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|1. (WO2018222721) MECHANICAL LOCK SOLE STRUCTURE FOR BRAIDED FOOTWEAR|
|Applicants:||NIKE INNOVATE C.V.
|Inventors:||BRUCE, Robert M.
LEE, Eun Kyung
YOO, James Y.
|Title:||MECHANICAL LOCK SOLE STRUCTURE FOR BRAIDED FOOTWEAR|
The invention is directed to a braided article of footwear (126, 300, 406) comprising a mechanical lock structure. The braided upper (104, 302, 400) comprises a tubular braided structure (114, 304, 408) with a plurality of apertures (106, 306, 403). In some embodiments, the midsole (100, 402) comprises a plurality of protruding studs (102, 404) that are configured to receive the plurality of apertures. The midsole receives the braided upper and the plurality of protruding studs extend below a bottom surface of the braided upper via the plurality of apertures, locking or securing the braided upper and midsole together, thereby creating a mechanical lock structure.