For Football Patents (Class 36/128)
  • Patent number: 10897950
    Abstract: An sports shoe that changes shape in two ways. Firstly, a change of shape occurs when the sports shoe is used to kick a ball with the toes. This change of shape maximizes the area of contact with a ball that is kicked with the toes. Secondly, a change of shape occurs when the front of the sports shoe rotates during contact with a kicked ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Neil Richard Fraser
  • Patent number: 10897951
    Abstract: A flexible insert or tongue for a sports shoe for kicking a ball which self activates upon the strike of a ball to deform in a manner that conforms to the struck curvature surface of the ball to assist in conforming the shoe surface material or the shoe tongue material to the same struck area of the ball and increase the wearers' control and accuracy of the kicked ball. Following the strike the flexible insert or tongue reforms to its original shape and structure for the next strike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Richard Covel
  • Patent number: 10736382
    Abstract: A pair of shoes may be asymmetric between one another in various respects. For example, the left shoe may include a throat extending gradually towards a lateral side of the left shoe while the right shoe may include a throat extending gradually towards a medial side of the left shoe. In addition, the left shoe may include a heel counter constructed into a left-shoe heel portion that provides more support on the medial side than on the lateral side of the left shoe, while the right shoe may include a heel counter constructed into a right-shoe heel portion that provides more support on the lateral side than on the medial side of the right shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Tobie D. Hatfield, Xavier Smith
  • Patent number: 10667580
    Abstract: A tightening mechanism is provided for use with a lace that is laced through an opening of an article. The tightening mechanism includes: a tightening mechanism base configured to attach to the article; a tightening mechanism housing disposed on the tightening mechanism base; a tightening mechanism rotatable reel positioned within the tightening mechanism housing and that can take up the lace; and a parameter detector operable to detect a parameter associated with the article and to generate parameter data of the detected parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: F. Grant Kovach, Jeffrey Allen
  • Patent number: 10645991
    Abstract: A system assesses activity and displays a unitless activity value. A detector senses activity of a user. A processor reads sensed activity data from the detector. A display displays the unitless activity value. An enclosure houses the detector and the processor. The processor periodically reads the sensed activity data from the detector and processes the data to generate an activity number, the number being used to generate the unitless activity value based upon a maximum number and a display range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Curtis A. Vock, Perry Youngs
  • Patent number: 10624413
    Abstract: A sole for a sports shoe comprises a plurality of profile elements and a friction element. The profile elements are distributed such that the friction element can contact a sports ball to increase the friction between a lower side of the sole and the sports ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Robert Frank Kirk, Constantin Zwick, Benjamin Turck, Zachary Clinton Coonrod
  • Patent number: 10568391
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole connected to the upper. The sole includes a plurality of cleat mounts. A plurality of cleats is releasably connected to the cleat mounts of the sole. Each of the plurality of cleats includes a mount coupling and a plurality of legs connected to the mount coupling. The mount coupling is configured to engage one of the plurality of cleat mounts and releasably connect the cleat to the sole. The plurality of legs includes at least one lateral leg having a first hardness and at least one medial leg having a second hardness, the first hardness greater than the second hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Glancy, Michael Forsey
  • Patent number: 10492564
    Abstract: A sole assembly is provided including multiple compression units entrapped in a midsole and adjacent an outsole to efficiently distribute forces and to assist in correct foot motion during a gait cycle. The multiple compression units can be linked to one another to assist the foot in moving through an appropriate foot motion during a gait cycle. A heel compression unit can be linked to an arch compression unit, which can be linked to one or more forefoot compression units, which can be linked to a toe compression unit. The linking of the heel compression unit, the arch compression unit, and the forefoot compression unit to one another can resist torsional movement of the units between one another, thereby providing a more stable foot support, while still providing impact-attenuation and force distribution through the sole assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Wolverine Outdoors, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin W. F. Dean
  • Patent number: 10448697
