Date: 1985

Hired by Nike in 1981 as a corporate architect, Tinker Hatfield already had the pedigree of a sneaker designer - primarily that he was a successful track athlete at Oregon under Bill Bowerman. But it wasn't until 1985 that switched from buildings to sneakers. He brought some of his architectural training into sneaker design, and it's those principles, even moreso than his designs themselves, that would go on to change the most basic elements of footwear design.