Linings Patents (Class 36/55)
  • Patent number: 10264844
    Abstract: A sports shoe, including a sole and an upper that rises up from said sole, wherein the upper includes an inner part or core, in which the sports shoe and/or the inner part or core has an inner housing volume (RZ) for a foot of a user defined, during use, by an inner surface of the upper and by an inner surface of the sole and/or by the inner volume of the inner part or core, positioned inside the upper, including an upper-shaped portion and a ground resting portion, the latter adapted to come into contact with the ground or with the inner surface of the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SELLE ROYAL S.P.A.
    Inventor: Barbara Bigolin
  • Patent number: 9408436
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an insert configured to receive a foot of a wearer. The insert may consist essentially of a casing configured to at least partially enclose a foot of a wearer and including a casing material and a high heat capacity material. The article of footwear may also include an outer assembly configured to receive the foot of the wearer when the foot is received within the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mankowski, Jeffrey C. Spanks
  • Patent number: 9210966
    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 extend underneath a portion of a foot of a wearer. The plurality of strap members are 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: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Bryan N. Farris, Olivier Henrichot
  • Patent number: 8991070
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a shoe including an outsole, an upper, and a lining member integrated into the shoe. The sling includes a receptacle portion and a fastener assembly portion. The receptacle portion, which generally lines the interior of the shoe, is secured along the collar of the upper such that the sock is movably suspended within the foot cavity. The fastener assembly is includes a central web and fasteners that wrap around the ankle of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Strada Shoe Limitada
    Inventor: Carlos Henrique Kray
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8950087
    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. The insert system can include a lateral insert configured to be inserted into an upper and associated with an inner surface of the lateral side portion. The system can also include a medial insert configured to be inserted into the upper and associated with an inner surface of the medial side portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Baucom, Clifford B. Gerber, James A. Grove
  • Patent number: 8938890
    Abstract: An expandable shoe has a top portion, a pair of side portions, a back portion, a sole, a heel and a first elastic member. The first elastic member joins the top portion to the pair of side portions at a critical location which is at the junction of the top portion and the side portions. The first elastic member is in the shape of an inverted ā€œUā€ extending along the front of the shoe. The expandable shoe may further have a second elastic member joining the back portion to the side portions at the critical locations at the junctions of the back and side portions and the junctions of the back and the rear of the sole. The second elastic member is in the shape of an upright ā€œUā€.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Puthalath Koroth Raghuprasad
  • Patent number: 8800172
    Abstract: An article of footwear has an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The upper includes a knitted component and a polymer layer. The knitted component is formed of unitary knit construction and extends along a lateral side of the upper, along a medial side of the upper, over a forefoot region of the upper, and around a heel region of the upper. The polymer layer is bonded to the knitted component and may form a majority of an exterior surface of the upper. The polymer layer may be formed from a thermoplastic polymer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Benjamin A. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 8677539
    Abstract: Footwear, and a process for manufacturing the same, the footwear having at least one lower portion of an upper joined by one or more seams to an upper portion that is lined internally with at least one waterproofing membrane, whose lower edge is fixed to the inner surface of the lower portion of the upper by a layer of adhesive arranged at least under the seams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: OutDry Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Matteo Morlacchi, Maurizio Ostani
  • Publication number: 20140059886
    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: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE INC.
