The name of Tinker Hatfield is legend within the sneaker industry. Nike’s Vice President for Design and Special Projects is well-known for his innovative designs when it comes to athletic footwear. Some of his most famous creations are still considered classics and must-haves in the community, like the Air Jordan 3, Air Jordan 5, and the venerable Nike Air Max 1. Whenever a Nike sneaker bearing the “Tinker” moniker drops, you can be sure that it’ll turn some heads.
The “Sketch to Shelf” pack contains two Air Max 1 iterations that were teased previously: a 1987 white/red colourway and an all-white variant with black “drawing board” details. This collection reference Tinker’s design process leading up to the 1987 release of the first Air Max 1. Cool details include the Nike branding on the tongue, insole and heel being made to look like they’ve been drawn on. The red colour blocking on “Sketch” resembles crayon work while the markings and measurements on “Schematic” gives off the vibe of a design mockup.
Meanwhile, the word is finally out on the “Tinker Schematic” Air Max 1. This other Tinker-inspired Air Max 1 comes in black with detailed lines in white for a design blueprint aesthetic. Scribbled labels like “ADD U-THROAT”, “LATERAL VIEW” and “FASTER TOE BOX” give it a very prototypical look, and the words “SAMPLE PROPERTY OF NIKE NOT FOR RESALE” are stamped on the inside.
Both the Nike “Sketch to Shelf” Air Max 1 pack and the “Tinker Schematic” will be retailing at US$140. The “Sketch to Shelf” pack is scheduled to drop on July 13 but no release date has been announced for the “Tinker Hatfield” so far. For the former, only select retailers like atmos will be selling these kicks, so be sure to set your calendar and have your bookmarks ready!