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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.

Air Jordan III ‘Oregon’

September 10th, 2011 by | 39 comments

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What do the Air Jordan III and the University of Oregon have in common? None other than Tinker Hatfield. Hatfield was picked up by Nike after he graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Architecture, and the Air Jordan III was his first design of the Air Jordan, beginning a string of sneaker designs that are considered to be some of the greatest of all time. Here’s a look at the Air Jordan III ‘Oregon’ – an Air Jordan III with the school’s logo and branding around the shoe. The tongue features the domineering ‘O’ logo while the heel features a playful logo of ducks feet instead, and the upper also shows a funky white circular logo. The eyelets are yellow to match the school’s colors as well. These were posted up on Donald Glover’s Do It Donald! tour by Portland native pdxkeith, so check out the extra shots below and stick with Sneaker News for more updates!

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Nike Mag 2011 – Back 4 The Future | Behind The Scenes

September 9th, 2011 by | 15 comments

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In conjunction with the release of the Nike Mag 2011, Nike created a “lost” episode from the Back To The Future saga, where Doc Brown mistakenly arrives four years earlier than intended to the year 2011. On the night of September 8th, 2011, Doc encounters the Nike Mag 2011, but unfortunately the power-lace system wasn’t developed at the time. The lost episode starred Christopher Lloyd, Bill Hader, Kevin Durant, and Tinker Hatfield and added even more ‘cool factor’ to the geeked out excitement surrounding the Nike Mag 2011 and the Back To The Future saga. Sneaker News now brings you a Behind The Scenes look at the making of the episode; this video features commentary from Michael J. Fox, Mark Parker, Tinker Hatfield, Christopher Lloyd, Kevin Durant, and Bill Hader, discussing the excitement and significance behind this legendary project. For the younger readers out there who might be unable to comprehend the importance of this event: the Nike Mag 2011 release is a once-in-a-generation opportunity even for a brand as progressive as Nike is. Continue reading for the full video and chime in with your thoughts, and to bid on a pair of these iconic Nikes, head to

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Nike Mag 2011 – Back For The Future :60

September 9th, 2011 by | 31 comments

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“Woah. He made like a tree and got outta here.”

That, of course, is one of the famous lines from the original Back To The Future from 1985. On this calm September 8th night, Kevin Durant is straight chillin’ with his boy Bill Hader, when Bill whips out ‘The Future’ – the Nike Mag 2011. While the two are basking in the beauty of the futuristic shoe with all the pretty lights, Doc Brown shows up to retrieve the kicks, and asks “Does this power-lace?” Much to Doc’s disappointment, Tinker Hatfield, the designer of the Nike Mag 2011, breaks the bad news and mentions that the self-lacing system won’t arrive until 2015. After a bit of confusion, Doc realizes that he’s landed in the incorrect time period, and speeds away in his Delorean, to which Kevin Durant reacts with the famous BTTF phrase.

The Nike Mag 2011 has proven to be one of Nike’s greatest specialty releases of all-time, with all 1,500 pairs hitting eBay and all proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. This awesome video brings together icons of the Back To The Future saga and the Nike Mag, while contemporizing it with the rest of the cast. It’s also interesting to note that out of all the iconic athletes on the Nike roster, basketball superstar Kevin Durant was specifically chosen to play a key role in this amazing promo video. Check out the hilarious piece after the jump and, and if you want to throw a few bids in for one of the sneakers, go to

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Air Jordan XI ‘Concord’ – Historical Comparison

September 2nd, 2011 by | 76 comments

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Just last night Sneaker News gave you a look at a crisp, deadstock pair of the original Air Jordan XI in the White/Black-Dark Concord colorway. You know, the Jordans that Michael wore a bit too early (against the wishes of Tinker Hatfield)? Michael also reverted back to his original ’23′ after Nick Anderson, his counterpart at the Shooting Guard position, said Michael wasn’t his old self. We’ve seen a number of variations of this astounding Air Jordan shoe, from the original to the 2000 Retro release, to the upcoming 2011 Retro, and let’s not forget the Defining Moments Package edition that didn’t feature any Dark Concord at all. Here we have a true alignment of the stars – a side-by-side (by side-by-side-by-side) comparison of five different Concord varieties. Prepare for a feast for the eyes below and let us know which of the four versions (the Toddler joints are exempt) you like best. via MJO23DAN on SC

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Nike Air Hangar by TVA Architects

August 18th, 2011 by | 13 comments

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And you thought Nike Air was just something you wear on your feet? While we already knew that the bigwigs over in Beaverton weren’t exactly flying coach, the Nike Air Hangar is a whole new level of business travel. Yep, this 40,000 square foot facility out in Oregon has three G5′s sitting in the hangar but that’s not all. Also featuring a gourmet kitchen, exercise rooms, and a full on lounge-it’s safe to say that guys like Tinker Hatfield may never have to step foot in a regular airport again.

Speaking of Tinker, the Portland based architecture firm TVA designed this one of a kind space, and has had a hand in designing many of the sports centers on campus at the University of Oregon-Tinker’s alma mater. In fact, the two recently collaborated via the TVA designed Matthew Knight Arena, where Tinker came up with the plans for the unique on court design. Continue reading to get an in-depth look at this must see addition to Nike’s corporate repertoire. And what’s the best thing of all about the Nike Air Hangar? You don’t have to worry about those TSA agents messing up your sneakers. via ArchDaily.

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Tinker Hatfield’s 30th Nike Anniversary ‘Cirque De Tink’ Celebration

August 3rd, 2011 by | 22 comments

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Few would argue that Michael Jordan’s influence on the world of sneakers is unsurpassed, though depending on your perspective, there is one man deserving of such consideration.  Tinker Hatfield is the Thomas Edison of sneakers, having innovated more than his fair share, and when borrowing from his peers and in almost every case improved upon their implementation, and the kind of guy who’ll be mentioned in a textbook as his peers and successors are all but forgotten by casual onlookers.  Tinker has blessed the sneakerhead community over 30 years of unparallelled brilliance and Nike recently commemorated his contributions with a surprise roast at Portland’s Bossanova Ballroom.  Click through to see images and video from the event and let us know which Tinker Hatfield design is your all-time favorite.  via TheHue

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Tinker Hatfield’s Greatest Sneaker Designs

July 19th, 2011 by | 36 comments

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The legend of Tinker Hatfield may not have begun with sneakers, but it certainly will end that that way. The former Oregon athlete (who ran track for Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman) and architecture graduate signed on with Nike and began designing sneakers in 1985 after realizing that his architectural skills could be applied to footwear. It began with the Air Max 1 and Air Trainer 1, two sneakers that revolutionized their respective sports, but it was his collaborative process with Michael Jordan with the Air Jordan III that opened a whole new window of design aesthetics in athletic footwear. Thirty years later, Tinker Hatfield is a veritable legend in the genre, leaving behind countless classic molds while preparing some newer concepts for the future. Check out some of Tinker’s greatest sneaker designs below and head to Complex for the entire feature.

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