Athletic Shoe Or Attachment Therefor Patents (Class 36/114)
  • Patent number: 10893721
    Abstract: A process of making a family cell of homogenous inner bladders with varying elasticity includes a forming a plurality of inner bladders from a first material with a first elasticity. The inner bladders have interior surfaces during inner chambers and exterior surfaces exposed to an outside environment. The inner chambers are configured to store a fluid. A family cell is formed by fluidly connecting the inner bladders. One or more hybrid bladders are selected from the inner bladders and a second material having a second elasticity is applied to the hybrid bladders. The second elasticity is less than the first elasticity, such that the second material reduces the elastic qualities of the hybrid bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Douglas Evan Stern
  • Patent number: 10881895
    Abstract: A leg training fitness device comprises a weight attachment portion and a body attachment portion having a base support and a lateral support. To workout legs, a dumbbell is attached to the weight attachment portion. Next, a foot is inserted into the body attachment portion such that the foot is supported by the base support and the lateral support. A variety of leg workouts can be performed without requiring expensive and unwieldly equipment. Additionally, leg workouts are easily performed with the device without having to wait for leg workout machines to become available. In one embodiment, the foot is strapped to the body attachment portion and the dumbbell is strapped to the weight attachment portion. In another embodiment, the base and lateral supports rotate into an open and closed configuration that allows hooks attached to a lower surface of the base and lateral supports to clamp or release the dumbbell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Evan Gubera
  • Patent number: 10874168
    Abstract: A footwear having a shock attenuating and cushioning sole is provided, including a base to which first and second wave elements are joined, each element including alternating crests and troughs. The crests are wide and can each form a ground contact surface, whereas the troughs can be narrower than the crests. Crests of one element are disposed adjacent the troughs of another element. The widths of the crests to those of the troughs can be in at least a 2:1 ratio. Forward and rearward ends of the elements are connected to the base, and the troughs intermittently join with the base to secure the elements between the ends and to impair lateral movement. Different groups of wave elements can be grouped together to form a forefoot section, a heel section and/or an arch section, with the sections separated from and compressible independent of the other sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Wolverine Outdoors, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Loveder
  • Patent number: 10829877
    Abstract: Provided is a warp knitting machine capable of irregularities conforming to a pattern in a warp knitted fabric. The warp knitting machine according to an embodiment is a double raschel machine, and includes at least one guide bar GB5 between a pair of jacquard bars at a front side (JB3, JB4), and a pair of jacquard bars at a back side (JB6, JB7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON MAYER LTD.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Takayama, Minoru Ota, Kazuhiro Osawa, Sachiko Koide, Isao Takaoka
  • Patent number: 10813406
    Abstract: A flexible shoe including an outer sole assembly and an upper, the outer sole assembly including a damping sole extending lengthwise from a rear end to a front end, widthwise between a lateral side and a medial side, and heightwise from a lower surface to an upper surface, the lower surface having lower grooves, the upper surface having upper grooves, the lower grooves of the lower surface being opposite the upper grooves of the upper surface. The lower grooves of the lower surface and the upper grooves of the upper surface correspond to the main articulations of the foot. The lower grooves of the lower surface and the upper grooves of the upper surface demarcate platforms of the damping sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SALOMON S.A.S.
    Inventors: Marlène Giandolini, René Borel, Simon Bartold
  • Patent number: 10816357
    Abstract: A display device includes a display having a first area and a second area, a counter configured to count a number of steps of a user during walking, and a processor configured to alternately turn on display of the first area and display of the second area in a case where the number of steps of the user during walking is being counted by the counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Miyake, Hayato Hori
  • Patent number: 10806215
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a midsole assembly that includes a fluid-filled bladder element having a substantially arc-shaped heel portion and having a lateral arm portion and a medial arm portion spaced from the lateral arm portion. Each of the arm portions extend from the heel portion. The bladder element is configured to be positioned with the heel portion in the heel region of midsole assembly, and the arm portions extending from the heel region to a forefoot region along a peripheral region. A method of manufacturing and a mold assembly for such an article of footwear are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Margarita L. Cortez, Zachary M. Elder, Lee D. Peyton, Hector R. Quinonez
  • Patent number: 10765172
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The sole structure includes a midsole, an outsole secured to the midsole, and one or more plates positioned within the midsole. Each of the plates has a downwardly-facing concave side and an upwardly-facing concave side. The downwardly-concave side may be positioned on a medial side (or a lateral side) of the footwear, and the upwardly-concave side may be positioned on the lateral side (or the medial side) of the footwear. The undulating medio-lateral configuration of each plate may increase the overall support provided to a wearer's foot during a side-to-side or “banking” movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Imc.
