As the 2018 Met Gala aptly demonstrated, the church knows its way around a lewk. Between the purple and the gold finishes and the dramatic capes that demand attention, the whole ‘Papal but make it fashion’ thing is no new trend.
If you’re a saint (or sinner) who’s into that sort of thing, you best pay attention because holy Father do we have an update for you.
What makes them Jesus-y, you ask? Let me explain.
The Nike Air Max 97’s have been given a sacred makeover and believe me when I tell you no detail has been spared.
The kicks do not merely come with a steel crucifix attached to their laces. Oh, no.
The soles are filled with actual Holy Water. The water was sourced from the river Jordan, blessed, then inserted into the sneakers.
The insoles are not just any old piece of fabric, either. The inserts, which have been coloured red as a head nod to the traditional shoes of the Pope, have been infused with Frankincense.
Religious details touch everything from the heel loops (inscribed with MSCHF and INRI – which stands for ‘Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews’ in Latin) to the shoe box. The seal on the box is a take on the Papal Sea.
The sneakers were originally being sold for $1,425 USD (about AUD 2100) but sold out almost immediately. They’re now available on StockX marketplace for about $3,000 USD (over AUD 4,400). To which I can only say: Santa Maria.
The New York Post spoke with MCSHF’s head of commerce, Daniel Greenberg, who explained that the design idea came from the concept of “absurd collab culture”.
“We were wondering, what would a collab with Jesus Christ look like?” Greenberg told the Post.
“As a Jew myself, the only thing I knew was that he walked on water.”
So, yeah. These very pricey, very religious shoes are poking fun at a bigger theme. But, they’re still kinda nice, so if you’re into them, go with grace, folks.