These ‘Jesus Shoes’ Have Actual Holy Water in the Soles

The shoes merge sleak sneaker culture and Christianity

The shoes merge sleak sneaker culture and Christianity

The shoe is injected with holy water from the Jordan River.

The Brooklyn-based design company called MSCHF bought less than 24 pairs of the Nike Air Max 97's for the "Collab Culture" venture.

About two dozen pairs of "Jesus Shoes", worth $1425 (NZ$2250) a pop, went on sale on Tuesday, and nearly immediately sold out.

The words "MT 14:25" (an abbreviation for, Matthew 14:25, the Bible verse in which Jesus walks on water) are printed along the outer-facing side of the sneaker and MSCHF added a single drop of blood the tongue of the shoe to symbolize the blood of Christ.

The result is a pair of kicks they describe as "Jesus Shoes" and boast a string of additional religious details like the frankincense-scented insoles, a crucifix threaded through the laces, and a red sole, in tribute to the traditional footwear of the Pope. Greenberg says the shoes were designed as a response to ridiculous brand collaborations, such as Arizona Iced Tea and Adidas.

"We were wondering, what would a collab with Jesus Christ look like?"

In July the two brands teamed up on a limited edition sneaker design, which was then sold for just 99 cents at a NY bodega - a stunt that sparked such a wave of interest, it led to a riot on the street as people desperately tried to get their hands on the shoe.

They started with one of history's most influential figures, he said.

Others simply branded the shoes - and anyone who would pay such a huge amount of money to buy them - "stupid" and "ridiculous".

A pair of "Jesus Shoes" are on sale for $4,000 - and for that price, the lucky owner can literally walk on water.

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