Classic sneakers never quite lose their luster. Like many relics, they grow better with time, aging masterfully while serving as a reference point for modern design. There are few better examples than Nike’s Air Max 1, originally released in 1987 and designed by creative luminary Tinker Hatfield.
Hatfield, a Swoosh legend, has produced countless classics that have shaped both design and sneaker culture. The process has always been somewhat of a mystery, with the inner workings of his creative process under lock and key. Yet, in recent years, both Nike and Hatfield have strategically offered insights into the creator’s genius, exposing blueprints, sketches and scribbles that ultimately became some of the greatest sneakers of all time.