Insoles Patents (Class 36/43)
  • Patent number: 10874174
    Abstract: A shoe with a shoe eyelet structure includes a flexible substrate, a plastic protective layer formed outside the flexible substrate, and a shoe sole connected to the bottom of the flexible substrate. The flexible substrate is a braided fabric or a textile fabric of an integral structure. Several shoe eyelet structures are provided on an upper side between a shoe toe portion and a shoe throat portion of the flexible substrate. One end of the shoe eyelet structure is fixedly connected to the flexible substrate, and the shoe eyelet structure protrudes from the flexible substrate and is suspended so as to be penetrated by a shoe lace and adjust the degree of tightness of the flexible substrate. Such a shoe is comfortable and is easy to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: DONGGUAN JIANGHAO PLASTIC PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yetai Qin
  • Patent number: 10856616
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to an insole for footwear. The insole preferably includes a bottom surface, a peripheral sidewall, and a relief. The bottom surface has a perimeter, and the peripheral sidewall preferably extends upward from the perimeter of the bottom surface. The relief is preferably disposed in the peripheral sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SUPERFEET WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew Gooch, Ryan Anderson, Eric Hayes, Daniel Wakeland
  • Patent number: 10827798
    Abstract: The present invention is footwear having a convex shaped outsole with opposing wedge shaped configurations in the bottom of the front sole section and the back sole section which provide rotation of the front sole section and the back sole section in opposite directions when weight is applied. The present invention is also footwear convex shaped in the longitudinal direction with a split sole having opposing wedge shaped configurations in the bottom of the front sole section and the back sole section that provide rotation of the front sole section and the back sole section in opposite directions when weight is applied. The invention further includes footwear having at least one pair of wedges on the outsole which provide footwear having improved arch support. The invention is also footwear with a flexible, elastic, member between the front sole section and the back sole section of the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Shlomo Piontkowski, Sharone Piontkowski
  • Patent number: 10744022
    Abstract: A force transmitting frame including a base, a first longitudinal member connected to the base, a second longitudinal member configured to slide with respect to the base, and a first fastener configured to fasten one end of the first longitudinal member and one end of the second longitudinal member is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., KOREA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Youn Baek Lee, Jung-Yun Choi, Yong Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 10729205
    Abstract: Provided is a device for insertion into a heeled shoe, having a rear region positioned to underlying a wearer's calcaneal tuberosity, the rear region being shaped to accommodate a planer surface of the wearer's calcaneal tuberosity, an upper surface of said rear region having a raised portion underlying an area of the wearer's calcaneus immediately forward of the wearer's calcaneus tuberosity; and a forward region positioned to underlie at least a portion of the shafts of the wearer's metatarsals, the second upper surface of said forward region having a raised portion which gradually rises to an apex position to underlie the shafts of the wearer's second and third metatarsals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: HBN SHOE, LLC
    Inventors: Brian G. R. Hughes, Howard Dananberg
  • Patent number: 10702008
    Abstract: Provided is a shoe or device for inserting into a shoe, having a shallow channel on a top side of a contoured insole or shoe, specifically under the 1st metatarsal shaft of the wearer. The shoe also has a rear region or heel cup positioned to underlying a wearer's calcaneal tuberosity, the rear region being shaped to accommodate a planer surface of the wearer's calcaneal tuberosity, an upper surface of said rear region having a raised portion underlying an area of the wearer's calcaneus immediately forward of the wearer's calcaneus tuberosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HBN SHOE, LLC
    Inventors: Brian G. R. Hughes, Howard Dananberg
  • Patent number: 10702009
    Abstract: An insole with puncture-resistant properties for safety footwear. The insole contains a repeating pattern of knit layer groupings and woven layer groupings where the knit layer groupings form the upper and lower surfaces of the insole. Each layer within the knit layer groupings and the woven layer groupings is adhesively bonded to the adjacent layers. The knit layer groupings contain at least two knit layers and the woven layer groupings contain at least two woven layers. Each woven and knit layer contains yarns or fibers having a tenacity of about 5 or more grams per denier in a knit configuration. Each woven and knit layer is impregnated on both sides and at least some of the internal surfaces with about 10 wt. % or less, based on the total weight of the layer, of a coating containing a plurality of particles having a diameter of about 20 ?m or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Yunzhang Wang, Thomas E. Mabe
  • Patent number: 10624416
