Sectional Patents (Class 36/31)
  • Patent number: 10172415
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole assembly positioned beneath the upper. The sole assembly has a vertically extending channel formed in its bottom surface inward of a periphery of the sole assembly, the channel including opposed sidewalls and an end surface. The sole assembly includes a first portion having a first color; and a second portion having a second color that is different than the first color. An interface between the first portion and the second portion is positioned at a central portion of one of the sidewalls of the channel. A method of forming such an article of footwear is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Tee L. Wan, Thienchai Chaisumrej, Chia-Yi Wu, Yu-Chen Lin
  • Patent number: 10113045
    Abstract: There is provided a molded foam article including a foam obtained by foaming a formation material wherein the formation material contains a resin component, an Asker C hardness of the foam is 10 degrees or more, and a ratio E40/E0 of the foam is 0.5 or more, the ratio E40/E0 being a ratio of an elastic coefficient E40 at a strain of 40% in relation to an elastic coefficient E0 at a strain of 0% of the foam. The molded foam article has appropriate softness with a small change in hardness under compressive deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ASICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junichiro Tateishi, Kenichi Harano, Keisuke Yamada, Mitsuo Nasako
  • Patent number: 9968162
    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: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Tetsuya T. Minami
  • Patent number: 9615621
    Abstract: A sole structure with an integrated cleat member includes a plate member with a protruding portion that forms a first portion of the cleat member. A second portion of the cleat member is attached to the first portion and may be made of a less rigid material than the first portion. A supporting structure can be disposed inside the protruding portion. A method of forming the sole structure can include reshaping a portion of a plate member to form a protruding portion, molding a cleat tip portion onto the protruding portion and molding a supporting structure into a concave inner portion of the protruding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Foxen
  • Patent number: 9414643
    Abstract: Provided is a shoe that includes: a bottom surface that is adjacent to the ground in normal use; a sole that forms at least a portion of the bottom surface; an upper portion extending above the sole; and individual particles bonded to the bottom surface of the shoe. The individual particles include at least one of corn husk, hemp or a natural plant material that has been ground into the individual particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Dynasty Footwear, Ltd.
    Inventors: John C. S. Koo, Jonathan Goldberg, Anthony Cox
  • Patent number: 9241535
    Abstract: A sole structure may include at least one plate. The at least one plate may include a first portion located in a forefoot region of the sole structure and a second portion located in a rearfoot region of the sole structure. At least one compressible midsole component may be coupled to the at least one plate. A linkage rod couples the first and second portions and is configured to bias the first and second portions away from one another during bending of the sole structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandre Baudouin, John Hurd, Robert M. Bruce, Joshua P. Heard, Kevin W. Hoffer, James Molyneux
  • Patent number: 9119435
    Abstract: A method of making a skate boot upper, including integrally molding a boot portion from a first material, the boot portion including at least an instep portion and at least part of a tendon guard, manufacturing two quarters of a second material more rigid than the first material, and assembling the upper by attaching edges of the quarters to the boot portion with the quarter overlapping the boot portion only along said edges. Also, a method of making a skate boot upper, including manufacturing a boot portion from a first material, the boot portion including at least an instep portion and at least part of a tendon guard, manufacturing two quarters of a second material more rigid than the first material, and assembling the upper by attaching edges of the quarters to the boot portion through stitching, adhesive or lamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: SPORT MASKA INC.
