The original XX, designed by Tinker Hatfield and released in 2005, marked the twentieth anniversary of the Air Jordan series. The shoe’s midfoot support strap features laser-etched symbols created by Mark Smith that reflect the achievements of Michael Jordan as well as new innovations, such as Independent Podular Suspension technology, which has independent cushioning pods. Its lace cover and ankle strap broke with tradition, in keeping with the shoe’s tagline, “Welcome to the Future.”