    Inventors: Amy LYTTLE, Todd W. Miller
  • Publication number: 20140047737
    Abstract: The soft boot and liner include a moisture transfer system that includes an inner fabric layer carefully selected from technically advanced fabrics. A series of layers are provided outside the inner liner including foam material layers, spacer fabrics and breathable membranes, in various orders. Encapsulation technology and waterproofing are used as well. The outer fabric layer is also capable of working with the other layers to promote the transfer of moisture. Frothed foams and flocking with fibers are further characteristics of the present invention. The moisture transfer system is incorporated into a soft boot or skate or as a removable liner for a shell boot. Numerous other modifications and applications are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: SOLID WATER HOLDINGS
    Inventor: BAYCHAR
  • Patent number: 8490298
    Abstract: An upper structure for a shoe includes an upper body and an outside upper member that overlaps the lateral side of the upper body to cover the foot's talus and that has a bottom edge portion fixedly attached to a bottom surface of the upper body. A rear end portion of the bottom edge portion is located rearwardly of the calcaneus load centerline. A rear edge portion of the outside upper member is separate from the upper body rearwardly of the talus. An instep edge portion of the outside upper member is connected to the shoelace. The upper structure includes a region that is expandable and contractible in a longitudinal direction. A top end of the region extends to the opening of the upper body, and a bottom end of the region is disposed in front of the calcaneus load centerline and below 55% of the foot's lateral ankle height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Mizuno Corporation
    Inventors: Natsuki Sato, Tetsuo Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20130180131
    Abstract: The invention comprises articles of footwear that have a conforming upper to provide comfort and support to the wearer. The upper portion may comprise a cushioning layer of polyurethane foam or other materials having similar characteristics. In addition to the cushioning layer, the shoe upper is also composed of a fabric layer. In preferred embodiments, the stretch fabric is 4-way elastic fabric. 4-way stretch fabric may be comprised of e.g., nylon or other elastane or spandex material or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: AETREX WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventor: Evan Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20130047471
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an article of footwear including: a footwear upper formed of one or more pieces, each piece comprising one or more layers; and a footwear lower attached to the footwear upper to provide a sole supporting member to the article of footwear; wherein the one or more pieces used to form the footwear upper are molded into a three dimensional configuration. Also provided is a method for forming the same and an inner lining for an article of footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Changming LIANG
  • Patent number: 8359769
    Abstract: The present invention employs chimneys and chimneys structures to move or vent heat and moisture away from the foot and out of the microclimate of the shoe. The chimneys define pathways that utilize convection and other principles to cool and dry the foot. The chimneys and chimney structures can have many different configurations, and can be positioned anywhere desired in the upper. For example, chimneys can be positioned on the sidewalls of the upper, in the tongue, or both. Chimneys and chimney structures can also be used with form-fitting foot coverings such as socks or leggings, or used with other apparel. Specialized footbeds can also be employed with footwear chimneys to evacuate hot, moist air away from the underside of the foot and towards the chimneys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: The Timberland Company
    Inventors: David Vattes, Christopher J. Pawlus
  • Patent number: 8261470
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a modular footwear to provide a variety of footwear comprising: an outer enclosure, where the outer enclosure includes a base portion, a front portion, side portions and a rear portion, where the front portion includes an expansion joint and side portions include a first expansion joint and a second expansion joint; an inner enclosure, where the inner enclosure removably inserts within the outer enclosure through a first cavity; and a fastening mechanism, where said fastening mechanism secures the footwear to a foot of a user. In one exemplary embodiment, the fastening mechanism includes a plurality of eyelets along an edge of the side portions and laces, where said laces pass through the eyelets. The rear portion may include a peripheral portion, where said peripheral portion includes a first attachment mechanism for enabling a detachable engagement of the outer enclosure with the inner enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Wines, Betty Wines, Emiel Homberlin, Minnie Homberlin
  • Patent number: 8245416
    Abstract: A waterproof and water vapor-permeable shoe, including a bottom shoe part with a sole perforated through from the tread toward a foot resting region, a top part surrounding the foot and including a vapor-permeable or perforated lining, a waterproof and vapor-permeable membrane surrounding the foot, and a vapor-permeable or perforated upper. The outer bottom portion of the top shoe part, which is superimposed on the perforated area of the sole, is constituted by a portion of the membrane. A vapor-permeable or perforated protective element for the portion of the membrane is provided below the portion of the membrane and above the tread of the sole. A water sealing region provided between the portion of the membrane and the sole, around the perforated area of the sole, separates flaps of the upper from the perforated area of the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: GEOX S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Polegato Moretti