    Abstract: An insole board for a high-heel shoe, said insole board includes a heel supporting area having a concave heel cup adapted to underlie a heel of the wearer, a medial arch support area adapted to underlie the arch of the wearer's foot and extending toeward of but short of the ball of the wearer's foot, and a forefoot area adapted to underlie the ball of the foot and forefoot of the wearer. The medial arch support area has a raised contour for supporting a portion of a sole of the wearer's foot underlying the wearer's arch, and the forefoot support area includes a hollow having a resiliently deformable material therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: VIONIC GROUP LLC
    Inventor: Terence Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10624418
    Abstract: A shoe includes a sole, an upper, and a welt. The sole and upper define a seam. The welt overlies the seam. The sole includes flex grooves. The upper includes perforations. The welt includes flex slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: COLE HAAN LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mokos, Scott Patt
  • Patent number: 10485299
    Abstract: An insole having a top sheet and a base layer with three pieces that include a base layer, a forefoot pad made of a clear TPR gel and a mid-foot to heel cushion made of a supersoft polyurethane. The midfoot/heel surface has a raised arch with criss-crossing longitudinal curvilinear indentations, a flattened midfoot area with a metatarsal midfoot tear-drop raised area, and a heel cup that surrounds the exterior back of the heel. A heel pod opening goes through the entirety of the thickness of base layer of the insole body and a heel pad is affixed to the bottom surface of the base layer being made of a clear TPR gel or blown EVA. There is also a supersoft heel dome and a metatarsal raised dome on the top (foot contact) surface of the insole which would be directly above the heel pod and the metatarsal midfoot area, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: IMPLUS FOOTCARE, LLC
    Inventors: David Bradley Granger, Jacob Martinez
  • Patent number: 10477915
    Abstract: Provided is a device for insertion into a heeled shoe, having a rear region positioned to underlying a wearer's calcaneal tuberosity, the rear region being shaped to accommodate a planer surface of the wearer's calcaneal tuberosity, an upper surface of said rear region having a raised portion underlying an area of the wearer's calcaneus immediately forward of the wearer's calcaneus tuberosity; and a forward region positioned to underlie at least a portion of the shafts of the wearer's metatarsals, the second upper surface of said forward region having a raised portion which gradually rises to an apex position to underlie the shafts of the wearer's second and third metatarsals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: HBN SHOE, LLC
    Inventors: Brian G. R. Hughes, Howard Dananberg
  • Patent number: 10390587
    Abstract: Provided is a device for insertion into a high heel shoe, having a rear region positioned to underlying a wearer's calcaneal tuberosity, the rear region being shaped to accommodate a planer surface of the wearer's calcaneal tuberosity, an upper surface of said rear region having a raised portion underlying an area of the wearer's calcaneus immediately forward of the wearer's calcaneus tuberosity; and a forward region positioned to underlie at least a portion of the shafts of the wearer's metatarsals, the second upper surface of said forward region having a raised portion which gradually rises to an apex position to underlie the shafts of the wearer's second and third metatarsals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: HBN SHOE, LLC
    Inventors: Brian G. R. Hughes, Howard Dananberg
  • Patent number: 10383400
    Abstract: The present invention relates to visco-elastic inserts, in particular to shoe inserts, and in particular to heel supports having a main body with regions of dissimilar hardness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Bauerfeind AG
    Inventor: Thomas Bauerfeind
  • Patent number: 10327510
    Abstract: A surgical shoe for receiving an orthotic insert is disclosed. The surgical shoe includes a shoe element configured to be worn on a wearer's foot. The shoe element includes a lower section and an upper section. The lower section is configured to be positioned below a wearer's foot, and the upper section is configured to couple the lower section to a wearer's foot. A looped body is configured to be positioned within the surgical shoe and to surround a circumference of an orthotic insert. A first attaching element couples a first surface of the looped body to an upward facing surface of the lower section. A second attaching element is configured to couple a second surface of the looped body to the upward facing surface. A third attaching element is configured to couple an orthotic insert to the upward facing surface of lower section of the shoe element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Desiree Garzon, Daniel Pero
  • Patent number: 10231514
    Abstract: A sole board for an article of footwear includes a plate that has a forefoot region, a midfoot region, and a heel region. The sole board includes a channel disposed in a top surface of the plate in the forefoot region. The channel extends from a lateral edge of the plate to a medial edge of the plate. A characteristic of the channel at the lateral and medial edges of the plate is different than the characteristic of the channel at a middle of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Aric Armon, Jeremy Determan, Frances Huang, Derek Luther, Nick Martushev, Kevin Murphy
