Laminated Patents (Class 36/44)
  • Patent number: 11388950
    Abstract: The invention aims to provide a shoe sole member capable of achieving comfort when using shoes and exhibiting excellent shape-recovering properties after using the shoes. Provided is a shoe sole member formed using a polymer foam, and the polymer foam contains fibers dispersed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Junichiro Tateishi
  • Patent number: 11375771
    Abstract: Disposable insole pads and use thereof are disclosed. The disposable insole pads are multilayer structures comprising a topsheet and a pressure sensitive adhesive, and optionally a backsheet, silicone coating and liner layers. The pressure sensitive adhesive layer allows the disposable insole pads to be positioned, repositioned and removed, making them well suited for daily use and disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: HENKEL AG & CO. KGaA
    Inventors: Sun Hee Lehmann, Yuhong Hu, Cynthia Cain, Michael Harwell, Joanne Georgiana
  • Patent number: 11234485
    Abstract: Foot support systems, e.g., for articles of footwear, include systems for changing the hardness or firmness of the foot support portion (e.g., of a sole structure) and/or systems for moving (e.g., selectively moving) fluid between various portions of the foot support system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier Henrichot, Timothy P. Hopkins, Elizabeth Langvin, Austin Orand, Levi J. Patton
  • Patent number: 11172731
    Abstract: Dual-layer insole apparatuses for diabetic foot lesion prevention and related methods are provided. Some insole apparatuses have a body defining a plurality of cavities configured to be coupled to a fluid source. The fluid source can deliver fluid to vary internal pressures of the cavities. The body further defines an insole-shaped structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignees: The Board of Regents of the Universsity of Texas Systems, The University of North Texas Health Science Center At Fort Worth
    Inventors: Muthu B. J. Wijesundara, Wei Carrigan, Ryan Landrith, Metin Yavuz
  • Patent number: 11051577
    Abstract: A footbed having at least one of a thickness adjustment panel and a lateral adjustment fin, each configured to be moved between a first configuration and a second configuration, the first and second configurations providing different fits of a shoe into which the footbed is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: FAST IP, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Cheney, Seth Munger, Aislynn Edwards, Danielle Bullock
  • Patent number: 11033073
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a midsole for an article of footwear is described that includes a first foaming cord made of a first material and a second foaming cord made of a second material. The first material is different than the second material. The first foaming cord and the second foaming cord are embroidered into a shape of the midsole. The first foaming cord and the second foaming cord may be embroidered to a substrate material by thread. A midsole can include multiple layers of foaming cords. Customized midsoles may be formed by selective placement of one or more foaming cords in different locations or layers to provide different properties or characteristics to the midsole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Tom Luedecke, Jiamin Zhu
  • Patent number: 11019879
    Abstract: Extruded components for articles of footwear and methods of making such articles of footwear are disclosed. A carrier can be formed from a first material, the carrier including an attachment surface configured to attach to an upper and a receiving surface having a plurality of receptacles. A second material can be extruded into a plurality of the receptacles to form cushioning elements of a sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Reebok International Limited
    Inventors: Paul Davis, Dennis Gaboriault, Ricardo Vestuti, Henry Hardigan, Frank Millette, Michael Andrews
  • Patent number: 11019878