  • Publication number: 20120174444
    Abstract: Footwear including an upper sized and shaped for covering a human foot of a predetermined size. The upper has a lower edge defining a lower boundary of the upper and an upper edge defining an opening through which the foot is inserted when positioning the footwear on the foot. A waterproof vapor-permeable sheet having an outer edge defining a shape corresponding to the foot is stitched to the lower edge of the upper. An interior surface of the upper and an upper surface of the sheet define an interior of the footwear into which the foot is inserted, with the upper surface of the sheet forming a bottom surface of the interior of the footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: NINE WEST DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry A. Besanceney, III, Alberto Del Biondi, John F. Ludemann
  • Patent number: 8215032
    Abstract: An article of footwear and a method of manufacturing the footwear are disclosed. The footwear has an upper and a sole structure. The upper is secured to sole structure and the upper is formed from three layers: a first layer, a second layer, and a third layer. The second layer is formed from a polymer material and molded to the first layer, but the second layer may alternately be molded to the third layer. The third layer is joined with at least one of the first layer and the second layer such that the second layer is positioned between the first layer and the third layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Susan L. Sokolowski, Susanne A. Wolf-Hochdoerffler
  • Publication number: 20120124711
    Abstract: A covering for providing watertight protection to an appendage comprises a hollow enclosure, an adhesive band, a first liner, and a second liner. The hollow enclosure is dimensioned to slide over the appendage and defines an open end surrounded by a region of the hollow enclosure that is folded back on itself to form a cuff. The adhesive band runs along substantially the entire cuff. Lastly, the first liner covers a first portion of the adhesive band, and the second liner covers a second portion of the adhesive band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Theresa M. Tuttle
  • Patent number: 8161665
    Abstract: An impact absorbing material for a footwear article includes a first sheet having a plurality of projections for dispersing the force of an impact and a second sheet, having a lower durometer than the first sheet, that is bonded to the first sheet for absorbing the force from the projections. The projections are arranged on the first sheet such that nonlinear gaps are formed between adjacent pairs of projections. The impact absorbing material may be positioned between an upper and an inner liner of the footwear article and may be selectively positioned on the footwear article to protect an area on the wearer that is vulnerable to impact, such as the wearer's feet, ankles, heels or calves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Nakano
  • Patent number: 8146266
    Abstract: The present invention employs chimneys and chimneys structures to move or vent heat and moisture away from the foot and out of the microclimate of the shoe. The chimneys define pathways that utilize convection and other principles to cool and dry the foot. The chimneys and chimney structures can have many different configurations, and can be positioned anywhere desired in the upper. For example, chimneys can be positioned on the sidewalls of the upper, in the tongue, or both. Chimneys and chimney structures can also be used with form-fitting foot coverings such as socks or leggings, or used with other apparel. Specialized footbeds can also be employed with footwear chimneys to evacuate hot, moist air away from the underside of the foot and towards the chimneys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Timberland Company
    Inventors: David Vattes, Christopher J. Pawlus
  • Publication number: 20120073163
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a boot comprising an outer layer and an inner layer, wherein an intermediate layer which can comfort the user better while wearing is arranged between the outer layer and inner layer. When a user is wearing the boot, such boot can make the user's foot more comfortable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventor: Lam Kei Tse
  • Patent number: 8122614
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shoe, in particular a sports shoe, with a shoe upper part and an outsole joined to the latter, and also with a heel shell, which at least partially encloses the heel of the wearer of the shoe. To allow the shoe to be adapted to individual needs in a simple and low-cost way, the invention provides that the heel shell is interchangeably arranged in the shoe upper part, wherein it has in a surface region at least one projection or a recess, which interacts with a recess or a projection in the shoe upper part to fix the heel shell in the shoe upper part with a form fit, wherein the heel shell is joined to an insert sole and wherein the heel shell and the insert sole are formed as one piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Puma SE
    Inventor: Reinhold Sussmann
  • Patent number: 8074375
    Abstract: The invention relates to a boot (1) comprising a leg (2) in rubber combined with a textile lining (4), the lining (4) comprising a first textile layer (6) able to evacuate moisture (10) and a second textile layer (7) intended to be in contact with the foot (5) of a user, forming a layer to protect the foot against moisture. The first textile layer (6) is made by using a resilient fabric with a thickness greater than 3 mm, and the second textile layer (7) is bamboo viscose based.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Le Chameau
    Inventor: Marc Longuet
  • Publication number: 20110296714
