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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.

Nike Air Trainer III + Air Jordan VI Batman Boots

July 19th, 2012 by | 8 comments

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The success of Christopher Nolan’s modern trilogy has taken Batman’s popularity to new heights and we’ve seen a variety of Dark Knight-inspired colorways over the past several years, and as the world prepares for the worldwide premiere of The Dark Night Rises at midnight, it’s worth looking back to how the superhero saga and the history of sneakers intertwine. The connections between the Beaverton and the Caped Crusader stretch all the way back to the Tim Burton era of Batman films, when a partnership between Nike and Warner Bros. made it possible to combine Batman with the Jumpman. Costume director Bob Ringwood noted that “’80s sportswear isn’t going to fit in with [Batman's] 1940s look,” so Tinker Hatfield did what he does best and ‘laced’ up the Dark Knight with some of the brand’s most impressive footwear releases to that point.

The original Batman x Nike Air Trainer III was born for Burton’s 1989 film, and with the reception from Michael Keaton and his stuntmen being so overwhelmingly positive, Tinker took the sneaker-boot concept to new heights for ’92′s Batman Returns. For that sequel, Michael Jordan’s first championship-winning silhouette was made into an even more aggressive Batman x Air Jordan VI boot, with a shroud-like addition on the forefoot and an attached boot collar that actually played a role in the entire Batman ensemble. It’s particularly interesting to note Nike/Jordan’s immense influence over pop culture (even the early ’90s Batman figures wore AT3s and AJ6s!), and with last year’s release of the Mag 2011, could Jordan Brand take it a step further and release an Air Jordan VI ‘Dark Knight’?. Click through to see both styles, let us know which you’d pick in a fantasy scenario and stick with Sneaker News for more rare Air Jordans.  Photos: NT/DeFY

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Tinker Hatfield for #FIGHTPARKINSONS

April 23rd, 2012 by | 4 comments

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Nike’s increasingly prolific philanthropic efforts have proved their willingness to make the world a better place beyond the realm of sportswear. The fight against Parkinson’s in particular is one they’ve showed support for before, most notably in the epic Nike Mag 2011 series of auctions and subsequent donations. This time around they are getting behind Parkinson’s Awareness Month with a communal Nike+ based achievement that will raise $50,000 for the cause upon completion. The goal is for Nike+ FuelBand users to reach 5 million cumulative points through their collective physical activity, one of the most therapeutic things for those struggling with Parkinson’s disease. The efforts are introduced by none other than designer luminary Tinker Hatfield, so hit the jump for the full video breakdown and join the #FIGHTPARKINSONS cause now.

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Air Jordan 2012 ‘Tinker Hatfield’ Inspiration

March 10th, 2012 by | 26 comments

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Jordan Brand has come through with a bit of background info on the upcoming ‘Tinker Hatfield’ version of the Air Jordan 2012 Deluxe. The luxurious black and white colorway is apparently a nod to Hatfield’s original inspiration for the overall design of the sneaker-the Jazz era and accompanying zoot-suit garments. The dragon hit on the back is also clarified, as Tinker himself was born in the year of the dragon. Check out the official images and stick with Sneaker News for the Air Jordan 2012 Delux ‘Tinker Hatfield’ release next Wednesday, March 14th.

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Air Jordan 2012 Performance with Tinker Hatfield

February 18th, 2012 by | 9 comments

air jordan 2012 performance with tinker hatfield Air Jordan 2012 Performance with Tinker Hatfield

“We always start with performance. We always start with trying to make a better basketball shoe.”

One of the reasons true genius is so rare, is that those capable of bar-setting achievements are very likely to be unable to describe exactly how they got there. In the case of a groundbreaking designer, it’s a bit more likely that they’ll be able to guide you through the process, and in the case of someone with as much experience as Tinker Hatfield, coming up with new neckbreakers is now down to a science.  Tinker and Tom Luedeke began the Air Jordan 2012 with superior on-court action in mind, and were able to offer the most complete set of personalization options ever on a basketball shoe, all while incorporating inspiration from Portland’s classic ‘Jumptown’ jazz scene. Click through to hear more of what went into the AJ2012 and stick with Sneaker News for upcoming release dates. via Eastbay

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Nike Air Safari Celebrates 25th Anniversary

February 8th, 2012 by | 11 comments

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History can always be retold through books and word-of-mouth, but when it comes to sneakers, nothing refreshes an old spirit better than the re-release of a shoe. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary is the Nike Air Safari, which debuted in 1987 as a slump-buster of sorts, according to designer Tinker Hatfield, who forged ahead with fellow innovative minds like Mark Parker, Sandy Bodecker, and a few others to perform experiments with unique materials and designs. The Air Safari was part of the game-changing ‘Air Pack’ of 1987, which featured the Air Max 1, Air Trainer 1, Air Revolution, and Air Sock; the inspiration behind the famous Safari print came from a high-end furniture store in New York City, which displayed couches and coffee-tables that were priced in the tens of thousands. One particular piece of furniture that caught Tinker’s attention was a couch that was fashioned in an exotic ostrich skin – something Tinker had never seen before. He quickly discovered that this exotic, high-end approach was reserved for the upper, upper class (aka, the insanely rich), and he chose to transfer that level of luxury to a running shoe.

