Tinker Hatfield’s 30 Greatest Footwear Designs

Apr 30, 2017 | Nick DePaula |



intro // Nick DePaula:

Sneakers, and the entire athletic industry along with it, would be pretty boring were it not for the inventive imagination, relentless drive towards improved performance, and raw aesthetic talents of Tinker Hatfield.

Oft nicknamed “The Architect,” Tinker is more than just an artist that draws up shoes — he’s gone on to become the architect of Nike’s brand look now four decades. The mind behind the original Air Max lineup, the creator behind the entire Cross Training category as we know it, and of course, unmistakably, the equal-parts-GOAT counterpart to Michael Jordan in creating the Air Jordan series’ most iconic models, Hatfield is undeniably the footwear industry’s most accomplished visionary.

To celebrate Tinker’s 65th birthday today, the Nice Kicks team tallied up our favorite Hatfield designs through his illustrious career. From iconic signature models that have laid the framework for a multi-billion dollar brand, to cult tennis favorites and even a few oddities in between, check out our 30 favorite Tinker-tailored kicks below, and let us know your favorites in the comments section below.

30 – Air Jordan XX8

Design can point to a new direction a company is looking towards, or simply often represent an era and a period of time through a repetitive approach. The XX8 was the perfect response to the overly synthetic and increasingly busy designs of the early 2010s, with it’s fully shrouded upper and targeted carbon fiber support wedges giving it a sleekened stance and dramatic silhouette.

At Michael’s specific request, the shoe took on a “stealth” aesthetic. First debuting in its recognizable all black edition on the feet of then-newly-signed Russell Westbrook, it would later feature everything from fully printed text uppers, to graphic patterns tying back to several of the brand’s key NCAA schools.
— Nick DePaula

29 – Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour

Many designers view themselves as problem solvers. Time tested and well proven in the art of war with pencil and paper, Tinker Hatfield took to modern weapons to help Roger Federer in the war against fatigue and boring style, in a sport that was getting younger and more competitive, but aesthetically less interesting.

So, what was Tinker’s new weapon of choice in a time of a new athlete and new tech? The Apple iPad. Sketching the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour in realtime with real input, Federer was able to tell Tinker just what to change both stylistically and functionally. The result? A bold, bright and light tennis shoe that led the Swiss sensation to a Wimbledon W over Andy Murray. Problem solved.
— Ian Stonebrook

28 – Nike Air Tech Challenge 3

Long before Federer looked to shake things up with more flair on the court through his sneakers, Tinker helped to revolutionize the look of the sport in the early 90s through the style and brashness of Vegas-born rising star Andre Agassi. The Tech Challenge series perfectly encapsulated Agassi’s rebel approach, with highlighter bright neons, a scorchingly fast tennis ball graphic along the heel, and head-to-toe matching looks that brought the disruption full circle.
— Nick DePaula

27 – Nike Air Mowabb

Man, Tinker, can you let these other designers live? If it wasn’t enough to create categories, collab with the greatest athlete of our era and debut visible Air, the man with the pen stepped outside — literally and figuratively — and made the most memorable ACG model ever. Yup, deriving from the same sock styling as his Huarache favorites, the Nike Air Mowabb still reigns as the funkiest and most favorited silo from the always evolving All Conditions Gear series.

Performance driven in design, the lightweight hiker has seen crossover success over many a retro run, always navigating new paths. Give it up for Tinker as he appealed to both backpackers and ballers, thirteen years before Kanye released The College Dropout.
— Ian Stonebrook

26 – Jordan Trunner

A hybrid of the words training and runner — people didn’t really know what to make of the initial Jordan Trunner when it first launched in 1999 during the infancy of the Jordan Brand and its expanding range of footwear. With an aggressive v-silhouette along the collar and a full mesh sleeve tongue, most of the shoe’s lockdown came from its molded midfoot and collar support support panels.

The shoe also featured protective Max Air in the heel, along with some seriously springy Zoom Air in the forefoot, making for one of the most purely comfortable shoes you could ever throw on. Originally released in just a Bulls-esque white/black/red, along with a bright blue and black makeup, and the more refreshing alligator olive colorway, the Trunner was a classic exercise in Tinker design. There was a new take on performance design, a random and quirky colorway option, and a daring aesthetic that blurred the lines between what a trainer-slash-runner could even be.
— Nick DePaula

25 – Nike HTM2 Run Boot Low

As the ‘T’ part of the brand’s HTM collective, alongside Japanese designer Hiroshi Fujiwara and Nike CEO Mark Parker, the trio became known for their quirky collaborative takes on both original silhouettes and new looks alike. Along the way, they added a second ‘M’ — Mark Smith — and the oft-forgotten Run Boot Low perhaps best represented their shared approach to minimalism and comfort.

The neoprene sleeved slip-on sneaker featured targeted collar padding to help give you some structure, along with a perforated upper overlay, a reinforced toe and a hand-sprayed Swoosh, making for a clean and modern look atop a great kick-around sneaker.
— Nick DePaula

24 – Air Jordan XX3

As Michael Jordan entered into the depths of roundball retirement for reals — or so we thought — the newly coined Jordan Brand continued the line in a direction of hoop luxury that was as aspirational as it was technical. Models like the Air Jordan XVI, Air Jordan XVII and even Air Jordan XX1 would be more associated with an immortalized MJ who was in a category all his own: a living legend with an aura who reigned sovereignly over the game he both loved, left and came back to as a court king in velour track suits and CEO in tailored business suits. Playing to positioning and toting tech, said shoes would pack a price point to match such esteem. Sadly for sales or even intended function, the bells and whistles associated with such silos were often deemed too nice, too expensive and too hard to break in to actually ball in.

While Tinker perhaps best optimized the idea of a modern luxury basketball shoe on the Air Jordan XI, the Air Jordan XX3 still is and forever will be the grown man Jordan. Made with the craftsmanship and class that mirrored that of the greatest the game has ever seen, this tribute take will be remembered by collectors for its amazing marketing rollout, but will be immortalized for its attention to detail and design. Sleek, progressive and elevated — just like Mike’s game — this was a signature shoe in every sense, down to the John Hancock on the toe box.

