Sneaker God: Tinker Hatfield

Meet the Michael Jordan of Jordans: Tinker Hatfield, the Nike designer behind almost every pair of His Airness’s kicks. No offense to Phil Knight, but kids wouldn’t be camping on sidewalks for limited-edition Nikes without him. He’s designed every pair of game-worn Jordans since ‘88, the visible Air bubble, and last year’s Nike Mag—a replica of the Back to the Future Part II shoes.

In a rare interview, he explains why he works nights and what it’s like to collaborate with the greatest ever.