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an insole, in particular for a sports shoe, and shoe comprising an electronic chip. In order to provide a shoe, in particular a sports shoe, with an electronic chip in a more cost efficient way compared to the prior art, wherein the chip can easily be replaced or removed in case of failure or for recycling, the invention provides an insole, in particular for a sports shoe, wherein the insole comprises an electronic chip. The insole may be fitted into any kinds of shoes and may be readily replaced or removed, as is not an inherent part of the shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Christian Holzer
  • Patent number: 8056264
    Abstract: An upper structure for a shoe improves a fit of the heel portion during heel contact with the ground to the push off motion of a foot. The upper structure includes an upper body 30, and an outside upper member 31 that overlaps the lateral side of the upper body 30 to cover the talus T of the foot, and that has a bottom edge portion 31a fixedly attached to the bottom surface of the upper body 30. The rear end portion A of the bottom edge portion 31a is located rearwardly of the load centerline C of the calcaneus. A rear edge portion 31c of the outside upper member 31 is provided separately from the upper body 30 rearwardly of the talus T of the foot. An instep edge portion 31b of the outside upper member 31 is connected to the shoelace 4. On the lateral side of the heel portion of the upper body 30, there is a region 10 that is expandable and contractible in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Mizuno Corporation
    Inventors: Natsuki Sato, Tetsuo Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20110271560
    Abstract: A safety shoe includes a sole unit, an upper body, a protective toe cap, and a welt unit. The upper body includes an upper open end portion, a lower open end portion connected to the sole unit, and a vamp portion disposed between the upper and lower open end portions. The protective toe cap is disposed in the vamp portion of the upper body. The welt unit is mounted on the sole unit, surrounds the vamp portion, and has a stack of welt layers having different colors. A lowermost one of the welt layers has a bottom surface contacting the sole unit. An uppermost one of the welt layers has a top surface opposite to the lowermost one of the welt layers. A vertical distance between the top surface and the bottom surface is not smaller than 6 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Denise Chen
  • Patent number: 8042288
    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. The first area is formed of a first stitch configuration, and the second area is formed of a second stitch configuration that is different from the first stitch configuration to impart varying textures to a surface of the textile element. Various warp knitting or weft knitting processes may be utilized to form the textile element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhupesh Dua, Edward Nathaniel Thomas
  • Publication number: 20110252668
    Abstract: The present invention provides a soccer shoe molded in one piece, of which the sole and/or the upper are manufactured from transparent materials. The soccer shoe is manufactured from environment-friendly materials, such as thermoplastic polyurethane or polyurethane. In the present invention, the upper and the sole may be molded in one piece through one-step injection procedure or multi-step injection procedure, depending on the specific requirement of each part of the soccer shoe on materials and hardness and so on. Lines, figures, or patterns are fitted on the surface of the shoe lining towards the upper, and/or the surface of the insole towards the sole. The soccer shoe provided in the present invention can cut down the production cost and the using of labor force greatly, and decrease the environmental pollution considerably, and a case of glue failure will never occur.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: Wenbiao Chen
  • Publication number: 20110192060
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a footwear construction and method of constructing footwear that may include an outsole having a sidewall that defines a perimeter of the outsole. The footwear construction may also include an upper coupled to the sidewall around the perimeter of the outsole, wherein the sidewall overlaps the upper by less than the critical distance for at least 60% of the perimeter of the outsole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Roger John CRAIN
  • Publication number: 20110185594
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a shoe upper, the method for preparing the same and the use thereof. This invention provides a method for preparing shoe upper by spraying polyurethane reaction system, avoids the complicated steps of cutting, shaping, stitching and bonding, simplify the production process, reduces the equipment requirements, saves cost and improves the production efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: Bayer MaterialScience AG
    Inventors: Yuedong Zhang, Sam Torres, Gang Sun, Yongdong Pang, Roy Lin
  • Publication number: 20110173841
    Abstract: A panel for use as quarter panel or quarter liner comprises a panel body formed of various layers of material pressed into a generally flat state. It also comprises a generally uniform outer surface for the panel body, the outer surface being flat in a malleolus region when the panel body is in the flat state. One or more concavities are defined in the inner surface of the panel body in the flat state and positioned in the malleolus region so as to received at least one malleolus of a wearer when the panel body is formed from the flat state into a boot shape. A method for forming a quarter panel or liner of a boot is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Rodrique McDuff
  • Publication number: 20110131842
    Abstract: An improved waterproof shoe incorporates several improvements. All layer-edges are connected to a net-typed insole. Neighboring layers are glued together to reduce leaking tunnels formed by crinkles therebetween. An ethylene vinyl acetate with a broad melt transition is added as a spacer to ensure sufficient injection spaces. Net-typed material is used for the material insole to ensure tension stress and mesh size. A water-absorbent and durable lining is added inside the waterproof functional layer to protect the functional layer from the damage by foot. Different materials are used for the sole to distinguish an inner sole which has the best injecting character and an outer sole which is commonly used for touching the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Yuk Ling Sek