  • Patent number: 10202520
    Abstract: The invention discloses a multi-function soft wall, comprising a surface printing layer and a base material, the base material further including a top layer, and a second layer, a third layer and a bottom layer that are all foaming layers, wherein both the second layer and the third layer have a foaming ratio less than that of the bottom layer, and a fiber layer is disposed between the third layer and the bottom layer. The invention further provides a method of manufacturing a multi-function soft wall, comprising: sequentially coating a top layer, a second layer, a third layer, a fiber layer and a bottom layer on a release paper, respectively, and then obtaining a base material, and performing a foaming process with respect to the second layer, the third layer and the bottom layer, respectively, and performing a drying and cooling process after the coating step; and separating the base material from the release paper, and printing a surface printing layer on the top layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: NINGBO CALLDE BIOMIMETICS MATERIALS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Huimin Cheng
  • Patent number: 10188319
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating a custom made orthotic or insole for footwear. Information relating to the pressure applied by the sole of a person's foot is used to custom produce an orthotic or insole for the person by using softer material or different structural components, selectively located at pressure points of a particular individual, to unload pressure on the foot at those points. Pressure readings taken for the foot of an individual identify pressure points for that foot. The pressure points are quantified and the foot is “mapped” in a grid format on a pressure map. Once mapped, structural components corresponding to a particular pressure value are positioned in the orthotic based on the mapping. The compression cells are created via 3D printing methods based on an individual's pressure readings and results from an electronic pressure plate utilizing pressure response sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: AETREX WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventors: Laurence Schwartz, Evan Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9770193
    Abstract: A detecting apparatus for curved surface of sole and distribution of pressure thereon, that includes a housing, a top plate enclosed at an opening of the housing, a detecting mechanism capable of vertical reciprocating movement and contacting the curved surface of sole, a detecting circuit collecting the vertical movement data of the detecting mechanism and transferring the vertical movement data to a data processing system, and the data processing system receiving and analyzing the data as well as re-constructing the profile of sole. The detection and reconstruction for 3D surface of the sole and pressure distribution thereon can be achieved by emitting and receiving an infrared ray, with high precision, strong anti-jamming ability, low power consumption and low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Tianchang Zhang, Caihong Huo
  • Patent number: 9750301
    Abstract: Item of footwear having an upper arrangement and a sole, wherein the upper arrangement has a top material and an air-permeable layer arranged in a base of the upper, the air-permeable layer is arranged above the sole, in a sole-side, bottom region of the upper arrangement, the air-permeable layer has a three-dimensional structure allowing the through-passage of air in at least the horizontal direction, and a sole-side, bottom peripheral region of the top material of the upper is replaced, over at least part of its peripheral extent, by at least one connecting material which, beginning at least above an underside of the air-permeable layer and running outside the air-permeable layer, is arranged on the base of the upper and is air-permeable at least in a sub-region located at least in part at the same level as the air-permeable layer and thus connects the air-permeable layer to the exterior surroundings such that air can be exchanged between the exterior surroundings and the air-permeable layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Bier, Marc Peikert, Ambrosius Bauer
  • Patent number: 9655404
    Abstract: An insole assembly for use in footwear is provided. The insole assembly generally includes a full-length insole base made of a flexible and resilient material (e.g., resiliently compressible foam), and a heel cap made of a generally rigid material (e.g., a carbon fiber reinforced polymer) which is attached to the insole base and mimics the contours thereof to provide proper biomechanical support of the heel and arch areas of a foot in a particularly lightweight and sleek form factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Superfeet Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Wakeland, Jeff Gray, Matthew Warren Gooch
  • Patent number: 9556318
