Tools Patents (Class 12/103)
  • Patent number: 9731039
    Abstract: Introducing ultraviolet (UV) light to interior portions of footwear alters the environment inside a shoe or other footwear to destroy microorganisms or inhibit their growth. Visible light can also be used to prevent further microorganism growth. Introducing forced air flow through the footwear removes dampness in and thereby deodorizes the footwear. A preferred embodiment comprises an adjustable shoe tree equipped with a UV germicidal light source and electronic safeguards that prevent appreciable leakage of UV radiation outside the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Shoe Care Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Ullman
  • Patent number: 9723892
    Abstract: A foot alignment tool is configured for aligning a foot bearing a load. The tool extends between a handle at one end and a support lever at an opposing end and is characterized in that the support lever is configured to be received under or substantially under the medial longitudinal arch or the cuboid of the foot and configured to be rotated so as translate and/or rotate the foot from the inside of the foot to the outside of the foot or from the outside of the foot to the inside of the foot by a predetermined amount about a foot heel-toe axis wherein the support lever is configured to apply a predetermined torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Vertical Orthotics Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Neil Robert Smith
  • Patent number: 9675139
    Abstract: A tool (401) is provided for adjusting the orientation of cycling cleats on cycling shoes (503). The tool includes a radius (415) having a first protrusion (405) extending therefrom; a pedal adapter (411) which is disposed on a first major surface of the radius and which releasably engages a pedal on a bicycle or cycling machine; a cleat adapter (423), disposed on a second major surface of the radius, which releasably engages a cleat on a cycling shoe and which is rotatably adjustable with respect to the radius; a second protrusion (407) which protrudes from the radius and which overlaps the first protrusion; and a handle (409) which protrudes from the cleat adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Mark A. Shelley
  • Patent number: 9386823
    Abstract: Kits, systems, methods, materials, and tools for improving footwear wearability are provided. In one aspect, a kit includes a deformable material adapted to be positioned into footwear, and a tool including a first end and a second end. The first end of the tool is adapted to engage the deformable material, move the material to a desired position in the footwear, and shape the material. The second end of the tool is adapted to engage the material and remove the material from the footwear. In another aspect, a method of improving wearabilty of footwear includes positioning a deformable material into footwear, engaging the material with a first end of a tool, moving the material to a desired portion of the footwear with the tool, and deforming the material into a desired shape with the first end of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Theodore B. Hadjis
  • Publication number: 20150019372
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method and system for customizing sandals comprises providing a user with a series of foot sole templates embodying varying shapes and sizes from which the user selects their foot shape; providing a second template for the selected shape with a series of possible positions for the placement of a toe strap; and manufacturing the sandal according to the user selections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Terral Fox
  • Publication number: 20150000052
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing shoes is provided that includes two or more pieces of equipment used in the customization and manufacturing of shoes and an alignment fixture that may engage with each piece of equipment by way of an alignment mounting member. The alignment fixture may secure to it a portion of a shoe, such as an upper portion, wherein the shoe portion remains in a flat position, and in a fixed relationship to the alignment fixture, throughout the various processes performed by the pieces of equipment. These processes may include, for example, printing, laser, embroidery, forming, cutting, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Tricia Kamakeeaina, Jeremy Petty, Eric Graham, Melody Crisp
  • Publication number: 20140259460
    Abstract: Kits, systems, methods, materials, and tools for improving footwear wearability are provided. In one aspect, a kit includes a deformable material adapted to be positioned into footwear, and a tool including a first end and a second end. The first end of the tool is adapted to engage the deformable material, move the material to a desired position in the footwear, and shape the material. The second end of the tool is adapted to engage the material and remove the material from the footwear. In another aspect, a method of improving wearabilty of footwear includes positioning a deformable material into footwear, engaging the material with a first end of a tool, moving the material to a desired portion of the footwear with the tool, and deforming the material into a desired shape with the first end of the tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Theodore B. Hadjis
  • Publication number: 20140237737
    Abstract: Manufacturing and assembly of a shoe or a portion of a shoe is enhanced by automated placement and assembly of shoe parts. For example, a part-recognition system analyzes an image of a shoe part to identify the part and determine a location of the part. Once the part is identified and located, the part can be manipulated by an automated manufacturing tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Conall Regan, Kuo-Hung Lee, Chih-Chi Chang, Ming-Feng Jean, Chang-Chu Liao
  • Publication number: 20140026334
    Abstract: A tool (401) is provided for adjusting the orientation of cycling cleats on cycling shoes (503). The tool includes a radius (415) having a first protrusion (405) extending therefrom; a pedal adapter (411) which is disposed on a first major surface of said radius and which releasably engages a pedal on a bicycle or cycling machine; a cleat adapter (423), disposed on a second major surface of said radius, which releasably engages a cleat on a cycling shoe and which is rotatably adjustable with respect to said radius; a second protrusion (407) which protrudes from said radius and which overlaps said first protrusion; and a handle (409) which protrudes from said cleat adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Mark A. Shelley
  • Publication number: 20130042422
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a device, kit, and related method for an adhesive film for application to the sole of a shoe. More specifically, the film is easily attached to the shoe sole so that a user may decorate their shoe soles and continuously change the appearance of the soles of a single pair of shoes instead of purchasing multiple shoes of a variety of styles. It also serves as a shoe sole protector, as it covers the original sole protecting it from wear and abrasion. A cutting device to trim the film to size without trimming the shoe material is also contemplated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Nathan Y. Neal
  • Publication number: 20120272463