    Inventor: Thomas Foxen
  • Patent number: 10750822
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a structural harness and impact-attenuating structure arrangement that includes a fluid-filled chamber. The article includes an upper, a sole secured to the upper having an impact-attenuating structure including a fluid-filled chamber and a structural harness. The structural harness may extend between the upper and fluid-filled chamber in a tensile arrangement that biases the fluid-filled chamber toward the upper and compresses the chamber. The structural harness may include a first layer, a thread layer bonded to the first layer and a second layer bonded to the thread layer on an opposite side of the thread layer. The thread layer may include threads configured to transmit tensile forces and restrict stretch in a longitudinal direction of the threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Beye, Benjamin J. Monfils
  • Patent number: 10743610
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper, a midsole connected to the upper, and an outsole connected to the midsole. The midsole includes a platform extending along a perimeter portion of the midsole and a lattice structure integrally formed with the platform, the lattice structure including a network of laths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Guyan, Kevin Fallon, Jason Berns
  • Patent number: 10736380
    Abstract: An article of footwear with an upper including a ribbon structure is disclosed. The ribbon structure comprises ribbon sections winding back and forth between the peripheral edges of the upper. At the peripheral edges, the ribbon loops around and some portions along the loops may raise up from a backing layer. An embroidered border element is applied over the peripheral edges to tack down or cover the raised portions of ribbon. The loops of ribbon may also be used as lace loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Luedecke, Carmen Zhu
  • Patent number: 10721990
    Abstract: A sole structure for a footwear article includes round shell components. Each round shell component includes a network of ligaments that mechanically shift under load to attenuate a force or impact and that return to a resting state when the load is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Fidencio Campos, Christopher D. Czech, Zachary M. Elder
  • Patent number: 10716360
    Abstract: A sole structure includes a sole component, which has an inner surface and an outer surface opposite the inner surface. The sole component has a length and a thickness. The sole component includes a sole material, and the sole material has a density. At least one of the thickness or the density varies along the length of the sole component. The sole component defines a plurality of holes extending from at least one of the inner surface and the outer surface and arranged to form an auxetic structure. The auxetic structure is configured such that, when the sole component is tensioned in a first direction, the sole component expands in both the first direction and in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. A property of the auxetic structure varies as a function of the density or the thickness of the sole component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tory M. Cross, Bryan N. Farris, Elizabeth Langvin
  • Patent number: 10702014
    Abstract: Compression of venous tissue enables improved blood flow in the feet. For example, nitinol wire wrapped around a curved footbed is electrically heated and thus shrinks forcing the wire on the top of the footbed into the bottom of the foot. The wire, or group of wires, is successively withdrawn and re-pressed against the bottom of the foot from toe to heel. Athletic recovery and treatment of various medical conditions may be achieved, for example restless leg syndrome, edema, plantar fasciitis, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, venous insufficiency, wound care, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Brian Stasey
  • Patent number: 10681957
    Abstract: A shoe that simulates barefoot running having an outer sole having a forefoot portion, a heel portion, and a flexible bridge portion, wherein the flexible bridge portion is curved inwards to be narrower than a foot on both the lateral and medial sides, wherein the flexible bridge conforms to the foot's arch and is lifted off the ground when the shoe is tied onto the foot; a wrap overlay associated with the flexible bridge and having at least a first strap and at least a second strap, which are tied atop a metatarsal area of the foot, such that to suspend the flexible bridge therefrom and provide a 360 degrees wrap of the foot in the arch section of the foot, resulting in both, arch support and the shoe's anchoring to the foot; and, a roomy toe box providing toe splay and facilitating forefoot-striking
