Uppers Patents (Class 36/45)
  • Patent number: 10993497
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole structure and an upper secured to the sole structure. The upper is configured to receive a foot of a wearer and has a peripheral region. Further, the upper includes a ribbon structure formed of a plurality of ribbon sections, and a plurality of ribbon loops extending from a peripheral region of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventor: Monibert Narito Gaba
  • Patent number: 10982364
    Abstract: A non-woven textile may be formed from a plurality of thermoplastic polymer filaments. The non-woven textile may have a first region and a second region, with the filaments of the first region being fused to a greater degree than the filaments of the second region. A variety of products, including apparel (e.g., shirts, pants, footwear), may incorporate the non-woven textile. In some of these products, the non-woven textile may be joined with another textile element to form a seam. More particularly, an edge area of the non-woven textile may be heatbonded with an edge area of the other textile element at the seam. In other products, the non-woven textile may be joined with another component, whether a textile or a non-textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Karen A. Hawkinson
  • Patent number: 10874172
    Abstract: Articles of footwear and methods of making articles of footwear including one or more continuous threads wound around anchor points. The winding of the one or more continuous threads forms a thread pattern that imparts desired characteristics to components of the article of footwear. Thread lines of the thread pattern may be bonded together. In some embodiments, thread lines may be bonded with a bonding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Fionn Jonathan Corcoran-Tadd, Benjamin William Kleiman, Ian James Hennebery, Keith Paul Thompson, Peter David Cauwood, Peter Georg Laitenberger, Sam Jackson Conklin, Luke Alexander Lowrey
  • Patent number: 10863794
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper with a first braided structure, a second braided structure, and an overlay system. The overlay system is bonded to the first braided structure and the overlay system is bonded to the second braided structure. The overlay system may be more resistant to stretching than the first braided structure and the overlay system may be more resistant to stretching than the second braided structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: Robert M. Bruce
  • Patent number: 10856614
    Abstract: A shoe includes a midsole, an outsole, and an upper section. The upper section includes a top cap section, a vamp section, a quarter section, and a metatarsal-phalange joint flex area. The toe cap section covers a toe area of the shoe and is constructed of a first material. The vamp section covers a portion of a midfoot area of the shoe and is constructed of the first material or a second material. The quarter section provides a rear portion of the upper section and is constructed of the first material, the second material, and/or a third material. The metatarsal-phalange joint flex area covers a metatarsal-phalange joint section of the shoe and is constructed of a fourth material. The fourth material is more flexible than both of the first and second materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Athalonz, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy W. Markison, Jeremiah Johnston, Patricia A. Markison
  • Patent number: 10844526
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure is related to an upper for an article of footwear. The upper may include a knitted component with a first yarn, the first yarn forming a plurality of intermeshed loops of the knitted component. The upper may further include a surface formed by the plurality of intermeshed loops. The upper may further include a first structure at least partially forming a first aperture, the first structure extending from the surface, the first structure having a first end and a second end adjacent to the surface, and the first structure having a central portion extending from the first end to the second end. The first structure may include the first yarn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashleigh S. Brinkman, Andreas Schoppel
  • Patent number: 10834989
    Abstract: An article of footwear and a method of manufacturing the article of footwear are disclosed. The footwear may include an upper and a sole structure. The upper incorporates a textile element with edges that are joined together to define at least a portion of a void for receiving a foot. The textile element may also have a first area and a second area with a unitary construction with varying stitch configurations. The upper may also incorporate longitudinal ribs extending along the lateral and/or medial sides of the upper. Various warp knitting or weft knitting processes, including circular knitting, may be utilized to form the textile element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Edward Nathaniel Thomas
  • Patent number: 10791791
    Abstract: Articles of footwear may include a knitted component defining at least part of a void and joined with a sole structure. The knitted component may include an interior knit layer, an exterior knit layer, and a plurality of inlaid courses of a high tenacity yarn between the interior and exterior knit layers. The plurality of inlaid courses of high tenacity yarn may include at least three courses of the high tenacity yarn, each of which may be separated from an adjacent course of the plurality by no more than five courses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Lauren E. Cox, Seth M. Wiberg, Roberto Zavala
  • Patent number: 10758009