    Inventor: Philippe Koyess
  • Patent number: 9095190
    Abstract: Shoes and/or shoe elements facilitate natural foot motion and/or reduce forces tending to fight natural foot motion. In at least some such structures, a wearer's heel is secured to the hindfoot region of a shoe (e.g., by a strap system) in a manner that permits heel/forefoot rotation and that allows the lower leg to remain straight. In other structures, a shoe can include a heel supporting component that is separate from a midsole component, and this heel supporting component can move toward the lateral side and/or medial side of the shoe along an interface between the heel supporting component and the midsole component. Other suitable shoe and shoe component structures also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane S. Kohatsu, Alexandre Baudouin, Matthew A. Nurse
  • Patent number: 9078491
    Abstract: Articles of footwear have a sole structure that extends along the longitudinal length of the article of footwear within the forefoot region, the midfoot region, and the heel region of the article of footwear. One or more removable inserts may be inserted into at least a portion of the sole structure in any desired region. Various removable inserts may have different characteristics, including different performance characteristics. The various removable inserts may be inserted into and removed from the sole structure of the article of footwear. A wearer may be able to compare the characteristics for each of the removable inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher S. Cook
  • Patent number: 9060569
    Abstract: A footwear component and a method of making the footwear component are disclosed. The footwear component includes a first portion and a second portion that are joined at a transition zone. The first portion and the second portion have different flexibility characteristics. The footwear component can bend at the transition zone to accommodate the natural bending of a foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Neil Crumbleholme, Deliang Gu
  • Patent number: 8978275
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an article of footwear includes providing an outsole and a midsole. The outsole and the midsole are secured together such that a bottom surface of a first midsole element overlaps and directly secures to an upper surface of a first outsole element to define a first element assembly, such that a bottom surface of a second midsole element overlaps and directly secures to an upper surface of a second outsole element to define a second element assembly, and such that an outsole groove and a midsole groove are substantially aligned and in communication with each other in the thickness direction of the outsole and the thickness direction of the midsole. Moreover, the method includes interlocking the first and second element assemblies with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Dervin A. James
  • Patent number: 8938889
    Abstract: A shoe has a forefoot portion, a midfoot portion, and a heel portion and comprises a sole having a base layer, a heel pedestal extending from the base layer, a lateral stabilizer pedestal extending from the base layer and positioned at least partially beneath the cuboid bone, and a medial stabilizer pedestal extending from the base layer and positioned at least partially beneath the navicular bone. During bipedal locomotion, the weight of a person wearing the shoe is supported on at least one of the heel pedestal, the lateral stabilizer pedestal, and the medial stabilizer pedestal, thereby transferring the person's weight from the heel pedestal, to the lateral stabilizer pedestal, and to the medial stabilizer pedestal. The heel pedestal, the lateral stabilizer pedestal, and the medial stabilizer pedestal include an outsole and a compressible base layer between the outsole and the wearer's foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Deckers Outdoor Corporation
    Inventors: Adriano Rosa, Phil Gallant, Stuart Jenkins, Paul A. Labarbera, Ken Shao, Nathan W. Crary
  • Patent number: 8881427
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shoe in which the specific characteristics of the midsole, namely the width, length, thickness and front/rear profile thereof, midsole materials used with a certain type of deformation (Shore hardness and elasticity), and lateral reinforcements emerging from the midsole and surrounding the upper are suitable for increasing in an extremely noticeable manner both the performance (speed and reduced fatigue) and the user comfort (reduced impact on knees, back, leg muscles), for use when jogging or walking on uneven outdoor surfaces, as well as for jogging or walking on roads. Furthermore, the characteristics of the midsole (spike surface and deformation in contact with the ground) improve the safety of the user by providing enhanced grip on sloping terrain, as well as on snow-covered or wet terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Deckers Outdoor Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Diard, Nicolas Mermoud
  • Patent number: 8850718
    Abstract: A shoe construction utilizing a fluid containing chamber as a cushion. The shoe includes a stabilizer positioned in the shoe and having a heel portion in overlying relation to the cushion and a forward portion in overlying relation to at least a midfoot portion of the shoe bottom. The forward portion extends across a substantial portion of the inside width of the shoe where it is located to resist deformation of the shoe bottom under load from a user both in lateral bending and longitudinal torsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Shoes for Crews, LLC
    Inventor: Randy Lubart
  • Patent number: 8813392
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shoe sole having kinematic properties on the basis of conventional materials (leather, rubber, EVA) or any desired combination of these materials in a single-layer or multilayer structure which do not block, but rather promote the natural rolling characteristics of the foot. In accordance with the invention, a shoe is equally proposed having a shoe sole of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Swiss Line Fashion AG
    Inventors: Urs Maron, David Macher
  • Patent number: 8776397
    Abstract: An article of footwear which includes an outer bottom assembly, the bottom assembly including an outsole and a reinforcement layer. A damping layer is positioned between the outsole and the reinforcement layer, and at least one flange connects the outsole to the reinforcement layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.S.
