Athletic Shoe Or Attachment Therefor Patents (Class 36/114)
  • Patent number: 11478041
    Abstract: Midsoles, and articles of footwear having such midsoles, with a distal surface profile based, in whole or in part, on a pressure map of pressures exerted on the bottom of a human foot when in contact with the ground are provided. The pressure map may be a measurement of the pressures exerted on the bottom of a human foot during, for example, standing, walking, or running (e.g., a natural gait). The distal surface profile of a midsole and an article of footwear may be defined, at least in part, by a plurality of cushioning projections extending from the midsole and having predetermined height profiles based on a pressure map. Methods of making midsoles and articles of footwear including a distal surface profile based, in whole or in part, on a pressure map are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Reebok International Limited
    Inventors: Robert Bischoff, Matthew Boudreau
  • Patent number: 11470912
    Abstract: A reinforcement structure is disposed on a midsole of a shoe. A first bar extends from a first point in a medial side of the midsole to a second point in the medial side of the midsole. The second point is closer to a toe of the shoe than the first point. A second bar extends from a third point in the medial side of the midsole to a fourth point in a lateral side of the midsole. The fourth point being closer to the toe of the shoe than the third point. A third bar extending from a fifth point in the medial side of the midsole to a sixth point in the lateral side of the midsole. The sixth point being closer to the toe of the shoe than the fifth point. The third bar extending further toward the toe of the shoe than the second bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: ASICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Genki Hatano, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Takashi Inomata, Seigo Nakaya, Hiroyuki Ogi, Souhei Nagano
  • Patent number: 11457695
    Abstract: An adaptive fluid system for an article of footwear is disclosed. The adaptive fluid system includes a fluid chamber that provides cushioning and shock absorption for a foot. The adaptive fluid system includes an adjustable pressure regulating valve that may be used to control the pressure of the fluid chamber. The adaptive fluid system includes a valve that prevents fluid from escaping from a fluid chamber during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Langvin, James Molyneux, Lee D. Peyton, Ty A. Ransom, Nicola J. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 11434588
    Abstract: A knitted spacer fabric has an upper knitted cover layer and a knitted lower cover layer, said cover layers being connected to one another by pile threads, wherein the cover layers are connected to one another by way of at least two different pile threads having dissimilar elasticity properties, and the cover layers are both knitted in a single-threaded or multiple-threaded manner across the entire area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Juergen Mueller, Oliver Buehler, Bernd Boss, Richa Maheshwari, Christopher J. Ranalli, Heidi A. Vaughan
  • Patent number: 11395526
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of a shoe insert are disclosed. A shoe insert includes a body sized and arranged to fit in the toe box of a shoe while not preventing a foot of a wearer from being inserted into the toe box of the shoe if the body is inserted in the toe box of the shoe. The body may include a top portion and side portions. The top portion may extend primarily horizontally. The side portions may extend primarily vertically. The side portions may include a left side portion and a right side portion with the top portion between the left side portion and the right side portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventor: Telfair W. Houston, III
  • Patent number: 11388951
    Abstract: A damping sole includes support zones with a main surface that have a relative stiffness or hardness lower than that of the other zones, the support zones being positioned under the load-bearing protuberances of the foot. The support zones are delimited by oblique lateral faces that are inclined towards the lower main surface of the sole at an inclination angle (A) and are disposed such that, at rest, they come to bear obliquely against the peripheral surface of the dermal part of the corresponding load-bearing protuberance of the foot. In this way, a compromise is reached between the need for impact damping and the need for foot stability in a shoe, while ensuring satisfactory comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Jean-Luc Rhenter
  • Patent number: 11388949
    Abstract: A shoe includes an outsole having a heel region, a midfoot region, a metatarsal region, and a toe region. The heel region extends longitudinally from the heel end to the midfoot region, the midfoot region extends longitudinally from the heel region to the metatarsal region, and the toe region extends longitudinally from the toe end to the metatarsal region. The outsole has a medial side region, central region, and a lateral side region. A bottom surface of the outsole defines a concavity extending longitudinally from within the heel region to at least within a portion of the midfoot region. The concavity extends laterally within the central region. The concavity has a width at its widest point that is at least between 45% and 55% the width of the outsole at that point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: COLE HAAN LLC
