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Foot-supporting or foot-conforming feature

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036 - Boots, shoes, and leggings

036083000 - BOOTS AND SHOES

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
036091000 Arch support 65
036093000 Form-fitting interior 26
036092000 Heel support 25
036089000 Ankle support 23
036096000 Foot shield 3
20110225847Multi-Utility Footwear Device - A device suitable for covering the sole of a foot. An embodiment includes a first layer having a shape of the sole, sized to fit along the sole without covering adjoining toes. Bonding material along a surface of the first layer is suitable for attaching the first layer to the sole or to an article of clothing covering the sole. The bonding material may be water resistant and suited to effect reversible attachment to the skin. In a related method, a first layer has a shape of the sole, sized to fit along the sole. When applied to the sole, the shape and size are configured to not extend along the toes. A bonding material, provided along a surface of the first layer, is suitable for attaching the first layer directly to skin on the sole or to an article of clothing covering the sole of the foot.09-22-2011
20090090028Dancer's foot pad - A protective foot pad comprises a sheet of protective material having a main body portion in the shape of the ball of a human foot and a locating tab extending from the main body portion for location between the first and second toes of the foot, an adhesive on one surface of the sheet for adhering the sheet to the foot, and a removable release liner covering the adhesive until the pad is to be adhered to the foot. The pad is especially suited for protecting the bare foot of a dancer, who will use the pad by removing the release liner to expose the adhesive, placing the exposed adhesive on the bottom of his or her foot to cover at least a portion of the ball of the foot, with the tab extending between the first and second toes, and bending the locating tab over the skin between the first and second toes. The main body portion can include one or more lateral extensions that adhere to the side of the foot. In one embodiment, the adhesive is a layer of material that is adhesive on both surfaces thereof, one of which has the releasable liner thereon. The other surface of the layer of material is disposed on an adhesive surface of the sheet, which is a non-woven, open-matrix, polyester layer.04-09-2009
20080250669PROTECTIVE FOOT MEMBRANE - A membrane designed to surround the front portion of the foot and protect it from pressure that may be applied by shoes. The membrane acts as a protective barrier between the shoe and the wearer's foot. As a result, direct abrasion of the foot caused by portions of the shoe is reduced. Additionally, the membrane is designed to spread the pressure exerted by portions of the shoe, such as straps, to a significantly larger surface area of the wearer's foot. The membrane is worn on the front portion of the foot between the toes and the heel.10-16-2008
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20130025161Footwear and Systems and Methods For Merchandising Footware - In one embodiment, a footwear product line is provided comprising at least nine models of footwear, with at least three different sizes and at least three levels of firmness. Each of the footwear comprises a sole portion, an upper portion attached to the sole portion and configured for retaining the footwear on a wearer's foot, and a support portion located within the sole portion, wherein said models of footwear within the product line differ only in size and the cushioning properties of the support portion. In one embodiment, a footwear product line is provided comprising at least two different models of footwear, with at least two levels of firmness.01-31-2013
20090193682SHOE CHASSIS - The present invention relates to a shoe chassis. In one embodiment the present invention is a shoe chassis including a board with a first end and a second end, the board having a portion defining a first hole at the second end. The shoe chassis also includes a stabilizing unit beneath the board and a pod beneath the stabilizing unit. A flexible membrane is positioned within the first hole to allow the heel to flex past or through the first hole and compress a cushioning material located within the pod and positioned under the flexible membrane.08-06-2009
20110192051FOOTWEAR ITEM - A footwear item (08-11-2011
20080256829METHOD FOR IMPROVING CIRCULATION - A foot and leg warmer or foot covering configured for wearing by a user, the foot and leg warmer having a sole portion, front portion, rear portion, upper front portion, and an adjustable attachment configured for allowing the user to fit the foot and leg warmer to the user's body. The foot covering configured for attaching above a wearer's calf muscle, thereby using the warmth of the wearer's calf muscle to heat air trapped within the foot covering and thereby heats the wearer's lower extremities.10-23-2008
20080256828Footwear and systems and methods for merchandising footwear - In one embodiment, a slipper product line is provided comprising at least nine models of slippers, with at least three different sizes and at least three levels of firmness. Each of the slippers comprises a sole portion, an upper portion attached to the sole portion and configured for retaining the slipper on a wearer's foot, and a support portion located within the sole portion, wherein said models of slippers within the product line differ only in size and the cushioning properties of the support portion. In one embodiment, a slipper product line is provided comprising at least two different models of slippers, with at least two levels of firmness.10-23-2008
20100107444ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH SUPPORT COLUMNS HAVING FLUID-FILLED BLADDERS - An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole assembly secured to the upper. The sole assembly has a top plate and a bottom plate positioned below the top plate. A plurality of support columns extends between the top plate and the bottom plate, with each support column formed of a plurality of fluid-filled bladders. Each bladder has a first surface, an opposed second surface, and a tensile member joined to the first and second surfaces.05-06-2010
