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SHOE

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Shoe comprising:—a sole having a lower surface;—an upper provided with connecting means arranged for receiving lacing;—a lacing tensioning mechanism arranged for tensioning the lace received in said connecting means, wherein the lacing tensioning mechanism is moveable between a loose position with reduced lacing tension for easy access in the shoe and a second tensioned position wherein the lace is under tension; and—an actuator mechanism for moving the lacing tensioning mechanism between the positions, wherein actuator mechanism comprises a moveable sole part which is moveable from and into the surface of the sole and wherein the actuator mechanism is arranged for moving the lacing tensioning mechanism from the loose position to the tensioned position upon movement of the moveable sole part into the surface of the sole.



SHOE TONGUE BRACKET

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A shoe tongue bracket is provided. The bracket is formed of a band having a first end, a second end, and a middle portion in between. A middle bend is formed at the middle portion and is shaped to contour with an underside of a shoe tongue. A first end bend is formed at the first end and bends in an opposite direction of the middle bend. A second end bend is formed at the second end and is bending in an opposite direction of the middle bend. A first aperture is formed through the band at the first end and a second aperture is formed through the band at the second end.



KNITTED SHOE COMPONENTS AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

In one aspect, methods of making a knitted shoe component are described herein. In some embodiments, a method comprises knitting one or more fibers to form a toe portion; knitting one or more fibers to form a first wing portion; and knitting one or more fibers to form a second wing portion. The first and second wing portions extend from the toe portion and are knittingly connected to the toe portion. The method further comprises reducing the lateral separation between the first and second wing portions from an initial separation distance to a knitting separation distance such that the wing portions can be knitted together to form a seamless heel portion of the shoe component, including using a series of stitch transfer, racking, and knitting steps.



ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR HAVING ACTIVE REGIONS AND SECURE REGIONS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An article of footwear for climbing is disclosed. The article of footwear includes a sole structure including at least an outsole and having a concave shape; and an upper secured to the sole structure. The upper includes a textile including an active region and a secure region, the active region being between a lateral side of the upper and a medial side of the upper at least in an area of the upper at a toe side of an area corresponding to a ball of a foot disposed in the article of footwear. The article of footwear provides for stretchibility in the active region and support in the secure region.



ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR HAVING A FLEXIBLE FLUID-FILLED CHAMBER

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An article of footwear may include an upper forming a void within the footwear, a sole structure secured to the upper, and a chamber that encloses a pressurized fluid. The sole structure includes a depression. The chamber is located within the void of the upper and located on the depression of the sole structure. The chamber may include a plurality of fluid-filled subchambers, a manifold, and a connection fluidically-connected at least one of the subchambers to the manifold. The subchambers may enclose the pressurized fluid at different pressures. The subchambers may be separated from one another by a bonded area in the direction extending between the heel and toe of the chamber.



SOLE STRUCTURE WITH BLADDER FOR ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method of manufacturing a sole structure includes providing a plate within a cavity of a mold. The plate includes a base and a rib, and the base includes a first surface and a second surface. The first surface faces the upper, the second surface faces away from the first surface, and the rib projects from the second surface of the base. Moreover, the method includes providing a preform bladder member within the cavity of the mold, wherein the preform bladder member including a first member and a second member. The method additionally includes forming a bladder from the first and second members using the mold. Also, the method includes attaching the first member to the plate using the mold. Attaching the first member to the plate includes shaping the first member according to surfaces of the rib.



Article Of Footwear Including Sole Component Providing Lateral Roll Control Structure

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An article of footwear includes a sole structure providing lateral roll control structure. The sole structure includes a sole component having a continuous slit located in a central region of the sole component and progressing in a longitudinal direction of the sole component. The slit forms a laterally extending portion(s) that extends from a medial side of the sole component to a lateral side of the sole structure, a distal end of the laterally extending portion being attached to an opposing surface of an adjacent component, and a medially extending portion(s) that extends from a lateral side of the sole component to a medial side of the sole structure, a distal end of the medially extending portion being attached to the opposing surface of the adjacent component, the laterally extending portion(s) and the medially extending portion(s) alternating in a longitudinal direction of the sole component.



ORTHOTIC DEVICES

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The present invention relates to orthotic devices and footwear. In particular, the present invention relates to orthotic devices comprising a wedge configured to be placed beneath a forefoot.



