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Post-Operative Shoe And Method For Construction Thereof

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A post-operative shoe and method for construction thereof is provided. The post-operative shoe includes an outsole having a substantially flat top surface with variable rigidity and rounded toe and heel ends and a midfoot segment located between the toe and heel ends. The rigidity of the outsole is most rigid after a medical procedure performed on a wearer of the outsole and less rigid as time passes from the medical procedure. One or more bores are formed within the outsole, each bore originating at the toe end and terminating at one of a proximal end of the toe end and a distal end of the midfoot segment. One or more flex rods are each sized to fit within one of the bores to determine the rigidity of the outsole.



SHOE SPIKE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A shoe spike includes: a cleat including a cleat body having a top surface and a bottom surface, the body having a body center axis and defining a cleat hole along the center axis through the body; and a hub connected to the cleat and having a center axis aligned with the center axis of the body, the hub including an insertion post positioned in the cleat hole, the insertion post having a bottom surface defining a tool pocket, the center axis of the hub extending through the tool pocket.



Shoe Traction Attachment

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An adhesively attached shoe sole product with forward directed grooves to prevent a loss of traction when the foot is moving in a forward direction, the product conforming to the toe and outer perimeter of the shoe sole and being attached by a permanent or temporary adhesive to the existing shoe sole.



Strap Securing Systems For Articles of Footwear And Other Foot-Receiving Devices

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Articles of footwear or other foot-receiving devices include an upper/foot-covering member having medial and lateral strap tensioning components located on opposite sides of the ankle area. A securing system is provided that includes: (i) a first strap portion extending across the instep area, engaging the lateral strap tensioning component, and extending in front of the foot-insertion opening to the medial ankle side (where it may be secured), and (ii) a second strap portion extending across the instep area, engaging the medial strap tensioning component, and extending in front of the foot-insertion opening and to the lateral ankle side (where it may be secured). The first and second strap portions cross one another at two separated crossing locations.



LOOM FOR WEAVING FABRIC WITH TWO TYPES OF TISSUE, SHOE UPPER WOVEN USING THE SAME, AND SHOE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed herein are a loom for weaving a fabric with two types of tissue, a shoe upper woven using the loom, and a shoe including such a shoe upper. The loom includes a first heddle stack formed by arranging a plurality of first heddles in one or more rows, and a second heddle stack formed by arranging a plurality of second heddles in one or more rows, the second heddles being different in kind from the first heddles. The first heddle stack and the second heddle stack are sequentially arranged in a warp feeding direction.



Footwear Soles With Computer Controlled Configurable Structures

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A sole for a shoe or other footwear. The sole includes at least two structures, each structure being configurable, and wherein at least a part of each of said at least two structures is located in a single frontal plane cross-section of the sole when the sole is upright and in an unloaded condition. The sole also includes at least one electronic control system that controls a configuration of each said at least two structures. Optionally, the at least two structures and/or the at least one electronic control system are located in a midsole section of said sole.



FOR A SHOE, IN PARTICULAR FOR A SPORTS SHOE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A shoe including a sole having specific characteristics, namely a width, a length, a thickness and a front/rear profile, where the sole is made with materials having a certain type of deformation and lateral reinforcements emerging from the sole and surrounding the upper that are suitable for significantly increasing both performance, such as speed and reduced fatigue, and user comfort, such as reduced impact on knees, back, leg muscles, of the shoe, which are particularly suited for use when jogging or walking on uneven outdoor surfaces, as well as for jogging or walking on roads. Furthermore, the characteristics of the sole, such as the spike surface and deformation when contacting the ground, improve safety for a user by providing enhanced grip on sloping terrain as well as on snow-covered or wet terrain.



ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH CONCAVE PORTION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article of footwear for cycling is disclosed. The article of footwear includes an upper comprising an opening, a midsole in contact with the upper, and an outsole in contact with the midsole. At least one of the midsole and the outsole comprises a concave portion in at least a midfoot region of the article of footwear. An apex of the concave portion in at least one of the midsole and the outsole is configured to come into contact with a pedal of a bicycle when the concave portion is pressed by a foot against the pedal.