  • Patent number: 7913424
    Abstract: A shoe structure having an exterior upper, an interior upper, an insole and an outsole. The interior upper has an upper opening with a peripheral edge at the upper end of the interior upper and a lower opening with a peripheral edge at the lower sole-side end of the interior upper, with the interior upper also having a rear or heel area, two side areas and a front area with a seam running between the upper and lower openings. The seam runs from the upper opening on the one side over the front area to the lower opening on the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Sympatex Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Edmund Raith, Liviu-Mihai Pavelescu
  • Publication number: 20110056096
    Abstract: A shoe structure having an exterior upper, an interior upper, an insole and an outsole. The interior upper has an upper opening with a peripheral edge at the upper end of the interior upper and a lower opening with a peripheral edge at the lower sole-side end of the interior upper, with the interior upper also having a rear or heel area, two side areas and a front area with a seam running between the upper and lower openings. The seam runs from the upper opening on the one side over the front area to the lower opening on the other side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: SYMPATEX TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Paul Edmund Raith, Liviu-Mihai Pavelescu
  • Publication number: 20110047823
    Abstract: The waterproof/breathable moisture transfer liner for a snowboard boot includes an inner liner selected from technically advanced fabrics which are carefully selected. A series of layers are provided outside the inner liner including foam material layers, breathable membranes, a supportive mesh or a moldable foam, and an outer shell fabric. The applicability of the liner to alpine, cross country and hiking boots, along with appropriate variations for each application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: SOLID WATER HOLDINGS
    Inventor: . BAYCHAR
  • Publication number: 20110010966
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a shoe including an outsole, an upper, and a lining member integrated into the shoe. The sling includes a receptacle portion and a fastener assembly portion. The receptacle portion, which generally lines the interior of the shoe, is secured along the collar of the upper such that the sock is movably suspended within the foot cavity. The fastener assembly is includes a central web and fasteners that wrap around the ankle of a wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: STRADA SHOE LIMITADA
    Inventor: Carlos Henrique KRAY
  • Publication number: 20110000106
    Abstract: The soft boot and liner include a moisture transfer system that includes an inner fabric layer carefully selected from technically advanced fabrics. A series of layers are provided outside the inner liner including foam material layers, spacer fabrics and breathable membranes, in various orders. Encapsulation technology and waterproofing are used as well. The outer fabric layer is also capable of working with the other layers to promote the transfer of moisture. Frothed foams and flocking with fibers are further characteristics of the present invention. The moisture transfer system is incorporated into a soft boot or skate or as a removable liner for a shell boot. Numerous other modifications and applications are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: SOLID WATER HOLDINGS
    Inventor: BAYCHAR
  • Publication number: 20100319221
    Abstract: A shoe construction and a method for making a shoe wherein an outsole is provided with a raised lip extending around a periphery of the outsole, and an upper is secured to the outsole by a stitch along the lip such that an inside surface of the upper is facing the outside surface of the lip. The shoe construction further includes an inner sole and a vamp lining secured together by a stitch and placed on the inside surface of the upper such as to protect a wearer's foot from the stitch securing the outsole with the upper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas E. McClaskie
  • Publication number: 20100313447
    Abstract: An article of footwear with an outer member including slots that increase flexibility is disclosed. The outer member also includes an inner plate including a set of protective strips. The inner plate is disposed along an inner surface of the outer member so that the protective strips are aligned with and cover the slots in the outer member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: David Warren Becker, Constantino Dendena, Kenneth Link, Peter Russell Savage, Michael Steen, Nico Tseng
  • Patent number: 7849609
    Abstract: Interior members for foot-receiving devices, such as bootie elements for articles of footwear, include a material element at least partially defining a foot-receiving chamber. This material element may include, in some examples, a heel-surrounding portion, a lateral side portion, a medial side portion, and a seamless plantar portion in a continuous, one-piece arrangement. Additionally or alternatively, in some examples, the material element may include a heel-surrounding portion, a lateral side portion, a medial side portion, a plantar surface, and a double layer of the material element at least along an Achilles area portion. Additional aspects relate to material blanks for forming such interior members as well as to foot-receiving devices, such as athletic footwear, including such interior members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignees: Nike, Inc., Converse, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Edington, John Baier, Eric Swartz, Bruce J. Kilgore, Tina Casillas, Alexandre Baudouin, Jeffrey C. Pisciotta
