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Having particular outsole (e.g., sectional sole)

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036 - Boots, shoes, and leggings

036083000 - BOOTS AND SHOES

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20100024252RUNNING SHOE WITH DAMPING SOLE - Running shoe with an outer sole (02-04-2010
20130025162Personalized footwear - Customized or personalized recessed designs can be cut into the bottom of the soles of flip flops, sandals, boots, and any other flat soled footwear using computerized numerical control machining. The customized recessed design can be created in reverse (i.e., in mirror image) to leave a specified design or message when the shoe is pressed into material capable or taking an impression such as sand or snow. Designs can also be created to appear forward (non-mirrored) on the sole so that that design or text is legible when looking at the sole of the shoe. The footwear can be custom produced at the request of a customer, who can specify the nature of the customization for one or more pairs of footwear. Each of a pair of the footwear may have a different design, message or message portion.01-31-2013
20090165336Magnetic swivel sports shoes - A shoe that relates to safety of the participants' when sports shoes with cleats are employed, e.g. golf, football, and soccer. Knee, ankle, & hip injuries are brought about by abrupt leg turns after the foot is planted and the participant's knee continues to move in a separate direction.07-02-2009
20110192054TRACTION ENHANCING DEVICES FOR FOOTWEAR ASSEMBLIES - Traction enhancing devices for footwear assemblies are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a footwear assembly includes a footwear product with an outsole that has one or more embedded traction enhancing devices. Each traction enhancing device can be a stud that is at least partially embedded in the carrier portion of the outsole and that partially projects from the carrier portion. Each stud can be configured to reduce or eliminate relative movement between the stud and the carrier portion to prevent the stud from loosening or falling out. For example, each stud can include a shaft having an engaging surface, such as a threaded, ribbed, or textured surface, that engages the carrier portion. Each stud can also include a portion having an enlarged surface area, such as an anchor or head, embedded in the carrier portion to improve retention of the stud in the carrier portion.08-11-2011
20110192053Article Of Footwear Incorporating An Illuminable Fluid-Filled Chamber - An article of footwear may have an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The sole structure includes a chamber and at least one illuminable element. The chamber is formed from an at least partially transparent polymer material that encloses a fluid, and a portion of an exterior surface of the chamber is exposed to form a portion of an exterior surface of the footwear. The illuminable element is located within the sole structure and adjacent to the exterior surface the chamber. Light from the illuminable element may pass out of the sole structure by passing through the chamber, thereby imparting the configuration of an illuminable fluid-filled chamber.08-11-2011
20100115796HEEL CONSTRUCTION FOR FOOTWEAR - The invention provides an article of footwear that includes an outsole. The outsole can include an articulated heel region, which can have an X-shaped heel articulation. The articulation can be provided by a plurality of intersecting channels or grooves. The article of footwear can be an athletic shoe, and may include cleats.05-13-2010
20090119951Footwear With Sole Force Distribution and Sense Enhancement - According to the present invention there is provided a sports shoe (05-14-2009
20090119950Self Assembled Article of Footwear with Customized Designs - A method of customizing an article of footwear that is configured for self assembly is disclosed. The method includes steps of applying customized designs to pre-cut portions, and packaging the pre-cut portions with a lace and a set of instructions into a kit of parts. The kit of parts can be taken home and assembled by the customer.05-14-2009
20090119949Footwear for three-beat rhythm walking - Disclosed herein is footwear for three-beat rhythm walking. The footwear includes an outsole (S) having a first landing part (05-14-2009
20130074372EMBODIED SYSTEMATIC INFRASTRUCTURE BRACKET SHOES - The present invention relates to a shoe having a set of genuine leather vamp with a piece of vigorous material leather insole connected to an underside thereof and an embodied systematic infrastructure bracket indistinctly, with its whole bracket shape in normal/partially-thinned piece or sectional bracket shape in dual pieces buried over the inside of a shoe's outsole made of thermo-plastic rubber (TPR) or other materials; and the bracket the subject matter utility of the claimed invention is designed and made with its peripheral shape complying with outsole's configuration, and itself or its inward arrangements may be produced as to the different beams that such as the globular, vertical, horizontal and oblique beams, and as to the varied hollowed apertures, and as to the varied shaped grips, demonstrating the equilibrium, stability and security of whole bracket itself. Moreover, each bracket, in compliance of its prior experiment results, was respectively made in accordance with its dimensional model and/or stuff employed for the best physical flexibility performance when it buried over the inside of a shoe's outsole.03-28-2013
20130031804SHOE SOLES FOR SHOCK ABSORPTION AND ENERGY RETURN - A shoe sole can comprise one or more resiliently compressible elements received in a foundation and located by the foundation to underlie a portion of a foot, such as metatarsal heads, when the shoe is worn. The resiliently compressible element or elements can be shaped to reduce coupling of compression of adjacent regions of the resiliently compressible element. One or more plate elements can be positioned between the resiliently compressible elements and the foot, e.g. under the metatarsal heads. The plate elements can be separated from each other by spaces, such as slots, to reduce coupling of movement of adjacent plate elements. The plate elements can be elastically interconnected at the spaces between them. A plurality of lugs configured to contact the ground can be located on a lower surface of the foundation such that they are generally aligned with the plate elements. The plurality of lugs can be elastically interconnected.02-07-2013
20100050476MAP FOR FOOTWEAR - A footwear assembly including footwear including a sole and a map formed on the sole, the map including markings that define an orientation and position for mounting an item on to a bottom surface of the sole.03-04-2010
20130036631Sole Unit For Footwear and Footwear Provided Therewith - The invention provides a water vapor permeable sole unit (02-14-2013
20130031805Articles of Footwear - A sole assembly for an article of footwear includes an outsole, a midsole disposed on the outsole and having a heel portion that defines a void, and first and second inserts disposed in the void. The first insert is attached to the outsole, and the second insert is disposed on top of the first insert in a manner such that the first and second inserts are movable relative to one another.02-07-2013
20100107448Article of Footwear for Dancing - An article of footwear with a pivot portion including a plurality of flex grooves is disclosed. The plurality of flex grooves provides increased flexibility in different portions of a sole of the article. In addition, a periphery of the sole includes sole pods to increase the traction on the periphery of the sole.05-06-2010
20090031586Transpirant waterproof outer sole for shoes - The present invention refers to a transpirant waterproof outer sole for shoes, of the type moulded from plastic materials, characterised in that the front part of the foot is provided with a special section (02-05-2009
20120180341Footwear - A footwear upper that includes a first layer and a second layer disposed on the first layer. The second layer includes a lattice defining a rhombille tiling pattern of figures.07-19-2012
20120180340Footwear - A footwear upper including a first layer and a second layer disposed on the first layer exteriorly of the first layer. The second layer defines grooves in a rhombille tiling pattern.07-19-2012
20130067771Cut Step Traction Element Arrangement For An Article Of Footwear - A traction element arrangement for a sole structure of an article of footwear is described. Traction elements include cut step features. Cut step features provide a traction element with a stepped height. Cut step features on medial rotational traction elements that have a plurality of stud elements arranged in a circular grouping include arc-shaped or straight cuts. Cut step features on traction elements disposed in a heel region are aligned laterally across the sole structure. Traction elements also include raised platform members. Cut step features can be combined with raised platform members.03-21-2013
20130067772Shaped Support Features For Footwear Ground-Engaging Members - The present disclosure is directed to an article of footwear including an upper configured to receive a foot and a sole component fixedly attached to a bottom portion of the upper. The sole component may include a baseplate having a bottom surface and at least a first ground engaging member extending substantially downward from the bottom surface of the baseplate, and a first elongate support member extending substantially downward from the bottom surface of the baseplate, abutting the first ground engaging member at a side portion, and extending horizontally from the side portion of the first ground engaging member. The first support member may have a downward facing surface with a first facet and a second facet, wherein each of the first facet and the second facet are angled at different non-horizontal orientation.03-21-2013
20130067773Orientations For Footwear Ground-Engaging Member Support Features - The present disclosure is directed to an article of footwear including an upper configured to receive a foot and a sole component fixedly attached to a bottom portion of the upper. The sole component may include a baseplate having a bottom surface and at least a first ground engaging member extending substantially downward from the bottom surface of the baseplate and a plurality of elongate support members extending substantially downward from the bottom surface of the baseplate, abutting the first ground engaging member at a side portion, and extending horizontally from the side portion of the first ground engaging member. At least two of the plurality of support members may be disposed on opposite sides of the first ground engaging member and are substantially parallel with one another, but not aligned with one another.03-21-2013