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include various first strands and second strands. The cutting and second strands may extend from an area proximal to lace-receiving elements to an area proximal to the sole structure. The first strands may have a substantially vertical orientation and the second strands may have a rearwardly-angled orientation. The first strands may be located in a midfoot region of the footwear and the second strands may be located in both the midfoot region and a heel region of the footwear. Angles between the first strands and the second strands may be at least 40 degrees. Additionally, the second strands may have at least fifty percent greater tensile strength than the first strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, James C. Meschter
  • Patent number: 10649113
    Abstract: One or more aspects of the present disclosure are directed to components having an optical element that imparts structural color to the component or article. The present disclosure is also directed to articles of manufacture including the component having an optical element, and methods for making components and articles having an optical element that imparts structural color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Bee, Jeremy Gantz, Kim Kovel
  • Patent number: 10617173
    Abstract: Footwear that opens fully at its back to allow a user to easily slide his or her foot into the footwear. The footwear may particularly be a boot, such as a cowboy boot or a work boot. The footwear may have both a vertical opening and a horizontal opening, allowing the user to place his or her foot into the footwear without bending his or her ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Steve Twist
  • Patent number: 10609987
    Abstract: Articles of footwear with a sock-like upper and methods for constructing thereof are provided. In one embodiment, an upper comprises a first layer including a first interior and a first exterior, a second layer including a second interior and a second exterior, where the first layer and the second layer comprise a same material and are physically coupled at one end of each layer, and a plurality of sub-structural components positioned between the first exterior and the second interior. In this way, manufacturing articles of footwear with a sock-like upper may be simplified, while the comfort and fit of the articles of footwear may be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Fuerst Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Francis Smith
  • Patent number: 10595591
    Abstract: A bonded mesh composite panel can be used to form a three-dimensional upper shell that includes extensions used for double-lasting and/or to otherwise provide a shelf to support foam padding. The foam padding may be, e.g., a foam midsole. The extensions of the upper shell may be located in a lower portion of the shell and may be bonded to the foam midsole in a heel, midfoot and/or forefoot regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, Daniel A. Johnson, Shane S. Kohatsu, Chin-Chen Huang
  • Patent number: 10582741
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a fastening system including a guide element and a carriage member slidably coupled to the guide element. A lacing element is coupled to the carriage member such that the position of the lacing element changes as the carriage member moves along the guide element. In an embodiment, the footwear includes a lateral side rail and a medial side rail, each rail including a series of carriage members selectively movable along the rail for a predetermined distance. The lacing element extends repeatedly from the lateral side to the medial side, being captured by the carriage members. In operation, the carriage members move along the rail, adapting the positioning of the lacing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventors: David Dombrow, Justin Howe
  • Patent number: 10512296
    Abstract: An upper for an article of footwear associated with one of a first foot size and a second foot size. The upper includes a knitted component including a trim region that defines a trimmed outer edge of the knitted component. The trimmed outer edge is associated with a first dimension of the upper that corresponds to the first foot size, and the trim region includes a trim line that is spaced from the trimmed outer edge in an inboard direction on the knitted component. The trim line defines a second dimension of the upper that corresponds to the second foot size. The second foot size is smaller than the first foot size. The knitted component includes a knit element having a first layer and a second layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: John Droege, Daniel A. Podhajny
  • Patent number: 10477920
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a textile component. The textile component of the upper includes a textile element and a tensile element. The tensile element defines a first segment disposed on a first side of the upper. The first segment of the tensile element is configured to attach the securement device to the textile element on the first side of the upper. The tensile element further includes a second segment that is disposed proximate the lower portion of the upper on the second side. The second segment is fixed relative to the lower portion of the upper on the second side. The tensile element further includes an intermediate segment that extends continuously from the first segment, across the heel region, to the second segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier Henrichot, Bryant R. Klug, Elizabeth Langvin, Timothy K. Liles, Adrian Meir, Nathan G. Schultze
  • Patent number: 10434388
