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1. WO2020006604 - ENSEMBLE PERMETTANT DE FOURNIR UNE CHAUSSURE COMPRENANT UNE PLURALITÉ D'ASSISES PLANTAIRES AMOVIBLES ET INTERCHANGEABLES

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CLAIMS

1. An assembly for providing footwear with a plurality of removable and interchangeable footbeds, the assembly comprising:

an item of footwear;

a cushioning full length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a soft feel; and

a supportive full length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a supportive feel,

wherein, in use, the cushioning full length footbed and the supportive full length footbed are interchangeably insertable into the item of footwear, and

in use, the cushioning full length footbed is inserted into the item of footwear to provide a soft feeling underfoot; or

the supportive full length footbed is inserted into the item of footwear to provide a support to reduce or prevent excessive pronation.

2. An assembly according to claim 1 , further comprising:

a forefoot insert arranged for insertion beneath the cushioning full length footbed or the supportive full length footbed within the footwear so that the cushioning full length footbed or the supportive full length footbed and the forefoot insert cooperate with the footwear to produce a narrow fitting,

wherein in use the cushioning full length footbed or the supportive full length footbed with the forefoot insert beneath a forward portion thereof is inserted into the item of footwear to provide a narrow fit in combination with the soft feel of the cushioning full length footbed or the supportive feel of the supportive full length footbed.

3. An assembly according to claim 2, wherein the forefoot insert is attachable to the cushioning full length footbed and the supportive full length footbed.

4. An assembly according to claim 3, wherein the forefoot insert is adhesively attachable to the cushioning full length footbed and the supportive full length footbed.

5. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, the assembly further comprising a half-length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a wide fitting.

6. An assembly according to claim 5, wherein the half length footbed comprises: a cushioning half length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a soft, wide fitting; or

a supportive half length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a supportive, wide fitting.

7. An assembly according to claim 5, the assembly comprising a pair of half length footbeds comprising a cushioning half length footbed and a supportive half length footbed.

8. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the supportive full length footbed comprises a medial side and a lateral side.

9. An assembly according to claim 8, wherein the supportive full length footbed comprises a support located along the medial side, the support comprising a cushioned or contoured portion adapted to support an arch of a foot in the item of footwear to reduce or prevent excessive pronation.

10. An assembly according to any one of the preceding claims, wherein the item of footwear is a shoe.

11. An assembly for providing footwear with a plurality of removable and interchangeable footbeds, the assembly comprising:

a container;

a pair of shoes located in the shoebox; and

at least two pairs of removable and interchangeable footbeds to provide a user with at least two fitting choices for the same pair of shoes, each pair of footbeds comprising:

a cushioning full length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a soft feel; and

a supportive full length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a supportive feel,

wherein, in use, the cushioning full length footbed and the supportive full length footbed are interchangeably insertable into the item of footwear, And

wherein in use the cushioning full length footbed is inserted into the item of footwear to provide a soft feeling underfoot; or

the supportive full length footbed is inserted into the item of footwear to provide a support to reduce or prevent excessive pronation.

12. An assembly according to claim 11 , the assembly further comprising a pair of forefoot inserts, each forefoot insert arranged for insertion beneath the cushioning full length footbed or the supportive full length footbed within the footwear so that the cushioning full length footbed or the supportive full length footbed and the forefoot insert cooperate with the footwear to produce a narrow fitting,

wherein in use the cushioning full length footbed or the supportive full length footbed with the forefoot insert beneath a forward portion thereof is inserted into the item of footwear to provide a narrow fit in combination with the soft feel of the cushioning full length footbed or the supportive feel of the supportive full length footbed.

13. An assembly according to claim 11 or claim 12, the assembly further comprising a pair of half length footbeds, each half length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a wide fitting.

14. An assembly according to claim 13, wherein each half length footbed of the pair of half length footbeds comprises:

a cushioning half length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a soft, wide fitting; or

a supportive half length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a supportive, wide fitting.

15. A method for providing a range of fittings and/or supports to an item of footwear of a particular size, the method comprising the steps of:

providing a plurality of interchangeable and removable footbeds, the footbeds comprising:

a cushioning full length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a soft feel; and

a supportive full length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a supportive feel; and

inserting the cushioning full length footbed into the shoe to provide a soft feel; or

inserting the supportive full length footbed into the shoe to provide a support to reduce or prevent excessive pronation.

16. A method according to claim 15, the method further comprising the steps of: providing a forefoot insert adapted for insertion beneath the cushioning full length footbed or the supportive full length footbed within the footwear so that the cushioning full length footbed or the supportive full length footbed and the forefoot insert cooperate with the footwear to produce a narrow fitting; and

inserting the forefoot insert into the shoe beneath the cushioning full length footbed or the supportive full length footbed to provide a narrower fitting.

17. A method according to claim 15, the method further comprising the steps of: providing a half length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a wide fitting, the half length insert comprising:

a supportive half length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a supportive, wide fitting; or

a cushioning half length footbed adapted for insertion within the footwear to cooperate with the footwear to thereby produce a soft, wide fitting; and

inserting the half length footbed into the shoe to provide a wide fitting.