05786057 is referenced by 43 patents and cites 117 patents.

An article of footwear comprising relatively elastic and relatively inelastic materials chemically bonded together is disclosed. In one embodiment, the relatively elastic and relatively inelastic materials are arranged in such a fashion to impart flexibility to the article of footwear. In particular, plastic and rubber materials are bonded together to improve the flexibility of an outsole of an article of footwear. The invention also is directed to the fabrication of new or improved devices and elements for use in articles of footwear and their associated methods of construction such as closure mechanisms comprising relatively elastic straps bonded to relatively inelastic anchor portions and vice versa, articulating inelastic and elastic exoskeleton constructions useful in skates and ski boots, and elastic or inelastic eyelets surrounded by inelastic or elastic materials. The invention also is directed to chemically bonding relatively elastic to relatively inelastic materials for contemplated use in protective athletic equipment such as helmets and protective padding, and for use in prosthetic devices.

Title
Chemical bonding of rubber to plastic in articles of footwear
Application Number
986046
Publication Number
5786057
Application Date
May 16, 1995
Publication Date
July 28, 1998
Inventor
Steven M Vincent
Beaverton
OR, US
Daniel R Potter
Tigard
OR, US
Calvin M Buck IV
Beaverton
OR, US
Henry T Chriss
Beaverton
OR, US
Ross A McLaughlin
Oswego
OR, US
Robert M Lyden
Beaverton
OR, US
Agent
Banner & Witcoff
Assignee
Nike & Nike International
OR, US
IPC
A43B 13/14
A43C 13/08
B32B 7/08
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