Shoe Attachment (e.g., Ornament, Pocket, Etc.) Patents (Class 36/136)
  • Patent number: 10327700
    Abstract: An intelligent insole is provided. The intelligent insole includes an insole body, a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor, a humidity sensor and a signal collector. The pressure sensor, the temperature sensor and the humidity sensor are formed on the surface of the insole body, and the above sensors and the insole body are manufactured via the same 3D printing process. The pressure sensor senses the pressure signal from the insole body in contact with the foot. The temperature sensor and the humidity sensor respectively sense the temperature signal and the humidity signal of the insole body. The signal collector is respectively electrically connected to the pressure sensor, the temperature sensor and the humidity sensor to receive the pressure signal, the temperature signal and the humidity signal and then transmit the signals to a signal receiver via wireless transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Yu-Chi Lee, Mao-Jiun Wang, Chun Zhang, Hsu-Pin Wang
  • Patent number: 10298280
    Abstract: A sensor for a portable connected device comprising a filter 30 is arranged to reduce a noise component on a sampled input signal, wherein the filter is arranged to consider only input measurements that change systematically in a same direction, updating an output value when all the input samples in a predetermined time window are above or below a current output value and, repeating the current output value when the input samples in the time window are below and above the current output value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Semtech Corporation
    Inventors: Olivier Nys, Chaouki Rouaissia
  • Patent number: 10176691
    Abstract: A tracking and monitoring shoe that includes a tracking device comprising a controller, a battery in electrical communication with at least one solenoid and at least one permanent magnet, a plurality of lights, a microphone, and a speaker. The tracking device may be implanted within a portion of the shoe, defined as the tracking section. The plurality of lights may be operable to emit light from a sole of the shoe and the plurality of lights and the tracking device may be electrically connected to the battery. The battery may be configured to be rechargeable when a walking motion translates the at least one permanent magnet. Furthermore, the tracking device may be configured to activate the plurality of lights, microphone, and speaker when the tracking device detects the shoe has reached or transcended a boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Rachanee L. Smoak
  • Patent number: 10070681
    Abstract: An article of footwear or an article of apparel can include provisions for facilitating the installation of a control device. The control device can include a panel comprising a plurality of buttons that can provide manual control to a user. The control device can be installed in a compartment within the article after initial manufacture of the article of footwear. In some cases, the control device can be used to perform different functions in a motorized tensioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Andrew A. Owings
  • Patent number: 10056850
    Abstract: A wearable power generating device is provided. The wearable power generating device includes an arcuate-shaped flexible substrate, a first energy generating device, an energy harvesting circuit, and an energy storage device. The first energy generating device generates a first voltage in response to the first energy generating device being in tension or compression or being bent. The energy harvesting circuit receives the first voltage and outputs a DC voltage in response to receiving the first voltage. The energy storage device is electrically coupled to the energy harvesting circuit and receives the DC voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Joseph L. Meloche, Heather S. Meloche
  • Patent number: 9918517
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a footwear article, such as a boot, having a knob, hook, platform or other extension protruding on an upper portion thereof. The knob, hook, platform or other extension may be utilized for engaging with a cart, dolly or other movable object for moving the same by moving the wearer's foot. Methods of using the same are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Randy L. Hansen
  • Patent number: 9894954
    Abstract: An article of footwear can include provisions for facilitating the installation of various components. A sole plate can include one or more specialized compartments designed to receive a component. The sole plate can be configured to provide greater stability to a sole structure. In some cases, the sole plate can be used to receive a component that can be used to perform different functions in a motorized tensioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Andrew A. Owings
  • Patent number: 9877540
    Abstract: An assembly includes a shoe and a device connected with the shoe to support the ankle, wherein the device includes a shaped piece which surrounds the ankle at least at the rear and is formed corresponding to the malleoli of the ankle. A shaped piece and a shoe suitable for use in the assembly and a set of the shaped piece and a fixing element for attachment to a shoe are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Exo Ligament B.V.