    Abstract: An insole and/or outsole for a shoe such as an athletic shoe or cleat that includes a multilayer channeled assembly designed at preventing the transfer of heat from extremely hot ground surfaces, most notably synthetic turf, to the foot. In one embodiment, the insole includes a channeled layer of solid material with a very low thermal conductivity, preferably silicon or cork, as the base material beneath a layer of heat resistant felt preferably made of oxidized polyacrylonitrile fibers. The channeling in the base layer allows for air pockets to be created within the insole itself that makes the heat resistant felt more resistant to (i.e., efficient at preventing) the transfer of heat. In another embodiment, the outsole for a shoe such as an athletic shoe or cleat includes a base layer of channeled solid material with low thermal conductivity, silicon, cork, or polystyrene, below a layer of heat resistant felt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: William Walsh, Craig Krzyskowski, John E. Brovsky
  • Patent number: 10882265
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to a method for forming foamed shoe insoles as well as related shoe and shoe component articles. A foamed polymer having an open-cell foam interior structure and a continuous outer layer or skin can be formed conveniently such as by injection molding. The foamed polymer has a shape corresponding to two opposing shoe insole portions such that it can be cut or otherwise separated into two corresponding complementary foamed shoe insoles. The resulting open-cell foam interior structure and a continuous outer layer of the foamed shoe insoles can provide enhance spring or bounce effect when the insoles are incorporated into a shoe or sole component thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: ASCION, LLC
    Inventors: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan, Hsun-Chen Chang
  • Patent number: 10856604
    Abstract: Provided is a shoe sole member including: a first foam member containing a first resin; and a second foam member containing a second resin, wherein the first foam member and the second foam member are fused, and the second resin has a melting point higher than that of the first resin by 20° C. or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Yoshihito Tanaka, Shintaro Nagata, Takuro Kamimura, Hideyuki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10799179
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to collecting data to generate specifications for an orthosis. In example implementations, data may be collected from a plurality of pressure sensors. Histograms may be generated that characterize collected data. Specifications for an orthosis may be generated based on the histograms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Satwant Kaur
  • Patent number: 10743606
    Abstract: A plate for an article of footwear includes a substrate, a first strand portion attached to the substrate via first stitching, and a second strand portion disposed on the first layer. The first strand portion includes first segments that each extend between two different locations along the substrate to form a first layer on the substrate. The second strand portion includes second segments that each extend between two different locations along the substrate to form a second layer on the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Bartel, Risha Dupre, Emily Farina, Lysandre Follet, Stefan E. Guest, Helene Hutchinson, Sam Lacey, Geng Luo, Rachel M. Savage, Christian Alexander Steinbeck, Adam Thuss, Krissy Yetman
  • Patent number: 10638809
    Abstract: Provided is a shock absorber formed by a resin composition and provided in a shoe, the shock absorber satisfying all formulas (1) to (4) below when changes in storage elastic modulus between 20° C. to 50° C. are linearly approximated by a least-squares method: Y=aX+b . . . (1); ?0.1?a??0.02 . . . (2); 1.0?b?16.0 . . . (3); and R2?0.75 . . . (4), where X represents a temperature (unit: ° C.) of the shock absorber, Y represents a storage elastic modulus of the shock absorber, and R represents a correlation coefficient in the least-squares method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: ASICS Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Ogawa, Takashi Inomata, Kenta Moriyasu
  • Patent number: 10606312
    Abstract: A system, method and device employs sensor arrangements and an e-system in designing, manufacturing, and monitoring custom human-interfacing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: JumpStartCSR, Inc.
