Having Particular Outsole (e.g., Sectional Sole) Patents (Class 36/103)
  • Patent number: 10477916
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a first midsole body and a second midsole body. The first midsole body defines a ground-facing surface and a foot-facing surface opposite the ground-facing surface and includes a first midsole material, which has a first hardness. The second midsole body extends through the first midsole body. As such, the second midsole body extends beyond the ground-facing surface of the first midsole body. The second midsole body includes a second midsole material, which has a second hardness, and the first hardness is greater than the second hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Sung Joo B. Hartenstein, Doug D. Wilken
  • Patent number: 10405601
    Abstract: A cycling shoe includes a sole, a heel counter mounted to the sole, and a toe cap mounted to the sole. The cycling shoe also includes a forefoot strap that includes a medial forefoot strap and a lateral forefoot strap. The medial forefoot strap includes a first portion mounted to the toe cap and a second portion mounted to the sole such that a first metatarsal head relief window is formed between the first portion and the second portion. The lateral forefoot strap is mounted to the sole such that a fifth metatarsal head relief window is formed between a distal edge of the lateral forefoot strap and the toe cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Trek Bicycle Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Kuefler, Kyle Russ
  • Patent number: 10342287
    Abstract: Methods for providing footwear configured to treat leg length discrepancy include manufacturing a plurality of footwear members. Each footwear member has a sole thickness, with sole thicknesses of the plurality of footwear members spanning a predetermined range of thicknesses. A corrective pair of footwear may be formed by selecting a left member having a first sole thickness and a right member having a second sole thickness, wherein the difference between the first and second sole thicknesses corresponds to an amount of leg length discrepancy to be corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Hot Shots Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Don Mastrangelo
  • Patent number: 10342292
    Abstract: A sole having respective forefoot, midfoot and backfoot parts, which are contiguous in a longitudinal direction running from toe to heel, and including a stiffening shank extending in the longitudinal direction from toe to heel. The shank extends over a predominant portion of the longitudinal development from the backfoot part to the forefoot part, and has areas of different flexibility alternating along the longitudinal development, the flexibility of these areas being progressively variable in a substantially continuous manner between one area and the contiguous areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Rockport IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Alberto Del Biondi, Alessio Rizzi
  • Patent number: 10271616
    Abstract: A closure system including a body for receiving an object. An activation device is connected to a base structure, and is activated by placement of the object within the closure system. The activation device operates between a raised or depressed configuration, depending on the position of the object within the closure system. A tightening mechanism is responsive to the operation of the activation device. When the activation device is in the raised configuration, the tightening mechanism is loose. When the user depresses the activation device, the tightening mechanism tightens around the object. A movable displacer in a locking device for locking the configuration of the closure system and removably insertable into a recess helps better control tension within the tightening mechanism and improves comfort by disengaging the activation device from the tightening mechanism. A lace lock for locking a lace is disclosed. A lace tension distributor is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: POWERPLACE TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventor: Frederick Labbe
  • Patent number: 10269174
    Abstract: An article of sports apparel being customized for a person is provided, and may be manufactured based on a digital model, the digital model built based on received sensor data, the received sensor data obtained by at least one sensor integrated into another article of sports apparel, and the sensor data is obtained while the other article of sports apparel is worn by the person during a sports activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Vesa-Pekka Torvinen, Michael Welker, Christian Lott, Gerd Rainer Manz, Alain Andre Walter, Burkhard Dümler
  • Patent number: 10226082
    Abstract: A smartphone or other mobile computer device, general purpose or specialized, wherein the smartphone device is configured to actively control the configuration of one or more bladders, compartments, chambers or internal sipes and one or more sensors located in either one or both of a sole or a removable inner sole insert of the footwear of the user and/or located in an apparatus worn or carried by the user, glued unto the user, or implanted in the user. The one or more bladders, compartments, chambers, or sipes, and one or more sensors are configured for computer control. A sole and/or a removable inner sole insert for footwear, including one or more bladders, compartments, chambers, internal sipes and sensors in the sole and/or in a removable insert; or on an insole; all being configured for control by a smartphone or other mobile computer device, general purpose or specialized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 10172413
