Hatfield is an athlete formally trained in architecture. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Architecture, and he has been also published for the architectural design of his Portland, Oregon home. He realized that his skills could also be applied to athletic shoes. He claims to have designed the cross-trainer as a "multi-sport" shoe when he realized people at his Oregon gym brought various sneakers with them for diverse activities such as basketball, aerobics, weightlifting and jogging.
The Air Jordan XV model also had a red stripe that went up the back of the shoe and bottom of the heel. This stripe caused speculation that the inspiration for this feature of the Air Jordan XV model came from the signature stripe on Prada shoes. The shoes also had an “original” woven upper, and this also caused speculation this feature was also inspired by Italian designers.
STYLE CHAMPION; TINKER HATFIELD, RESIDENT DESIGN GENIUS AT NIKE AND CREATOR OF 14 OF THE 20 AIR JORDAN SHOES, REFLECTS ON THE 1980S AND THE ATHLETIC SEGMENT'S SPEEDY RISE.(Interview)
Oct 31, 2005; Byline: Brian Russak 1) What were the big footwear names of the 1980s? Adidas was a big player, especially in the early Eighties....