Pads Patents (Class 36/71)
  • Patent number: 10765346
    Abstract: The ability to capture an undistorted image of the foot or foot and ankle is essential to the production of effective custom orthotics and shoes. This patent solves the problem of providing an accurate three-dimensional measurement of an undistorted foot/ankle by using a system involving the automated and controlled orbit of a point cloud capture device around the foot/ankle with the foot/ankle in a non-weight bearing position so as to capture a three-dimensional image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Brendan Lee Adams McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 10674792
    Abstract: A pneumatic elastic band includes an outer portion, an inflatable portion and a nozzle. The outer portion has a strip-shaped structure with elasticity. The inflatable portion includes a plurality of expansion portions and a plurality of communication portions. Each of the communication portions is connected between two of the expansion portions adjacent to each other for defining a plurality of gaps. The nozzle is disposed on a surface of the outer portion and communicated with the inflatable portion. When a gas is guided into the inflatable portion through the nozzle, the plurality of expansion portions of the inflatable portion are inflated to fill the gaps and make the inflatable portion contract inwardly, so that the outer portion contracts inwardly and deforms, wherein when the gas is guided out of the inflatable portion, the inflatable portion is deflated and loosened to return to an uninflated state to loosen the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: MICROJET TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Li-Pang Mo, Shih-Chang Chen, Chi-Feng Huang, Wei-Ming Lee
  • Patent number: 10602798
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to the field of attachment devices and systems, and more particularly, but not by way of limitation, to a device and method for keeping toes inside the straps of open toe style shoes or sandals; minimizing the risk of developing irritations such as corns, callous, and bunions; protecting the toes with preexisting irritations such as corns, callous, and bunions; prevent the feet from sliding in the shoes. The present invention gives a smooth look to the foot and enjoying the ability of wearing open toe style shoes or sandals with a toe support brace on each side of the foot. There are many woman that cannot wear open toe style shoes or sandals due to the imperfections of their feet and toes, now they can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Felicia A. Bell
  • Patent number: 10258102
    Abstract: An airbag device includes a wear and an elastic module mounted on the wear. The wear has a wearing space. The elastic module is mounted in the wearing space of the wear and includes a first air bag, a second air bag, a first control valve and a second control valve. The first control valve is connected with the first air bag and is provided with a first oneway air inlet and a first oneway air outlet. The second control valve is connected between the first air bag and the second air bag and is provided with a second oneway air inlet and a second oneway air outlet. The second control valve and the first control valve are operated synchronously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Welter's Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Walter W. Hsu
  • Patent number: 9974354
    Abstract: A toe engaging apparatus or shoe insert includes one or more layers. Each layer is removably held to a neighboring planar layer. Each of the layers have a thickness, a longitudinal length, and a height; the height being such that the layers fits against a front wall of a target shoe. The layers are sized and shaped such that when affixed to the front wall area of the target shoe, the layers reduce the internal length of the target shoe, thereby effectively decreasing the size of the target shoe. The toe engaging apparatus optionally includes a mechanism for holding the plurality of layers against the front wall of the target shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: Diana Irving, James Irving
  • Patent number: 9554615
    Abstract: A skate boot having an outer shell and a toe cap. The outer shell has medial and lateral side portions having front medial and lateral end portions. The toe cap has rear medial and lateral extensions defining medial and lateral hollow spaces. The front medial and lateral side end portions of the outer shell are at least partially received in the medial and lateral hollow spaces of the toe cap for affixing the toe cap to the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY, INC.