    Abstract: A shoe upper of a shoe includes first and second shoe upper sections together surrounding a foot, while covering a tiptoe and a heel of the foot, and a protector provided on part of an outer surface of the second shoe upper section and made of a single type of abrasion resistant resin material. The protector includes a tiptoe protector arranged to correspond to a tiptoe portion of the second shoe upper section, and a medial region protector provided on a medial region, of the second shoe upper section, extending from a backend of the tiptoe protector to a portion of the midfoot. The medial region protector has a deformable portion which has a mesh structure and is more deformable than the tiptoe protector, and a plurality of reinforcement ribs which divide the deformable portion into a plurality of regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: MIZUNO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouji Ito, Shin Hirai, Tsuyoshi Ieta
  • Patent number: 10299541
    Abstract: Strap systems for securing feet into articles of footwear or other foot-receiving devices include one or more strap members formed or engaged together in a continuous path along an upper for an article of footwear or other foot-receiving device. One or more structures for applying a force to the strap member(s) is provided so as to shorten a length of the continuous path and thereby apply tension to the strap member(s). Such strap systems can be arranged so that the strap tightens during plantar flexion or dorsiflexion. Additional aspects of this invention relate to bootie members for supporting such strap systems, upper members or bootie members including such strap systems, and articles of footwear and other foot-receiving devices including such strap systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Bishop, John Hurd, Matthew A. Nurse
  • Patent number: 10251447
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a sole structure with a resilient outer layer. The outer layer includes a continuous region and a discontinuous region. The continuous region and the discontinuous region have different hardnesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Denis Schiller, Jeremy D. Walker
  • Patent number: 10117479
    Abstract: A shoe and a corresponding method for making a shoe are disclosed. A shoe according to an embodiment includes: an upper including a main body; a midsole, an outside edge of the midsole being attached to a lower edge of the main body, the midsole being formed to define a first accommodation space; and a first fill injected in the first accommodation space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: REGINA MIRACLE INTERNATIONAL (GROUP) LIMITED
    Inventor: Changming Liang
  • Patent number: 10028551
    Abstract: An article of footwear including cleat sets and/or cleat members can include provisions for maximizing traction between a chassis and multiple types of ground surfaces. In some embodiments, a chassis can include cleat sets and/or cleat members disposed in different locations to achieve maximum traction on multiple types of surfaces. In other embodiments, a chassis can include distinct types of cleat sets and/or cleat members that each maximize traction for a distinct type of surface. Each chassis includes a distinct type of cleat configuration. Different cleat configurations may be used to provide varying degrees of traction. In some embodiments, the chassis can include varying levels of flexibility, to provide user with options to customize the stiffness and support of the article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 10010130
    Abstract: An article of sports footwear that changes shape in two ways. Firstly, a change of shape occurs when such footwear is used to kick a ball with the toes. This change of shape maximizes the area of contact with a ball that is kicked with the toes. Secondly, a change of shape occurs when the article of sports footwear bends during running. This change of shape shortens the entire length of the article of sports footwear in order to prevent tripping. A flexible toe cap encases the foot and parts of a traditional article of footwear and attaches at or near the tarsometatarsal joint of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Neil Richard Fraser
  • Patent number: 9980536
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a tensioning system is disclosed. The tensioning system is adjustable and includes a first layer and a second layer that is moveable and extends over the first layer. The article can include elements that are capable of distributing tension over the article. The article may include a tensile element, guide elements, and one or more strap guides attached to an underside of the second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Spanks, Nadia M. Panian, Eric P. Avar
  • Patent number: 9849020
    Abstract: An ankle foot orthosis to be worn inside a common shoe that corrects ankle pronation by gently axially rotating and rolling the foot in the corrective direction by pulling from the shin assembly while further enhancing the corrective rolling with strategically placed posts on the medial edge of the sole. Rigidity of the foot assembly is paired with the flexibility of the shin assembly for donning a foot into the device when combined with a wide variety of common shoes. Features are also provided to A) support the longitudal, transverse, metatarsal, and peroneal arches, thus enhancing the stability of the foot; and B) to support the plantar vault, thus enhancing the stability of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Eugenio R. Silva