20130067774Spacing For Footwear Ground-Engaging Member Support Features - An article of footwear may include an upper configured to receive a foot and a sole component fixedly attached to a bottom portion of the upper. The sole component may include a baseplate having a bottom surface and at least a first ground engaging member extending substantially downward from the bottom surface of the baseplate. The sole component may also include a plurality of elongate support members extending substantially downward from the bottom surface of the baseplate, abutting the first ground engaging member at a side portion, and extending horizontally from the side portion of the first ground engaging member; wherein three or more support members of the plurality of support members are unevenly spaced about the ground engaging member. The spaces between the unevenly spaced support members may be devoid of additional support members, and the three or more support members may be independent of other ground engaging members.03-21-2013
20130055594THERMOFORMABLE SOLE - The invention relates to a device (03-07-2013
20120222332REMOVABLE OUTSOLE ELEMENTS FOR ARTICLES OF FOOTWEAR - An outsole element for an article of footwear having a base and a lug that extends from the base. The outsole element includes a body and a cavity defined in the body. The cavity receives the lug to removably couple the body to the lug. Also, the cavity includes an internal undercut.09-06-2012
20110010964FOOTWEAR SUSPENSION SYSTEM - Footwear includes an upper, an outsole attached to a lower portion of the upper; and a sock liner disposed within to the upper and attached to a region of the upper above a bottom portion of the sock liner, the sock liner having a heel portion spaced above a top surface of the outsole, the sock liner attached to the upper01-20-2011
20130061495Shoe With Support System - A shoe construction utilizing a gas containing chamber as a cushion. The shoe includes a stabilizer positioned in the shoe and having a heel portion in overlying relation to the cushion and a forward portion in overlying relation to at least a midfoot portion of the shoe bottom. The forward portion extends across a substantial portion of the inside width of the shoe where it is located to resist deformation of the shoe bottom under load from a user both in lateral bending and longitudinal torsion.03-14-2013
20130160327ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR HAVING AN ELEVATED PLATE SOLE STRUCTURE - An article of footwear is provided having an elevated plate structure incorporated in the sole structure and optionally including a fluid-filled chamber. The elevated plate structure can include an upper plate and a plurality of legs extending downward toward the outsole. End portions of the legs can engage an upper region of the outsole. The elevated plate structure can form a cage region that can optionally include a fluid-filled chamber substantially disposed therein. The elevated plate structure can further include a lower plate disposed at an upper region of the outsole, which can form a lower portion of the cage region. Portions of the legs can be integrated with impact-attenuating members in the heel region in various configurations and can provide features for the impact-attenuating members, such as support, impact-attenuation and adjustable impact-attenuation features.06-27-2013
20120233887Article of Footwear with Suspended Stud Assembly - An article of footwear with a suspended stud assembly attached to a sole is disclosed. The suspended stud assembly includes a base portion attached to the sole of a shoe. A set of suspension arms connect a plurality of studs to the base portion. This arrangement allows the studs to move independently of the sole and of each other to provide greater traction capabilities to the article of footwear.09-20-2012
20120233886Sole Structure and Article of Footwear Including Same - A sole structure can include one or more ridge tractions elements. The ridge traction elements can be separated by one or more flexure zones. The sole structure can also include other types of traction elements.09-20-2012
20120233885Footwear Sole Structure Incorporating A Plurality Of Chambers - A plurality of fluid-filled chambers may be incorporated into sole structures of articles of footwear. The chambers may be configured to be substantially diamond-shaped. The chambers may lie within cavities formed by a lower surface of the midsole and may extend into apertures in the outsole. The apertures in the outsole may be aligned with the cavities of the midsole. The chambers may be bounded by bounding regions between and at the perimeter of the chambers. The bounding regions may be formed of a polymer foam material of the midsole. The chambers may additionally be connected.09-20-2012
20080295362Footwear For Sloped Surfaces - Footwear for running, jogging and/or walking on a sloped surface, such as a roadway or a circular track that is not flat, for example. The footwear includes a left shoe and a right shoe. Each of the left shoe and the right shoe includes an upper member and a sole body, which is formed by one or more sole members, attached thereto. The sole bodies of each shoe are of uniformly varying thickness from the lateral side to the medial side of the shoe. The sole body of the left shoe is of a different average thickness than is the average thickness of the right shoe. The sole bodies and/or the sole members of the shoes may be reversibly connectable, such as to allow flexibility in customizing the shoes to be used on a variety of underlying surfaces, including substantially flat surfaces, for example.12-04-2008
20080295361Article of Footwear with Visable Indicia - An article of footwear with a sole system including a transparent heel portion is disclosed. The transparent heel portion includes a cavity configured to receive a support member comprising a plurality of support columns and an indicia member associated with the support member. The indicia and the support member are both visible along a bottom surface of the heel portion.12-04-2008
20110277351SHOES FOR HAR-TRU, CLAY AND OTHER SIMILAR GRANULAR SURFACES - A tennis shoe comprising, at least one upper shoe, at least one tying mechanism, the tying mechanism, deposed on the upper shoe; and at least one shoe-sole. The shoe-sole is coupled to said upper shoe, and further defining at least one shoe-sole-cavity concavely indented into the at least one shoe-sole and further defining at least one rib; where the at least one shoe-sole creates friction against gravel surfaces with said at least one rib. The method of making the shoe-sole described herein includes the injection molding at least one shoe-sole; selectively depositing at least one bubble; selectively leaving dense parts of materials; selectively molding at least one shoe-sole-cavity; selectively deposing at least one high strength material; and selectively deposing at least one slippery material. The method of making may occurs almost simultaneously using a single machine.11-17-2011
20100263233Rocker shoes for prescribed ankle motion - A method is provided for providing a shoe sole profile shape for an individual who has a prescribed ankle angular motion for at least a partial heel-to-toe foot motion of the individual. A shoe sole geometry is determined that provides a substantially invariant roll-over shape for level ground walking that accommodates the prescribed ankle angular motion of the individual. The shoe sole geometry then is imparted to a shoe sole by machining, molding or other shaping operation.10-21-2010
20130160328Articles of Footwear - Articles of footwear, including athletic footwear, include cleat structures, strapping systems, sole structures, and/or improved natural motion characteristics are described. Also, methods for making such articles of footwear (and particularly sole structures for articles of footwear) are described.06-27-2013
20120285044GOLF SHOE OUTSOLE - The golf shoe outsole of the invention comprises a generally flexible forward section and a generally hard heel section, each section having a plurality of pod sections molded thereupon, preferably there are eight separate pod sections, each having at least one cleat attached thereto. Each pod section has an outer edge or perimeter that is flared quite significantly to provide a greater degree of flexibility and traction with turf, and therefore greater stability and balance to the user. The outsole has a 0.375 width to length ratio at the metatarsal area of the outsole and a pod vertical height of at least 9.1 mm and a flare angle of at least 52° from vertical on the outer edges of the pods. The pods are relatively hard with a minimum Shore A hardness of 95 and extend a minimum of 6.3 mm from the bottom surface of the outsole. The forward portion of the outsole is made from a relatively flexible thermoplastic polyurethane having a hardness between 75 to 85 Shore A.11-15-2012
20110289799SHOE OUTSOLE HAVING TUBES - A shoe sole structure includes an outsole having a plurality of cushioning members formed with the bottom surface of the outsole that can extend at least partially between the lateral edge and the medial edge of the shoe and also around a heel end of the shoe. One or more of the cushioning members can differ in size, location, orientation, length and/or material from one or more of the remaining cushioning members.12-01-2011
20090300946ANTISTATIC POLYURETHANE - The invention relates to an antistatic polyurethane which comprises an antistatic additive comprising an ionic liquid and a process for producing such an antistatic polymer. The invention further relates to an antistatic shoe sole comprising an antistatic polyurethane according to the invention and the use of an ionic liquid as antistatic additive for polyurethane.12-10-2009
20110296711Overboot - This invention provides an overboot consists of an upper portion made of fabric and a lower portion, or sole, which is made of a rugged flexible material such as rubber or thermoelastomer. The upper portion has a front, a back, an inside, an outside, and an interior. The upper portion has an opening to allow a foot of a user wearing a shoe or ski boot to enter the interior. In one embodiment, the opening of the upper portion may have a means of closure. The rear of the overboot opens in order to ease the insertion of the foot of the user. The rear opening may consist of either one or two vertical slits.12-08-2011
20100031536AJ Chalk Walkers, footwear intended for drawing or writing with chalk using the toe portion of the shoe. - The present disclosure relates to a shoe with a piece of removable chalk embedded into the front toe portion of a shoe's sole. The forefront sole of the shoe includes an opening sized for receiving a piece of chalk, intended for the wear to go from walking to drawing with a tilt of the foot. The wearer can cause the chalk to make contact with a surface by applying light pressure and tilting the toe of the shoe slightly toward the ground.02-11-2010