    Inventors: Mattias Verfl, Jeffrey Mokos
  • Patent number: 11382389
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole structure attached to the upper. The article of footwear also includes a cradle having a base extending between the upper and the sole structure, a first sidewall extending from the base and along a first side of the upper, and a second sidewall extending from the base along a second side of the upper, each of the first sidewall and the second sidewall including a plurality of eyelets. The article of footwear further includes a cable operable to move the upper between a relaxed state and a tightened state. The cable including a first strand extending through at least one of the eyelets of the first sidewall and a second strand extending through at least one of the eyelets of the second sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Rory S. Blanche, Kaigin Olafson, James Zormeir
  • Patent number: 11330861
    Abstract: A shoe sole comprises a first array of interconnected void cells that is oriented adjacent to a second opposing array of interconnected void cells, wherein the second opposing array of interconnected void cells is geometrically different from the first array of void cells and includes at least one void cell with an asymmetrical perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SKYDEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jerod Dahl, Peter Foley, Collin Metzer, Trevor Kanous, Eric William Sugano
  • Patent number: 11253383
    Abstract: A CAM walker includes a removable collar assembly configured to engage a cast or other brace device being worn on a lower extremity received in the walker. The collar assembly includes portions, such as paddles, configured to be brought into engagement with the brace device sufficiently to inhibit anterior and posterior movement of the proximal end of the walker relative to the proximal end of the lower extremity received therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Foot Defender LLC
    Inventor: Jason R. Hanft
  • Patent number: 11246376
    Abstract: The present invention involves footwear that utilizes tread members having generally rectangular arrays of lugs and protuberances on the lugs. Grooves separate the lugs and provide flow paths from the interior area of a tread member to the exterior. Sipes are positioned between the protuberances and form flow paths from the interior area of the lugs to the grooves. The tread members are positioned at least at the forefoot portion and heel portion of the outsole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SHOES FOR CREWS, LLC
    Inventor: Randy N Lubart
  • Patent number: 11224264
    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: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: New Balance Athletics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Grondin
  • Patent number: 11197513
    Abstract: A midsole for sports shoes having a front isolation cavity, a side cavity, and a rear isolation cavity partially separating the recessed arch portion of the midsole from the rest of the midsole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventors: Massimo Rinaldi, Massimiliano Pedroni, Silvia Poggi
  • Patent number: 11168417
    Abstract: An article of footwear provides improved stability and support by incorporating a strap to overlay over an instep area of an upper component that is comprised of a knitted material. The strap includes engagement members on an underside of the strap that engage ribbing structures that are part of the knitted material on an outer surface of the instep area. By engaging with the ribbing structures, the strap provides improved stability and support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Latane Oordt, Martin Vasilevski
  • Patent number: 11147344
    Abstract: A running shoe includes medial and lateral eyelets arranged on the medial and lateral side in the longitudinal direction from the front foot area of the running shoe to the heel section, wherein in each case a medial eyelet and a lateral eyelet located at the same height in the longitudinal direction form an eyelet pair; reinforcing ribs are arranged on the medial and lateral side in the front foot area, wherein the reinforcing ribs are arranged at an acute rib angle to the longitudinal direction of the running shoe, and a lace having lace sections for lacing, wherein the lace is led through the eyelets in such a way that the lace sections extending from the eyelets of the first lace pair in relation to the front foot area, each run at an acute lacing angle to the longitudinal direction to at least one further eyelet closer to the heel section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: ON CLOUDS GMBH
    Inventors: Olivier Bernhard, Ilmarin Heitz
  • Patent number: 11129436
    Abstract: Golf shoes include one or more of the following: (a) a foot stabilizer system that interacts with a shoe securing system to securely engage and/or wrap around a foot of a wearer; (b) a natural motion sole, optionally including flex grooves that allow a weight transfer from back-to-front and/or from side-to-side; (c) a six cleat configuration (e.g., four cleats in a forefoot region, two cleats in a heel region, and no cleats located directly under a big toe); (d) a forefoot moderator plate positioned to moderate or reduce user feel of the forefoot cleats; (e) a lateral half heel counter extending from a rear heel area to a lateral midfoot or lateral forward heel area of the shoe; and/or (f) one or more medial, forefoot, sidewall traction elements at or near a big toe area of the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Tobie D. Hatfield, Chip Jones, Brooke P. Rapf, Ricardo Salinas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11096443