    Abstract: The invention describes a foamable thermoplastic mixture, comprising (A) at least one thermoplastic polymer selected from ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA), ethylene methyl acrylate copolymer (EMA), ethylene butyl acrylate copolymer (EBA), ethylene-hexene copolymer, ethylene-butene copolymer, ethylene-octene copolymer, polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and ethylene-propylene copolymer, (B) at least one long chain branched polymer as a foam stabilizer selected from ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA), ethylene methyl acrylate copolymer (EMA), ethylene butyl acrylate copolymer (EBA), ethylene-hexene copolymer, ethylene-butene copolymer, ethylene-octene copolymer, polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and ethylene-propylene copolymer and (C) at least one chemical blowing agent, wherein the long chain branched polymer (B) is present in an amount of 1 to 30 wt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: SIKA TECHNOLOGY AG
    Inventor: Matthias Gössi
  • Patent number: 9149021
    Abstract: An animal paw pad comprising a base having an enclosure, wherein said base has a first side and a second side disposed opposite of said first side. There can be a gel disposed inside of the enclosure. There can be at least one adhesive coupled to the first side, and at least one roughened section coupled to the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Carol Marie Kerler
  • Patent number: 9131747
    Abstract: A shoe sole which assists in and enables correct walking. The shoe sole includes an outsole, a main midsole, a lower midsole and an upper midsole. The main midsole includes an inclined slope, a first extending section which is connected to the lower end of the slope, and a second extending section which is connected to the upper end of the slope. The first extending section is coupled to the outsole from a periphery of either an inward side or an outward side of an upper surface of the outsole. The lower midsole is disposed between undersurfaces of the slope and the second extending section and the upper surface of the outside. The upper midsole is coupled to upper surfaces of the slope and the first extending section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Cheol Ho Yang
  • Patent number: 9107473
    Abstract: A foot support structure for an article of footwear or other foot-receiving device may include a first foot support portion disposed in a first orientation and a second foot support portion disposed in a second orientation different than the first orientation. A twist portion may extend continuously from the first foot support portion to the second foot support portion and twist from the first orientation to the second orientation A common face of the foot support member may extend over at least part of the first foot support portion, at least part of the second foot support portion and the twist portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua P. Heard, Alexandre Baudouin, Robert M. Bruce, John Hurd, James Molyneux
  • Patent number: 9060563
    Abstract: An arch support insole includes a basic body made from soft flexible material having a top surface, a palm support portion and an arch support portion, wherein the palm support portion has a rear part, a front part with a width gradually increased from said rear part, an arched lateral side conforming to an arch of human foot, a topmost planar surface and a curved side surface gradually descending from the topmost planar surface. The topmost planar area is spaced apart from the top surface of the basic body at 7 mm˜9 mm. The arch support portion surrounds the rear part and the curved side surface of the palm support portion, has an upwardly curved top surface with a topmost point which is spaced from the top surface of the basic body at 1 mm˜4 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Fusco Industrial Corporation
    Inventor: Chen-Yu Tsai
  • Patent number: 9055782
    Abstract: A shoe structure for foot strike energy dissipation employs compressible members each having an internal void containing a first working fluid. A set of mating compressible members are each connected to a related one of the first compressible members through a fluid conduit such that the first working fluid is transferred from the related compressible member to the mating compressible member responsive to compression induced by foot strike. Resilient structural members are placed intermediate the compressible members to deform responsive to compression of the foot bed induced by foot strike provide both energy dissipation and resilient recovery of the compression cylinders to their uncompressed state. A cavity contains a second working fluid that is transmissible between the compressible members responsive to compression of the foot bed. Cooling tubes are provided for energy dissipation of the second working fluid which bathes the compressible members, conduits and resilient elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin McDonnell
  • Patent number: 9055781
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a body balance device, which includes a main body made of a cushioning material. The main body includes a first metatarsal bone section, a fourth metatarsal bone section, and a foot heel section. The main body forms a primary adjustment structure located between the first metatarsal bone section and the fourth metatarsal bone section and a secondary adjustment structure located between the fourth metatarsal bone section and the foot heel section and corresponding to outside of the main body. Both adjustment structures are formed with a structure of through hole or cavity in which a soft material is selectively embedded to allow the human body to reach a balanced condition when standing or walking so as to improve the discomfort of bones and muscles caused by long standing or walking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Varithotics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tzann-Yuh Tzeng