    Inventor: Marcel Johan Dalitso Fleuren
  • Patent number: 9782125
    Abstract: Articles of footwear and other devices include modules, e.g., for sensing physical and/or physiological characteristics associated with use of the footwear or other devices. Such devices may include an authentication or activation system for providing power or otherwise determining the connection of a sensor in the article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Berner, Jr., Albert Shum, Charles W. Case, Allan M. Schrock, James A. Niegowski, William F. Rauchholz
  • Patent number: 9687039
    Abstract: A graphical element laminate for use in forming a skate boot, including a base layer, a first thermoplastic layer laminated on an outer side of the base layer, a second thermoplastic layer laminated on an outer side of the first thermoplastic layer, and a graphical element printed on at least one portion of at least one of the first thermoplastic layer outer side and the second thermoplastic layer inner side. At least a portion of the second thermoplastic layer is transparent and/or translucent such that when the laminate forms part of the skate boot at least a portion of the graphical element is visible through the second thermoplastic layer from an exterior of the skate boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SPORT MASKA INC.
    Inventors: Philippe Koyess, David Dekoos
  • Patent number: 9615629
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a storage device encloses the laces of footwear. The storage device comprises a lower member, an upper member, and a joint that permits articulated motion between the lower member and the upper member in a first direction along the longitudinal axis of the storage device. The upper member comprises an enclosure with an inner cavity that receives the laces therein. In one example, the outer member comprises a pair of closure members that articulate in a second direction toward the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Stash Sporting Goods, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Cashel, Carol Stanley
  • Patent number: 9620100
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of an acoustic amplification system for a shoe which includes an amplifier configured to couple to a sole portion of the shoe. The amplifier includes a body; an open-ended cavity disposed within the body; and a sound wave-amplifying conduit disposed within the body, the sound wave-amplifying conduit having opposing inlet and outlet ports, whereby the inlet port acoustically couples to the open-ended cavity and the outlet port acoustically couples to an ambient environment. Following, sound waves entering the inlet port from a sound wave-generating device received within the open-ended cavity are amplified within the sound wave-amplifying conduit to generate amplified sound waves which exit from the outlet port into the ambient environment, the amplified sound waves providing amplified sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: S9, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Ochipa
  • Patent number: 9549586
    Abstract: A battery for use with a heated insole has a cushion portion on top of the battery to provide comfort when the battery is disposed within the insole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Schawbel Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Veronica M. Zsolcsak, Micha Eizen, Thomas John William Bayes, Ian Nicholson Whitehead
  • Patent number: 9545136
    Abstract: A fabric wrap jewelry item embodiment includes an elongate strip of fabric having a width, an elongate length, and two ends, wherein the elongate length is sized to wrap at least twice around an appendage of a wearer and the ends connected together to form a loop of fabric material, and a pendant affixed to the elongate strip of fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Amy Lori Cochrane
  • Patent number: 9526294
    Abstract: The present invention relates to footwear having a sole structure with a cushion layer wherein a lighting assembly, having a switch, a power source, and at least one light source or LED, can be inserted and attached into the sole structure to provide external illumination from the footwear. The cushion layer exhibits a means for transmitting light from the lighting assembly secured within to the exterior of the footwear, the means for transmitting light can take the form of a polymeric material of at least partial transparency, in some cases having a fluid enclosed within or the form of a plurality of light transmission channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Troy Larsen
  • Patent number: 9439828
    Abstract: Methods and systems for dynamic compression of venous tissue enable improved blood movement in the extremities. In accordance with an exemplary embodiment, a pressure pad provides a compressive force to the venous plexus region of the foot. The pressure pad is successively withdrawn and re-pressed against the foot. Improved blood circulation may reduce the occurrence of undesirable complications such as deep vein thrombosis, ulcers, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: AVEX, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Matthew Mayer, Peter E. Von Behrens, David M. Mayer, Gerhard Rill
  • Patent number: 9296605
    Abstract: System is provided for aiding a horseback rider in maintaining balance while riding, includes sensor pad positioned between rider and saddle, pad/blanket worn by the horse during riding. Sensor pad includes sensors for measuring force exerted by the rider on the horse at individual measuring points. Controller configured for receiving force data from the sensor pad, includes a microprocessor continuously polling each sensor in the sensor pad for force data, calibrating each measurement based on an initial value, aggregating measurements from sensors on a left side and a right side of the sensor pad over a predetermined time interval, and calculating the differences between measurements on the right side and left side of the sensor pad. Power supply, electronic circuitry and alert mechanism receive signal from controller and notify rider when rider is off-balance based on calculated differences between measurements on right side and left side of sensor pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventors: Robert Feinberg, Brigitte Huber
  • Patent number: 9204688
    Abstract: An article of footwear for use before and after a pedicure including a toe separator, strap securing mechanisms and an offset toe stem adapter end for connecting straps of footwear to the foot without compromising or damaging pedicured toenails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Natasha Virginia Hazarian
  • Patent number: 9192207
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a skate boot, including providing a first sheet of thermoplastic material, the thermoplastic material being at least one of translucent and transparent, printing a graphic element on the first side of the first sheet of thermoplastic material, providing a second sheet of base layer material with a first side of the second sheet of base layer material having a design element, positioning the first side of the first sheet onto the first side of the second sheet such that the graphic image is disposed between the first side of the first sheet and the first side of the second sheet, and joining the first sheet and the second sheet together to form a graphic element laminate. The graphic element laminate is affixed to an outer surface of a skate boot core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: SPORT MASKA INC.
