(19)
(11)EP 2 060 197 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
26.06.2019 Bulletin 2019/26

(21)Application number: 07768265.6

(22)Date of filing:  29.06.2007
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A43B 13/16(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2007/063533
(87)International publication number:
WO 2008/026379 (06.03.2008 Gazette  2008/10)

(54)

FOOT PART STRUCTURE OF SOLE ASSEMBLY OF SHOES

FUSSTEILSTRUKTUR EINER SOHLENANORDNUNG VON SCHUHEN

STRUCTURE DE PARTIE DE PIED D'UN ENSEMBLE DE SEMELLE DE CHAUSSURES


(84)Designated Contracting States:
CH DE FR GB IT LI

(30)Priority: 30.08.2006 JP 2006232920

(43)Date of publication of application:
20.05.2009 Bulletin 2009/21

(73)Proprietor: MIZUNO CORPORATION
Osaka-shi Osaka 541-8538 (JP)

(72)Inventor:
  • SATO, Natsuki
    Osaka-shi, Osaka 559-8510 (JP)

(74)Representative: Whitlock, Holly Elizabeth Ann et al
Maucher Jenkins 26 Caxton Street
London SW1H 0RJ
London SW1H 0RJ (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-00/74515
JP-A- 2000 106 905
JP-A- 2003 009 906
US-A1- 2005 076 536
JP-A- 09 248 203
JP-A- 2001 321 201
JP-A- 2004 267 516
US-A1- 2006 137 227
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    TECHNICAL FIELD



    [0001] The present invention relates generally to a midfoot structure of a sole assembly for a shoe, and more particularly, to an improvement in the structure for enhancing a ride feeling during running and improving stability of a midfoot portion of the shoe.

    BACKGROUND ART



    [0002] As a midfoot structure of a sole assembly for a shoe, the structures such as shown in Japanese patent application publication Nos. 2003-19004 and 2006-136715 are proposed.

    [0003] JP reference 2003-19004 describes a plastic shank member of a tubular or D-shaped cross section that has a longitudinal length greater than a vertical length and that is disposed at a midfoot portion of a shoe. In this case, the shank member increases the bending rigidity of the midfoot portion to restrain a bending deformation of the midfoot portion, thereby relatively increasing bendability of a forefoot portion. Also, in this case, a void formed in the shankmember improves the cushioningproperties of the midfoot portion.

    [0004] JP reference 2003-19004 discloses a shank member of a two-layered plate structure disposed in the midfoot portion of the shoe. However, the midfoot structure is not constructed such that the sole midfoot portion contacts the ground. Also, JP reference 2003-19004 does not make a description in the light of improving the ride feeling during running.

    [0005] On the other hand, JP reference 2006-136715 describes a first arch-shaped reinforcement plate that is disposed via a void under an arch-shaped surface (or an upwardly convexedly curved surface) formed on a midsole bottom surface. In this case, the first arch-shaped reinforcement plate enhances the rigidity of the midfoot portion, and the void formed between the arch-shaped surface of the midsole and the first arch-shaped reinforcement plate functions such that the first arch-shaped reinforcement plate does not impede a downward deformation of the arch-shaped surface at the midsole bottom surface when a load from a sole of a shoe wearer's foot acts on the midsole to compressively deform the midsole at the time of striking onto the ground. Thereby, a press applied on the sole of the shoe wearer's foot from the ground is relieved at the time of striking onto the ground. In addition, JP reference 2006-136715 also shows a second arch-shaped or flat reinforcement plate disposed under the first arch-shaped reinforcement plate to strengthen the first arch-shaped reinforcement plate.

    [0006] Though JP reference 2006-136715 discloses a plate-like shank member disposed at the midfoot portion of the shoe, the midfoot structure is not constructed such that the sole midfoot portion contacts the ground. Also, JP reference 2006-136715 does not make a description in the light of improving the ride feeling during running.

    [0007] JP-A-09 248203 discusses a sports shoe having a shock-absorbing part positioned between a ground touching part and a load dispersing part. The shock-absorbing part is formed of V-shaped parts whose bases are connected to the ground touching part.

    [0008] US-A-2006/0137227 discusses a sole structure in which a lower plate is provided below an upper plate and spaced apart from the upper plate by a void.

    [0009] The present invention has been made in view of these circumstances and the present invention is directed to providing a midfoot structure of a sole assembly for a shoe that can improve a ride feeling during running and enhancing the stability of a midfoot portion.

    DISCLOSURE OF INVENTION



    [0010] Aspects of the invention are defined in the accompanying claims.