20110214313FLEX GROOVE SOLE ASSEMBLY WITH BIASING STRUCTURE - An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole assembly that is operably coupled to the upper. The sole assembly includes a first portion and a second portion that are separated by a groove. Also, the article of footwear includes a biasing structure that is elongate and nonextendable. The biasing structure is operably coupled to the sole assembly to bias the first and second portions of the sole assembly generally toward each other.09-08-2011
20120096744SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TONING FOOTWEAR - Systems and methods for toning footwear include a combination of a support ring, an insole with a cushioning material configured to contact a user's foot, and an outsole with one or more convex regions to create instability in the footwear. The support ring or stiffener band can be coupled to the outsole between the insole on one side and the forefoot and heel toning convexities on the other side. In some embodiments, the stiffener band can be formed of a material different from and stiffer than the material of the outsole. In accordance with various embodiments, when a user wears the toning footwear while walking, an increase in both the toning and strengthening of the calves, hamstrings and/or glutes results.04-26-2012
20090113761FOOTWEAR - A turntable module for incorporation into a footwear sole as a pre-assembled unit, the module comprising a base (05-07-2009
20100251572Closure Systems for Articles of Footwear - An article of footwear including a forefoot portion and a heel portion movable relative to the forefoot portion from a first articulated configuration to a second articulated configuration is provided. An articulation assembly having a forefoot articulation member and a heel articulation member is also provided. The articulation assembly couples the forefoot portion to the heel portion and includes a hinge mechanism and a cam mechanism. The hinge mechanism may include a pin located within a socket. The cam mechanism may include a cam surface and a protrusion configured to ride on the cam surface. The article of footwear may include a locking mechanism having a first locking element that engages a second locking element in the first articulated configuration. The first locking element may be a first concavity formed in a surface and the second locking element may be a protrusion configured to extend into the first concavity in the first articulated configuration. The articulation assembly may be provided as part of a sole structure.10-07-2010
20120023781WEAR-RESISTANT OUTSOLE - An article of footwear may have an outsole with multiple contact zones. Each of those contact zones may include perimeter regions formed from a harder elastomeric material and traction elements formed from a softer elastomeric material. The traction elements within a particular contact zone may be generally planar in shape and aligned in parallel along on orientation direction for that contact zone. When undeformed, the traction elements in a contact zone may extend outward from the outsole beyond the perimeter regions of that same contact zone. In response to a shear force resulting from activity of a shoe wearer, the traction elements may be deformable so as to rest within a volume formed by the perimeter regions.02-02-2012
20120023780OPEN-SOLED ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR - An article of footwear having a sole structure with openings formed therethrough is disclosed. The article of footwear includes an upper for receiving a foot of a wearer and a sole structure attached to the upper and positioned generally below the foot. The sole structure has at least one opening formed therein that extends through the sole structure. The at least one opening formed through the sole structure exposes the plantar surface of the foot of the wearer to a ground surface when the article of footwear is worn by the wearer, and is constructed so as to allow contact between the plantar surface of the foot and the ground surface.02-02-2012
20120110872MIDSOLE PAD FOR WOMEN'S SHOES THAT DISTRIBUTES PRESSURE APPLIED ONTO THE SOLE OF THE FOOT, AND MIDSOLE AND SHOE HAVING SAME - Disclosed is a midsole for women's shoes which covers the area ranging from the rear end of the foot to the rear end of the forepart of the foot. The curvature (S) formed in the lengthwise direction of the foot along an upper surface of the pad has a portion that bulges out upwardly from the straight line interconnecting both ends of the pad in the lengthwise direction. The highest point (X) of the bulging portion, which is the point at which the bulging portion bulges out the farthest from said straight line, is positioned further forward (toward the forepart of the foot) than the point at which the line starting perpendicularly from the half point (M) of the straight line meets the curvature (S). According to the present invention, the portion of the women's shoe sole, which interconnects the rear end of the shoe sole spaced apart from the ground and a ground contacting part of the shoe sole, has a varying degree of slope, in order to enable the heel of the foot of a wearer to be positioned flat in the horizontal direction, thus distributing the pressure applied to the forepart and big toe part of the wearer's foot by the weight of the wearer to the heel part of the foot of the wearer, and thus effectively reducing the pressure.05-10-2012
20120192455OUTER SOLE FOR SHOES AND SHOES COMPRISING SUCH OUTER SOLES - An outsole for a shoe, at least a portion of the outsole has a grid structure of intersecting lines along the course of which the outsole has increased flexibility The grid structure is irregularly formed by lines which are determined on the one hand at least by the course of the connecting curve through the toe joints between the distal phalanx and the proximal phalanx of the big toe and between the respective middle phalanx and proximal phalanx of the second, third, fourth and toes, and on the other hand by the course of the respective intermediate spaces between the five toes when the sole is positioned to fit under the wearer's foot. In the same way, a shoe having an outsole of the kind described above is also proposed.08-02-2012
20100088929SOLE FOR FOOTWEAR HAVING A TURNABLE ANTISLIP DEVICE AND FOOTWEAR COMPRISING SUCH SOLE - A sole and footwear including such a sole is provided with at least one turnable antislip device provided on the tread surface operatively facing towards the ground. The antislip device includes an articulation structure mounted on the tread surface and oscillatable moving away from the tread surface with respect to an oscillation axis; a support element having an antislip side, accommodated in an associated accommodation portion provided for on the tread surface, and rotatingly mounted with respect to the articulation structure around a revolution axis different from the oscillation axis, directing the antislip side selectively in an activated state towards the ground or in an inactivated state towards the tread surface. The rotation of the support element around the revolution axis controls the rotation of the articulation structure with respect to the oscillation axis.04-15-2010
20100088928Article of Footwear with Drainage Features - An article of footwear configured to drain water away from a foot wearing the article of footwear includes a plurality of drainage holes positioned between ribs formed on the sole. The drainage holes are formed along a centerline of the sole. The drainage holes are substantially vertical channels formed entirely through the sole. The ribs include raised center portions disposed at or near the inlets to the drainage holes to lift the foot away from the drainage holes.04-15-2010
20080209767SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SHOE CONSTRUCTION - A shoe according to embodiments of the present invention includes an upper, a footbed including a wing that extends around at least a portion of a periphery of the footbed, with the upper attached to the wing, and an outsole configured to receive the upper and the footbed. The wing may be bendable away from the footbed to permit easy and sturdy stitching of the upper to the footbed. The wing may extend beyond a bottom surface of the footbed, and an intermediate piece may be placed under the footbed before the footbed and upper are attached to an outsole, such that the intermediate piece substantially fills the space between the footbed and the outsole.09-04-2008
20090288315SHOE - An exemplary shoe includes a upper, a sole, an LED (light-emitting diode) and a power supply device. The upper is disposed on the sole. The sole includes a receiving space. The LED is installed on an outside surface of the sole. The power supply module is for providing electric power to the light emitting diode. The power supply module further includes a piezoelectric member coupled to the sole and a electric power storing device. The piezoelectric member is disposed between the upper and the sole. The electric power storing device is received in the receiving space of the sole and electrically coupled between the piezoelectric member and the light emitting diode.11-26-2009
20110203139Shoe With Concealed, Heel Storage Compartment - The present invention relates to a wedge type article of footwear having a concealed storage cavity for storing personal items, including but not limited to, small wallets, coin purses, keys, money, credit cards, makeup, pepper spray, small cellular telephones, tampons, etc., for increased personal safety and increased convenience.08-25-2011
20100126043Articles of Footwear - An article of footwear promotes complimentary movement and proprioceptive feedback of a user's foot (e.g., to help an infant learn to walk or an adult balance on an uneven surface) while wearing the article of footwear. The article of footwear includes an outsole having a forefoot region, a heel region, and a mid region substantially in between the forefoot and heel regions. The three regions are configured to provide complimentary movement with respect to the user's foot. The forefoot region of the outsole includes a base portion interconnecting ground contact pads configured to move relative to one another, each ground contact pad moving substantially independently of the other relative to the base portion.05-27-2010
20090265956SOLE ASSEMBLY - A sole assembly suitable for use in footwear, the sole assembly including a flexible base (10-29-2009
20080289224SHOE OUTSOLE HAVING SEMICIRCULAR PROTRUSIONS - A shoe sole structure includes a midsole body that extends from the heel region to the forefoot region of a shoe and an outsole that is attached to the midsole body. The outsole includes a plurality of protrusions arranged transversely to the longitudinal axis of the shoe, while extending at least partially between the lateral edge and the medial edge of the shoe. One or more of the half tube structures can include grooves and/or projections to enhance traction on a contact surface.11-27-2008