    Inventors: Philippe Koyess, David Dekoos
  • Patent number: 9144269
    Abstract: An article of footwear may have a sole structure and an upper that includes a foundation element and a tensile element. The tensile element may include a base layer and a plurality of strands, with the base layer being joined to an exterior surface of the foundation element. In manufacturing the footwear, a thermoplastic polymer material in the base layer may be utilized to bond or otherwise join the tensile element to the foundation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Meschter, Lia Uesato
  • Patent number: 9131745
    Abstract: Footwear includes an upper, a sole, a cavity, a location determining device, a wireless communication device, a communication antenna, a first electrical conductor, a location signal antenna, a second electrical conductor, and a bus cable. The cavity is formed in the sole and includes a first portion located on a bottom heel region of the sole and a second portion located on a rear heel region of the sole. The location determining device and the wireless communication device are disposed in the first portion of the cavity. The communication antenna and the location signal antenna are mounted in the second portion of the cavity. The bus cable includes a first end that is electrically coupled to the location determining device and a second end that is mounted in the second portion of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: GLOBAL TREK XPLORATION CORP.
    Inventors: Ruk Peterson, Patrick E. Bertagna, Christopher M. Walsh
  • Patent number: 9032583
    Abstract: A traction-enhancing cleaning kit for allowing sports players to clean and dry the soles of their court shoes while in-play. The cleaning kit comprises a gellified shoe cleaning fluid (3), and a shoe-attachable cleaning and drying device (1) comprising a gel-absorbent cleaning/drying cartridge (2) removably secured by hook-and-loop to a carrier platform (4), which is in turn secured along the forefoot of the sneaker by its laces. The cartridge (2) includes an encapsulated viscose rayon microfiber panel (20) backed by a moisture-impermeable layer (30), and held captive in a plastic frame (10). The frame (10) includes a raised wiping lip (114) surrounding the panel (20). In use, the player need only swipe one foot over the top of the cleaning and drying device (1) attached to the other foot, brushing the sole. One swipe wets and squeegees dry, and the process is repeated for the other foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Steve McLaughlin, Seth McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20150128454
    Abstract: A shoe and shoe ornamenting device is shown. The shoe is shown in an exemplary embodiment, depicted as a preferred loafer having attachment points for attachment of a shoe ornamenting device thereto. The attachment points preferably comprise a loop of material that serves as a point of connection for the shoe ornamenting device. A replaceable band is secured to a first shackle and a second shackle, the shackles being removably secured, respectively, to loops of material at each bridge end of the shoe, using a fastener, such as a pin, which secures the shackle to a loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: William Lange Sykes
  • Patent number: 9027262
    Abstract: A shoe, such as an athletic shoe, includes a pump assembly integral therewith. The pump assembly includes a pump which produces a stream of pressurized air and a delivery assembly which operates to deliver the stream of pressurized air to an end use location exterior of the shoe. The shoe may comprise an athletic shoe and may be utilized to inflate sports balls such as basketballs, footballs, and volleyballs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Efferent Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ben Blankenship, Sam Howard
  • Publication number: 20150113835
    Abstract: Described is a shoe pad for attachment to the outer sole of a shoe. The shoe pad includes a body having a first side configured for engaging a stepping surface and a second side configured for attachment to the outer sole of the shoe. The first and second sides are offset by a thickness of the body. A decorative wrap is attached to the body at least partially about an outer perimeter of the body in a direction transverse to the body thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Theresa Rosenberger
  • Publication number: 20150113833
    Abstract: Footwear having an upper section for extending over a wearer's foot, the surface having an opening, and an accessory having a projection received in the opening, and an accessory for footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: BACK BEAT, INC.
