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Company Will Offer Refunds to Buyers of ‘Satan Shoes’ to Settle Lawsuit by Nike

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A Brooklyn company sued by Nike for the unauthorized sale of Satan Shoes – an aftermarket sneaker that contains a drop of blood and was promoted by rapper Lil Nas X – agreed on Thursday to return the shoes as a Accept part of a settlement.

The company MSCHF will offer refunds to people who wish to return the sneakers under the terms of the settlement, according to Nike, who stated in a statement that the purpose of the “voluntary recall” is to withdraw the shoes from circulation.

The settlement came a week after a US District Court judge in Brooklyn gave Nike an injunction against MSCHF (outright calamity) after suing the company last month.

A total of 666 pairs of Satan shoes were made by MSCHF, with drops of the blood and ink from its employees being incorporated into an air bubble in the Nike Air Max 97 sneakers. Each pair is priced at $ 1,018. They sold out in less than a minute last month.

Many of the coveted sneakers were quickly put up for sale on auction sites like eBay for three or four times the original price, apparently making it less likely that buyers would request a refund.

A seller was looking for $ 15,000 for a pair of size 8 Satan shoes that feature the Nike trademark Swoosh logo and a pentagram-shaped bronze charm. “Luke 10:18” is printed on them – a reference to the Bible passage that says: “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning”.

A previous set of unauthorized Nike sneakers sold by MSCHF, named Jesus Shoe and containing holy water, can also be returned for a refund, Nike said.

“In both cases, MSCHF changed these shoes without Nike’s approval,” Nike said in a statement on Thursday. “Nike had nothing to do with the Satan shoes or the Jesus shoes.”

An MSCHF attorney did not deny the company had agreed to the voluntary buyback, but said Thursday that it was unable to disclose the terms of the settlement.

“With these Satan shoes, which sold out in less than a minute, MSCHF wanted to comment on the absurdity of the culture of collaboration practiced by some brands and the harmfulness of intolerance,” lawyer David H. Bernstein said in an email statement on Thursday .

Lil Nas X’s collaboration with MSCHF coincided with the release of a devil-themed music video for his song, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” in which he spins on Satan’s lap.

In the song, Lil Nas X, who was born Montero Lamar Hill, wrote “gleefully about lust as a gay man,” wrote Jon Pareles, the New York Times’ lead music critic.

Lil Nas X was released in 2019. The title of the song is an obvious reference to “Call Me by Your Name”, a novel about a secret summer romance between two men that has been turned into a movie.

Mr Bernstein said all but a pair of Satan shoes were shipped to buyers before the April 1st injunction was issued.

He described the individually numbered sneakers as works of art that represent the ideals of equality and inclusion. Mr Bernstein said MSCHF was excited to argue that its activities fall under the First Amendment right to artistic expression.

“However, after MSCHF had already achieved its artistic purpose, it realized that reaching an agreement was the best way to move on from this lawsuit so that it could devote its time to new artistic and expressive projects,” he said.

Nike said it wasn’t responsible for problems with sneakers that people want to keep.

“Buyers who do not return their shoes and later encounter a product problem, defect, or health concern should contact MSCHF, not Nike,” the company said.

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