    Inventors: George John Gosieski, Jr., George Jeongsoo Gosieski, Aaron Zev Lichtner
  • Patent number: 10550500
    Abstract: A puncture resistant material is made from high modulus continuous filament polypropylene yarns which are twisted and woven into a tight weave. Batting materials are placed adjacent the woven layer (which may comprise one or more individual woven layers) to form a stack and the stack is needlepunched to form a consolidated material. The material is heat treated and calendared and the finished product may be used in applications where puncture resistance is required, such as in a shoe insole material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: David F. Erb, Jr., Eric A. Barter
  • Patent number: 10441025
    Abstract: Protective garment for environments having high radiant heat loads and/or high conductive heat loads is described. A protective footwear article and method of making includes an upper with an opaque outer layer; an inner layer; and a thermally reflective layer positioned between the outer layer and the inner layer, the thermally reflective layer having a reflective surface facing the outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Globe Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Mordecai, Roland F. Landry, Neil S. Hanley
  • Patent number: 10182616
    Abstract: A biodegradable and disposable shoe liner is made of a first layer impregnated with a deodorant and an absorbent, a second layer made of a moisture-resistant material, and an adhesive layer on the bottom side of the second layer for temporary attachment to the foot bed of a shoe. A peel-off layer of paper covers the adhesive layer to prevent the shoe liners from sticking to each other or other objects before use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Catherine Maureen O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10165824
    Abstract: A sole member for an article of footwear includes a composite sole structure and a reinforcing member. The sole structure may comprise two layers of woven composite material. The two layers have substantially similar woven patterns. The sole structure includes bulging portions with centrally recessed portions. The reinforcing member fits into channels associated with the bulging portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Andrew Caine, Sergio Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 10111491
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a novel shoe sole including a specific layered sheet, an insole of a shoe, an out sole of a shoe, and a shoe including the shoe sole. The object can be fulfilled by a shoe sole formed of a layered sheet of a plurality of cloths wherein; the cloths formed of a strand of an oriented thermoplastic resin; and the plurality of cloths are integrated by heating and compressing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Diatex Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yohei Tanabe, Yoichi Mizushima, Ken Itoh
  • Patent number: 9980532
    Abstract: A high-heeled shoe for a human foot which enables a person wearing it to stand and walk in an anatomically correct (suitable) position, i.e. to walk just like when she walks with heelless flat shoes; enables the body to stand in balance and the foot to rest on all points. The high-heeled shoe is formed with a curving inclined supporting sole which extends into the heel with the curve being adjusted with arctangent values and a correction factor and toe and heel angles appropriate for a human foot to provide perfect conformity with the human foot for straight body posture suitable to anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Hayim Vitali Kazes
  • Patent number: 9961958
    Abstract: An insole having a top sheet and a base layer with three pieces that include a base layer, a forefoot pad and a midfoot-to-heel support cushion. The mid-foot/heel surface has a raised medial arch and longitudinal curvilinear indentations, a flattened mid-foot area with a metatarsal mid-foot tear-drop raised area, and a surrounding the heel pod that cups the exterior back by a heel cup. A heel pad 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. 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: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Implus Footcare, LLC
    Inventors: David Bradley Granger, Jacob Martinez
  • Patent number: 9896809
    Abstract: In one aspect, artificial turf systems are described herein. In some embodiments, an artificial turf system comprises an artificial turf mat and artificial turf fibers disposed on a surface of the artificial turf mat, the artificial turf mat comprising at least one energy management material. An energy management material, in some embodiments, is disposed in a backing of the artificial turf mat, a binding agent of the artificial turf mat, and/or an infill material of the artificial turf mat. In addition, in some embodiments, the artificial turf fibers also comprise at least one energy management material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Reyad I. Sawafta, Jeffrey W. Bruner
  • Patent number: 9888740
    Abstract: A multi-ply shockproof, hygroscopic and breathable shoe pad includes, from bottom to top in succession: a support bottom layer (1), wherein a lower end face of the support bottom layer (1) is provided with a plurality of protruding portions (5), an upper end face of the support bottom layer (1) is provided with air holes (6), and the protruding portions (5) and the air holes (6) are alternately arranged; an elastic interlayer (2), wherein the elastic interlayer (2) is provided with air holes (6), and is coated with an antibacterial deodorization layer; a hygroscopic interlayer (3), wherein the hygroscopic interlayer (3) is provided with air holes (6), and is coated with an antibacterial deodorization layer; and a breathable waterproof layer (4) coated with an antibacterial deodorization layer; and the support bottom layer (1), the elastic interlayer (2), the hygroscopic interlayer (3), and the breathable waterproof layer (4) are successively bonded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sambo (Shenzhen) Technology New Materials co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wai Yip Ko