SHOE MIDSOLE COATED WITH ADHESIVE FABRIC

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to a shoe midsole coated with an adhesive fabric, and more particularly, to a shoe midsole in which an adhesive fabric woven in a mesh shape is coated on the outer surface of a low-hardness midsole. According to the present invention, an adhesive fabric woven in a mesh shape is coated on an outer surface of a low-hardness midsole so that collapse of or formation of creases on the midsole can be prevented by the adhesive fabric woven in a mesh shape while improving cushioning property and flexibility by the low-hardness midsole, as well as flexibility can be maintained and abrasion resistance can be improved. In addition, an adhesion property is endowed to the adhesive fabric itself woven in a mesh shape so that the adhesive fabric can be easily coated on the outer surface of the midsole.



SHOE SOLE AND SHOE HAVING SAME

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention, for the sake of a shoe sole having an improved effect of acupressure on the user's sole and enhanced durability and a shoe having the same, provides a shoe sole and a shoe having the same, the shoe sole comprising: a base; a protrusion positioned on the base; and a plurality of small protrusions positioned on the surface of the protrusion, wherein points at which the protrusion and the plurality of small protrusions meet have circular shapes with a diameter of a, and the distance b between the protrusion and the farthest points of the plurality of small protrusions from the protrusion is larger than a/2.



BIO HEEL PAD, BIO HEEL PAD SHOE AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURING SAME

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A bio foot pad, comprising: a plurality of circumferential elastic fibers surrounded by a viscoelastic material; wherein said fibers impart a biphasic characteristic to said viscoelastic material; and wherein said fibers under compression develop a plurality of hoop stresses to facilitate load conversion and distribution of axial forces exerted against a heel area of a user.



WATERPROOF AND BREATHABLE SHOE SOLE AND SHOES WITH SAME

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A waterproof and breathable shoe sole comprises a shoe undersole (1) and a waterproof and breathable film assembly (2). At least one through hole (12) is formed on upper surface of the shoe undersole (1). The waterproof and breathable film assembly (2) comprises a waterproof and breathable film (21) and an upper waterproof bearing plate (22) and a lower waterproof bearing plate (23) attached to upper side and lower side of the waterproof and breathable film (21). The lower waterproof bearing plate (23) is positioned above the at least one through hole (12). An upper breathable groove (221) and a lower breathable groove (231) are respectively formed at corresponding positions on the upper waterproof bearing plate (22) and the lower waterproof bearing plate (23), and the lower breathable groove (231) corresponds to at least one through hole (12). A shoe with the waterproof and breathable shoe sole is also disclosed.



METHOD FOR PRODUCING A FOOTWEAR ITEM HAVING A SHOE PROVIDED WITH AN EXTERNAL UPPER

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for producing a footwear item having a shoe provided with an external upper. The invention concerns a method for producing a footwear item having a shoe (1) provided with an external upper (9), said method involving forming a shoe (1) comprising an intermediate portion (2) that delimits a housing (3) for receiving the foot of a user, a sleeve (5) mounted over said intermediate portion and a peripheral skirt (10) extending from the junction area between said intermediate portion and said sleeve, surrounding the base (8) of said sleeve, said method involving the following successive steps in order to provide said shoe with said upper:—retracting the sleeve (5) into the receiving housing (3) until said sleeve is disposed under at least a portion of the skirt (10);—associating a lower portion (9a) of the upper (9) with said skirt;—deploying said sleeve over the intermediate portion (2) in order for it to extend into said upper.



SHOES FOR BALL SPORTS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Described are shoes for ball sports including an upper having an outer surface. An actuator is configured to change at least one surface property of a portion of the outer surface of the upper, and a sensor is configured to be sensitive to movements of the shoe. A processing unit is connected to the actuator and the sensor and configured to process sensor data retrieved from the sensor and to cause the actuator to change the at least one surface property of the portion of the outer surface of the upper if a predetermined event is detected in the sensor data.