  • Patent number: 9526296
    Abstract: An article of footwear in which certain regions of the upper may be slippery, such that it is more difficult for a person to firmly grasp the article of footwear. The eyestays in the article of footwear are biased towards the lateral side of the footwear. The article of footwear also has an outer sole with ridges at, for example, the back of the heel, the ball-of-the foot regions on the lateral and medial sides, respectively, of the article of footwear, and at the toe region. The ridges are angled downward, such that the wearer of the footwear may have increased traction by digging the ridges into the ground or into a playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Langvin, Bryant Russell Klug, Nadia M. Panian, Nathan G. Schultze, Matthew C. Palmer, Kevin J. Rucier, Tobie D. Hatfield, Thomas J. Rushbrook, Aaron K. Seid
  • Patent number: 9332807
    Abstract: A boot has an upper, at least one slot extending through the upper, and means for closing the at least one slot to prevent the ingress of unwanted materials. The closing means may comprise a piece of material that overlaps and covers the at least one slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Perfect Storm Boot Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart Coulter, Greg Pang
  • Patent number: 9119438
    Abstract: A sole member for an article of footwear includes a composite sole structure and a reinforcing member. The sole structure may comprise two layers of woven composite material. The two layers have substantially similar woven patterns. The sole structure includes bulging portions with centrally recessed portions. The reinforcing member fits into channels associated with the bulging portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Andrew Caine, Sergio Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 9084861
    Abstract: An oral positioning device for positioning a breathing tube includes a first teeth guard having a first groove, and a first seat extends from the first teeth guard. The first seat has a first notch. An engaging member has two pivots and a second seat which is engaged with the first seat. The second seat has a second notch which is cooperated with the first notch to form a positioning hole which the breathing tube extends. A second teeth guard has a second groove and two pivotal holes with which the two pivots are pivotably engaged. The first and second seats position the breathing tube in the patient's mouth. The first and second teeth guards protect the patient's teeth from being damaged by of the laryngoscope when opening the patient's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventors: Chung-Chih Tseng, Yao-Te Peng
  • Patent number: 8984774
    Abstract: A traction element arrangement for a sole structure of an article of footwear is described. Traction elements include cut step features. Cut step features provide a traction element with a stepped height. Cut step features on medial rotational traction elements that have a plurality of stud elements arranged in a circular grouping include arc-shaped or straight cuts. Cut step features on traction elements disposed in a heel region are aligned laterally across the sole structure. Traction elements also include raised platform members. Cut step features can be combined with raised platform members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuya T. Minami
  • Patent number: 8973290
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an upper configured to receive a foot and a sole component fixedly attached to a bottom portion of the upper. The sole component may include a baseplate having a bottom surface. The sole component may also include an arrangement of ground engaging members extending downward from the bottom surface of the baseplate. The baseplate may further include a reinforcing shank arrangement including a plurality of reinforcing strips formed of a different material than portions of the baseplate adjacent the reinforcing strips, wherein at least one of the reinforcing strips forms at least a portion of a base platform from which at least one of the ground engaging members extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Howley, Morgan Stauffer
  • Patent number: 8966787
    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 plurality of elongate support members 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. At least two of the plurality of support members may be disposed on opposite sides of the first ground engaging member and are substantially parallel with one another, but not aligned with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Andrew Caine, Sergio Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 8935861
    Abstract: An article of footwear comfortably accommodating different foot sizes is disclosed. The article comprises an upper, sole and integrally formed cleat members made of a monolithic material. In addition, the article can include an integrally formed internal cushioning system. The article further includes grooves and/or perforations that assist the footwear in stretching to accommodate different foot sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Baker, Blake Rhulen, Doug D. Wilken
  • Patent number: 8869433
