words // Nick DePaula:
As the athletic industry’s longtime most iconic shoe designer, Tinker Hatfield is used to being celebrated for his groundbreaking and defining design work over the course of his career.
Spanning across the Air Jordan, Running and Tennis categories, and also including the launch of cross training sneakers altogether, Hatfield’s work since the late 1980s has long established benchmarks for both performance and product design in a variety of sports.
Recently stopped at an airport by TMZ Sports — which Tinker had to find amusing — he was asked on the spot, in true TMZ fashion, to pick the worst design of his career.
While the interviewer is fittingly wearing a pair of Air Jordan XIs — Hatfield’s “best” design — watch along as Tinker, always a good sport, reveals the one that got away from him.