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel Thomas Duarte
  • Patent number: 10619280
    Abstract: A method of making an article of footwear with an upper including a ribbon structure is disclosed. The method includes laying down ribbon elements in straight and winding sections. The method includes stitching or otherwise attaching the ribbon elements to a backing layer. The method also includes embroidering a periphery of the ribbon structure to tack down any raised portions of the ribbon at the periphery. The method also includes inserting a lace through loops in the ribbon structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Luedecke, Carmen Zhu
  • Patent number: 10568385
    Abstract: A device configured to surround a portion of a foot-receiving cavity at a heel region of an article of footwear comprises a control bar having a center segment, a first side arm extending from the center segment, and a second side arm spaced from the first side arm and extending from the center segment. The control bar may include a series of slats. A base supports the control bar and is connected to the first side arm and the second side arm. The control bar is biased to an unstressed position with the center segment a first distance from the base, and elastically bends under an applied force to a loaded position with the center segment a second distance from the base less than the first distance. The device stores potential energy that returns the control bar to the unloaded position upon removal of the applied load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, John T. Dimoff, Wade Flanagan, Austin Orand, George A. Xanthos
  • Patent number: 10537154
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed that includes a cinching apparatus that is configured to move the upper between an open position and a closed position. The cinching apparatus includes a spring pad with a first, second, and third portion. The third portion is elastic and configured to deform elastically from a first position toward a second position. The third portion is configured to move the first portion relative to the second portion generally in the longitudinal direction as the third portion deforms between the first position and the second position. Also, the cinching apparatus is configured to move the upper from the open position toward the closed position as the third portion of the spring pad moves from the first position toward the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey L. Smith, Michael R. Friton
  • Patent number: 10492566
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a tubular structure that may conform to various anatomical features of a foot. The tubular structure has a tunnel, and a tensile strand runs through the tunnel. Applying tension along the tensile strand may cause the tubular structure to conform more closely to one or more anatomical features. The geometry, or path, of the tubular structure on the article may be customized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan E. Guest, Matthew J. Holmes, Yoav Sterman
  • Patent number: 10477921
    Abstract: An air bladder boot fitting device facilitates snug fitting to prevent unintended removal of a boot. The device includes a boot having a sole and an upper coupled to and extending upwardly from the sole. The upper includes a shaft section extending downwardly from an open upper edge. A bladder is coupled to the upper and positioned within an interior of the boot. The bladder extends along the shaft section for securing a foot within the boot when the bladder is inflated. A bulb valve is coupled to the bladder for inflating the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Bob J. Bode
  • Patent number: 10426219
    Abstract: A soccer shoe absorbs and stores energy from the foot at foot-strike and return some of this energy to the object being struck. The shoe may also cushion the foot, leg and body; provide foot stability and motion control; reduce fatigue; extend the float time of a runner and increase the jump height of the wearer. The shoe is intended to absorb, store and return energy to the object struck, which would otherwise be lost using the existing shoe components and inserts. The shoe has a vertical component that extends around the periphery of the front of the shoe and another component (horizontal) that extends longitudinally from the front of the shoe towards the back of the shoe, at least to about the middle of the shoe, and preferably proximate the heel of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: EAST TEXAS BOOT COMPANY, L.L.C.
