Lil Nas X has announced a collaboration with New York-based art collective MSCHF on a pair of Nike Air Max 97 “Satan Shoes.”
To mark the release of the rapper’s new single “Montero,” Lil Nas has teamed up with the sneaker giants to create a new shoe. Taking inspiration from “Montero,” the Air Max 97 will feature a devilish design that fans can’t wait to get their hands on.
Find out about how to buy Lil Nas X’s “Satan Shoes” here.
Lil Nas X’s trainer collab with Nike and MSCHF
On 26 March 2021, it was announced that Lil Nas X would be teaming up with MSCHF to create a limited edition trainer using Nike Air Max 97 shoes.
MSCHF are responsible for creating the Air Max 97 “Jesus Shoes” back in 2019.
This design features an all-black colourway with red embroidered detailing. There is also a bronze pentagram – often linked to satanic worship – clipped to the laces, hence their name, “Satan Shoes.”
The soles of each pair are filled with 60cc of red ink and one drop of human blood.
Lil Nas X’s “Satan Shoes” release date
The “Satan Shoes” will be released on 29 March 2021 at 11am EST.
The trainers will be available to purchase through the MSCHF app.
Lil Nas’ “Satan Shoes” are referred to as MSCHF Drop #43 on the website. This has caused some confusion, as when you go to MSCHF’s official website, Drop #43 lists a release date of 12 April, not 29 March. Yet, it is followed by a countdown which leads up to the 29 March release date seeming to confirm this is correct.
For those wanting to get their hands on a pair, be ready to buy the shoes on 29 March 2021 at 11am EST. There are just 666 pairs going. They come at a steep price, however, at $1,018 a pair.
Luke 10:18 meaning
The trainers also feature “Luke 10:18” embroidered on the front lateral.
This is in reference to the line “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven,” from that passage of the Bible.
In Lil Nas X’s music video for “Montero,” we see the rapper fall from heaven to take up residence in hell. The “Luke 10:18” reference on the trainer is a direct link to the music video.
Nike responds to ‘Satan shoes’
In a statement to CNN, Nike insisted they were not involved in creating the “Satan sneakers” together with Lil Nas X and MSCHF.
“We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF,” the statement read. “Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them.”
The sneakers received a lot of backlash over the weekend from various public and political figures, who called the release “evil” and “heresy“.
In response, the rapper posted an “apology video” to his official channel, which cuts after a few seconds to a scene from his latest music video, for the song Montero (Call Me By Your Name), in which Lil Nas X dances provocatively with the devil. The rapper then proceeds to snap his dance partner’s neck and wear his crown.
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