With loyalty and royalty inside his DNA, the thumbprint on the underside of the tongue predated iPhone access, and truth be told a remastered retro will probably never do this shoe a true justice — save the Trophy Room collab, bravo. At the end of the day, the Air Jordan XX3 was both an event and a worthy shoe that could’ve easily capped off a storybook series just as perfectly as the Last Shot.
— Ian Stonebrook

23 – Nike Air Oscillate

Tinker Hatfield didn’t always have every athlete clamoring to wear his sneaker designs. Not only did he have to woo Pete Sampras into the Nike Air Oscillate, a shoe that he wore and dominated in for almost a decade, he actually had to trick him into it. Now, this wasn’t because the design was bad or Sampras didn’t like the shoe, he was just fine with the Nike sneakers he was currently wearing. As the legend goes, Tinker challenged Pete to a game of basketball and slyly gave him a pair of the shoes to wear in the contest. Pete instantly loved the cushioning and responsiveness, and would go on to wear the Oscillate throughout the remainder of his career, winning many more major championships along the way.

Mastery is often relegated in singularity. Not Tinker. He designed all-time great basketball, tennis, running and track and field sneakers. As evident by the models worn by both Agassi and Sampras, the models could also live on opposite ends of the spectrum too. His belief that anyone with a body is athlete allowed him to step outside of those confines and design for all sports, all people.
— Darren Griffin

22 – Nike Air Tech Challenge 2

If the Oscillate became the most recognized, and albeit, fairly tame model worn by Pete Sampras, then the radiant pink and gradient fading Air Tech Challenge 2 without question perfectly represented Andre Agassi.

With overlays and a rubberized lace eyelet along the collar serving as the foundation of support, in a way similar to the Air Jordan IV just before it, the shoe was classic Tinker. There was an athlete that captured and owned the spirit of the design, and iconic colorways and graphics that defined the sport’s era. The fact that the tooling later became the foundation for the equally iconic Air Yeezy 2? Well, that’s just a bonus of course.
— Nick DePaula

21 – Air Jordan XX

We wouldn’t go as far to say that taking risks was easy when Mike was playing, because he sure was a good guy to bet on. Patent leather on a sneaker? Dainty before, but dope if you’re winning rings. Fuzzy branding on a tongue? Juvenile excess in reality, but a pop culture success when you’re getting buckets with Bugs. So, while all Jordans were a hit when Jordan was hitting shots in them, how bold could you really go when he wasn’t making them cool by making memories on court? You needed a hit maker and you needed some guts. Yup, you needed Tinker.

And Hatfield it was. Following the very safe anniversary iteration that was the Air Jordan X, the Air Jordan XX had to be a major moment, because two decades of flight had to be better and bolder than one — even if it meant taking a risk. Still it was a risk, and probably a scary one at that. Calling in Tinker after sitting out the last four Jordans, it would be crazy to go wild on such an anticipated comeback after his last design for Mike — AJ XV — was so panned. Right?

Wrong. Going for the gusto and even throwing off the fugazis — the also-celebratory Dub Zero was originally dubbed the Decoy to bait fakers and leakers — the real deal Air Jordan XX was the brashest model made for Mike since the 11. Would the internets or first day fans love it upon first look? Nooooo. But still, Tinker and team were right and the XX was greatness.

Propelled by technical innovation like every amazing AJ, the XX featured a polarizing ankle strap that offered the wearer the feel of a low top or a high depending on how they wore it. On top of that or actually below, podular IPS cushioning was good on court and far more accessible and aesthetically interesting than that of previous models.

The real kicker though? Storytelling. Years before we were sold shoes based off athlete’s favorite sandwiches or court accomplishments that hadn’t yet happened, Tinker teamed up with Mark Smith and Spike Lee to tell the tale of the greatest hooper to ever hit the hardwood via Laser technology and an amazing ad campaign. Relying on a real past with real tech and real friends, it really wasn’t a risk at all. Trust Tinker.
— Ian Stonebrook

20 – Nike Zoom Talaria

One of the many Tinker designs blessed with the ever popular Nike “phone number” ads, the Zoom Talaria was born after the creation of Tensile Air, better known as Zoom Air, in 1995. In 1997, the Nike Zoom Talaria blended the industry’s best new cushioning technology with bottom-loaded Zoom Air and flex grooves in the forefoot, making for a plush ride unlike anything before it.

Tinker also got creative with the build, outfitting the shoe with a breathable base topped by synthetic suede overlays. This shoe, in many ways, also gave viability to the “Tennis Ball” theme, as its Neon Yellow OG colorway was rich in color with a standout look.
— Darren Griffin

19 – Nike Air Flight Huarache [with Eric Avar]

After an insight came to Tinker while water skiing, of all things, the neoprene-based foundation of Huarache was established, making way for a new fit-focused innovation in the initial running shoe that’s still been a favorite all these years later. Just after designing the runner, Hatfield worked in tandem with young designer Eric Avar on a basketball adaptation, which became none other than the Flight Huarache.

“What was cool about the basketball shoe was that the Fab 5 at the University of Michigan were given these shoes, and they all wore them. They thought they were great,” Hatfield recalls. “This shoe developed a life of its own partly because there was no basketball shoe that ever looked like that before it, and these guys all at the University of Michigan were all wearing them — it was an explosion after that.”

While much of the credit cane be given to the feet of the Fab  5 and their dominant influence of the early 90s, the shoe’s classic design featuring a white leather upper and quirky neoprene accent colors was still all Tinker.
— Nick DePaula

18 – Nike Air Safari

The Air Safari is admittedly a fairly formulaic design on the surface. A few of the lines even draft rather directly from the Air Max 1 just before it. But, running shoes at that time didn’t come in a mostly black upper. Or feature huge allotments of orange. They definitely didn’t incorporate what has become one of the more iconic Nike prints, as the Safari’s pebbled grey and black patterning has gone on to establish the shoe as a modern design classic of the 90s.

