Arch Support Patents (Class 36/91)
  • Patent number: 10842227
    Abstract: A high-heeled shoe includes a heel component which significantly elevates a rear portion of the shoe, a sole having a layer of material disposed above the heel component, and an upper extending above the sole. The top surface of the layer of material is inclined upwardly from the front or middle portion of the shoe to the rear of the shoe. The layer of material increases in thickness at the rear portion of the shoe, providing substantially more cushioning at such rear portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Dynasty Footwear, Ltd.
    Inventors: John C. S. Koo, Paul S. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 10695999
    Abstract: Provided is a shoe member constituting a part of a shoe, including an injection molded article that includes an inner member and an outer member partially or fully enclosing the inner member, wherein the inner member and the outer member are each formed from a resin composition containing a thermoplastic resin, a shoe including the shoe member, and a method for producing the shoe member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: ASICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuro Tanabe, Shintaro Nagata
  • Patent number: 9910425
    Abstract: Systems and methods of measuring feet and designing and creating orthopedic inserts are described. A leg length discrepancy of a user is measured and this data, along with foot size are input into a computer. The computer then creates a computer model of a custom shoe insert based on this information. The computer model is then sent to a 3D printer to print the insert. The insert consists of a base insert with partial correction, and several additional layers that are added successively over time until a full correction is obtained. This eliminates any pain associated with a fully corrective insert, and allows the body to adjust gradually to the correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Patent number: 9808045
    Abstract: An article of footwear having an adjustable width is disclosed. The article of footwear can include a lower sole and an upper sole. The lower and upper soles can have grooves to allow for expansion and contraction. The article of footwear can also include a width adjustment assembly. The width adjustment assembly can have a lead screw, an adjustment device accessible to a wearer from the outside of the article of footwear, an actuation strap, an anchor plate connected to the actuation strap. Rotation of the adjustment device can cause the lead screw to rotate, which in turn can change the tension in the actuation strap. Changes to the tension in the actuation strap can cause the width of the forefoot portion of an article of footwear to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: MIZUNO USA, INC.
    Inventors: Jess Paul Carlson, David Michael Pehar, Jeffrey Silver Taggart, Andrew Douglas Smith
  • Patent number: 9591888
    Abstract: A footwear assembly has a sole assembly with an insole board having a peripheral edge, a heel portion, a forefoot portion, and an arch portion. The insole board has a lateral side, a medial side, a top surface, and a bottom surface facing away from the top surface. The footwear assembly has an upper with a lower side portion having a lateral forefoot flange, a lateral arch flange, a lateral heel flange, a medial forefoot flange, a medial arch flange, and a medial heel flange. The lateral forefoot flange is stitched to the top surface of the insole board along the forefoot portion, and the lateral arch flange and the lateral heel flange wrap around the peripheral edge along the insole board's lateral side and are attached to the bottom surface at the arch portion and heel portion without being stitched to the insole board's top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: LaCrosse Footwear, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew James Linth, Aaron Barker
  • Patent number: 9259051
    Abstract: A method for producing a regionalized-firmness midsole utilizing a heat press, and a description of the resultant product, are provided. Initially, the method involves providing a plurality of pre-formed phylon biscuits. Typically, the plurality of biscuits includes at least a first biscuit that has a first density and a second biscuit that has a second density. The method may further include the steps of arranging the biscuits into a receiving area of the heat press, and integrating the plurality of biscuits to form the midsole by activating the heat press. Integrating the biscuits includes raising the biscuits above a threshold temperature, and causing the biscuits to expand such that each of the plurality of biscuits couples with another of the biscuits to form a midsole with two or more degrees of firmness located at distributed regions thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bret P. Liebeno, Anthony C. Dean, Thomas Berend
  • Patent number: 9247781
    Abstract: A shoe including a sole 1 for absorbing an impact of landing, an upper 2 for wrapping around an instep, and shoelace means 3 for fitting the upper 2 to the instep, the upper 2 including: a main portion 2M covering a medial side surface, a lateral side surface, a toe, the instep and a back surface of a foot; a side edge portion having a plurality of first eyelets H1; a first side panel 51 covering the medial side surface of the foot; and a second side panel 52 covering the lateral side surface of the foot, wherein each side panel includes: a tip portion 53 having a second eyelet H2 which is provided at a tip of the side panel and which the shoelace means passes through and engages with; a bottom portion 54 attached to the main portion and/or the sole; and a middle portion 55 arranged between the tip portion and the bottom portion so as to allow the tip portion to move in the front-back direction of the foot with respect to the bottom portion, wherein with at least one of the side panels, the middle portion 55
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Asics Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nishiwaki, Kenta Moriyasu, Seigo Nakaya, Moe Nagata, Tomoko Ikezawa
  • Publication number: 20150059047
    Abstract: Watersports accessories, including but not limited to handwear and footwear, where a substantial portion of the accessory is molded in a three-dimensional mold with a soft, pliable, and durable material such as EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) or PU (Polyurethane) or similar foam blends that aid in the flexibility, durability, and comfort of the accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: James Alexander Meiselman
  • Publication number: 20150013189
    Abstract: A shoe having a sole (7), to which an upper (4) of the shoe is attached, and on whose upper side there is mounted an insole, while the upper (4) of the shoe in area of instep of the foot comprises at least one instep elastic insertion (41 1), which reduces pressure of the upper (4) of the shoe on the instep of the foot, while the insole on its top side comprises at least a depression for big toe joint and a depression or lowering for heel bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: BOTY J HANAK R, s.r.o.