20090172971Composite Shoe Sole, Footwear Constituted Thereof and Method for Producing the Same - A water-vapor permeable shoe-sole combination (07-09-2009
20090013558ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING FOAM-FILLED ELEMENTS AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING THE FOAM-FILLED ELEMENTS - An article of footwear may have an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The sole structure has a plurality of support elements, and each of the support elements include a shell and a core. The shell defines an interior void and is formed from a polymer material that extends around substantially all of the void. The core has a shape of the void and is located within the void, with at least a portion of the core being a polymer foam material. The polymer foam material of at least two of the support elements may have different densities.01-15-2009
20090044426SHOE WITH CUSTOM MOLDED FOOT PLATE AND METHOD OF MAKING - The present invention is a press molded custom shoe plate, a method of making said plate, and a method of making a shoe using said press molded plate wherein said press molded shoe plate is formed of a piece of press molded material that is incorporated and used as the inner sole of a shoe and where an outer sole and uppers are attached to the press molded custom shoe plate.02-19-2009
20090094859 FUNCTIONAL FOOTWEAR - The present invention relates to a functional footwear which comprises an sole having a toe-seating portion, whose height is higher than that of the remaining portion thereof other than the toe-seating portion, for allowing a user's toe to be seated thereon. The toe-seating portion of the sole of the functional footwear is formed higher than the remaining portion of the sole other than the toe-seating portion, so that toes of a walker are placed higher than the other portions of the sole of the feet of the walker, thereby obtaining an effect of the backward walking even when the walker walks forwardly.04-16-2009
20090094858ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH TUBULAR SOLE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE - An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole assembly secured to the upper. The sole assembly includes a mat formed of at least one randomly dispersed extruded tubular member, each tubular member being hollow in an in-use condition in which the mat provides support for a user's foot.04-16-2009
20130055592SHOE INSERT AND SHOE - A shoe insert for a shoe, and a shoe with a shoe bed, constructed to receive a foot, include a substantially rigid stiffening region which includes at least a region of the shoe insert (or foot bed) extending substantially diagonally from a talus and a navicular bone to at least one of metatarsal heads IV and V of the received foot, wherein the stiffening region is arched toward a sole of the foot in a region of the talus and the navicular bone of the received foot, and a raised region which is raised with respect to a contact surface of a metatarsophalangeal joint of the received foot and which extends at least in a region from a metatarsal head III to the metatarsal head V of the received foot.03-07-2013
20090056165HEALTH FOOTWEAR HAVING IMPROVED HEEL - Disclosed is a midsole (03-05-2009
20090260259FOOTWEAR WITH SUPPORT PLATE ASSEMBLY - An article of footwear includes an upper and a midsole secured to the upper. A support plate assembly includes a support member extending along a portion of the upper. A plate extends inwardly from the support member, the plate being positioned between the outsole and the midsole. A groove is formed in an exterior surface of the support member, and is positioned outwardly of the plate and extends longitudinally along the exterior surface of the support member.10-22-2009
20100122472Torsion Control Devices and Related Articles of Footwear - Torsion control devices for use in an article of footwear are disclosed. An article of footwear comprises: a sole having a forefoot portion and a rearfoot portion; and a torsion element disposed in the sole, wherein the torsion element allows the forefoot portion to rotate in a first direction relative to the rearfoot portion and restricts rotation of the forefoot portion relative to the rearfoot portion in a second direction.05-20-2010
20110131836FOOTWEAR ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRAL FOOTBED SUSPENSION SYSTEM - A footwear assembly with integral footbed suspension system is disclosed. A shoe comprises a sole, a blade extending away from the sole, an Energy Return System (ERS) connected to the blade, an upper, and a cradle coupled to the upper and coupled to the ERS via a plurality of ties, wherein the ERS is intermediate the cradle and the blade. The ERS is configured to resiliently deform under pressure from the foot while the foot is substantially suspended via the cradle relative to the sole. A plurality of sensors are configured to detect relative movement between components of the shoe and to transmit data to a chip positioned in the shoe. The data can be used for gait and performance analysis.06-09-2011
20110271555Footwear with a Foot Stabilizer - An article of footwear which includes a midsole and foot stabilizer. The foot stabilizer includes a longitudinally extending spine portion and a plurality of ribs extending laterally therefrom from opposing lateral and medial sides. The plurality of ribs being positioned to at least partially underlie a foot of a user. The spine portion is disposed above and affixed to the midsole and the ribs are contoured to partially enclose the foot of the user.11-10-2011
20110289797FOOTWEAR WITH IMPROVED UPPER - An article of footwear including an inner sole assembly and an upper, the article of footwear extending lengthwise from a rear end to a front end, widthwise from a lateral side and a medial side, and heightwise from the outer sole assembly to a top portion. The article of footwear includes a first footwear element which includes an inner sole assembly, a lateral quarter, and a medial quarter. The inner sole assembly, the lateral quarter, and the medial quarter of the first footwear element form a unitary element.12-01-2011