Even still, we often see new releases from Nike that feature the print, whether it’s new takes on classic running silhouettes, or even futuristic soccer cleats that give new life to their forward thinking silhouettes.
— Nick DePaula

17 – Nike Air Huarache Trainer

The cross training counterpart to the Huarache concept’s running and basketball models didn’t veer too much from the idea, as the neoprene sleeved tongue still provided conforming comfort for foot shapes of all sizes. Tinker also designed a midfoot overlay that offered more support, which worked in tandem with a midfoot strap for added lockdown. While the category was then still in its infancy, Hatfield’s Trainer Huarache design has long set the blueprint for how trainers can look.
— Nick DePaula

16 – Air Jordan 14

With inspiration drafting from none other than a Ferrari, the XIV represented Michael’s ability to careen around screens, brake in an instant, and harness so much explosive force into his attacks — much like the automobile industry’s pre-eminent sports car.

The collar logo took cues from the iconic Ferrari shield, with additional wordmark and typeface inspiration throughout. Of course worn during Michael’s final game and historic “last shot” as a Chicago Bull, the XIV perhaps offered up the most targeted and sleekened stance of any game shoe that MJ donned on court.
— Nick DePaula

15 – Nike Air Max 180

Michael Jordan didn’t always exclusively wear Jordans. There were times when he wore other Nike designs, most of which were designed by the man who turns 65 today. MJ even sometimes sat his feet in runners, as is the case with the Nike Air Max 180.

In 1992 during that historic summer in Barcelona, when not towering over competition on the court, playfully dominating on the golf course, or roaming the Olympic Village with his teammates, Jordan was seen cruising the European city in the “Concord” 180s. A break from on-court wears of the Air Jordan 7 “Olympic,” Jordan opted for the mixed material comfort of nylon and neoprene, a juxtaposition far ahead of its time and long before anyone even thought to use words like athleisure. Tinker is a futurist at heart, forecasting what we’ll want to wear for years, even decades to come.
— Darren Griffin

14 – Air Jordan 13

After designing ten signature shoes for His Airness, you’d think Hatfield would’ve exhausted all of his most personal stories and details connected to Michael. In fact, the Air Jordan XIII is perhaps the most personal of them all, leaning on MJ’s guarded nickname, used by only his closest associates — The Black Cat.

With a podular outsole that mimicked the paws of a panther, the shoe also innovated in both materials and construction, like the 3M-mesh upper, the suede-wrapped midsole and the hologram logo icon along the heel.
— Nick DePaula

13 – Air Jordan 12

Following up the instant classic Air Jordan XI was no small task, and while many expected the brand to continue on with a similar look or style, that was the last thing on Tinker Hatfield’s mind. He, of course, often talked about zigging while others zag, so the XII featured a rich full grain leather upper, with bold overlays that made for an unmistakable court block.

With Michael’s 72-10 season just before it, and another championship ring added to his legacy, the XII held back no punches, declaring “Quality Inspired By The Greatest Player Ever” along the heel tab.
— Nick DePaula

12 – Nike Air Raid

Before Battlegrounds, barbershop sold mixtapes or even EBC, streetball was born to boom commercially thanks to movies like White Men Can’t Jump and Above the Rim. While Reebok would reign in said space during the mid ’90s and the Trash Talk tees and Skip Tape from AND1 would eventually bring it back at the turn of the century, the subculture of hoops didn’t officially have its own shoe until Tinker created it in 1992.

The Nike Air Raid was made just for the asphalt. Heck, it was actually offensive to wear indoors as it’d leave a mark more permanently on the court than any elbow to the jaw or sunlit poster thanks to its rugged rubber outsole. But, that was just the foundation. Strapped like Hustling Raymond after getting got by Sidney and Billy but keeping the peace on its afrocentric follow-up, the Air Raid held down outdoor hoopers in every since. Like any king of the park, it looked tough because it actually was tough.

Still relevant today, the Nike Air Raid is appreciated on the playgrounds of US and in Paris by Pigalle. High fashion or high heat, the Air Raid reigns as THE outdoor basketball shoe even as tech evolves in the game with no ref.
— Ian Stonebrook

11 – Air Jordan 5

Is Tinker Hatfield a sneakerhead or is he the reason we are sneakerheads? We’re gonna agree with the former but lean more towards the latter.

While anyone born after Tinker linked with Nike respectfully rendered their own kick creations based off the designs and culture Hatfield created, Tinker didn’t look at something already existing in said space in an attempt to make something new in the same field. An architect by education and an athlete by choice, Tinker found inspiration in design off success in structure and speed much like Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. studied Gandhi to solve social issues in nonviolent matters. A stretch in analogy? Sure but a strength just the same.

Drawing literally and figuratively from a World War II Mustang Fighter Plane, the Air Jordan 5 would propel and equip Michael Jordan in sky high battle against the Detroit Pistons. The shark tooth midsole was a nod to the muse, but that was merely the launching pad for the innovation and iconography that would take place. Branding genius like a 3M tongue would literally illuminate the Jumpman logo as Getty Image photographers snapped the GOAT, while the introduction of an ice blue bottom would have traction in both a technical and aesthetic sense.
— Ian Stonebrook

10 – Air Jordan 6

I remember seeing Creed in theaters back in 2015. The spinoff of the Rocky series follows Adonis Creed who was the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky rival turned training partner and ultimately best friend. Michael B. Jordan, the films’ leading man, wore the Air Jordan 6 “Black/Infrared” in multiple scenes throughout the picture. During one in particular, he’s training in the streets of South Philadelphia while native son Meek Mill scores the movie during this pivotal point of Jordan’s character development. The camera cuts to wide lens angles to include Jordan’s shoes in all their glory, while also ensuring his head-to-toe Jordan Brand sweatsuit equally in full view.