    Abstract: A lacrosse head pocket and a related method of manufacture are provided to facilitate consistent, repeatable and/or custom manufacture of lacrosse equipment. The pocket can be constructed from multiple different sections joined with one another, or can be knitted, weaved or otherwise assembled on an automated assembly machine from strands, and/or can be formed as a unitary textile material having regions/sections with different physical and/or mechanical properties. The pocket can be integrally molded within portions of a lacrosse head to eliminate manually constructed connections between the pocket and lacrosse head. The lacrosse head can be integrally molded with a lacrosse handle to provide a one-piece unitary lacrosse stick. Related methods of manufacturing also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Huffa, Thomas H. Burns, Adam D. Paquette, Dale W. Kohler, Sean J. Slater
  • Patent number: 10349702
    Abstract: Methods for manufacturing articles of footwear including forming a first upper on a textile manufacturing machine and forming a second upper on the textile manufacturing machine at a time that at least partially overlaps with formation of the first upper. The first upper and the second upper are formed at separate locations of the textile manufacturing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: William C. McFarland, II, Kristen Orme
  • Patent number: 10342286
    Abstract: A shoe, and a method for tightening such a shoe, in particular to a sports shoe, having a sole and a shoe upper, wherein the shoe upper has a first material section, which at least partially extends around the foot of the wearer of the shoe. To enable the tightening of the shoe on the foot of the wearer in a comfortable manner, a second material section is arranged on the outside of the first material section, in which the second material section at least partially covers the first material section, wherein the second material section is a plastic material having a shape memory effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: PUMA SE
    Inventor: Reinhold Sussmann
  • Patent number: 10264851
    Abstract: An article of footwear having printed structures disposed on the article by a three-dimensional printer is disclosed. The printed structures include extended portions and fastener receiving portions. The extended portions are at least partially embedded in the upper. The fastener receiving portions are at least partially spaced apart from an exterior surface of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd A. Waatti
  • Patent number: 10182620
    Abstract: An article of footwear having an upper with enhanced transition properties is described herein. The transition properties may be incorporated in an ankle collar trim transition region, a heel stay reinforcing structure, and/or a heel padding structure. Additionally, a method for manufacturing the article of footwear with enhanced transition properties in a heel region is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle D. Schenone, Ellisha K. Wright
  • Patent number: 10172422
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an upper incorporating a knitted component. An inlaid strand extends through the knitted component. A combination feeder may be utilized to inlay the strand within the knitted component. As an example, the combination feeder may include a feeder arm that reciprocates between a retracted position and an extended position. In manufacturing the knitted component, the feeder inlays the strand when the feeder arm is in the extended position, and the strand is absent from the knitted component when the feeder arm is in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel A. Podhajny, Benjamin A. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10159311
    Abstract: An embroidered vamp process includes the following steps: (1) designing a vamp manufacture drawing by a computer; (2) according to the design drawing of step (1), cutting different pieces of cloth into base fabric of the vamp and a splice component of the vamp respectively by a laser; (3) typesetting the splice component cut in step (2) on the base fabric, then embroidering the splice component on the base fabric according to an embroidery thread pattern of the drawing by an embroidery machine; (4) cutting out the redundant base fabric of the vamp along the edge the splice component by, once again, the laser, forming the vamp of the finished product shoe model. An embroidered vamp comprises a vamp body, said vamp body comprising the base fabric and the splice component, said splice component being embroidered on the surface of base fabric by embroidery thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SINCETECH (FUJIAN) TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qinglai Cai, Weixiong Shi, Le Chen, Yizhen Cai, Fang Lin
  • Patent number: 10159309
    Abstract: A vamp with loop protection eyelets and a manufacture method thereof are disclosed. The vamp comprises a vamp body including a middle part having a notch which functions as a shoe tongue part. The vamp body is one-piece knitted fabric or a sheet-splice-vamp. Strings are projectively fixed on the upper surface of the vamp body. Threads embroider and fix the strings on the vamp body along a path of the length direction of the strings. The strings not only form a pattern on the vamp body but also leave loops on the shoe tongue part. Loops protrude inwards from both side edges of the shoe tongue part. The vamp has ventilation and has good supportability and straightness, is not only esthetic but also can protect feet. Protection eyelets are connected very firmly and do not come off easily. The pattern with a stereoscopic visual effect is formed on the vamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SINCETECH (FUJIAN) TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qinglai Cai, Weixiong Shi, Le Chen, Yizhen Cai, Fang Lin
  • Patent number: 9943136
