Tinker Hatfield stepped away from designing AJs for a while

New Jordan Peele Movie 2020” Looking for a new creative challenge after some experimental yet controversial releases Tinker Hatfield stepped away from designing AJs for a while. The most interesting new development on the AJXVI, besides the gaiter feature that gave this shoe a distinct character, was the development as it was designed by Wilson Smith rather than Tinker Hatfield; Smith had worked with Hatfield for many years previously to designing the 16s and like Hatfield also started his career as an architect (he now designs ‘homes for the feet’ he says). Wilson Smith’s influence on the shoe could be felt in the following ways: the removable gaiter with magnetic and Velcro fasteners, a mix of quality materials on the upper including leather, mesh, suede and patent leather, blow moulded air pockets in the heel, a clear rubber outsole and detailed Jordan/Jumpman branding details throughout the shoe. What is really striking about this shoe is the patent leather and of course the AJ16 signature gaiter aka shroud; it meant that MJ the businessman could make a seamless transition from taking care of business off the court to on it by removing the gaiter and exposing the mesh, laces and attitude of a true baller. Another trademark of the XVI is the clear/digital motif outsole design combined with the cozy fit of the midtop with the gaiter attached (the 16 also came in a low that had an option to flip up the collar for some extra swagger).

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