    Inventor: J. Edward Perron, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10420388
    Abstract: Provided are a smart shoe, a smart device and a method for switching functional area. The smart shoe includes a shoe body and a smart device provided on a surface of the shoe body. The smart device includes a processing unit, a locating unit, a communication unit, a solar energy receiving unit and a power supply unit. The locating unit is configured to acquire current position information of the smart shoe and send it to the processing unit. The processing unit sends the received position information to a user terminal or a remote server via the communication unit. The solar energy receiving unit is configured to receive solar energy and converting it into electrical energy which is transferred to the power supply unit. The power supply unit is connected with individual functional units of the smart device to supply the electrical energy to the smart device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SHENZHEN HENGTE INTELLECTUAL NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yiqing Lin
  • Patent number: 10405605
    Abstract: An article of footwear and a sole structure including an auxetic sole assembly are described. The auxetic sole assembly includes an auxetic layer and a base layer. The auxetic layer is made of an auxetic material and includes a plurality of apertures. Portions of the base layer are disposed within the apertures of the auxetic layer. Upon the application of force, portions of the base layer extend upwards through the apertures of the auxetic layer to form a plurality of protuberances. The plurality of protuberances can be used for proprioception.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tory M. Cross, Bryan N. Farris, Elizabeth Langvin
  • Patent number: 10405611
    Abstract: An article of footwear having a sole that provides friction between the playing surface and the player's foot. In some embodiments, the article footwear includes a sole having a plurality of elongated studs in the heel region in addition to a back lateral stud having a rounded or circular shape located in the back lateral area of the heel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: John Droege, Collin K. Eder, Doug D. Wilken
  • Patent number: 10398584
    Abstract: Provided is an ankle supporter capable of returning the wearer's ankle to a normal position by moving the connective tissue and muscles below the skin following sprain or Achilles tendonitis. The ankle supporter includes a first elastic panel knitted in a belt-like shape on the medial side of the wearer's foot extending from the sole to an area corresponding to the Achilles tendon and having a stretch resistance greater than that of the base fabric and a second elastic panel knitted in a belt-like shape on the medial side of the wearer's foot extending from the heel to the base of the foot top of the wearer to intersect the first elastic panel below the center of the medial ankle and having a stretch resistance greater than that of the base fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: OPTI LTD
    Inventor: Takuji Iida
  • Patent number: 10383391
    Abstract: A shock absorbing structure formed by including a column member, a ring member that is provided by being fitted onto the column member and has elasticity, a first pressure receiving portion that is connected to an upper end of the column member, and a second pressure receiving portion that is connected to a lower end of the column member, wherein the column member tilts with respect to at least one of the first and second pressure receiving portions with pressure reception, and is restored with decompression, and the ring member is caused to undergo bulging deformation to an outer circumferential side direction from an inner circumferential side by tilting of the column member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: ASICS CORPORATION, TAICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeyuki Mitsui, Manabu Mikuni, Hiroshi Nasuno
  • Patent number: 10383394
    Abstract: A running shoe includes an upper coupled to a sole structure. The sole structure includes a compressible midsole and an outsole. The midsole possesses a first compression value. A compression plate or insert possessing a second compression value is positioned between the midsole and the outsole. Specifically, the insert is softer, or has a smaller compression value, than the midsole. The outsole wraps around a sole structure such that it contacts the midsole and the insert. The outer surface of the outsole includes a series of treads or traction elements extending along the bottom and sides of the outsole. With this configuration, when the sole structure contacts an uneven topography, the outsole conforms around the topography, stabilizing the footwear during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventor: David Dombrow
  • Patent number: 10377975
    Abstract: A packaged particulate composition having a carrier and a shading dye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gregory Scot Miracle, Daniel Dale Ditullio, Jr., Mark Robert Sivik
  • Patent number: 10350875
    Abstract: A method of printing a three-dimensional structure onto a base having irregularities on the surface is disclosed. A sensing device determines the depth of the irregularity on the surface. A computing system receives an image file including a predetermined thickness of a layer to be printed onto the base. The predetermined thickness is adjusted based on the depth of the irregularity. A printing device prints a layer onto the base having the adjusted predetermined thickness print on the irregularity to make the surface substantially smooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Miller, Jeremy D. Walker