    Inventors: René Borel, Patrick Leick, Pascal Stryjak
  • Patent number: 8707587
    Abstract: Articles of footwear and soles are disclosed. The article of footwear may include an upper; an outer midsole having a base coupled to the upper, and a rim portion extending from the periphery of the base, wherein the rim portion defines a plurality of spaced apart gaps; and an inner midsole disposed interiorly to the rim portion, wherein a portion of the inner midsole is disposed in at least one gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Reebok International Limited
    Inventors: Brian Christensen, Matthew J. Montross, Alexandre Leblanc, Paul E. Litchfield, William Marvin, Frank Millette
  • Patent number: 8627582
    Abstract: An energy-return shoe system includes a shoe portion having a sole. The sole has a toe area and a heel area. The sole is capable of bending at a point between the toe area and the heel area. A lower sole has a toe area and a heel area and is bendable at a point between the toe area and the heel area. A heel mechanism interfaces the shoe heel area to the lower sole heel area and holds the shoe heel sole area in horizontal synchronization with the lower heel sole area thereby maintaining a same horizontal position between the heel areas and allowing front and rear ends of the heel areas to close and open at the same rate. A spring or other device pushes the heel areas away from each other, thereby absorbing energy upon impact and releasing the energy on step-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen Perenich
  • Patent number: 8627583
    Abstract: An energy-return shoe system includes a shoe portion. A shaft runs longitudinally along a lower sole and the shaft is rotatable along its axis. A mechanical interface between the shaft and the shoe portion keeps the shoe portion in horizontal synchronization with the shaft, thereby shoe portion maintains horizontal position with respect to the shaft and a forward set of points on each of the shoe portion and the shaft converge and diverge to and from each other at the same rate as a rearward set of points on each of the shoe portion and the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen Perenich
  • Patent number: 8595956
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a molded outsole which contains a resilient midsole located in the cavity of the outsole and a footbed cover which has a stretch material layer affixed to the outsole and provides a stretch zone. The stretch zone allows the footbed cover to work in conjunction with the resilient midsole to absorb shock upon heel strike or other compression of the midsole to increase comfort. Preferably, the midsole has sections of different hardness in the heel area and the forefoot area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: C. & J. Clark International Limited
    Inventor: Richard Byrne
  • Patent number: 8561322
    Abstract: A sole with adjustable sizing is disclosed. The sole includes a fixed region and an adjustable region. The adjustable region is deformable when the sole is heated to a melting point associated with the adjustable region. The shape and size of the sole may be adjusted by deforming the adjustable region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Elizabeth Langvin
  • Patent number: 8544190
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shock absorbing device for a shoe sole in a rear foot part which can restrain the inclination of the foot toward the medial side while absorbing the shock of landing on the lateral side of the foot. A shock absorbing device for a shoe sole in a rear foot part according to the present invention, includes: a support element M; deformation elements 3 disposed below the support element, the deformation elements deforming to be compressed vertically at landing; and outer sole elements 2 contacting a ground at landing, each outer sole element being joined to a bottom surface of the respective deformation element. Both the deformation elements 3 and the outer sole elements 2 are substantially separated in a medial-lateral direction in the rear foot part to be arranged at least three regions of the rear foot part. A quotient obtained by dividing an area of a bottom surface of the support element M by an area of bottom surfaces of the outer sole elements 2 is set at about 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: ASICS Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nishiwaki, Shinji Senda
  • Patent number: 8505221
    Abstract: An article of footwear including an upper formed of a flexible upper material and a sole formed of a flexible sole material, wherein the sole is rolled, folded, or collapsed onto itself to reduce the volume of the article of footwear. The article of footwear in a collapsed state can then be packaged in a container. This container can be dispensed by a vending machine in a convenient urban area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Reebok International Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Gillespie
  • Patent number: 8505219
