Thanks to Lawsuit, Just 665 Pairs of 'Satan Shoes' Shipped

MSCHF drops plans to give away 666th pair due to Nike lawsuit
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2021 1:29 AM CDT
Thanks to Lawsuit, Just 665 Pairs of 'Satan Shoes' Shipped
A closeup detail view of a West Virginia player's Nike baseball cleats against Morehead State during an NCAA baseball game on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Morgantown, W. Va.   (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Fortunately for the 665 people who paid $1,018 each for a pair of "Satan Shoes," MSCHF had already shipped out their orders before Nike filed its lawsuit against the company. Of course, 666 pairs of the controversial shoes—modified Nikes on which MSCHF collaborated with rapper Lil Nas X—had been produced, and MSCHF planned to hold a giveaway for the final pair. Now, it is suspending that plan indefinitely due to the copyright infringement suit, the Verge reports. A judge on Thursday granted Nike a temporary restraining order in the suit barring MSCHF from fulfilling orders of the shoe; Nike has now asked the judge to recall the pairs that were shipped out, the New York Post reports. MSCHF says it never planned to issue more than 666 pairs. Lil Nas X was not named as a defendant in the suit.

It also says, in its response to the suit, that the "Satan Shoe" is being singled out while it sold a similar "Jesus Shoe" in 2019 that Nike ignored; Nike said in a footnote that it may amend its suit to include those shoes, but that since none of them are currently being sold, they were not included in the original suit. MSCHF argues that it's "highly unlikely" anyone was duped into thinking Nike was the company actually producing the shoes, which "are works of art that are intended to criticize the ever popular 'collab culture.'" If the shoes do get recalled, Miley Cyrus will have to decide what to do with hers: The singer posted a picture of herself wearing the shoes to Instagram; Us reports that while some commenters were supportive, others questioned why she would wear them. (More Lil Nas X stories.)

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