Boots with integrated firearm holster

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Disclosed is a boot with an integrated holster for carrying a firearm. The boot is constructed of leather, nylon fabric or other material and can be any type of boot. The holster can be constructed of leather, nylon fabric or any other material and allows for the concealed carry of a firearm on the wearer's ankle or lower leg. The holster is not detachable from the boot.



DEVICE FOR PROTECTING A HEEL

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A device for protecting a heel of a shoe includes a body including an upper end and a lower end, a flexible material positioned along a portion of an outer edge of the body, and an attachment mechanism positioned at the upper end of the body.



SLIP-ON FOOTWEAR WITH FOOT SECURING SYSTEM

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

The present disclosure provides footwear construction that includes a foot securing mechanism that provides improved fit without resulting in footwear that is substantially more difficult or time consuming to put on and take off. In one embodiment the footwear is a slip-on boot having both an instep hold down system and a heel retaining system. In the depicted embodiment both systems can be activated by a single mechanism exposed on the outside of the boot. Related methods and additional embodiment are also provided.



Easy Access Articles of Footwear

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Footwear, including athletic footwear, opens very wide, e.g., by moving an ankle containing portion of a footwear upper laterally/sideways with respect to the sole structure or a base portion of the upper (e.g., rotate it to the lateral side). In effect, the ankle containing portion may move/rotate sideways with respect to the sole structure/base portion via a connecting member (e.g., moving akin to rotation on a hinge type structure) to open in somewhat of a “clamshell” fashion. The rear of the upper base portion in this open condition may appear somewhat as an open backed slipper or “slide” type shoe. These actions and features open the rear heel area of the upper wide and low to enable easy insertion of a foot into the interior chamber, generally from the rear of the footwear structure. One or more straps can be used to secure the upper to the foot.



Sole Structure Including Sipes

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An article of footwear may include a sole structure with a plurality of sipes. The plurality of sipes may extend from the forefoot region to the heel region. Additionally, the plurality of sipes may extend across the sole structure from a medial edge toward the lateral side and from a lateral edge toward the medial side. Further, the sole structure may include longitudinal sipes that extend longitudinally along the sole structure.



Article of Footwear with Support Assembly Having Primary and Secondary Members

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An article of footwear includes an upper, a midsole, and a support assembly positioned beneath the midsole. The support assembly includes a plurality of primary support members having a substantially Z-shaped cross-section extending transversely across the support assembly. The support assembly may include a plurality of secondary support members having an inverted V-shaped cross-section, extending longitudinally along the support assembly, and intersecting with the primary support members. An outsole is positioned beneath the support assembly.



TETHERED FLUID-FILLED CHAMBER WITH MULTIPLE TETHER CONFIGURATIONS

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An article comprises a chamber that includes a barrier formed from a polymer material. The barrier has a first portion that forms a first surface of the chamber, and a second portion that forms an opposite second surface of the chamber. The barrier forms at least one interior cavity between the first portion and the second portion. The at least one interior cavity is filled with fluid retained by the barrier. Tethers of different configurations operatively connect the first portion and the second portion.



Sole Structures With Regionally Applied Auxetic Openings And Siping

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A sole structure for an article of footwear can include auxetic openings and sipes. The auxetic openings and sipes may be applied in a regional manner to achieve different characteristics for the sole structure in the different regions.



Sole Structure Having Auxetic Structures and Sipes

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A sole structure that includes recessed portions. The recessed portions are arranged such that the sole structure has auxetic properties. In some embodiments, sipes extend to the recessed portions. Additionally, the sole structure may include a central portion having auxetic properties and a peripheral portion.



SHOE SOLE

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A shoe sole which has a landing surface composed of three regions of a middle-sole region, a fore-sole region and a rear-sole region, and has a plurality of groove portions in the landing surface. The groove portions include: a first groove portion located in the fore-sole region, on a first imaginary line extending along the MP joint; a second groove portion located in the fore-sole region, on a second imaginary line extending along a line which connects a medial outer edge of the fore-sole region and a lateral outer edge of the middle-sole region with each other, in an area which is closer to a toe than to the first groove portion; and a third groove portion located in the rear-sole region, on a third imaginary line extending along a line which connects a medial outer edge of the rear-sole region and a lateral outer edge of the middle-sole region with each other.