20130118036FOOTWEAR OUTSOLE INLCUDING GRIPPING TREAD - An outsole for an article of footwear including a plurality of laterally extending walls where each pair of adjacent walls defines a channel. The outsole also includes a plurality of receptacles between the adjacent walls where the channel extends across each of the receptacles.05-16-2013
20130118037FOOTWEAR WITH DUAL MOLDED PIECE CONSTRUCTION - In some embodiments, a shoe assembly comprises a vamp and a sole. The vamp includes a middle section, and the vamp and the middle section are formed of a continuous piece of a first molded material. The vamp also includes a first aperture and a second aperture. The sole includes a forefoot section and a heel section that are joined by a midfoot section. The forefoot section, the heel section, and the midfoot section are formed of a continuous piece of a second molded material. The second molded material is an EVA-based material. The first aperture of the vamp receives a part of the forefoot section and the second aperture receives a part of the heel section. When the shoe assembly is placed on a flat surface, the forefoot section is in direct contact with the flat surface.05-16-2013
20090183393 Midsole of Masai Walking Specialized Shoes - The invention relates to a midsole structure having an airbag in the rear portion or from the rear portion to the front portion for Masai walking specialized shoes, wherein a connecting panel shank comprising the front shank and rear shank coupled with a connecting panel is built such that rolling movement of three steps occurs actively during walking three steps of landing, center moving and leaving step and an arch styled finger pressure effect occurs because the front and rear shank are compressed.07-23-2009
20090019732SHOE, IN PARTICULAR SPORTS SHOE - The invention relates to a shoe, especially to a sports shoe, with a shoe upper (01-22-2009
20090049714SKATEBOARD SHOE - A skateboard shoe comprising a plurality of fluid chambers able to move and flex independently from one another along the bottom portion of the midsole is shown and described. The midsole acts as both a stabilizing midsole and an impact cushioning midsole while improving the fit of the shoe so it moves with the foot.02-26-2009
20110138657SOLE FOR FOOTWEAR FOR UNSTABLE SURFACES - A sole for footwear that is suited for sandy or non-rigid environments, as well as various footwear that includes the sole, are disclosed. The sole includes a first arc structure extending along a forefoot portion of the sole, and a second arc structure extending along a rear foot portion of the sole. The second arc structure has an open end that faces an open end of the first arc structure, and the second arc structure is separated from the first arc structure by a gap. The stability and traction structure further includes a linear structure extending from within the first arc structure to within the second arc structure.06-16-2011
20090211114SHOE, IN PARTICULAR SPORTS SHOE - The invention relates to a sports shoe, with a damping element (08-27-2009
20090193687Health Shoes - The present invention relates to a health shoe having an arc type stretching body to be formed apart from a front end and a rear end of a shoe sole with a predetermined distance apart, which is capable of doing stretching exercises at the stable status because 08-06-2009
20090249651Footwear apparatus having simulated deer hoof bottoms - A footwear apparatus has simulated animal hoof bottoms. More specifically, the footwear apparatus includes a footwear top portion, a footwear sole portion connected to the footwear top portion, and a footwear bottom portion connected to the footwear sole portion. The footwear bottom portion includes a simulated deer front foot portion and a simulated deer rear foot portion which are connected to the footwear sole portion and project downward therefrom. The footwear top portion includes straps. The footwear sole portion can include a stiff flexible inner member layer housed between outer flexible layers. Together, the pair of simulated front deer foot portions and the pair of simulated rear deer foot portions comprise simulated deer hoofs. Preferably, a bottom side of each of the pair of simulated front deer foot portions projects forward from the footwear sole portion at a bottom side forward projection angle of approximately twenty-two and one-half degrees.10-08-2009
20100146820Sand shoe - The sand shoe includes a frame enclosing a large-gauge, interwoven tread portion. The frame is fabricated from a lightweight metal. A clog is attached to the upper surface of the interwoven tread. The clog is fabricated from lightweight material and is designed with an open back for easy access and a plurality of openings for air circulation.06-17-2010
20100146819SHOE - A shoe having a toe region, a middle region, a heel region, and a multi-layer, multi-density midsole wherein an upper layer of the midsole has a bottom surface that has a longitudinal convexity and a longitudinal concavity, the longitudinal convexity typically occupying a substantial portion of the toe region or a substantial portion of the toe region and middle region, and the longitudinal concavity typically occupying a substantial portion of the heel region, the longitudinal convexity and the longitudinal concavity collectively contributing to simulating the effect, and imparting the fitness benefits, of walking on a sandy beach or on a giving or uneven surface regardless of the actual hardness of the surface.06-17-2010
20100162590Friction Enhancing Device07-01-2010
20100186260SPORTS SHOE AND A GROUND PLATE DEVICE - A sports shoe is disclosed for playing golf, having a sole fitted with a rotation mechanism, the rotation mechanism being provided with a rotary element rotatable against a biasing force provided to the rotary element by a biasing mechanism coupled to the rotary element. Further, a ground plate device is provided, in particular for use in playing golf, the ground plate device comprising a rotation mechanism, the rotation mechanism being configured to receive a section of a sole of a sports shoe, especially a golf shoe, and being provided with a rotary element rotatable against a biasing force provided to the rotary element by a biasing mechanism coupled to the rotary element. In a preferred embodiment, the ground plate device further comprises fastening means for detachably or not-detachably fastening the sports shoe.07-29-2010
20100192415FOOTWEAR WITH PLURALITY OF INTERLOCKING MIDSOLE AND OUTSOLE ELEMENTS - An article of footwear that includes an outsole, including an outsole groove that extends generally in a thickness direction through the outsole to separate the outsole into first and second outsole elements. Furthermore, the article of footwear includes a midsole, including a midsole groove that extends generally in a thickness direction through the midsole to separate the midsole into first and second midsole elements. The first midsole element is operably secured to the first outsole element to define a first element assembly, and the second midsole element is operably secured to the second outsole element to define a second element assembly. Furthermore, the outsole groove and the midsole groove are substantially aligned with each other, and the first and second element assemblies interlock with each other.08-05-2010
20090044428OUTSOLE STRUCTURE FOR A SHOE, METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING OUTSOLE TO AN UPPER, AND SHOE OBTAINED BY SAID METHOD - A shoe outsole comprising a substantially flat body with a top face and a lower face exhibiting a distribution of tread protrusions. The protrusions include at least one peripheral protrusion extending beyond the peripheral edge and defining a top abutment surface displaced generally downward relative to the top face of the body. In a method of assembling the outsole to a shoe upper, for each peripheral protrusion, a cut is formed in the upper, developing in accordance with the profile of the area of superimposition between the peripheral protrusion and the body's lower face. The method provides for insertion of the at least one peripheral protrusion into the appropriate cut so as to enable passage of the protrusion below the upper as a superimposition reversal between the upper and the body.02-19-2009
20100325919PROPRIOCEPTIVE/KINESTHETIC APPARATUS AND METHOD - Footwear includes a support member having an upper surface attachable to a foot, and two bulbous protuberances, a forward bulbous protuberance and rearward bulbous protuberance. Each of the protuberances has a curved outer contour, and protrudes from a lower surface of the support member on opposite sides of a latitudinal midline thereof, the latitudinal midline being halfway between a calcaneus support portion and a phalanges support portion of the support member. The forward bulbous protuberance is positioned medially offset with respect to a longitudinal centerline.12-30-2010
20100139125FOOTWEAR WITH REST SUPPORT - Footwear includes a sole with a forefoot region, a heel region, and a mid-sole region positioned between the forefoot region and the heel region. A support structure is positioned within the mid-sole region. The support structure is configured to engage an object to facilitate resistance to gravitational pull.06-10-2010
20100199524SHOE FOR MEDICAL APPLICATIONS - A shoe with a permanent magnet including a basic body having a magnetic North Pole and a magnetic South Pole and being elastically deformable solves the problem of realizing a shoe which is able to provide its wearer with information about the material properties and the condition of the shoe.08-12-2010
20100199523Article of Footwear With Heel Cushioning System - An article of footwear with a heel cushioning system is disclosed. The heel cushioning system includes a sole, a curved plate and tread members. The tread members may lift a heel portion of a sole above a ground surface. The curved plate may deflect when a force is applied to the sole.08-12-2010
20090107008Integral shoe with roller assembly - An integral shoe with a roller assembly. The integral shoe has an upper and a sole, which are integrally formed. At least one cavity is formed on the sole so that the roller assembly can be mounted in the cavity. Thus, the shoe with the roller function is integrally formed more quickly, and the roller assembly may also be replaced so that multiple functions can be achieved.04-30-2009