    Inventor: Ivan Labonte
  • Patent number: 9380833
    Abstract: A toe engaging apparatus or shoe insert includes one or more layers. Each layer is removably held to a neighboring planar layer. Each of the layers have a thickness, a longitudinal length, and a height; the height being such that the layers fits against a front wall of a target shoe. The layers are sized and shaped such that when affixed to the front wall area of the target shoe, the layers reduce the internal length of the target shoe, thereby effectively decreasing the size of the target shoe. The toe engaging apparatus optionally includes a mechanism for holding the plurality of layers against the front wall of the target shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventors: Diana Irving, James Irving
  • Patent number: 9351536
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper having an anterior area, a posterior area, a medial area extending between the anterior and posterior areas, and a lateral area extending between the anterior and posterior areas and that is opposite the medial area. The article of footwear also includes a sole assembly operatively coupled to the upper. Furthermore, the article of footwear includes a bladder having a base operably supported by the sole assembly, an anterior portion that extends from the base toward the anterior area, a posterior portion that extends from the base toward the posterior area, a medial portion that extends from the base toward the medial area, and a lateral portion that extends from the base toward the lateral area. The anterior, posterior, medial, and lateral portions are operably supported by the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric S. Schindler, Klaas P. Hazenberg, Dervin James
  • Publication number: 20150107001
    Abstract: A shoe insert or guard to improve comfort and to limit and prevent traumatic injury to a wearer's foot. The shoe guard includes an anterior superior portion, a toe portion, an anterior sole portion, a posterior sole portion, and a rear portion. The shoe guard protects against foot injuries caused by downward impact on the anterior sole portion of the foot during ambulation, forward movement of the foot during ambulation, and abrasions to the foot secondary to movement of the foot within the shoe during ambulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Debra Moore-Hill
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150020411
    Abstract: An adjustable toe protector is disclosed and is formed from a loop of a tubular material with a pile layer on the inside where the length of the loop is adjustable, and pads the top the toes with a double thickness of the material so that shoe pressure straightens the toe out while a crest pad formed by a resilient insert into the tubular material beneath the toe lifts the toes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Bradley D. Castellano
  • Patent number: 8919012
    Abstract: The present invention relates to functional footwear of a new concept, which adapts itself to the shape of a foot and gives a soft feeling when walking The footwear includes: an upper foot fixing section (1) for covering and fixing an upper portion of a foot; and a foot supporting section (8) attached to the upper foot fixing section for supporting a lower portion of the foot. The foot supporting section comprises a soft resilient mat (2) which can be deformed according to the shape of the foot. The footwear has a simple structure and can give a feeling of walking barefoot on a sponge mat or on a lawn like a extreme-soft-elastic carpet to provide complete comfort to the wearer during walking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kybun AG
    Inventors: Karl Mueller, Matthias Mueller
  • Publication number: 20140325874
    Abstract: A protective toe guard to be secured about toe straps of thongs or flip flop style sandals is provided. A Toe Buddie comprises an elliptically shaped tube, having a slotted opening at the outward point of the ellipse to fit over the toe strap of a sandal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Yolanda Irizar Bermudez
  • Patent number: 8869430
    Abstract: In one method of manufacturing a fluid-filled chamber, two polymer layers are located between two mold portions, the surfaces of the mold portions cooperatively defining a peripheral cavity with first and second regions, an inward extent of the first region exceeding an inward extent of the second region. A tensile structure may be positioned between the polymer layers and the mold portions may be compressed together. Part of a peripheral portion of the chamber may be formed by drawing first and second areas of the chamber against the first and second regions of the peripheral cavity, respectively. After pressurization, the first region of the peripheral cavity may have a greater extent of outward protrusion than the second region of the peripheral cavity. Accordingly, an asymmetric medio-lateral shape may be imparted to the chamber without the use of a tensile structure that is itself tapered or contoured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kirvan L. Chao, Frederick J. Dojan, Klaas P. Hazenberg
  • Patent number: 8667716
    Abstract: A removable and adjustable insert for footwear has slots placed in the insole and/or midsole of the shoe to allow access to the arch and/or metatarsal and/or heel regions of the insole and/or midsole. In an embodiment, an insert placed into the arch insert slot that establishes how much the arch protrudes above the remainder of the top surface of the insole. One or more inserts are provided having different thicknesses so that the height of the arch can be varied by the user or at the direction of a third party, such as a doctor or a trainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventors: Tony L Torrance, Philip Majure, Robert K. Scofield
  • Patent number: 8635789