    [0011] A midfoot structure of a sole assembly for a shoe according to a first aspect of the present invention includes an upper plate of a hard elastic member disposed on an upper side of a midfoot portion of the sole assembly, a lower midsole of a soft elastic member disposed below the upper plate at the midfoot portion, having a downwardly convexedly curved upper surface to form a void with the upper plate, and contacting the upper plate on a front end side and a rear end side of the midfoot portion, and a midfoot outsole with a ground contact surface attached on a lower surface of the lower midsole at the midfoot portion and disposed discretely in the longitudinal direction from an outsole on a heel portion and an outsole on a forefoot portion of the sole assembly.

    [0012] A midfoot structure of a sole assembly for a shoe according to a second aspect of the present invention includes an upper plate of a hard elastic member disposed on an upper side of a midfoot portion of the sole assembly, a lower plate of a hard elastic member disposed below the upper plate at the midfoot portion and having a downwardly convexedly curved shape to form a void with the upper plate, a midfoot outsole with a ground contact surface attached on a lower surface of the lower plate at the midfoot portion and disposed discretely in the longitudinal direction from an outsole on a heel portion and an outsole on a forefoot portion of the sole assembly, and connections provided on a front end side and a rear end side of the midfoot portion and interconnecting the upper plate with the lower plate in the vertical direction.

    [0013] The upper plate may extend longitudinally in a generally flat shape or an upwardly convexedly curved shape at the midfoot portion.

    [0014] The upper plate may have a laterally extending wavy shape with longitudinally extending ridge lines.

    [0015] An upper midsole of a soft elastic member may be attached on an upper surface of the upper plate.

    [0016] The midfoot portion may be disposed in the region defined by 0.35L to 0.55L, measuring from a heel rear end edge of the sole assembly, where L is the entire length of the sole assembly.

    [0017] The rear end of the midfoot portion may be disposed in the position defined by 0.35L to 0.45L, measuring from the heel rear end edge of the sole assembly, and the front endof the mid foot portion may be disposed in the position defined by 0.45L to 0.55L, measuring from the heel rear end edge of the sole assembly.

    [0018] A lower plate of a hard elastic member may be provided on an upper surface of the lower midsole and the lower plate may have a downwardly convexedly curved upper surface to form a void with the upper plate.

    [0019] The upper plate may have a hardness greater a hardness of the lower plate.

    [0020] According to the first aspect of the present invention, since the midfoot outsole longitudinally separated from the outsole on the heel portion side and the outsole on the forefoot portion of the sole assembly is disposed at the midfoot portion of the sole assembly, the ground contact surface of the midfoot outsole comes into contact with the ground when the shoe wearer strikes onto the ground from the heel portion of the sole assembly and the load is transferred toward the forefoot portion. At this juncture, since the lower midsole disposed under the midfoot portion (i.e. on the side close to the ground) has the upper surface of a downwardly convexedly curved shape to form the void with the upper plate, the lower plate can deform upwardly, thereby securing the cushioning properties of the midfoot portion. As a result, when the load is transferred from the heel portion through the midfoot portion to the forefoot portion, a smooth load transfer is made possible and a ride feeling during running is improved.

    [0021] Moreover, in this case, since the upper plate disposed above the midfoot portion (i.e. on the side close to the shoe wearer's foot) is formed of a hard elastic member, deformation (i.e. bending and torsional deformation) of the upper plate can be restrained when the load is applied to the midfoot portion. Thereby, the support rigidity relative to the arch portion of the wearer's foot is improved and the stability as the midfoot portion of the shoe is secured.

    [0022] According to the second aspect of the present invention, since the midfoot outsole longitudinally separated from the outsole on the heel portion side and the outsole on the forefoot portion side of the sole assembly is disposed at the midfoot portion of the sole assembly, the ground contact surface of the midfoot outsole comes into contact with the ground when the shoe wearer strikes onto the ground from the heel portion of the sole assembly and the load is transferred toward the forefoot portion. At this juncture, since the lower plate disposed under the midfoot portion (i.e. on the side close to the ground) has a downwardly convexedly curved shape to form the void with the upper plate, the lower plate can deform upwardly, thereby securing the cushioning properties of the midfoot portion. As a result, when the load is transferred from the heel portion through the midfoot portion to the forefoot portion, a smooth load transfer is made possible and a ride feeling during running is improved.

    [0023] Moreover, in this case, since the upper plate disposed above the midfoot portion (i.e. on the side close to the shoe wearer's foot) is formed of a hard elastic member and the upper plate is connected to the lower plate via the connections on the front end side and the rear end side of the midfoot portion, deformation (i.e. bending and torsional deformation) of the upper plate can be further securely restrained when the load is applied to the midfoot portion. Thereby, the support rigidity relative to the arch portion of the wearer's foot is further improved and the stability as the midfoot portion of the shoe is further secured.