20130139410Article Of Footwear With Insertable Lightweight Interior Midsole Structure - An article of footwear includes an upper that at least in part defines an interior chamber for receiving a foot; an insertable interior midsole component received within the interior chamber; and an exterior sole structure engaged with the upper, wherein the exterior sole structure includes: (a) an exterior midsole component and (b) optionally an outsole component that extends under the forefoot region, wherein the insertable interior midsole component is formed from a foam material comprising a reaction product of about 10 to about 100 phr hydrogenated or non-hydrogenated acrylonitrile butadiene copolymer, 0 to about 40 phr modified hydrogenated acrylonitrile butadiene copolymer, and 0 to about 90 phr alpha olefin copolymer, and at least one additive in an amount suitable to form the foam material; wherein the density of the foam material is less than 0.25 g/cm06-06-2013
20110126428CHANNELED SOLE FOR AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR - A sole structure for an article of footwear is provided. The sole structure extends longitudinally from a back edge to a front edge of the article of footwear and transversely from a medial side to a lateral side of the article of footwear. The sole structure includes an outsole having a ground-contacting layer. A first rib projects upward from the ground-contacting layer. The rib has side walls and an end wall. A channel is defined by the side walls and end wall. The channel opens downward through the ground-contacting layer and has a depth extending above the ground-contacting layer. The rib may have a multi-stage vertical stiffness profile. The sole structure may include a midsole attached to the outsole. An article of footwear having the sole structure attached to an upper is also provided.06-02-2011
20110030243CONDUCTIVE, RESISTIVE AND ANTI-TRIBOELECTRIC FOOTWEAR - The present application refers to a conductive, resistive and anti-triboelectric footwear comprising a footwear body or cut, a semiconductor sole, a resistive conductive insole, a common insole, a bottom of sole having contacting the floor made of the same material as the unloading devices and the semiconductor insole and unloading devices, with the purpose of contacting the human body with the ground and achieve the release of the stored static electricity on which the footwear body is fixed, characterized in that the unloading devices pass through the common insole and the footwear bottom making contact between the resistive conductive insole and the ground at least through the portion or the whole sole when it is resistive conductive; and its manufacturing method.02-10-2011
20100037487Method and apparatus for sandal with hidden strap adjustment - A sandal with one or more adjustable strap where the strap closure or adjustment is hidden below the sole. In one embodiment, two straps are directed through slits in the sole of the sandal so that the straps can come through to the bottom of the sole in front of the heel and can be tightened or loosened via a hook and loop fastener. The adjustment mechanism may be hidden in order to provide an improved appearance of the shoe. The adjustment mechanism may include a hook and loop fastener, a buckle, a snap, a tying of the straps or strings.02-18-2010
20110056092SOLE FOR SHOES INCLUDING GAS DISPENSER DEVICE03-10-2011
20110047827FOOTWEAR PROVIDED WITH SPRING MEANS AND AS SUCH SPRING MEANS - The invention relates to footwear comprising a sole and an upper, which sole is attached to spring means supported on a ground surface, which spring means comprise at least one U-shaped spring element, which is connected to the sole with a first leg and which is supported on the ground surface with the other leg. A drawback of such footwear is that the spring means are constructed with a certain overmeasure in relation to the footwear so as to generate a certain useful spring effect. Adjusting the spring means of said known footwear is complex and cannot be done efficiently. The object of the invention is to provide improved footwear as referred to in the introduction, as well as improved spring means according to the invention, with on the one hand small constructional dimensions whilst retaining an advantageous spring effect, which is furthermore easier to adjust. According to the invention, the footwear and also the spring means are characterised in that the free end of the first leg of the U-shaped spring element, has a bent shape and can be accommodated with a proper fit in a correspondingly shaped part of the sole.03-03-2011
20110247237Shoe with Anti-Skid Sole - Footwear with a sole formed from an elastomeric material whose grip is improved on ground where the interface may include an intermediate foreign substance, this sole comprising lugs (10-13-2011
20100251571Shoe suspension system - A shoe suspension system and device are provided. In a first version of the Present Invention a device attached to an undersole of a shoe directs a spring force toward the ground in one direction and toward a heel section of the undersole of the shoe, whereby the heel section receives the spring force in an axis substantially normal to the undersole. In another version, a ground plate extends from a hinge, the hinge is attached to the shoe undersole, and a spring element is coupled at one end to the ground plane and at another end to the undersole, whereby a substantially planar orientation of undersole is supported by the device. In yet another version, a linkage including a plurality of hinges and arms is attached to a shoe undersole and directs a force toward a heel plane of the undersole.10-07-2010
20080313928Wheeled footwear with spring suspension system - An exemplary wheeled footwear with a spring suspension system is provided. In one embodiment, the footwear includes an upper, a midsole positioned in a midsole region, and an outsole. The spring suspension system is positioned in the midsole region of the footwear, and includes plurality of spring members, each having a first end and a second end, a top layer operable to support at least a portion of the plurality of spring members at the first end, and a bottom layer operable to support at least a portion of the plurality of spring members at the second end. The bottom layer may include an opening or openings formed in the bottom layer that may receive at least a portion of a wheel or wheels that may be positioned below the top layer and operable for rolling.12-25-2008
20080250671WADING BOOT WITH STRATEGIC STUD PLACEMENT - A wading boot comprising an outsole and a plurality of studs, wherein the outsole comprises a gulch area, wherein the gulch area is located directly underneath the instep of the wearer's foot, and wherein the studs are located solely in the gulch area of the outsole. The studs are preferably made of carbide, but they can also be made of any suitable material. The present invention relates to stud placement and is not limited in terms of the composition, design, number, size or configuration of the studs themselves, as long as they are located in the gulch area of the outsole.10-16-2008
20110061265Custom article of footwear and method of making the same - The present invention teaches a method of making a custom article of footwear. Further, the article of footwear can include a spring element that can provide improved cushioning, stability, and running economy. In addition, the components of the article of footwear can be selected from a wide range of options, and can be easily removed and replaced, as desired.03-17-2011
20100139124FUNCTIONAL FOOTWEAR - The present invention relates to a functional footwear having a shock absorber of an operating member adapted to absorb the shock applied during the wearer's walking, such that as first and second arms and a second magnet are operated by the shock-absorbing operation, a vibration plate having a first magnet is automatically vibrated by the generation of the repulsive force with respect to the second magnet, which makes the wearer excited during walking, thereby providing pleasant walking to him or her. Especially, the magnetic field generated from the first magnet provided on the end portion of the vibration plate stimulates the acupuncture spots on the wearer's foot sole and accelerates his or her blood circulation, thereby greatly improving his or her health.06-10-2010
20130008055NANOADHESION STRUCTURES FOR SPORTING GEAR - An apparatus including a first surface configured to attach the apparatus to a second surface of another object, and a plurality of elongated nanofibers. Each nanofiber has one end connected to the first surface and an opposite end extending away from the first surface. The plurality of elongated nanofibers is configured to adhere to the second surface by nanoadhesion when brought into contact with the second surface.01-10-2013
20090300945Article of footwear for soccer - An article of footwear with flexing portions disposed in an arch portion of a sole system is disclosed. The flexing portions in the sole system increase the curling toe flexibility of the article of footwear. In addition, the sole system includes trapping portions that enhance the ability of a wearer to stop and capture a ball. Furthermore, the article of footwear includes an asymmetric fastening system biased toward a medial side of the article.12-10-2009
20090293314OUTSOLE HAVING GROOVES FORMING DISCRETE LUGS - Various arrangements for an article of footwear including an outsole having grooves forming discrete lugs are presented. The outsoles generally include a plurality of grooves formed in at least a portion of the outsole that extend from a lateral side of the outsole to a medial side of the outsole. The grooves may be linear or curved and generally extend in an angular fashion. The grooves may have a first depth at a perimeter of the outsole and a second depth, greater than the first depth, at the center of the outsole. The grooves form discrete lugs. In some arrangements, the lugs are diamond shaped.12-03-2009
20090293313Article of Footwear with a Marking System - An article of footwear with a marking system is disclosed. The marking system is configured to help locate one or more portions of a foot during training of an athlete. The marking system includes markings that extend from a lower surface of a sole system to an outer peripheral portion of a sole system.12-03-2009
20110185593SOLE FOR FOOTWEAR - The invention relates to an improved sole for footwear with a convex or rounded shape, provided with a stabilizer, with a damping system and with an internal system for the rotation of air, which modifies the phase of contact of the foot with the ground in a roller, such that it transforms the process of reception of the ground (with the heel of the foot) and forward translation of the propelling forces (by means of the area of the metatarsus and toes) in a roller effect, obtaining the damping/stability/impulse effects, and the actuation of the airing system by means of a pad/wedge, the outsole thus configured allowing a rotation on the ground such that the inertia of the body and the vertical forces applied from the heel of the foot are more easily converted into horizontal propelling forces.08-04-2011