    Inventors: Josef Hanak, Martin Zvonar
  • Patent number: 8869431
    Abstract: The sandal with pneumatic support includes an inflatable bladder in the sole, in the area immediately beneath the arch of the foot when the sandal is worn. A manual air pump is provided integrally with the sandal. In one embodiment, the pump is located atop the toe divider of a flip-flop type sandal. In another embodiment, the pump is located in the heel. A pressure relief valve is located along one of the upper straps of the sandal. The arch bladder, air pump, and relief valve communicate pneumatically with one another. The sandal may be devoid of structure extending between the toes when worn, but may include straps passing over and/or around the foot. The sandal provides greatly improved support and reduces or eliminates muscular problems resulting from the lack of arch support in sandals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Vito Dimatteo
  • Publication number: 20140310988
    Abstract: Footwear for use during a specialized activity such as skiing, cycling, skating and many other sports or industrial uses, and provides a dorsal element engaging the dorsal aspect of the foot for enabling the user to control relative to the plantar aspect the maximum height of the arch of the foot at substantially all times during the activity regardless of the position or orientation of the foot. A pivotal arm is mounted on a frame attached to the planter aspect for pivotal movement about an axis transverse to the foot and is compressed by an adjustable element operable by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: David Michael MacPhail, Stephen G. Podborski, Thomas Blaine Hoshizaki, Michel Joseph Chiasson
  • Patent number: 8857077
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include one or more harnesses to restrain a wearer foot from transverse movement within an upper during a rapid sideways maneuver. One harness may be located in a lateral forefoot region. Another harness may be located in medial region and may include a midfoot and/or a hindfoot region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Shane S. Kahatsu, Alexandre Baudouin
  • Patent number: 8850721
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a pair of arch members is disclosed. The arch members provide the only structural connection between a forefoot portion of a sole and a heel portion of the sole. In particular, the arch members provide a connection between a forefoot portion and a rearward portion of the heel portion of the sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley S. Long, James C. Meschter, Benjamin A. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 8844170
    Abstract: An outsole structure includes a medial side, a lateral side, and a longitudinal axis. The outsole structure also has a forefoot portion, a heel portion, and a midfoot portion. The midfoot portion defines a recess and an insert received within the recess. The insert includes a base portion, medial wall that projects from the base portion, and a lateral wall that projects from the base portion. The insert additionally includes a first rib that projects from the base portion and that extends between the medial wall and the lateral wall. The insert further includes a second rib that projects from the base portion and that extends between the medial wall and the lateral wall. Moreover, the insert includes at least one pocket that is defined between the base portion, the medial wall, the lateral wall, the first rib, and the second rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy S. Ferrigan, Brian Foresta, Patricia J. Graser, Christine L. Saito
  • Publication number: 20140259769
    Abstract: The invention relates to shoes including sole elements having a cambered profile. An example sole element includes a midsole having a heel portion, a midfoot portion, and a forefoot portion, the midfoot portion including a longitudinal arch including a medial longitudinal arch portion and a lateral longitudinal arch portion, wherein the longitudinal arch is at least partially elevated above a ground surface in an unloaded condition and deforms towards a ground surface and elongates longitudinally in a loaded condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew A. Bjornson, Marya Lourdes Chan, Patrick Y. Choe, Bernard Jankowski, Sean B. Murphy
  • Publication number: 20140165424
    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: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: DashAmerica, Inc. d/b/a Pearl Izumi USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Torrance, Philip Majure, Robert K. Scofield
  • Patent number: 8683717
    Abstract: A support arranged for disposition within a shoe, boot or sandal, to raise the arch of the foot by everting the forefoot and inverting the rearfoot, thereby locking the midtarsal joint. The support basically comprises a base portion and a wedge portion. The base portion has an upper surface on which the wedge portion is disposed. The wedge portion includes a medial side edge and a lateral side edge and extends from the base of all five metatarsals of the person's foot to the heads of all five metatarsals. The wedge portion tapers in thickness from at least the midline of the wedge portion to the medial side edge. The wedge portion includes an anterior portion that is tapered to the sulcus section of the wearer's foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas H. Richie, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140075782