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a multi-directional sole structure including a flex groove system is disclosed. The flex groove system includes a plurality of longitudinal flex grooves and lateral flex grooves that divide the sole structure into a plurality of segments. The flex groove system also includes a plurality of diagonal flex grooves that intersect the corners of the plurality of segments. The flex grooves system can provide enhanced flexibility for the sole structure and can enhance multi-directional flexing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Aaron A. C. Cooper, David J. Dirsa, Thomas Foxen, Tom Luedecke
  • Patent number: 8505215
    Abstract: An article of footwear with multiple cross sectional profile shapes disposed on an outer peripheral edge of a sole is disclosed. The multiple cross sectional profile shapes on the outer peripheral edge of the sole can help increase the lateral performance and lateral stability of a wearer of the article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Bruce, Aaron A. C. Cooper, Bo Lupo, Kurt J. Stockbridge
  • Publication number: 20130152428
    Abstract: A footwear sole structure may include a plurality of discrete sole elements defined by a plurality of sipes. The sipes may include a plurality of sipes that extend in a direction extending from a medial side of the sole structure to a lateral side of the sole structure and be rearwardly angled. Those sipes may be located in a midfoot region. The sole structure may include a plurality of additional sipes having longitudinal, transverse and other orientations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: NIKE, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130139406
    Abstract: In the specification and drawings, an outsole is described and shown with a lateral support protruding from the lateral edge of the toe half of the body of the outsole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Shei Chung Hsin Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Min-Chen SHIUE
  • Publication number: 20130081305
    Abstract: An article of footwear has a molded outsole which contains a resilient midsole located in the cavity of the outsole and a footbed cover which has a stretch material layer affixed to the outsole and provides a stretch zone. The stretch zone allows the footbed cover to work in conjunction with the resilient midsole to absorb shock upon heel strike or other compression of the midsole to increase comfort. Preferably, the midsole has sections of different hardness in the heel area and the forefoot area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Byrne
  • Publication number: 20130067765
    Abstract: An article of footwear is provided, which may include an upper and a sole structure. The sole structure may include a chassis including a forefoot region, a midfoot region, a heel region, a lateral width, a longitudinal axis, and a reinforcing rib disposed longitudinally and having a length along the longitudinal axis. The rib may include a rearward end disposed proximate the heel region of the chassis, the rib longitudinally extending substantially through the midfoot region of the chassis to a forward end of the rib. Also, the lateral width of the reinforcing rib may span a substantial majority of the lateral width of the chassis over a substantial majority of the length of the rib. Further, the lateral width of the rib at the forward end and the rearward end is less than or equal to the lateral width of the rib at any point between the rearward end and the forward end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Andrew Caine, Sergio Cavaliere
  • Publication number: 20130067764
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to a shoe where an orthopedic adjustment is integrated into the construction of the shoe itself. The invention entails adjusting one or more of the soles or other construction features of the shoe in order to accommodate a medical condition or treatment regimen. For instance, in abnormalities of the knee joint, there is a need to redistribute the weight of the body from an afflicted symptomatic compartment of the knee to an un-afflicted and asymptomatic, or lesser effected and less symptomatic compartment so as to relieve the pain and stress at the most afflicted and most symptomatic compartment. The present invention achieves this by pitching the sole or heel, or both, of a shoe, where the pitching region depends on the portion of the knee that is afflicted, and the angle is chosen to counter and redistribute the weight of the body accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Paul Riddle
  • Patent number: 8341856
