Deckers Outdoor has been granted a patent for a footwear component that includes a sole with a recessed area and a support member. The support member consists of a main support, a front support, and a rear support. When pressure is applied to the front or rear support, they move towards the main support, and when pressure is released, they move away from the main support. GlobalData’s report on Deckers Outdoor gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Deckers Outdoor, footwear 3D Printing was a key innovation area identified from patents. Deckers Outdoor's grant share as of September 2023 was 85%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Patent granted for footwear component with movable support member

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Deckers Outdoor Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11730228B2) describes a unique footwear component that includes a sole with a recessed area and a support member positioned within the recessed area. The support member consists of a main support, a front support, and a rear support. The front support is connected to the main support by a front curved connecting member and extends partially over the front end of the main support. Similarly, the rear support is connected to the main support by a rear curved connecting member and extends partially below the rear end of the main support.

When pressure is applied to the front support, it moves towards the main support, and when pressure is released, it moves away from the main support. The same applies to the rear support. This design allows for dynamic movement and flexibility in response to pressure, providing enhanced comfort and support to the wearer.

The front support includes a front medial arm and a front lateral arm that are spaced from each other and extend to at least a portion of the main support. Similarly, the rear support includes a rear medial arm and a rear lateral arm that are spaced from each other and extend to at least a portion of the main support.

The main support includes a central portion with an opening, which defines a central medial arm and a central lateral arm that are spaced from each other. Additionally, the main support may include an upwardly facing curved portion and an inclined portion positioned between the curved portion and the front end of the support member.

The footwear component may also include cushion members positioned between the front and rear supports and the main support to control their movement. Furthermore, a pad can be placed on the support member within the recessed area for additional comfort.

It is worth noting that the front support and the rear support do not overlap each other along a vertical line extending transversely through the main support, ensuring optimal functionality and flexibility.

Overall, this patented footwear component offers a unique design that allows for dynamic movement and enhanced comfort and support. The various features and components work together to provide a flexible and responsive experience for the wearer.

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