In that moment the film was anchored in historical context. The music, the wheelied bikes, and of course, the Air Jordan 6. The shoe had done the same in decades prior in White Men Can’t Jump, as a youthful Kadeem Hardison donned that very same shoe with MJ’s Chicago Bulls jersey in tow. Tinker Hatfield was not just influencing sneaker culture at this point; he was driving global culture. Films, commercials, advertisement, all hinged upon the designs of one man. That’s ultimately what set Tinker apart. He wasn’t just designing sneakers, he was diagramming popular culture.
— Darren Griffin

9 – Nike Air Trainer SC

After creating a category with the Nike Air Trainer 1, Tinker Hatfield had the tall order of producing a sequel that once again appealed to an audience of athletes that ranged all ages and all abilities.

Tough crowd, huh? Casting Bo Jackson as the star, the Nike Air Trainer SC was a shoe designed for the demands of the world’s greatest and most versatile athlete, thus making it good enough for everybody beneath his abilities — yup, everyone.

Scored by sail cloth that would go onto inspire Flywire technology two decades later, the shoe would not only carry on the success of the category, it would help the Auburn athlete that endorsed it become a blossoming star in a sport brand that was more and more about signature stories and charisma campaigns.

Since its time, no physical specimen has been able to fill Bo’s shoes as the OG ad alludes to. Just the same, no designer has proved as versatile as Tinker.
— Ian Stonebrook

8 – Nike Air Max 90

Originally dubbed the Nike Air Max III, Tinker Hatfield had one of his biggest non-Jordan commercial successes with the Air Max 90. Multiple retro releases of the shoe have followed since its inception more than 25 years ago, and its OG “Infrared” colorway has become synonymous with sneaker culture. The build was slightly higher than the Air Max 1, and the Air Unit was a bit more exaggerated.

A chameleon of sorts, no matter the material, fabric or re-imagined frame, the 90 has been able to adapt and live in different spaces, different eras, and remain special to the audience that saw its birth along with the population that inherited it. Truly the mark of a transcendent shoe.
— Darren Griffin

7 – Nike Air Huarache

If you think “sneaker inspired by a water ski boot,” it’s understandable you’d envision something potentially hideous and overbuilt. Luckily, one of Tinker’s greatest traits is taking a bigger inspiration or design cue, and tailoring that into a beautiful looking product. The Huarache is yet another example, with the inspiration mostly guiding him towards fit solutions.

“The neoprene bootie in a water ski fits a bunch of different people, so I’m thinking, ‘That’s kind of cool,'” he recalls. “I started sketching up booties and then realized that it needed, for support, some sort of exoskeleton, because I thought it would be cool to be seen. So the whole exoskeletal approach to the shoe design sort of came out of this sort of desire to want to develop this Dynamic Fit shoe.”

The Huarache, named in part thanks to some inspiration from co-worker Sandy Bodecker, is in the midst of yet another resurgence in popularity, and is one of today’s best sellers of the current era.
— Nick DePaula

6 – Air Jordan 4

With its triangular and rubberized support wing, wrapping midsole and a unique mesh-wrapped tongue and quarter panel, as is often the case with a great Tinker design, the Air Jordan IV featured a striking look without any reliance on branding. The shoe stood out on court then, and still stands out off of it all these years later. Namely, in both its white and black based takes with “cement grey” accenting.
— Nick DePaula

5 – Nike Air Trainer 1

All throughout Tinker’s career, he utilized his ability as a former multi-sport star athlete to also inform the performance traits he was looking to incorporate into his footwear designs. Along the way, he just so happened to create an entirely new category for the industry, based on his insight that there’s a new for an all-purpose type of shoe.

“I was trying to stay in shape, and I was still playing basketball, so I’d go to the YMCA, and they had a couple of really nice basketball courts there,” Tinker recounted to me. “You could also jump into a racquet game, and aerobics was really starting to pick up, and they had a really nice weight facility, too. So with me working for Nike, I would always go over there with three or four pairs of shoes and not really knowing what I was going to do. I’d actually have three pairs of shoes in my bag.”

After awhile, as you can imagine, Tinker realized that not only was it not all that practical to have to haul and switch sneakers for each activity, but that also wasn’t realistic for the rest of the club members that didn’t happen to work at Nike with countless shoes at their disposal.

“I was not gonna go for a 5-mile run in a pair of basketball shoes, but people were doing just that,” he continues. “My observation was that most people would show up there with one pair of shoes, whether they were running shoes or basketball shoes or tennis shoes, and try and do multiple things with one shoe. I’m going, ‘Well geez, now I see a path to a project.'”

And thus, the Air Trainer 1, a shoe that could work well enough for just about everything, was born, and the entire Cross Training category as we know it, too.
— Nick DePaula

4 – Nike MAG

Sneakers can often take on an even grander profile thanks to the iconic athletes that wear them on the pro hardwood, fields or courts. In the case of the Nike MAG, the platform and audience that the Back To The Future franchise provided was beyond anyone’s expectations.

For Tinker, designing a fictional shoe (along with the entire scene storyboard) for a movie set in the future was an all new experience, and perhaps the greatest display of his other worldly design talents.

“This was an opportunity to think about the future, which is a great exercise to go through when you’re designing any shoe, really, because it will be in the future anyway,” Hatfield told me years ago. “I thought about the year 2015, and I had a strong opinion that shoes might be somewhat intelligent and able to turn on and become alive in the future. I just naturally designed that into what ended up being this shoe.”

That matter-of-fact explanation of the design process is of course an understatement, as the “Power Laces” and way in which the shoe illuminated went on to be defining traits of a shoe designed some thirty years ago. Ever since, its created mass hysteria among sneaker collectors, movie memorabilia collectors and the general public alike whenever there’s even a hint towards a re-release.
— Nick DePaula

3 – Nike Air Max 1

Tinker Hatfield’s first connection to Nike came while in college when he ran track for Oregon track coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman. Tinker studied at the University of Oregon earning a degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon School of Architecture.

Tinker joined Nike in 1981 when he began work designing Nike’s Beaverton Campus and World Headquarters. By 1985 Tinker started designing footwear where he took inspiration from buildings.