  • Patent number: 9055783
    Abstract: A footwear article comprising a generally elongate sole for engagement with and support of the foot of a person, said sole having an upper surface, a lower surface, a first portion being for interaction with at least the heel region of the foot of the person and a second portion for interaction with at least the metatarsal region of the foot of the person; and a foot engagement means for securing the footwear article to the foot of a person. The footwear article being characterized in that a first portion of the sole includes a first material having a first material property and the a second portion of the sole includes a second material having a second material property; and said first portion and said second portion extend at least to the upper surface of the sole and first material property provides for dampening of load imparted to the foot of the person upon contact with a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: David Fu
  • Publication number: 20150143713
    Abstract: A multi-function shoe pad is composed of a main body for a user's human sole to tread. The main body includes a hollow bulge integrally protruding toward a top side thereof and from a bottom side in such way that a chamber is formed below the hollow bulge. The chamber is deformable between a compressed state and an uncompressed state, so the hot air inside the chamber can exhaust and the cold air can be sucked into the chamber to enhance the air convection inside the user's shoe. Besides, the hollow bulge can allow the user's foot to tightly cling to the shoe to enable the shoe pad to be skidproof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Hsien-Hsiung CHENG
  • Publication number: 20150143714
    Abstract: A foot balancing device includes a shoe insert, a main balancing element, three auxiliary force-transferring elements, and three auxiliary balancing elements. The main balancing element is provided in an arch region of the shoe insert and serves as a fulcrum on the shoe insert for the front part of the sole of one of the user's feet and the heel of the foot. The auxiliary force-transferring elements are provided in the arch region of the shoe insert so that the pressure center of the sole will displace along an ideal line. The auxiliary balancing elements are located forward of and on two lateral sides of the main balancing element respectively to support a transverse arch, inner arch, and outer arch of the foot respectively. Thus, the user's body weight can distribute evenly over the sole while the user is standing or walking, thereby preventing injury resulting from improper posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Tzann-Yuh TZENG
  • Patent number: 9027261
    Abstract: A motorcycle boot comprises a sole or tread (22), a rigid shell (20) and an upper (52) associated with the rigid shell; the upper has furthermore a base insole (54) formed by a plurality of tubular channels (56) which extend over most of the bottom surface of the sole (54) and allow the air to pass at right angles to their axis; the shell has at the front an air intake communicating with the front end of the tubular channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Alpinestars Research SRL
    Inventor: Giovanni Mazzarolo
  • Publication number: 20150121721
    Abstract: An insole improvement (100) is described which has, in the portion where the transverse arch of the foot is placed, an area provided with a concave surface (10) that fits the region of the user's foot arch so as to prevent the foot from slipping forward from the shoe, which generates pressure on the forefoot, in addition to providing support to the heel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Lucas KNORST
  • Patent number: 9003679
    Abstract: An inner sole board having varying regions of flexibility is provided for use in an article of footwear. The inner sole board may include different materials along its length at different locations that vary its flexibility. An inner sole board is manufactured in an injection molding process requiring only one mold. The process includes a first step of providing a mold, a second step of providing an injection molding assembly, a third step of preparing an injection molding assembly and mold, a fourth step of injecting material into the mold, and a fifth step of establishing the dimensions of a first portion. During the injection molding process, the flow rate of at least one material may be controlled by a nozzle gate to control the shape and size of the flex zone it creates. In this manner, the inner sole board may be customized for a specific sport or individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Baucom, Clifford B. Gerber
  • Patent number: 8997379
    Abstract: An inlay sole for shoes is made up of sole pieces of varying Shore hardness which engage with each other on abutting edges, the width of which corresponds to the thickness of the sole pieces, with matching sinuous projections and matching recesses. The projections form extensions which engage in backcuts in the recesses, the inlay sole being made of several layers of sole pieces assembled as above. The abutting edges are offset with relation to each other from layer to layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Bauerfeind AG
    Inventors: Holger Reinhardt, Ralf Lang, Michel Vanfleteren
  • Patent number: 8978169