THERMAL PROTECTION SYSTEM AND RELATED COMPOSITIONS OF MATTER

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A thermal protection system is disclosed herein. In various aspects, the thermal protection system includes an insert. The insert may include a first layer and a second layer bonded to one another. The insert may be removeably receivable within a cavity of a shoe to form a thermally insulating barrier between a plantar surface of a user's foot and a sole of the shoe with a side of the first layer oriented toward the sole and a side of the second layer oriented toward the plantar surface. The first layer may include an aerogel and the second layer may include a meta aramid polymer, in various aspects. Related compositions of matter disclosed herein, in various aspects, include a plurality of layers bonded to one another in the form of an insert removeably receivable within a cavity of a shoe to create a thermal barrier between a sole of the shoe and a plantar surface of a foot of a user. This Abstract is presented to meet requirements of 37 C.F.R. §1.72(b) only, and is not intended to identify key elements of the apparatus, methods, and compositions of matter disclosed herein or to delineate the scope thereof.



HEEL DAMPENING SYSTEMS AND FOOTWEAR INCLUDING THE SAME

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Heel dampening systems and footwear including the same are disclosed herein. Articles of footwear include an upper and a sole assembly. The sole assembly includes at least an outsole and a heel assembly. The heel assembly includes a heel dampening system, an upper heel layer that includes a cushion aperture, and a lower heel layer. The heel dampening system includes a heel dampening layer configured to at least partially absorb an impact force and a cushioning projection that extends from the heel dampening layer and at least partially through the cushion aperture in the upper heel layer.



BOOTIES AND FOOTWEAR ASSEMBLIES COMPRISING SEAMLESS EXTENSIBLE FILM, AND METHODS THEREFOR

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Waterproof, breathable socks, booties, shoe inserts, and footwear assemblies containing the shoe inserts are provided. The booties and shoe inserts may include a laminate comprising a seamless extensible film, such as a polyurethane film, and at least one textile. The bootie is suitable for a range of sizes and shoe shapes. The bootie may shrink to fit, or, alternatively, be stretched to fit, an asymmetrical last having a desired size to form a shoe insert. A bootie having a seamless extensible film eliminates the need to have multiple sizes of shoe inserts correlating to particular shoe sizes. In embodiments where the polyurethane film is seamless and continuous, the shoe insert eliminates the need for a waterproof seam tape, which is conventionally used to make shoe inserts waterproof. Methods of forming the socks, booties, and shoe inserts are also provided.



SKI BOOT

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Ski boot comprising a rigid shell that is shaped so as to accommodate the foot of the user, and a rigid cuff that is shaped to as to surround the ankle of the user, and is pivotally jointed to the shell so as to be able to pivot about a rotation axis substantially perpendicular to the midplane of the boot; the shell comprising a substantially basin-shaped, rigid casing which is shaped so as to be able to accommodate therein the foot of the user, and a transversal stiffening insert which is embedded inside the bottom wall of the casing at the tarsophalangeal region of the sole of the foot, and is structured so as to emerge/surface on the outside of the rigid casing on opposite sides of the midplane of the boot, at the two lateral sides of the tip of the shell; the transversal stiffening insert being provided with two first conjugated coupling ends that surface on the outside of the rigid casing along the two lateral sides of the tip of the shell, on opposite sides of the midplane of the boot, and are structured so as to be engaged and clamped in an axially rotating manner about a transversal reference axis by the toe piece of the ski binding device, and of two second conjugated coupling ends that surface on the outside of the rigid casing along the two lateral sides of the tip of the shell, on opposite sides of the midplane of the boot, spaced beside said first conjugated coupling ends.



CLIMBING SHOE

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A climbing shoe comprising a substantially sock-shaped shoe-upper, so as to completely cover the foot of the user; a front sole which is fixed on the bottom part of the shoe-upper so as to cover the tarsal-phalangeal region of the sole of the foot; a rear sole which is separate and spaced apart from the front sole and is fixed on the bottom part of the shoe-upper so as to at least partly cover the talus-calcaneus region of the sole of the foot; and a substantially ribbon-shaped medial tensioning strip which is made of elastomeric material and is fixed on the bottom part of the shoe-upper so as to extend substantially along the center line of the sole of the foot, from the shoe-upper area under the front sole up to the shoe-upper area under the rear sole following an arched trajectory.



Adjustable Shoes

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An adjustable shoe having an extendible heel and flexible sole section is provided. In some embodiments, the flexible sole section can comprise one, two or even three or more layers. Where multiple layers are included, the sole can comprise a flexible spacer layer comprising neoprene or other flexible material(s), and another layer including an accordion-like material that can collapse or extend depending on desired arches.



