC and The Hollywood Reporter, MSCHF was temporarily blocked from fulfilling orders of the shoes as a result of the restraining order.
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Lil Nas X reacted to the restraining order on April 1 by tweeting, “i haven’t been upset until today.”
“i feel like it’s (expletive) up they have so much power they can get shoes cancelled,” he added. “freedom of expression gone out the window. but that’s gonna change soon”
The Satan Shoes followed the release of Lil Nas X’s devil-themed music video for his song “Montero (Call Me by Your Name),” in which he gyrated on Satan’s lap.
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Contributing: Bryan Alexander