To vary flexibility of a footwear sole structure in a specific part.
The footwear includes an upper and a footwear sole structure fixed to the upper. The footwear sole structure has a foamed polymer element having a joint and a plurality of discontinuous footwear sole elements extending downward from the joint. The footwear sole elements are separated by a plurality of sipes extending upward into the footwear sole structure. The sipes include at least one sipe extending in a direction of the axis of a longitudinal direction of the footwear and a plurality of additional sipes extending in a substantially vertical direction relative to the axis of the longitudinal direction. The connecting part has the first thickness in an anterior area of the footwear, the second thickness in a middle area of the footwear, the third thickness in the heel area of the footwear, and the first and the third thicknesses are smaller than the second thickness.
Avar, Eric P.
Pisciotta, Jeffrey C.
Anthony, Waatti Todd