    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: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Bryan N. Farris, Olivier Henrichot
  • Patent number: 8607478
    Abstract: An article of footwear configured for use as a dance shoe is provided. The article of footwear can include an upper and a two-piece sole connected to the upper. The article can also include a cage support that surrounds a portion of the upper and aids in flexibility of the shoe. The article can also include a single piece liner with an integrated toe box. In addition, the shoe can include an offset lacing system. In another arrangement, the shoe can include an elastic wrap, connected to the bottom of the shoe on the inside of the upper. The wrap can act as a tongue to minimize contact between the offset lacing system and the dancer's foot. In yet another arrangement, the shoe can include different types of outsole supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Susan L. Sokolowski
  • Patent number: 8584378
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an outsole for a shoe, the outsole including a sole plate, extending from a heel part, via a midfoot part, into a forefoot part of the outsole, at least one first reinforcing rib integrated into the sole plate, and a reinforcing plate disposed above or below the at least one first reinforcing rib. The present invention also relates to a shoe, including a shoe upper including a closure region and a sole region, and at least one reinforcing element attached to the inside of the shoe upper, arranged in a midfoot part of the shoe upper, and including a plurality of flexible bands extending between the closure region and the sole region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Juergen Weidl, Bruno Jean Antonelli, Harald Geyer
  • Patent number: 8584376
    Abstract: An insole which is substantially adapted to the profile of a human foot and comprises, in the mid-foot region, an elastically deformable arch facing the foot, characterized in that a reinforcement element is located on the side of the insole facing away from the foot in the region of the arch, said reinforcement element being made of a different material with a greater stiffness than the material of the insole and having a convex shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Cetec AG
    Inventor: Georg Ahlbäumer
  • Patent number: 8567097
    Abstract: A sole adapted to provide improved leverage during the toe-off stage of gait comprises elongate elements (2a-e) along the horizontal surface of the sole. The elongate elements (2a-e) are adapted to tauten in response to longitudinal forces on the sole, increasing the rigidity of the midsection of the sole and providing effective propulsive assistance to the athlete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Inoveight Limited
    Inventors: Clinton Wayne Edy, Philip Rees, Graham Jordison
  • Publication number: 20130276330
    Abstract: A footwear includes an outer member, an inner lining, an instep member, and a lace. The outer member defines an outer surface of the footwear. The inner lining is positioned within the outer member. The instep member extends across an instep portion of the inner lining. The instep member can be positioned between the outer member and the inner lining or embedded within the inner lining. The lace is coupled to the instep member and to the outer member. Applying a tension force to the lace causes the instep member to apply a force against the instep portion of the inner lining, thereby applying an instep force against an instep portion of a user's foot that is positioned in the footwear. The instep force against the user's foot holds the user's foot against a bottom and rear portion of the footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Mark T. Dinndorf, Jack Pflueger
  • Publication number: 20130263360
    Abstract: A sock and/or outer footwear having one or more portions with reduced frictional characteristics. One or more of the heel portion, the arch portion and the ball portion of the sock and/or interior of the outer footwear is fabricated with the reduced frictional characteristics. The reduced frictional characteristics may be established by applying a low-friction material to such portions, incorporating one or more low-friction fibers into the material of the sock and/or interior of the outer footwear in such portions or reducing the thickness of the material in such portions. The provision of reduced frictional characteristics in one or more of the heel, arch and ball facilitates insertion of a foot into footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Lee L. Thibodeau
  • Patent number: 8516723
