Rapper Lil Nas X has released an unofficial pair of custom “Satan Shoes” that feature a drop of human blood.
Lil Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, collaborated with New York streetwear company MSCHF to create and sell 666 Satan Shoes made from Nike Air Max 97s.
But Nike denied being involved in the shoe line’s development, saying, "We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF.”
"Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them,” Nike said in a statement obtained by The Hill.
The shoes go on sale on Monday.
The footwear includes a bronze pentagram, an inverted cross and a drop of human blood from one of the members of the MSCHF team, a spokesperson told CNN. The blood is included in the shoe’s bubble sole, which has 60 cubic centimeters of red ink.
"We love to sacrifice for our art,” the MSCHF spokesperson told the network, confirming that Nike was "not involved in this in any capacity."
The pair of shoes are expected to be sold at $1,018, a reference to the Bible's Luke 10:18 reads, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven."
The release of the shoes drew controversy as Christians celebrated Palm Sunday, with evangelical pastor Mark Burns calling them “evil” and “heresy.”
South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemHouse passes 8B defense policy bill South Dakota governor proposes spending B on infrastructure, state employee raises Overnight Defense & National Security — Lawmakers clinch deal on defense bill MORE (R) joined in on the disapproval in a tweet, saying, “Our kids are being told that this kind of product is, not only okay, it's ‘exclusive.’ But do you know what's more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul.”
Our kids are being told that this kind of product is, not only okay, it's "exclusive." But do you know what's more exclusive? Their God-given eternal soul.— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) March 28, 2021
We are in a fight for the soul of our nation. We need to fight hard. And we need to fight smart. We have to win. https://t.co/m1k1YWFpuo
The rapper released a YouTube video in response to the criticism that started with an apparent apology before switching six seconds in to his music video "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," in which Lil Nas X is shown dancing on a devil character’s lap.
He appeared to defend the shoes in a tweet, saying, “Y’all gotta admit... the shoes hard! u cannot sit here and lie.”
y’all gotta admit... the shoes hard! u cannot sit here and lie— nope (@LilNasX) March 28, 2021
MSCHF previously released a limited edition pair of shoes called “Jesus Shoes,” also developed from Nike Air Max 97, that included a steel crucifix and “holy water” from the Jordan River, according to CNN.