  • Patent number: 9788600
    Abstract: The invention relates to devices and methods for designing and manufacturing customized footwear, and components thereof. An example method includes a method of designing at least a portion of a sole of an article of footwear customized for a user. The method includes the steps of determining at least one input parameter related to a user, analyzing the at least one input parameter to determine at least one performance metric of a foot of the user, and determining at least one customized structural characteristic of at least a portion of a sole of an article of footwear for the user based on the performance metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: New Balance Athletics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Wawrousek, Jean-Francois Fullum, Sean B. Murphy, Pedro Rodrigues, Trampas Tenbroek
  • Patent number: 9718962
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composition for preparation of latex pads, comprising natural latex, artificial latex, sliver nanoparticles, zinc oxide nanoparticles, and active carbon mixed in a specified proportion. The present invention also provides a method for manufacturing latex pads from the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Chin-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 9668539
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an item of footwear with sole protection. The footwear has an upper adapted to receive a foot of the wearer; a sole secured to the upper and adapted to be the interface between the wearer and the ground; and a puncture resistant layer embedded into the sole so as to provide the sole protection for the foot of the wearer, the puncture resistant layer having an outer edge exceeding an inner perimeter of the item of footwear defined by a junction between the upper and the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Simon La Rochelle
  • Patent number: 9491984
    Abstract: An article of footwear is provided having an elevated plate structure incorporated in the sole structure and optionally including a fluid-filled chamber. The elevated plate structure can include an upper plate and a plurality of legs extending downward toward the outsole. End portions of the legs can engage an upper region of the outsole. The elevated plate structure can form a cage region that can optionally include a fluid-filled chamber substantially disposed therein. The elevated plate structure can further include a lower plate disposed at an upper region of the outsole, which can form a lower portion of the cage region. Portions of the legs can be integrated with impact-attenuating members in the heel region in various configurations and can provide features for the impact-attenuating members, such as support, impact-attenuation and adjustable impact-attenuation features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee D. Peyton, DeVonne DeVoe
  • Patent number: 9456660
    Abstract: An odor impregnated shoe insert assembly includes a panel that has a size and shape to conform to and cover an insole of a shoe. The panel has an upper surface, a lower surface and a perimeter edge. A covering is mounted on completely covers the upper surface of the panel. The covering is impregnated with a scent. The panel is positioned within the shoe and the shoe placed on a foot to transfer the scent to the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventors: Armando Magdaleno, Elizabeth Magdaleno
  • Patent number: 9370219
    Abstract: A sole is formed of a body portion and an insert. The body portion has a front and a rear, interior and exterior edges, and upper and lower surfaces, the upper surface being formed with a recess having forward and rearward and intermediate regions. The recess has a circular aperture in the rearward region. The insert is formed with upper and lower surfaces and is positioned within the recess. The recess is formed with a cylindrical portion positioned in the circular aperture. Next provided is an upper adapted to hold the sole and insert to the foot of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Anthony A. Little
  • Patent number: 9295298
    Abstract: An article of footwear may incorporate various elements that are at least partially formed through a knitting process, such as a circular knitting process or a flat knitting process. Examples of the elements include tongue elements, collar elements, and collar-throat elements. In some configurations, the elements include compressible areas and flange areas. The compressible areas may include free yarn sections that impart compressibility, and the flange areas may be utilized to join the components to the article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Pamela S. Greene
  • Patent number: 9277784
    Abstract: A pad having upper and lower surfaces. The pad has front, back, interior and exterior edges forming a pad periphery. The pad includes an aperture for coupling with foot wear. The pad includes indoor/outdoor carpet formed of a bottom layer of backing material and a top layer of pile. A binding strip around the pad periphery. The binding strip covers portions of the upper and lower surfaces of the pad. The pad also includes over-edge stitching extending downwardly through the binding strip, the carpet and the binding strip. An adhesive on the lower surface of the pad is for coupling to footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Donna L. Lawson