20090126230Article Of Footwear With Outsole Web and Midsole Protrusions - An article of footwear is disclosed that includes an upper, an outsole, and a midsole. The upper is configured to receive a foot, and the outsole is secured to the upper. The outsole defines a plurality of apertures extending entirely through the outsole. In addition, the outsole has a ground-engaging surface positioned at a first elevation. The midsole is positionable such that a lower surface of the midsole extends into the apertures of the outsole and is exposed by the apertures.05-21-2009
20100071231Shoe sole element for stabilization - The present invention provides a stabilizing device that helps to prevent over-pronation or over-supination and a shoe which includes such a stabilizing device. The stabilizing device is provided along a side of the midsole and preferably extends laterally between about 20% and about 35% of a width of the sole towards the opposite side thereof. The stabilizing device includes an elongated portion and a sidewall portion that extends transversely from the elongated portion. The sidewall portion forms part of an outer peripheral wall of the shoe. The sidewall portion has a stiffness which varies along the length of the stabilizing device to provide a predetermined support profile along the side of the sole. The elongated portion can also vary in stiffness along its length. The stabilizing device can be formed of a resilient material using an injection molding procedure or similar technique.03-25-2010
20090100709Article of Footwear With A Sole Structure Having Support Elements and An Indented Plate - An article of footwear is disclosed that includes an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The sole structure incorporates a support element that includes a fluid-filled chamber, a first insert, and a second insert. The chamber defines a first surface, an opposite second surface, and a sidewall extending between the first surface and the second surface. The first insert is secured to the first surface and at least partially recessed into the polymer material of the chamber, and the second insert is secured to the second surface. In addition, the chamber may be pressurized to deform the first insert or the second insert.04-23-2009
20100077636ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR HAVING MIDSOLE WITH SUPPORT PILLARS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME - An article of footwear includes an upper, a sole assembly, and a support assembly positioned in the sole assembly and including a plurality of pillars. Each pillar includes an outer layer and an inner layer of cushioning material contained with the outer layer.04-01-2010
20090293307Sole, and Footwear Provided with the Same - A sole and footwear provided with such soles are capable of properly controlling the movement of a foot pressure center, using a simple configuration. This sole includes: a sole body (12-03-2009
20100083535Article Of Footwear Incorporating An Impact Absorber And Having An Upper Decoupled From Its Sole In A Midfoot Region - An article of footwear includes an upper, a sole attached to the upper, and an impact absorber attached to the upper at least along a midfoot region of the upper and capable of absorbing a portion of a lateral impact when the impact absorber is moved into contact with a top surface of the sole. The impact absorber is be integrally formed with the sole and has a width that varies along a length of the impact absorber. The width of the impact absorber decreases in a forefoot region and a heel region. The upper rolls to contact the top surface of the sole upon lateral impact. The sole and the upper may be attached asymmetrically.04-08-2010
20100000125Article Of Footwear With A Removable Foot-Supporting Insert - An article of footwear is disclosed that includes an upper that defines an interior void, a sole structure secured to the upper, and a foot-supporting insert that is positionable within a lower area of the void and removable from the void. A system having a protrusion and an indentation may be utilized to, for example, secure the insert within the void. As an example, a protrusion may extend outward from a surface of the void, and the insert may define an indentation in a corresponding location and with a corresponding shape. When the insert is positioned within the void, the protrusion will extend into the indentation. The locations, shapes, numbers and overall configuration of the protrusion and indentation may vary significantly.01-07-2010
20090282700FOOTWEAR WITH INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION AND PROTECTION - An article of footwear having an upper and a sole is disclosed. The sole of the article of footwear includes a midsole having a support portion and a plurality of projections extending from the support portion. The sole of the article of footwear also includes a plate contacting the support portion having a body positioned in an area between the plurality of projections. The plate further includes a plurality of openings which correspond to the plurality of projections and allow the projections to extend below the body of the plate. The plate further includes a plurality of cantilever elements extending on at least one side and on the bottom of each of the plurality of projections. The projections and the corresponding cantilever elements interact with one another to form a plurality of lugs located on the sole of the article of footwear.11-19-2009
20080244930Reinforcing Cage For Shoes - An article of footwear comprising a reinforcing cage. In one exemplary embodiment, a reinforcing cage may comprise a base, a plurality of spaced ribs located along a wall of the cushioning component, each of said plurality of spaced ribs including a first end and a second end, a bottom rim attached a lower end of at least one of the plurality of spaced apart ribs, and a top rim attached a upper end of at least one of the plurality of spaced apart ribs.10-09-2008
20110197472PROCESS FOR PRODUCING CROSSLINKED MOLDED FOAM AND CROSSLINKED MOLDED FOAM - A process for producing a cross-linked foamed molded article using a lower mold having a tray-shaped recessed portion and an upper mold capable of closing the tray-shaped recessed portion, the process comprising the following steps: (1) a step in which a thermoplastic resin sheet (A) comprising a blowing agent and a crosslinking agent and a thermoplastic resin sheet (B) comprising a blowing agent and a crosslinking agent and differing in resin composition from the thermoplastic resin sheet (A) are stacked in the tray-shaped recessed portion and the upper mold and the lower mold are clamped to fill the tray-shaped recessed portion with the thermoplastic resin sheet (A) and the thermoplastic resin sheet (B); (2) a step in which the molds clamped are pressed and heated; and (3) a step in which the molds are opened to obtain a foamed molded article.08-18-2011