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing shoes is provided that includes two or more pieces of equipment used in the customization and manufacturing of shoes and an alignment fixture that may engage with each piece of equipment by way of an alignment mounting member. The alignment fixture may secure to it a portion of a shoe, such as an upper portion, wherein the shoe portion remains in a flat position, and in a fixed relationship to the alignment fixture, throughout the various processes performed by the pieces of equipment. These processes may include, for example, printing, laser, embroidery, forming, cutting, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Melody Crisp, Eric Graham, Jeremy Petty, Trisha Kamakeeaina
  • Publication number: 20120227290
    Abstract: A method for naturally adapting the outline of a footwear sole made of a deformable material is described. A sole with modified profile obtained according to the method and a basic kit for partially carrying out said method are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Alfredo Brasca, Demetrio Biancucci
  • Publication number: 20120159721
    Abstract: A foot alignment tool is configured for aligning a foot bearing a load. The tool extends between a handle at one end and a support lever at an opposing end and is characterized in that the support lever is configured to be received under or substantially under the medial longitudinal arch or the cuboid of the foot and configured to be rotated so as translate and/or rotate the foot from the inside of the foot to the outside of the foot or from the outside of the foot to the inside of the foot by a predetermined amount about a foot heel-toe axis wherein the support lever is configured to apply a predetermined torque.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: VERTICAL ORTHOTICS PTY LTD
    Inventor: Neil Robert Smith
  • Publication number: 20120066845
    Abstract: Device for the replacement of the removable heel provided with pulling engagement devices in a shoe with removable heel including, associated to the heel-holding sole, a first engagement plate with hooking seats provided with guide slot and guide opening for the engagement of the head of a pulling pin as well as of a first engagement wall and a second engagement wall among which the guide opening is arranged, being the first engagement plate provided with an engagement pin and at least one guide seat, being a second engagement plate joined to the upper part of the removable heel and equipped with pulling pins, provided with head and spring, being the second engagement plate, for the association to the first engagement plate, provided with at least one small peg, through seats and through opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Alessia TERRIDA
  • Patent number: 8082616
    Abstract: There is provided a shoe bottom repair agent consisting of one-component thermosetting composition comprising as main ingredients a terminal isocyanate having urethane prepolymer and/or a polyisocyanate compound and a latent curing agent. This shoe bottom repair agent is free from, experienced in use of solvent base shoe bottom repair agents, safety and sanitation problems such as odor and inflammation by solvent evaporated at the time of curing as well as cured matter thickness reduction of a mended part caused by solvent evaporation. With use of this shoe bottom repair agent, damaged shoe bottom portion can be mended to a desired shape through one-time repair work. Short-time curing can be effected by heating. Further, before heating, there is substantially no viscosity increase and no surface film is formed to avoid adhesion of a film resulting from surface drying to a spatula. Therefore, the repair surface can be finished smoothly and neatly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Sunstar Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Norihiro Tameno, Tetsuya Fujino, Yoshimasu Tanaka, Shinji Ochi, Hidekuni Takano
  • Publication number: 20090077757
    Abstract: There is provided a shoe bottom repair agent consisting of one-component thermosetting composition comprising as main ingredients a terminal isocyanate having urethane prepolymer and/or a polyisocyanate compound and a latent curing agent. This shoe bottom repair agent is free from, experienced in use of solvent base shoe bottom repair agents, safety and sanitation problems such as odor and inflammation by solvent evaporated at the time of curing as well as cured matter thickness reduction of a mended part caused by solvent evaporation. With use of this shoe bottom repair agent, damaged shoe bottom portion can be mended to a desired shape through one-time repair work. Short-time curing can be effected by heating. Further, before heating, there is substantially no viscosity increase and no surface film is formed to avoid adhesion of a film resulting from surface drying to a spatula. Therefore, the repair surface can be finished smoothly and neatly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2005
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: SUNSTAR ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventors: Norihiro Tameno, Tetsuya Fujino, Yoshimasu Tanaka, Shinji Ochi, Hidekuni Takano
  • Patent number: 6408472
    Abstract: A fixing tool for temporarily holding a midsole and a shoetree in shoe industry includes a screw base and a screw body. The screw base is formed as a hollow hob screw with both an inner thread and an outer thread. The screw body further includes a screw holder and a screw. The screw has a flat round top portion with periphery notches and is pivoted at a center thereof to allow the top portion able to make a 90° rotation. The screw base is used to be screwed into a proper position at the bottom of the shoetree. The screw of the screw body is then engaged with the respective screw base through the midsole for temporarily fixing the midsole and the shoetree. The screw holder of the screw body can be pushed aside to contact with the midsole. Unlike the conventional nail-fixing, the fixing tool of the present invention can hold the midsole and the shoetree by only screwing the screw of the screw body into the screw base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventor: Hsi-Mou Huang
  • Patent number: 4430810
    Abstract: The invention relates to an outsole for sports shoes, particularly for shoes used for long-distance running on hard tracks. The outsole consists of a soft elastically flexible material, preferably plastics material, and is thickened rearwardly in wedge formation. In the region of the heel tread surface of the outsole, there is provided a recess which is open towards both side edges of the sole and in which a resilient elongate supporting member is fittingly insertable. Preferably a plurality of supporting members are inserted in corresponding recesses adjacent one another. The supporting members are replaceable and permit the effective sole flexibility in the region of the heel tread surface to be adapted to the individual requirements of the runner and the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1984
    Assignee: Adidas Sportschuhfabriken Adi Dassler KG
    Inventor: Alfred Bente
  • Patent number: 4250595
    Abstract: A hook-like tool for opening and closing the clamps on ski boots, overshoes and the like, providing leverage which is not otherwise obtainable when using the fingers. The device includes a handle member and an elongated member, the principal axis of which extends at a substantial angle relative to that of the handle member and is of a length corresponding to that of an engaged clasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1981
    Inventor: Charles E. Byrnes