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are insoles useful for treating skin injuries on a foot, for instance ulcers. The insoles are customizable for each patient's foot and can include various portions of differing softness, depending on the needs of the patient. For instance, it can be beneficial for certain sections of the foot to contact a firmer material, whereas other sections contact a softer material. Some, or all, of the materials can include one or more biofidelic skin simulant materials. Thus, various implementations include one or more regions that can include the same or different materials. For example, a custom insole can include a heel support region, a midfoot support region, and a forefoot support region, and the support regions can be subdivided into medial and lateral support regions or toe regions. One or more regions may have a custom isolation segment to prevent the progression of ulcers and/or expedite wound healing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama
    Inventors: Arnab Chanda, Vinu Unnikrishnan
  • Patent number: 10092061
    Abstract: An apparatus for use as at least part of a sole of a shoe or as at least part of an insole of the shoe, the apparatus comprises a fixed section that provides a positioning of a big toe area at a lower position than a heel area and/or at a lower position than an outer edge area, and an adjustable section associated with the fixed section, wherein the adjustable section adjusts at least one of the lower positioning of the big toe area with respect to the heel area and the lower positioning of the big toe area with respect to the outer edge area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: ATHALONZ, LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Adair, Timothy W. Markison
  • Patent number: 10021937
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear and a method of making the sole structure is disclosed. The sole structure can include an outsole and a midsole. The midsole includes a cavity with a protruding portion. A U-shaped or L-shaped transparent member is configured to cover the cavity so that the protruding portion remains visible from within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig K. Sills
  • Patent number: 9968157
    Abstract: Improved soles for shoes, in particular sports shoes, are described. A sole for a shoe, in particular a sports shoe, is provided that includes a midsole with randomly arranged particles of an expanded material. The sole further includes an element having a higher deformation stiffness in at least one direction than the expanded material. The material of the midsole at least partially surrounds the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Angus Wardlaw, John Whiteman, Tru Huu Minh Le, Stuart David Reinhardt
  • Patent number: 9936765
    Abstract: A sole structure for a shoe that can reduce the burden of MP joints and a knee joint of a shoe wearer's foot during running and that can improve cushioning properties. The sole structure of the shoe includes an upper plate of a hard elastic member disposed at a forefoot region of the shoe, a lower plate of a hard elastic member disposed under and spaced away from the upper plate, and a midsole of a soft elastic member interposed between the upper plate and the lower plate. The midsole has a longitudinally extending hollow portion that is upwardly concavely curved at a lateral mid-portion of the midsole. The lower plate has a concave portion corresponding to the hollow portion of the midsole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Mizuno Corporation
    Inventors: Natsuki Sato, Takao Oda, Takeshi Takeshita, Shogo Matsui
  • Patent number: 9930927
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper, and a sole structure including a midsole structure and an outsole structure, where the midsole structure is located between the upper and the outsole structure. The midsole structure includes a plurality of members arranged in layers within the midsole structure, the plurality of members including a first cushion member formed of a first compressible material, a second cushion member formed of a second compressible material, and a plate disposed between the first and second cushion members, where the plate includes at least one flexure groove extending along a surface of the plate that is transverse a length of the plate such that the plate is configured to bend at the flexure groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventors: Tom Luedecke, Patrick Cassiday, David McManus
  • Patent number: 9913510
    Abstract: A sole for an article of footwear includes a fiber-reinforced polymer plate extending from a heel area of the article of footwear to a toe area of the article of footwear, wherein flexibility of the fiber-reinforced polymer plate varies as a function of location along a longitudinal axis of the fiber-reinforced polymer plate, and wherein the fiber-reinforced polymer plate includes a stiffening layer disposed at a midfoot area of the fiber-reinforced polymer plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: REEBOK INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Paul Davis, Paul E. Litchfield, William Marvin
  • Patent number: 9848671