Inspired by the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Tinker wanted to put the technology from the inside of the shoe on display for all to see.  Nike had Air cushioning since 1979, but it wasn’t until 1987 with the Nike Air Max 1 that it was on display for all to see.

Tinker would continue to design several other legendary and iconic shoes in the Air Max series, but the ground that was broken with the Nike Air Max 1 is one that is felt in every category of Nike products and still today.
— Matt Halfhill

2 – Air Jordan 11

There are some shoes that seriously need no introduction, and if there was any Air Jordan that fit this label, it would be the Air Jordan 11.

While the shoe will forever be cemented into NBA history on the feet of Michael Jordan during the historic 72-10 season, in addition to some of MJ’s most memorable career moments, this shoe that was designed by Tinker Hatfield was his very best with or without Michael ever playing in them.

The design of the Air Jordan 11 was unlike anything we had ever seen in a basketball shoe from top to bottom. The lacing structure was again unlike anything ever done in sneakers down to even the actual laces. While not the first shoe to use patent leather, the way it wrapped around the mudguard of the shoe was completely original design.  The midsole was a new material that was softer than prior models but with a greater energy return.

The full length Nike Air was one of the smoothest and most comfortable rides ever engineered. For stability, the shoe featured a carbon fiber plate. Lastly, the outsole featured a signatory clear rubber, but with traction pads with the herringbone pattern.

While many Air Jordans have crossed over from the feet of MJ and the sport of basketball to the streets and pop culture, none did it quite like the Air Jordan 11s. There is a reason that like MJ, Jordan Brand saves the best for last and finishes out the 4th quarter on top with a Jordan 11 release.
— Matt Halfhill

1 – Air Jordan 3

What makes a shoe a classic? Is it the design, the technology, the impact it has on culture, or what was accomplished in those shoes? Mark all of the above and then some for the Air Jordan III.

Three years and two Air Jordans into his contract, Michael Jordan wasn’t exactly happy. There were talks of him leaving the Swoosh to join Team Adidas and even a failed attempt by Peter Moore, designer of the Air Jordan 1-turned-adidas-exec, to pull him away from Nike as well. It was at this time that Nike called in the difference maker, the game changer, the legendary designer, Tinker Hatfield.

Tinker took a different approach to design. One of his first landmark designs was an all-purpose trainer. Literally a shoe that fit into no category except for all of the above, and in fact created a new space on shoe walls around the world called cross-training.

New approaches to design came in many ways to the Air Jordan III. It started with the first ever mid-cut basketball shoe. No longer did Nike need to produce a high and low top shoe for the Air Jordan franchise – there was just one. Another distinguishing look about the Air Jordan III was Tinker’s call out to the Air cushioning in the Air Jordan with an exposed heel unit.

One of the most unique design elements to the Air Jordan III came in the form of the elephant print accents that have been borrowed by a number of Nike and Jordan products over time, not to mention other brands. Lastly, the Air Jordan III introduced to the world the Jumpman logo on the tongue for the entire world to see.

Nike was not a rookie in the marketing world, but when they called Wieden + Kennedy for the Jordan III, the stars aligned. You had a high flying athlete, a wonderful product, and the cultural connection with Spike Lee as Mars Blackmon. Even Spike would have a hard time scripting a better recipe for success.

The Air Jordan III was an amazing product with many unique characteristics, but the life and legacy of the shoe extends far beyond just the leather and rubber that construct it. If you look back through the years of Michael Jordan’s playing career, the 1987-88 season was arguably the greatest season for Mike where he didn’t win a ring. In that one season, MJ accomplished what some Hall of Famers need an entire career to do.

Though he was not able to lead the Bulls to a championship in the Air Jordan III, Mike was honored with plenty of hardware. As an All Star, MJ took home not only the Slam Dunk title, but also All Star Game MVP honors. Mike dominated the offensive side of the ball leading the league with 35 points per game, but backed that up defensively by leading the league in steals with 3.2 per game. As the Scoring Champ, Steals Champ, Slam Dunk Champ and All Star MVP, it was not a hard choice by the league to honor Michael Jordan as the league’s Most Valuable Player for the first time in his career that season.

Design innovation, pop culture connection, and history derive from the Air Jordan III. That is why they are one of the greatest sneakers ever made.

Three. The magic number.

— Matt Halfhill


On behalf of the entire Nice Kicks team — happy 65th Tinker!!


14 thoughts on “Tinker Hatfield’s 30 Greatest Footwear Designs”

  1. The itching was more severe at night and when the patient felt stressed. asked her family physician (FP) to take a look at the itchy rash on the sides of her fingers Photos and text for Photo Rounds Friday courtesy of Richard P. Usatine, MD.
    [url=http://itchypatchesonskin.ml/asset-project-slidge-a-visual-novel-small-dry-itchy-patches-on-skin-and-dialog]itchy patches on skin[/url]

  2. EC Insider is inclusive with numerous ways to earn points. Get rewarded for engaging with us on social, earn when you make purchases online or in-store & so
    [url=http://makemoneyonlinemoney.info/7-steps-to-creating-a-coaching-and-mentoring-small-ways-to-make-money-program]small ways to make money[/url]

  3. 1940, 199251, Ledderhose disease, Plantar fibromatosis, M72.2 palmitoyl transferase 1A deficiency, Carnitine palmitoyl transferase IA deficiency, E71.3.
    [url=http://ledderhosedisease.cf/sleep-morbus-ledderhose-disease-hygiene-10-tips-to-have-a-good-night-sleep-jain]morbus ledderhose disease[/url]

  4. Your skin may become scaly, bumpy, itchy, or otherwise irritated. circular-shaped scaly rashes with raised border; skin in the middle of the ring appears clear and healthy, and the edges of the ring may . Pat the rash dry instead of rubbing it.
    [url=http://itchypatchesonskin.ml/7-reasons-why-your-scalp-hurts-red-patches-on-skin-not-itchy-when-pressed-or]red patches on skin not itchy[/url]