  • Patent number: 9155354
    Abstract: The present invention is an insole topper pad adapted to provide an absorbent perspiration barrier between the bottom surface of the bare human foot and the top surface of a shoe's insole or footbed. The insole topper pad enables a user to easily transition from going barefoot to wearing shoes in a sockless manner, while further retaining a relatively hygienic environment within the shoe. The insole topper pad may be easily inserted in, or removed from, articles of footwear, and conveniently laundered on a daily basis. Further, the worry of unhealthy and embarrassing odors produced from prolonged bacteria build-up within a shoe may be substantially reduced. While eliminating the need for traditional socks, the insole topper pad allows the user to comfortably and sanitarily adapt to fashion and lifestyle trends which have significantly shifted, exposing the bare lower leg and ankle portion of the foot while wearing low rise shoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: William Curtis DesCamp
    Inventor: William Curtis Descamp
  • Patent number: 9149087
    Abstract: A shoe sole can comprise one or more resiliently compressible elements received in a foundation and located by the foundation to underlie a portion of a foot, such as metatarsal heads, when the shoe is worn. The resiliently compressible element or elements can be shaped to reduce coupling of compression of adjacent regions of the resiliently compressible element. One or more plate elements can be positioned between the resiliently compressible elements and the foot, e.g. under the metatarsal heads. The plate elements can be separated from each other by spaces, such as slots, to reduce coupling of movement of adjacent plate elements. The plate elements can be elastically interconnected at the spaces between them. A plurality of lugs configured to contact the ground can be located on a lower surface of the foundation such that they are generally aligned with the plate elements. The plurality of lugs can be elastically interconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Danny Abshire
  • Patent number: 9114570
    Abstract: The present disclosure encompasses three-dimensional articles comprising flexible-composite materials and methods of manufacturing said three-dimensional articles. More particularly, the present system relates to methods for manufacturing seamless three-dimensional-shaped articles usable for such finished products as airbags/inflatable structures, bags, shoes, and similar three-dimensional products. A preferred manufacturing process combines composite molding methods with specific precursor materials to form fiber-reinforced continuous shaped articles that are flexible and collapsible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Cubic Tech Corporation
    Inventors: Roland Joseph Downs, Christopher Michael Adams, Jon Michael Holweger
  • Patent number: 9078493
    Abstract: A footwear assembly requires a wearer to adjust in order to maintain stability while standing, walking, etc. The assembly includes an outer sole having a flexible shell surrounding a hollow interior substantially filled by a plurality of unconnected, substantially non-deformable particles. Foot pressure applied to the outer sole results in movement of the plurality of particles, and the resiliency of the shell allows it to assume a variety of different configurations based in part on the portion to which pressure is applied. The resiliency of the shell further facilitates normal biasing thereof and the particles therein into a normal, non-compressed orientation. The tendency of the outer sole to assume a variety of different configurations will, in some circumstances, require a wearer to adjust the corresponding foot and/or leg in order to maintain normal stability, at least when foot pressure is applied to the outer sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Body Fort, LLC
    Inventor: Ernesto Juan Bradford
  • Publication number: 20150143715
    Abstract: A lasting board for an article of footwear. The lasting board has a forefoot portion, a midfoot portion, and a heel portion and includes a first material and a second material that is different from the first material. The forefoot portion is monolithic and is constructed of the first material that is a non-woven fabric. The midfoot portion and the heel portion have an upper layer, a lower layer, and an intermediate layer between the upper layer and the lower layer. The intermediate layer is constructed of the second material, and the upper layer and the lower layer are constructed of the first material. A cushioning member made of a third material different from the first material and the second material is disposed within the heel portion of the lasting board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Neil Crumbleholme, Deliang Gu
  • Patent number: 9032644
    Abstract: A shoe includes a sole having an insert piece and a layer of material disposed on a top surface of the insert piece; and an upper extending above the sole. The insert piece extends from at least one of a front or middle portion of the shoe to a rear of the shoe, with the top surface of the insert piece inclined upwardly toward the rear of the shoe and then leveling off at a rear portion of the shoe. A top surface of the layer of material is inclined upwardly from the at least one of the front or middle portion of the shoe to the rear of the shoe, such that at the rear portion of the shoe an angle of inclination is significantly greater for the top surface of the layer of material than for the top surface of the insert piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Dynasty Footwear, Ltd.