Extendable Heel

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An extendable heel for adjusting the height of a heel. The extendable heel includes a heel body and one or more heel portions that are moveable between an extend position and a retracted position. In a retracted position, the heel portions are housed within the heel body and in an extended position, the heel portions are positioned below the heel body. A locking mechanism is operably connected to the heel portions and controls the height and position of the heel portions. The locking mechanism can receive a key that allows a user to control the position of the heel portions. In one use, the turning of the key in a first direction causes a cylinder to rotate, which allows the heel portions to freely move into the extended position. The key can be turned in the opposing direction to secure the heel portion in the extended position.



Shoe Cover

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A shoe cover for protecting a user's footwear. The shoe cover includes a body that resembles a shoe and that is configured to partially enclose a shoe therein. The shoe cover includes a toe portion, a heel portion, and an ankle opening. The ankle opening includes an elastic band therearound for securement around the user's ankle so as to protect the upper end of the shoe. The shoe cover includes a partially open sole, wherein a front portion of the sole is closed and the heel portion of the sole is open. The heel portion further includes an elastic band therearound for securement to the lower portion of the user's shoe. Additionally, a pair of mating fasteners is provided on opposing sides of the sole for further securing the shoe cover in position over the shoe.



PROTECTIVE COVER FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A protective cover for an article of footwear can include a first portion covering the top and sides of the footwear and a second portion covering the back of the footwear. The first portion can include locations to receive at least part of a connecting mechanism, and the second portion of the cover can be connected to the first portion of the cover by the connecting mechanism.



Footwear Having Sensor System

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article of footwear includes an upper member and a sole structure, with a sensor system connected to the sole structure. The sensor system includes a plurality of sensors that are configured for detecting forces exerted by a user's foot on the sensor. The sensor system also includes a port that is configured to receive a module to place the module in communication with the sensors. The port includes a housing with a chamber configured to receive the module and an interface engaged with the housing and having at least one electrical contact exposed to the chamber. Additional retaining structure and interface structure may be included.



SHOE AND PEDAL SYSTEM FOR BICYCLES

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A bicycle pedal system which allows riders to engage the sole of their shoe with the pedal to feel an operative engagement therebetween during normal riding conditions, while allowing the rider to easily detach the shoe from the pedal should the need arise. The system includes a shoe sole wearable on the foot of a user, wherein the shoe sole includes a lower surface and a plurality of first engagement elements extending from the lower surface. The system further comprises a bicycle pedal including a first surface, an opposing second surface, and a plurality of second engagement elements extending from the first surface and being complimentary to the first engagement elements. The shoe sole is configured to be selectively engageable with the pedal, with the first engagement elements being registered with the second engagement elements when the shoe sole is engaged with the pedal.



Article Of Footwear With Weight-Activated Cinching Apparatus

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article of footwear is disclosed that includes a cinching apparatus that is configured to move the upper between an open position and a closed position. The cinching apparatus includes a spring pad with a first, second, and third portion. The third portion is elastic and configured to deform elastically from a first position toward a second position. The third portion is configured to move the first portion relative to the second portion generally in the longitudinal direction as the third portion deforms between the first position and the second position. Also, the cinching apparatus is configured to move the upper from the open position toward the closed position as the third portion of the spring pad moves from the first position toward the second position.



Boot having a Lace Layer

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A boot includes a sole, an upper and an inner lining. The upper is connected to the sole and cooperates with the sole to define an accommodating space that is adapted for receiving a human foot therein. The upper includes a vamp portion that is connected to the sole, and a shaft portion that extends upwardly from a top end of the vamp portion and that includes at least one ventilating lace layer and a rear supporting strap disposed on and connected to the lace layer and adapted to be corresponding in position to a heel part of the human foot. The rear supporting strap extends upwardly from the top end of the vamp portion so as to support the lace layer to stand in an upright direction.



ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING A KNITTED COMPONENT HAVING FLOATED PORTIONS

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article of footwear includes an upper incorporating a knitted component formed of unitary knit construction. The knitted component includes portions having extended floated portions to distribute forces acting on the knitted component and resist stretching of the knitted component when the article of footwear is worn during a sport or athletic activity.



ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH KNITTED COMPONENT HAVING BIASED INTER-TOE MEMBER

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article of footwear includes a sole structure and an upper that is attached to the sole structure. The upper includes a forefoot region that is configured to receive a plurality of toes of a foot. The upper includes a first zone having a first elasticity, a second zone having a second elasticity, and a third zone having a third elasticity. The third zone is disposed between the first zone and the second zone. The third elasticity is greater than the first elasticity and the second elasticity. The third zone is configured to bias the first zone and the second zone toward each other. The third zone is biased generally toward the sole structure and configured to be received in a space located between two of the plurality of toes of the foot.



Articles Of Footwear With Tensile Strand Elements

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An upper for an article of footwear may have material layers and a plurality of strand segments. The material layers are located adjacent to each other and in an overlapping configuration, and the material layers are located in a lace region and a lower region of the upper. The strand segments extend from the lace region to the lower region. The strand segments may be located and secured between the material layers in the lace region and the lower region. The strand segments may form both an exterior surface of the upper and an opposite interior surface of the upper in an area between the lace region and the lower region. The material layers may define an opening between the lace region and the lower region, and the strand segments extend across the opening.



FOOTWEAR WITH A SOCK-LIKE UPPER

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Articles of footwear with a sock-like upper and methods for constructing thereof are provided. In one embodiment, an upper comprises a first layer including a first interior and a first exterior, a second layer including a second interior and a second exterior, where the first layer and the second layer comprise a same material and are physically coupled at one end of each layer, and a plurality of sub-structural components positioned between the first exterior and the second interior. In this way, manufacturing articles of footwear with a sock-like upper may be simplified, while the comfort and fit of the articles of footwear may be improved.



Shoe Sole

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A shoe sole including: an outsole 1 and a mid sole 2, wherein: the outsole 1 includes: a plurality of cleats C1 arranged while being spaced apart from one another in a first direction D1; and a plurality of cleats C1 arranged while being spaced apart from one another in a second direction D2; ones of the cleats C1 that are adjacent to each other in a third direction D3 are continuous with each other in the third direction D3 via a first connecting portion 12 of the outsole; ones of the cleats C1 that are adjacent to each other in a fourth direction D4 are continuous with each other in the fourth direction D4 via a second connecting portion 13 of the outsole; a plurality of through holes H are provided, each through hole H being defined in an area surrounded by three or more of the cleats C1; and the lower surface 20 of the mid sole 2 includes: an attachment surface 22 attached to the upper surface 11 of the outsole 1, and an exposed surface 23 of the foamed material exposed through the through holes H.



INDEPENDENTLY MOVABLE SOLE STRUCTURE

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article of footwear and method of making an article of footwear are disclosed. The article includes an outsole having an outsole member. The outsole member includes a first piece and a second piece. The first piece is spaced from a base by a first vertical distance. The second piece is spaced from the base by a second vertical distance, the first vertical distance being greater than the second vertical distance.



Substantial energy return shoe with optimal low-impact springs and tuned gear change

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The optimized shoe invention comprises five embodiments and two methods to optimize both the performance and comfort of footwear for walking and running and for robotics, prosthetics and orthotics. First, there are three versions of enhanced heel-lift shoes for energy return much higher than that of just “springs in shoes.” Second, to minimize foot impact shoe there are ten enhanced optimal springs with 1% hysteresis loss. Third, for ankle and knee joints there is a rotating-arms enhanced optimal spring. Fourth, said enhanced optimal springs are incorporated into conventional shoes. Fifth, there is an automatic gear change mechanism to change the sole spring stiffness so that the sole is always close to full compression—so that the performance and comfort is always optimal. The optimal force curve method features a pre-loaded constant force curve tuned to a particular use. The shoe tuning method provides precise sole energies by slicing springs.