  5. Causes, symptoms and natural treatment methods available for a female yeast certain factors can cause an overgrowth which can then lead to yeast infection.
    [url=http://yeastinfectiontreatment.info/why-are-so-many-palm-beach-county-beaches-closing-news-palm-yeast-infection]yeast infection side effects[/url]

  6. A Case of Language buy

    Humans are born with the natural ability to learn language and, for example, Many academic fields focus on educating it, along the lines of linguistics. There are so many different languages in the world, Which all have some linguistic variances. for example, the way that I learned two languages, English and spanish, takes a different approach. As English is my native vocabulary, I acquired it at home and in the society where I grew up. It was learned the actual natural learning process during the critical age for acquiring language. simply, In elementary and grade school, English was taught centering mainly on grammar. I learned Spanish in class, about the, Which is much not the same as the way I learned English. I began learning how to speak spanish in high school, Taking many years worth of classes that focused mainly on memorizing vocabulary. The third year of the language focused more on speaking Spanish correctly and grammatically then another two years. I also took two more Spanish classes attending school. The first of these classes was much like my third class in high school with speaking and diction being the main aspect of the class. The second college class was purely on grammar and writing the [url=https://datingspanishwomen.travel.blog/2019/06/13/where-and-how-to-find-beautiful-spanish-women/]single in spanish[/url] language. The differences between learning English and Spanish are partly due to the age at which they were learned. unfortunately, Another reason that buying differed so much is that the sound, format, And morphology of these ‘languages’ also differ.

    the noise of vowels differs in English and Spanish, Where English use vowels which were diphthongs and Spanish use pure vowels. A diphthong is a single vowel which experts claim, During diction, Changes from one articulation to another with a smooth tongue movement. one particular diphthong in English is seen in the word lane, distinct [Le by which [a] Represents a symptom position of the tongue and [ Is a close approximation of the ending tongue position this vowel sound. The articulation of this sound necessitates the front part of the tongue, Which begins tense with the tongue at mid height for the [a] Sound and ends lax with the tongue high for the [ sound. Some other coding and programming examples English diphthongs include toy [T where the articulation goes from the back part of the tongue at mid height to the front part of the tongue high in the oral cavity, and as a result cow [Ka where the back an area of the tongue goes from low to high in height as the vowel sound is being pronounced. alternatively, real spanish, real spanish,simple spanish words use pure vowels. Pure vowels are articulated with the tongue held still so that there is no difference between the beginning and end of the vowel sound. as an example, There is a noticeable difference between the English word day and the Spanish word de (understanding ‘from’). In speaking spanish, De is distinct [l’ordre de], Where the front part of the tongue is fixed at mid height as a tense vowel for your duration of the vowel [electronic] sound. In english tongue, at the same time, Day is obvious [De with a diphthong vowel articulated the same way as in the word lane. Other pure vowels in Spanish are seen in which mes [e (‘month’) also tos [f (‘cough’). the main [ Sound in mes is articulated with the front organ of the tongue at mid height and the [ Sound in tos is articulated with the back part of the tongue at mid height for your length of the vowel sound. there are lots of pure vowel sounds in English words and some diphthong vowel sounds in Spanish words, But these situation are few. lot’s of English words use diphthongs, whom, unneeded, Are near impossible to pronounce than pure vowels. whilst English is my native language, I find some Spanish words easier to pronounce key vowels having pure sounds.

    The syntax of terminology, distinctively word order in a sentence, Is another difference between English and Spanish. In native english speakers, The constituent order is often subject, action-word, Direct item (If a principal object exists). an illustration of this word order is seen in the sentence John wrote the book, Where John is the topic, Wrote often is the verb, And the hem ebook is the direct object. In spanish tongue, yet, This word could be written as el libro escribi Juan, With the component order of direct object, action-word, Then course. In writing the sentence in this order where area of interest and object are switched, There is more emphasis placed on the thing, El libro, Than about them, Juan. The switching of the topic and object could never be done in English. The use of pronouns as objects also has various sentence order in Spanish than in English. Where in English a sentence may John wrote it, The same sentence in Spanish would flip the pronoun considering the verb, Making the sentence Juan lo escribi When a sentence includes adjectives that are fairly descriptive of a noun, a difference will be seen as well. e. g,liquids, The English sentence either the blue and expensive house when stated in Spanish is hay la casa azul y cara. The illustrative adjectives, Blue and large priced, Are placed prior to noun they modify, abode, In language. In speaking spanish, though, this particular adjectives, Azul ful cara, they fit after the noun, abitazione, then they modify. Another example of benefit for those the tall man in English compared to el hombre alto in Spanish.

    Language morphology is also different in these two languages. Gender agreement between the words in a sentence is vital in Spanish, But is hardly an issue in the English lingo. In spanish, Feminine words often end in whereas sexy or gender neutral words often end in o. The English phrase the beautiful dog is the same whether it’s about a male or female dog. The phrase in the spanish language, life-style and offer, Is equally la hermosa perra, For ladies dog, Or el hermoso perro if the dog is male or if gender is not known. If the dog during these phrases becomes plural, There is actually morphological difference seen. For uk, Making the noun plural is usually finished by simply adding an to the end of the noun. as a, The beautiful dog becomes the beautiful dogs to indicate there is more then one. Spanish plurality is also possible by adding an majority of the time. around the other hand, to make the noun plural in Spanish, The whole phrase has to be made plural also. fot that reason, The phrase becomes las hermosas perras for all female dogs or los hermosos perros for all male or a mix of male and female dogs. These differences are consistently seen between English and Spanish and may play a role in the difficulty for the native speaker of one language learning the other.

    the differences in the ways that I acquired English and Spanish have direct implications on the way I think and use the languages. By just learning English as my native language when I was a child, It is much easier for me to use compared to Spanish. Whenever i have to say something, I spontaneously use English without even having to start thinking about it because it comes naturally to me. within I think, making use of all my thoughts and memories, necessarily come to me in English also. The only occasions when I use Spanish are during the Spanish classes that I took in high school and college or in the case that I happen to run into an individual who only speaks Spanish, Which has happened a couple of times. perhaps, I in some instances speak Spanish with my sister for the sole purpose of having a conversation that the people around us (most often, most of my family) Will not be able to know what we are talking about. yet, When I speak in romance language, I have to concentrate and ponder what I’m trying to say before I say it. that is me to speak it much more slowly then English, frequent falteringly. Spanish is more complicated because I have to put sentences together using the grammatical rules that I learned through my Spanish classes in school. I am getting better at speaking in Spanish though because of the fact that I do speak it with my sister occasionally, Which helps me get more used to using Spanish in everyday talk.

