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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 Zoom Vapor Tour 9

January 17th, 2012 by | 7 comments

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Nike introduces the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9 – a high-performance tennis shoe designed specifically for tennis superstar Roger Federer. For the Zoom Vapor Tour 9, Tinker Hatfield was presented with the challenge of creating a lightweight, breathable shoe that could withstand the rigors of the game of tennis; that balance is a bit difficult to find as running is dependent on rhythm while tennis hinges on blasts of movements in 360-degree direction. Using the innovative ‘finger’ fit system, which allows the upper to mold precisely to the contours of the foot, Hatfield created a shoe that feels like a running shoe, but performs for Federer’s game. The combination of Zoom and Lunar cushioning provides an unparalleled level of comfort, while the rubber overlays improve durability at all major high-wear points. Check out the Nike Zoom Vapor Tour 9 as well as a video with Hatfield and Federer below to get a full overview of this latest innovation in Nike Tennis footwear.

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Air Jordan Art By Robb Harskamp

January 15th, 2012 by | 14 comments

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Two weeks ago, Sneaker News showed you some dope sneaker art by Rhyen, a series of Air Jordans, Nikes, Reeboks, and other classics drawn up in a bubbly, cartoonized style. That collection of sneakers, titled ‘Kick Draw‘ was actually inspired by the great artwork of Robb Harskamp, who first created his own collection of Air Jordans, commissioned by Nike for Tinker Hatfield’s 30th Anniversary Party. Robb’s work featured the classic Bulls colorways of some of Tinker’s most memorable Air Jordan creations spanning from Air Jordan III to XX3, and once Robb was completed with his set, Rhyen felt compelled to carry on the baton by continuing Robb’s extraordinary work and branching out into other brands. If you enjoyed last week’s segment, check out the true OG of that unique style of sneaker art below, and check out his full portfolio at Harsky for a look at some of his other sick work, like with the NBA Dunk Contest, NBA Championship Rings and various professional sports teams.

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Air Jordan 11 Concord – Tinker Hatfield Autographed Pairs on eBay

December 28th, 2011 by | 37 comments

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Nike Portland hosted one of the sickest sneaker release events of the year when it invited VIP guest Tinker Hatfield to meet and greet Air Jordan fanatics and offer autographs to their new Concord XI boxes. Having Tinker’s John Hancock on the best Air Jordan of all-time (as determined by our Sneaker News readers) is undoubtedly a sweet treat, so if you were lucky enough to attend the well-organized event on Friday, kudos to you! However, if you weren’t able to meet Tinker and get your Concords signed, you’re in luck: a few of the autographed Concords have popped up for sale,┬áso get your bids in on one of the available pairs like this listing from cooperjane on eBay.

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Air Jordan 2010 Autographed Pair For Ronald McDonald House Charity Auction

December 6th, 2011 by | 5 comments

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In late October, Sneaker News showed you a rare piece of Air Jordan memorabilia – an Air Jordan 2010 autographed by Michael Jordan and the legendary footwear architect Tinker Hatfield. It’s extremely rare to see an Air Jordan signed by both icons of footwear history, but MJ and Tinker came together (with MJ donating the sneakers from his own collection) to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon. In fact, this particular pair is the only Air Jordan in existence with both signatures, and Tinker himself has provided a letter of authenticity to prove that what you’re bidding on is truly a piece of history (and all for a great cause!). The auction is now live and will run until this Friday, December 9th, at 11:45 AM, so check out the extra shots below and head to MWCAuction to bid now.

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Nike ACG Retrospective

November 15th, 2011 by | 7 comments

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Nike All Conditions Gear was born out of a desire to examine the sporting world outside of hardwood, grass/astro-turf, or a paved running track. ACG exemplified Nike’s explorative attitude, personified by the 1981 releases of the Magma, Approach, and Lava Dome, and in 1989, ACG became official; many of Nike ACG’s greatest designs were the result of a collaborative process behind the brand’s most famed designers and engineers like Tinker Hatfield, Toren Orzeck, and Peter Fogg, and in the thirty years of its existence, ACG has traveled the indirect path from outdoor-performance to cult worship. Shoes like the Air Mowabb paved the way for contemporary ACG designs like the Ashiko Boot and the Lunar Macleay, which, like the early ACG models, were intended to tear up Earth, but have also landed on the pedestal of those who consider ACG the utmost in design excellence. Want to learn more? Check out vintage ACG print-ads below and take a look at Crooked Tongues’ Gary Warnett’s full article to study up on one of the most historic wings of Nike history.

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Nike Basketball ‘Beyond The Court’

November 8th, 2011 by | 12 comments

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When a country with a population surpassing 1.3 billion heads comes together to celebrate one entity, what can stop it? There are a few ongoing urban myths noting the sheer magnitude of the country’s population, one so massive that if everyone jumped up and down at the same time, it would cause an immense earthquake, or if all the toilets in China were flushed at once, tidal waves would engulf the entire globe. Both are likely to be untrue, but what is true about China is its love for the game of basketball and the American-born superstars of the sport. The Chinese have also embraced the American-born brand of Nike with open arms, and it’s gestures like this book, titled ‘Beyond The Court’ (published by iSIZE Media with the help of Nike) that reflects the Eastern passion for Nike Basketball and its legacy. Although the text is in a Chinese dialect and the book is likely to be available only in China, ‘Beyond The Court’ is a certain must-have for any book collector of Nike Basketball fanatic – consider it an updated, foreign version of Sole Provider. We’ve got some pages for you to look at below, so take a gander and let us know what you think.

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Air Jordan 2010 Autographed Pair For Ronald McDonald House Charity

October 31st, 2011 by | 10 comments

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The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington was presented a special gift by legendary designer Tinker Hatfield – a pristine pair of the Air Jordan 2010 autographed by himself and Michael Jordan from Michael’s own collection. This rare piece of Jordan Brand memorabilia is the only on in existence, but the Ronald McDonald House Charity House, with the help of a local sports radio broadcast, will auction off this masterpiece with all final supporting the RMHC mission. The auctions will be hosted by the radio station beginning December 5th and ending December 9th. Continue reading for a video with Tinker Hatfield detailing the Air Jordan 2010 and this particular specialty and be sure to participate in the auction as it will support a cause that we are all very familiar with!

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