20100031535PRINTED SOLE FOR A SHOE AND METHOD OF MAKING - A method of forming a sole element for an article of footwear includes obtaining a partially-cured substrate having a first surface and an opposed surface opposite the first surface and applying one or more graphic elements to the first surface to create a decorated substrate. The method further includes placing the decorated partially-cured substrate into a mold for a sole element and curing the decorated substrate. During curing, at least a portion of each of the first surface and the opposed surface may contact the mold. Also, during curing, the decorated substrate may substantially fill the mold. Articles of footwear, including sole elements formed by the disclosed methods and uppers configured to retain the sole element to a user's foot, are provided.02-11-2010
20090188132Slip-resistant shoe sole - The slip resistant shoe sole 07-30-2009
20090172973ENVIRONMENTAL-PROTECTION SHOE SOLE MADE OF RECYCLED SHOES - An environmental-protection shoe sole made of recycled shoes is provided, which uses recycled used shoes as a primary constituent of the raw material thereof, which used shoes, after being processed to remove metal accessories, are pulverized to small pieces of a predetermined size, and are then subjected to heating for deodorization and drying and thereafter added with a suitable amount of a base rubber, followed by uniformly mixing, to provide a shoe sole material, which is then molded and shaped. Thus, manufacturing time and material costs can be substantially reduced and environmental and economic effects by cyclic utilization of recycling used shoes can be realized.07-09-2009
20120036739SOLE ASSEMBLY FOR ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR EXHIBITING POSTURE-DEPENDENT CHARACTERISTICS - An article of footwear includes an upper and a sole assembly. The sole assembly includes a first member that is coupled to the upper and a second member that is moveably coupled to the first member. The first member moves relative to the second member in response to a first input load directed along a first vector, and the first member engages the second member in response to a second input load directed along a second vector.02-16-2012
20110067269SLIPPERS STRUCTURE - A slippers structure comprises: a sole, a toe post and a vamp. The sole is defined with a concave, and close to a middle of both lateral edges of the sole is formed a protruding portion, respectively, a bottom of the sole is an arc-shaped surface. The toe post has one end integrally formed with the concave, and a head portion at the other end of the toe post has a larger diameter than the post portion. The vamp has two ends integral with the protruding portions of the sole and is located around an outer periphery of a rear half of the sole, an engaging portion extends from the inner edge to near a center of the vamp, the vamp can be folded upward over the sole from its two ends connected to the two protruding portions so as to make the toe post engage in the engaging portion.03-24-2011
20100058618SHOE WITH ELECTRICALLY CONDUCTIVE SOLE - The invention relates to a shoe (03-11-2010
20110314699Footwear With Rocker Sole - An article of footwear with a rocker sole has an outsole with a rocker sole element that has a rear apex located 20 to 45 millimeters, preferably, 35 to 40 millimeters rearwardly of the metatarsophalangeal joint area of the footwear and a generally curved surface extending forwardly and upwardly from the apex to a toe area of the footwear.12-29-2011
20120055046Articles with Retractable Traction Elements - Articles of manufacture and articles of wear may include one or more retractable traction elements. A plurality of the retractable traction elements may be interconnected by a base member and may form an insert. Each of the retractable traction elements may include an extension inducing element and a ground (or other surface) contacting element. The extension inducing element may flex in response to an applied force and may cause the ground or other surface contacting element to extend and engage an underlying surface.03-08-2012
20120204448Minimal Footwear - Minimalist footwear is provided including a resilient yet flexible sole attached to the upper with a stitch and turn construction method. In a valuable embodiment the upper has a collar around the circumference of the foot access aperture to increase the seal around the foot and preventing intrusion of foreign objects while maintaining the strength and integrity of the foot access aperture. The upper is fabricated of a flexible and durable material that comfortably encapsulates the foot. Integral to the upper are a series of bands that span from the medial edge of the sole to the lateral edge of the sole over the foot. Said bands are separated by a predetermined gap. The bands are flexible but somewhat less stretchable than the balance of the upper thereby reducing the lateral flexion of the shoe while permitting ample flex from front to back as the foot flexes naturally during ambulation. The materials used for the sole and the upper allow for contoured molding to the wearer's foot shape when warmed by the body heat of the wearer. High top, low top, full toe and split toe varieties are also provided.08-16-2012
20120204449SHOE - A shoe having an upper and a curved sole member, the sole member may be comprised of one unitary piece or a separate midsole and a separate outsole. The curvature results from the sole member tilting along a center of mass axis that extends through a point in the vicinity of the lateral side of the heel region of the sole member to a point in the vicinity of the medial side of forefoot region of the sole member. The center of mass axis runs diagonally along the entire length of the shoe. Due to the curvature, the sole member has a non-uniform thickness. The curvature of the sole member allows the user's foot to be guided in a more natural motion providing more movement efficiency and comfort.08-16-2012
20120210606SOLE ASSEMBLY FOR ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR WITH INTERLOCKING MEMBERS - An article of footwear includes a sole assembly with a rib that is resiliently flexible, and the rib has a longitudinal axis and a transverse axis. The transverse axis extends at an acute angle relative to the ground surface, and the rib includes a first longitudinal end, a second longitudinal end, and a middle portion disposed between the first and second longitudinal ends. A height of the first and/or second longitudinal end is greater than that of the middle portion. The rib is operable to axially support a first force applied substantially along the acute angle relative to the ground surface, and the rib transverse axis remains substantially straight in response to the first force. The rib resiliently bends about the rib longitudinal axis in response to a second force applied substantially normal to the ground surface to make the rib transverse axis non-linear.08-23-2012
20120210607Article of Footwear Having a Polygon Lug Sole Pattern - Articles of footwear, including athletic footwear, include one or more of: (a) an upper; (b) a sole structure including a midsole and an outsole, the outsole having a plurality of polygonal lugs arranged about a base surface of the outsole. The outsole may include one or more regions wherein the characteristics of a portion of the lugs within a region differ from the characteristics of a portion of the lugs in another region. The lugs may differ, for example based on size, construction and/or spacing between the lugs. Methods of manufacturing such articles of footwear also are disclosed.08-23-2012
20130008054Self-Adjusting Studs - Articles of footwear may include self-adjusting studs that adjust to various types of conditions, environmental changes, and applied forces. The self-adjusting studs may have a first portion and a second portion of different levels of compressibilities and/or retractabilities that compress and extend based on the type of surface on which the wearer is walking or running This footwear with self-adjusting studs may easily transition between surfaces of varying hardness without causing damage to the surface, but also providing the wearer with the necessary amount of traction on each type of surface. Wearers will enjoy the benefit of being able to move on various surfaces without the need to change their footwear multiple times to accommodate the wearer's varying traction needs on different surfaces.01-10-2013
20100095555FOOTWARE HAVING INTEGRAL COMPARTMENT IN SOLE FOR CARRYING ITEMS - Footwear having an integral compartment in the sole for carrying items, such as, for example, keys, money, identification cards, credit or debit cards, medication, gum and lip balm. The integral compartment may be positioned at numerous different places along the sole of the footwear and may have one or more access points. Additionally, the integral compartment may include one of many different possible access mechanisms and may optionally include a latching mechanism and/or a locking mechanism. The compartment may also be fully removable from the footwear to be carried separately. Furthermore, the compartment may be waterproof and/or provide a watertight seal.04-22-2010
20120159815Outsole Having Grooves Forming Discrete Lugs - Various arrangements for an article of footwear including an outsole having grooves forming discrete lugs are presented. The outsoles generally include a plurality of grooves formed in at least a portion of the outsole that extend from a lateral side of the outsole to a medial side of the outsole. The grooves may be linear or curved and generally extend in an angular fashion. The grooves may have a first depth at a perimeter of the outsole and a second depth, greater than the first depth, at the center of the outsole. The grooves form discrete lugs. In some arrangements, the lugs are diamond shaped.06-28-2012
20120167416Sole And Article Of Footwear - Articles of footwear and soles are disclosed. The article of footwear may include an upper; an outer midsole having a base coupled to the upper, and a rim portion extending from the periphery of the base, wherein the rim portion defines a plurality of spaced apart gaps; and an inner midsole disposed interiorly to the rim portion, wherein a portion of the inner midsole is disposed in at least one gap.07-05-2012
20100050475FOOTWEAR SOLE STRUCTURE - A shoe structure for athletic use includes an upper adapted and constructed to at least partially cover an upper surface of the foot of a wearer of the shoe. A sole element is secured to the upper, and is fabricated from a relatively flexible and cushioned material. A plurality of multi-island platforms are secured to the sole element. The multi-island platforms have varying degrees of stiffness. Stiffer multi-island platforms are located in areas of the foot requiring stiffness to enhance footwear performance, and more flexible multi-island platforms are located in areas of the foot requiring flexibility to enhance footwear performance.03-04-2010
