Nike deny any involvement in Lil Nas X's Satan shoes that 'contain blood'
The custom trainers contain a drop of human blood
Nike has denied any involvement in the development of a new shoe design with Lil Nas X, after the rapper announced that he would be releasing the 'Satan Shoes'.
Despite the fact that the new shoes are modified Nike Air Max 97s, the company have distanced themselves from the project. Lil Nas X developed them in partnership with streetwear brand MSCHF, and they're bold to say the least.
Nike have stated: "We do not have a relationship with Little Nas X or MSCHF.
"Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them."
The trainers have a pentagram pendant on them, a reference to a verse from the Bible about Satan's fall from heaven, and have a drop of real human blood in the sole. In another satanic reference only 666 pairs have been created, and therefore a pair will set you back a cool $1,018, which is a nod to the Bible verse reference, which is Luke 10:18.
MSCHF x Lil Nas X "Satan Shoes" 🏹
👟Nike Air Max '97
🩸Contains 60cc ink and 1 drop of human blood
🗡️666 Pairs, individually numbered
🗓️March 29th, 2021 pic.twitter.com/XUMA9TKGSX
— SAINT (@saint) March 26, 2021
The shoes have been released in the aftermath of the singer's new single 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)' which came out last week. The video for the song features plenty of satanic imagery. Both the video and the new shoes have drawn criticism from some of Lil Nas X's followers, with many seemingly worried that both the new song and the trainers are going to kick-off a boom in Satanism.
One user claimed they had predicted that people would start 'coming out saying they worship Satan,' and that 'if you don't see what's happening, you're choosing to be in darkness.'
It isn't like the 21-year-old rapper is the first to use satanic imagery in his music and image though. Heavy metal bands in particular have embraced it over the decades, with the likes of Slipknot and Black Sabbath preferring fire and brimstone to halos and angels, to name just a couple.
It seems like Lil Nas X's thinking behind the song and video though is very clear.
The rapper, who came out as gay in 2019, tweeted: "I spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the shit y'all preached would happen to me because I was gay.
"So I hope u are mad, stay mad, feel the same anger you teach us to have towards ourselves."
Also, considering the video for the song has already racked up over 30 million views, I'm sure that Lil Nas X isn't losing sleep over the views of a few Bible-bashers.