New York- A federal judge on Thursday sided with Lil Nas X in ordering a Brooklyn company to temporarily stop further sales of Satan Shoes it produced in collaboration with the rapper Nike Inc. U.S. District Judge Eric Komitee ruled in Brooklyn three days after Nike sued MSCHF Product Studio Inc, claiming that the black-and-red, devil-themed sneakers, which carry the Nike logo, infringed its trademarks.
The sneakers are customized versions of the Nike Air Max 97 sneakers that purport to contain one drop of Biblical blood in the midsoles and are printed with Luke 10: 18, a human passage referring to Satan's fall from heaven.
Only 666 pairs, each costing$ 1,018, were created.
Old Town Road, known for the song Lil Nas X, was planning to select who would get the 666th pair, but this plan was shed following Nike's lawsuit filed on Monday. He is not a defendant in the case; the lawyers for Nike and MSCHF did no immediate comment or did not respond immediately to requests for comment. MSCHF lawyers said Satan Shoes were not typical sneakers, but rather individually numbered works of art that the company based in 2019 on the same Nike Model.
They said that a temporary restraining order was unnecessary because shoe buyers would not think Nike was involved and all but the 666th pair had already been made and no more were sold.
MSCHF's lawyers, in contrast, said that even sneakerheads' were actually confused by Nike's shoes and MSCHF had a history of shipping infringing shoes faster than courts could stop it.
Last month, Lil Nas X released a devil-themed video for his song Montero.