    Abstract: A hazardous materials protective garment may use a two-stage evaporative cooling process to ease heat strain on the wearer of the garment. The garment may include an impermeable inner layer and a wicking outer layer. One or more reservoirs may be disposed interior to the inner layer for collecting condensed and/or unevaporated sweat. One or more pumps may move the sweat to the exterior of the impermeable layer for distribution in the wicking layer and evaporation from the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Larry Berglund, Reed Hoyt
  • Publication number: 20150033578
    Abstract: The present embodiment is a footwear insert. In further detail the present embodiment offers an educational split graphic and split text system to assist a wearer in identification of left and right footwear. In addition, the present embodiment offers personal identification information related to the wearer of the inserts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Lisa Ann Hodson
  • Publication number: 20150000158
    Abstract: A structure of a correction shoe pad includes a shock-absorber mounted at an outside portion of a pad body of a shoe pad, so that the shock-absorber mounted at the outside portion of the pad body provides support to effectively prevent situations, such as eversion and ankle sprain causing by shift of the center of the body weight of the user toward the outer side of the sole and also to provide effects of bandy leg and wear of meniscus of knee joints resulting from the shift of the center of the body weight of the user toward the outer side of the sole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Jet Crown International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Edmund Wang
  • Publication number: 20150000157
    Abstract: A new manufacturing method produces an insole that fits a user's foot properly and that is manufactured in a shorter time at a lower cost. The manufacturing method includes steps of: acquiring information on a user's foot by a foot printer; selecting a basic part 2 based on the acquired information; attaching various modification parts 3 to the selected basic part 2 arranged in a trial shoe 1; determining whether the trial insole including a combination of the basic part 2 and modification parts 3 is properly fitted to the user's foot in walking and standing statuses; repeating the steps from selecting to determining until the most fitting combination of the basic part and modification parts is determined; reproducing the determined trial insole in a three-dimensional CAD based on the most fitting combination; and manufacturing an insole by cutting out material based on the reproduced trial insole in the three-dimensional CAD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: M-Support Limited Company
    Inventor: Yuichi HIKICHI
  • Publication number: 20150004429
    Abstract: A copper metal alloy, for use in making elements for promoting and/or stimulating vital energy comprises between 60% and 70% in weight of copper (Cu), between 16% and 24% in weight of silver (Ag), between 3% and 6% in weight of zinc (Zn), between 3% and 6% in weight of manganese (Mn) and between 0.5%> and 6%> in weight of germanium (Ge). Tin (Sn) in percentage comprised between 3% and 6% can also be provided for. Platinum (Pt) can also be provided for between 0.1% and 5% in weight. The alloy is used for making for example sheets in form of plates or strips which are associated to articles of various types.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: MEDIKA S.r.l.
    Inventors: Massimo Amenduni Gresele, Rodolfo Penna
  • Patent number: 8914995
    Abstract: A foot orthotic for use as an insole in footwear is made solely from a copper-containing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Orthotics Online Limited
    Inventor: Anthony Clive Andrews
  • Publication number: 20140352172
    Abstract: A combination insert-flat will allow a flat to be compressed to a thin insert which women will wear between their feet and heeled footwear discreetly and Comfortably, wherein the flat will adjust to fit in the high heel. When a wearer of the high heeled footwear desires a change out of the high heels, the person will take off their high heels and conveniently remove the insert-flat at which point they will unfold the insert into a flat. The wearer may place the flat on the user's feet and have a comfortable flat that will protect their feet from being bare foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: SHENE SERLETIC
  • Publication number: 20140338220
    Abstract: A footbed for supporting a person's foot is formed with one or more voids which removes support beneath either at least part of the heel which is lateral to the midline of the heel and which does not extend medially of the midline, or beneath the medial process of the tuber calcanei, or a combination of the two. Such voids stabilise those parts of the heel which functionally form an abutment to support the medial and lateral longitudinal arches of the foot, in order to prevent pronation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: FootJacks Ltd
    Inventor: Mark Stern
  • Publication number: 20140325872
    Abstract: An insole having liquid therein may include a main body that has an enclosing layer covering an outer surface of the main body, and liquid is enclosed by the enclosing layer. In one embodiment, the liquid can be water or oil. The insole may also have at least one hole located at a predetermined position of enclosing layer to evenly distribute the pressure from the user's feet. A sealing edge is formed at an outer portion of the main body and a pressing portion is formed at a periphery of the holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: TAIWELL TECH. CO.,LTD.