    Abstract: A variety of devices for protecting a user's foot from injury are disclosed. In one embodiment, the device may be a metatarsal protection device, which may include a first layer of material having top and bottom surfaces, with at least one of such surfaces including a series of cones or a pattern of hexagons thereon. The metatarsal protection device may also include a second relatively rigid layer of material overlying the first layer, and the first layer may be shaped to conform to the metatarsal region of the user's foot, such that the device is configured to protect the metatarsal region against injury. Other configurations and variations of a metatarsal protection device are also disclosed, as are other uses for the principles of the invention(s) disclosed herein (e.g., protection devices for other areas of the foot, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: TBL Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Bert Appleton Spiller, Denis W. Norton, Stephen D. Ammon
  • Publication number: 20140013619
    Abstract: A toe engaging apparatus or shoe insert includes one or more layers. Each layer is removably held to a neighboring planar layer. Each of the layers have a thickness, a longitudinal length, and a height; the height being such that the layers fits against a front wall of a target shoe. The layers are sized and shaped such that when affixed to the front wall area of the target shoe, the layers reduce the internal length of the target shoe, thereby effectively decreasing the size of the target shoe. The toe engaging apparatus optionally includes a mechanism for holding the plurality of layers against the front wall of the target shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Diana Irving, James Irving
  • Patent number: 8615903
    Abstract: Support liners and cushions which include including a plurality of compressible protrusions. An arrangement is provided for interconnecting the compressible protrusions, the interconnecting arrangement being adapted to ensure strict compression of the compressible protrusions upon acceptance of a compressive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Pittsburgh Plastics Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Zona
  • Patent number: 8597209
    Abstract: A foot correcting and balancing shoe assembly includes at least one sole unit having an imaginary transverse line dividing the sole unit into front- and rear-half regions. The rear-half region includes left and right rear-half sections, and a heel area spanning rear portions of the left and right rear-half sections. A foot arch correction device is mounted detachably to the sole unit. At least one balancing pad is mounted detachably within the sole unit below the foot arch correction device, and at a predetermined location in at least one of the left and right rear-half sections to maintain foot balance for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Jun-Da Biotechnology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Hsing Hsish, Tsung-Hsien Hsieh, Ken-Tick Soh, Tung-Chen Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20130232816
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a footwear cushion. The footwear cushion includes a base and a pad protruding from the base. A protrusion is provided for protruding from the pad and for supporting a foot. The pad may support three central rays of the foot and be located between the outer rays of the foot. The protrusion may support a transverse metatarsal arch of the foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Mentec Holdings Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Travis Wade Eadie
  • Patent number: 8523194
    Abstract: A forefoot wedge insert, and methods for forming same, are described for a piece of footwear, such as but not limited to ice skating boots, or a shoe, such as but not limited to exercise, therapeutic, or physiological footwear, for correcting a pronation and/or supination condition wherein the insert permits the subtalar joint of the affected foot to be placed and/or maintained in a neutral position. In this manner, the insert can provide the corrected foot with adequate balance relative to the skate blade during typical ice skating maneuvers. Also described is a skating boot, or shoe, having an adjustable toe cap portion that is selectively operable to be raised up to accommodate the uplifted forefoot portion of the wearer when the forefoot wedge insert is being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Marie Smirman
  • Patent number: 8484864
    Abstract: The pressure-reducing device has a body, a heel portion and an elevation portion. The body has a thickness and a body-fore end. The heel portion is defined in the body. The elevation portion is defined in the body and has a rear boundary and a fore boundary. The rear boundary is adjacent to the heel portion and is positioned between the heel portion and the body-fore end of the body. The fore boundary is positioned in front of the rear boundary between the rear boundary of the elevation portion and the body-fore end of the body. The thickness of the body decreases from the rear boundary to the fore boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Tzann-Yuh Tzeng
  • Patent number: 8356427
    Abstract: A foot support adapted to position a foot in an anatomically functional position is provided. The foot support includes a metatarsal portion, a toe portion, and a bendable joint defined between the metatarsal portion and the toe portion. The metatarsal portion is adapted to align the first metatarsal head of a foot, and the metatarsal portion includes an upper surface and a lower surface. The toe portion extends away from the metatarsal portion and is adapted to align the big toe of a foot. The toe portion also includes an upper surface and a lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: GRD Biotech, Inc.
