Nike and MSCHF Reach Settlement Over Lil Nas X’s “Satan Shoes”

Written by on April 9, 2021

It looks like Nike and MSCHF have come to a settlement over the controversial “Satan Shoes” from Lil Nas X.

A couple weeks back, Nike filed a suit against the art collective for what they deemed unauthorized use and trademark infringement. According to reports, “MSCHF will issue a voluntary recall on the shoes and offer a buy-back program for previously released modified Nike sneakers it called “Jesus Shoes,” Nike confirmed to NBC News on Thursday.

“If any purchasers were confused, or if they otherwise want to return their shoes, they may do so for a full refund,” Nike said in a statement. “Purchasers who choose not to return their shoes and later encounter a product issue, defect or health concern should contact MSCHF, not Nike.”

David H. Bernstein, an attorney for MSCHF, says the company agreed to the settlement after realizing it “already achieved its artistic purpose.” The shoes were “individually numbered works of art that will continue to represent the ideals of equality and inclusion,” he said.

“With these Satan Shoes — which sold out in less than a minute — MSCHF intended to comment on the absurdity of the collaboration culture practiced by some brands, and about the perniciousness of intolerance” in partnership with Lil Nas X, Bernstein said.

Just like that, the controversy is over.

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