04813158 is referenced by 199 patents and cites 18 patents.

A lightweight athletic shoe includes reinforcing members which provide added strength and lateral support without detracting from breathability, comfort or flexibility. The reinforcing members extend upwardly from between the sole and the upper or opposite sides of the shoe to the forward portion of the lacing opening and comprise a thin, nonstretchable material. The reinforcing members are preferably fabricated as a strip with an interior region having openings and an edge region for stitching the strip to the upper of the shoe. A cross member can extend between and join the reinforcing members to define a unitary locking element. The reinforcing members and the cross member are located at least slightly behind the a line between the first metatarsal head and the fifth metatarsal head of the foot or flexing line of the shoe. An alternate embodiment provides a single lateral side reinforcing member.

Title
Athletic shoe with mesh reinforcement
Application Number
7/11593
Publication Number
4813158
Application Date
February 6, 1987
Publication Date
March 21, 1989
Inventor
Paul D Brown
Hingham
MA, US
Agent
Saidman Sterne Kessler & Goldstein
Assignee
Reebok International
MA, US
IPC
A43B 11/00
A43B 5/00
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