Tinker Hatfield Explains Why He Made the Air Jordan 11 IE Low

The Air Jordan 11 IE Low is a model that splits sneaker enthusiasts. Either you love them or dislike them. The whole idea of removing patent leather from an iconic sneaker drives people crazy. Tinker Hatfield has finally shed some insight on why it happened.  

I wasn’t interested in an exact replica of a XI in a low top; I was more interested in doing a low top that was partly the Jordan XI, but fresher, I felt like [patent leather] was contrary to the summer feel. The shoe didn’t need to feel so stiff and heavy. For the summer, I wanted something that was lighter and easier to wear.
— Tinker Hatfield

It makes perfect sense. Jordan Brand was creating product not only for on court use, but for lifestyle wear. During the hot summer days people needed something more light and practical. The patent leather on the Air Jordan 11s is not an easy wear in 90+ degree weather. 

When you look at the different compositions, you want to fill in the gaps with something that could be decorative, like elephant print. I thought about trying textures and stitching. The mesh said something about summer, and the stitching we did really artfully
— Tinker Hatfield

The Air Jordan 11 IE Low returns in another colorway (Milita Green) tomorrow. Get a closer look at the "Militia Green" AJ 11 IE Low here