Laminated Patents (Class 36/44)
  • 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
    Assignee: DER YOU ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    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
    Assignee: NEWTON RUNNING COMPANY, INC.
    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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150026999
    Abstract: A customizable shoe insole is provided. A base layer having a substantially flat surface shaped to a sole of a foot extends from a heel of the foot to beyond a ball of the foot. One or more support pads each having a different contoured shape of varying height is removably affixed on a top surface of the base layer. An upper layer having a substantially flat surface shaped to the sole of the foot is affixed on top of the support pads and base layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Propet
  • Publication number: 20150026998
    Abstract: An insole structure includes a supporting layer, a buffer layer and a surface layer orderly superposed together. The supporting layer is provided thereon with an intermediate bulgy block, an arch bulgy block and a heel bulgy block. The buffer layer is disposed with an intermediate buffer portion, an arch buffer portion and a heel buffer portion at locations respectively corresponding with the intermediate bulgy block, the arch bulgy block and the heel bulgy block of the supporting layer. By so designing, the insole structure of this invention is able to rectify a user's foot shape and comfortable in wearing and to produce the insole structure, only need to have the buffer layer directly stuck to the supporting layer, able to greatly simplify manufacturing procedures, shortening labor hours and lower producing cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Su-Miao LIN
  • Publication number: 20150013183
    Abstract: A footwear sole or an orthotic or combinations of both including a set of incrementally different inserts forming a progressive sequence. The progressive sequence includes inserts having corrective structures that are incrementally closer to a final corrective structure than a corrective structure of a previous insert in the sequence. The corrective structure of the inserts may change in one or more of shape, thickness and firmness of at least one portion of the at least one insert as compared to the previous insert in the sequence. Each of the inserts of the set is worn for a period of time in order of the progressive sequence as part of the footwear sole and/or orthotic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20150000159
    Abstract: An orthotic is disclosed. The orthotic may include a cushioning layer configured to extend from at least the metatarsal region to the proximal heel region, the cushioning layer having a heel region with a protruding heel piece integrally molded as part of the cushioning layer. The orthotic may also include an outer shell layer fixedly coupled to the cushioning layer, the outer shell layer extending longitudinally from at least the medial cuneiform-first metatarsal joint region to the calcaneus bone region of the user, the outer shell layer configured to receive the protruding heel piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Harold A. Howlett, Bin Xia, Philip C. Yang
  • Patent number: 8914998
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole assembly with a rib that is resiliently flexible, and the rib has a longitudinal axis and a transverse axis. The transverse axis extends at an acute angle relative to the ground surface, and the rib includes a first longitudinal end, a second longitudinal end, and a middle portion disposed between the first and second longitudinal ends. A height of the first and/or second longitudinal end is greater than that of the middle portion. The rib is operable to axially support a first force applied substantially along the acute angle relative to the ground surface, and the rib transverse axis remains substantially straight in response to the first force. The rib resiliently bends about the rib longitudinal axis in response to a second force applied substantially normal to the ground surface to make the rib transverse axis non-linear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Petre Gheorghian, Martine I. V. Mientjes, Erez Morag, Matthew A. Nurse
  • Patent number: 8914996
    Abstract: An antistatic insole is disclosed, which consists of one cover layer, one first layer body, one second layer body, one arch pad, and one heel pad. The insole is assembled with a cover layer on the surface of the first layer body and the second layer body below the first layer body and the heel pad and the arch pad are below the second layer body. The elasticity of the heel pad is more elastic and the arch pad less elastic than the first layer body. The contour of the surface of the first layer body follows that of the foot arch of a human body and acts coherently with that of the second layer body. The cover layer, the first layer body, and the second layer body are antistatic. The arch pad is equipped with antistatic and anti-fatigue functions according to various arch shapes of a human foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Global Action Inc.
