top of page

Lil Nas X’s Controversial ‘Satan Shoes’, Created to Promote His New Song, Led to Lawsuit with Nike

Social media has been buzzing with posts about the recent release of MSCHF x Lil Nas X’s exclusive ‘Satan Shoes’. These shoes, created to promote his new song are claimed to be made with real human blood which sparked controversy across social media platforms and even led to a lawsuit from Nike.

Photo: @LilNasX Twitter

The shoes, retailed at $1,018, are modified Nike Air Max 97s that feature an inverted cross, a pentagram, and the words "Luke 10:18."ich The words reference a verse from the Gospel of Luke, which reads, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like lightning.” There were only 666 pairs of these shoes made and they sold out in a matter of minutes.

Lil Nas X released these shoes to accompany his new devil-themed and queer-love-focused music video, Montero (Call Me by Your Name), where he is shown sliding down a pole into hell and proceeding to give the devil himself a lap dance. This song was intended to help break the stigma around queer references in music. The lyrics also discuss the pressure he feels publicly representing the LGBT community.

“I know we promised to never be ‘that’ type of gay person, I know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist,” said Lil Nas in a note written before the release.

Many were outraged by these shoes and the message they sent in affiliation with the devil. Lil Nas responded to some of these tweets on his personal twitter account. A few of his replies are shown below.