    Abstract: An article of footwear is provided and includes an outsole structure having a forefoot portion, a heel portion, and a midfoot portion disposed between the forefoot portion and the heel portion. The midfoot portion includes a series of ribs cooperating to define a series of pockets disposed between the forefoot portion and the heel portion. The plurality of pockets include a smaller volume proximate to a longitudinal axis extending through a center of the outsole structure and a greater volume proximate to an outboard, lateral edge and an outboard, medial edge of the article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy S. Ferrigan, Brian Foresta, Patricia J. Graser, Christine L. Saito
  • Publication number: 20130205620
    Abstract: Footwear including an integrated orthotics system provides support with progressive resistance in pronation and supenation motions of the foot during a gait cycle. The orthotics system includes an orthotic device between the mid-sole and the outsole and extend from the rear foot's calcaneus region to the forefoot region where the phalanges and metatarsal joints meets. The orthotic device includes contours mimicking a foot sole shape in an unloaded state. The orthotic system may also include a secondary external orthotic device embedded underneath the outsole to provide control in the mid foot region to achieve progressive compression resistance in the mid foot arch zones. The secondary device may be customizable to achieve a wide range of resistance level needed in mid foot compression by the wearer. The orthotics combined with the midsole and outsole provide progressive mid foot compression resistance and directional flex associated with pronatory motions of the foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Henry Hsu
  • Publication number: 20130205619
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed. According to the present invention there is provided a light-weight shoe having a sole with a hard upper section in the form of a plate with high rigidity at the lateral part, and a highly compressible lower section. Due to the soft materials used in the lower section, and due to the recesses and grooves at the ground facing side, the total average density between the hard upper section and the ground is very low. Due to the specific location of the plate and the recesses the shoe facilitates optimal body alignment in standing, walking and running.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Adri Hartveld
  • Patent number: 8479416
    Abstract: A footwear component and a method of making the footwear component are disclosed. The footwear component includes a first portion and a second portion that are joined at a transition zone. The first portion and the second portion have different flexibility characteristics. The footwear component can bend at the transition zone to accommodate the natural bending of a foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry W. Auger, Neil Crumbleholme, Deliang Gu
  • Patent number: 8458930
    Abstract: A footwear outsole includes an arch member shiftably assembled on a central part of an upper surface of a outsole body in a longitudinal direction and a rear heel shiftably assembled on a rear part of a lower surface of the outsole body in a longitudinal direction. The footwear outsole has an advantage in that the footwear outsole can not only prevent the foot from becoming flat, but can also minimize shock on the sole of the foot, and reduce foot fatigue Therefore, the comfortable sensation can be maintained, and an effect of stretching are maximized so as to make the blood smoothly circulate and acupressure the acupunctural K1 region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Shin Kyung Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ki-Ho Ha
  • Patent number: 8453346
    Abstract: An orthotic foot device for footwear may include a flexible insole chassis adapted to extend substantially between the heel and the toe of the footwear and at least one support component attached at a lower side of the chassis. The chassis may include a cushioned layer composed of conforming resilient material overlying the upper side of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Orthosole Limited, A Guernsey Limited Company
    Inventors: Michael Steszyn, Simon Luthi, Joseph F. McMillan, Peter Valois, Martin Trautmann, Damian Donzis, Aimee Donzis, Ronald Charles Irani
  • Publication number: 20130133225
    Abstract: A footwear assembly has a sole assembly with an insole board having a peripheral edge, a heel portion, a forefoot portion, and an arch portion. The insole board has a lateral side, a medial side, a top surface, and a bottom surface facing away from the top surface. The footwear assembly has an upper with a lower side portion having a lateral forefoot flange, a lateral arch flange, a lateral heel flange, a medial forefoot flange, a medial arch flange, and a medial heel flange. The lateral forefoot flange is stitched to the top surface of the insole board along the forefoot portion, and the lateral arch flange and the lateral heel flange wrap around the peripheral edge along the insole board's lateral side and are attached to the bottom surface at the arch portion and heel portion without being stitched to the insole board's top surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: DANNER, INC.