    Inventor: Keh-Tao Liu
  • Publication number: 20140366399
    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: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Dan Wakeland, Jeff Gray, Matthew Warren Gooch
  • Patent number: 8893406
    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. The footwear component can also include a cushioning member that provides support and cushioning for the heel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Neil Crumbleholme, Deliang Gu
  • Publication number: 20140338221
    Abstract: This application discloses shoe inserts which are configured such that a user may expose one or more adhesive layers while the cushioning shoe insert is maintained at an optimal location within a shoe, thereby securing the cushioning shoe inserts precisely at the optimal location. Moreover, this application discloses shoe inserts which are designed to distribute necessary support forces, e.g. through a foot chock, thereby mitigating or eliminating uncomfortable levels of localized pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Carlene Pride
  • Publication number: 20140305004
    Abstract: A removable puncture protective footwear insert with an insole with an orthotic shape that includes an arch support and a heel cup made of a cellular foam product, a multiple layer protective material where the layers are coupled together and held within the insole and a cushioning and shock absorption material that helps maintain the insole orthotic shape. The cellular foam product is PORON™ or ethylene vinyl acetate, PORON™ and ethylene acetate and the insole may be with or without a tile heel cup. The multiple layer protective material is a SWEN-FLEX® material LENZI EGISTO PS5 ES L-PROTECTION® material, or other puncture proof material. There are also two or more separate methods for manufacturing a removable footwear insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Timothy Thomas O'Dowd
  • 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: 20140283409
    Abstract: An insole which generates an air flow during use, which assists in cooling or warming the foot of a user is disclosed. In a first embodiment, air flow facilitated by said insole provides for convective heat transfer away from the plantar surface of the foot. The insole is intended for insertion into a shoe which is ventilated, preferably an athletic shoe with a ventilated upper. The bottom layer defines a plurality of ridges and channel lining portions which together define a plurality of air channels. The bottom layer defines a heel recess in which a heel pad is situated. In a second embodiment, an insole which collects, retains, and heats a user's foot is disclosed. Said insole further comprises a middle layer of thermal reflective material secured to and coextensive with a top layer and a bottom layer secured to said middle layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Lewis, David Bradley Granger, Jacob Martinez, William Sterling Wynn
  • Patent number: 8839530
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an article of footwear may include assembling at least a portion of an upper of the article of footwear, the upper having a lower perimeter edge. A lasting element is secured to the upper adjacent to the lower perimeter edge. The lasting element includes a barrier and a tensile member located within the barrier, the tensile member being secured to opposite sides of the barrier. In addition, a sole structure of the article of footwear is joined to at least one of the upper and the lasting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Smith, Tiffany A. Beers, Joshua P. Heard, Taryn M. Hensley, Klaas P. Hazenberg
  • Publication number: 20140259759
    Abstract: An insole advantageous for arthritic or diabetic patients comprises three layers and provides an arch support and an integral heel receiving area. The insole has a generally foot-shaped bottom layer having a length extending from a heel area to a toe area, a top surface and a bottom surface. The bottom layer's bottom surface preferably comprises one to three indentations formed integrally therein and is preferably made of an EVA foam. Insert layers are secured to each of said indentations. A middle layer having a first and second side is secured to the bottom layer's top surface adjacent the middle layer's second side and is preferably made of a synthetic rubber layer. The middle layer takes the shape of the bottom layer. A top layer is coextensive with and secured to the middle layer's first side. The top layer composition is selected according to the intended use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Spenco Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Duane M. Sulak, David B. Granger, Jacob Martinez
  • Publication number: 20140259757
    Abstract: An arch support insole includes a basic body made from soft flexible material having a top surface, a heel support portion in form of crescent moon shape and projecting upward from the top surface and a palm support portion in front of the heel support portion. The heel support portion has two distal ends that gradually increase in thickness toward a center area thereof thereby forming a curved surface with an apex at the center area which is spaced from the top surface of the basic body at 5 mm˜9 mm and wherein 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˜6 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FUSCO INDUSTRIAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chen-Yu Tsai
  • Publication number: 20140259758
    Abstract: A insole with a seahorse reinforcing element is a combination of a soft insole and harder reinforcing element. The reinforcing element is integrally formed with a transverse arch support having the shape similar to the seahorse mouth and crown, an medial longitudinal arch support having the shape of the seahorse vertical body, and a heel support having the shape of the seahorse hooked tail. By strengthening the support of the insole, the invention can prevent discomfort in the transverse arch and the medial longitudinal arch due to sinking. At the same time, the invention reinforces the support for the starting position of walking, thereby saving user's efforts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Torng-Haur YEH