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole. The article of footwear also includes an outer surface defined on the upper or the sole. Moreover, the article of footwear includes a chamber wall operably coupled to one of the upper and the sole. The chamber wall defines at least a portion of a chamber operable to hold a vacuum for at least partially conforming the footwear to the foot of the wearer. Moreover, the footwear includes a valve including a passage that extends through the chamber wall to be in selective fluid communication with the chamber. The valve is operable to provide suction to draw the vacuum within the chamber. The valve is partially defined by an outer rim, and the outer rim is flush with the outer surface or recessed inward from the outer surface toward the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy J. Smith
  • Patent number: 8819965
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a suspended stud assembly attached to a sole is disclosed. The suspended stud assembly includes a base portion attached to the sole of a shoe. A set of suspension arms connect a plurality of studs to the base portion. This arrangement allows the studs to move independently of the sole and of each other to provide greater traction capabilities to the article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Baker, Alexandre Baudouin, Erez Morag
  • Patent number: 8806779
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Andrew Caine, Sergio Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 8789296
    Abstract: Articles of footwear may include self-adjusting studs that adjust to various types of conditions, environmental changes, and applied forces. The self-adjusting studs may have a first portion and a second portion of different levels of compressibilities and/or retractabilities that compress and extend based on the type of surface on which the wearer is walking or running. This footwear with self-adjusting studs may easily transition between surfaces of varying hardness without causing damage to the surface, but also providing the wearer with the necessary amount of traction on each type of surface. Wearers will enjoy the benefit of being able to move on various surfaces without the need to change their footwear multiple times to accommodate the wearer's varying traction needs on different surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian D. Baker
  • Patent number: 8782928
    Abstract: An article of footwear that includes an upper that secures the article of footwear to a wearer. The footwear also includes a sole assembly that is operably coupled to the upper. The sole assembly includes an outsole having a plurality of cleats and a groove. The groove includes a first internal surface and a second internal surface. The first and second internal surfaces move away from each other as the sole assembly flexes in a first direction, and the first and second internal surfaces abut each other to limit movement of the sole assembly in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Amos, Brian D. Baker, Alexandre Baudouin, Kevin P. Fallon
  • Patent number: 8756834
    Abstract: A reinforcing elastic polymer, such as a urethane/rubber material, is selectively spray-applied over upper, midsole or outsole components of articles of footwear. Such a material sprayed over the toe area of baseball shoes, for example, that is subjected to increased wear during use, serves to improve the durability of that area. A cleated midsole constructed of a lightweight foamed material such as EVA, has an elastic polymer outsole layer selectively spray-applied over the outer surface of the cleated midsole to form a combination midsole/outsole that provides improved durability and traction, as well as superior shock absorption characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Heart and Sole USA, LLC
    Inventors: John Philip Halberstadt, Stanley Hockerson
  • Patent number: 8689469
    Abstract: A removable spat may be used with a shoe having a sole and an upper. The spat includes a boot portion having a back opening and a front end, and a sleeve connected to the boot portion. The back opening of the boot portion is adapted to receive the shoe therein. The sleeve has a fixed end connected to the front end of the boot portion and a free end opposite the fixed end. The sleeve extends freely from the front end to define a first sleeve position, and the sleeve is foldable over the boot portion to define a second sleeve position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Foxen, Jonathan Johnsongriffin, E. Scott Morris, Craig A. Nomi
  • Patent number: 8631590
    Abstract: An article of footwear with flexing portions disposed in an arch portion of a sole system is disclosed. The flexing portions in the sole system increase the curling toe flexibility of the article of footwear. In addition, the sole system includes trapping portions that enhance the ability of a wearer to stop and capture a ball. Furthermore, the article of footwear includes an asymmetric fastening system biased toward a medial side of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: John Droege, Paul Hooper, Tetsuya T. Minami, Morgan Stauffer
  • Patent number: 8555528
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed. The article of footwear includes an outsole with a circular tread pattern. The circular tread pattern provides sufficient traction in all directions but also allows the wearer to pivot about a pivot portion. The circular tread pattern is generally large, and in some cases, the first and smallest circular tread extends less than 360 degrees. The pivot portion can include a slot that aids in flexibility. The outsole can also include a different tread pattern for the heel portion, or the circular tread pattern may also extend into the heel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford B. Gerber
