Resilient Or Flexible Shoe Patents (Class 36/102)
  • Patent number: 10952495
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an upper configured to receive a foot and a sole component fixedly attached to a bottom portion of the upper. The sole component may include a baseplate having a bottom surface. The sole component may also include an arrangement of ground engaging members extending downward from the bottom surface of the baseplate. The baseplate may further include a reinforcing shank arrangement including a plurality of reinforcing strips formed of a different material than portions of the baseplate adjacent the reinforcing strips, wherein at least one of the reinforcing strips forms at least a portion of a base platform from which at least one of the ground engaging members extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Howley, Morgan Stauffer
  • Patent number: 10905195
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed that includes an upper, an outsole, and a midsole. The upper is configured to receive a foot, and the outsole is secured to the upper. The outsole defines a plurality of apertures extending entirely through the outsole. In addition, the outsole has a ground-engaging surface positioned at a first elevation. The midsole is positionable such that a lower surface of the midsole extends into the apertures of the outsole and is exposed by the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. McDonald, Bradley S. Long
  • Patent number: 10835407
    Abstract: An orthotic device is disclosed. The orthotic device may be adapted to be inserted into a shoe to enable the foot to replicate normal motion so that the user regains substantially normal operation of the foot. The orthotic device may have a frame system formed of a lightweight supportive material and configured to extend along at least the bottom of the user's foot, and an electronically actuated muscle operatively connected to the frame system for expanding and contracting at predetermined levels to adjust the inclination of the user's foot and mimic movement of the foot, when functioning normally. The orthotic device may also have a controller operatively connected to the muscle for transmitting signals corresponding to the predetermined levels to the muscle, and a sensor controlled by the user for actuating the muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Michael T. McDonnell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10786037
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear comprises a sole plate that includes a forefoot portion with a foot-facing surface. The sole plate has at least one side wall extending upward from the foot-facing surface. The at least one side wall has a first notch in an upper periphery of the side wall in the forefoot portion. The first notch is configured to be open when the forefoot portion of the sole plate is dorsiflexed in a first portion of a flexion range and closed when the forefoot portion of the sole plate is dorsiflexed in a second portion of the flexion range greater than the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis D. Bunnell, Austin Orand
  • Patent number: 10736376
    Abstract: A foldable footwear device may include a fore sole, having a fore upper surface and a fore lower surface, and an aft sole, having an aft upper surface and an aft lower surface. A hinge may pivotally couple the fore sole to the aft sole. The hinge may be configured to enable the fore sole and the aft sole to be moved between a planar position in which the fore upper surface and the aft upper surface may be substantially parallel and continuous with each other and a folded position in which the fore lower surface and aft lower surface may be contacting each other. A fore distal fastener may be coupled to the fore sole, and an aft distal fastener may be coupled to the aft sole. The fore distal fastener may removably engage with the aft distal fastener to secure the device in the folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Thelma Anderson
  • Patent number: 10667576
    Abstract: Describes are support elements for a sole of a shoe, in particular a sports shoe, a sole and a shoe with such a support element, as well as a method for the manufacture of a support element. As examples, the support element includes a first partial member formed of a first material, and a second partial member formed of a second material. The first partial member is mechanically joined to the second partial member in a connection region, wherein the connection region is configured to allow the first partial member to rotate or slide relative to the second partial member. The first partial member, the second partial member, and the connection region can be co-molded and joined together in a single fabricating step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Stuart David Reinhardt, Paul Leonard Michael Smith, James Tarrier, Robert Leimer, Tru Huu Minh Le, Angus Wardlaw, Warren Freeman, Heiko Schlarb, Christopher Edward Holmes, John Whiteman, Sabrina Kerling
  • Patent number: 10645990
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole structure. The sole structure includes a gap extending longitudinally through the sole structure. A tensioning member extends through the sole structure and across the gap such that tensioning the tensioning member contracts the gap and pulls opposing sides of the sole structure together. As the sole structure contracts, the upper is pulled down on the foot, thereby tightening the upper around the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Rushbrook
  • Patent number: 10638812
