After the UPROAR over Lil’ Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’, and the fallout with Nike for which the shoes were created from, it appears that Nike has SETTLED the lawsuit levied against the creator, MSCHF!
Nike released a statement detailing parts of the settlement. “Today, April 8th, Nike and MSCHF have agreed to settle the lawsuit,” the statement read. “As part of the settlement, Nike has asked MSCHF, and MSCHF has agreed, to initiate a voluntary recall to buy back any Satan Shoes and Jesus Shoes for their original retail prices, in order to remove them from circulation. If any purchasers were confused, or if they otherwise want to return their shoes, they may do so for a full refund.”
“Purchasers who choose not to return their shoes and later encounter a product issue, defect, or health concern should contact MSCHF, not Nike,” the statement continued. “The parties are pleased to put this dispute behind them.”
MSCHF released a separate statement saying that the “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.”
As REVOLT previously reported, the limited-edition Nike Air Max 97s completely sold out in less than a minute on March 29. The sneakers were priced at $1,018 each and featured feature a pentagram pendant, a reference to Luke 10:18 — a Bible verse about the devil’s fall from heaven — and a drop of human blood in the soles.
Not EVERYONE is willing to return those sought after kicks, though.
One seller on eBay was seeking $15,000 for a size 8 pair of Satan Shoes, which feature Nike’s trademark swoosh logo and a bronze, pentagram-shaped charm. “Luke 10:18” — a reference to the biblical passage that says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” — is printed on them.
A previous line of unauthorized Nike sneakers that MSCHF sold, which was named the Jesus Shoe and contained holy water, can also be returned for a refund, Nike said.
“In both cases, MSCHF altered these shoes without Nike’s authorization,” Nike said in a statement on Thursday. “Nike had nothing to do with the Satan Shoes or the Jesus Shoes.”
A lawyer for MSCHF did not dispute that the company had agreed to the voluntary buyback, but said on Thursday that he could not disclose the terms of the settlement.
Seems like both sides ‘WON’ and the CONTROVERSY helped propel Lil’ Nas X back up the charts and SMILING as he goes to the bank….