Lil Nas X and MSCHF’s Evil Nike Sneakers Are Actually Wild
At the end of last week, Lil Nas X momentarily broke the internet with the release of her music video for “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”.
In the gendered fantasy, the Grammy-winning rapper slides down a pole, descending from heaven to hell, dancing on Satan’s back, before finally breaking his neck.
As wild as it sounds (we recommend you watch if you haven’t already), Lil Nas X had his reasons for crushing the devil in waders.
Speaking to Twitter, he shared an open letter to his 14-year-old regarding his homosexuality and the video, stating that “this will open the door for many other gay people to just exist. I push an agenda. But the truth is, I am. The agenda for people to stay away from other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be.
Following that conversation-starting music video, he just dropped a pair of devilish sneakers that are just as mind-blowing.
Made in collaboration with MSCHF, the Brooklyn-based collective of seven who brought us the Hermes-Birkenstock “Birkenstocks” mashup earlier this year, the “Satan Shoes” take the form of a Nike Air Max ’97.
Each shoe is aptly numbered from 1 to 666 and will be available for purchase for $ 1,018 in reference to Luke 10:18 “I Saw Satan Lightning Down From Heaven”.
Details include an engraved bronze pentagram, an inverted cross on the pull tab and custom red wool insoles with pentagrams on the heels.
What is most surprising about the kicks designed by Lil Nas X is that the single air bubble in each pair, which is an integral part of Nike’s OG design, contains 60ml of ink and a drop of human blood.
Yes, that’s right, human blood. (It should be noted that Nike played no role in the creation of these shoes.) Talk about dancing with the devil.
Understandably, the trainers met with disapproval from prominent political and religious figures, including evangelical pastor Mark Burns who claimed the trainers were “bad” and “heretical” on Twitter.
Lil Nas X applauded by posting a video on his official YouTube account titled “Lil Nas X Apologizes for Satan Shoe,” which cuts his latest clip in a “sorry, not sorry” movement.
The shoes will be released on March 29 at satan shoes. Whose blood is it? We cannot be sure. Will they be a sold-out success? Absoutely.