    Inventors: John C. S. Koo, Paul S. Kaufman
  • Publication number: 20150121722
    Abstract: The present invention aims at controlling the balance of a skeletal structure of a foot of a user, and reducing the stress applied on the feet or body of the user wearing the footwear. In order to realize the above objects, the present invention provides an insole 1 for a footwear, having an elevated convexed center section 2 formed on a contact surface to be in contact with a foot, positioned at an intermediate area between a portion corresponding to a base of a big toe of the foot and a portion corresponding to a base of a little toe of the foot, and a concaved center section 3 formed on the contact surface in contact with the foot, positioned on both sides of the convexed section 2, and extending from the portion corresponding to the base of the big toe or the portion corresponding to the base of the little toe to the portion corresponding to a heel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Hayato HIROSE
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150096192
    Abstract: A therapeutic insole, comprising: at least a plantar channel running onto the upper surface of the therapeutic insole for providing support to a user's foot structure; a section of outside ribbing adapted to secure the therapeutic insole into a user's shoe; a plurality of support ribs running underneath the therapeutic insole to aid providing support to a user's foot structure while maintaining the therapeutic insole's shape; and a heel cup working with the at least a plantar channel to prevent undesired changes in a user's plantar fascia and heel tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Darryl Wayne McClaskey
  • 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: 8991073
    Abstract: An insert for soles, particularly for perforated soles made of polymeric material, comprising a membrane that is impermeable to water and permeable to water vapor, the insert comprising a supporting layer made of mesh, felt or other diffusely perforated material, a vapor permeation component, which comprises the membrane arranged above the supporting layer, a layer of polymeric material that impregnates locally the supporting layer, so as to form therein a matrix for the adhesive bonding thereof to other components of the shoe, a region for sealing the supporting layer to the vapor permeation component. The adhesive bonding matrix affects at least the perimetric region of the supporting layer and delimits at least one vapor-permeable portion of the supporting layer, which is free from polymeric material. The sealing region provides for the intimate grip of the polymeric material, which impregnates the supporting layer, to the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: GEOX S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Polegato Moretti
  • Patent number: 8993647
    Abstract: [Objects] It is an object to provide a foam having a low specific gravity and a small compression set, more preferably a foam having a low specific gravity, a small compression set and uniform quality, a foaming composition, and applications of the foam. [Means for Solution] The foam is obtained by foaming an olefin polymer, wherein the foam has a specific gravity (d) in the range of 0.03 to 0.30, and a compression set (CS, %) and the specific gravity (d) satisfy the formula of CS??279×(d)+95. The foam is preferably obtained from a foaming composition that includes an ethylene polymer (A) including a specific ethylene/?-olefin copolymer (A1) and an ethylene/polar monomer copolymer (A2) in a specific mass ratio, and a specific ethylene/C3-20 ?-olefin/non-conjugated polyene copolymer (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventors: Takayuki Kajihara, Kiminori Noda, Masayoshi Yamaguchi, Takashi Hakuta
  • Publication number: 20150075030
    Abstract: An insole for an orthopedic device includes a top portion including at least one top layer. The top layer defines a top surface arranged to be substantially adjacent a plantar surface of a user's foot. A bottom portion is connected to and arranged opposite the top portion. The bottom portion includes at least one bottom layer. At least one removable element is arranged for removal from at least the bottom portion for defining at least one opening below the top surface. The top surface continuously spans over the at least one opening arranged for off-loading one or more affected areas of the plantar surface of the foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jonathan WALBORN, Zachariah J. KLUTTS, Harry Duane ROMO
  • Patent number: 8973287
