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TINKER HATFIELD Tinker Hatfield is a designer at Nike responsible for countless classic sneakers, the likes of which include the Air Jordan III-XV, the Nike Air Max 1, the Nike Air Safari, and many more. Tinker began his career at Nike as an architect, having received his degree in that field from the University of Oregon, later transitioning to sneaker design after his early success.

Complex and Tinker Hatfield Discuss His Sneaker Past, Present, and Future

September 6th, 2013 by | 10 comments

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You won’t find too many people who would argue that Tinker Hatfield is anything but the single most important name in sneaker design history. The fact alone that his name has transcended shoe circles and is on the verge of being a pop culture trivia piece should be enough to inform you on his sky-high status. As part of their recent piece on sneaker industry insiders, Complex sat down with the former architect to discuss his genesis with Nike, his eventual involvement in the Air Jordan line, and more. Continue reading to check out the piece then head to Complex for the rest of their talks with sneaker industry insiders.

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Complex’s 25 Most Powerful People in Sneakers

May 1st, 2013 by | 2 comments

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The sneaker industry in the 20th Century has created legends out of some individuals who originally operated behind the scenes who are now enjoying a bit of a celebrity status. Guys like Michael Jordan, Tinker Hatfield, and Foot Locker Inc. CEO Ken Hicks have all made major moves in making the sneaker game a global affair, but there are some newer names to this exclusive group that deserve the props for their influence; designers like Jason Petrie and Robbie Fuller as well as brand directors like Jon Wexler of adidas and Todd Krinsky have all played major roles in driving the success of this culture, so check out some of the notable names of the bunch picked out below and see the list of the 25 Most Powerful People in Sneakers in its entirety on Complex.

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Tinker Hatfield’s First Sneaker Design

April 5th, 2013 by | 9 comments

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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.

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Air Jordan III “Oregon” – Tinker Hatfield Autographed Pair

March 28th, 2013 by | 5 comments

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You no doubt are already aware of how involved Tinker Hatfield is with his University of Oregon alma mater. Recently that involvement has led to the production of plenty of Air Jordan retros, some for their football squad and some for the devoted Oregon fans known as the Pit Crew. This white pair was one of the former, making them all the rarer on campus out in Eugene. This Air Jordan III “Oregon” also gets a special upgrade in the form of Tinker Hatfield’s signature. Continue reading for extra images on this Air Jordan III rarity that’s out there from imaclabby on eBay.

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Michael Jordan’s MJ50 Birthday Party

February 18th, 2013 by | 23 comments

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No doubt one of the tougher events to find your way into at this weekend’s 2013 NBA All-Star weekend was Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday party. The star studded event serendipitously lined up with the arrival of the Air Jordan XX8, an alignment reflected by the pairs popping up on the red carpet. Hit the jump with us for a photo recap from the red carpet including guests like Nas, Ludacris, Chris Paul, Wale, Bun B, Carmelo Anthony, Tinker Hatfield and the birthday man himself Michael Jordan.

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Air Jordan XX8 – Design Breakdown

December 4th, 2012 by | 44 comments

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“The AIR JORDAN XX8 shoe really is basketball’s answer to the concept car.” – Tinker Hatfield

The theme of the Air Jordan XX8 is ‘Stealth’ and the ability to cloak itself from detection, but just because one can’t see it doesn’t mean one should let its guard down. There’s a lot of engineering and technology that went into the design concept of the Air Jordan XX8, so who better than Tinker Hatfield and Josh Heard to direct you through a complete break-down of the shoe? We’ve got a video with Tinker and Josh giving their insights on this incredible new design, so check out the feature and stay tuned for more as we near the release of the XX8 in February, and don’t miss out on the debut tonight when Russell Westbrook wears ‘em against the Nets!

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Air Jordan XX8 “Dare to Fly” Event Recap

December 4th, 2012 by | 18 comments

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Today’s official unveiling of the Air Jordan XX8 was a top secret event by all accounts, with industry folks tight lipped about what exactly the sneaker media should expect going into their exclusive set up in midtown Manhattan today. As folks from the blogosphere filtered into the dimly lit room, things became more and more apparent. Jordan Brand president Larry Miller kicked things off, bringing out the one and only Spike Lee to get things started, with Carmelo Anthony eventually taking to the stage as well to talk the game of hoops with Mars Blackmon himself. After that portion wrapped up, attendees were ushered upstairs via freight elevator to see what Jordan Brand had in store next. Once the crowd was made to converge, following the endless ogling of the Air Jordan ‘Blackout Collection’ display, a projection played on the walls of the room, the massive doors at the center broke away, and there it was: the Air Jordan XX8. Spike Lee again picked up the narrative from there, rapping with Air Jordan architect and sneaker design guru Tinker Hatfield along with project designer Josh Heard about the new model.

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