    Inventor: Chin-Yu Huang
  • Publication number: 20140324396
    Abstract: A foot orthotic device is disclosed. More specifically described is an individualized foot orthotic device to correct and/or restore the ideal alignment and/or positioning of foot structures. The device is designed using a method and system that applies sequential pressure to regions on a plantar foot surface, and obtaining positional information about each region. Based on the positional information, an orthotic profile is determined, for design of one or more custom, individualized foot orthotic devices for a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: J. Kevin Miller, Michael S. Latterman, Sue Ann Latterman
  • Publication number: 20140298680
    Abstract: A high heeled shoe and shoe sole insert are provided that are configured to provide relief from the forces on the foot created by walking in high heels. The shoe comprises a layered sole having an outsole, a midsole, and an insole. The midsole of the shoe comprises a cutout that is positioned over the metatarsal pressure point of the user's foot when positioned within the shoe. The cutout is filled with a shock absorbing material, such as Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foam, and includes a layer of paperboard for further cushioning. The shoe sole insert similarly includes a metatarsal padded region and a medial longitudinal arch pad to provide a layer of cushioning above the midsole of a user's footwear. The present invention provides relief while wearing high heels by cushioning the user's foot in high pressure zones, thereby relieving the pressure and reducing injuries or soreness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Joan Oloff
  • Publication number: 20140298682
    Abstract: The improved footwear system of the present application uses composite materials in the design of an advanced modular in-shoe foot orthosis and a new container assembly which includes a high performance energy storage and return element orthosis. The footwear system uses a method of manufacture incorporating a new last model. The advantages of the footwear system over standard issue combat boots include lower weight, improved treatment of lower extremity overuse injuries and reduction of the occurrence of such overuse injuries by protecting at-risk feet with advanced footwear which can be customized to meet the biomechanical needs as well as the specific activities of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicants: UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE, DIAPEDIA, LLC
    Inventors: Peter R. Cavanagh, Timothy B. Hurley, John J. Tierney, John W. Gillespie, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140298681
    Abstract: An orthotic shoe insert having a contoured body adapted to support a location of a wearer's foot between a heel and a medial arch, the body being constructed of a semi-rigid material and including a rear concave end and a forward extending and medial arch supporting edge. The body exhibits a three dimensional shape and perimeter defining outer profile adapted for being inserted into the wearer's shoe. Corresponding methods for forming an orthotic shoe insert can include either providing a thermoplastic material in an unformed lay-flat sheet of varying thickness and rigidity, then applying a heat source to the material to assisting in forming the material into a three dimensional shape including a concave rear and heel supporting end and a forward extending and medial arch supporting end. Other methods include pre-placing scrim layers within opposing surfaces of mating die halves and post-injecting a plasticized material in fluidic state in order to form the insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: David Epstein
  • Patent number: 8844166
    Abstract: Insole (1) intended to be placed removably in a shoe (8), said insole comprising a long and thin body (2) and a vibrating device (4) embedded in said body (2), said vibrating device (4) comprising an electric accumulator (12), a control system (14) and a vibration generator (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Quo Vadis
    Inventor: Jean-François Jazdanian
  • Publication number: 20140259755
    Abstract: An arch support insole includes a basic body made from soft flexible material having a top surface, a palm support portion and an arch support portion, wherein the palm support portion has a rear part, a front part with a width gradually increased from said rear part, an arched lateral side conforming to an arch of human foot, a topmost planar surface and a curved side surface gradually descending from the topmost planar surface. The topmost planar area is spaced apart from the top surface of the basic body at 7 mm˜9 mm. The arch support portion surrounds the rear part and the curved side surface of the palm support portion, has an upwardly curved top surface with a topmost point which is spaced from the top surface of the basic body at 1 mm˜4 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Chen-Yu Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140259753
    Abstract: A foamed article is made by infusing the article of thermoplastic elastomer including a nonpolar component with a supercritical fluid, then removing the article from the supercritical fluid and either (i) immersing the article in a heated fluid or (ii) irradiating the article with infrared or microwave radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: NIKE, Inc.