    Inventor: Bjorn Svae
  • Publication number: 20120311886
    Abstract: A strap pad provides a modification to open type shoes known as flip-flops, sandals, or any footwear that incorporate a strap to hold a foot to the sole of a shoe. As the strap stretches and/or the sole compresses from use, the foot fits loosely between the strap and the sole of the shoe. The strap pad is fixed to the underside of the strap so the foot fits snuggly between the strap pad and the sole. The strap pad may fit completely under the strap so it is hidden from view. The strap pad may be fixed to the strap using adhesive, a snap fastener, or a hook-and-loop fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: James P. Reno, III
  • Patent number: 8291616
    Abstract: Insoles with sock liners are provided for shoes. An insole in accordance with the invention is most useful in a shoe that has a transparent portion in its sole, although it is not required to be used in that type of shoe. The insole is formed of at least two portions a window and a sock liner. In some embodiments the sock liner also acts as an insole board. In other embodiments the sock liner is in addition to the insole board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: LJO, Inc.
    Inventor: Antonio DiGangi
  • Patent number: 8230619
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus and method of orthopedic footwear for post-surgical or diabetic patients or for sanitary use. The footwear has an ambidextrous bottom sole. In a higher part thereof, there is a groove of at least 10 mm, in which an off-loading plantar insoles or medicine or bandages can be inserted. These have been built-in the bottom sole using an ortho-dynamic concept which allows the patient a controlled deambulation. To that end, the present invention prevents sheer force on the plantar part of the bottom sole and the foot and in particular on the metatarsal and/or tarsal part of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Salvatelli SRL
    Inventors: Franco Salvatelli, Massimo Tulipani
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8181362
    Abstract: Improved shoe inserts (22, 56, 63) are provided which are designed for placement within the toe regions (37, 52, 64) of shoes (34, 50, 62) to provide enhanced comfort to the shoe wearers. The inserts (22, 56, 63) are preferably cut from initial pillow-shaped bodies (20) to give the custom-designed inserts (22, 56, 63). The inserts (22, 56, 63) are designed to substantially occupy the distal end of the shoe toe region and present a proximal toe-engaging face that substantially spans the cross-sectional dimension of the toe-region. The inserts (22, 56, 63) are preferably formed of heat-sensitive, viscoelastic, polyurethane foam material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Kristene D. Davis
  • Publication number: 20120110872
    Abstract: Disclosed is a midsole for women's shoes which covers the area ranging from the rear end of the foot to the rear end of the forepart of the foot. The curvature (S) formed in the lengthwise direction of the foot along an upper surface of the pad has a portion that bulges out upwardly from the straight line interconnecting both ends of the pad in the lengthwise direction. The highest point (X) of the bulging portion, which is the point at which the bulging portion bulges out the farthest from said straight line, is positioned further forward (toward the forepart of the foot) than the point at which the line starting perpendicularly from the half point (M) of the straight line meets the curvature (S).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: In Sik Park
  • 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: 8156665
    Abstract: A padded shoe for use in mixed martial arts and similar activities. The padded shoe may have a flexible, resilient sole; a shoe upper adjoined to the sole, wherein at least a portion of the shoe upper has padding disposed therein; an inner padded tongue attached to the shoe upper; an outer padded tongue attached to the shoe upper; and an engagement structure for securing the outer padded tongue to the shoe upper, the engagement structure being located substantially under the outer padded tongue such that the outer padded tongue substantially covers the engagement structure. The wearer can strike a target with the shoe, and the target and the wearer are protected from injury caused by direct impact with at least one of the engagement structure and the wearers instep. A bladder containing air or a gel-like material can be included in at least one of the inner and outer padded tongues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Ringstar, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven H. Shepherd, Timothy P. McCabe, Donna Zogby McCabe
  • Patent number: 8156664
