A Brooklyn company that was sued by Nike over the unauthorized sale of Devil’s Shoes – an aftermarket sneaker containing a drop of blood and was promoted by rapper Lil Ness X – accepted a retailer’s share of retail returns on Thursday Agreed to do.
The company, MSCHF, will offer refunds to those who want to return the sneakers under the terms of the settlement, according to Nike, which said in a statement that the purpose of the “voluntary withdrawal” was to remove the shoes from circulation.
The agreement came a week after a US District Court judge in Brooklyn ordered a temporary ban against MSCHF (followed by mischief) Sued the company last month.
A total of 666 pairs of Devil shoes were produced by MSCHF, which included the blood and ink of their employees in an air bubble in the Nike Air Max 97 sneakers. Each pair costs $ 1,018. They sold out less than a minute last month.
Many of the highly sought-after sneakers were offered for sale on auction sites like eBay three or four times the original price, making it appear that buyers are less likely to return.
A seller was seeking $ 15,000 for an 8 pair size of Devil shoes, which features Nike’s trademark Swoosh logo and a bronze, pentagram-shaped charm. “Luke 10:18” – A reference to the Bible that says “I saw the devil falling from heaven like lightning” – printed on them.
Nike said that a previous line of Nike sneakers sold by MSCHF, named Jesus Shoe and contained holy water, could also be returned.
“In both cases, the MSCHF replaced these shoes without Nike’s authorization,” Naik said in a statement on Thursday. “Nike had nothing to do with the shoes of the devil or the shoes of Jesus.”
A lawyer for MSCHF did not dispute that the company had agreed to the voluntary buyback, but said on Thursday that it could not disclose the terms of the settlement.
Lawyer David H. H. Bernstein said, “With these devil boots – which sold out in less than a minute – MSCHF intended to comment on the callousness of the collaboration culture practiced by some brands, and about intolerance.” Email statement on Thursday.
Mr. Bernstein said that before issuing a temporary ban order on April 1, a pair of devil shoes were sent to buyers.
He described sneakers, which are individually counted, as works of art that represent ideals of equality and inclusion. Mr. Bernstein stated that the MSCHF is quick to argue that its activities are covered under the First Amendment right to artistic expression.
“However, having already achieved its artistic purpose, MSCHF acknowledged that the settlement was the best way to allow the lawsuit to be imposed so that it could devote its time to new artistic and expressive projects.”
Naik said that it would not be responsible for any issues with the sneakers that people decide to keep.
“Buyers who decide not to return their shoes and later face product issues, defects or health concerns should contact MSCHF, not Nike”, the company said.