Judge Order Stops the Selling, Shipping of Lil Nas X's 'Satan Sneakers'

Thursday April 1, 2021

A federal judge has ordered that Lil Nas X's "Satan sneakers" stop being sold, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Though the 666 pairs of the alerted Nike Air Max 97s sold out in minutes this week, U.S. District Court Judge Eric Komitee's temporary order also prevents the sneakers from being shipped.

The out rapper announced the new shoes, which supposedly contains human blood, in conjunction with the release of his new song and biblical music video "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)."

Nike was swift to separate itself from the shoes, releasing a statement condemning Lil Nas and MSCHF Product Studio, the New York-based design company the musician worked with to create the sneaks. Nike also filed for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.

THR adds: "In its suit, the shoe giant claims that the Satanic association will dilute its famous marks."

"In a letter to the judge late yesterday, MSCHF's attorneys at the high-powered law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton argue that these 666 pairs of shoes are 'not typical sneakers, but rather individually-numbered works of art that were sold to collectors for $1,018 each,'" THR writes.