Auxetic Structures and Footwear with Soles Having Auxetic Structures

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A material that includes at least one layer made of an auxetic structure and articles of footwear having soles comprising the materials. When the material is under tension, it expands in both the direction under tension and in the direction orthogonal to the direction under tension. The articles of footwear have soles that have at least one layer made of a material that has a pattern of apertures to provide the auxetic structure. The apertures are surrounded by sole portions that can rotate or pivot to change the size of the apertures. An outer covering can be mated with an outsole structure formed by the auxetic structure. The outer covering includes features that mate with the apertures in the outsole structure. The outer covering is elastic and can stretch to accommodate expansion of the auxetic structure.



Article of Footwear Having a Midsole and Methods of Making the Same

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article of footwear including a midsole for providing cushioning for a wearer's foot and providing structure for coupling the midsole to an upper. The midsole may include a body and a flange integrally formed with the body and extending outwardly from an outer perimeter of the body. The flange may be configured to couple with the upper. The midsole may be a single integrally formed piece. The midsole may eliminate the need to include a strobel board as part of the article of footwear. Methods for manufacturing an article of footwear including a midsole are also provided.



FOOTBED FOR ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A footbed having the ability to fixedly secure the forefoot portion of the foot while allowing the heel portion to laterally move during activity is provided. The footbed can include a sock liner positioned thereon wherein the sock liner is more firmly secured to the footbed in the forefront region than in the heel region to allow lateral movement.



SOLE ASSEMBLY FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A footwear construction having a strobel-stitched bottomed upper and a sole assembly with a topsole disposed above the strobel board. The topsole is manufactured from a foam having an average modulus at a stress of 535 kilopascals of from about 750 kilopascals to about 950 kilopascals. The foam also has an energy efficiency of at least about 78%, and a dynamic compression set of less than about 10%. The sole assembly may include an inner sole disposed above the topsole. The inner sole may be manufactured from EVA foam. The topsole may have a thickness of at least 1 mm, the inner sole may have a thickness of at least 3 mm, and the total thickness of the topsole and inner sole may be at least 5 mm. The sole assembly may include a midsole, and possibly an outsole, disposed below the strobel board.



Multiply shockproof, hygroscopic and breathable shoe pad and shockproof, hygroscopic and breathable shoe

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A multiple shockproof, hygroscopic and breathable shoe pad includes, from bottom to top in succession: a support bottom layer (1), wherein a lower end face of the support bottom layer (1) is provided with a plurality of protruding portions (5), an upper end face of the support bottom layer (1) is provided with air holes (6), and the protruding portions (5) and the air holes (6) are alternately arranged; an elastic interlayer (2), wherein the elastic interlayer (2) is provided with air holes (6), and is coated with an antibacterial deodorization layer; a hygroscopic interlayer (3), wherein the hygroscopic interlayer (3) is provided with air holes (6), and is coated with an antibacterial deodorization layer; and a breathable waterproof layer (4), coated with an antibacterial deodorization layer; and the support bottom layer (1), the elastic interlayer (2), the hygroscopic interlayer (3), and the breathable waterproof layer (4) are successively bonded.



Article Of Footwear For Rowing

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article of footwear has an upper with multiple components. The upper includes a fastening system, a shield, and a tongue. The shield and the tongue are each attached to the upper. The shield and the tongue may be readily moved to facilitate entry of a foot into the article of footwear, or exit of a foot from the article of footwear.



INSERT FOR THE CUSTOMIZATION OF A FOOTWEAR, CUSTOMIZABLE FOOTWEAR AND METHOD FOR THE CUSTOMIZATION OF A FOOTWEAR

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An insert (1) for the customization of a footwear (100), more particularly of a sports footwear, is provided. A footwear that is customizable by using the aforementioned insert as well as a method for the customization of a footwear, the method using the aforementioned insert, are also provided. The insert (1) comprises a layer made of thermo-formable material (3) and a layer made of cork (5) coupled to each other. The presence of the layer made of thermo-formable material (3) allows customization of the footwear according to the morphology of the foot of the individual user; the presence of the layer made of cork (5) allows good thermal insulation and effective transmission of the movements from the user's foot to the footwear.



