2. Tinker Hatfield
Who And Why: The greatest sneaker designer of all time
Years Of Influence: 1985-present
Tinker is the Leonardo da Vinci of sneaker history. Just thinking about everything he’s designed and put pen to paper on, it’s amazing. Air Trainer 1. AJ 3–15! The AJ 20. The man invented CROSSTRAINING, Huarache, ACG, and the Air Max 1, AM90, Talaria, Lebron 1, P-Rod, and more. You gotta understand the legacy each invention has had in its own right. And because he’s able to get on a stage and talk about his work, this enables him to spread his influence even more. Apple has Jony Ive. Nike has Tinker.