    [0024] In the first and second aspects of the present invention, the "void" formed between the upper plate and the lower midsole (or the lower plate) includes a true void with no filler filled therein as well as a void with any soft cushioning members such as sponge filled therein. In the case where the soft cushioning member filled in the void, a ride feeling during running is improved and an entry of sand, dust and the like into the void can be blocked.

    [0025] When the upper plate extends longitudinally in a generally flat shape or an upwardly convexedly curved shape at the midfoot portion, a downward deformation of the upper plate is further effectively prevented when the load acts on the midfoot portion. Also, in this case, since the upper plate can be formed in a shape that follows the contour of the arch portion of the wearer's foot, fitting properties of the upper plate relative to the arch portion is improved.

    [0026] In contrast, if the upper plate has a downwardly convexedly curved shape, the upper plate easily deforms downwardly at the time of acting the load on the midfoot portion and the stability as the midfoot portion of the shoe is decreased.

    [0027] When the upper plate has a laterally advancing wavy shape with longitudinally extending ridge lines, a crest and/or a trough of the wavy shape of the upper plate functions as a rib and the upper plate is thus hard to bend in a V-shape viewed from the side. Thereby, a shank effect is enhanced at the midfoot portion of the shoe.

    [0028] When the upper midsole is provided on the upper surface of the upper plate, a contact feeling relative to the sole of the wearer's foot is improved.

    [0029] When the lower plate of a downwardly convexedly curved shape is provided on the upper surface of the lower midsole to form a void with the upper plate, the bending and torsional rigidities of the entire midfoot portion are increased.

    [0030] When the hardness of the upper plate is greater than the hardness of the lower plate, as the load is applied to the midfoot portion, the lower plate of a relatively low hardness easily deforms upwardly to secure the cushioning properties and the upper plate of a relatively high hardness hardly deforms to enhance the support rigidity relative to the arch portion of the wearer's foot.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS



    [0031] 

    FIG. 1 is a bottom view of a sole assembly for a shoe according to an embodiment of the present invention;

    Fig. 2 is a lateral side view of the sole structure of FIG. 1;

    FIG. 3 is a medial side viewof the sole structure of FIG. 1;

    FIG. 4 is a longitudinal sectional view of FIG. 1 taken along line IV-IV;

    FIG. 5 is a cross sectional view of FIG. 1 taken along line V-V;

    FIG. 6 is a cross sectional view of FIG. 1 taken along line VI-VI;

    FIG. 7 is a cross sectional view of FIG. 1 taken along line VII-VII; and

    FIG. 8 is a side view of a sole assembly for a shoe according to another embodiment of the present invention.


    BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION



    [0032] Embodiments of the present invention will be hereinafter described in accordance with the appended drawings.

    [0033] As shown in FIGS. 1 to 4, a sole assembly 1 according to an embodiment of the present invention is composed of aheelportionH, amidfootportionM, anda forefoot portion F. The midfoot portion M is disposed in a region defined by 0.35L to 0.55L, measuring from a heel rear end edge of the sole assembly 1 or a lower end edge of FIG.1, where L is the entire length of the sole assembly 1. Also, a rear end of the midfoot portion M or a boundary position relative to the heel portion H, is disposed in a position defined by 0.35L to 0.45L, measuring from the heel rear end edge of the sole assembly 1. A front end of the midfoot portion M or a boundary position relative to the forefoot portion F, is disposed in a position defined by 0.45L to 0.55L, measuring from the heel rear end edge of the sole assembly 1.

    [0034] As shown in FIGS. 2 to 3, the sole assembly 1 includes an upper midsole 2 of a soft elastic member extending from the heel portion H through the midfoot portion M to the forefoot portion F, an upper plate 3 of a hard elastic member attached on a bottom surface 2a of the upper midsole 2 and extending from the heel portion H through the midfoot portion M to the forefoot portion F, a lower plate 4 of a hard elastic member disposed below the upper plate 3, extending from the heel portion H through the midfoot portion M to the forefoot portion F, and having a downwardly convexedly curved shape to form a void S with the upper plate 3, and outsoles 5, 6, 7 disposed on a bottom surface 4a of the lower plate 4.