    Inventor: MARY BONCUTTER
  • Publication number: 20150113834
    Abstract: An article of footwear may have an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The upper includes a base layer, a plurality of strand segments, and a deposition layer. The base layer has a first surface and an opposite second surface. The strand segments are located adjacent to the first surface and extend substantially parallel to the first surface for a distance of at least five centimeters. The deposition layer is deposited upon the first surface and the strand segments, and the deposition layer is joined with the first surface and the strand segments. The deposition layer is applied using a screen printing process. Different inks can be used during the screen printing process to form the deposition layer and an indicia layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, Chin-Chen Huang, Daniel A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9011971
    Abstract: A shoe ornament structure, comprises: a base layer, a sub-base layer, a ground color layer, a ornamental layer, a blocking wall and a transparent layer. The ground color layer has a predetermined thickness and is formed on the sub-base layer. The ornamental layer is formed with different grains or color or materials and located on the ground color layer. The blocking wall of a height 0.5-0.7 mm is formed on ornamental layer, and the transparent layer is formed in the area defined by the blocking wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Dah Lih Puh Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jui-Fen Shiao
  • Patent number: 9009992
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a ball contacting member is disclosed. The ball contacting member enhances the ability of a wearer to kick a ball with a low trajectory. The ball contacting member can be attached to the article of footwear in various different ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Baker, Thomas G. Bell, Daniel W. Peter, Blake Rhulen, Morgan Stauffer
  • Publication number: 20150096203
    Abstract: A footwear article, preferably a sand slipper comprised of an upper sole, upper attached to the sole which defines a foot opening with an insert pad filled with loose particulate material which is configured within the pad to provide the feeling of walking on the sandy beach, all without squishing the particulate material to the sides, and with an electric massage element mounted in the insert pad to provide vibration to both the wearer's foot and the particulate material to enhance the massage affect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Ivan E. Brown, Teryle L. Kounkel, Brandon Rodriguez
  • Publication number: 20150097374
    Abstract: A power generation device includes a first pivot arm having a shank extendable in a predetermined direction, and a rack arranged along the predetermined direction, wherein the shank has a slot between the rack and an end portion of the shank; a second pivot arm having a first end portion coupled with the end portion of the shank at a first pivot; and a third pivot arm having a first end portion coupled with a second end portion of the second pivot arm at a second pivot, and a second end portion of the third pivot arm coupled with the slot of the shank at a third pivot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: CHE WEI LIN, HE CHEN CHEN
  • Publication number: 20150096204
    Abstract: Articles of footwear and footwear systems include modules, e.g., for sensing physical and/or physiological characteristics associated with use of the footwear or for performing other functions. Such systems and methods may use physical or other interaction(s) between the module and the article of footwear for activating and/or deactivating the module and/or sensing devices included with the module, for confirming whether the module and footwear are authorized for use with one another, and/or for automatic data algorithm selection methods. Additionally, such systems and methods also may use the activation and/or authentication systems for the module for data input to the module. Some examples of such systems and methods may utilize magnets and magnetic sensing systems and/or light (or other radiation) sources and sensing systems for activation, authentication, data input, and/or algorithm selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Whipple Case, JR.