Golf Shoe with Natural Motion Structures

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Golf shoes include one or more of the following: (a) a foot stabilizer system that interacts with a shoe securing system to securely engage and/or wrap around a foot of a wearer; (b) a natural motion sole, optionally including flex grooves that allow a weight transfer from back-to-front and/or from side-to-side; (c) a six cleat configuration (e.g., four cleats in a forefoot region, two cleats in a heel region, and no cleats located directly under a big toe); (d) a forefoot moderator plate positioned to moderate or reduce user feel of the forefoot cleats; (e) a lateral half heel counter extending from a rear heel area to a lateral midfoot or lateral forward heel area of the shoe; and/or (f) one or more medial, forefoot, sidewall traction elements at or near a big toe area of the sole.



POST PEDICURE FOOTWEAR

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A sandal for use during or after a pedicure including: an inner sole; a toe divider along the top area of the inner sole, where the toe divider includes series of ridges; an inner strap; and an outer strap, where the inner strap and outer strap removably connect to each other over the top of a user's foot. The sandal further includes a means to connect the inner strap to the outer strap. In one particular embodiment, the means to connect may include a hook and loop connector. The inner strap and outer strap are preferably made of a flexible material. Further, the series of ridges preferably includes four ridges for placement between a user's toes.



Customizable Replacement Strap Converter System for Flip Flop Sandals

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A customizable replacement strap converter system for flip flop sandals provides the ability to convert flip flop sandals into lace-up sandals. Converter pegs are inserted into a stock sandal sole after the stock straps have been removed. A plurality of straps is then threaded through loop bands of the converter pegs in order to create a custom strap arrangement 21.



Themed and ornamental "flip flop" footwear

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention in a first embodiment comprises flip flop style footwear displaying themed foot bed as well as charm elements attached to the upper foot strap. Said charm elements will be attached by method of a fastener integrated into the upper foot strap. Charm elements will be supplied with the pair of flip flop footwear and will also be interchangeable to suit the consumer's personal choice and style. It is therefore another aspect, advantage and objective of this invention to utilize environmentally sensitive materials for flip flop elements such as the foot bed and or lower sole portions. Such materials may be comprised of recycled foams and rubbers (i.e. yoga mat material).



Footwear Having Sensor System

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A sensor system is adapted for use with an article of footwear and includes an insert member including a first layer and a second layer, a port connected to the insert and configured for communication with an electronic module, a plurality of force and/or pressure sensors on the insert member, and a plurality of leads connecting the sensors to the port.



Sports Shoes and Methods for Manufacturing and Recycling of Sports Shoes

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A sports shoe includes an upper wherein a majority by weight of the upper is made from a thermoplastic base material and a sole wherein a majority by weight of the sole is made from the same thermoplastic base material. The sole and the upper are individually fabricated and joined to each other. The thermoplastic base material includes at least one of the following materials: thermoplastic polyurethane TPU, polyamide PA, polyethylene terephthalate PET, or polybutylene terephthalate PBT.



SOLE FOR A SPORTS SHOE

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Described are soles for a shoe with a first sole element, and a second sole element comprising a textile material, wherein the second sole element is coupled to the first sole element and arranged to at least partially cover the first sole element. At least one of the first sole element and the second sole element include protrusions, wherein at least a portion of the second sole element is configured to contact an adjacent surface when the sole is attached to an upper. The portion of the second sole element that contacts the adjacent surface generates an amount of at least one of friction and traction between the sole and the adjacent surface, and the protrusions are configured to increase the amount of the at least one friction and traction generated between the sole and the adjacent surface.



SHOE ENGAGEMENT AND BUMPER INSERT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A bumper system for use in a shoe may include one or more elastomeric members having a curved top portion opposite a generally flat bottom portion; an adhesive layer on said bottom portion; and a peel-removable cover of said adhesive layer, wherein the one or more elastomeric members includes a first elastomeric member that is configured to be secured within a toe box of the shoe and is configured to match a foot-toe-gap arc of a user of the shoe. A method of using a bumper system in a shoe is also disclosed.



