Tinker Hatfield isn’t just one of the best designers in sneaker history, but he’s also one of its most prolific creators. Over the years, much of what he’s produced we’ve later found out was accompanied by at least one or two other variations. With one, typically, being chosen to represent the bunch at retailers.
This, of course, was the case with the Air Jordan 3 “Tinker” as we’ve recently discovered. Moreover, before the Air Max 1 there was also Hatfield’s Air Max Zero. Now we’ve learned that Tinker also had an alternative Air Jordan 13 design that will be vindicated with a traditional release later this year.
Hatfield’s original sketch of the Air Jordan 13 was far ahead of its time in terms of design. Much of it, too, was equally of the moment. That juxtaposition makes this release as timely as can be given retro-fitted sneakers are controlling the market alongside those with futuristic enhancements.
The design is anchored by a midfoot strap that secures the foot in place for premium lockdown support. Ballistic mesh and suede overlays offer a simplistic material coat while the original Air Jordan 13 midsole mimics this one closely. There’s also the case of the famed hologram logo, which has been replaced with a Jumpman prism structure in a similar heel positioning.
It’s been reported that this Air Jordan 13 “Tinker” will release sometime this year. However, details regarding the release have not been confirmed.