20120186107INJECTION MOLDED SHOE FRAME AND METHOD - Multiple shoe types are made from a plurality of generic molded base frames including a midsole and at least one upper portion integrally molded together. A first set of upper components is provided for forming a first shoe type secured to a first portion of the base frames and a second set of upper components is provided for forming a second shoe type secured to a second portion of the base frames. The upper portion that is integrally molded with the midsole may be a forefoot panel or a quarter. The various types formed from the generic frame include sneakers, backless shoes, slip-ons, skate shoes and boots. The generic unitary molded frame construction substantially reduces the cost of manufacture.07-26-2012
20120255204REMOVABLE LEG WALKER - An orthopedic walking boot for a user includes an outer sole having a substantially continuously curved lateral profile bottom walking surface, wherein a radius of curvature of the lateral walking surface varies between 10 mm and infinity, and an upper portion arranged with the outer sole to support a lower portion of the user's leg.10-11-2012
20100192416SOLE FOR FOOTWEAR08-05-2010
20120260533ADHERING FOOTWEAR - Embodiments herein provide adhering “upperless” footwear. Such footwear is provided with adhesive or another surface element to secure the footwear to a wearer's foot during use. The adhesive may be formulated to allow the footwear to be secured to the wearer's foot in a removable and repeatable fashion.10-18-2012
20120260532FOOTWEAR WITH ILLUMINATING SOLE - Footwear includes a translucent outsole that can be illuminated out the bottom and sides of the outsole. The illumination may be controlled by a selector switch with modes selected by the user.10-18-2012
20120317840FOOTWEAR ASSEMBLIES WITH ENHANCED TRACTION AND ASSOCIATED METHODS OF USE AND MANUFACTURE - A footwear assembly having a dual density outsole with lugs and non-retractable studs in the lugs. Peripheral lugs are spaced apart from the outsole's longitudinal axis and central lugs are disposed adjacent to the longitudinal axis between the peripheral lugs. The peripheral lugs are taller than the central lugs and are made of a denser rubber. The studs embedded in the lugs with a shaft and tip portion exposed. The peripheral lugs having recessed flex grooves circular recesses coaxially aligned with the studs.12-20-2012
20120317841ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE SHOES - An athletic shoe includes an outsole, a midsole, an insole, a bootie, a cage surrounding the upper front of the bootie, a tongue, a quarter, a heel counter and wings. The bootie can have one, two, three, four or five individual toe sections which allow the toes of the foot to move independently. The bootie may be removable or adhesively attached to the midsole and the innersole. Both the midsole and the innersole can have slots cut between the toe portions which further allows for independent movement of the toes. The cage and outsole surround the front toe portions of the bootie, insole and midsole. The cage and outsole prevent all large particles from falling between the toes. The individual toe sections in the inventive shoe increase natural foot movement, haptic response and improve stability/balance, footstrike biomechanics and foot strength.12-20-2012
20110265349Article Of Footwear With Circular Tread Pattern - An article of footwear is disclosed. The article of footwear includes an outsole with a circular tread pattern. The circular tread pattern provides sufficient traction in all directions but also allows the wearer to pivot about a pivot portion. The circular tread pattern is generally large, and in some cases, the first and smallest circular tread extends less than 360 degrees. The pivot portion can include a slot that aids in flexibility. The outsole can also include a different tread pattern for the heel portion, or the circular tread pattern may also extend into the heel portion.11-03-2011
20110302809Shoe Having A Bridge Mechanism - The present invention relates to a shoe comprising a sole support (12-15-2011
20120324763SHOE SOLE ORTHOTIC STRUCTURES AND COMPUTER CONTROLLED COMPARTMENTS - This invention relates generally to footwear with a shoe sole, including at least one insertable midsole orthotic. The insertable midsole orthotic is removably inserted within the shoe upper, the sides of which hold it in position. The shoe sole includes a concavely rounded side or underneath portion, which may be formed in part by the insertable midsole orthotic. The insertable midsole orthotic may extend the length of the shoe sole or may form only a part of the shoe sole and can incorporate cushioning or structural compartments or components. The insertable midsole orthotic permits replacement of midsole material which has degraded or has worn out in order to maintain optimal characteristics of the shoe sole and allows customization for the individual wearer to provide tailored cushioning or support characteristics for the purpose of orthopedic, podiatric, corrective, prescriptive, therapeutic and/or prosthetic purposes.12-27-2012
20120324762ATHLETIC SHOE - An athletic shoe is disclosed having a two component traction system. The traction system includes an upper and an outsole. The outsole is coupled to the upper. The outsole includes at least a first traction portion and a second traction portion. Each of the first traction portion and the second traction portion define a portion of a bottom surface of the shoe. The first traction portion includes a plurality of first traction elements that provide the shoe with first traction characteristics. The second traction portion comprises a plurality of second traction elements that differ from the first traction elements in size, shape or density and provide the shoe with second traction characteristics different from the first traction characteristics. At least one of the first traction portion and the second traction portion is replaceable.12-27-2012
20120090200Impact-Attenuating Elements Removably Mounted in Footwear Or Other Products - Articles of footwear have a sole structure that extends along the longitudinal length of the article of footwear within the forefoot region, the midfoot region, and the heel region of the article of footwear. One or more removable inserts may be inserted into at least a portion of the sole structure in any desired region. Various removable inserts may have different characteristics, including different performance characteristics. The various removable inserts may be inserted into and removed from the sole structure of the article of footwear. A wearer may be able to compare the characteristics for each of the removable inserts. Such a process may help a wearer to determine the more favorable characteristics for an article of footwear; may facilitate testing of sole structures or other components of an article of footwear for a manufacturer or developer of articles of footwear; may help train wearers who test the articles of footwear for such a manufacturer or developer; may improve versatility of a single article of footwear; and the like.04-19-2012
20120324761Article Of Footwear With A Cavity Viewing System - A sole structure for an article of footwear and a method of making the sole structure is disclosed. The sole structure can include an outsole and a midsole. The midsole includes a cavity with a protruding portion. A U-shaped transparent member is configured to cover the cavity so that the protruding portion remains visible from within the cavity.12-27-2012
20130000153Bowling Shoe Outsole With Interchangeable Pads - An elongated perimeter outlining a substantially planar foresole region, a substantially planar heel region, and an arch region recessed from the foresole and heel regions, each of the regions having medial and lateral sides; a heel pad attached to the heel region; a plurality of pockets formed in the foresole region, each pocket having a base and a rigid rim rising from the base above the plane of the foresole region; and a slide pad element in each pocket, having a bottom surface interchangeably secured to the base of the pocket and an outer slide surface, and a peripheral edge which closely conforms to the rim, wherein the conforming edge has a bottom edge portion substantially abutting the rim, and an upper edge portion that protrudes above the rim, whereby the rim is recessed relative to the slide surface.01-03-2013
20130000154Sports shoe, in particular alpine ski shoe - The invention relates to a sports shoe, in particular an alpine ski shoe, comprising an upper part and a sole formation. A stiffening element for influencing the stiffness of the sole formation extends between a toe side and a heel side of the sole formation. A detachable fixing element is assigned to the stiffening element and is exclusively disposed at the heel side of the sole formation, so that said fixing element can be operated from the entry for the user's foot into the sports shoe and in the detached state permits removal of the stiffening element from the interior of the upper part of shoe via the entry for the user's foot.01-03-2013
20130019504Shoe Outsole With Cleat Attachment - A dancing shoe outsole includes an array of sockets that are specially configured to accept cleats to be inserted in customized positions on the sole. Unlike common spike type cleats that are designed to grip for traction, the preferred embodiment provides the ability to spin, slide and tap on a surface while preserving the floor surface. And advantageously, the attachable cleats for outdoor use are metallic to provide the special effect of generating sparks on concrete. Optionally the cleat may be of a decorative design.01-24-2013
20130019503METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR COOLING FOOTWEAR - The invention provides methods and apparatus for cooling (or heating) feet by use of air movers and/or thermoelectric heat exchangers within footwear. The invention employs heat exchangers with no moving parts and a flat form factor, such as Peltier heat exchangers, directly within the sole and/or heel of the footwear. Alternately or additionally, the inventive footwear may employ air movers with no moving parts and a flat, flexible form factor, such as ionic air movers, disposed directly within the sole and/or heel in fluid communication with the interior of the footwear. The sole and/or heel of the footwear may include air channels in communication with the environment outside of the shoe via air inlet and/or outlet openings in the heel and/or sole. The invention may further include electronics and wireless technology for monitoring the climate within the footwear and issue alerts to the wearer or others.01-24-2013