    Inventor: Danner, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8418379
    Abstract: A shoe sole of the present invention includes a first member 10 including a first deformable portion 11, and a second member 20 including a second deformable portion 21. In a non-worn state, a first lower surface 10d of the first deformable portion 11 and a second upper surface 20u of the second deformable portion 21 are substantially spaced apart from each other in a vertical direction. Under a first load, the first deformable portion 11 deflects downward, whereby the first lower surface 10d can approach the second upper surface 20u until the first lower surface 10d contacts the second upper surface 20u. Under a second load, the deformable portions 11 and 21 both deflect downward with the engagement elements 12 and 22 of the deformable portions 11 and 21 engaging with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Asics Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nishiwaki, Yosuke Ootsuka, Satoshi Kiso
  • Publication number: 20120317838
    Abstract: An orthotic is disclosed. The orthotic has a convex element that has a periphery. The convex element is positioned in a plane. The periphery is structured and arranged to deform into a gap in at least of a horizontal, a vertical, or a lateral direction relative to the plane. The convex element is structured and arranged for placement between a plantar surface of a foot and a second surface. The gap is defined by a top surface of the convex element and a bottom surface of the foot or a bottom surface of a body of an insert. The periphery of the convex element is structured and arranged to deform into the gap as a force is applied to the body and to rebound as the force dissipates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventor: Jerome D. Segel
  • Publication number: 20120216426
    Abstract: An athletic shoe comprising: an upper portion; a sole, where the sole is attached to the upper portion; and an opening in a toe area of the upper portion. The sole may include a heel portion and an arch support. In one particular embodiment, the sole further includes an inner sole that extends beyond the toes of user. The athletic shoe may further include shoestrings, where the shoestrings secure the shoe on the users foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Birgit Hixon
  • Patent number: 8250783
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supplying a customer with a footbed. A kiosk provides measurements of a consumer's feet with a self-guided display by using both pressure measurements and scanning of the feet. The measurement information is converted to identify which of the preselected and stocked components proximate the kiosk can be combined to provide an appropriate footbed for the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Esoles LLC
    Inventors: Simon M. Luthi, Glen D. Hinshaw, Joseph F. McMillan, Peter C. Rueegger, Michael Steszyn
  • Publication number: 20120210605
    Abstract: A foot support for use with a human foot having a forefoot portion that supports the foot beneath the metatarsal heads and an arched midfoot portion that supports the foot beneath the metatarsal, cuneiforms, navicular, and cuboid bones and has a slope between a maximum height on the medial side of the foot support and a minimum height on the lateral side of the foot support. The foot support also includes a wedge fixed beneath the forefoot portion such that the maximum wedge height is positioned beneath the first metatarsal head and the minimum wedge height extends beneath the fourth metatarsal head. The foot support may optionally include a heel portion that supports the calcaneus and talus bones in a neutral, varus, or valgus positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: RYLO, INC.
    Inventor: LORRI A. RILEY
  • Patent number: 8240066
    Abstract: This device elevates the midsection of the foot when shoeless, addressing congenital flatness, or lapsing or pronation in the arch. The device, which can be constructed of various materials, does not support the metatarsus or heel, and is attached to the foot by lateral straps or equivalents. The device may be worn inside or over stockings. The device can also serve as an orthotic for barefoot runners or dancers by means of longitudinal extension, with openings under the metatarsus and heel so these areas may touch the ground or floor. This device may be contraindicated as a diagnostic or therapeutic aid, without the intent of medical application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Brent Ellis Logan
  • Publication number: 20120198723
    Abstract: A therapeutic shoe in accordance with the present invention includes an upper; an outsole attached to the upper; and a carbon fiber plate embedded in situ within the sole during a common molding process that forms the outsole, the carbon fiber plate being anatomically correct and extending at least a substantial length of a footbed of the shoe. A bottom surface of the carbon fiber plate is intimately bonded to the outsole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: B & S Partners, Inc. d/b/a Pilgrim Shoes
    Inventor: Boris Borisov
  • Patent number: 8230620
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Brian Ebel
  • Publication number: 20120174439
    Abstract: An article of footwear configured for prolonged casual and non-casual uses having an upper configured for easy installation and removal of the article of footwear with or without the use of fasteners, a sole, and a substantially continuous series of alternating ribs and grooves on a footbed of the sole extending from a forefoot region to a heel region. The ribs and grooves have base widths that are greater in an arch region of the footbed than the forefoot and heel regions of the footbed. The series of alternating transverse ribs and grooves are oriented from a lateral side region of the footbed to a medial side region of the footbed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly A. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 8196318