  • Patent number: 10342267
    Abstract: A slipper sock is formed from an outer pouch and an inner pouch shaped to receive and encapsulate a person's foot. A border around an opening in the inner pouch is placed over a border around an opening in the outer pouch. The inner pouch and outer pouch are affixed together at the interface of the overlapping borders surrounding the openings of the pouches. The inner pouch which can be made of pile material is then inserted through the opening of and into the outer pouch and spread to conform to the shape of the outer pouch. The border of the inner pouch can form a collar surrounding the opening of the outer pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Jacques Moret, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Habert
  • Patent number: 10299543
    Abstract: A method for making a cleated plate member for an article of footwear is described. The method includes a number of steps where various molds are used to form different components of the cleated plate member. A collar receptacle is formed using a first molding process. A cleat member is formed from a non-compatible material with a fastener of the cleat member associated with the collar receptacle using another molding process to form a combined cleat assembly. The combined cleat assembly is placed into corresponding receptacles in a mold used to form the cleated plate member. The cleated plate member is formed using another molding process that embeds the collar receptacle into the body of the cleated plate member. The completed cleated plate member includes releasably attached cleat members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Baucom, Clifford B. Gerber, Haim Horesh, Hector R. Quinonez
  • Patent number: 10292450
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a navicular support structure on a medial side. The navicular support structure includes a non-stretch, tensioned material that reduces an interior volume of the upper of the article of footwear and redirects applied forces from the midfoot region of the article of footwear to other regions, such as the forefoot region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane S. Kohatsu, Paul J. Francis, Andrea M. Vinet, Michael S. Amos, Thomas Foxen, Lysandre Follet, Troy C. Lindner, John Hurd
  • Patent number: 10264848
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper with a heel region that extends posteriorly about the heel, a medial side, and a lateral side. The article of footwear also includes a sole structure. Moreover, the article includes a longitudinal strand that extends along at least one of the medial side and the lateral side. Also, the article includes an underfoot strand that is coupled to the longitudinal strand and that extends across the sole structure to extend between the lateral side and the medial side of the upper. Furthermore, the article includes a closure strand that is coupled to the longitudinal strand. The closure strand is configured to couple to the closure element such that tensioning of the closure element tensions the longitudinal strand, the underfoot strand, and the closure strand to selectively secure the article of footwear to the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Elder, Dervin A. James, Elizabeth Kilgore
  • Patent number: 10251445
    Abstract: An improved article of footwear includes a midsole, an upper, and a support member. The midsole of the footwear contains a forefoot region, a heel region, a middle region. The midsole contains a medial recess and a lateral recess in the sidewall, and a central opening in the bottom surface, where the recesses and the central opening are in fluid communication with one another. The upper of the footwear is disposed on the midsole, but the bottom surface of the upper that is proximate to the central opening, the medial recess, and the lateral recess of the midsole is exposed. A support member is disposed on the bottom surface of the upper proximate to the central opening of the midsole. The support member is configured to extend from the bottom surface of the upper through the central opening of the midsole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventor: Steve McDonald
  • Patent number: 10244815
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear may include a carrier and a frame. The frame may include walls that define cells. The carrier may cover the frame. The frame may be joined to and located on a top side of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Baucom, Lysandre Follet, Timothy Hanson, James Molyneux, Jeff Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 10238172
    Abstract: The invention relates to sole elements for articles of footwear, and systems and methods for manufacturing same. One embodiment of the invention includes a method of manufacturing a sole element for an article of footwear including the steps of forming a sole element preform, inserting the sole element preform into a press mold cavity, and press-forming the sole element preform within the press mold cavity to form a unitary finished sole element comprising a first region having a first density and hardness and a second region having a second density and hardness different from the first density and hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: New Balance Athletics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Grondin
  • Patent number: 10159298