    Abstract: In an item of footwear having a sole and an upper, the sole includes at least one upper layer, which is directed towards the upper, and at least one lower layer, which is directed away from the upper. The upper layer and the lower layer are made of materials having different levels of elasticity, density or hardness. The side of the sole which is directed towards the upper forms a bearing surface for the foot, with a heel zone and a ball-of-the-foot zone. The lower layer passes through the upper layer at least in part such that a bearing surface is formed by regions of the lower layer and of the upper layer. This construction makes it possible to combine the different materials' properties in the region of the bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Joya Schuhe AG
    Inventor: Karl Mueller
  • Patent number: 9826796
    Abstract: A sole for an article of footwear includes a base having an outer edge defining a perimeter, the base having a forefoot portion, a midfoot portion and a heel portion; and a plurality of resilient projections extending from the base, wherein the plurality of projections includes a plurality of projections extending non-orthogonally from the base about the perimeter of the base and a plurality of projections extending substantially orthogonally from the base within the non-orthogonal projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Reebok International Limited
    Inventors: William Marvin, Matthew Montross, Ricardo Vestuti, Henry Hardigan
  • Patent number: 9714332
    Abstract: The combination foam comprises a matrix composed of polyurethane foam and foamed particles of thermoplastic polyurethane comprised therein, where matrix and particles are each made up of polyol components and polyisocyanate components, wherein at least 50% by weight of the basic building blocks forming the polyol component of the matrix and particles are identical and at least 50% by weight of the basic building blocks forming the polyisocyanate component of the matrix and particles are identical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Frank Prissok, Michael Harms, Martin Vallo
  • Patent number: 9700099
    Abstract: A footwear article comprising a generally elongate sole for engagement with and support of the foot of a person, said sole having an upper surface, a lower surface, a first portion being for interaction with at least the heel region of the foot of the person and a second portion for interaction with at least the metatarsal region of the foot of the person; and a foot engagement means for securing the footwear article to the foot of a person. The footwear article being characterized in that a first portion of the sole includes a first material having a first material property and the a second portion of the sole includes a second material having a second material property; and said first portion and said second portion extend at least to the upper surface of the sole and first material property provides for dampening of load imparted to the foot of the person upon contact with a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: David Fu
  • Patent number: 9468255
    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).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, Matthew J. Holmes, Troy C. Lindner, Benjamin Nethongkome, Dolores S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9439474
    Abstract: An outsole, in which in the heel and ball regions several elements protrude downward with respect to a stop surface which surrounds the outsole on all sides. The elements can be deformed vertically and/or horizontally to all sides by the forces acting thereon during walking until they are aligned with the stop surface. At least two groups of elements are provided. With respect to the elements of a first group a force that is at least 10 N higher is required than with respect to the elements of a second group in order to bring the elements into alignment with the stop surface by vertical deformation. With respect to the elements of the first group force that is at least 5 N lower is required than with respect to the elements of the second group in order to bring the elements into alignment with the stop surface by horizontal deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: GLIDE'N LOCK AG
    Inventor: Hans Georg Braunschweiler
  • Patent number: 9414639
    Abstract: A split-sole dance shoe, comprising: a thin flexible shoe upper defining an opening to receive a foot; an outsole region to underlie a sole of the foot and in combination with the upper defining a heel section, an arch section and a forefoot section; and thin flexible reinforcing structure coupled to the shoe upper and the outsole region and extending from adjacent the opening in an upper part of the heel section around a lower part of the heel section and through the arch section along a longitudinal direction of the shoe, the reinforcing structure broadening from adjacent the opening to substantially cup a lower posterior portion of the calcaneus and then narrowing toward the arch section, the reinforcing structure in the arch section being arranged to closely match flexion of the arch in pointe position without the appearance of bunching of the shoe upper in the arch section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: MUSE DANCEWEAR PTY LTD
    Inventor: Timothy Charles Heathcote
  • Patent number: 9357812
