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Title:
BRAIDED ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR INCORPORATING FLAT YARN
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/222893
Kind Code:
A4
Abstract:
An upper for an article of footwear is provided, having a braided structure comprising a first yarn having a first cross-sectional shape and a second yarn having a second cross-sectional shape different than the first cross-sectional shape. The first cross-sectional shape comprises an outer surface parallel to an inner surface in a rectangular orientation. Additionally, the first yarn is oriented such that at least a portion of the outer surface comprises the first side of the first yarn and at least a portion of the inner surface comprises the second side of the first yarn.

Inventors:
BRUCE, Robert M. (Inc.One Bowerman Driv, Beaverton Oregon, 97005, US)
LEE, Eun Kyung (Inc.One Bowerman Driv, Beaverton Oregon, 97005, US)
YOO, James Y. (Inc.One Bowerman Driv, Beaverton Oregon, 97005, US)
ICHIKAWA, Chikao (1764-10, Sakaino-cho 7-chom, Kiryu-shi Gunma 2, 376002, JP)
ICHIKAWA, Michihiro (1764-10, Sakaino-cho 7-chom, Kiryu-shi Gunma 2, 376002, JP)
Application Number:
US2018/035426
Publication Date:
January 03, 2019
Filing Date:
May 31, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
NIKE INNOVATE C.V. (Dutch Partnership, One Bowerman DriveBeaverton, Oregon, 97005, US)
NIKE, INC. (One Bowerman Drive, Beaverton, Oregon, 97005, US)
International Classes:
D04C1/02; A43B23/02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
STROHM, Scott B. (Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, 2555 Grand BoulevardKansas City, Missouri, 64108, US)
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Claims:
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AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 26 November 2018 (26.11.2018)

What is claimed is:

1. An upper for an article of footwear, the upper comprising: a braided structure comprising an inner surface proximate an interior cavity of the article of footwear, an outer surface proximate an exterior of the article of footwear, a first yarn having a first cross- sectional shape, and a second yarn having a second cross-sectional shape, wherein the first cross- sectional shape comprises a rectangular orientation having a first side parallel to a second side, the first side of the first yarn defining the inner surface of the braided structure and the second side of the first yarn defining the outer surface of the braided structure.

2. The upper of claim 1, wherein the first cross-sectional shape comprises a width and a thickness, and wherein the width of the first cross-sectional shape defines the first side and the second side.

3. The upper of claim 2, wherein the braided structure is configured to maintain the first side of the first yarn proximate the inner surface of the braided structure, and further wherein the braided structure is configured to maintain the second side of the first yarn proximate the outer surface of the braided structure.

4. The upper of claim 1, wherein the second cross-sectional shape comprises an outer surface parallel to an inner surface in a rectangular orientation.

5. The upper of claim 1, wherein the second cross-sectional shape is round.

6. The upper of claim 1, wherein the first yarn is a natural leather or synthetic leather material.

7. The upper of claim 1, wherein the first yarn is an elastane or polyester.

8. The upper of claim 1, wherein the first yarn has a first modulus of elasticity and the second yarn has a second modulus of elasticity different than the first modulus of elasticity. 16

9. An article of footwear comprising: a braided upper and a sole system, the braided upper and the sole system forming a toe end, an opposing heel end, a lateral edge, a medial edge, an opening, an interior cavity, an exterior surface, and an interior surface; wherein the braided upper further comprises a braided structure having a first yarn and a second yarn, and wherein the first yarn of the braided structure is a flat yarn having a rectangular cross-section, the rectangular cross-section having a width between two edges and a thickness between a first side and a second side.

10. The article of footwear of claim 9, wherein the first yarn is oriented such that the first side is braided proximate the exterior surface of the braided upper.

11. The article of footwear of claim 10, wherein the first yarn is oriented such that the second side is braided proximate the interior surface of the braided cavity.

12. The article of footwear of claim 9, wherein the second yarn is a flat yarn having a rectangular cross-section.

13. The article of footwear of claim 9, wherein the second yarn is a round yarn having a circular cross-section.

14. The article of footwear of claim 9 further comprising: a first zone having the first and the second yarn of the braided structure, wherein the second yarn is a round yarn having a circular cross-section; and a second zone having the first yarn of the braided structure and further comprising a third yarn, wherein the third yarn of the second zone has a rectangular cross section.

15. The article of footwear of claim 14, wherein the second zone is located the toe end or the heel end of the article of footwear.

16. The article of footwear of claim 14, wherein the second zone is defined as an area spaced apart a threshold distance from the opening of the article of footwear.

17. The article of footwear of claim 14, wherein a ratio of flat yarn to round yarn in the second zone is between 1 to 1 and 1 to 5. 17

18. A method of making an article of footwear, comprising: forming a braided structure having an inner surface and an outer surface, the braided structure having a first yarn and a second yarn, wherein the first yarn of the braided structure is a flat yarn having a rectangular cross-section; forming the braided structure into an upper, the upper having a toe end, an opposing heel end, a lateral edge, a medial edge, wherein the rectangular cross-section of the first yarn has a width and a thickness, and wherein the width of the rectangular first cross- sectional shape defines a first side and a second side of the rectangular first cross-sectional shape, and wherein the first side of the generally rectangular first yarn defines the inner surface of the braided structure; securing an opening into the braided structure; and coupling a sole system to the upper to form the article of footwear.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein the second yarn comprises a round yarn.

20. The method of claim 18, further comprising: forming a first zone of the braided structure, the first zone having the first and the second yarn of the braided structure, wherein the second yarn is a round yarn having a circular cross-section; and forming a second zone of the braided structure, the second zone having the first yarn of the braided structure and further comprising a third yarn, wherein the third yarn of the second zone is the flat yarn.