    [0035] The upper plate 3 has an upper surface 2b that follows a contour of a sole of a shoe wearer's foot. A pair of upraised portions 2c are formed at laterally opposite side edge portions of the upper surface 2b. The upraised portions 2c are adapted to be fixedly attached to laterally opposite sides of a bottom portion of an upper (not shown) of a shoe when the upper is fitted to the upper midsole 2 during assembly of the shoe. The bottom surface 2a of the upper midsole 2 is formed of a longitudinally advancing wavy surface with laterally extending ridge lines at the heel portion H to the forefoot portion F of the sole assembly 1. Preferably, the bottom surface 2a of the upper midsole 2 at the midfoot portion M is formed of an upwardly convexedly curved surface or a longitudinally flat surface.

    [0036] The upper midsole 2 is preferably formed of a soft elastic member because it is disposed on the side close to the sole of the wearer's foot. For example, foamed thermoplastic resin such as ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA), foamed thermosetting resin such as polyurethane (PU), and foamed rubber such as butadiene rubber or chloroprene rubber may be used.

    [0037] The upper plate 3 has a wavy surface that extends from the heel portion H to the forefoot portion F of the sole assembly 1 and that follows the contour of the wavy surface of the bottom surface 2a of the upper midsole 2. A pair of upraised wall portions 3a are formed at laterally opposite side edge portions of the upper plate 3. The upraised wall portions 3a are disposed outside the upraised portions 2c of the upper midsole 2.

    [0038] The upper plate 3 further has a laterally advancing wavy surface with the longitudinally extending ridge lines at the longitudinally central portion of the midfoot portion M, as shown in FIG. 6. The bottom surface 2a of the upper midsole 2 contacting the wavy surface of the upper plate 3 has a plurality of cushion holes 30.

    [0039] The lower plate 4 has a wavy shape formed inverted relative to the upper plate 3. That is, the lower plate 4 has a downwardly convexedly curved shape at the position where the lower plate 4 faces an upwardly convexedly curved shape of the upper plate 3, and the lower plate 4 has an upwardly convexedly curved shape at the position where the lower plate 4 faces a downwardly convexedly curved shape of the upper plate 3. In addition, FIGS. 2 to 4 show the void S with no fillers filled in, but a soft cushioning member such as sponge may be filled in the void S.

    [0040] The upper plate 3 and the lower plate 4 are preferably formed of hard elastic plates in order to prevent a loss in elasticity due to repetitive deformation to maintain a shape of the void S between the upper and lower plates 3, 4 to some degree. For example, the upper and lower plates 3,4 maybe formed of thermoplastic resin such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), polyamide elastomer (PAE), ABS resin or the like. Alternatively, the upper and lower plates 3, 4 may be formed of thermosetting resin such as epoxy resin, unsaturated polyester resin or the like. Also, the upper and lower plates 3, 4 may be formed of fiber reinforced plastics including carbon fibers, metal fibers or the like.

    [0041] The hardness of the upper plate 3 is preferably greater than the hardness of the lower plate 4. For example, the hardness of the upper plate 3 is determined at a Shore D hardness of 72 and the hardness of the lower plate 4 is determined at a Shore D hardness of 55.

    [0042] Of all the outsoles provided on the bottom surface 4a of the lower plate 4, the outsole 5 is disposed at the heel portion H of the sole assembly 1, the outsole 6 at the midfoot portion M, and the outsole 7 at the forefoot portion F, respectively.

    [0043] The outsoles 5, 7 at the heel portion H and the forefoot portion F have ground contact surfaces 5a, 7a to contact the ground and the outsole 6 at the midfoot portion M also has a ground contact surface 6a as well to contact the ground. As is clearly shown in FIG. 2, the ground contact surface 6a of the outsole 6 is longitudinally separated from the ground contact surfaces 5a, 7a of the outsoles 5, 7 at the heel portion H and the forefoot portion F. In other words, there is formed a clearance between the ground contact surface 6a of the outsole 6 and the ground contact surfaces 5a, 7a of the outsoles 5, 7 that are longitudinally adjacent to the outsole 6. As shown in FIGS. 1 and 3, the outsoles 5, 6, and 7 may be interconnected to each other at the base portions.

    [0044] On the front and rear end sides of the midfoot portion M of the sole assembly 1, there are provided connections 8 of an elastic member to interconnect the upper plate 3 with the lower plate 4 in the vertical direction (see FIGS. 5 and 7) . Similarly, a connection 9 is provided at the heel portion H and a connection 10 at the forefoot portion F. Each of the connections 8, 9, 10 is preferably disposed at the position where the upper plate 3 and the lower plate 4 are vertically closest to each other. That is, each of the connections 8, 9, 10 is provided at the position where the downwardly convexedly curved portion of the upper plate 3 faces the upwardly convexedly curved portion of the lower plate 4 in the vertical direction. Upper and lower ends of the connections 8, 9, 10 are fixedly attached to the upper and lower plates 3, 4, respectively. For example, each of the connections 8, 9, 10 is disposed at the laterally opposite end portions (and the central portion) of the sole assembly 1.