    Abstract: A shoe midsole has a sole plate, a plurality of blades integrally standing on the sole plate, a cover bonded to the circumference of the sole plate, and a fluid sealed between the sole plate and the cover. A first concave part in a shape equivalent to a sole of a foot is formed on the surface of the sole plate, on which the plurality of blades stand, wherein the plurality of blades are accommodated within the first concave part. The plurality of blades are aligned at a predetermined interval in a direction nearly orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the sole plate, and some of the plurality of blades are tilted toward the toe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Himiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Shibata, Masao Shibata
  • Publication number: 20150059204
    Abstract: A two part insole having one part for housing smart systems embedded within an insole, and a second part for maintaining comfort of a cut-to-fit insole to increase the functionality of the overall product for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: SOLEPOWER LLC
    Inventors: Hahna Ruth Alexander, Davit Frengul Davitian, Elliot Isaac Kahn, Matthew James Stanton
  • Publication number: 20150059203
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing shoe insoles, comprises steps of: step 1, making a resin mixture by mixing a resin and a hardening agent in a container; step 2, impregnating a glass fiber cloth with the resin mixture in step 1; step 3, cutting the glass fiber cloth impregnated in step 2 according to a pre-determined shape of a half insole or of an insole; step 4, hot-press forming a product by adding the glass fiber cloth cut in step 3 to a pre-heated mold, and heat pressing the glass fiber cloth to obtain the product of a shoe insole. A shoe insole manufactured according to the above method and a shoe comprising the same are also disclosed, involving high strengths, small thicknesses, light weights, resistances to moisture as well as hydrolysis, longtime molding effects, a strong weatherability and a good balance, and facilitating the standardization of shoe manufacturing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Zhenhuan XU
  • Publication number: 20150047221
    Abstract: An orthotic insert device has a first portion generally underlying the plantar surface of the heel fat pad of the calcaneus of a wearer's foot when the insert is placed in a corresponding shoe. The device has a second portion which is located and sized to generally underlie the mid-foot of the wearer. The first portion under the heel is less rigid, that is, more compressible, than the second portion underlying the mid-foot. As a result, the device not only decreases the force felt on the heel, but also acts to offload the force from the heel toward the mid-foot, especially during the impact phase of a person's gait. By off-loading the heel and transferring weight to the mid-foot, force otherwise felt in the region of the calcaneus is dissipated over a much larger surface area, including the mid-foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jason R. Hanft
  • Publication number: 20150040427
    Abstract: A shoe insole covering embedded with bamboo and charcoal, designed to cover a shoe insole is presented. The shoe insole covering comprises a main body, an opening and a plurality of raised dots. The main body includes a top portion, a bottom portion and an inner portion. The opening is located at the bottom portion. The opening includes an elastic edge that is extendable. The extendable elastic edge allows the shoe insole covering to fit with shoe insoles of different sizes. The shoe insole covering receives the shoe insole through the opening and secures the shoe insole at the inner portion. The shoe insole covering provides grip and prevents shifting of the shoe insole in footwear. The plurality of raised dots provide additional grip to the footwear. The shoe insole covering completely wraps the shoe insole. The shoe insole covering is washable and reduces bad odor coming out from the shoe insole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth B. Sanders
  • Patent number: 8950089
    Abstract: The present application relates to an insulation pack in a wearable article, such as a footwear article. In one example embodiment, the insulation pack includes a perforated air retention and communication layer, an insulating compressible layer, and a reflective layer. In a compressed state, when the wearable article is worn by a wearer, the perforated air retention and communication layer and the insulating compressible layer maintain a lofted air space which is in air communication with an inner body space of the wearable article and acts as an insulating layer. Further, the reflective layer reflects radiated body heat. Thus, the insulation pack may provide a heat retention and insulation system for the wearable article by reducing body heat lost via radiation and conduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Keen, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Youngs, Blaine Conrad