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Interview with Tinker Hatfield & Mark Smith

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With the release of the Air Jorddan 2010, legendary designer Tinker Hatfield has been making the rounds and doing in-depth interviews about the design specs and inspiration behind the model, and behind the world's most important basketball sneakers--the Air Jordan. We showed you a recent 10-question interview, but this one is a bit more thorough. In 1994, Tinker Hatfield was joined by Mark Smith in designing the Air Jordan IX, and Smith has played a major role in the design process as well. The third part of the triumvirate is Mr. Jordan himself, who lends his ideas and preferences to the equation. Smith and Hatfield relay the story of this year's model that began before incorporating any sketches, the inspiration of the window on the side of the sneaker to represent the transparency of his game that Jordan would use to dupe his defenders, and even the chemistry between the two designers. Hatfield, while a legendary designer in his own right, discusses how he has moved on to doing more architecture and even planning a neighborhood around the Portland Trailblazers' new arena. Read the whole interview at Sole Collector to read more about the brains behind the kicks.