    [0045] In the example shown in FIG. 3, there are provided a plurality of column-shaped reinforcement members 11 at the positions where the upper and lower plates 3, 4 are located farthest away from each other in the vertical direction on the medial side of the sole assembly 1. These reinforcement members 11 are provided in the light of preventing an excessive downward sinking of the medial side portion of the sole assembly 1 and securing the stability of the sole assembly 1 when a load is applied to the medial side portion of the sole assembly 1. An upper end of each of the reinforcement members 11 is fixed to the upper plate 3 but a lower end of each of the reinforcement members 11 is not fixed to the lower plate 4 and has a gap (not shown) between the reinforcement member 11 and the lower plate 4. That is because when the load acts on the sole assembly 1 the upper and lower plates 3, 4 are allowed to deform to some degree without restricting a deformation excessively and then by allowing the end of the reinforcement member 11 to contact the lower plate 4 to prevent an excessive downward sinking of the upper and lower plates 3, 4. In addition, when the cushioning properties are regarded as an important factor in the sole assembly, then preferably these reinforcement members 11 should be omitted.

    [0046] In the above-mentioned sole assembly, since the outsole 6 separated longitudinally from the outsoles 5, 7 of the heel portion H and the forefoot portion F is provided at the midfoot portion M of the sole assembly, when the wearer strikes onto the ground from the heel portion H of the sole assembly and the load is transferred toward the forefoot portion F the ground contact surface 6a of the outsole 6 at the midfoot portion M comes into contact with the ground. At this juncture, since the lower plate 4 disposed at the lower position (i.e. the position close to the ground) in the midfoot portion M has a downwardly convexedly curved shape to form the void S with the upper plate 3, the lower plate 4 can deform upwardly thereby securing the cushioning properties of the midfoot portion M. As a result, when the load is transferred from the heel portion H through the midfoot portion M to the forefoot portion F a smooth load transfer is made possible and a ride feeling during running can be improved.

    [0047] Also, in this case, since the upper plate 3 disposed at the upper position (i.e. the position close to the wearer's foot) in the midfoot portion M is formed of a hard elastic member and also the upper plate 3 is coupled to the lower plate 4 via the connections 8 on the front and rear end sides of the midfoot portion M, at the time of applying the load to the midfoot portion M deformation (i.e. bending and torsional deformations) of the upper plate 3 can be more securely prevented. Thereby, support rigidity relative to an arch portion of the wearer's foot can be further improved and the stability as the midfoot portion of the shoe can be further enhanced.

    [0048] Moreover, in this case, since the upper plate 3 extends longitudinally in a generally flat shape or an upwardly convexedly curved shape at the midfoot portion M, at the time of applying the load to the midfoot portion M a downward sinking of the upper plate 3 can be more effectively prevented. Also, in this case, since the upper plate 3 can be formed in a shape that follows a contour of the arch portion of the foot of the wearer, fitting properties relative to the arch portion can be enhanced.

    [0049] Furthermore, since the upper plate 3 has a laterally advancing wavy shape with longitudinally extending ridge lines, at the time of applying the load to the midfoot portion M the crests and/or troughs of the wavy configurations of the upper plate 3 functions as ribs and the upper plate 3 is hard to bend in a V-shape. Thereby, a shank effect at the midfoot portion M can be improved. Also, since the upper midsole 2 is provided on the upper plate 3, a contact feeling relative to the sole of the wearer's foot can be improved.

    [0050] Moreover, when the hardness of the upper plate 3 is made greater than the hardness of the lower plate 4, as the load acts on the midfoot portion M the lower plate 4 of a relatively low hardness easily deforms upwardly to secure cushioning properties and the upper plate of a relatively high hardness is hard to deform thus increasing the support rigidity relative to the arch portion of the wearer's foot.

    [0051] In the above-mentioned embodiment, the example was shown where the lower plate 4 is disposed opposite the upper plate 3 and the outsoles 5, 6, 7 are provided on the bottom surface 4a of the lower plate 4, but the present invention is not limited to such an example.

    [0052] FIG. 8 shows a side view of a sole assembly according to another embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 8, like reference numbers indicate identical or functionally similar elements . In a sole assembly 1' , a lower midsole 15 of a soft elastic member is provided in lieu of the lower plate 4 in the above-mentioned embodiment. The lower midsole 15 extends from the heel portion H through the midfoot portion M to the forefoot portion F under the upper plate 3 and has a downwardly convexedly curved upper surface 15a to form a void S with the upper plate 3. The lower midsole 15 is in contact with the upper plate 3 on the front and rear end sides of the midfoot portion M. In this example, the lower midsole 5 is in contact with the upper plate 3 at the heel portion H and the forefoot portion F as well.