  • Patent number: 8991077
    Abstract: A method to display a foot ornamentation system includes obtaining a foot ornamentation system that has a bottom band constructed from an elastomeric material for compressing the system snugly against a foot. The system has a first side panel and a second side panel that are flexible for conforming to a contour of a foot side. The system has a decorative member with an interior surface that has a smooth profile and a non-slip surface for interfacing with the foot top surface. The method includes donning the system by expanding an interior open area of the system via the stretchable bottom band then sliding over an end of a foot into a first position where the decorative member is located on a foot top surface. The method includes donning footwear with an open top that allows the system to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Gerrie Shapiro
  • Publication number: 20150082667
    Abstract: A decorative and/or promotional accessory to be secured to a lace such as a shoe lace includes a molded plastic body having a passage longitudinally extending therethrough from a first opening to a second opening. The passage is sized and shaped to receive the lace therethrough and to frictionally secure the body in a desired position along the lace. The accessory also includes indicia provided on an exterior surface of the accessory which can be in the form of any desired message, name, number, logo, graphic, or the like. An alternative embodiment of the accessory is disclosed which is to be secured to a cap bill. This embodiment includes a slot radially extending to the passage which is sized and shaped to receive the cap brim therein and to resiliently grip the bill and removably secure the accessory in a desired position along the bill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas R. Augustine, Douglas Frank Stitt, Randy James, Poormehr Honarmand
  • Patent number: 8984777
    Abstract: A weighted footwear assembly includes a foot covering including a sole and a perimeter wall attached to and extending upwardly from the sole. The perimeter wall includes an upper, a heel counter and a heel collar extending upwardly from the heel counter. The foot covering includes a back side, a front side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side wherein the front side is configured to cover toes of a foot. A plurality of sleeves is attached to the perimeter wall. Each of a plurality of weights has a size and shape for being received by one of the sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Alejandro Garcia-Osuna Polanco
  • Publication number: 20150075035
    Abstract: A device for removable securing decorative objects to a thong type sandal and a sandal system incorporating such a device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Monica Marie Wreede
  • Patent number: 8982150
    Abstract: A system for advertising on footwear by displaying promotional content on an electronic display of the footwear and wherein the promotional content being displayed occupies 25% to 100% of the outer surface of the footwear. Additionally, the content can be displayed according to a plurality of conditions including time of day, rate of motion of the footwear and environmental lighting conditional around the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: David Odland, Kathryn Odland
  • Publication number: 20150068070
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a footwear article containing a position determination unit for locating an individual. A system for locating an individual is also provided, the system comprises a position determining unit integrated with a footwear article and at least one of a central station and an output device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Harrison Moss
  • Publication number: 20150068069
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for powering a processor and a wireless transceiver in a sole having a sole plate and one or more spring elements disposed in a forefoot area of the sole plate, each of said spring elements including a piezoelectric generator coupled thereto, wherein each of the plurality of spring elements has one free end not directly connected to the sole plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Alexander Bach Tran, Ha Tran, Bao Tran
  • Publication number: 20150059216
    Abstract: A novelty golf overshoe provides a golf club surface on the side of the overshoe that enables the golfer to strike the golf ball with the overshoe. The golf club surface is shaped with a silhouette like the toes of the human foot. The overshoe is either clipped onto the shoe or stretched over the shoe to ensure optimal fit during wear. The user may use the overshoe's attached club face to strike a golf ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: William Walsh
  • Publication number: 20150033584
    Abstract: A customizable combination shoe and accessory include: (a) a wearable mule or slide type shoe having: (i) a sole portion having an insole and an outsole, (ii) a vamp arranged at the insole, (iii) a heel affixed to the outsole, and (iv) a single anchor extending through the outsole; and (b) an accessory harness having: (i) a portion defining an opening, the opening being configured to engage the single anchor to removably secure the portion of the harness to the anchor at the outsole, and (ii) support portions, extending from the portion defining the opening, configured to engage portions of the foot of a wearer of the combination shoe and accessory to provide support to the engaged portions of the foot of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Beverly FERGUSON
  • Patent number: 8943712
    Abstract: A stabilizing device for V-strap sandals wherein the device is engageable with the thong and strap for impeding movement between a wearer's foot and the sandal, and connection means for releasably connecting the stabilizing device to a V-strap sandal. The stabilizing device includes a member having an upper portion and a lower portion which are foldable together, and an opening in a front portion of the lower portion for receiving the thong of a V-strap sandal when the upper and lower portions are moved towards the thong, and connecting structure for connecting the upper portion and the lower portion on each side of the thong to hold the portions together, where the stabilizing device engages the upper part of a wearer's foot to impede movement of the V-strap sandal with respect to the wearer's foot. Also disclosed is a removable accessory for footwear for being folded over and under foot-holding structure on the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Nancy M. Buck