20090165333Support and Cushioning System for an Article of Footwear - A cushioning member for an article of footwear. The cushioning member is a flexible bladder having a fluidly interconnected heel chamber and forefoot chamber. The bladder is disposed above the sole and beneath the wearer's foot to provided added cushioning to the wearer. The bladder contains air at slightly above ambient pressure and can be formed by thermoforming or by welding two sheets of resilient, flexible material together. A connecting passage fluidly connects the heel chamber and the forefoot chamber. The connecting passage is narrow to control the flow of air between the two chambers.07-02-2009
20080276493Dynamically Adustable Impact-Buffering Sports Shoe - An item of wearware, such as a shoe, comprises a buffer configured for enabling to dynamically regulate an effect of a next impact on the item in operational use of the item, under control of the intensity of the previous impact.11-13-2008
20080276494Stable Footwear that Accommodates Shear Forces - A shoe sole is described that provides both cushioning and stability. The sole has a plurality of layers, including a transition layer which allows relative motion between the layers adjacent to the transition layer. The relative motion between the layers of the sole reduces the impact of horizontal shear stresses on the wearer's feet and ankles. One such transition layer includes pliable material and deformable holes within the pliable material. Another transition layer includes at least two rigid plates held together by less rigid grommets or sidewalls. The transition layer may be disposed beneath the entire shoe or only portions of the shoe, with either a more conventional sole structure or rigid support members completing the sole.11-13-2008
20080289217FOOTWEAR - A sole assembly for footwear supporting a foot over a ground surface. The sole assembly includes a sole made of insulating material. The sole has a top surface configured to support the foot, and a bottom surface opposite the top surface configured to contact the ground surface. At least one contact extends between the top and bottom surfaces and is generally surrounded by the sole. The at least one contact has a conducting material that is configured to allow a flow of electrical current between the foot adjacent the top surface and the ground surface adjacent the bottom surface.11-27-2008
20130118031Three Toed Footwear - An article of footwear having an upper secured to an outsole in combination having three toe pockets, the first toe pocket having a configuration to separately receive within a big toe of a wearer, and the second toe pocket having a configuration to separately receive within a second toe of the wearer, and the third toe pocket having a configuration to receive within the remaining third toe, fourth toe and fifth toe of the wearer.05-16-2013
20080289220SUPPORTING PLATE APPARATUS FOR SHOES - An article of footwear comprising a plate insert with plurality of longitudinally staggered, substantially lateral cutouts is described.11-27-2008
20080289219ADJUSTABLE FOOTWEAR SOLE CONSTRUCTION - A sole construction includes a cushion insert that is installable in the sole at different orientations to vary the support/cushioning characteristics of the sole. The sole construction may include a midsole defining a receptacle configured to receive the cushion insert in different orientations. The sole may be inserted into low-profile footwear having an outsole with a receptacle for retaining a corresponding differentiated heel portion of the sole. The sole may be included in a shoe construction having an outsole portion capable of bending or pivoting to provide access to the cushion insert for adjustment thereof. The sole may be included in a shoe construction having an outsole that defines an opening, through which the cushion insert may be accessed and manipulated. The cushion insert may include at least one channel that varies in depth about the insert so that different regions of the insert provide different support/cushioning characteristics.11-27-2008
20080289218ADJUSTABLE FOOTWEAR SOLE CONSTRUCTION - A sole construction having a cushion insert that is installable in the sole at different orientations to vary the support/cushioning characteristics of the sole. The sole construction may include a midsole defining a receptacle configured to receive the cushion insert in a plurality of different orientations. The cushion insert and the receptacle may include a plurality of lobes that are interfitted when the cushion insert is installed in the receptacle. The size, shape and configuration of the lobes may be varied between different regions of the cushion insert so that different regions of the cushion insert provide different support/cushioning characteristics. The cushion insert and the receptacle may be generally disc-shaped so that the sole is adjusted simply by rotating the cushion insert with respect to the receptacle. The lobes may be configured so that rotation of the cushion insert adjusts the sole between supination, pronation, soft and firm settings.11-27-2008
20090031583Foot Support For Alleviating Knee Pain - A foot support is disclosed. The foot support may be a shoe insert including a depression underlying the first proximal phalange and/or the first metatarsal head, a raised medial arch support, and a medial heel post.02-05-2009
20090188131CUSHIONED SHOE CONSTRUCTION - A shoe construction including a shoe upper, an intermediate composite structure and an outsole. The composite structure underlies at least a portion of the upper and overlies at least a portion of the outsole. The composite structure includes cushion members with one cushion member being positioned to underlie a heel of a wearer and another cushion member being positioned to underlie the ball of the foot. The cushion member underlying the ball may be perforated. The composite structure can also include a relatively rigid lower member which can be perforated in the area of the ball of the foot underlying the cushion member for the ball of the foot. The composite structure can provide a flexure discontinuity in the shoe forward of the midfoot zone of the shoe.07-30-2009