  • Patent number: 7823297
    Abstract: A shoe with a breathable and waterproof sole and upper, including a breathable and waterproof sole, an assembly associated with the sole in an upward region, an external breathable upper, an internal lining and, between them, a breathable and waterproof membrane, and an at least partially perforated or breathable insole, which is joined at least to the upper and to the breathable and waterproof membrane. The shoe thereby has a sole that is joined hermetically and peripherally to the assembly at the connecting region between the upper and the breathable and waterproof membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Geox S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Polegato Moretti
  • Publication number: 20100229429
    Abstract: The invention relates to a boot (1) comprising a leg (2) in rubber combined with a textile lining (4), the lining (4) comprising a first textile layer (6) able to evacuate moisture (10) and a second textile layer (7) intended to be in contact with the foot (5) of a user, forming a layer to protect the foot against moisture. The first textile layer (6) is made by using a resilient fabric with a thickness greater than 3 mm, and the second textile layer (7) is bamboo viscose based.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: LE CHAMEAU
    Inventor: Marc LONGUET
  • Publication number: 20100186259
    Abstract: The embodiment of the present invention generally relates to shoe and boot systems. More particularly the invention relates to a shoe or boot system and method for using the shoe or boot system that has one or more interchangeable components. The system includes a shoe that has utility alone. In addition, each of the components may be optionally reversible. The inside of the shoe or boot may also have an optional lining which may be removable. These components may also have hidden or exposed pockets for securing some articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Sandra Garza
  • Publication number: 20100180469
    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: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim Baucom, Clifford B. Gerber, James A. Grove
  • Patent number: 7721465
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a sole and an upper with an exterior and interior surface, and one or more bladders which comprises at least one of the exterior or interior surfaces of the upper. The bladder comprising sheets of polyurethane or polyester film attached together to form an airtight seal. The article of footwear also includes a inflation mechanism for selectively introducing air in the one or more bladders. The inflation mechanism is located under the foot of the wearer to be activated by the normal action of the wearer to inflate the one or more bladders. The article of footwear may also include an assembly for connecting several tubes to one under foot inflation mechanism. The article of footwear may also include inflatable laces that are inflated by an underfoot inflation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Reebok International Ltd.
    Inventors: William Marvin, Paul M. Davis, Geoff Swales, Paul E. Litchfield
  • Patent number: 7707747
    Abstract: A footwear shoe structure for sports and general outdoor activity, having excellent benefits with respect to hallux vulgas, has an internal half-size tabi (Japanese sock) structure that uses a stretchable cloth and separates the big toe from the other four toes, the internal structure being interposed between an instep covering material and an upper toe part of a sole. The stretching property of the stretchable cloth forming an upper part and the stretching property of the stretchable cloth forming a lower part of the internal structure are differentiated from one another so as to be smaller in the latter than in the former. A partition member 4 formed of a soft elastic material is fitted into a crotch part between a big toe part and a part of the internal structure for the other four toes. In one embodiment, the upper part of the internal structure is formed of two sheets comprising stretchable cloth of nylon or polyester fiber, and a urethane foam 1c is interposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Urban-Nawachi Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Nawachi, Mitsuyuki Habara
  • Publication number: 20100018075
    Abstract: A composite element includes a base layer, a thermoplastic polymer material, a thread, and a cover layer. The base layer has a first surface and an opposite second surface. The polymer material is separate from the base layer, extends into the base layer, and is at least partially located at the first surface. The thread has a section lying adjacent to the first surface layer and substantially parallel to the first surface throughout a distance of at least five centimeters, and the thread is bonded to the base layer with the polymer material. The cover layer is located adjacent to the first surface and bonded to the base layer with the polymer material, and the section of the thread is located between the cover layer and the base layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Meschter, Jeffrey L. Johnson, Lia M. Uesato, Tina M. Casillas
  • Publication number: 20100011620
    Abstract: An impact absorbing material for a footwear article includes a first sheet having a plurality of projections for dispersing the force of an impact and a second sheet, having a lower durometer than the first sheet, that is bonded to the first sheet for absorbing the force from the projections. The projections are arranged on the first sheet such that nonlinear gaps are formed between adjacent pairs of projections. The impact absorbing material may be positioned between an upper and an inner liner of the footwear article and may be selectively positioned on the footwear article to protect an area on the wearer that is vulnerable to impact, such as the wearer's feet, ankles, heels or calves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: WOLVERINE WORLD WIDE, INC.
    Inventor: Kiyotaka Nakano