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a midsole coupled to an outsole. The midsole includes a plurality of sipes on a first side and a plurality of sipes on a second side opposite the first side. The sipes partition portions of the midsole body into impact attenuation cells on the first and second sides of the midsole. The second side of the midsole further includes a plurality of grooves and a plurality of protruding members separated by the grooves. The protruding members extend from a midsole body towards the outsole when the midsole is coupled to the outsole, spacing the midsole body apart from the outsole. When coupled together, the midsole and the outsole form voids at the grooves. The grooves, protruding members, and sipes provide increased flexibility to the midsole even when the midsole is coupled to the outsole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: George Xanthos
  • Patent number: 10602797
    Abstract: A length-adjustable shoe, of which a length between a front end and a rear end thereof is adjustable, includes an outsole, an upper, a stretch fabric, and a control device. The upper includes a body portion and a heel portion which are mutually separated, wherein the body portion is directly attached on the outsole, and the stretch fabric connects a bottom edge of the heel portion and the outsole. The control device connects the body portion and the heel portion, wherein the control device moves the heel portion relative to the body portion as a whole in an axial direction from the front end to the rear end, which changes the length of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Chris Lintaman
  • Patent number: 10595585
    Abstract: A golf shoe has an upper, a midsole, and an outsole. The outsole includes a plurality of wave-like flex channels, surrounded by a hard base material. The hard base material provides stiffness for support and stability while the flex channels allow the outsole to bend when a user walks or swings a golf club. The outsole also has a plurality of receptacles for attaching and removing cleats, providing traction between the golf shoe and a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Jonathan G. Bacon, Robert S. Bento, Douglas K. Robinson, Jr., James M. Feeney
  • Patent number: 10568382
    Abstract: An upper component for an article of footwear allows easy entry of the foot into the article of footwear. The upper component includes a heel body, which includes a first portion partially defining an ankle opening. The heel body further includes a second portion coupled to the first portion. The second portion is foldable and partially defines the ankle opening. The second portion is movable relative to the first portion between an unfolded configuration and a folded configuration. The upper component includes at least one tension member coupled to the second portion. The tension member is movable relative to the first portion to move the second portion from the unfolded configuration to the folded configuration. The ankle opening is larger when the second portion is in the unfolded configuration than when the second portion is in the folded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobie D. Hatfield, Ami Davis, John T. Dimoff, Nadia M. Panian, Thomas J. Rushbrook
  • Patent number: 10548369
    Abstract: A shoe sole which has a landing surface composed of three regions of a middle-sole region, a fore-sole region and a rear-sole region, and has a plurality of groove portions in the landing surface. The groove portions include: a first groove portion located in the fore-sole region, on a first imaginary line extending along the MP joint; a second groove portion located in the fore-sole region, on a second imaginary line extending along a line which connects a medial outer edge of the fore-sole region and a lateral outer edge of the middle-sole region with each other, in an area which is closer to a toe than to the first groove portion; and a third groove portion located in the rear-sole region, on a third imaginary line extending along a line which connects a medial outer edge of the rear-sole region and a lateral outer edge of the middle-sole region with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ASICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seigo Nakaya, Masaru Ichikawa, Yoshiyasu Ando, Satoru Abe
  • Patent number: 10524538
    Abstract: An article of footwear having a sole structure including a chamber for receiving a pressurized fluid is described, along with a method of making the article. The chamber may include a tensile member extending between a first chamber barrier layer and a second chamber barrier layer. The tensile member may include a first tensile member layer bonded to the first chamber barrier layer, a second tensile member layer bonded to the second chamber barrier layer, and a plurality of tethers connecting the first tensile member layer to the second tensile member layer. The second tensile member layer may include a first section and a second section separate from the first section. In addition, a portion of the second chamber barrier layer may extend toward the first tensile member layer between the first section and the second section, the portion being joined to the first tensile member layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: John Hurd, Levi J. Patton
  • Patent number: 10485297
    Abstract: A chamber for receiving a pressurized fluid may include a tensile member extending between a first chamber barrier layer and a second chamber barrier layer and including a plurality of tethers extending between the first tensile member layer and the second tensile member layer. The chamber may include stitching through the tensile member in a stitched region. When the chamber is pressurized with the pressurized fluid, a substantial majority of the first tensile member layer is separated from the second tensile member layer by a distance that corresponds to a length of the plurality of tethers. In addition, the first tensile member layer is held in contact with the second tensile member layer by the stitching in the stitched region, thereby forming an area of the chamber having a reduced thickness relative to adjacent portions of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay A. Kodad