20090158620SHOE VAMP WITH AN OPENING HAVING AN INCLINED FRONT EDGE - A shoe vamp has a front end, a rear end, a longitudinal axis, a transverse axis and an opening. The longitudinal axis extends longitudinally from the rear end to the front end. The transverse axis is perpendicularly to the longitudinal axis. The opening is defined through the shoe vamp and has an inclined front edge inclined to the longitudinal axis and the transverse axis and has an inside end and an outside end being closer to the front end of the shoe vamp when compared to the inside end. The shoe vamp with the inclined front edge of the opening corresponds entirely to the shape of the instep of a foot to prevent the foot from rotating or moving on the shoe. Therefore, the shoe vamp effectively prevents varus or talipes valgus.06-25-2009
20090064539HIGH-FUNCTIONAL SHOE HAVING FUNCTION FOR PAIN ALLEVIATION AND PREVENTION OF DEGENERATIVE GONARTHRITIS - Disclosed therein is a high-functional shoe having functions for a pain alleviation and prevention of degenerative gonarthritis, which can alleviate a pain in the knee joint of a person, who suffers from degenerative gonarthritis or is injured in the knee joint by an abnormal lower limb joint movement, and prevent degenerative gonarthritis by uniformly dispersing a load biasedly applied to the knee joint. The high-functional shoe includes a shoe sole having a longitudinally sectional structure of a parallelogrammic form, and is applicable to persons, who have symptoms of degenerative gonarthritis.03-12-2009
20090100710Footwear With A Bladder Type Stabilizer - A stability device that increases foot security on the footbed of a shoe, provides lateral or medial stability, shock dampening, and optimizes flexibility. The stability device includes a resilient bladder insert having a horizontal sole portion underneath a wearer's foot, and a foot portion positioned along a lateral or medial side edge of a wearer's foot. The sole portion and the foot portion are in fluid communication. The stability device can be generally L-shaped to cradle a portion of the foot. The stability device can also include a plurality of finger-shaped elements that encircle the top of the foot and expand down onto the foot due to an increase in fluid pressure therein.04-23-2009
20100242304FOOTWEAR WITH A SHANK SYSTEM - An aspect of the present invention includes a footwear assembly comprising: an upper and a sole assembly connected to the upper. The sole assembly has a footwear assembly comprising a sole assembly connected to an upper. The sole assembly has a midsole made of a first material and having a forefoot portion, an arch portion, a heel portion, and a sidewall extending around a lateral side, a medial side, and a heel side of the midsole. A stiffener is connected to the midsole. The stiffener is made of a second material stiffer than the first material. The stiffener has a base portion adjacent to the arch portion and at least one of the forefoot portion and the heel portion of the midsole. The stiffener has a side stabilizer and a heel wrap coupled to the base portion. The side stabilizer is adjacent to the sidewall in at least one of the arch portion and forefoot portion. The heel wrap is adjacent to the heel side and at least one of the lateral side and medial side of the midsole's sidewall.09-30-2010
20100139121MOLDED INSOLE FOR WELTED FOOTWEAR - The present disclosure provides an improved welted footwear and related method of manufacture. The welted footwear and related method of manufacturing is directed to a molded foot support platform that provides a number of advantageous features.06-10-2010
20090113758Shoe Sole With Reinforcing Structure and Shoe Sole With Shock-Absorbing Structure - A shoe sole includes a mid sole, and a reinforcing member reinforcing a portion of the mid sole, wherein the member 05-07-2009
20090064538ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH IMPROVED STABILITY AND BALANCE - The stability and balance offered by an article of footwear is improved by including a rigid layer in an outsole assembly of the article of footwear. The rigid layer may include a material of at least a predefined rigidity. For example, an outsole may be fitted with a carbon fiber plate that maintains the shape and a flatness of the outsole assembly. The rigid layer may be attached to one or more other layers that may be configured for impact force attenuation and comfort. In one or more arrangements, the rigid layer may be sandwiched between two other layers. Alternatively, the rigid layer may be insertable into a layer of the outsole. A channel may cut into a layer of the outsole to distribute weight to an outside portion of the outsole. This distribution of weight to the outside portion of the outsole may improve stability and balance.03-12-2009
20120266495Support System for Footwear Providing Support at or Below the Sustentaculum Tali - A foot has a medial side, a lateral side, a sustentaculum tali, a lateral calcaneus, a fifth metatarsal ray and a forefoot. The support system for a foot comprises of the following. A first portion configured to support an underside portion of the sustentaculum tali at or below the sustentaculum tali on the medial side of the foot to provide a force on the sustentaculum tali. A second portion configured to support the lateral calcaneus on the lateral side of the foot. A third portion configured to support the fifth metatarsal ray on the lateral side of the foot.10-25-2012
20100180467Insole Support System For Footwear07-22-2010
20090031584Shoe Stability Layer Apparatus And Method - An apparatus comprising a stability layer dimensioned to be positioned within a shoe. The apparatus may comprise a stability wall extending downward from a heel portion of the stability layer. The stability wall may comprise a back section dimensioned to curve around a back side of the heel portion. The stability wall may also comprise at least one of a lateral side section and/or a medial side section. The lateral side section may extend along a lateral side of the heel portion and the medial side section may extend along a medial side of the heel portion. A method may comprise providing a stability layer and a midsole layer. The method may also comprise positioning the stability layer on the midsole layer.02-05-2009
