Lead Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Two words: Modular wingtips. Tinker Hatfield and Tom Luedecke expanded on the Air Jordan 2011's interchangeable midsole concept by creating an entire system for the Air Jordan 2012. This shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise, since Luedecke also worked on the technically similar Kobe VII. But it was the upper where things diverged. Inspired by jazz era zoot suits, Hatfield turned out a retro-inspired brogued upper that served as a jarring counterpoint to the modern underpinnings.