    Abstract: A footwear which includes a support member having an inner sole and an upper surface attachable to a foot, and two bulbous protuberances protruding from a lower surface of the support member on opposite sides of a latitudinal midline, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: APOS—Medical and Sports Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Avi Elbaz, Amit Mor
  • Patent number: 9326563
    Abstract: A base (1) is provided for a ski boot (2) and comprises a one-piece sole (4) defining heel and toe portions (6, 7) that is adapted to be secured to one or more outsole elements (8, 9, 10). Preferably, toe and heel outsole elements (8, 9) are bonded to the toe and heel portions (6, 7) respectively to form a base (1) with a unitary construction. The sole (4) also has a fiber-reinforced composite structure wherein a majority of the fibers in at least a mid-section (7) of the sole (4) between the heel and toe portions (6, 7) are angled at an acute angle with respect to a longitudinal axis (L) of the sole (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventor: John Erik Svensson
  • Patent number: 9220314
    Abstract: Systems and methods for forming a forefoot wedge insert are described for a piece of footwear, such as but not limited to ice skating boots, for correcting a pronation and/or supination condition wherein the insert permits the subtalar joint of the affected foot to be placed and/or maintained in a neutral position. In this manner, the insert can provide the corrected foot with adequate balance relative to the skate blade during typical ice skating maneuvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Marie Smirman
  • Publication number: 20150128452
    Abstract: A footwear sole structure may include a plurality of discrete hexagonally-shaped sole elements defined by a plurality of sipes. The sipes may include a plurality of sipes that extend in a transverse direction across the sole structure and a plurality of sipes that extend in an oblique direction relative to the transverse sipes. A plurality of sipes may also subdivide the hexagonally-shaped sole elements into one or more diamond-shaped sole element portions. The sole structure may include additional features such as non-hexagonal sole elements and lugs distributed across a bottom surface of the sole structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary E. Hull, John A. Truax, Robert W. Dolan, Mark C. Miner, Angela N. Martin, Robert C. Williams, JR., Carrie Dimoff, Jekti Hadiati, Howard Banich
  • Patent number: 9009991
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear and a method of making the sole structure is disclosed. The sole structure can include an outsole and a midsole. The midsole includes a cavity with a protruding portion. A U-shaped transparent member is configured to cover the cavity so that the protruding portion remains visible from within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig K. Sills
  • Publication number: 20150101214
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole assembly with a rib that is resiliently flexible, and the rib has a longitudinal axis and a transverse axis. The transverse axis extends at an acute angle relative to the ground surface, and the rib includes a first longitudinal end, a second longitudinal end, and a middle portion disposed between the first and second longitudinal ends. A height of the first and/or second longitudinal end is greater than that of the middle portion. The rib is operable to axially support a first force applied substantially along the acute angle relative to the ground surface, and the rib transverse axis remains substantially straight in response to the first force. The rib resiliently bends about the rib longitudinal axis in response to a second force applied substantially normal to the ground surface to make the rib transverse axis non-linear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Petre Gheorghian, Martine I.V. Mientjes, Erez Morag, Matthew A. Nurse
  • Publication number: 20150101215
    Abstract: A shoe comprises a sole and an upper. The sole comprises a lower sole member and an upper sole member. The lower sole member includes a plurality of sipes and a longitudinal cavity. The longitudinal cavity is at least in a sole midfoot region and extends downwardly from a top surface of the lower sole member. The plurality of sipes extend upwardly from the bottom surface of the lower sole member and intersect the longitudinal cavity such that the plurality of sipes and the longitudinal cavity combine to define a plurality of through openings. The upper sole member is within the cavity and covers the plurality of through openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Jeff Henderson, George Chiou
  • Patent number: 9003677
    Abstract: Systems and methods for toning footwear include a combination of a support ring, an insole with a cushioning material configured to contact a user's foot, and an outsole with one or more convex regions to create instability in the footwear. The support ring or stiffener band can be coupled to the outsole between the insole on one side and the forefoot and heel toning convexities on the other side. In some embodiments, the stiffener band can be formed of a material different from and stiffer than the material of the outsole. In accordance with various embodiments, when a user wears the toning footwear while walking, an increase in both the toning and strengthening of the calves, hamstrings and/or glutes results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Crocs, Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy Goodsmith, Steven McIlroy, Dale R. Bathum, Christine L. Saito, Katherine Santos, Kelsey Zoellner