    Abstract: Footwear is provided having a midsole platform, a full length insole and a orthotic midsole in the form of an orthotic shell received between the midsole platform and the insole. The orthotic shell has a heel portion to support a heel of a foot of a wearer and a forefoot portion to support a forefoot of the wearer at least in a region behind and near metatarsal heads of the foot. The orthotic shell is shaped to partially cup the heel and support the forefoot in one of a plurality of determined orientations. The footwear may further include a plurality of support plugs to support the orthotic shell in one of the determined orientations and a shank coupled to the midsole platform to increase torsional rigidity of the footwear with respect to a longitudinal length thereof. Methods of making footwear are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Superfeet Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher E. Smith, Jeff Gray, Edward Collins, Peter Daley
  • Publication number: 20120317835
    Abstract: A shoe with a curved rocker bottom sole member with an H-shaped pad that is decoupled from the sole member. The shoe promotes a mid-foot region footstrike and a more even distribution of pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: SKECHERS U.S.A., INC. II
    Inventors: David Raysse, Kurt Stockbridge
  • Patent number: 8333024
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a pivot portion including a plurality of flex grooves is disclosed. The plurality of flex grooves provides increased flexibility in different portions of a sole of the article. In addition, a periphery of the sole includes sole pods to increase the traction on the periphery of the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Ann Marie Catherine Fallow, Timothy S. Ferrigan, Patricia J. Graser, Young jin Kim, Bradley S. Long, Ann-Marie Paz, Christine L. Saito, Helen Woo
  • Patent number: 8316558
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shoe having a multi-layer, multi-density midsole where the surfaces between midsole layers have one or more convexities and one or more concavities which collectively contribute to simulating the effect, and imparting the fitness benefits, of walking on a sandy beach or on a giving or uneven surface regardless of the actual hardness of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Skechers U.S.A., Inc. II
    Inventors: Savva Teteriatnikov, Kenneth J Liu, Eckhard Knoepke, Julie Zhu
  • Publication number: 20120246970
    Abstract: The present invention is called Silly Solez. This device is a portion of the tread, sole, footwear top or footwear bottom which can easily be removed and then replaced. This device can be used on any type of footwear to print, imprint or mold with either side of the device. It can also be removed and used as a stamp. The present invention can be made with or without a resevoir to allow ink or dye to release and leave prints of the various designs. The present invention can also be used as a removable waterproof storage device on the top or the bottom of the sole of footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas Ellis Coghill, JR.
  • Patent number: 8276295
    Abstract: The present invention provides a midsole with a main body and a peripheral component having foam material filled inside, precise ornamental details and wear-resistant outer shell. According to the present invention, a preferred method of manufacturing a midsole with less weight than traditional and high resolution pattern is provided with the steps of: forming a TPU thin sheet into a shell with three-dimensional ornamental details and a receiving space, filling a foam material into the receiving space thereby to enhance the strength of the shell, trimming the shell together with the filled foam material from the thin sheet to be a peripheral component of the present invention, forming a main body of the midsole by foam material, and bonding the peripheral component to the main body of the midsole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Dah Lih Puh Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jui Fen Shiao
  • Patent number: 8245420
    Abstract: A shoe includes a shoe upper portion made of flexible material, the upper portion including a foot border, a toe region, front-flex portion, arch region, rear-flex portion, and heel region. A split sole portion is secured to the bottom of the shoe upper portion, the sole portion including a front-sole portion under the toe region of the upper portion, a mid-sole portion under the arch region of the upper portion and a rear-sole portion under the heel region of the upper portion. The front-sole portion folds at the front-flex portion into the mid-sole portion and the rear-sole portion folds at the rear-flex portion into the mid-sole portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Patient Pedro LLC
    Inventor: Erika S Wilson
  • Patent number: 8240067
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shoe, especially to a sports shoe, with a shoe upper (1) and a sole (2, 3) consisting of at least two parts, wherein at least one part of the sole (2) is arranged in the forefoot region and at least on part of the sole (3) is arranged in the rearfoot region, wherein the shoe upper (1) has at least two cutouts (4, 5) in the region facing the ground, wherein the size and the shape of the cutouts (4, 5) correspond to those of the parts of the sole (2, 3) in their contact region with the shoe upper (1), wherein the parts of the sole (2, 3) are inserted into or are placed at the cutouts (4, 5) and are connected with the shoe upper (1) permanently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Puma Aktiengesellschaft Rudolf Dassler Sport
