Nike pays homage to legendary sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield with the Nike Air Max 1 Tinker “Sketch To Shelf”, Tinker Hatfield started working for Nike in 1981 as an architect designing stores. In 1985 he made the decision to transcend into shoe design and the rest is history. Tinker’s first design ended up being the legendary Air Max 1 that debuted in 1987, the first shoe to openly display the Air Max unit. The shoe was designed to resemble Tinker’s exact sketch he drew up on paper. Its University Red mudguards and Swooshes on the sides are barely drawn in, while having matching tongue tabs. His signature is spotted on the heels, with “Sketch, Property of Nike, Not For Resale” printed on the sockliner. Finishing off the design are sketch lines printed on the translucent outsole.
Inside out. Cartoon. Deconstructed. We’re seeing many concepts applied to our favorite classic sneaker silhouettes. Some make more sense than others. However, seeing legendary designer Tinker Hatfield’s original concept sketches of the Air Max 1 on an actual Air Max 1. Well, that’s just plain awesome.
This pair has some subtle differences between the standard retail versions we tend to see on shelves today. From material changes to the addition/removal of panels — this pair of Nike Air Max 1 is unique.
I’d personally love to see this concept applied to more classic models. And I’m not jot just talking about Tinker’s classics. Could you imagine seeing Eric Avar’s original sketch of the Nike Air Foamposite One on the Foamposite One? Or on the recently re-released Nike Zoom GP? I think it would be pretty damn cool to see other classic designs from other legendary designers altered in this way.
Let us know your thoughts on the Nike Air Max 1 ‘Sketch to Shelf’ below, and feel free to leave a shoe and its designer you’d like to see with this type of artistic approach down in the comment section.