The result was the Air Safari, which featured a stylized version of that influential ostrich skin, but it was Tinker’s intention that the Air Safari serve not only as a performance running shoe, but as a casual shoe as well. Tinker further likened the shoe to an Aston Martin, mentioning that like the luxury car brand, the Safari was indeed capable of serving as a superb high-performance shoe, only people wore them for fashion. Since its debut in ’87, the Air Safari has reached cult status and has become a hit-or-miss type item in the re-sale market, selling anywhere from less than what you’d expect to more than double your budget. It’s been quite some time since the Air Safari re-released in the original colorways (the last Retro falling in the early 00′s), but the iconic print has popped its head out several times on Dunks, Air Force 180s, Air Maxes, and rather prominently in 2010′s CR Mercurial Vapor III football boot. With 2012 marking the Silver Anniversary of the Air Safari, this famed cult classic is poised for a much-anticipated rejuvenation with a plethora of new colorways and hybridizations already confirmed, so check out the gallery of detailed images of the original colorway below and let us know if you’re a fan of this iconic design!

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Air Jordan 2012 Tech Specs + Video

February 8th, 2012 by | 21 comments

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Just yesterday Sneaker News was overwhelmed by the grand launch of the Air Jordan 2012, bringing you detailed viewings of the Air Jordan 2012 Media Launch Event as well as thorough release information on upcoming colorways and the Air Jordan 2012 iD. The Air Jordan 2012 was a partnership between Tinker Hatfield and Tom Luedecke, a rock-solid team that brought you the Air Jordan 2011. In this thorough video detailing the design concept and attack plan of the Air Jordan 2012, both Tinker and Tom talk about the revolutionary Fit System, which dates back four years, to the key performance highlights of each of the six individual cushioning configurations, using the three Jordan Brand athletes (Wade, Melo, and CP3) as demonstrators. Check out the full tech sheet as well as a great video of the two innovative minds speak about the latest Air Jordan creation below and let us know if you’ll be copping the Air Jordan 2012.

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Air Jordan 2012 Media Launch

February 7th, 2012 by | 13 comments

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Jordan Brand is well known for pulling out all the stops for the launch of a new flagship model, and this year’s Air Jordan 2012 media unveiling was certainly no exception. Sneaker News was fortunate to be part of a select group of media picked up this morning and driven to a mystery location for the event. The cars eventually pulled up to a hangar in New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport with a large metallic Jumpman logo on the side of the building leaving little doubt that we had arrived at our destination. Once inside, media was “checked in” to their “flight” at a counter manned by members of the JB team and even a few flight attendants, and then piled into a room where the Air Jordan 2012 was officially introduced. After a brief set-up, the shoe’s designers, Tom Luedecke and none other than the legendary Tinker Hatfield (proudly repping his alma-mater in a pair of ‘Oregon’ Air Jordan III’s), were brought up on stage to run through the backstory and details of Jordan Brand’s latest installment to the Air Jordan heritage line.

As you might expect from what you’ve seen of the shoe, there is certainly a dress shoe influence, but it’s origin might not be what you were thinking. The inspiration for the wingtip aesthetic came from quite an unlikely place – a Tinker Hatfield architecture gig for the city of Portland. Tinker had been working on a rejuvenation project for a Portland neighborhood known as Jump Town, which was once a Northwest hub for jazz music and its fashionable culture. He was intrigued by the idea of the wild “zoot suits” that were worn in those days and the flashy footwear that often accompanied them. The idea was born and the look was translated via iPad sketching into what eventually became the Air Jordan 2012 – a shoe with some visual call-outs to a forgotten era crossbred with some next level technology found inside.

Aside from its unique look, the standout feature of the Air Jordan 2012 are its modular parts and the wide variety of options that can be explored. The idea of offering two different inner sleeve booties and three swappable insoles with different levels of cushioning comes down to one simple concept – allowing the consumer to tailor the shoe to their own customized specifications. No matter your size, position, style of game, there is something to cover it all, whether it be over the long haul of a season or switching up from game to game to adapt as you go. The innovations cross into some new ground for the Air Jordan line and are definitely worth a closer look in person when they start hitting retailers tomorrow in the first two colorways. Keep reading for a thorough look at this afternoon’s Air Jordan 2012 introduction with Tinker Hatfield and Tom Luedecke and stay tuned for part 2 of our launch recap later tonight.

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