    Abstract: A padded shoe, such as a kicking boot, is disclosed that is lightweight and padded for use in mixed martial arts and other related activities. The padded shoe may be formed from a flexible, resilient sole having a substantially smooth surface; a shoe upper, wherein at least a portion of the shoe upper has padding; an ankle padding structure extending from the shoe upper that is adapted to cover the medial malleolus of a wearer; a padded tongue and other components. The sole may be formed from a material having a shore durometer reading between about 40 and about 60 such that the shoe is lightweight yet provides appropriate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Ringstar, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven H. Shepherd, Timothy P. McCabe
  • Publication number: 20120066937
    Abstract: A shoe pad includes a flexible board having a series of hollow raised portions formed thereon. Every two adjacent raised portions laterally complementally correspond to each other such that a passage is defined between the two adjacent raised portions. The passage can provides transversely ventilating effect such that the sole of the user would not directly contract with the flexible board and be supported by the series of raised portions for keeping dry and preventing the user's sole from being infected with Athlete's foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Che Meng Chang
  • Publication number: 20110214312
    Abstract: A foldable footwear for easy storage, comprising an upper; an insole having a top surface and a bottom surface; the insole defining a first folding member comprising a U-shaped indentation in the top surface; a padding layer positioned on the top surface of the insole; and an outsole attached to the bottom surface of the insole and the upper, the outsole defining a second folding member, wherein the first and second folding members are positioned at an approximate middle section of the footwear and act together to ease folding of the footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Sotiria Krikelis
  • Publication number: 20110179672
    Abstract: A multi-function shoe pad is composed of a main body for a user's human sole to tread. The main body includes a hollow bulge integrally protruding toward a top side thereof and from a bottom side in such way that a chamber is formed below the hollow bulge. The chamber is deformable between a compressed state and an uncompressed state, so the hot air inside the chamber can exhaust and the cold air can be sucked into the chamber to enhance the air convection inside the user's shoe. Besides, the hollow bulge can allow the user's foot to tightly cling to the shoe to enable the shoe pad to be skidproof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Hsien-Hsiung CHENG
  • Publication number: 20110119808
    Abstract: A stabilizing sock has a foot section having a shape corresponding to a human foot and comprising a rearfoot portion corresponding to human calcaneous and talus bones and to tibial and fibular malleoli, a forefoot portion corresponding to human metatarsal and phalanx bones, and a midfoot portion between the rearfoot portion and the forefoot portion and corresponding to human cuboid, navicular and cuneiform bones. The sock has a medial stabilizer region on a medial side of the sock and a lateral stabilizer region on a lateral side of the sock. The medial stabilizer region covers a forward medial region of the rearfoot portion and a rearward medial region of the midfoot portion, and the lateral stabilizer region covers a forward lateral region of the rearfoot portion. The sock may also include lace bite protector regions and boot bang protector regions. Kits for assembling stabilizing socks are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Daryl C. Sherman
  • Publication number: 20110061266
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a sole body (2) having a front region, a mounting groove formed in a top surface thereof and having a groove bottom wall, and a retaining groove formed in the groove bottom wall. A support plate is disposed in the retaining groove. An upper includes a vamp part connected to and extending above the front region and having a rear edge, and left and right sidewalls extending upwardly and respectively from left and right ends of the sole body. An instep strap includes an instep abutment strap section extending convexedly from one of the sidewalls toward the other sidewall, spaced apart from the rear edge of the vamp part, and having first and second ends. One of the first and second ends is integrally connected as one piece with one of the sidewalls. A foot arch correction device is supported by the support plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: Homeway Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsung-Hsien Hsieh, Tung-Chen Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20110047824