  • Patent number: 10477918
    Abstract: An improved sole structure for article of footwear is disclosed herein. The sole structure includes a midsole and an outsole coupled to the midsole. The midsole includes a plurality of grooves disposed both centrally and on the sides of the bottom surface. The outsole includes a plurality of outboard plates, aligned on the sides of the outsole, and a plurality of inboard plates, centrally aligned on the outsole. A plurality of hinges couple the plurality of outboard plates to the plurality of inboard plates such that each of the plates are able to pivot independent of the other plates. The outsole further includes a series of slots and openings aligned with the plurality of grooves of the midsole. The combination of the independent pivotal plates of the outsole, the grooves of the midsole, and flexure of the midsole provide a dynamic and multi-directional flexing sole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventors: David Dirsa, Estelle Maranan
  • Patent number: 10470518
    Abstract: An active footwear suspension system is disclosed. The footwear system provides dynamic suspension using at least one or more variable resistance beams. At least one or more VRB from an anchor plate positioned forward of and/or aft of an arch section of the footwear, thus providing selectable suspension to the wearer. The selected rotation of the VRBs from a first position to a second position provides customized suspension between a minimum resistance to a maximum resistance per zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Alliance Deign and Development Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Walsh, Peter B. Tarlton
  • Patent number: 10463106
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a sole assembly with a cushioning component and a shell that has a textile layer. The cushioning component is positioned in a cavity of the shell so that the cushioning component is supported on a lower surface by the shell and the upper surface of the cushioning component is uncovered by the shell at an opening of the shell. A method of manufacturing an article of footwear includes forming an at least partially textile shell so that the shell has a cavity with an opening. A cushioning component is positioned in the cavity of the shell so that a lower surface of the cushioning component is supported on an inner surface of the shell and is uncovered by the shell at the opening. The lower surface of the cushioning component is secured to the inner surface of the shell by radio frequency welding or adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee D. Peyton, Margarita Cortez, Benjamin J. Monfils
  • Patent number: 10357955
    Abstract: A method for forming a three-dimensionally (3D) printed flexible support apparatus includes: producing arrays of V-spring elements using a 3D printing system, each array including a plurality of V-spring elements arranged in a predefined array shape, and each V-spring element having a predefined firmness or hysteresis characteristic; arranging the arrays of V-spring elements in at least one two-dimensional (2D) array grid using the 3D printing system, such that at least one V-spring element of each array is attached to a V-spring element of at least one adjacent array; and shaping the at least one array grid according to a predefined volume to form the support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Scott Ziolek
  • Patent number: 10338387
    Abstract: A design engine for designing an article to be worn on a human body part (input canvas) in a virtual environment. A virtual model engine of the design engine is used to generate and modify a virtual model of the input canvas and a virtual model of the article based on skin-based gesture inputs detected by an input processing engine. The gesture inputs comprise contacts between an input tool and the input canvas at locations on the input canvas. The virtual model engine may implement different design modes for receiving and processing gesture inputs for designing the article, including direct manipulation, generative manipulation, and parametric manipulation modes. In all three modes, a resulting virtual model of the article is based on physical geometries of at least part of the input canvas. The resulting virtual model of the article is exportable to a fabrication device for physical fabrication of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Madeline Gannon, Tovi Grossman, George Fitzmaurice
  • Patent number: 10271614
    Abstract: A sole assembly for an article of footwear having a midsole defining a sidewall channel in the forefoot and a sidewall channel in the heel. The forefoot and heel channels terminate at the arch. The sole assembly includes a plate disposed below the midsole. The plate may include an arch portion, forefoot legs extending along the medial and lateral sides of the forefoot and heel legs extending along the medial and lateral sides of the heel. The medial forefoot leg may extend almost the full length of the forefoot. The lateral forefoot leg may extend about half-way through the forefoot. The lateral heel leg may extend almost the full length of the heel. The medial heel leg may extend about half-way through the heel. The sole assembly may include an outsole with slots in the heel and forefoot. The slots may terminate short of the peripheral edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Wolverine Outdoors, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger L. Huard, Myra G. De La Cruz-Williams, Ian M. Cobb, Yahn C. Lebo, Ryan C. Dowd
  • Patent number: 10226100