    [0053] The upper surface 15a of the lower midsole 15 has a wavy shape formed inverted relative to the upper plate 3. That is, the upper surface 15a of the lower midsole 15 has a downwardly convexedly curved surface at the position opposite the position where the upper plate 3 has an upwardly convexedly curved shape, and the upper surface 15a of the lower midsole 15 has an upwardly convexedly curved surface at the position opposite the position where the upper plate 3 has a downwardly convexedly curved shape.

    [0054] The outsoles 5, 6, 7 are attached on the bottom surface 15b of the lower midsole 15. As with the above-mentioned embodiment, the outsole 5 is disposed at the heel portion H of the sole assembly 1, the outsole 6 at the midfoot portion M, and the outsole 7 at the forefoot portion F. The outsoles 5 of the heel portion H and the outsoles 7 of the forefoot portion F have ground contact surfaces 5a, 7a that contact the ground. Similarly, the outsole 6 of the midfoot portion M has a ground contact surface 6a as well that contacts the ground. The outsole 6 is longitudinally separated from the outsoles 5, 7 of the heel portion H and the forefoot portion F. In other words, there is a gap formed between the outsole 6 and the longitudinally adjacent outsoles 5, 7.

    [0055] In this case, because there is provided the outsole 6 at the midfoot portion M of the sole assembly, which is longitudinally separated from the outsoles 5, 7 at the heel portion H and the forefoot portion F, when the wearer impacts onto the ground from the heel portion H of the sole assembly and the load travels toward the forefoot portion F, the ground contact surface 6a of the outsole 6 comes into contact with the ground. At this juncture, since the lower midsole 15 disposed at the lower position (i.e. on the side close to the ground) of the midfoot portion M has a downwardly convexedly curved upper surface 15a to form the void S with the upper plate 3, the lower midsole 15 can deform upwardly thereby securing the cushioning properties of the midfoot portion M. As a result of this, when the load is transferred from the heel portion H through the midfoot portion M to the forefoot portion F, a smooth travel of the load becomes possible and a ride feeling during running can be improved.

    [0056] Moreover, in this case, since the upper plate 3 disposed at the upper position (i.e. on the side close to the wearer's foot) of the midfoot portion M is formed of a hard elastic member, deformation (i.e. bending and torsional deformations) of the upper plate 3 can be restrained at the time of applying the load to the midfoot portion M. thereby, the support rigidity relative to the arch portion of the wearer' s foot can be improved and the stability as the midfoot portion of the shoe can be secured.

    [0057] In addition, there may be provided a lower plate of a hard elastic member on the upper surface 15a of the lower midsole 15, which has a downwardly convexedly curved shape to form a void S with the upper plate 3. In this case, the bending rigidity as well as the torsional rigidity of the entire midfoot portion can be enhanced.

    INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY



    [0058] As above-mentioned, the sole assembly according to the present invention is useful for a sole structure for a running shoe and the like.


    Claims

    1. A sole assembly (1) for a shoe that includes a heel portion (H), a midfoot portion (M) and a forefoot portion (F), the sole assembly (1) comprising:

    an upper plate (3) disposed on an upper side of the midfoot portion (M) of the sole assembly (1) and being formed of a hard elastic member, and that has a laterally advancing wavy surface with longitudinally extending ridge lines at a longitudinally central portion of the midfoot portion (M);

    alowerplate (4) disposed below the upper plate (3) at the midfoot portion (M) and having a downwardly convexedly curved shape between a front end and a rear end of the midfoot portion (M) to form a void (S) with the upper plate (3), said lower plate (4) being formed of a hard elastic member, wherein the downwardly convexedly curved shape of the lower plate (4) and the void (S) extend along a width of the midfoot portion (M) of the sole assembly (1);

    a midfoot outsole (6) having a ground contact surface (6a) that is attached on a lower surface of the lower plate (4) between the front end and the rear end of the midfoot portion (M), and that is disposed discretely in a longitudinal direction from an outsole (5) attached on the heel portion (H) and an outsole (7) attached on the forefoot portion (F) of the sole assembly (1); and

    a front connection (8) and a rear connection (8) that are provided at the front end and the rear end of the midfoot portion (M) respectively and that interconnect the upper plate (3) with the lower plate (4) in a vertical direction.