    Abstract: A sole structure for an article of footwear includes a first plate having a first surface. The first plate includes a forefoot region at an anterior end, a heel region at a posterior end, and a mid-foot region. The sole structure further includes a second plate having a second surface opposing the first surface of the first plate. The second plate has a first end attached to the forefoot region of the first plate and a second end that is spaced apart from the first surface of the first plate. A cushion is disposed between the first plate and the second plate and has a first side attached to the first surface of the first plate and a second side attached to the second surface of second plate. The cushion extends continuously from a medial side of the sole structure to a lateral side of the sole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Connell, Karen S. Dimoff, Stefan E. Guest, Charlie Keller, Troy C. Lindner, Geng Luo, Tetsuya T. Minami, Jonathan Rasca, Adam Thuss
  • Patent number: 11083248
    Abstract: A footwear assembly can comprise, an upper, a lace cable, a plurality of lace guides and a tensioner. The tensioner can comprise an elastic member extending between two lace guides of the plurality of lace guides, an elastic member extending between first and second portions of the upper, an elastic member extending between a portion of the upper and a lace guide of the plurality of lace guides, a heel channel connected to a heel portion of the upper and configured to facilitate access to an interior space, an elastic member coupled to the footwear assembly that functions to smooth out a torque versus lace displacement curve during tightening of the lace cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Summer L. Schneider, Narissa Chang, Eric P. Avar, Thomas G. Bell, Christopher Andon
  • Patent number: 11071353
    Abstract: A footwear assembly includes an upper, a lace cable, a plurality of lace guides and a tensioner. The tensioner includes a tensioning member secured to a side of the upper proximate a toe box and the lace cable, and a floating overlay attached to a side of the upper proximate a toe box and the lace cable. The tensioning members include an elastic member. The tensioning members can be configured to provide a stiff lockout zone and an elastic stretch zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Summer L. Schneider, Narissa Chang, Eric P. Avar, Thomas G. Bell, Christopher Andon
  • Patent number: 11033076
    Abstract: The embodiments relate to an article of footwear and method of manufacturing that includes a first layer and a second layer configured to form a plurality of tunnels configured to receive a cord system. The manufacturing includes steps of placing a first layer, placing a cord on the first layer, securing the cord on the first layer, placing a second layer on the first layer and the cord, attaching the second layer to the first layer, and detaching the cord from the first layer. When the cord is secured with a thread, the thread may be removed by dissolving or cutting. The attaching of the second layer to the first layer can be completed by stitching or thermal welding, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Pamela S. Greene
  • Patent number: 11033068
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a dynamic support member that provides support to a foot. The support member is external to the article. The support member provides dynamic support by tightening around the foot when a user applies a strong enough force against a base portion of the support member. The support member includes several lateral gaps that facilitate increased flexibility for some portions of the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Devonne Devoe
  • Patent number: 10973278
    Abstract: The invention relates to gum shoe-type footwear and a mechanism both for fixing the shoes and for fastening normal footwear provided with this mechanism which allows a person to perform this operation without leaning and without using their hands. According to the invention, the device comprises a Subassembly (A) drive mechanism and a Subassembly (B) of lower fastening of the Subassembly (A), a Subassembly (C) of upper fastening of the Subassembly (A) and footwear positioning and a pneumatic Subassembly (D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventors: Sorin Raia, Behboud Madadi
  • Patent number: 10954613
    Abstract: An upper for a shoe, where said shoe comprises said upper and a sole connected to the lower edge of the upper via injection molding, the upper including knitted areas with a low stitch density providing ventilation through the upper, where the lower edge is knitted with a high stitch density, thereby limiting the flow of molding material through the edge of the knitted upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: ECCO SKO A/S
    Inventors: Niki Tæstensen, Savino Paulo Bove
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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