    Abstract: A sole assembly for an article of footwear is disclosed. The sole assembly includes a central support structure that extends along the sole assembly in the longitudinal direction. The sole assembly includes forefoot wing portions extending away from the central support structure in the lateral direction in the forefoot region of the sole assembly. The sole assembly also includes stability rib portions extending away from the central support structure in the lateral direction in the midfoot region of the sole assembly. The central support structure provides varying amounts of stiffness and flexibility to the sole assembly and the forefoot wing portions and stability rib portions provide additional stiffness and flexibility to desired portions of the sole assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Perry W. Auger
  • Patent number: 10182611
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear is disclosed. The sole structure includes a reinforcing plate and/or a lasting board. The reinforcing plate and/or lasting board includes a first flange portion corresponding to a big toe of a foot and a second flange portion corresponding to a ball region of a foot. The first flange portion and the second flange portion each include a cleat member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Sergio Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 10172416
    Abstract: An article of footwear an upper and a sole structure that defines a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is disposed proximate the medial side of the footwear, and the second portion is disposed proximate the lateral side. The first portion and the second portion are configured to move relative to each other. The article of footwear also includes a flexible biasing member including a first end, a second end, and a middle portion. The middle portion extends across the first portion and the second portion. The first and second ends extend out from the outer surface of the footwear from either the medial or lateral side. The middle portion of the biasing member is configured to bias the first and second portions toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobie D. Hatfield, John Hurd, Dervin A. James, Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 10151648
    Abstract: A sensor system is adapted for use with an article of footwear and includes an insert member including a first layer and a second layer, a port connected to the insert and configured for communication with an electronic module, a plurality of force and/or compression sensors on the insert member, and a plurality of leads connecting the sensors to the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven H. Walker
  • Patent number: 10130141
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a sole member with an exposed central torsion bar or rod connecting the heel region of the sole member to the forefoot region of the sole member. The torsion bar or rod may be supported at either end by sockets of the sole member. The torsion bar or rod may also be supported at one or more intermediate points by a hollow component. This hollow component may itself be supported by ribs extending to the medial and lateral sides of the sole member, respectively. The torsion bar or rod, the sockets, the hollow component and the ribs form a suspension structure connecting the forefoot region of the sole member to the heel region of the sole member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergio Cavaliere, Giovanni Adami, Timothy J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10111493
    Abstract: An article of footwear configured for prolonged casual and non-casual uses having an upper configured for easy installation and removal of the article of footwear with or without the use of fasteners, a sole, and a substantially continuous series of alternating ribs and grooves on a footbed of the sole extending from a forefoot region to a heel region. The ribs and grooves have base widths that are greater in an arch region of the footbed than the forefoot and heel regions of the footbed. The series of alternating transverse ribs and grooves are oriented from a lateral side region of the footbed to a medial side region of the footbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly A. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9999275
    Abstract: A golf shoe has an upper, a midsole, and an outsole. The outsole includes a plurality of wave-like flex channels, surrounded by a hard base material. The hard base material provides stiffness for support and stability while the flex channels allow the outsole to bend when a user walks or swings a golf club. The outsole also has a plurality of receptacles for attaching and removing cleats, providing traction between the golf shoe and a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Jonathan G. Bacon, Robert S. Bento, Douglas K. Robinson, Jr., James M. Feeney
  • Patent number: 9949530
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a plate, a plurality of cleats extending from the plate, and an auxetic structure disposed between the plurality of cleats. The auxetic structure is affixed to the plate such that an outer surface of the auxetic structure is positioned between a lower surface of the plate and a tip surface of at least one of the plurality of cleats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Zachary C. Wright
  • Patent number: 9930925
    Abstract: A shoe comprising an upper forming an interior portion for a foot, the interior portion including toe and heel cavities, is provided. The shoe further comprises a midsole having toe and heel ends and inner and outer sides. The midsole is stitched to the upper thereby forming a bottom to the interior portion. Heel and toe outsole patches are respectively stitched onto the midsole. An insole is affixed to the bottom of the interior portion. A spacing between the heel and toe outsole patches extends from the inner to the outer side and occupies a position intermediate the toe and heel ends thereby permitting the shoe to fold about an axis running through the spacing. The shoe folds between an extended state, in which the shoe is worn, and a folded state in which a portion of the upper comprising the toe cavity is tucked into the heel cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Gavrieli Brands LLC
