Tinker Hatfield, 63 years old, was selected in 1998, Forbes magazine named “the 20th century, essentially the most influential one hundred designers.” Tinker is one of the legendary track and field coaches and one particular of Nike’s founder Bill Bowerman. When he was young, he was a pole jumper and won the sixth pole in the 1976 US Olympic qualifier. He chose architecture as a designer of an expert architect, and he was eclectic to be inspired by the several aspects of life, in to the design of sports footwear, which include his Air Max 1 inspired by the museum’s architecture, Jordan 5 generation of inspiration in the jet fighter, and Jordan 11 inspired by the lawn mower.
Limited space, these days only to review Tinker Hatfield in the AJ series of milestone three design and style performs:
Air Jordan 3: Flying trail series began
Air Jordan 3 Retro – “Fire Red”
Air Jordan three will be the third series of Nike Jordan series of basketball shoes, was born in 1987, this shoe to the upper a great deal of bursts of cracks and visual impact of your palm with the palm called the sound. Must be said that, Air Jordan three for the Air Jordan brand and Jordan himself, is usually a enormous turning point.
R & D Air Jordan three, when the AirJordan series chief designer Peter Moore (Peter Moore) and Jordan and Nike with the signing of the Strauss suddenly announced their resignation, they are ready to establish a separate portal, the establishment of a ” Van Grack “(Van Grack) company, they tried to take away with Jordan, to create a brand belonging only to Jordan, Jordan and become a full-time representative, not only within the shoes, Jordan will also be the other product development and Sales. Van Glick and Nike fight for Jordan’s battle was compared for the industry as “the third world war”.
The fledgling designer Tinker Hatfield stepped in, took over the Air Jordan three design work, this time for Nike, Air Jordan three is to stay to Italy has decided to final weapons. Previous Air Jordan 1 is equivalent to Air Force1 “color upgrade”, Air Jordan2 is completed in Italy design, Tinker not too much time to handover, there is no reference and inheritance.
And AJ two generations of designers is different, Tinker invited Jordan to participate in the style and research and development of footwear, according to Jordan’s ideas and suggestions to design this pair of Jordan footwear. Air Jordan two generations of footwear are high to help, Jordan made Air Jordan3 can slightly reduce the height in the upper, to ensure stability while improving flexibility. Inside the research and development process, two people are a kind of imitation elephant material is very interested, which is later enduring “burst crack”.
AJ3 inside the end of your configuration using the front palm Air Sole + after the palm with the visual Air Sole style, air cushion in the previous two generations only after the palm, extended towards the forefoot site, cushioning protection also has a further upgrade.
Air Jordan 3 design manuscript
AJ3 has been able to become a classic classic, but also because it may be the first landing Jumpman Logo Air Jordan shoes. Tinker removed all the Nike logo on the upper, the first bold use with the world has now referred to as the Jumpman Logo. In the AirJordan I series, Jumpman’s photo is just as a label hanging on the side on the shoe. When AJ 3 finished in front of Jordan, Jordan eyes bright, printed on the tongue on the big and beautiful red Jumpman Logo let him fall in love with it. Not long after, Jordan announced to continue to cooperate with Nike.
In the NBA AJ7-1988 season, Jordan won the regular season MVP, the All-Star Game MVP, regular season scoring and the second dunk contest title.
Air Jordan 6: Flying Champion Boots
Before the style of Air Jordan 6, Tinker and Jordan had an exchange, Jordan hope that the upper do not have too much modification, as simple as some, so simple and practical has become a new idea of ??6 generations of design and style.
Air Jordan 6
In order to more easily wear off, Tinker in the 6 generation of tongue dug two holes, where the hand can be found within the leveraging point, the tongue from the front look like a mask, so people generally called 6 The tongue for the mask tongue. In order to ensure the appearance in the coordination of footwear, Tinker heel in the heel parts on the installation of a plastic handle, like a sports car on the spoiler, like, very practical. In addition, Jordan made the hope that the heel label can be fixed to prevent friction with his Achilles tendon, so AJ 6 became the first in the heel parts with molded structure of your footwear. At the same time, Tinker will eventually fly the jersey number “23” applied towards the upper design.
In the midsole configuration, although the same extension of the previous generations of products used in the visible AirSole air cushion, but Tinker will back palm air cushion volume reduced, the purpose is to provide adequate cushioning protection under the premise in the air cushion as much as possible to improve the response Speed; within the outsole, Tinker will be changed for the pit pattern, hoping to use their own compression and deformation to enhance the grip effect; crystal bottom of the density has increased, improved AJ 5 soles easy to fouling so that the shoe slippery Problem, enhanced outsole wear resistance.
1991 playoff, Jordan wearing AJ 6 beat three consecutive years to suppress their Detroit Pistons, the summit with the Eastern champion. Then in the NBA Finals 4: 1 out from the magician Johnson led the Lakers, for the first time won the O’Brien Cup, Air Jordan 6 has become a real championship boots.
Air Jordan 11: Tinker I am most satisfied with the style
Air Jordan11 may be the entire history in the SNEAKER indelible classic, sold in 1996. Jordan himself in public occasions more than once expressed their own 11 generations of a soft spot, Tinker within the media interview also said that Air Jordan11 is his most satisfied with the operates.
Air Jordan 11
As the article begins, AJ 11 is inspired by the mower shell. Tinker in an interview with such memories of his style AJ 11 experience:
(Inspired really) a hand-push lawn mower, designed very beautiful, it really designed Jordan 11 generation provides an important inspiration, because the lawn mower has to be strong enough. You have to push it over the grass, may hit the house, may hit the fence, so the edge of the lawn mower has to be strong and durable. And the top may not be such a strong impact, so you can style more fun, which will be the characteristics of that lawn mower design.
Then I found a high-grade patent leather, this material is not only shiny, but also tough and durable toughness is not afraid of scratches will not break. It reminds me with the design and style in the lawn mower, the bottom on the edge should be strong enough to adapt to a variety of situations. I decided to use this patent leather because the edge on the shoe material, so the shoes will be equally strong. Patent leather is indeed a good performance, especially for basketball shoes, but people pay more attention to my basketball footwear shiny, because this material is too eye-catching. I took the design to Michael, his first word is “great, this is what I want, you are great.
In fact, Tinker within the design of AJ 11 and can not determine whether the trapeze will wear this pair of basketball shoes, when it was Jordan left the NBA, AJ 9 has just become a flying man did not pass in the basketball court alternative, Jordan himself is not Like 10 generations, even in the later return for the track, that pair of shoes still can not become part of him.
AJ 11 will be the first pair of basketball shoes in the history from the use of patented leather design and style work, which makes the footwear are not easy to stretch, the upper nylon material completely reduce the overall weight, Tinker team in the soles joined the full palm fiber carbon plate, used To prevent the shoes twisted and quickly correct the effect on the soles, the design used for football shoes can also provide a faster boot to the speed. Carbon fiber supporting plate has become a symbol in the future top basketball shoes. With crystal clear crystal bottom, AJ11 soles become an irreplaceable classic.
1995-1996 season, Jordan wearing AJ11 led the team won the unprecedented after the 72 wins and 10 losses of NBA history best record, Final 4: 2 victory over the Sonics, get the fourth crown of his career. That year Jordan will be the regular season MVP, All-Star Game MVP, Finals MVP three MVP trophy all income in the bag, the eighth time to win the throne with the throne.