20090217549FOOT-SUPPORT STRUCTURES WITH ADDITIONAL SHEAR SUPPORT AND PRODUCTS CONTAINING SUCH SUPPORT STRUCTURES - Support elements for footwear or other products include: (a) a base member having first and second major surfaces; and (b) an extending arm having a free end for engaging a portion of a footwear structure. The extending arm may engage and further support a heel-supporting portion or other structural portion of an article of footwear or other foot-receiving device. Such foot-receiving devices may include: (a) a foot-covering member (such as a footwear upper); (b) a foot-supporting member (such as a footwear sole structure) engaged with the foot-covering member; and (c) a lateral-reinforcing member that includes an extending arm engaged with at least one of the foot-covering member or the foot-supporting member.09-03-2009
20110247236METHOD AND PRODUCT FOR MANUFACTURING VULCANIZED FOOTWEAR OR CUPSOLE FOOTWEAR - A vulc style and cupsole style footwear and a method for manufacturing the footwear are disclosed. The footwear includes a midsole that is directly attached to the upper. The midsole may be attached to the outsole by adhesive. In the method of manufacturing the footwear, the upper and an outsole are disposed a set distance apart. Polyurethane or other material for providing cushioning to the footwear is either injected between the upper and outsole or poured onto the outsole and the upper is traversed over the outsole so as to define the mold for defining the midsole. The polyurethane is directly attached to the upper and adhered to the outsole/cupsole.10-13-2011
20090000149Footwear with Separable Upper and Sole Structure - An article of footwear is disclosed that includes upper and a sole structure. The upper defines an interior void that is configured to receive the sole structure and a foot. A lower surface of the upper defines a plurality of apertures, and the sole structure includes a plurality of projections that extend through the apertures to form a ground-engaging surface. The projections are connected to a foot-supporting member that remains within the upper. A locking system is incorporated into the upper and sole structure to secure the sole structure to the upper.01-01-2009
20090145004STABILIZER AND CUSHIONING SUPPORT FOR ATHLETIC FOOTWEAR - An athletic shoe support structure may include a midsole constructed to resiliently support a foot and a cradle positioned underneath the midsole. The cradle has a bottom and a sidewall upwardly extending from the bottom, where the cradle is arranged to receive the midsole in nesting relation. The cradle sidewall has at least one aperture and the midsole has at least one protrusion, where the protrusion is sized and shaped to engage the at least one aperture in the sidewall. The cradle and/or the midsole may be made of a foamed material.06-11-2009
20090126229Toe protection sandal - A sandal including a molded rubber outsole configured to support a lower surface of a foot including a heel, midfoot, and a forefoot; a toe cap extending from the outsole and configured to cover a top of at least a portion of the forefoot, the toe cap molded integrally with the outsole; and a plurality of sandal straps fixed to the outsole to retain the sandal on the foot, at least one of the sandal straps fixed to the toe.05-21-2009
20120030967Fluid-Filled Bladder For Footwear And Other Applications - A fluid-filled structure, such as a bladder, is disclosed. The bladder has a first surface and an opposite second surface that are peripherally joined to define various edges. The bladder encloses a fluid between the first surface and the second surface. A portion of the edges may have a concave configuration, or the edges may have both concave and convex configurations. A shape of the bladder may be a tessellation pattern so that a plurality of the bladder may be efficiently. The edges may also have a linear configuration, and the bladder may enclose a tensile member.02-09-2012
20090300942Shoe-Reinforcement Material and Barrier Unit, Composite Shoe Sole, and Footwear Constituted Thereof - A shoe-reinforcement material (12-10-2009
20090293309INTERCHANGEABLE MIDSOLE SYSTEM - Exemplary embodiments of the invention provide a shoe assembly having at least an outsole portion and a midsole portion, the midsole portion is removably engaged with the outsole to allow replacement of the midsole with another midsole having different structural features, and at least one projection extends from the midsole through an aperture of the outsole, the projection configured to engage with a corresponding aperture of the outsole to align and secure the midsole to the outsole.12-03-2009
20090293308Article of Footwear for Increasing Stability and Lateral Performance - An article of footwear with multiple cross sectional profile shapes disposed on an outer peripheral edge of a sole is disclosed. The multiple cross sectional profile shapes on the outer peripheral edge of the sole can help increase the lateral performance and lateral stability of a wearer of the article of footwear.12-03-2009
20090293306 Manufacture of Articles, Such as Footwear12-03-2009
20100018076Removable attachment for footwear - A stabilizing device for V-strap sandals wherein the device is engageable with the thong and strap for impeding movement between a wearer's foot and the sandal, and connection means for releasably connecting the stabilizing device to a V-strap sandal.01-28-2010
20120167414AUTONOMOUS BALANCE-ENHANCED INSERT FOR FOOTWEAR - An article of footwear and insert for an article of footwear are provided with means for provisional instantaneous enhancing cutaneous mechanoreceptors pressure sensation from the plantar surface (sole) of the foot perimeter zone.07-05-2012
20090199432SOLE OF ERGONOMIC SHOE SUITING HUMAN FOOT STRUCTURE AND WALKING - This invention relates to a highly engineered shoe sole developed to fit the natural structure of the human foot and walking gait. By inventing a shoe sole with the heightened outer part of the shoe heels and lowered on the inner part of the front portion of the sole, the shoe enables the triple-time stepping by maintaining his/her feet and the ankle aligned with the shoes when standing or walking. Also, by naturally shifting the center of the body inwards from the outer part of the shoes, thus distributing the body weight evenly to the entire area of the shoe soles, the shoes reduce fatigue on the foot by absorbing and mitigating the impact on the foot that supports the body weight, which prevents and corrects deformed walking habits such as out-toed gaits and also prevents slipping while walking.08-13-2009