    Abstract: A shoe upper includes a mesh covering unit having opposite first and second surfaces and including a plurality offirst and second yarns, and a fabric layer disposed on the second surface. Each of the first yarns has a first core yarn, and a first coating layer wrapped around the first core yarn and made from a thermoplastic material. The first and second yarns are interknitted to form a plurality of holes extending through the first and second surfaces, and to have first portions of the first coating layers and first portions of the second yarns forming the first surface, and second portions of the first coating layers and second portions of the second yarns forming the second surface The first portions of the first coating layers at the first surface are larger in surface area than the second portions of the first coating layers at the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignees: Huge Development Limited, Jiunn Jang Textile Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho-Pin Lin, Hsuan-Chia Su
  • Patent number: 9930922
    Abstract: A branched braid member has a central braid portion and one or more tensile strands or small braids at either end of the central braid portion. The branched braid member may be incorporated into a shoe upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Lysandre Follet
  • Patent number: 9894956
    Abstract: An article of footwear with an insert system is disclosed. The insert system can include an insert that may be introduced to a side portion of the upper. The insert is configured to adjust properties of a side portion of an upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Baucom, Clifford B. Gerber, James A. Grove
  • Patent number: 9872535
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed having a structural harness and impact-attenuating structure arrangement that includes a fluid-filled chamber. The article includes an upper, a sole secured to the upper having an impact-attenuating structure including a fluid-filled chamber and a structural harness. The structural harness may extend between the upper and fluid-filled chamber in a tensile arrangement that biases the fluid-filled chamber toward the upper and compresses the chamber. The structural harness may include a first layer, a thread layer bonded to the first layer and a second layer bonded to the thread layer on an opposite side of the thread layer. The thread layer may include threads configured to transmit tensile forces and restrict stretch in a longitudinal direction of the threads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Beye, Benjamin J. Monfils
  • Patent number: 9848672
    Abstract: An upper for an article of footwear includes a knitted component having unitary knit construction. The knitted component has a base portion configured to be disposed adjacent the sole structure. The knitted component also includes one or more side portions that extend from the base portion. Furthermore, the knitted component can have at least a first edge and a second edge that are joined at a seam to define a void that receives a foot. Additionally, the upper can include a tensile strand that extends through a passage defined between an exterior surface and an interior surface of the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel A. Podhajny
  • Patent number: 9844244
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include various first strands and second strands. The cutting and second strands may extend from an area proximal to lace-receiving elements to an area proximal to the sole structure. The first strands may have a substantially vertical orientation and the second strands may have a rearwardly-angled orientation. The first strands may be located in a midfoot region of the footwear and the second strands may be located in both the midfoot region and a heel region of the footwear. Angles between the first strands and the second strands may be at least 40 degrees. Additionally, the second strands may have at least fifty percent greater tensile strength than the first strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, James C. Meschter
  • Patent number: 9808048
    Abstract: A tensile strand element for an article of footwear is disclosed. The tensile strand element includes one or more tensile strands secured at their endpoints between the sole and upper of an article of footwear, creating one or more looped portions. The unsecured looped portions may extend into the fastening region of the footwear and engage with a fastening system to tighten the footwear upper snugly against a wearer's foot to provide added support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Bryan N. Farris, Kevin W. Hoffer, James C. Meschter, Robert C. Williams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9713363
    Abstract: Articles of footwear may include an upper with a forward lace-receiving element and a plurality of strands that extend forward from the lace-receiving element. In some configurations, the strands are located between a pair of material layers and lay substantially parallel to the material layers. In other configurations, the material layers form a loop structure, and the strands may extend at least partially around the loop structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick J. Dojan
  • Patent number: 9706811
    Abstract: An article of footwear may have a sole structure and an upper that includes at least two layers and a plurality of strands. The two layers extend from a lace region of the upper to a lower region of the upper. The strands are located between the two layers and the strands extend from the lace region to the lower region. Additionally, the strands are unsecured to the layers for a distance of at least five centimeters in an area between the lace region and the lower region. The two layers may be secured to each other at portions located between the strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick J. Dojan
  • Patent number: 9681706
