Tinker Hatfield’s First Sneaker Design

April 5th, 2013 by | 9 comments

first ever tinker hatfield shoe Tinker Hatfields First Sneaker Design

What’s the oldest Tinker Hatfield Nike design you can name? We can imagine folks would respond to that with the likes of the Nike Air Max 1 and the Nike Air Trainer 1, but it turns out Tinker was actually doing some homebrew designing way before that. Shown here are the first shoes ever built by Tinker Hatfield, a 1980 design for his daughters. Even back then Tinker wasn’t focused on making your standard baby shoe, as the Swoosh adorned design featured a chunky toe to make the transition from crawling to walking an easier one. See the first ever Tinker Hatfield shoe below and let us know in the comments what you think.

first tinker hatfield shoe Tinker Hatfields First Sneaker Design
Photo: Heidi Burgett

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kebbler elf shoes. lol but on the realz.. very unusual. "great minds think alone"


its actually pretty smart design for a baby/toddler shoe.


I bet the materials on these far exceed what Nike and JB are using today.


What was the name? Nike crawlers

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