    Inventors: Kfir Gavrieli, Dikla Gavrieli
  • Patent number: 9918515
    Abstract: The present invention is footwear having a convex shaped outsole with opposing wedge shaped configurations in the bottom of the front sole section and the back sole section which provide rotation of the front sole section and the back sole section in opposite directions when weight is applied. The present invention is also footwear convex shaped in the longitudinal direction with a split sole having opposing wedge shaped configurations in the bottom of the front sole section and the back sole section that provide rotation of the front sole section and the back sole section in opposite directions when weight is applied. The invention further includes footwear having at least one pair of wedges on the outsole which provide footwear having improved arch support. The invention is also footwear with a flexible, elastic, member between the front sole section and the back sole section of the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Shlomo Piontkowski, Sharone Piontkowski
  • Patent number: 9884463
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a midsole includes placing first and second preforms into a midsole recess of a mold, with first and second portions of the mold defining a first overflow chamber connected to the first recess; closing the mold by positioning the first and second portions in contact with one another; heating the mold for a predetermined period of time at a predetermined temperature such that the first and second preforms melt and bond together to form a midsole, with a portion of each of the first and second preforms flowing into the first overflow chamber to form a first overflow portion; removing the midsole from the mold; allowing the midsole to expand; and cutting away the first overflow portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tee L. Wan, Thienchai Chaisumrej, Gjermund Haugbro, Chia-Yi Wu
  • Patent number: 9781969
    Abstract: A sole structure that includes at least one auxetic structure and methods of making are disclosed. A sole structure includes a sole having an upper surface and a base surface. The base surface includes a ground contacting surface and a base surface. The base surface is closer to the upper surface than the ground contacting surface. An auxetic structure is integrally formed into the base surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Zachary C. Wright
  • Patent number: 9723894
    Abstract: A sole structure that includes at least one auxetic structure and methods of making are disclosed. A sole structure includes a plate, a first cleat, and an auxetic structure. The plate has an upper surface and a lower surface. The first cleat extends from the lower surface, the first cleat having a first height and having a first tip surface. The auxetic structure has an inner surface affixed to the lower surface and having an outer surface. The inner surface is constrained by the lower surface. The outer surface is spaced closer to the lower surface than to the first tip surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Zachary C. Wright
  • Patent number: 9717303
    Abstract: An injection molded sole (10) has an upper ungrooved portion (2) and a lower tread portion (4). At least two, continuous, undulating S-shaped grooves (6) extend generally longitudinally of the tread portion between the toe and heel ends thereof, and a plurality of grooves extending generally transversely intersect the longitudinally extending undulating grooves. The grooves have a minimum depth of about 5 mm and define individual separated tread areas (28) which can be moved apart during flexing of the sole (10). The flexibility of the sole is such that when it is incorporated in footwear, it does not restrict rolling movements of the foot when walking so that a gait can be adopted which is akin to barefoot walking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: J-Walk Limited
    Inventors: Mark Walker, Joachim Sedelmeier
  • Patent number: 9675136
    Abstract: A customizable footwear system includes customizable footwear and a toy head. The customizable footwear has a main body for placement on a foot of a wearer. The main body has a toe region and a heel region. The toe region has a recess with at least one fastener. The toy head is nested within the recess of the main body and has at least one cooperating fastener removably attached to the at least one fastener of the customizable footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Amazing Love, LLC
    Inventor: Lisa Hershberger
  • Patent number: 9609911
    Abstract: An active footwear suspension system is disclosed. The footwear system provides dynamic suspension using at least one or more variable resistance beams. At least one or more VRB extends from a heel section and/or a front section to a force plate or platform section of the footwear, thus providing selectable suspension to the wearer. The selected rotation of the VRBs from a first position to a second position provides customized suspension between a minimum resistance to a maximum resistance per zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Alliance Design and Development Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Walsh, Peter B. Tarlton
  • Patent number: 9609909
    Abstract: A bio foot pad, comprising: a plurality of circumferential elastic fibers surrounded by a viscoelastic material; wherein said fibers impart a biphasic characteristic to said viscoelastic material; and wherein said fibers under compression develop a plurality of hoop stresses to facilitate load conversion and distribution of axial forces exerted against a heel area of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Bio Foot Pad, Inc.