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include various first strands and second strands. The cutting and second strands may extend from an area proximal to lace-receiving elements to an area proximal to the sole structure. The first strands may have a substantially vertical orientation and the second strands may have a rearwardly-angled orientation. The first strands may be located in a midfoot region of the footwear and the second strands may be located in both the midfoot region and a heel region of the footwear. Angles between the first strands and the second strands may be at least 40 degrees. Additionally, the second strands may have at least fifty percent greater tensile strength than the first strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, James C. Meschter
  • Patent number: 9609908
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a decoupled foot stabilizer system. The foot stabilizer system is decoupled from a midfoot region of the article of footwear. The foot stabilizer system includes a plurality of strap members. The foot stabilizer system may optionally include a bootie. The plurality of strap members extends underneath a portion of a foot of a wearer. The plurality of strap members is configured to receive a lace at one end. A lace running through the ends of the strap members pulls on the strap members when the lace is tightened and causes the foot stabilizer system to conform to the wearer's foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Bryan N. Farris, Olivier Henrichot
  • Patent number: 9565894
    Abstract: Methods and systems relating to an ankle and foot support system are disclosed. In some embodiments, a covering having a cable tightening mechanism may be associated with a cable that is slidably engaged with the cover. In some embodiments, the cable may be slidably engaged with a tube guide that is attached to the cover. In some embodiments, the cable may form an exposed loop that associates with a loop receiving member. In some embodiments, the loop receiving member may be attached to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: John Hurd, Clifford B. Gerber
  • Patent number: 9554614
    Abstract: A branched braid member has a central braid portion and one or more tensile strands or small braids at either end of the central braid portion. The branched braid member may be incorporated into a shoe upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Lysandre Follet
  • Patent number: 9549591
    Abstract: An instep cover knitted there-dimensionally in advance, and a method for knitting the same are provided. An instep cover 1, out of a shoe upper configuring a shoe, which is a seamless knitted fabric knitted using a flat knitting machine including at least a pair of a front and a back needle bed, the instep cover 1 covering a portion on an instep side of a wearer is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Uchikawa, Masamitsu Ikenaka
  • Patent number: 9451808
    Abstract: An upper for an article of footwear may have material layers and a plurality of strand segments. The material layers are located adjacent to each other and in an overlapping configuration, and the material layers are located in a lace region and a lower region of the upper. The strand segments extend from the lace region to the lower region. The strand segments may be located and secured between the material layers in the lace region and the lower region. The strand segments may form both an exterior surface of the upper and an opposite interior surface of the upper in an area between the lace region and the lower region. The material layers may define an opening between the lace region and the lower region, and the strand segments extend across the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, Shane S. Kohatsu, James Hwang, Daniel A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9375052
    Abstract: A shoe having a sole connected with an upper shoe part that has two adjacent arranged tensioning sections in its instep region which are separated by a gap. A lacing system is arranged so the shoe can be laced at the foot of the wearer by pulling the tensioning sections against another. The lacing system has a central closure that tensions a first tensioning element. A tension transmitting element has first and second tensioning parts. The first tensioning element engages into the first tensioning part and pulls the same, during lacing of the first tensioning element, toward the instep region. A second tensioning element has two ends fixed at the sole. The second tensioning element engages into the second tensioning part and pulls the same, during lacing of the first tensioning element, toward the sole. The first and second tensioning parts are connected together via a tensioning element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: PUMA SE
    Inventor: Thomas Krueger
  • Patent number: 9351532
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes include an upper and a mesh material. The mesh material may be incorporated into the upper. The mesh material may include high tensile strength strands and non-high tensile strength strands. The high tensile strength strands and non-high tensile strength strands may interlock so that the high tensile strength strands are substantially held in place. The mesh material may be provided as a woven material or a knitted material. The mesh material can have a stylish design, which can be a plaid pattern, herringbone pattern, seersucker pattern, or other pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Converse, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Mokos
  • Patent number: 9320312