Combination Shoe That Can Be Transformed Into A Shoe With Different Heel Heights

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A shoe assembly includes a front sole section, a rear sole section, a heel, and a hinge. The front sole section has a front sole section rear edge. The rear sole section includes a rear sole section front edge, a shank, and a release button. The heel may be removably attached to the shank and may be released from a locked position by the release button. The hinge connects the front sole section and the rear sole section. The hinge is perpendicular to a rear sole section axis.



APPAREL AND OTHER PRODUCTS INCORPORATING A THERMOPLASTIC POLYMER MATERIAL

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A yarn or thread may include a plurality of substantially aligned filaments, with at least ninety-five percent of a material of the filaments being a thermoplastic polymer material. Various woven textiles and knitted textiles may be formed from the yarn or thread. The woven textiles or knitted textiles may be thermal bonded to other elements to form seams. A strand that is at least partially formed from a thermoplastic polymer material may extend through the seam, and the strand may be thermal bonded at the seam. The woven textiles or knitted textiles may be shaped or molded, incorporated into products, and recycled to form other products.



DECORATIVE FOAM AND METHOD

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Decorative foamed articles are prepared from foamed pellets, beads, particles, or other articles of a thermoplastic elastomer infused with a supercritical fluid in a pressurized container, then rapidly depressurized and heated either by immersion in a heated fluid that can rapidly heat the article or with infrared or microwave radiation to heat and foam the pellets, beads, particles, or other articles that are then molded into the articles. The pellets are dyed with a nonionic or anionic dye one of: (1) before being infused with the supercritical fluid, (2) during being infused with the supercritical fluid by a nonionic or anionic dye dissolved or dispersed in the supercritical fluid, which optionally comprises a polar liquid, (3) during immersion in the heated fluid, where the heated fluid contains the dye, or (4) after being foamed.



Adhesive Articles, Devices and Methods for Shoe Manufacturing

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

This document relates to adhesive application devices and methods for applying an adhesive on a shoe during manufacturing.



Nonskid Spike Structure

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A nonskid spike structure is molded with the sole of a snowshoe or particular nonskid shoe, mainly comprising a large top end plate on the top edge of a metal spike body at the sole face and a middle plate with a smaller diameter spaced apart therefrom and positioned below the lower edge thereof, thereby forming a double-layer top edge. A central spike rod is extended downward with a convex spike head rod from the bottom thereof, allowing it to be inserted in a mold directly and integrated with the rubber sole upon molding, achieving the simple positioning in the mold and molding without deflection upon pressing, thereby allowing sole rubber material to cover the spike body directly. Whereby, the spike will not take off through the stable combination of the double plate edge and sole material, achieving the nonskid and safe effect upon the treading of the spikes on an icy surface.



Footwear With Compressible Fluid-Filled Chamber

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Articles of footwear having an upper and a sole structure are described, as well as methods of making the articles. The upper includes an adjustment system having a base element, a fluid-filled chamber, an adjusting element, an anchoring element, and a tensile strand. The adjusting element is positioned outward from the fluid-filled chamber. The anchoring element is secured to the base element and is spaced from the adjusting element. The tensile strand extends between the adjusting element and the anchoring element. The adjusting element is operable to change a tension placed upon the tensile strand.



Footwear Article with Removable Toe Covering

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A protective footwear article is provided that has a sole, a shoe upper, and a removable toe cover affixable over the toe box of the footwear article. The forward toe region of the sole includes a leading edge having a recess therealong, while a channel extends laterally across the sole and terminates along the sides thereof. Removably positioned over the toe box of the footwear article is a removable toe cover that has a hardened structure to protect the toes of the wearer. The toe cover further comprises a connecting tab that engages the recess in the sole, and is affixed along the sides of the sole via a securing rod that extends through the toe over and through the channel in the sole. The securing rod is removably secured through the toe cover and the sole after the connecting tab is positioned within the forward recess of the sole.



Multi-Layered Braided Article And Method Of Making

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An article includes a two layered braided upper assembly with an outer braided structure and an inner braided structure. The braided structures may have different braid patterns. The dual layered upper assembly can be manufactured using a braid machine with multiple rings of spools.



SHOE HAVING AN INFLATABLE BLADDER

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An article of footwear including a sole and an upper with an exterior and interior surface, and one or more bladders which comprises at least one of the exterior or interior surfaces of the upper. The bladder comprising sheets of polyurethane or polyester film attached together to form an airtight seal. The article of footwear also includes a inflation mechanism for selectively introducing air in the one or more bladders. The inflation mechanism is located under the foot of the wearer to be activated by the normal action of the wearer to inflate the one or more bladders. The article of footwear may also include an assembly for connecting several tubes to one under foot inflation mechanism. The article of footwear may also include inflatable laces that are inflated by an underfoot inflation mechanism.



