© Reuters. Handout photo of "Satan Shoes" MSCHF, produced in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) -Nike Inc said Thursday that a Brooklyn company that has worked with rapper Lil Nas X to make Satan Shoes has agreed to voluntarily recall the shoes as part of a legal settlement with the athletics giant .
The settlement with MSCHF Product Studio Inc resolves a trademark infringement suit that Nike (NYSE 🙂 submitted the black and red devil-themed sneakers with the Nike "Swoosh" logo that sold out quickly for $ 1,018 a pair last week.
Satan shoes are bespoke versions of the Nike Air Max 97 sneakers with midsoles that allegedly contain a drop of human blood and are printed with "Luke 10:18," a reference to a biblical verse alluding to Satan's fall from heaven.
Only 666 pairs were made, with the last being held back to allow Lil Nas X, best known for the song "Old Town Road," to select the recipient.
Nike said MSCHF will offer full refunds to buyers of its Satan shoes and Jesus shoes, which were launched in 2019 and are also based on the Air Max 97, "to take them off the shelf".
However, limited edition shoes can fetch premium prices from collectors, and those seeking refunds could miss out on the price spike.
David Bernstein, chairman of the intellectual property litigation group at Debevoise & Plimpton and representative of MSCHF, said the artistic messages that MSCHF hoped the shoes would convey had been "dramatically amplified" by Nike's lawsuit .
"MSCHF wanted to comment on the absurdity of the collaboration culture practiced by some brands and the harmfulness of intolerance," he said. "Now that MSCHF has achieved its artistic purpose, it is pleased to have settled the lawsuit."
Lil Nas X was not a defendant and could never make up his mind who received the last pair after a Brooklyn judge temporarily suspended further sales on April 1.
Nike had claimed that even "sneakerheads" were confused about who made Satan shoes, while MSCHF said the shoes were "individually numbered works of art" and did not cause confusion.
In March, Lil Nas X released a devil-themed video for his song "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)".
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