  • Publication number: 20150096199
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include a sole structure and an upper secured to the sole structure and configured to receive a foot. The sole structure may comprise a lasting board and sole plate construction. One of the lasting board and sole plate may have an opening along the center such that there is little to no overlap, or lamination, between the lasting board and the sole plate along the center of the article of footwear. Such a construction may eliminate weight while maintaining the support provided by the layers of the sole. Additionally, such a construction may enhance flexibility. In some embodiments, the article of footwear may include an insole. In some embodiments, the sole structure of the article of footwear may consist of an insole, a lasting board, and a sole plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergio Cavaliere, Giovanni Adami, Timothy J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150096200
    Abstract: A shoe sole having improved cushioning characteristics is disclosed. The sole includes a midsole having a top layer of material and a bottom layer of material. In one embodiment, the top layer of material may be harder than the bottom layer of material. A pattern of lugs defining a wave may be formed on the bottom layer of material. The wave may generally be in the shape of sine wave so as to provide improved cushioning characteristics for the sole. An outsole may also be formed on the bottom layer of material and an upper may be connected to the top layer of material, such that a shoe is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: John Healy, Peter Dillon, Christopher Adam
  • Publication number: 20150096198
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include a sole structure and an upper secured to the sole structure and configured to receive a foot. The sole structure may comprise a lasting board and sole plate construction. One of the lasting board and sole plate may have an opening along the center such that there is little to no overlap, or lamination, between the lasting board and the sole plate along the center of the article of footwear. Such a construction may eliminate weight while maintaining the support provided by the layers of the sole. Additionally, such a construction may enhance flexibility. In some embodiments, the article of footwear may include an insole. In some embodiments, the sole structure of the article of footwear may consist of an insole, a lasting board, and a sole plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergio Cavaliere, Giovanni Adami, Timothy J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150089842
    Abstract: An athletic shoe device for facilitates gripping of a sole on slippery surfaces encountered while playing paintball or other sports. The device includes a sole and an upper. The sole has a bottom surface, a lateral face, a toe, and a medial face. The bottom surface of the sole also has a rear section and a front section. The upper is coupled to and extends from the sole defining an interior space configured for receiving a foot. A plurality of ridges is coupled to and extends from the bottom surface of the sole. A length of the ridges coupled to and extending from the front section of the bottom surface is greater than a length of the ridges coupled to and extending from the rear section of the bottom surface of the sole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew M. Zamer-Juarez
  • Publication number: 20150089843
    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: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Gavrieli Brands LLC
    Inventors: Kfir Gavrieli, Dikla Gavrieli
  • Publication number: 20150089841
    Abstract: Sole structures and uppers for articles of footwear are described that includes features to enhance footwear flexibility, dexterity, natural motion feel, and/or tackiness. Such articles of footwear may provide enhanced properties and feel for use in skateboarding and other activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia L. Smaldone, Dylan S. VanAtta
  • Publication number: 20150075034
    Abstract: A material that includes at least one layer made of an auxetic structure and articles of footwear having soles comprising the materials. When the material is under tension, it expands in both the direction under tension and in the directional orthogonal to the direction under tension. The articles of footwear have soles that have at least one layer made of a material that has a pattern of apertures to provide the auxetic structure. The apertures are surrounded by sole portions that can rotate or pivot to change the size of the apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Tory M. Cross, Kevin W. Hoffer, David P. Jones, Patrick B. Kirschner, Elizabeth Langvin, James C. Meschter
  • Publication number: 20150075033
    Abstract: A material that includes at least one layer made of an auxetic structure and articles of footwear having soles comprising the materials. When the material is under tension, it expands in both the direction under tension and in the directional orthogonal to the direction under tension. The articles of footwear have soles that have at least one layer made of a material that has a pattern of geometrical patterns with polygonal apertures. The geometrical patterns have hinged polygons that rotate with respect to each other when the sole is under lateral or longitudinal tension, thus increasing the lateral and longitudinal dimensions of the sole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Tory M. Cross, Kevin W. Hoffer, David P. Jones, Patrick B. Kirschner, Elizabeth Langvin, James C. Meschter
