Fashion & Music
Lil Nas X releases “satanic” Nikes containing human blood

Till Hesterbrink



Montero (Call Me By Your Name)

Lil Nas X made headlines in recent days with his new track “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and the accompanying music video.

This ends with the artist descending into hell and killing Satan there just to put on the devil’s horns himself. Thematically matching Lil Nas X released his own custom Nikes in a hellish look, together with MSCHF.

Real Blood – The Satan Shoes

In his new song “Montero” Lil Nas X openly discusses his homosexuality and through the powerful music video also makes it clear that he would happily go to hell for it.

Together with the streetwear collective MSCHF, Lil Nas X is now launching a matching sneaker. The so-called “Satan Shoes” are custom Nike Air Max 97. Only 666 of these will be sold in total, each priced at $1.018. The price is thereby a reference to the Bible passage Luke 10:18: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”.

The bubble of the shoe is filled with red paint and a drop of real human blood. This comes from the members of the collective. The laces also feature a golden pentagram.

Shortly after the shoe was announced, there was a lot of criticism for the sneaker, especially from conservative voices in the US like the Republican Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem. Lil Nas X then published a supposed apology video. However, this just cuts to the part with Satan of the music video after a few seconds.

Nike and MSCHF both confirmed that the sports manufacturer was not associated with the sneaker. MSCHF keeps releasing new drops. The “Satan Shoe” is by now already the 43rd release. At the time, the seventh drop stood in stark contrast to the latest theme and featured the “Jesus Shoes“.

Lil Nas X with his Satan Shoe
Courtesy: MSCHF

Nike & MSCHF

Star-up MSCHF releases a new drop every second and fourth Monday of the month. Some of them feature really crazy ideas. The previously mentioned “Jesus Shoe” had his Air Bubble filled with blessed water from the Jordan River.

Another rapper who recently launched a Nike sneaker is Skepta. The UK grime artist recently announced his next (and in this case, completely official) collaboration with Nike. The newest SK Air.

Meanwhile, artist Rosalía also got her own version of the Nike Air Force 1.


  • Doha Madani, Nike denies involvement with Lil Nas X ‘Satan Shoes’ containing human blood. NBC News, 2021
  • Fabian Peters, MSCHF: Ein Anti-Unternehmen zwischen Chaos und Hype. Basic thinkig, 2021
  • Oscar Holland, Lil Nas X releases unofficial ‘Satan’ Nikes containing human blood. CNN, 2021