Upper For An Article Of Footwear With Auxetic Configuration

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An article of footwear includes an upper with openings arranged in an auxetic configuration. The upper includes at least two openings that differ in size. Regions of the upper with larger openings may expand more than regions of the upper with smaller openings.



CUSHIONING ASSEMBLY FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A cushioning assembly for an article of footwear includes a first bladder wall and a second bladder wall disposed opposite the first bladder wall. At least one of the first bladder wall and/or the second bladder wall defines a plurality of domes defining a fluid-filled cavity between the first bladder wall and the second bladder wall. The domes include a base portion defining a generally hemispherical segment having a base radius, and a cap portion defining a generally hemispherical cap having a cap radius. The cap radius is less than the base radius. The cushioning assembly may include a load distribution structure positioned adjacent the cap portions of the domes to distribute an applied load across the domes.



Article of Footwear with Multi-Layered Support Assembly

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An article of footwear including an upper and a sole assembly secured to the upper and including a support assembly having an upper member and a lower member spaced from the upper member. A first layer is positioned beneath and in contact with the upper member and has a wave shaped profile with a plurality of first wave crests and first wave troughs. A second layer is positioned above the lower member and has a wave shaped profile with a plurality of second wave crests and second wave troughs.



METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A FLUID-FILLED CHAMBER WITH A REINFORCING ELEMENT

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Several sole components and a method of manufacturing those sole components are disclosed. In general, each sole component includes a fluid-filled bladder and a reinforcing element extending around a portion of the bladder. The reinforcing element is bonded to the exterior of the bladder, and may be recessed into the bladder. In some configurations, the reinforcing element is die-cut from a sheet of polymer material, and the reinforcing element may exhibit a layered configuration. In manufacturing the sole component, the reinforcing element may be located within a mold, and the polymer material forming the bladder may be bonded to the reinforcing element during the molding process.



Sole Structure for a Shoe

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A sole structure for a shoe that can reduce the burden of MP joints and a knee joint of a shoe wearer's foot during running and that can improve cushioning properties. The sole structure of the shoe includes an upper plate of a hard elastic member disposed at a forefoot region of the shoe, a lower plate of a hard elastic member disposed under and spaced away from the upper plate, and a midsole of a soft elastic member interposed between the upper plate and the lower plate. The midsole has a longitudinally extending hollow portion that is upwardly concavely curved at a lateral mid-portion of the midsole. The lower plate has a concave portion corresponding to the hollow portion of the midsole.



DE-STRESS AND COMFORTABLE SOLE STRUCTURE OF HIGH-HEELED SHOES

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

This invention is related to a de-stress and comfortable sole structure of a high-heeled shoe. This high-heeled shoe includes a base, a middle pad, a surface layer, a vamp, and a heel. A bearing area recessed downwards is disposed at a position on the middle pad for receiving ball of foot. Therefore, when a user wearing the high-heeled shoes uses the anterior sole of foot to support the body weight thereof, the ball of foot will sink and is thus lower than a horizon of the anterior sole of foot. Accordingly, the higher outer side and the lower inner side of the guiding pathway of foot's moving stress can be satisfied to increase the comfortable feeling of the walking and do not cause the injuries of the legs and spine.



Shoe Cover

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A shoe cover is provided that has a main cover body constructed and arranged for placement over a shoe wherein the body has a plurality of openings constructed and arranged to permit ambient air to pass through.



TIGHTENING MECHANISMS AND APPLICATIONS INCLUDING THE SAME

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

This disclosure relates to articles that include a tightening mechanism, such as reel-based lace tightening mechanism, configured to tighten the article by rotation of a knob. The articles can include a concealing portion that is configured to conceal or protect at least a portion of the tightening mechanism, such as the knob. The concealing portion can be configured to prevent unintentional actuation of the tightening mechanism, such as during contact sports. The concealing portion can be configured to hide the tightening mechanism from view to improve the visual appearance of the article. The concealing portion can be collapsible such that a user can press the concealing portion down to expose the knob of the tightening mechanism.



ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH DYNAMIC TENSIONING SYSTEM

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An improved article of footwear is disclosed herein. The footwear includes a sole, an upper, laces, and an adaptable/repositionable eyelet system. The upper of the footwear is disposed on the sole, where the upper contains a cavity that is configured to receive a foot. The eyelet system includes a cord and at least one eyelet. The cord is partially disposed between the upper and the sole, and the at least one eyelet is slidably coupled to the cord. The laces are slidably coupled to the at least one eyelet, such that the laces, the eyelet, and the cord are disposed proximate to the surface of the upper. As the laces are tightened, the at least one eyelet is repositioned along the cord to a location that is optimal for a foot disposed within the cavity formed by the upper.



SHOE HEEL ENGAGEMENT SUPPORT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A heel engaging support system for use in a shoe may include a heel backing portion; a tongue portion that is generally transverse to the heel backing portion; and at least one predetermined stress concentration line along at least one of the heel backing portion and the tongue portion to facilitate predictable bending of the at least one of the heel backing portion and the tongue portion at the at least one predetermined stress concentration line. The heel backing portion and the tongue portion may be formed from an elastomeric material having a modulus of elasticity for user comfort.



Footwear Upper Incorporating A Knitted Component With Sock And Tongue Portions

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An article of footwear may include a knitted component formed of unitary knit construction. The knitted component includes a sock portion and a tongue portion. The sock portion has a hollow structure (a) forming an ankle opening in a heel region of the footwear and (b) extending between the heel region and a forefoot region of the footwear to define a void within the footwear for receiving a foot. The tongue portion has an elongate configuration (a) extending through at least a portion of a length of a throat area of the upper and (b) including two knit layers that lay adjacent to each other



FOOTWEAR ASSEMBLY

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Disclosed is a footwear assembly (10) for forming at least part of an upper assembly of footwear, the footwear assembly defining an instep opening (8) and comprising: a water vapor permeable and waterproof functional layer (12) having a first elasticity, and a collar layer (14) attached to the water vapor permeable and waterproof functional layer (12) such as to define at least part of the instep opening (8), the collar layer (14) having a second elasticity.



Sole of a Shoe

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A bowling shoe sole fastening system of structures that allows a variety of outsoles to be attached to and detached from the midsole that improve the consistency of the flex of the show throughout a bowler's stride, which allow the bowling shoe to be adjusted to achieve consistent stopping and sliding characteristics over a variety of bowling lane conditions and maintain consistent performance in the flex of the shoe across cycles of attachment, detachment, and reattachment.



SHOE AND METHOD FOR MAKING A SHOE

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A shoe and a corresponding method for making a shoe are disclosed. A shoe according to an embodiment includes: an upper including a main body; a midsole, an outside edge of the midsole being attached to a lower edge of the main body, the midsole being formed to define a first accommodation space; and a first fill injected in the first accommodation space.



Sole Structures and Articles of Footwear Having a Lightweight Midsole Member with Protective Elements

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Sole structures for articles of footwear, including athletic footwear, include a relatively soft and lightweight foam midsole component partially covered by at least one more rigid and/or dense cage (protective) component(s) and/or other protective component(s).



SPRINGS FOR SHOES

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A spring for a spring shoe, the spring including a conical disk, the conical disk having a flexible flange around the perimeter of the conical disk. A spring comprising a conical disk and a ring spring around the conical disk, the ring spring being movable up and down relative to the conical disk to adjust the spring force of the spring. A threaded engagement between the ring spring and the conical disk so that rotation of the conical disk moves the ring spring up or down relative to the conical disk. A damper ring around the perimeter of the conical disk to resist the expansion of the circumference of the conical disk. An eccentric ring or cam to adjust the position of the apex of the conical disk relative to an insole by rotating the eccentric ring or cam. An asymmetric conical disk to adjust the position of the apex of the conical disk by rotating the conical disk. A damper for a spring shoe comprising a flexible container containing a material with little or no propensity to return to its original shape. A spring array for a spring shoe, the springs of the spring array having a reducing force resisting compression over at least a portion of the spring range of travel as the spring compresses, and there being a damper associated with the array to oppose compression of the array towards maximum compression.



Customizable Component Insole System

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

This invention provides for individualized adjustment to a user's specific needs through the use of multiple variable size, thickness and rigidity components that can be placed or integrated into an insole. The current invention is an insole that incorporates, but is not limited to: (1) a base layer with various depressions, (2) a metatarsal dome, (3) a first metatarsal head pad, (2) a forefoot wedge to create a pronation moment around the midfoot joint, (3) a heel cushion, (4) a heel lift to raise the heel area of the foot, (5) a rearfoot wedge to increase the supination moments around the subtalar joint, and (6) an arch support of a specific stiffness or with varying stiffness.