Miley Cyrus meant it when she sang, “angels like you can’t fly down hell with me.”
The “Prisoner” singer, 28, was one of the lucky few to get her hands on Lil Nas X’s limited-edition “Satan Shoes,” posting a slew of photos of herself wearing the black-and-red sneakers on her Instagram.
The sneakers are made with a drop of real human blood as well as a pentagram pendant, inverted crosses and “Luke 10:18” stamped on the side; the Bible verse references Satan “[falling] like lightning from heaven.”
They were made in collaboration with MSCHF, the creative agency famous for its holy water-infused “Jesus Shoes” and “Birkinstocks” crafted from destroyed Hermès bags.
Cyrus’ followers were not too happy about her support for the devilish design. “This ain’t it. This is messed up,” one person commented. “Why do you support this?,” another said. A third wrote, “It’s sad you would wear something like that. I pray Jesus gets ahold of your heart.”
Lil Nas X announced the shoe drop after releasing his equally controversial new single, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name),” the music video for which sees the “Old Town Road” rapper descending into hell and giving the devil a lap dance.
Lil Nas X and his “Satan Shoes,” made with real human blood.Getty Images; MSCHF
Nike has taken issue with the Air Max ’97-inspired sneakers, suing MSCHF and requesting for the footwear to be destroyed amid a boycott from conservatives and backlash from famous figures including former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, former NBA star Nick “Swaggy P” Young, rapper Joyner Lucas and Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota.
Lil Nas X and Miley Cyrus flick it up at the Tom Ford Autumn/ Winter 2020 runway show. Billy Farrell/BFA.com
Despite the swirl of negativity, Cyrus — whose father partnered up with Lil Nas X for an “Old Town Road” remix and has grown close to the rapper — isn’t the only supporter of the twisted shoe; all 666 pairs of the $1,018 sneakers sold out in less than one minute.