20110302808Walking Support - Methods and apparatus for walking support are provided. The walking support is comprised of a sole, a toe cover connected to the sole at the front of the sole, and a heel cup connected to the sole at the rear of the sole. The heel cup may have a vertical extension that extends upward to a cuff that wraps around the wearer's lower leg. The walking support may be worn over stockings with conventional shoes or boots, or may be incorporated into the footwear. A boot incorporating a walking support includes a lower leg cuff, which is closed in the same manner as the boot. A shoe incorporating a walking support does not incorporate a lower leg cuff.12-15-2011
20110067267Shoe Construction Having A Rocker Shaped Bottom And Integral Stabilizer - A shoe construction comprising an outsole constructed from a slip resistant material and a wedge shaped cushion member having a rounded and beveled shaped lower surface bonded to the outsole. A midsole body member is bonded to the cushion member having a torsion spring member secured to the midsole body member. The torsion member assists in stabilizing the shoe construction by directing an outer surface of the outsole to a preferred position, while the lower surface is constructed and arranged to provide a curved rocker-like surface whereby the outsole remains in contact with the ground, and requires muscle control, throughout a walking step.03-24-2011
20110061264FOOTWEAR WITH UNSTABLE SOLE STRUCTURE - Footwear with unstable sole structure for statically optimal body posture and healthy dynamics comprising an upper and a sole structure attached to the upper, the sole structure having a wearing layer contacting the ground, a bottom layer attached to the wearing layer, an upper layer attached to the bottom layer, and a stiffener plate contacting the upper layer. A bottom layer covering the tread surface is attached to the wearing layer extending at least over the side surfaces of the bottom layer, An upper layer covering the tread surface is attached to the bottom layer, the upper layer comprising a support projection dimensioned to at least match the print of the arch of the foot, with the material of the bottom layer being more resilient than that of the upper layer. The stiffener plate contacting the upper layer covers the tread surface with a cross-section decreasing towards the toes.03-17-2011
20120042541Article Of Footwear With Slots And Method Of Making - A sole structure for an article of footwear and a method of making the sole structure is disclosed. The sole structure can include a plurality of slots. The slots are associated with connecting portions that connect portions of the sole structure in the generally longitudinal direction and provide for increased fit, flexibility and stability.02-23-2012
20120055045ORTHOTIC DEVICES - 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.03-08-2012
20120000092ACHILLES TENDON STRETCHING DEVICE - An Achilles tendon stretching device can include manual or automatic mechanisms to allow incremental height changes to an insole placed within a walking boot, orthopedic shoe, or post surgical shoe, in order to allow more even and gradual and/or incremental stretching of the Achilles tendon. The height adjustment mechanisms can include mechanical, pneumatic, and/or hydraulic adjustment mechanisms, as well as manual incremental removal of integrally formed layers of a heel wedge.01-05-2012
20120011743Article of Footwear with Improved Stability and Balance - The stability and balance offered by an article of footwear is improved by including a rigid layer in an outsole assembly of the article of footwear. The rigid layer may include a material of at least a predefined rigidity. For example, an outsole may be fitted with a carbon fiber plate that maintains the shape and a flatness of the outsole assembly. The rigid layer may be attached to one or more other layers that may be configured for impact force attenuation and comfort. In one or more arrangements, the rigid layer may be sandwiched between two other layers. Alternatively, the rigid layer may be insertable into a layer of the outsole. A channel may cut into a layer of the outsole to distribute weight to an outside portion of the outsole. This distribution of weight to the outside portion of the outsole may improve stability and balance.01-19-2012
20120060393INERTIAL TRACKING DEVICE, SHOE AND PERSONAL APPARATUS PROVIDED WITH SUCH A DEVICE - An inertial navigation device for fitting to an article that bears intermittently against a surface, the device comprising an inertial unit having at least one inertial sensor, and mechanical connection means connecting the inertial unit to the article, wherein the connection means are arranged to provide mechanical coupling between the inertial unit and the article when the article is not bearing against the surface and to provide mechanical decoupling therebetween when the article is bearing against the surface, in such a manner that the inertial unit is substantially stationary relative to the surface when the article is bearing against the surface. A shoe and equipment provided with such a device.03-15-2012
20120227284ATHLETIC POSITIONING APPARATUS INCLUDING A HEEL PLATFORM AND APPLICATIONS THEREOF - An apparatus includes a heel platform section, a mid-foot section juxtaposed to the heel platform section, and a toe section juxtaposed to the mid-foot section. The mid-foot section and toe section collectively have a geometric shape having a first slope of a polarity along an inner edge of the apparatus from the toe section to the mid-foot section and a second slope of the polarity along the inner edge of the apparatus to the outer edge of the apparatus at the toe section.09-13-2012
20100325917ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCLUDING IMPROVED HEEL STRUCTURE - An article of footwear is provided and includes an upper structure having a heel portion and a forefoot portion and a plate attached to a bottom surface of the upper structure. A sole structure is attached to the plate and includes a first portion associated with the heel portion and a second portion associated with the forefoot portion. The first portion includes a wall formation having a continuous structure with a series of peaks disposed proximate to and in contact with the plate and a series of valleys cooperating with the peaks to define a plurality of pockets formed through the wall formation.12-30-2010