    Inventor: Reinhold Sussmann
  • Publication number: 20120180336
    Abstract: A footwear sole assembly that includes a sole body defining voids of different depths. The voids are arranged to provide relatively greater cushioning and bendability within at least one of a metatarsus portion and a calcaneus portion of the sole body. A heel top surface of the footwear sole assembly is elevated between about 4 mm and about 12 mm above a forefoot top surface of the footwear sole assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: Saucony, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel A. Sullivan, Christopher J. Mahoney
  • Patent number: 8221341
    Abstract: An ankle-foot orthotic device incorporating an adjustable response system allowing the hindfoot to recognize that the foot landed on the heel during a walking sequence is provided. The device is constructed to provide feedback for the patient to make adjustments needed throughout the body structures to prepare for weight transfer onto the foot during gait. The system also helps the patient to maintain toe extension during a walking sequence. The device generally incorporates an articulated foot support and a foot support insert configured to substantially inhibit supination or pronation of the mid foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Waleed Al-Oboudi
  • Publication number: 20120174432
    Abstract: A sole structure may include a midsole element, a plate, a first chamber, and a second chamber. The midsole element may be formed from a foamed polymer material. The plate may be formed from a substantially non-foamed polymer material, and the plate has an upper surface and an opposite lower surface. The plate is embedded within the midsole element such that the foamed polymer material exposes a first area and a second area of the lower surface. The first chamber and the second chamber each have a fluid-filled configuration. The first chamber is secured to the first area, and the second chamber is secured to the second area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee D. Peyton
  • Patent number: 8215037
    Abstract: An article of footwear that includes an outsole, including an outsole groove that extends generally in a thickness direction through the outsole to separate the outsole into first and second outsole elements. Furthermore, the article of footwear includes a midsole, including a midsole groove that extends generally in a thickness direction through the midsole to separate the midsole into first and second midsole elements. The first midsole element is operably secured to the first outsole element to define a first element assembly, and the second midsole element is operably secured to the second outsole element to define a second element assembly. Furthermore, the outsole groove and the midsole groove are substantially aligned with each other, and the first and second element assemblies interlock with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Dervin A. James
  • Patent number: 8171656
    Abstract: A sole structure of a sports shoe includes an outsole and an intermediate sole having a number of portions that is flexible and supports the foot during running. The intermediate sole includes a flexible body element extending along the entire length of the shoe, and a flexible heel absorption element extending to the heel area, and a support element fitted between them extending from the heel area to the ball area which is of a less flexible material than the body element or the heel absorption element. The support element includes a substantially plate-like heel portion and a shaped front portion, which are separated from each other by a substantially cross-directional support ridge protruding from the lower surface of the support element. The intermediate sole also includes an hourglass-shaped ball absorption element, a carbon fiber plate increasing the torsional rigidity of the support element and an arch support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Karhu Sporting Goods Oy
    Inventors: Matti Salminen, Teuvo Niskanen
  • Patent number: 8171657
    Abstract: An application for a pivoting sole for use in an energy-return shoe system includes a shoe portion with a bottom surface. An upper toe sole is affixed to the toe area of the bottom surface and an upper heel sole is affixed to a heel area of the bottom surface. The upper heel sole is pivotally connected to the upper toe sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen Perenich
  • Patent number: 8166672
