Following Nike‘s preliminary injunction filed through the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to stop shipments, Warren Lotas is now readying a replacement sneaker for his “Nike SB Dunk Low rip-offs.”
Taking to Instagram, Lotas revealed his Reaper sneaker in its inaugural “Chainsaw” colorway. In the accompanying caption, the designer notes that the colorway “will only be offered as a replacement to customers who ordered either the ‘Chanclas’ or ‘Pigeons’ and will NEVER be released publicly.” Going on to note that he and his team looked to reach an early resolution with Nike but after complying with all requests he believes the sportswear giant is looking to “intimidate other small businesses from exercising their creative freedom in the future.”
Despite still resembling the Nike silhouette involved in the lawsuit, Warren Lotas is adamant that the Reaper sneaker is “a silhouette that was built from the ground up.” Apparently, Lotas was planning to release the sneaker come Black Friday but the legal battle with Nike forced him to push the release sooner. Customers can choose to receive a refund or wait for the Reaper “Chainsaw” which will come with a commemorative lawsuit shirt, pencil and bumper sticker.