20130014407SOLE UNIT WITH ADJUSTABLE ARCH - The inventive subject matter provides an adjustable midsole that can be contained within sole units for shoes generally and particularly within thin profile sole units. An adjustment of the midsole results in a change in the profile of a predetermined portion of the foot-supporting surface of a shoe to help accommodate the foot morphology of a particular wearer or to provide performance enhancements.01-17-2013
20080244929Self-Ventilated, Ergonomic Footwear and Sole - The invention relates to a self-ventilated, ergonomic footwear item and elastomeric sole. According to the invention, both sides of the sole comprise a plurality of longitudinal grooves, in the area corresponding to the sole of the foot, which are essentially parallel to the edge of the sole closest thereto and which have a depth equal to half of the height of the sole. Moreover, the grooves are disposed in an alternating manner in relation to one another on either side of the sole in the form of a bellows-type structure. The upper comprises a perforated elastic laminar body which is disposed beneath the insole in the area corresponding to the sole and the foot and which, together with the sole, forms a chamber having a volume that varies upon walking. In addition, three thick bands are solidly connected to the body and the upper in order to stiffen said elastic laminar body, namely: one longitudinal band and two transverse end bands. In this way the footwear item and the sole adapt perfectly to the anatomy of the foot, enabling same to be automatically ventilated upon walking.10-09-2008
20110232130Article of Footwear with Support Element - An article of footwear with an undulating sole provides a different and unique ride and/or feel to the article of footwear, while also providing a unique aesthetic appeal and adequate cushioning and support. The midsole has an undulating shape substantially similar to a sine wave with a series alternating peaks and troughs, and may include one or more support elements disposed on the midsole to provide desired stiffness or cushioning properties to the midsole.09-29-2011
20110232129CUSHIONING PAD FOR A HUMAN FOOT, AN INSOLE AND A SHOE COMPRISING SAID PAD, AND A METHOD FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF SAID INSOLE - Pad for the ball regions of a human foot adapted to be placed in a shoe beneath a foot of a wearer of the shoe having a dimension in the heel to toe direction (X axis), a dimension in the outside to inside direction (Y axis) and a dimension in the down to up direction (Z axis) and comprising a front side surface and a back side surface, wherein the pad comprises at least two different zones, at least one first zone located on the X axis towards the toe direction and adapted for the support of the ball regions relating to at least three adjacent toes, in particular to all five toes of a human foot, and at least one adjacent second zone located on the X axis towards the heel direction, wherein the first zone has an average thickness greater than that of the second zone, wherein the second zone is tapered in the Z dimension in a toe to heel direction, wherein the front side surface of the first zone exhibits a pattern of protruding elements adapted for the massaging of the foot of the wearer, and wherein the first and second zones are comprising an elastomeric material.09-29-2011
20100011620IMPACT ABSORBING MATERIAL - An impact absorbing material for a footwear article includes a first sheet having a plurality of projections for dispersing the force of an impact and a second sheet, having a lower durometer than the first sheet, that is bonded to the first sheet for absorbing the force from the projections. The projections are arranged on the first sheet such that nonlinear gaps are formed between adjacent pairs of projections. The impact absorbing material may be positioned between an upper and an inner liner of the footwear article and may be selectively positioned on the footwear article to protect an area on the wearer that is vulnerable to impact, such as the wearer's feet, ankles, heels or calves.01-21-2010
20080196273Triplanar Support System For Footwear - 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.08-21-2008
20080196272Shoe Sole With Pivotal Ground Engaging Plate - A shoe sole comprising a foot engaging plate for accommodating a foot of a user and a ground engaging surface/plate. The foot engaging plate is sufficiently rigid so as to resist distortion of the foot engaging plate, during use of the shoe sole, so that the foot remains supported by the foot engaging plate during use of the shoe sole. A pivot member is located between the foot engaging plate and the ground engaging surface/plate to facilitate relative pivoting motion between the foot engaging plate and the ground engaging surface/plate. A layer of resilient material is sandwiched between the foot engaging plate and the ground engaging surface/plate. The resilient material may have one or more bores formed therein which accommodate a compressible material therein to facilitate programming of a desired compression characteristic for the shoe sole.08-21-2008
20130180131Shoe with Conforming Upper - The invention comprises articles of footwear that have a conforming upper to provide comfort and support to the wearer. The upper portion may comprise a cushioning layer of polyurethane foam or other materials having similar characteristics. In addition to the cushioning layer, the shoe upper is also composed of a fabric layer. In preferred embodiments, the stretch fabric is 4-way elastic fabric. 4-way stretch fabric may be comprised of e.g., nylon or other elastane or spandex material or a combination thereof.07-18-2013
20130199057ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH FOREFOOT PLATES - An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole assembly secured to the upper. The sole assembly has an upper plate and a lower plate in a forefoot portion of the sole assembly, and a plurality of lower plate arms curving downwardly from the upper plate.08-08-2013

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