    Abstract: An article of footwear may have an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The upper includes an illuminable panel and a plurality of strands positioned to extend adjacent and parallel to the illuminable panel. The illuminable panel has a surface with a covered area and an exposed area. The covered area includes a substantially opaque covering, and the exposed area is at least partially visible from the exterior of the footwear. The strands are located to correspond with the exposed area of the illuminable panel. Light from the exposed area of the illuminable panel may enhance, highlight, or otherwise increase the visibility of the strands or areas of the upper that include the strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Spanks, Tiffany A. Beers
  • Patent number: 10159306
    Abstract: A shoe sole including: an outsole 1 and a mid sole 2, wherein: the outsole 1 includes: a plurality of cleats C1 arranged while being spaced apart from one another in a first direction D1; and a plurality of cleats C1 arranged while being spaced apart from one another in a second direction D2; ones of the cleats C1 that are adjacent to each other in a third direction D3 are continuous with each other in the third direction D3 via a first connecting portion 12 of the outsole; ones of the cleats C1 that are adjacent to each other in a fourth direction D4 are continuous with each other in the fourth direction D4 via a second connecting portion 13 of the outsole; a plurality of through holes H are provided, each through hole H being defined in an area surrounded by three or more of the cleats C1; and the lower surface 20 of the mid sole 2 includes: an attachment surface 22 attached to the upper surface 11 of the outsole 1, and an exposed surface 23 of the foamed material exposed through the through holes H.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: ASICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinori Fujita, Hisanori Fujita, Seiya Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10070690
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a midsole assembly that includes a fluid-filled bladder element having a substantially arc-shaped heel portion and having a lateral arm portion and a medial arm portion spaced from the lateral arm portion. Each of the arm portions extend from the heel portion. The bladder element is configured to be positioned with the heel portion in the heel region of midsole assembly, and the arm portions extending from the heel region to a forefoot region along a peripheral region. A method of manufacturing and a mold assembly for such an article of footwear are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Margarita L. Cortez, Zachary M. Elder, Lee D. Peyton, Hector R. Quinonez
  • Patent number: 10051919
    Abstract: An upper comprising a flexible layer configured to receive a foot, a bladder coupled to an outer surface of the flexible layer, and an inflation mechanism operatively coupled to the bladder for inflating the bladder such that the flexible layer is drawn toward the foot. The bladder extends from a lateral side in a heel region across a throat region to a medial side in the heel region. The bladder comprises a plurality of fluidly connected segments, each segment forming an angle with an adjacent segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: REEBOK INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Kevin Leary, Matthew J. Costa, Dan Hobson, Toby Birkinhead, John Greenhalgh, Thomas Piacentini
  • Patent number: 10034514
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole system with a carrier member and a plurality of sensory node elements. The sensory node elements are received in recesses of the carrier member and can protrude through to the upper and/or an insole. The sensory node elements push against the foot to increase sensory perception of the surface underlying the sole system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Meschter, Kevin W. Hoffer
  • Patent number: 10016016
    Abstract: Shoes and shoe sole assemblies and associated methods of manufacture are disclosed herein. One aspect of the invention is directed toward a shoe and shoe sole assembly made of a non-linearly viscous, SEBS block copolymer-based material that becomes more resilient as more energy is applied. The shoe and shoe sole assembly is configured with a heel and forefoot insert configured to fit within a recess in a midsole. In other embodiments, the non-linearly viscous, SEBS block copolymer-based material is mixed with at least one other polymer in a foam. The midsole is formed with a heel impact region and a forefoot region made of the foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Brooks Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Campbell, Pete Humphrey, Vaikunthanathan Veeriah
  • Patent number: 9986786
    Abstract: A new design of shoe sole that includes both a base portion and a base support portion, wherein the base support portion is a base support portion attached underneath to the center area of the base portion. The current design further includes an expansion portion that extends downwardly from the outside rim of the base portion, wherein the expansion portion is elastic, and the bottom surface of the base support portion is higher than the bottom surface of the expansion portion. Footwear made of this type of sole first touch a support surface (ground) with the expansion portion, which forms a first contact region. Further because the expansion portion is located at the outward rim of the base portion, it is easier for the expansion portion to extend to all directions when pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Anta(China) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Youcheng Wang, Hailin Huang, Zhiqiang Qiu, Shaomeng Chen, Li Yang, Zhiyi Zheng