  • Patent number: 8978275
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an article of footwear includes providing an outsole and a midsole. The outsole and the midsole are secured together such that a bottom surface of a first midsole element overlaps and directly secures to an upper surface of a first outsole element to define a first element assembly, such that a bottom surface of a second midsole element overlaps and directly secures to an upper surface of a second outsole element to define a second element assembly, and such that an outsole groove and a midsole groove are substantially aligned and in communication with each other in the thickness direction of the outsole and the thickness direction of the midsole. Moreover, the method includes interlocking the first and second element assemblies with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Dervin A. James
  • Publication number: 20150068064
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole assembly defining a base support plane. The sole assembly also includes a cushioning assembly with a first end and a second end. The cushioning assembly includes a first cushioning member and a second cushioning member. The first cushioning member includes a first overlapping surface, and the second cushioning member includes a second overlapping surface. The first and second overlapping surfaces overlap each other over the base support plane and each slope at a positive acute angle relative to the base support plane. The first cushioning member is thicker than the second cushioning member adjacent the first end of the cushioning assembly, and the second cushioning member is thicker than the first cushioning member adjacent the second end of the cushioning assembly. The first cushioning member has a resistance to resilient deformation less than that of the second cushioning member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Erez Morag, Blake Rhulen, Daniel T. Mackey, Ty A. Ransom, Martine I.V. Mientjes
  • Publication number: 20150068065
    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: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Steven C. McDonald, Bradley S. Long
  • Publication number: 20150068063
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an outsole having a base with an upper surface that faces the upper and a lower surface that faces away from the upper surface. The outsole also includes a first stepped projection that projects in a plurality of first steps from the lower surface. The plurality of first steps is defined by a plurality of first tread surfaces and a plurality of first riser surfaces. The outsole additionally includes a second stepped projection that projects in a plurality of second steps from the lower surface. The plurality of second steps is defined by a plurality of second tread surfaces and a plurality of second riser surfaces. The second stepped projection is spaced away from the first stepped projection relative to the lateral axis of the article of footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan N. Farris
  • Publication number: 20150052780
    Abstract: The sole section of a shoe includes a midsole and an outsole, with the midsole being made from a translucent material. An illumination system is located inside the translucent midsole, causing the translucent midsole to be internally illuminated when the illumination system is active. Due to the translucent nature of the midsole light from the illumination system reflects internally throughout the midsole, increasing illumination. The light will also illuminate adjacent translucent components, such as the outsole if it is also made from a translucent material. Light from the illumination system can be blocked, such as by an opaque outsole or colored mold injection, and used to form an illuminated design or logo. By blacking out or covering sections of the translucent midsole, shapes and letters of visible light can be created in the negative space of the obstruction sections. This allows illuminated designs to easily be incorporated into footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Roy Robert Smith, III
  • Patent number: 8959804
    Abstract: A shoe or other footwear, including a footwear or orthotic sole, including a sole section with an outer bladder having a uppermost surface curved concavely in a U-shape relative to an intended wearer's foot location in the device, as viewed upright and unloaded in a frontal plane. The outer bladder forms a component of the sole section. An inner bladder includes a gas located inside and is substantially surrounded on at least the top, bottom and sides by the outer bladder. The outer bladder and inner bladder are separated by an internal sipe. The sipe is formed by an inner surface of the outer bladder and an outer surface of the inner bladder. An attachment is provided between the surfaces of the sipe and located in an upper, central portion of the sipe between sidemost extents of the outer surface of the inner bladder, viewed in a frontal plane cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20150040436
