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1. (WO2018222703) BRAIDED UPPER FOR FOOTWEAR WITH FINISHED HEEL AXIS

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/222703    International Application No.:    PCT/US2018/035113
Publication Date: Fri Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Thu May 31 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: A43B 1/04
A43B 23/02
A43B 23/04
Applicants: NIKE INNOVATE C.V.
NIKE, INC.
Inventors: BRUCE, Robert M.
LEE, Eun Kyung
YOO, James Y.
ICHIKAWA, Chikao
ICHIKAWA, Michihiro
Title: BRAIDED UPPER FOR FOOTWEAR WITH FINISHED HEEL AXIS
Abstract:
A system for forming a braided footwear upper is provided. The upper has a medial side (304) and a lateral side (302), and a toe end (102) and a heel end (104). The braided footwear (100) is made from a number of yarns (14) that are braided together. The heel-axis finishing system includes an alignment mechanism that orients the medial side and the lateral side at the heel end. The lateral side and the medial side come together at the heel to form a heel axis (308). A joining mechanism is associated with the alignment mechanism. The joining mechanism couples at least one braided yarn from the medial side to at least one braided yarn from the lateral side along the heel axis. By joining the aligned yarns as they are severed, the heel area transitions from the medial side to the lateral side with an appearance of seamlessness.