20130019505FOOTWEAR WITH IMPROVED SOLE ASSEMBLY - An article of footwear, such as a shoe including an outer sole assembly and an upper, the outer sole assembly extending length-wise from a rear end to a front end, and width-wise between a lateral side and a medial side, the outer sole assembly having a surface for contact with the ground, the outer sole assembly including a wear layer provided to take support on the ground, the wear layer having at least one through-opening, the outer sole assembly including at least one reinforcing layer arranged between the wear layer and the upper, the reinforcing layer extending at least partially in the area of the opening. A damping layer is arranged between the wear layer and the reinforcing layer.01-24-2013
20130167406WORKING BOOTS - A working boots includes an upper having a front portion and a rear portion, a sole having a toe portion corresponding to the front portion, a heel portion corresponding to the rear portion of the upper and a protection plate extending upright from the heel portion and surrounding an outer periphery of the heel portion and a seam securely sandwiched between the upper and the sole via stitches and surrounding an outer periphery of the front portion of the upper.07-04-2013
20120240430SHOE FOR BICYCLE - The present invention relates to a shoe for a bicycle wherein a shoe can be easily coupled to a bicycle pedal and can be conveniently separated from the pedal even without the installation of a toe clip for enabling a shoe to be inserted into a bicycle pedal. The shoe for a bicycle is formed in such a way that the front portion of a sole provided beneath a main body of a shoe is high and the back portion gradually becomes lower than the front portion, and a coupling groove is formed beneath the front portion of the sole so as to allow a pedal to be coupled or separated. Even if a toe clip for enabling a shoe to be inserted into a bicycle pedal is not installed, a shoe can be easily coupled to a bicycle pedal and can be conveniently separated from the pedal.09-27-2012
20090205223Shoe for foot-operation of a drum kit bass drum (kick) as well as a shoe for foot-operation of a drum kit hi-hat - To improve playing feel, a shoe (i) for foot operation of a bass drum in a drum kit has a reinforcement (08-20-2009
20080222921Article of Footwear with Circular Tread Pattern - An article of footwear is disclosed. The article of footwear includes an outsole with a circular tread pattern. The circular tread pattern provides sufficient traction in all directions but also allows the wearer to pivot about a pivot portion. The circular tread pattern is generally large, and in some cases, the first and smallest circular tread extends less than 360 degrees. The pivot portion can include a slot that aids in flexibility. The outsole can also include a different tread pattern for the heel portion, or the circular tread pattern may also extend into the heel portion.09-18-2008
20130097891BREATHABLE WATERPROOF SOLE FOR SHOES - A waterproof breathable sole for shoes, which comprises, for at least part of its extension, at least two structural layers, a lower one provided with a supporting structure so as to form the tread, and an upper one that is permeable to water vapor. The lower layer has portions that are open onto the upper layer. A coating obtained by means of a plasma deposition treatment for waterproofing is provided on the upper layer. A layer is thus obtained that has structural functions and characteristics of resistance to damage and is at the same time waterproof and breathable.04-25-2013
20130118039FOOTWEAR WITH EMBEDDED TRACKING DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE - Footwear includes an upper, a sole, a cavity, a location determining device, a wireless communication device, a communication antenna, a first electrical conductor, a location signal antenna, a second electrical conductor, and a bus cable. The cavity is formed in the sole and includes a first portion located on a bottom heel region of the sole and a second portion located on a rear heel region of the sole. The location determining device and the wireless communication device are disposed in the first portion of the cavity. The communication antenna and the location signal antenna are mounted in the second portion of the cavity. The bus cable includes a first end that is electrically coupled to the location determining device and a second end that is mounted in the second portion of the cavity.05-16-2013
20130145653FOOTWEAR ASSEMBLY - A footwear assembly structured to require adjustments to the foot and/or leg of a wearer in order to maintain stability while standing, walking, etc. The footwear assembly includes an upper, an outer sole and an inner sole. The outer sole includes a hollow interior substantially filled by a plurality of unconnected, substantially non-deformable particles. Foot pressure applied to the outer sole will result in a movement of the plurality of particles, wherein the resiliency of the shell will allow it to assume a variety of different configurations dependent at least in part on the portion of the outer sole to which the foot pressure is applied. The tendency of the outer sole to assume a variety of different configurations will, in some circumstances, require a wearer to adjust the corresponding foot and/or leg in order to maintain normal stability, at least when foot pressure is applied to the outer sole.06-13-2013
20120272547FOOTWEAR WITH IMPROVED SOLE ASSEMBLY - An article of footwear, such as a sports shoe particularly for the practice of a racquet sport, the shoe including an outer sole assembly and an upper. A contact surface of the sole assembly has a first support portion including a first subdivision which borders a front end, from the lateral side to the medial side, as well as a second subdivision which extends from the first subdivision towards the rear end, and from the lateral side towards a medial side. The contact surface has a second support portion which extends from the first subdivision of the first portion towards the rear end, and from the second subdivision of the first portion towards the medial side. The average coefficient of friction of the first support portion is greater than the average coefficient of friction of the second support portion.11-01-2012
20130152428ARTICULATED SOLE STRUCTURE WITH REARWARDLY ANGLED MEDIOLATERAL MIDFOOT SIPES - A footwear sole structure may include a plurality of discrete sole elements defined by a plurality of sipes. The sipes may include a plurality of sipes that extend in a direction extending from a medial side of the sole structure to a lateral side of the sole structure and be rearwardly angled. Those sipes may be located in a midfoot region. The sole structure may include a plurality of additional sipes having longitudinal, transverse and other orientations.06-20-2013
20130152429SHOE WITH PROTRUSIONS AND SECURING PORTIONS - A shoe sole structure includes a midsole body that extends from the heel region to the forefoot region of a shoe and an outsole that is attached to the midsole body. The outsole includes a plurality of protrusions arranged transversely to the longitudinal axis of the shoe, while extending at least partially between the lateral edge and the medial edge of the shoe. One or more of the half tube structures can include grooves and/or projections to enhance traction on a contact surface.06-20-2013
20130118038Article of Footwear for Dancing - An article of footwear with a pivot portion including a plurality of flex grooves is disclosed. The plurality of flex grooves provides increased flexibility in different portions of a sole of the article. In addition, a periphery of the sole includes sole pods to increase the traction on the periphery of the sole.05-16-2013
20120017470Paddle slipper that offers wearing comfort - A paddle slipper includes an insole for the contact of the sole of a user's foot, and an outsole bonded to the bottom side of the insole for contacting the ground and defining at a bottom side thereof a front open zone, a front support zone and a rear support zone. The front and rear support zones of the outsole lift the insole so that the user's sole is kept above the ground, lowering the chance of water-wetting the sole of the user's foot when the user is paddling. A front groove is defined between front protruding blocks of the front support zone, facilitating discharge of pressure from the user's sole. The front open zone design offers wearing comfort when the user is walking.01-26-2012
20130192090ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR - Embodiments of an article of footwear may include a semi-rigid base having a size and shape corresponding to a foot of a user and configured to be coupled to the foot of the user; and a first spring and a second spring coupled to the semi-rigid base, each of the first spring and the second spring including a top portion coupled to the semi-rigid base; a torsion spring; and a bottom portion configured to interface with the ground, wherein the torsion spring couples the top portion to the bottom portion, and wherein each of the first spring and second spring is coupled to the semi-rigid base such that the torsion spring is disposed proximate a center portion of the semi-rigid base and the top portion and bottom portion of each of the first spring and second spring extend towards a respective front portion and rear portion of the semi-rigid base.08-01-2013
20130192091Article Of Footwear With Layered Fit System - An article of footwear includes a sole structure and an upper. The sole structure has a peripheral area and a central area located inward from the peripheral area. The upper is for receiving a foot of a wearer and has an outer layer and an inner layer. The outer layer extends from a throat area of the upper to a lower area of the upper, and the outer layer is secured at the peripheral area of the sole structure. The inner layer is located inward of the outer layer and extends from the throat area to the lower area. The inner layer lays adjacent to the outer layer, and the inner layer is (a) secured at the central area of the sole structure and (b) unsecured between the throat area and the central area of the sole structure.08-01-2013
20130199058Footwear with Hydroplaning-Resistant Outsole and Camouflaged Toe Cap - An article of footwear with a hydroplaning-resistant outsole and camouflaged toe cap is disclosed. In one example, an article of footwear includes an outsole with a ground contacting surface including a first and second plurality of angled channels angled relative to longitudinal and lateral axes of the footwear. Each angled channel in the first plurality of angled channels extends from the toe to an outer edge of a mid-foot region of the outsole, and each angled channel in the second plurality of angled channels extends from a back portion of the heel to a front portion of the heel. The ground contacting surface also includes a plurality of lateral waved grooves intersecting the first and second plurality of angled channels, and a plurality of lateral waved sipes intersecting the plurality of lateral waved grooves and the first and second plurality of angled channels.08-08-2013

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