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1. (WO2017151391) AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR AND SOLE STRUCTURE WITH A CENTRAL SENSORY NODE ELEMENT

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/151391    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/019176
Publication Date: Sat Sep 09 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Fri Feb 24 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: A43B 7/14
A43B 13/12
A43B 13/16
A43B 13/14
Applicants: NIKE INNOVATE C.V.
NIKE, INC.
Inventors: MESCHTER, James, C.
HOFFER, Kevin, W.
Title: AN ARTICLE OF FOOTWEAR AND SOLE STRUCTURE WITH A CENTRAL SENSORY NODE ELEMENT
Abstract:
An article of footwear (100) including a sole structure (110) attached to an upper (120, 122) defining an internal void configured to receive a foot (800) of a wearer is described. The sole structure (110) includes a sole body portion (112) having a central sensory node element (114) located in an aperture (210) in the sole body portion (112). The central sensory node element (114) has a bottom surface (115) configured to contact the ground and move vertically within the aperture (210). The movement of the central sensory node element (114) pushes a top surface (116) of the sensory node element attached to a portion of the upper (120, 122) against the foot (800) of the wearer. The central sensory node element (114) is arranged approximately centrally between lateral and medial sides and between the toe and heel ends of the sole structure (110). The central sensory node element (114) acts as a home button to provide sensory feedback about movement and direction of forces to the foot (800) of the wearer.