  • Patent number: 8533979
    Abstract: Articles of footwear may include self-adjusting studs that adjust to various types of conditions, environmental changes, and applied forces. The self-adjusting studs may have a first portion and a second portion of different levels of compressibilities and/or retractabilities that compress and extend based on the type of surface on which the wearer is walking or running. This footwear with self-adjusting studs may easily transition between surfaces of varying hardness without causing damage to the surface, but also providing the wearer with the necessary amount of traction on each type of surface. Wearers will enjoy the benefit of being able to move on various surfaces without the need to change their footwear multiple times to accommodate the wearer's varying traction needs on different surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian D. Baker
  • Patent number: 8522457
    Abstract: A sole for a shoe, in particular a sports shoe, includes a unidirectional bending element. The unidirectional bending element enables a dorsal bending of the sole (bending of the sole in the direction upward and away from the ground) and blocks a plantar bending of the sole (bending of the sole in the direction downward and towards the ground). The unidirectional bending element may be arranged at a first layer of the sole and may vertically project from the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Scholz, Jurgen Weidl
  • Patent number: 8356429
    Abstract: A ball control portion for an article of footwear is disclosed. The ball control portion extends from a side to an underside of an article of footwear. The ball control portion includes a lattice with a plurality of protrusions arranged in a grid. The plurality of protrusions include multiple groups of protrusions arranged with one or more of different orientations, different types of protrusions, and different heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Collin K. Eder, Windra Fahmi, Sebastien Mermet, Morgan Stauffer
  • Patent number: 8291617
    Abstract: A reinforcing elastic polymer, such as a urethane/rubber material, is selectively spray-applied over upper, midsole or outsole components of articles of footwear. Such a material sprayed over the toe area of baseball shoes, for example, that is subjected to increased wear during use, serves to improve the durability of that area. A cleated midsole constructed of a lightweight foamed material such as EVA, has an elastic polymer outsole layer selectively spray-applied over the outer surface of the cleated midsole to form a combination midsole/outsole that provides improved durability and traction, as well as superior shock absorption characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Heart and Sole USA, LLC
    Inventors: John Philip Halberstadt, Stanley Hockerson
  • Patent number: 8286371
    Abstract: An article of footwear including three cleat member sets is disclosed. A first cleat member set is tuned to provide maximum traction on soft natural grass. A second cleat member set is tuned to provide maximum traction on firm natural grass. A third cleat member set is tuned to provide maximum traction on artificial turf. The sizes, material properties and arrangement of each cleat member set is varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Baker, Thomas W. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8042289
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a gripping system is disclosed. The gripping system helps to enhance the wearer's ability to contact an athletic ball during kicking. The gripping system can be centered about a region where the wearer tends to kick the ball, and the gripping system can be distributed in a pattern that provides an even or symmetric contact area with the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuya T. Minami
  • Patent number: 8011118
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed. The article of footwear includes an outsole with a circular tread pattern. The circular tread pattern provides sufficient traction in all directions but also allows the wearer to pivot about a pivot portion. The circular tread pattern is generally large, and in some cases, the first and smallest circular tread extends less than 360 degrees. The pivot portion can include a slot that aids in flexibility. The outsole can also include a different tread pattern for the heel portion, or the circular tread pattern may also extend into the heel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford B. Gerber
  • Publication number: 20110179675
    Abstract: An insole for athletic shoe including a body having an outermost perimeter configured to fit within an athletic shoe, the outermost perimeter defining a top surface having forefoot, midfoot, and rearfoot portions. The insole having a first raised portion on the top surface which is positioned around the outermost perimeter at the rearfoot portion, and at least one structural element provided to improve support of the athletic shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Michael J. Miller, Simon M. Luthi, Joseph F. McMillan
  • Publication number: 20110099848
