To sneakerheads, there is one god above all others: the elusive Tinker Hatfield, Nike designer behind almost every pair of His Airness’s kicks. In a rare interview, he explains why he works nights and what it’s like to collaborate with the greatest ever
No offense to Phil Knight, but kids wouldn’t be camping on sidewalks for limited-edition Nikes without mad scientist Tinker Hatfield. He’s designed every pair of game-worn Jordans since ’88, the visible Air bubble, and last year’s Nike Mag—a replica of the Back to the Future Part II shoes. Sneaker freaks, it’s story time.
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