    Abstract: Footwear having an outsole including treads spaced about 3.0 mm to about 6.0 mm from one another so that a rocky terrain feature can fit between adjacent treads thereby providing traction through the outsole on the rocky terrain feature, each tread of a height of about 1.5 mm to about 2.5 mm so the tread engages the rocky terrain feature without substantially bending upon such engagement. The treads can include a tread edge defining a right angle to form a substantially non-radiused corner. The outsole can include preselected regions having different durometers, e.g., a harder durometer to assist the treads in holding firm against terrain features, and a softer durometer to add flexibility to the outsole. A footbed with zone pods and secondary pods can be secured to the upper in a Strobel construction, the zone pods and secondary pods interacting with the outsole to provide enhanced feedback to the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew R. Clerc, Kevin J. Crowley, James H. Cheney, Matthew D. Beck
  • Publication number: 20150033584
    Abstract: A customizable combination shoe and accessory include: (a) a wearable mule or slide type shoe having: (i) a sole portion having an insole and an outsole, (ii) a vamp arranged at the insole, (iii) a heel affixed to the outsole, and (iv) a single anchor extending through the outsole; and (b) an accessory harness having: (i) a portion defining an opening, the opening being configured to engage the single anchor to removably secure the portion of the harness to the anchor at the outsole, and (ii) support portions, extending from the portion defining the opening, configured to engage portions of the foot of a wearer of the combination shoe and accessory to provide support to the engaged portions of the foot of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Beverly FERGUSON
  • Publication number: 20150033581
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper, a midsole, and a support assembly positioned beneath the midsole. The support assembly includes a plurality of primary support members having a substantially Z-shaped cross-section extending transversely across the support assembly. The support assembly may include a plurality of secondary support members having an inverted V-shaped cross-section, extending longitudinally along the support assembly, and intersecting with the primary support members. An outsole is positioned beneath the support assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Barnes, Margarita Cortez, Zachary Elder, Fred Fagergren, Lee Peyton
  • Publication number: 20150013192
    Abstract: An upper for an article of footwear may have material layers and a plurality of strand segments. The material layers are located adjacent to each other and in an overlapping configuration, and the material layers are located in a lace region and a lower region of the upper. The strand segments extend from the lace region to the lower region. The strand segments may be located and secured between the material layers in the lace region and the lower region. The strand segments may form both an exterior surface of the upper and an opposite interior surface of the upper in an area between the lace region and the lower region. The material layers may define an opening between the lace region and the lower region, and the strand segments extend across the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, Shane S. Kohatsu, James Hwang, Daniel A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8931187
    Abstract: A shoe sole having improved cushioning characteristics is disclosed. The sole includes a midsole having a top layer of material and a bottom layer of material. In one embodiment, the top layer of material may be harder than the bottom layer of material. A pattern of lugs defining a wave may be formed on the bottom layer of material. The wave may generally be in the shape of sine wave so as to provide improved cushioning characteristics for the sole. An outsole may also be formed on the bottom layer of material and an upper may be connected to the top layer of material, such that a shoe is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: TBL Licensing LLC
    Inventors: John Healy, Peter Dillon, Christopher Adam
  • Publication number: 20150000161
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper, a midsole positioned beneath the upper; and a forward displacement assembly positioned within the midsole. The forward displacement assembly may include a biasing member, an actuator element operably connected to the biasing member, and an extension assembly positioned in a forefoot region of the midsole and operably connected to the actuator element. The extension assembly may include a movable outsole member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Lee Peyton, Zachary Elder
  • Publication number: 20150000162
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an article of footwear including 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 and at least a first ground engaging member extending substantially downward from the bottom surface of the baseplate, and a first elongate support member extending substantially downward from the bottom surface of the baseplate, abutting the first ground engaging member at a side portion, and extending horizontally from the side portion of the first ground engaging member. The first support member may have a downward facing surface with a first facet and a second facet, wherein each of the first facet and the second facet are angled at different non-horizontal orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Andrew Caine, Sergio Cavaliere