    Inventors: Dyson Lister Hamner, Theodore Voorhees Tillinghast, Joseph John Jankiewicz, Mark Tabin McBride
  • Patent number: 9578921
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear is disclosed. The sole structure includes a reinforcing plate and/or a lasting board. The reinforcing plate and/or lasting board includes a first flange portion corresponding to a big toe of a foot and a second flange portion corresponding to a ball region of a foot. The first flange portion and the second flange portion each include a cleat member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Sergio Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 9572396
    Abstract: An athletic shoe configured to efficiently attenuate dorsal, anterior, posterior, lateral, medial and plantar loading forces. The shoe toebox or forefoot upper includes a cutout region through what is generally inelastic outer shoe material, across which a panel of increased stretchability extends in juxtaposition with a key shoe-foot impact or pressure engagement area. The stretchable panel forms with the cutout a porous damping ventilating passageway into which a portion of the foot can enter and pass externally of an at-rest outer peripheral surface of the shoe material surrounding the cutout. Key shoe-foot impact or pressure areas include impact areas engaged by toes of a foot sliding forward within the shoe, and pressure areas engaged by bunions and bunionettes moving outward against the sides of the shoe. Upon removal of pressure by the moving foot portion, the stretchable panel retracts, and restores the cutout region back toward its initial configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Jennus Athletics Company
    Inventors: Timothy G. McManus, Ryan G. McManus, Alexander R. Jenny
  • Patent number: 9427044
    Abstract: An article of footwear may have a sole including an outer member having an outer surface and an inner surface disposed closer to a wearer's foot than the outer surface. The outer member may include at least a first flex groove formed as an elongate recess in a first flex groove region, causing both the inner surface and the outer surface of the outer member to curve upward. The sole may include a reinforcing member disposed closer to the wearer's foot than the outer member, and may be relatively more rigid than the outer member. The reinforcing member may include a first bridge portion disposed in the first flex groove region and joining the first portion and the second portion together. The lateral width of the first bridge portion may be less than the lateral width of the first portion, and less than the lateral width of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason P. Humble, Cory B. McCullagh
  • Patent number: 9427043
    Abstract: A chamber for receiving a pressurized fluid may include a tensile member extending between a first chamber barrier layer and a second chamber barrier layer and including a plurality of tethers extending between the first tensile member layer and the second tensile member layer. The chamber may include stitching through the tensile member in a stitched region. When the chamber is pressurized with the pressurized fluid, a substantial majority of the first tensile member layer is separated from the second tensile member layer by a distance that corresponds to a length of the plurality of tethers. In addition, the first tensile member layer is held in contact with the second tensile member layer by the stitching in the stitched region, thereby forming an area of the chamber having a reduced thickness relative to adjacent portions of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay A. Kodad
  • Patent number: 9398786
    Abstract: A shoe comprising an upper forming an interior portion for a foot, the interior portion including toe and heel cavities, is provided. The shoe further comprises a midsole having toe and heel ends and inner and outer sides. The midsole is stitched to the upper thereby forming a bottom to the interior portion. Heel and toe outsole patches are respectively stitched onto the midsole. An insole is affixed to the bottom of the interior portion. A spacing between the heel and toe outsole patches extends from the inner to the outer side and occupies a position intermediate the toe and heel ends thereby permitting the shoe to fold about an axis running through the spacing. The shoe folds between an extended state, in which the shoe is worn, and a folded state in which a portion of the upper comprising the toe cavity is tucked into the heel cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Gavrieli Brands LLC
    Inventors: Kfir Gavrieli, Dikla Gavrieli
  • Patent number: 9301566
    Abstract: Sole structures for articles of footwear, including athletic footwear, include a relatively soft and lightweight foam midsole component partially covered by at least one more rigid and/or dense cage (protective) component(s) and/or other protective component(s). The sole structure may include a first polymeric foam member, wherein an exposed outer edge of the first polymeric foam member includes a billows structure that extends continuously from a medial midfoot or forefoot area of the first polymeric foam member proximate to a lateral midfoot or forefoot area of the first polymeric foam member, and wherein the billows structure includes billow outer ridges connected by billow interstitial areas located between adjacent billow outer ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, Matthew J. Holmes, Troy C. Lindner, Benjamin Nethongkome, Dolores S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9282784