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved shoe sole for a running shoe conducive to a midfoot striking gait including a cushioning element positioned between the upper surface and the ground-contacting surface, at least a portion of which is positioned on a lateral side of the sole and contained within a region between 15% and 90% of the length of the shoe sole as measured from a rearfoot end of the sole. One or more high abrasion-resistant ground-contacting crash pads are positioned below the cushioning element, and include a lateral side portion contained within a region extending a distance of 20% the length of the shoe sole, as measured from a rearfoot end of the shoe sole. The shoe sole, preferably devoid of at least vertical arch sculpting, also includes a longitudinal flex groove positioned just medial of the crash pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Murphy, Matthew Pauk
  • Patent number: 8156663
    Abstract: A shoe outsole and method of manufacture wherein the outsole, or various components thereof such as various inserts and/or additional layers associated with a particular outsole, are formed using various scrap materials generated during the shoe manufacturing process such as leather, leather dust, jute, and other fibrous material, the scrap materials being used as a filler material and being mixed with various elastomeric materials to form the shoe outsole and various components thereof. The outsole can be formed as a substantially one-piece unit, or it can be formed as a base sole layer having one or more additional layers associated therewith including inserts associated with the forefoot and heel regions of the outsole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Brown Shoe Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Duane Shelton, Brian D. O'Connor, Daniel M. Doerer
  • Publication number: 20120060391
    Abstract: Provided is functional footwear that restrains bad smell and the propagation of germs due to long-time usage of the footwear while maintaining a correct posture of a wearer by cushioning impact applied to feet and distributing pressure. The functional footwear includes a first groove formed in a length direction at a predetermined portion of a midsole, a second groove formed in a width direction of the midsole to be connected with the first groove, a recess formed inside the second groove and perfume emitting materials or antibacterial materials inserted into the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Sun Goo Hong
  • Patent number: 8117769
    Abstract: A shoe sole construction includes a sole member formed from a synthetic plastic material having a first durometer value of hardness and including toe, ball, arch, and heel portions. Relatively rigid toe and heel plates are secured to bottom surface of the sole member on opposite sides of a relatively soft flex bar member that extends transversely across the ball portion of the sole member. A plurality of toe cushion members are mounted for independent movement within openings contained in the toe plate, and a stabilizing arch cushion member is mounted in the recess defined in the heel plate. These cushion members have an intermediate durometer value that, during use, permits compression of these cushion members in a footprint pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Munro & Company, Inc.
    Inventor: George L. Steele
  • Publication number: 20120023775
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention includes a footwear assembly comprising: an upper and a sole assembly connected to the upper. The sole assembly has a footwear assembly comprising a sole assembly connected to an upper. The sole assembly has a midsole made of a first material and having a forefoot portion, an arch portion, a heel portion, and a sidewall extending around a lateral side, a medial side, and a heel side of the midsole. A stiffener is connected to the midsole. The stiffener is made of a second material stiffer than the first material. The stiffener has a base portion adjacent to the arch portion and at least one of the forefoot portion and the heel portion of the midsole. The stiffener has a side stabilizer and a heel wrap coupled to the base portion. The side stabilizer is adjacent to the sidewall in at least one of the arch portion and forefoot portion. The heel wrap is adjacent to the heel side and at least one of the lateral side and medial side of the midsole's sidewall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Mark Reilly, Kent Thomas, Stephen Belatti, Ryan Dowd
  • Publication number: 20120023774
    Abstract: An athletic shoe system may include a substantially flat mid-sole portion extending from a metatarsal joint area to a mid-heel arch area, a toe portion tapering upwardly lengthwise from the metatarsal joint area to a front edge of the system at a first angle of 25-35 degrees and tapering upwardly widthwise from the metatarsal joint area to an area along an outer edge of the toe portion at a second angle of 29-31 degrees. The athletic shoe system also may include a heel portion tapering upwardly from the mid-heel arch area to a back edge of the system at an angle of 25-35 degrees. The substantially flat mid-sole portion may contact a surface when the system is in a stationary position. The toe portion and the heel portion may have substantially uniform curvature along a longitudinal axis of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Rodd Garcia