    Abstract: Improved shoe inserts (22, 56, 63) are provided which are designed for placement within the toe regions (37, 52, 64) of shoes (34, 50, 62) to provide enhanced comfort to the shoe wearers. The inserts (22, 56, 63) are preferably cut from initial pillow-shaped bodies (20) to give the custom-designed inserts (22, 56, 63). The inserts (22, 56, 63) are designed to substantially occupy the distal end of the shoe toe region and present a proximal toe-engaging face that substantially spans the cross-sectional dimension of the toe-region. The inserts (22, 56, 63) are preferably formed of heat-sensitive, viscoelastic, polyurethane foam material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: KDD Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kristene D. Davis
  • Patent number: 7886462
    Abstract: A padded shoe, such as a kicking boot, is disclosed that is lightweight and padded for use in mixed martial arts and other related activities. The padded shoe may be formed from a flexible, resilient sole; a shoe upper adjoined to the sole, wherein at least a portion of the shoe upper has padding disposed therein; a padded tongue attached to the shoe upper; an outer protective flap attached to the shoe upper; and an engagement structure for securing the outer protective flap to the shoe upper, the engagement structure being located substantially under the outer protective flap such that the outer protective flap substantially covers the engagement structure. The wearer can strike a target with the shoe, and the target and the wearer are protected from injury caused by direct impact with at least one of the engagement structure and the wearer's instep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Ringstar, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven H. Shepherd, Timothy P. McCabe
  • Patent number: 7870680
    Abstract: Support liners and cushions which include including a plurality of compressible protrusions. An arrangement is provided for interconnecting the compressible protrusions, the interconnecting arrangement being adapted to ensure strict compression of the compressible protrusions upon acceptance of a compressive force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Pittsburgh Plastics Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Zona
  • Publication number: 20110000103
    Abstract: A boot insert is for placement within a boot between a boot cuff and a wearer's leg and has a calf part and an ankle part. The boot insert has an inward facing leg contacting face and an outward facing cuff contacting face. The boot insert is curved to comfortably follow the contour of a wearer's leg. The boot insert is constructed to provide a physical barrier between the cuff and the wearer's leg to avoid direct contact between the leg and pinch points, folds, and the like on the cuff. The boot insert inhibits rubbing, chaffing, blisters, and related discomfort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: Far Cliffs LLC
    Inventor: Byronn Hahn
  • Patent number: 7849612
    Abstract: An adhesive strip for use with a balancing disc for balancing the gait of the user comprises a medial polyester sheet having an upper surface and a lower surface. An acrylic adhesive is the disposed on both the upper and lower surfaces. A silicone release sheet is disposed atop the upper layer of acrylic adhesive and a circular polyester sheet is disposed over the lower layer of adhesive. The overlying polyester sheet is scored to facilitate removal of at least a portion thereof in order to expose a portion of the acrylic adhesive for immediate adherence to a surface of an associated balancing disc. After emplacement, the other portion of the polyester sheet is removed to secure the adhesive to the disc. When the silicone release sheet is removed, the disc can then be readily applied to an insole or to a footwear item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Merel Epstein
  • Patent number: 7849610
    Abstract: An orthopedic appliance includes a slab configured to be placed underneath a big toe, forward of and not extending under a head of a first metatarsal, and wherein the slab has a predetermined height and is configured to deflect a proximal phalanx upwardly relative to the first metatarsal. A method for improving stability of a foot during ambulation includes placing an orthopedic appliance, having a predetermined height, under a big toe such that the orthopedic appliance is located forward of and does not extend under a head of a first metatarsal of the big toe; and deflecting a proximal phalanx upwardly relative to the first metatarsal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: James G. Clough
  • Publication number: 20100299962
    Abstract: Footwear including a sole, an upper, and a securement arrangement configured to secure the footwear to the foot of a wearer, where the sole and the upper delimit individual toe portions configured to receive, retain, and allow independent articulation of corresponding individual toes of a foot inserted in the footwear, and where the sole includes contouring and curvature which intimately corresponds to the shape of the foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: VIBRAM S.P.A.
