A Brooklyn company sued by Nike over the unauthorized sale of Satan Shoes – an aftermarket sneaker containing a drop of blood and promoted by rapper Lil Nas X – agreed Thursday to accept the return of the footwear as part of a solution .
The company, MSCHF, will offer reimbursement to people who want to return sneakers under the terms of the settlement, according to Nike, which said in a statement that the purpose of the “voluntary recall” was to remove the shoes from circulation.
The settlement came a week after a U.S. district court in Brooklyn granted Nike a temporary restraining order against MSCHF (pronounced malice) after it sued the company last month.
Many of the highly sought-after sneakers were quickly offered for sale on auction sites like eBay at three or four times the original price, making it apparently less likely that buyers would seek a refund.
A seller sought $ 15,000 for a size 8 pair of Satan Shoes, which features the Nike’s trademark swoosh logo and a bronze, pentagram – shaped charm. “Luke 10:18” – a reference to the biblical passage that says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” – is printed on them.
A previous series of unauthorized Nike sneakers sold by MSCHF, named the Jesus shoe and containing holy water, may also be returned for a refund, Nike said.
“In both cases, MSCHF changed these shoes without Nike’s permission,” Nike said in a statement Thursday. “Nike had nothing to do with the Satan shoes or the Jesus shoes.”
A lawyer for MSCHF did not deny that the company had accepted the voluntary buyback, but said Thursday that he could not disclose the terms of the settlement.
“With these Satan shoes – which sold out in less than a minute – MSCHF intended to comment on the absurdity of the collaborative culture practiced by some brands and the harmfulness of intolerance,” said lawyer David H. Bernstein in an e -mail statement Thursday.
The collaboration between Lil Nas X and MSCHF coincided with the rapper’s release of a devil-themed music video for his song “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)”, in which he gyrates on Satan’s lap.
In the song, Lil Nas X, who was born Montero Lamar Hill, “cheerfully rejoices in lust like a gay man,” wrote Jon Pareles, chief music critic for The New York Times.
Lil Nas X came out in 2019. The song’s title is an apparent reference to “Call Me by Your Name”, a novel about a secret summer romance between two men that was adapted into a movie.
Bernstein said all but a pair of Satan Shoes had been shipped to buyers before the temporary restraining order was issued on April 1.
He described sneakers that are individually numbered as works of art that represent the ideals of equality and inclusion. Sir. Bernstein said Médecins Sans Frontières had looked forward to arguing that its activities were covered by the first right of change to artistic expression.
“But having already achieved its artistic purpose, MSCHF recognized that conciliation was the best way to enable it to put this lawsuit behind it so that it could devote its time to new artistic and expressive projects,” he said.
Nike said it would not be responsible for issues with sneakers that people decide to keep.
“Buyers who choose not to return their shoes and later encounter a product problem, defect or health concern should contact MSCHF, not Nike,” the company said.