    Abstract: A sport boot includes a sole, an upper associated with the sole which extends substantially continuously to cover, in use, at least the instep, the sides of the foot and a back of the heel, and has an upper edge which defines an opening for insertion of the foot. The upper includes a rear insert which in use covers the back of the heel and is made of a foldable and/or yielding material to be folded towards an inside of the boot to enable insertion of the foot into the boot from the rear part of the boot. A front insert which in use covers the instep, is also made of a yielding material to bind the upper part of the foot uniformly without use of laces and loops and improving comfort and foot-to-ball sensitivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: ANDREA TOMAT, Mauro Zamprogno
  • Publication number: 20110071448
    Abstract: A liquid impermeable material comprising a layer of vapour permeable viscoelastic polymer gel, applications of said material, a composite material comprising said material and a method of producing said material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Ezio Margiotta
  • Patent number: 7908771
    Abstract: A removable spat may be used with a shoe having a sole and an upper. The spat includes a boot portion having a back opening and a front end, and a sleeve connected to the boot portion. The back opening of the boot portion is adapted to receive the shoe therein. The sleeve has a fixed end connected to the front end of the boot portion and a free end opposite the fixed end. The sleeve extends freely from the front end to define a first sleeve position, and the sleeve is foldable over the boot portion to define a second sleeve position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Foxen, Jonathan Johnsongriffin, E. Scott Morris, Craig A. Nomi
  • Patent number: 7762009
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed. The article of footwear includes an outsole with a circular tread pattern. The circular tread pattern provides sufficient traction in all directions but also allows the wearer to pivot about a pivot portion. The circular tread pattern is generally large, and in some cases, the first and smallest circular tread extends less than 360 degrees. The pivot portion can include a slot that aids in flexibility. The outsole can also include a different tread pattern for the heel portion, or the circular tread pattern may also extend into the heel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Clifford B. Gerber
  • Patent number: 7757413
    Abstract: A shoe that relates to safety of the participants' when sports shoes with cleats are employed, e.g. golf, football, and soccer. Knee, ankle, & hip injuries are brought about by abrupt leg turns after the foot is planted and the participant's knee continues to move in a separate direction. A principle objective of the present invention is also to enhance the participants' performance. The primary objective, however, is to minimize the frequency and/or seriousness of knee, ankle, and hip injuries brought about by knee and leg turns after the foot is planted on the playing surface. This invention will permit the foot to rotate under magnetic control when enough pressure is exerted by the participant's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Allen J. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20100101116
    Abstract: A football/soccer shoe (1) is disclosed. The shoe (1) includes a shoe body (3) having a heel (5) at one end and a toe (7) at the other, with sides (9) extending therebetween. The toe (7) includes a concave portion (11) for engaging a football/soccer ball during kicking of the ball. The concave portion (11) has a radius of around 11 cm, which substantially corresponds to that of a standard football/soccer ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: MEMPHIS COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: John Serafino, Sophie Serafino
  • Publication number: 20090300945
    Abstract: An article of footwear with flexing portions disposed in an arch portion of a sole system is disclosed. The flexing portions in the sole system increase the curling toe flexibility of the article of footwear. In addition, the sole system includes trapping portions that enhance the ability of a wearer to stop and capture a ball. Furthermore, the article of footwear includes an asymmetric fastening system biased toward a medial side of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: John Droege, Paul Hooper, Tetsuya Minami, Morgan Stauffer
  • Publication number: 20090272012
    Abstract: An outsole for an article of studded footwear in which said outsole includes receptacles for specifically-oriented studs. The outsole also includes traction elements formed integrally with the outsole. The studs and traction elements being so constructed and arranged to interact in use of the footwear. The traction elements are designed to complement the spike configuration of the stud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Applicant: TRISPORT LIMITED
    Inventor: Paul Andrew Kelly
  • Patent number: 7562471
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a gripping system is disclosed. The gripping system helps to enhance the wearer's ability to contact an athletic ball during kicking. The gripping system can be centered about a region where the wearer tends to kick the ball, and the gripping system can be distributed in a pattern that provides an even or symmetric contact area with the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuya T. Minami