    Abstract: A shoe comprising: an assembly of a shoe upper and sole unit for supporting a foot, the assembly defining a foot compartment that orients a foot in an objective (desired) tri-planar alignment to affect three areas of the foot anatomy simultaneously: (1) the sustentaculum tali; (2) the lateral calcaneus; and (3) the fifth metatarsal ray of the foot. In certain embodiments the shoe compartment is configured to correct an adverse internal rotation of the talus by: (1) vertical lift on the ST; (2) varus movement of the calcaneus; and (3) fifth ray pressure to adduct the forefoot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Align Footwear, LLC
    Inventor: Cheryl Sherwood Kosta
  • Patent number: 8166672
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved shoe sole for a running shoe conducive to a midfoot striking gait including a cushioning element positioned between the upper surface and the ground-contacting surface, at least a portion of which is positioned on a lateral side of the sole and contained within a region between 15% and 90% of the length of the shoe sole as measured from a rearfoot end of the sole. One or more high abrasion-resistant ground-contacting crash pads are positioned below the cushioning element, and include a lateral side portion contained within a region extending a distance of 20% the length of the shoe sole, as measured from a rearfoot end of the shoe sole. The shoe sole, preferably devoid of at least vertical arch sculpting, also includes a longitudinal flex groove positioned just medial of the crash pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Murphy, Matthew Pauk
  • Patent number: 8162868
    Abstract: An orthopedic device to provide support and cushioning to the foot to alleviate plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, heel pain, bunions, and other conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventors: Steve Llorens, Maria Marcial
  • Patent number: 8146273
    Abstract: An article of footwear configured for use as a dance shoe is provided. The article of footwear can include an upper and a two-piece sole connected to the upper. The article can also include a cage support that surrounds a portion of the upper and aids in flexibility of the shoe. The article can also include a single piece liner with an integrated toe box. In addition, the shoe can include an offset lacing system. In another arrangement, the shoe can include an elastic wrap, connected to the bottom of the shoe on the inside of the upper. The wrap can act as a tongue to minimize contact between the offset lacing system and the dancer's foot. In yet another arrangement, the shoe can include different types of outsole supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Susan L. Sokolowski
  • Patent number: 8109014
    Abstract: A foot orthotic device is disclosed. More specifically described is an individualized foot orthotic device to correct and/or restore the ideal alignment and/or positioning of foot structures. The device is designed using a method and system that applies sequential pressure to regions on a plantar foot surface, and obtaining positional information about each region. Based on the positional information, an orthotic profile is determined, for design of one or more custom, individualized foot orthotic devices for a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Tensegrity Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Kevin Miller, Michael S. Latterman, Sue Ann Latterman
  • Publication number: 20120011744
    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: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Bryan N. Farris, Olivier Henrichot
  • Patent number: 8091254
    Abstract: A biomechanics medical corrective shoe pad with far infrared ray energy fibers includes a bacteriostasis surface cloth layer, an inner foamed layer, a far infrared ray energy emitting fiber layer, a polyethene layer, and a bacteriostasis cloth layer, which are positioned one on another in sequence, and heat-pressed and joined together with a mold; the far infrared ray energy emitting fiber layer includes a fiber, and far infrared ray energy containing mineral granules joined on the fiber; the shoe pad includes a peripheral area, a supporting area, and a cambering area, which undergo different-temperature heat-pressing processes; the supporting area and the cambering area are shaped according to ergonomics and human dynamics and in such a manner as to match pressure-responsive points of a man's sole; therefore, the shoe pad can absorb shock, reduce pressure, provide sufficient protection and support, and massage the wearer's foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Jet Crown International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Edmund Wang
  • Patent number: 8074377
    Abstract: A shoe sole of the present invention includes a first member 10 including a first deformable portion 11, and a second member 20 including a second deformable portion 21. In a non-worn state, a first lower surface 10d of the first deformable portion 11 and a second upper surface 20u of the second deformable portion 21 are substantially spaced apart from each other in a vertical direction. Under a first load, the first deformable portion 11 deflects downward, whereby the first lower surface 10d can approach the second upper surface 20u until the first lower surface 10d contacts the second upper surface 20u. Under a second load, the deformable portions 11 and 21 both deflect downward with the engagement elements 12 and 22 of the deformable portions 11 and 21 engaging with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Asics Corporation
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Nishiwaki, Yosuke Ootsuka, Satoshi Kiso
  • Publication number: 20110289798
    Abstract: Disclosed is a functional shoe, comprising a foot arch support, wherein said foot arch support includes a support body accommodated and fixed in a shoe body, a slider tightened to the support body by a screw, and a contact member which is coupled to the top of the slider and projects toward the inside of the shoe to contact the arch of the foot. The slider moves in the upward and downward directions by means of the rotation of the contact member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: FOOT BALANCE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HYUN-YOUNG JUNG, Jong-Kook Kim
  • Publication number: 20110288446
    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: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: JUN-DA BIOTECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chin-Hsing HSIEH, Tsung-Hsien Hsieh, Ken-Tick Soh, Tung-Chen Hsieh