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Check Out Tinker Hatfield’s Original Air Jordan 7 ‘Olympic’ Sketches

Tinker Hatfield Air Jordan 7 Olympic Sketches

The Air Jordan 7 ‘Olympic Alternate’ was almost the OG release of the Olympic Jordan 7s. The two different designs were both mocked up at the same time.

1992’s Air Jordan 7 is emblematic of this truth. Jordan won his third MVP award, took his second title and claimed a second gold medal in the shoe. With its design, Tinker Hatfield initiated some firsts: removing the Nike Air branding visible on the previous six Jordan models and adding a neoprene Huarache bootie for support. Hatfield also sought to add a new, more international flare to the line through the incorporation of a fresh geometric pattern inspired by a poster for the long-running Afropop Worldwide radio program.

“To make a long story short: I stopped in my tracks, saw the poster and thought ‘That’s it,’ that should be the inspiration for the next pair of Jordans,” remembers Hatfield.

The resulting graphic, featured on the tongue and sole unit of three of the five original colorways, captured the cultural spirit of the early ’90s and furthered Jordan’s crossover appeal — from athlete to cultural icon. His appearance in the 1992 Barcelona Games initiated the fourth iteration, a toned-down white with navy tongue and silver accents, which translated the aforementioned pattern with a patriotic red, white and blue mix.

Tinker Hatfield Air Jordan 7 Olympic Sketches

Tinker Hatfield Air Jordan 7 Olympic Sketches

“This one was in the works for a while,” says Hatfield of the patriotic basketball version of the Air Jordan VII. “I did one that was more white based and one that was much more contrasted. My recollection is that MJ thought the contrasted one was really cool. Ultimately, I left it up to him.”

Jordan selected the white-based version. The alternate was relegated to the archives until now.

The ‘Tinker Alternate’ Air Jordan 7 will release this Saturday, August 6th at Jordan Brand retailers. Retail price is set at $190.

Tinker Alternate Olympic Air Jordan 7

Brian Betschart
Brian Betschart
Founder and Editor of SF, Brian is considered an expert when it comes to sneakers. Collecting since he was in elementary school, his collection has grown to over 500 pairs and counting. Brian has published articles since 2004, and in 2006, he decided to create Sneaker Files.

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