    Abstract: Sole structures for articles of footwear, including athletic footwear, include: (a) a lightweight foam midsole component for supporting the foot; and (b) a plurality of heavier and/or denser cage components covering selected areas of the midsole component. Spaces are provided between the cage components. These spaces may be sized, shaped, and oriented to define and/or correspond to flexion lines of the foot and/or to produce a more natural flex motion to the sole. The soles additionally may include one or more outsole components, e.g., on bottom surface(s) of the cage component(s) and/or the foam midsole. These sole structures may be engaged with an upper to form a shoe. The uppers may include one or more lace receiving openings supported by elongated wire or textile components. Methods of making footwear including such uppers and/or sole structures also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Simidele A. Adeagbo, Chad C. Grover, Kevin W. Hoffer, Matthew J. Holmes, Tamimu A. Shyllon
  • Patent number: 9277783
    Abstract: An article of footwear that includes an upper that secures the article of footwear to a wearer. The footwear also includes a sole assembly that is operably coupled to the upper. The sole assembly includes an outsole having a plurality of cleats and a groove. The groove includes a first internal surface and a second internal surface. The first and second internal surfaces move away from each other as the sole assembly flexes in a first direction, and the first and second internal surfaces abut each other to limit movement of the sole assembly in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Amos, Brian D. Baker, Alexandre Baudouin, Kevin P. Fallon
  • Patent number: 9089184
    Abstract: A pair of foldable footwear, each footwear incorporating a flexible hinge within a sole of the footwear. The flexible hinge consists of a molded flexible hinge section 40, a molded hinge aperture 38, a hinge top slot 34 and a hinge limitation contact section 42. The molded flexible hinge section 40 and molded hinge aperture 38 provides a flexible and reliable member allowing the sole to be folded. The sole can comprise a hinge section along a transverse orientation or a longitudinal orientation about the center of the sole. The hinge limitation contact section 42 ensures that a heel section of the sole remains in a wearable configuration during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Mary Kiser, Allen D. Hertz
  • Patent number: 9072336
    Abstract: An article of footwear, including a sole assembly and an upper, the article of footwear extending lengthwise from a rear end to a front end, widthwise between a lateral side and a medial side, and heightwise from the outer sole assembly to an upper end, the article of footwear including a first fitting element as well as a second fitting element. The first fitting element includes a first envelope and a first sole of the strobel type, the first envelope being fixed to the first strobel sole at least with stitching. The second fitting element includes a second envelope and a second sole of the strobel type, the second envelope being fixed to the second strobel sole at least with stitching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: SALOMON S.A.S.
    Inventors: René Borel, Frédéric Giacobone
  • Publication number: 20150135554
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole. The article of footwear also includes an outer surface defined on the upper or the sole. Moreover, the article of footwear includes a chamber wall operably coupled to one of the upper and the sole. The chamber wall defines at least a portion of a chamber operable to hold a vacuum for at least partially conforming the footwear to the foot of the wearer. Moreover, the footwear includes a valve including a passage that extends through the chamber wall to be in selective fluid communication with the chamber. The valve is operable to provide suction to draw the vacuum within the chamber. The valve is partially defined by an outer rim, and the outer rim is flush with the outer surface or recessed inward from the outer surface toward the chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150135555
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include various first strands and second strands. The cutting and second strands may extend from an area proximal to lace-receiving elements to an area proximal to the sole structure. The first strands may have a substantially vertical orientation and the second strands may have a rearwardly-angled orientation. The first strands may be located in a midfoot region of the footwear and the second strands may be located in both the midfoot region and a heel region of the footwear. Angles between the first strands and the second strands may be at least 40 degrees. Additionally, the second strands may have at least fifty percent greater tensile strength than the first strands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, James C. Meschter
  • Patent number: 9032646
    Abstract: An energy return shoe system has a shoe portion, a flexible lower sole portion and a toe mechanism. The toe mechanism has an upper toe plate, a lower toe plate, and at least two toe arms. The upper toe plate is affixed to the shoe portion, the lower toe plate is affixed to the lower sole, and the toe arms are pivotally affixed at ends to the upper toe plate and the lower toe plate and are substantially parallel to each other. The lower sole is made of a flexible material and there is at least one spring mechanism that urges the shoe portion away from the lower sole. As the wearer steps down, energy of the wearer's mass is stored in one or more spring devices and as the wearer begins to lift their foot, the stored energy is returned to help push that foot off the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen Perenich