4. Tinker Hatfield
Who And Why: The greatest sneaker designer of all-time
Tinker is a man with a legacy that is better fit for a book (with a hard cover), than just an appearance on any old list, but even if you pretend that he didn't create some of the greatest shoes from 1987 onward, you can't ignore the role he plays today in sneakers. As head of the Innovation Kitchen at Nike, Tinker's creative mind influences some of Nike's best to think of new ideas and approaches to shoes. On top of all of this, Tinker is a very, very active player in today's sneaker world, making himself available for interviews and appearances at sneaker community events. One of the most humble guys in the business.