    Inventor: Robert FLIRI
  • Patent number: 7827707
    Abstract: Improved shoe inserts (22, 56, 63) are provided which are designed for placement within the toe regions (37, 52, 64) of shoes (34, 50, 62) to provide enhanced comfort to the shoe wearers. The inserts (22, 56, 63) are preferably cut from initial pillow-shaped bodies (20) to give the custom-designed inserts (22, 56, 63). The inserts (22, 56, 63) are designed to substantially occupy the distal end of the shoe toe region and present a proximal toe-engaging face that substantially spans the cross-sectional dimension of the toe-region. The inserts (22, 56, 63) are preferably formed of heat-sensitive, viscoelastic, polyurethane foam material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: KDD Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kristene D. Davis
  • Patent number: 7814684
    Abstract: A shoe insole apparatus includes a panel that has a top side, a bottom side and a peripheral edge. The panel has a shape for being positioned within a shoe. The panel includes a front edge, a back edge, a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge. A cushion member is positioned adjacent to the first lateral edge and the front edge. The cushion member is positioned between the top and bottom sides. The cushion member is resiliently compressible. The cushion member extends between 1 inch and 3 inches toward the back edge along the first lateral edge. The panel is positioned within a shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Stephen W. Seward
  • Publication number: 20100212189
    Abstract: A foot pad for relieving pain while engaging in weight bearing activity is provided. A pad can include an arch portion fitting under and adjacent to the medial longitudinal arch of the foot, offsetting the soft tissue of the medial longitudinal arch thereby supporting the calcaneo-navicular ligament structure, wherein the arch portion extends from front to rear, of the longitudinal medial arch, and the arch portion extends from the medial side towards the lateral side, of the longitudinal medial arch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Ebel
  • Publication number: 20100205833
    Abstract: An anti-static sole is provided with a pad body between a midsole and an insole. In the pad body is provided a chip resistor. The chip resistor includes a connecting pin at each of two opposite ends thereof. The two connecting pins of the chip resistor are electrically connected to the insole and the midsole, respectively. Since the chip resistor has no exposed wires, damage to the wires is avoided. Further, the anti-static effect can be improved since the resistance of the chip resistor is stable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: San-Huai WANG
  • Patent number: 7774957
    Abstract: A padded shoe, comprising a flexible, resilient sole having a substantially smooth surface; a shoe upper, wherein at least a portion of the shoe upper has padding; an ankle padding structure extending from the shoe upper, adapted to cover the medial malleolus of a wearer; a padded tongue; a means to retain the shoe on the foot of a wearer; an outer protective flap, the outer protective flap being located such that the outer protective flap covers at least a portion of the retaining structure; and an engagement structure for securing the outer protective flap to the shoe upper, the engagement structure being located such that the outer protective flap substantially covers the engagement structure, whereby the wearer can strike a target with the shoe, and the target and the wearer are protected from injury caused by direct impact with the retaining structure, the engagement structure, or the wearer's ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Ringstar, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven H. Shepherd
  • Patent number: RE43214
    Abstract: Footwear for protecting a wearer's foot includes an upper an upper that defines an opening for receiving a wearer's foot and an outsole attached to the upper, the upper further including a vamp having a proximal and a distal region, an elastic instep guard positioned on an instep portion of the upper to protect a metatarsal region of the foot, the elastic instep guard extending from the distal region to the proximal region of the vamp which is attached to the toe portion of the steel toe. The instep guard has a plurality of hollow passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Charles E. Covatch