  • Patent number: 9981437
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear comprises a midsole including a polymeric bladder element enclosing a fluid-filled interior cavity, a first outsole component secured to a bottom surface and to a side surface of the polymeric bladder element, and a second outsole component. The first outsole component includes a first base, and a wall integral with the first base. The second outsole component includes a second base secured to the first base, and a wall integral with the second base and secured to the outer surface of the wall of the first outsole component. A method of manufacturing the article of footwear includes thermoforming the bladder element and the first outsole component, and securing the second outsole component to the first outsole component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Fidencio Campos, II, Frederick J. Dojan, Zachary M. Elder, Eric L. Fliss, Samuel Heinzman, Troy C. Lindner, Melanie N. Moteberg, Benjamin J. Monfils, Lee D. Peyton, Eric S. Schindler
  • Patent number: 9936758
    Abstract: An article of footwear and a method of manufacturing the article of footwear are disclosed. The footwear may include an upper and a sole structure. The upper incorporates a textile element with edges that are joined together to define at least a portion of a void for receiving a foot. The textile element may also have a first area and a second area with a unitary construction with varying stitch configurations. The upper may also incorporate non-textile elements, including non-textile elements on the lateral side and in the heel region. Various warp knitting or weft knitting processes may be utilized to form the textile element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Edward Nathaniel Thomas
  • Patent number: 9924758
    Abstract: An article of footwear and a method of manufacturing the article of footwear are disclosed. The footwear may include an upper and a sole structure. The upper incorporates a textile element with edges that are joined together to define at least a portion of a void for receiving a foot. The textile element may also have a first area and a second area with a unitary construction with varying stitch configurations. The upper may also incorporate non-textile elements, including non-textile elements on the lateral side and in the heel region. Various warp knitting or weft knitting processes may be utilized to form the textile element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Edward Nathaniel Thomas
  • Patent number: 9907358
    Abstract: An upper for an article of footwear comprises one or more tactile-feedback members. The tactile-feedback members include a first ridge and a second ridge formed in one or more textile elements of the upper. The first ridge and the second ridge protrude from an outward-facing surface of the textile elements and away from the inward-facing surface of the textile elements and extend toward a midfoot region of the upper from a rear-foot region. The first ridge and the second ridge further comprise an arch shape, and the first ridge is superior to the second ridge. The upper may further include other tactile-feedback members, including a finger pad on the heel side of the upper, the finger pad comprising a non-textile material, and a forefoot grip extending over at least a portion of the superior surface of the upper in the forefoot region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Elmar Ariola, Cory B. McCullagh, Tim Sites
  • Patent number: 9907361
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole structure. A set of tensioning members extend over the upper and into channels formed in the sole structure. The tensioning members travel through the channels and exit a rear opening of the sole structure where they may be tensioned using a manual or automatic tensioning device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Rushbrook
  • Patent number: 9901141
    Abstract: A method for making a cleated plate member for an article of footwear is described. The method includes a number of steps where various molds are used to form different components of the cleated plate member. A collar receptacle is formed using a first molding process. A cleat member is formed from a non-compatible material with a fastener of the cleat member associated with the collar receptacle using another molding process to form a combined cleat assembly. The combined cleat assembly is placed into corresponding receptacles in a mold used to form the cleated plate member. The cleated plate member is formed using another molding process that embeds the collar receptacle into the body of the cleated plate member. The completed cleated plate member includes releasably attached cleat members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Baucom, Clifford B. Gerber, Haim Horesh, Hector R. Quinonez
  • Patent number: 9872537
    Abstract: Footwear components are made from lightweight textile structures (e.g., including circular knitted structures made from natural or synthetic fibers, such as socks or sock-type structures). The textile structures are selectively supported at various areas to provide desired local characteristics. Additional aspects relate to methods of making such components, precursors to such components, and articles of footwear containing such components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Meschter, Bruce Kilgore