Nike suing artists who made 666 pairs of ‘Satan trainers’ using real human blood

Nike is suing a group of artists for selling its modified trainers as Satan Shoes – with real human blood in the soles.

The £740 black and red Air Max 97s – which also feature a pentagram, inverted cross and the words `Luke 10:18’ – were made by New York art collective MSCHF in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X.

Each shoe features a signature Nike air bubble cushioning sole containing red ink and a single drop of human blood donated by members of the collective.

In the complaint, Nike said: "MSCHF and its unauthorized Satan Shoes are likely to cause confusion and dilution and create an erroneous association between MSCHF's products and Nike.

"In the short time since the announcement of the Satan Shoes, Nike has suffered significant harm to its goodwill, including among consumers who believe that Nike is endorsing satanism."

Nike has issued statements to multiple media outlets, including CNN, clarifying it does "not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF" and that "Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them."

All 666 pairs sold out in less than a minute after featuring in the star’s latest music video Montero (Call Me By Your Name).

In it a woman is seen sliding down a stripper pole from heaven to hell wearing a pair.

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Bible verse Luke 10:18 reads: `So He told them,I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven’.’’

Sports equipment giants Nike claims trademark infringement and says in a filing with the US District Court in New York it does not approve or authorise the customised trainers.

It wants the court to stop their sale and ban MSCHF from using its famous Swoosh design mark.

Lil Nas X isn't named as a party in the lawsuit.

MSCHF has not responded to repeated requests for comment about the lawsuit by WRBCtv.

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