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William Cass: Article of footwear. Nike, Banner & Witcoff, February 29, 2000: US06029376 (214 worldwide citation)

An article of footwear including a sole and an upper for enclosing and supporting the foot. The upper includes a tongueless outer sleeve of flexible woven elastic material, such as spandex, that allows the outer sleeve to expand and contract around a foot of a wearer. A flexible cage of support elem ...


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Jean Pierre Vermeulen: Shock absorbing system for footwear application. Riches McKenzie & Herbert, March 19, 1991: US04999931 (204 worldwide citation)

This invention relates to a new shock absorber which may be used as an insole or as a midsole for an article of footwear. The shock absorber comprises a multi-cell membrane which may be embedded in a flexible envelope or which may be used itself as a one-piece multi-cell membrane insole or midsole. ...


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Daniel R Potter, Allan M Schrock: Dynamically-controlled cushioning system for an article of footwear. Nike, Banner & Witcoff, August 13, 2002: US06430843 (200 worldwide citation)

An article of footwear with a dynamically-controlled cushoning system is disclosed. The cushioning system includes a sealed, fluid-filled bladder formed with a plurality of separate cushioning chambers, and a control system. The control system, which includes a CPU, pressure sensors and valves, cont ...


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Rita Tomaro: Footwear with replaceable, watertight bootie. H H Brown Shoe Company, Fish & Richardson, March 19, 1996: US05499459 (199 worldwide citation)

An article of footwear includes an outer boot or shoe with a sole and an upper, which together define a volume for receiving and protecting a wearer's foot against external elements, and a replaceable, watertight bootie sized and shaped to fit snugly within the volume. The bootie includes an insole, ...


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Paul E Litchfield, Matthew J Montross, Steven F Smith, J Spencer White, Alexander W Jessiman: Support and cushioning system for an article of footwear. Reebok International, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox P L L C, June 30, 1998: US05771606 (198 worldwide citation)

A support and cushioning system for an article of footwear. The system includes a resilient insert disposed between a midsole and an outsole of a shoe. The resilient insert includes several chambers disposed in a heel portion of the resilient insert. These chambers are fluidly interconnected to each ...


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Bhupesh Dua: Footwear incorporating a textile with fusible filaments and fibers. Nike, Banner & Witcoff, June 28, 2005: US06910288 (191 worldwide citation)

The invention is an upper for an article of footwear that includes a textile having fusible filaments or fibers. The textile is incorporated into the upper and specific areas of the upper are heated such that the fusible filaments or fibers fuse with other filaments or fibers to form fused areas. In ...


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Bhupesh Dua: Footwear with knit upper and method of manufacturing the footwear. Nike, Banner & Witcoff, August 23, 2005: US06931762 (149 worldwide citation)

An article of footwear with a knit upper and a method of manufacturing the footwear are disclosed. The upper is formed through a knitting process to include a plurality of sections formed of different yarns and knits to provide the sections with different physical properties. In portions of the uppe ...


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Bhupesh Dua, Edward Nathaniel Thomas: Article of footwear having a textile upper. NIKE, Banner & Witcoff, March 25, 2008: US07347011 (147 worldwide citation)

An article of footwear and a method of manufacturing the article of footwear are disclosed. The footwear may include an upper and a sole structure. The upper incorporates a textile element with edges that are joined together to define at least a portion of a void for receiving a foot. The textile el ...


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Hy Kramer: Article of footwear having improved midsole. Sughrue Mion Zinn Macpeak & Seas, August 10, 1993: US05233767 (144 worldwide citation)

A midsole, partial midsole, or the like, for inclusion in an article of footwear having a flexible, air-permeable top sole, characterized by at least one plug in the heel region having a thickness (height) sufficient to permit significant compression deformation along its thickness dimension accompa ...


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Ian Whatley: Footwear cushioning spring. Lyon & Lyon, January 18, 1994: US05279051 (142 worldwide citation)

An article of footwear, for example, an athletic shoe designed for walking, running, or other sports activities. The article of footwear is provided with an upper, an outsole, and a midsole positioned between the outsole and the upper. The midsole has an upper surface upon which a sole of a foot is ...