     
    2. The sole assembly (1) according to claim 1, further comprising an upper midsole (2) of a soft elastic member, the upper midsole (2) being attached on an upper surface of the upper plate (3).
     
    3. The sole assembly (1) according to claim 1, wherein the upper plate (3) has a hardness greater than a hardness of the lower plate (4).
     
    4. The sole assembly (1) according to claim 1, wherein the midfoot portion (M) is disposed in the region defined by 0.35L to 0.55L, measuring from a heel rear end edge of the sole assembly (1), where L is the entire length of the sole assembly (1).
     
    5. The sole assembly (1) according to claim 1, wherein the rear end of the midfoot portion (M) is disposed in a position defined by 0.35L to 0.45L, measuring from the heel rear end edge of the sole assembly (1), and the front end of the midfoot portion (M) is disposed in a position defined by 0.45L to 0.55L, measuring from the heel rear end edge of the sole assembly (1).
     
    6. The sole assembly (1) according to claim 1, wherein the upper plate (3) and the lower plate (4) extend to the heel portion (H) of the sole assembly (1), the lower plate (4) having two downwardly convexedly curved shapes at the heel portion (H) to form the void (S) with the upper plate (3), further comprising two heel outsoles (5) with ground contact surface (5a) attached on lower surfaces of the downwardly convexedly curved shapes of the lower plate (4) at the heel portion (H).
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Sohlenanordnung (1) für einen Schuh, die einen Fersenabschnitt (H), einen Mittelfußabschnitt (M) und einen Vorderfußabschnitt (F) umfasst, wobei die Sohlenanordnung (1) Folgendes umfasst:

    eine obere Platte (3), die an einer Oberseite des Mittelfußabschnitts (M) der Sohlenanordnung (1) angeordnet ist und aus einem harten elastischen Element gebildet ist, und die eine lateral voranschreitende wellige Oberfläche mit sich in Längsrichtung erstreckenden Rippenlinien an einem in Längsrichtung mittleren Abschnitt des Mittelfußabschnitts (M) aufweist;

    eine untere Platte (4), die unter der oberen Platte (3) an dem Mittelfußabschnitt (M) angeordnet ist und eine konvex nach unten gekrümmte Form zwischen einem vorderen Ende und einem hinteren Ende des Mittelfußabschnitts (M) aufweist, um mit der oberen Platte (3) einen Hohlraum (S) zu bilden, wobei die untere Platte (4) aus einem harten elastischen Element gebildet ist, wobei sich die konvex nach unten gekrümmte Form der unteren Platte (4) und der Hohlraum (S) entlang einer Breite des Mittelfußabschnitts (M) der Sohlenanordnung (1) erstrecken;

    eine Mittelfuß-Laufsohle (6) mit einer Bodenkontaktfläche (6a), die zwischen dem vorderen Ende und dem hinteren Ende des Mittelfußabschnitts (M) an einer unteren Oberfläche der unteren Platte (4) angebracht ist, und die in einer Längsrichtung von einer an dem Fersenabschnitt (H) angebrachten Laufsohle (5) und einer an dem Vorderfußabschnitt (F) der Sohlenanordnung (1) angebrachten Laufsohle (7) diskret angeordnet ist; und

    eine vordere Verbindung (8) und eine hintere Verbindung (8), die an dem vorderen Ende bzw. dem hinteren Ende des Mittelfußabschnitts (M) vorgesehen sind und die die obere Platte (3) in einer Vertikalrichtung mit der unteren Platte (4) verbinden.


     
    2. Sohlenanordnung (1) nach Anspruch 1, weiter umfassend eine obere Zwischensohle (2) aus einem weichen elastischen Element, wobei die obere Zwischensohle (2) an einer oberen Oberfläche der oberen Platte (3) angebracht ist.
     
    3. Sohlenanordnung (1) nach Anspruch 1, wobei die obere Platte (3) eine Härte aufweist, die größer als eine Härte der unteren Platte (4) ist.
     
    4. Sohlenanordnung (1) nach Anspruch 1, wobei der Mittelfußabschnitt (M) in dem von 0,35 L bis 0,55 L, gemessen von einem hinteren Rand des Fersenendes der Sohlenanordnung (1), definierten Bereich angeordnet ist, wobei L die gesamte Länge der Sohlenanordnung (1) ist.
     
    5. Sohlenanordnung (1) nach Anspruch 1, wobei das hintere Ende des Mittelfußabschnitts (M) an einer von 0,35 L bis 0,45 L, gemessen von dem hinteren Rand des Fersenendes der Sohlenanordnung (1), definierten Position angeordnet ist und das vordere Ende des Mittelfußabschnitts (M) an einer von 0,45 L bis 0,55 L, gemessen von dem hinteren Rand des Fersenendes der Sohlenanordnung (1), definierten Position angeordnet ist.
     