ARTICLE WITH A CUSHIONING ASSEMBLY HAVING INNER AND OUTER BLADDER ELEMENTS AND A REINFORCEMENT ELEMENT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ARTICLE

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article comprises a cushioning assembly that comprises a first bladder element forming a first fluid chamber. The cushioning assembly further comprises a second bladder element within the first bladder element. The second bladder element forms a second fluid chamber sealed from and within the first fluid chamber. At least one reinforcement element is operatively connected to and in contact with at least one of the first bladder element and the second bladder element. The at least one reinforcement element is configured to reinforce the cushioning assembly under a load applied to the first bladder element. A method of manufacturing an article with the cushioning assembly is provided.



ARTICLE WITH A CUSHIONING ASSEMBLY HAVING INNER AND OUTER BLADDER ELEMENTS WITH INTERFITTING FEATURES AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING AN ARTICLE

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article comprises a cushioning assembly which includes a first bladder element forming a first fluid chamber, and a second bladder element within the first bladder element and forming a second fluid chamber sealed from and within the first fluid chamber. The first bladder element comprises an inner surface having a first feature. The second bladder element comprises an outer surface having a second feature. The first feature interfits with the second feature such that a first area of the inner surface of the first bladder element is aligned with a first area of the outer surface of the second bladder element at a bonded interface. The second bladder element is exposed to the first fluid chamber away from the bonded interface. A method of manufacturing the article includes interfitting the first feature with the second feature and bonding at the bonded interface.



ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR HAVING GROUND SURFACE MATERIAL ACCUMULATION PREVENTION STRUCTURE

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article of footwear includes a sole having a lower surface, and a reactive element disposed on the lower surface of the sole. The reactive element has an exposed surface, and the reactive element is configured to transition the exposed surface between a first state and a second state in response to a compression force applied to the reactive element by an external ground surface in a user activity, to prevent accumulation of ground surface material, such as mud, dirt, clay, sand, slush, etc., compacting on the sole of the article of footwear in the user activity. The reactive element may include an elastomeric dome shaped popper that compresses flat in response to a compression force and then pops back to a non-compressed state in response to release of the compression force.



Article of Footwear With Sole Structure Having Frusto-Conical Structures

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article of footwear has a sole structure with frusto-conical structures. The sole structure includes a sole plate and outer sole assembly. The outer sole assembly is placed on the outer surface of the sole plate. The outer sole assembly provides frusto-conical structures that protrude towards the outer surface of the sole plate. The frusto-conical structures have recesses facing the ground surface.



Article of Footwear With Sole Structure Having Interconnected Fluid-Filled Chambers

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article of footwear has a sole structure with interconnected compliant components. The sole structure includes a sole plate, inner sole structure and lasting board. The inner sole structure is placed in between the sole plate and lasting board. The inner sole structure provides compliant components that protrude through the sole plate towards a ground surface. The compliant components are interconnected by channels.



Article of Footwear With Sole Structure Having Fluid-Filled Chambers

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An article of footwear has a sole structure with compliant components. The sole structure includes a sole plate, inner sole structure and lasting board. The inner sole structure is placed in between the sole plate and lasting board. The inner sole structure provides complaint components that protrude through the sole plate towards a ground surface.



PUNCTURE RESISTANT INSOLE OR FOOTWEAR

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An insole with puncture-resistant properties for safety footwear. The insole contains a repeating pattern of knit layer groupings and woven layer groupings where the knit layer groupings form the upper and lower surfaces of the insole. Each layer within the knit layer groupings and the woven layer groupings is adhesively bonded to the adjacent layers. The knit layer groupings contain at least two knit layers and the woven layer groupings contain at least two woven layers. Each woven and knit layer contains yarns or fibers having a tenacity of about 5 or more grams per denier in a knit configuration. Each woven and knit layer is impregnated on both sides and at least some of the internal surfaces with about 10 wt. % or less, based on the total weight of the layer, of a coating containing a plurality of particles having a diameter of about 20 μm or less.