    Abstract: Footwear fabrication methods are disclosed, having reduced material consumption and/or waste requirements, compared to conventional methods, as well as the footwear articles made by such methods. The fabrication methods and articles are characterized by the selective use of a bonding agent, in the form of a powder or tackified (e.g., preheated) powder, to bond various material panels, such substrate, mesh, and/or skin panels in the formation of a composite panel (e.g., a bonded mesh composite panel), which may in turn be used to provide a footwear upper and ultimately an article of footwear. The bonding agent is particularly applicable to fabrication processes utilizing a combination of heat and pressure for bonding or fusing material panels, each having a suitable composition, size, shape, and thickness, into the particular configuration of the footwear upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Amy Lyttle, Todd W. Miller
  • Patent number: 9241536
    Abstract: Sole structures and uppers for articles of footwear are described that includes features to enhance footwear flexibility, dexterity, natural motion feel, and/or tackiness. Such articles of footwear may provide enhanced properties and feel for use in skateboarding and other activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Patricia L. Smaldone, Dylan S. VanAtta
  • Patent number: 9237779
    Abstract: A shoe having a shoe upper including multiple unwelded flex zones in selected locations on the shoe upper. The flex zones may be selectively located on the upper to flex when the shoe is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Berend, Douglas A. Beye, Tony H. Le
  • Patent number: 9072335
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a full monofilament upper is described. The full monofilament upper incorporates a knitted component including a monofilament knit element. The monofilament knit element is formed by knitting with a monofilament strand. The monofilament knit element is formed of unitary knit construction with the remaining portions of the knitted component, including peripheral portions that are knit using a natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarn. An inlaid tensile element can extend through the knitted component, including portions of the monofilament knit element. The monofilament knit element may be knitted with a monofilament strand according to a variety of knit structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel A Podhajny
  • Patent number: 9044059
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a tongue, a collar located at an upper portion of the footwear, and a gaiter having a lower portion integrally fixed to the collar of the footwear. The tongue and the collar together define an opening, preferably sized to receive a wearer's foot. The gaiter includes first and second fastening flaps and a fastening device (or fastening means) located on the first and second fastening flaps. The gaiter is configured to switch between high and low positions, the high position being a position in which a substantial portion of the gaiter extends above the upper-most portion of the footwear, and the low position being a position in which a substantial portion of the gaiter is located below the upper-most portion of the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: THE NORTH FACE APPAREL CORP.
    Inventor: Antoine Briant
  • Publication number: 20150128453
    Abstract: A surface structure for sports boots used for ball games having increased ball-contact properties where each boot has an upper part and a sole and the upper part has an outer surface used for shooting a ball, wherein at least a part of said ball shooting outer surface comprises a coating that has an adhesive substance covering said outer surface and a grained structure embedded in and kept by the adhesive. The grained structure comprises discrete granules of a resilient material, wherein between the adhesive and the outer surface of the upper part and between the adhesive and the granules a stable and durable bonding is provided, and the granules have outer surfaces that provide an improved contact with the ball when getting in contact with it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: László OROSZ
  • Patent number: 9027260
    Abstract: An article of footwear has an upper that includes a knitted component and a sole structure secured to the upper. The knitted component may define a tube formed of unitary knit construction, and a strand may extend through a length of the tube. As another example, the knitted component may have a pair of at least partially coextensive knitted layers formed of unitary knit construction, and a plurality of floating yarns may extend between the knitted layers. In some configurations, the knit type or yarn type may vary in different regions of the knitted component to impart different properties. Additionally, the knitted component may incorporate a thermoplastic yarn that is fused in different regions of the knitted component to impart different properties. A flat knitting process or a variety of other knitting processes may be utilized to form the knitted component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Bruce Huffa, Benjamin A. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 9021723
    Abstract: A waterproof breathable boot is disclosed. The boot includes an outsole, a three-piece bootie, a toe cap, a heel cap, a center front panel, an instep panel and a rear panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Greg Meyer, Christian Curtis, Eric Larsgaard
  • Patent number: 8997380
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an article of footwear includes a sole and an upper attached to the sole. The upper and sole and configured to envelop at least a portion of human foot. The upper further includes a forefoot member attached to a forefoot portion of the sole and a heel member attached to a heel portion of the sole. The forefoot member and heel member are detached from each other at a location above the sole to enable individual adjustment of the forefoot member and the heel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: David Dombrow, Heather Pieraldi