Tinker Hatfield is responsible, in part, for some of the most storied of all sneakers. Serving as the Vice President of the Special Projects and Design division of Nike, Hatfield has recently been a part of designing the Air Jordan 2010 model that was released this past week. But, his resume for Jordan Brand goes all the way back to the Air Jordan III (3), and he has been involved with the design of Air Jordans from that model until the Air Jordan XX (20). So you can attribute all the hype and drooling over models like the Air Jordan XI (11) and the Air Jordan IV to this man whose design inspiration revolutionized basketball sneakers. Footwear News sat down with Tinker and interviewed him about his career and his involvement with the design of the 2010 model.
In the interview, Hatfield discusses some of the technical innovations of the Air Jordan 2010, like the bottom-loaded airbag, the more flexible outsole, and the ever-present clear window on the side of the shoe. He also has interesting responses to questions about inspirations for his shoes, which come from his architecture and design background at times, while other times, a cat’s paw or a racecar inspires the look of the sneaker. Check out the whole interview at Footwear News.