    6. Sohlenanordnung (1) nach Anspruch 1, wobei sich die obere Platte (3) und die untere Platte (4) zu dem Fersenabschnitt (H) der Sohlenanordnung (1) erstrecken, wobei die untere Platte (4) zwei konvex nach unten gekrümmte Formen an dem Fersenabschnitt (H) aufweist, um mit der oberen Platte (3) den Hohlraum (S) zu bilden, weiter umfassend zwei Fersenlaufsohlen (5) mit Bodenkontaktfläche (5a), die an unteren Oberflächen der konvex nach unten gekrümmten Formen der unteren Platte (4) an dem Fersenabschnitt (H) angebracht sind.
     


    Revendications

    1. Ensemble de semelle (1) pour une chaussure qui comprend une partie talon (H), une partie milieu de pied (M) et une partie avant-pied (F), l'ensemble de semelle (1) comportant :

    une plaque supérieure (3) disposée sur un côté supérieur de la partie milieu de pied (M) de l'ensemble de semelle (1) et étant formée à partir d'un élément élastique dur, et qui a une surface ondulée avançant dans le sens latéral avec des lignes de crête s'étendant dans le sens longitudinal au niveau d'une partie centrale dans le sens longitudinal de la partie milieu de pied (M) ;

    une plaque inférieure (4) disposée sous la plaque supérieure (3) au niveau de la partie milieu de pied (M) et ayant une forme courbe de manière convexe allant vers le bas entre une extrémité avant et une extrémité arrière de la partie milieu de pied (M) pour former un vide (S) avec la plaque supérieure (3), ladite plaque inférieure (4) étant formée à partir d'un élément élastique dur, dans lequel la forme courbe de manière convexe allant vers le bas de la plaque inférieure (4) et le vide (S) s'étendent le long d'une largeur de la partie milieu de pied (M) de l'ensemble de semelle (1) ;

    une semelle d'usure de milieu de pied (6) ayant une surface en contact avec le sol (6a) qui est attachée sur une surface inférieure de la plaque inférieure (4) entre l'extrémité avant et l'extrémité arrière de la partie milieu de pied (M), et qui est disposée de manière discrète dans une direction allant dans le sens longitudinal depuis une semelle d'usure (5) attachée sur la partie talon (H) et une semelle d'usure (7) attachée sur la partie avant-pied (F) de l'ensemble de semelle (1) ; et

    une partie de raccordement avant (8) et une partie de raccordement arrière (8) qui sont mises en oeuvre au niveau de l'extrémité avant et de l'extrémité arrière de la partie milieu de pied (M) respectivement et qui raccordent mutuellement la plaque supérieure (3) à la plaque inférieure (4) dans une direction verticale.


     
    2. Ensemble de semelle (1) selon la revendication 1, comportant par ailleurs une semelle intercalaire supérieure (2) constituée d'un élément élastique souple, la semelle intercalaire supérieure (2) étant attachée sur une surface supérieure de la plaque supérieure (3).
     
    3. Ensemble de semelle (1) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la plaque supérieure (3) a une dureté supérieure à une dureté de la plaque inférieure (4).
     
    4. Ensemble de semelle (1) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la partie milieu de pied (M) est disposée dans la région définie par 0,35 L sur 0,55 L, en mesurant depuis un bord d'extrémité arrière de talon de l'ensemble de semelle (1), où L est toute la longueur de l'ensemble de semelle (1).
     
    5. Ensemble de semelle (1) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'extrémité arrière de la partie milieu de pied (M) est disposée dans une position définie par 0,35 L sur 0,45 L, en mesurant depuis le bord d'extrémité arrière de talon de l'ensemble de semelle (1), et l'extrémité avant de la partie milieu de pied (M) est disposée dans une position définie par 0,45 L sur 0,55 L, en mesurant depuis le bord d'extrémité arrière de talon de l'ensemble de semelle (1).
     
    6. Ensemble de semelle (1) selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la plaque supérieure (3) et la plaque inférieure (4) s'étendent jusqu'à la partie talon (H) de l'ensemble de semelle (1), la plaque inférieure (4) ayant deux formes courbes de manière convexe allant vers le bas au niveau de la partie talon (H) pour former le vide (S) avec la plaque supérieure (3), comportant par ailleurs deux semelles d'usure de talon (5) avec une surface en contact avec le sol (5a) attachée sur les surfaces inférieures des formes courbes de manière convexe allant vers le bas de la plaque inférieure (4) au niveau de la partie talon (H).
     




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