  • Patent number: 8943713
    Abstract: A heeled shoe comprising a lower member (sole) and an upper member. The sole having a foot supporting surface and a ground contacting surface. A concealed storage cavity is formed within a heel portion of the shoe sole, wherein the cavity extends inward from a storage cavity opening edge. A storage access door is pivotally attached to a lower region of the shoe sole and shaped to blend into the heel section of the shoe. The storage access door pivots between an opened configuration and a closed configuration, wherein the opened configuration provides access to the concealed storage cavity and the closed configuration seals the concealed storage cavity. The storage access door is retained in a normally closed position by a door closure retention member until a biasing force is applied to open said storage access door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: James Eidson
  • Publication number: 20150027006
    Abstract: A combined structure of shoe accessories unit, which comprising: a sole and a Y strap; as well as an accessories unit, which is fixed onto surface of Y strap; the accessories unit is provided with a base; a decoration is embedded onto upper end of the base, and a needle rod is set at its lower end and mated with a lock nut; at least a punch hole is set on said Y strap, and at least a groove is formed at the inner punch hole of said Y strap for embedding of the lock nut; in the preferred embodiment, the accessories unit is snapped into said Y strap via the needle rod, and then the needle rod locked by the lock nut and buried into the groove for better decorative effect of the flip-flop slippers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Kuan San Lin
  • Patent number: 8938902
    Abstract: A system and method for connecting advertising to footwear is disclosed. The system can comprise a curved rod member, a sheet, and an advertisement. The curved rod member can be mountable above a welt of a footwear. The sheet material can comprise a first curved surface and a horizontal track along the sheet, wherein the horizontal track can connect the sheet material to the curved rod member, and the advertisement can be on the convex side of the sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Craig Atwood
  • Publication number: 20150011914
    Abstract: Articles of footwear and other devices include modules, e.g., for sensing physical and/or physiological characteristics associated with use of the footwear or other devices. Such devices may include an authentication or activation system for providing power or otherwise determining the connection of a sensor in the article of footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: William E. Berner, JR., Albert Shum, Charles W. Case, Allan M. Schrock, James A. Niegowski, William F. Rauchholz
  • Patent number: 8918938
    Abstract: Customized or personalized recessed designs can be cut into the bottom of the soles of flip flops, sandals, boots, and any other flat soled footwear using computerized numerical control machining. The customized recessed design can be created in reverse (i.e., in mirror image) to leave a specified design or message when the shoe is pressed into material capable or taking an impression such as sand or snow. Designs can also be created to appear forward (non-mirrored) on the sole so that that design or text is legible when looking at the sole of the shoe. The footwear can be custom produced at the request of a customer, who can specify the nature of the customization for one or more pairs of footwear. Each of a pair of the footwear may have a different design, message or message portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Osiol
  • Publication number: 20140360054
    Abstract: An article for footwear that prevents a wearer's foot from slipping out of the footwear is disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Erin Scott LESLIE
  • Patent number: 8904675
    Abstract: Footwear articles and footwear article modification methods are described. According to one aspect, a footwear article includes an insole configured to support a foot of an individual when the footwear article is worn by the individual, an outsole which contacts the ground when the footwear article is worn by the individual, an upper configured to hold the footwear article to the foot of the individual when the footwear article is worn by the individual, wherein the upper includes a lateral portion and a medial portion, and wherein the lateral portion of the upper is configured to retain an interchangeable placard in a position with respect to the footwear article wherein the placard covers substantially an entirety of the lateral portion of the upper of the footwear article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Chanda Koch, Shayln Koch
  • Publication number: 20140352177
    Abstract: A device worn on a foot of an individual for creating smoke that emanates about the device as the individual walks or runs, the device having a tube with two end portions wherein one end portion is closed and the other end portion is open, an exhaust pipe having two end portions, one end portion is open and the other end portion is substantially closed and permits smoke to escape therefrom, the open end portion of the exhaust pipe connects to the open end portion of the tube, the exhaust pipe having an air chamber positioned at the open end portion of the exhaust pipe, an atomizer, a liquid cartridge and a battery, and an external foot covering that houses the tube and the exhaust pipe wherein the end portion of the exhaust pipe, which permits smoke to escape therefrom, protrudes outward from the exterior side of the shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Matthew Rehkemper