    we all know, There are many differences between the languages of the planet. The two languages that I have learned, English and the spanish language, Have many difficulties, Including as our biological forebears were acquired. By learning English naturally through the normal language acquisition process, I automatically use it for all my thoughts and everyday speaking. how to speak spanish, meanwhile, Was learned through education and learning, Which can take into account the difficultly I have using it, consists of speaking slow and falteringly. The other differences between these two languages could also be part of why a native speaker of one will have difficulty learning the other. as for instance, The sounds of the languages differ, Where English uses vowels that will be diphthongs and Spanish uses mostly pure sounding vowels, As seen in the distinction between Spanish de [p] And the english language day [De Syntax also differs between kinds of languages, specially the word order. The major component order [url=https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/datingrussiangirl-com]dating a spanish girl[/url] of English sentences is subject, verb, And direct subject. In romance language, This order is sometimes object, verb, Then subject, Which is out of the question in English. the transaction of nouns and their objective modifiers is switched from English to Spanish too, Where the adjectives come vendor noun in English, But bash noun in Spanish. when examining morphology of the languages, outlined points of dissimilarity. might be able to this include gender agreement in Spanish not being necessary in English, As well as differences in plurality. An style of both these distinctions is seen when comparing the English phrase the beautiful dogs with same sentence in Spanish, Which is either las hermosas perras for all female dogs or los hermosos perros for all male or a mix of female and male dogs. in conclusion, there are several differences between Spanish and English. item for the groomsmen see why learning the second language would be difficult due to the multitude of dissimilarities in sounds, format, and as well as morphology. right after between the language acquisition processes between the native and non native language provide all new difficulties on its own, Where an individual will be able to always speak their native language easier then any non native language they could learn.

  7. Date and Marry A ruskies Ukraine Woman

    I have known several individuals who met Russian women, Dated for a wile following married. But unlike what the article said it was a long term ploy on the women part to eliminate Russia, Get a free learning, And maybe get the guy to set them up in business or with a house and then divorce the man. In one case of my cousin they were married to years and he worked to put her through college and law school and she refused to bare any children. She talked him into eliminating loans so she [url=https://www.bitchute.com/video/7IXTGX2GDRnd/]dating ukraine ladies[/url] could start a law business and got him to bring all his business contacts into her. After getting established she comes home one day and says she no longer needs him, That she had planned this since she was a young girl help of her parents and advisors in Russia and that girls are taught how to do this, To take all the man has in American divorce courts and be able to dump them. This was devastating for my cousin who had sacrificed for her for years and then was taken by her for everything as the US courts often side with the women. He was left broke and alone. She got the, the organization, All his budget, And a free certification from [url=https://russianwomendate.weebly.com/blog/what-should-i-prepare-for-a-date-with-russian-women]ukraine marriage[/url] him. If I were you I would avoid these dishonest gold digging con artists and avoid dating women from these types of services.

  8. Looking for genuine Russian women to talk to online

    The best websites for meeting genuine Russian women for marriage are the qualified professional Russian dating sites.

    This article about dating Russian women has a step by step guide to picking the right website for you, As well as overcoming the major hurdles when dating a Russian woman: /dating.

    The women and websites vary from outright scams, To honest but for various reasons prefer to go on a date or two, To honest and actually want to make a relationship with a foreign guy. It really is a mix of all things. You also have to remember the fact that this is a for profit industry, So even the honest agencies want you to spend as much money it can be while you pursue your goal. And definitely, This industry is a lot more about making money off of western guys who give it a go rather than making money off western guys who actually marry someone from over there. just how, What for you to do is put your scam radar on high, Start writing women and most of all get over there ASAP to gauge. When you just writing them it very difficult to tell if they sincere, As some women get paid to write letters and some agencies even please take whoever writing letters back (And remember all agencies even honest ones are trying to charge you for all the way, Her email, translation your letter, translating her letter, and a lot more.) So as much as you can, accentuate meeting over writing. You also may want to try finding interested women by some way where you don have to pay for their contact info and for conversing, Like using a well-liked Russian dating site, Internet forums, no matter, I leave it up to your resourceful imagination. Although you will discover, Many concerns, The overall supply and demand situation is better over there so it is arguably worth it [url=https://www.slideshare.net/Russianwomen/how-to-keep-dating-with-russian-women]ukraine chat[/url] to go through all this. Not like in the western world where a 6/10 woman has her pick of great guys.

    With the Tao of Badass guide you learn fantastic technology behind man and girl sexuality functions, And how important it to embrace your manhood and with this particular will [url=https://www.bitchute.com/channel/ukrainianwomen/]online dating ukraine[/url] allow you to to highlight the importance of fulfilling your man sex role because if you never, You risk plummeting into the ‘good man or worse, Being companion zoned.

    With the Tao of Badass you can also learn to strategy anxiety the crippling fear avoiding many guys from conference the lady of the dreams. You learn some good ways to re wire your deep rooted emotional conduct and eliminate yourself of method nervousness after and for all.

    The Tao of Badass is a fascinate and valuable guide.

    you can, It will set you back $6 to get the initial contact, But after that a wonderful to pay for continued relations. you will want to read Elenas section on mail order bride scams, And tips for preventing them.


    Ukrainians and Russians are loyal, But Alan overstates their desire in order to in their countries. My wife and I have yet to introduce an American+Ukrainian/Russian couple where the woman refused to emmigrate.

