Nike wins court bid over ‘Satan Shoes’ with human blood
Nike has won its court bid against Brooklyn art collective MSCHF over their controversial ‘Satan Shoes’ that contain a drop of real human blood in the soles.
American singer Lil Nas X’s “Satan Shoes” have been blocked by American Judge from being shipped out to customers.
The controversial sneakers, which contained one drop of human blood were made from modified Nike Air Max 97s.
When the infamous ‘Satan Shoes’ were released, they were met with a lawsuit from Nike for infringing on and diluting its trademark.
It is believed the shoes were released to promote singer’s Lil NAs X’s latest single “celebrating” his sexuality and rejecting attempts to shame him.
However, Nike rejected claims that the customised trainers were authorised by the sportswear brand.
In their lawsuit, Nike claimed that the altered shoes were causing people to believe “Nike is endorsing satanism”.
MSCHF and Lawyer’s argument in court bid
Lawyers for MSCHF countered that the 666 pairs it created were “not typical sneakers, but rather individually-numbered works of art that were sold to collectors for $1,018 each”.
MSCHF says that the confusion is unlikely because of the “sophistication” of the Nike customer.
Citing “The Rogers Test” deriving from a copyright case Rogers Vs Grimaldi, MSCHF also contend that the shoes are just like their previously released Jesus Shoes, likely to be exhibited in museums and collections.
Nike wins court bid over sold out ‘Satan Shoes’
US district judge Eric Komitee has granted Nike a temporary restraining order preventing the shoes from being shipped to customers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Although there is a ruling that has blocked manufacturer MSCHF from shipping out the 666 pairs of the shoes, which retailed at $1,018 to customers, all pairs sold out within a minute of going on sale with Miley Cyrus recently being spotted wearing a pre-sale pair.
The order will stand until there is a more in-depth trial.
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