US Patent No: 7,765,721

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Article of footwear having removable eyelet portion

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An article of footwear is configured so that a child or other wearer may easily insert his or her foot into the article of footwear without tying laces while maintaining the look of a laced article of footwear. A lateral portion of the eyelet region partially surrounding the vamp is removably attached to the upper, such as with a hook-and-loop system, to allow the width of the vamp to be manipulated. The medial portion of the eyelet region is fixedly attached to the upper so that the rubbing together of the medial sides of the feet to not unintentionally disengage the medial portion from the upper. The lateral portion of the eyelet region rotates on a hinge formed in the eyelet region. Laces are fixedly attached to the eyelet region. A gore strap is optionally provided for more secure wear.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
NIKE, INC.BEAVERTON, OR4607

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Banks, Lee Tigard, OR 2 1
Hentz,, III Vernon J - 3 3

Cited Art Landscape

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The Keds Corporation (1)
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VEY SYSTEMS, INC. (1)
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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (6)
4,215,493 Adjustable instep gore assembly 20 1978
5,042,119 Securement, concealment and containment of footwear lace ends 44 1990
5,353,483 Method and apparatus for quickly securing a laced shoe 35 1993
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6,941,683 Lacing system 9 2003
2006/0053,658 Unique systems and methods for fastening footwear 6 2005

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SKECHERS U.S.A., INC. II (1)
8,683,716 Shoe tongue securing device 0 2011

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