    My lawyer firm handles approx 10,000 immigration cases a year from the former Soviet Union and a majority of them are people who met on reputable websites.

    at times, using a site, Make sure they adapt to the IMBRA laws, And follow Elena ideas for avoiding scammers.

    site(s): Happily gotten married to a Ukrainian, As are several of our friendsForget the east european online dating sites,mearly try icq.

    You may just meet someone from there ( possibly not russian or east european )

    dating sites are usually run by Americans who are just after your money.

    If you seriously wish to be able to girl from Russia or eastern europe. then you will want to start to learn the language.

    Do understand that girls from that world are not that keen these days about moving to a foreign western country with high crime rates and more poverty than they have at home.

  9. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Thanks!

  10. The golden age for local breweries

    Most men of my generation don’t mind spending time in Broken Hill pubs extant and closed simply because we have had a drink in them, and maybe relocated (in my case twice, specific Pig and Whistle, as well as Caledonian) by means of closure or change of hands.

    notorious was the Waverly Brewery (1887 1906), and the Broken Hill (SA corp.) Brewery (1888 1926), The rest of the world End Brewery (1888 1918), this particular Burton Brewery (1891 1900) because South Broken Hill Brewery (1891 1900).

    The two ’boutique’ breweries were primarily soft drink factories; ryan Shelley and Co (Morgan ln) Did however complete a XXX Ale, And the Silver City nutrient Water Co (Argent freeway) constructed a ‘golden ale, Non intoxicating’ under the name Clayton’s Barrier Brewery.

    The Waverly Brewery was positioned in Beryl Lane (Now Silica community), Off Buck neighborhood. the initial proprietors were George Simpson and Thomas Burke, The last leaving in 1889 to do the Union Barrier Brewery at Silverton.

    The brewery also supplying local pubs and hotels also supplied beer to most West Darling pubs up to the Queensland border.

    this bought out, And closed as a moneymaking business, In September 1906 by the South aussie Brewing Co, which had acquired the liquidated Broken Hill Brewery from licensee James Cowan in July 1889 for 6,000 extra pounds sterling.

    The South Australian Brewing Co was also to get rid of the West End Brewery as a competitor by buying and closing it in 1918, Thus holding a Broken Hill monopoly in its final Broken Hill years.

    The Broken Hill Brewery is the main brewery still recognisable as such, Located guiding the Jubilee Oval on one acre of land where good quality well water hadbeen located.

    The tower is four tales high, An account of the brewing process used may be found in the Silver Age of December 13, 1889.

    the location of the West End Brewery was on the Picton Flat, giving out from the southern corner of Morgan and Kaolin Streets to Thomas Lane.

    It was originally found by Irishman J. p, Molony, Who relocated his Shamrock Brewery from Railwaytown to the site, Where he came into forces with James Sloan (ones Burton Brewery) having a Mr Hince, The new brewery being the West End Brewery.

    even as closed in 1918, The brewery barns, Around which babies played, Were not demolished until 1930, The ‘Flat’ then being subdivided for real estate.

    I was guilty in many Mayoral speeches of confounding the ‘West End’ Brewery of Hindley Street Adelaide operated by the SA Brewing Co with our local ‘West End’ brewery, The simple error arising from the fact that both breweries were in operation while, And hence my belief that ‘West End’ beer had been made in Broken Hill until 1926.

    Fran McKinnon heard me repeat the confusion in many civic addresses without modification. it seems like she must have been confused as well.

    Suffice to report that the Centenary committee of which I was Chairman acquired the serious support of the South Aust. Brewing Co for many Centenary activities including support ($10,000) Of the Burra to Broken Hill Wheelbarrow promotes of 1983, 1985, 1986, and moreover 1988 (Toyota nicely provided matching $10,000 funds) Together with a truck replete with refreshments and promotions.

    The Co also produced a Broken Hill Centenary draught beer, Claimed to be the most bitter beer then produced nationwide, Brewed to the actual Broken Hill formula.

    Mirrors and features the draught Centenary beer were also produced, one of which I was fortunate to acquire.

    The Burton Brewery owes its starting point to Peter McIndoe, A local wine and spirit reseller, And Peter Sloane who owned earth Hotel, Located at the north west corner of Argent and Bromide Streets, Opposite on the northern corner were warehouse business (Still stagnant) worked by Seppelts and Co.

    The brewery was established powering the Globe Hotel. After four years of successful operation Sloane resigned to effect a union in the West End (local) Brewery with regard to April, 1895, and also Mr W. l. Alton brought over.

    The Waverly Brewery acquired the Burton Brewery on March 1, 1900, And not open it. Brutal business organization times. The buildings the particular tower, Were not demolishedand the well was not filled in, Until 1932 within the Shell Co. Bought days.

    City Council in the 1970s jointly with rail standardisation developed Kanandah Road, [url=http://www.chnbride.com/tag/chinese-wife/]beautiful young chinese girls[/url] Deciding that it was incorrect to have a fuel depot in town.

    The Shell Depot was moved to Kanandah Road, The site was acquired by City Council when considering constructing the Broken Hill Tourist and TravellersCentre, Which I had the pleasure of referred to as opening in 1980.

    The Centre will be 30 yrs. old this October, A long cry from the first sort Burton Brewery. The South Broken Hill Brewery was well-known at 274 Knox St, (272 Knox was the bottle yard to your neighbors) In 1891 by the german Jew Louis Berliner, With the assistance of his son Michael.

    He was not as valuable as the other breweries, [url=http://www.chnmate.com/tag/thailand-women-dating-finder/]girls from philippines[/url] Attracting no offers from either the SA Brewing Co or the Waverly Brewery when he attempted to sell out.

    Berliner left as being a brewer in North Fitzroy. Other breweries did exist in the section; Edmund and Emil Resch approved (What was traditionally a cordial factoryoperated by Edmund) i would say the Lion Brewery in Wilcannia (Its buildings minus tower now constitute the Golf Club) In sept, 1879, The first brewery inside the WestDarling.

    Edmund and Emil that is when established other breweries in the district, considering John Penrose the Lion Brewery at Silverton, And thus at Tibooburra.

Leave a Comment