US 9,808,047 B2
Smooth shoe uppers and methods for producing them
William Marvin, Canton, MA (US); Paul Litchfield, Westborough, MA (US); Brian Christensen, Centerville, MA (US); and Paul Davis, Blackstone, MA (US)
Assigned to Reebok International Limited, London (GB)
Filed by Reebok International Limited, London (GB)
Filed on Dec. 19, 2013, as Appl. No. 14/135,052.
Application 14/135,052 is a division of application No. 14/037,025, filed on Sep. 25, 2013, granted, now 9,101,179.
Application 14/037,025 is a continuation of application No. 11/733,744, filed on Apr. 10, 2007, granted, now 8,544,191.
Prior Publication US 2014/0115922 A1, May 1, 2014
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A43B 23/07 (2006.01); A43B 23/02 (2006.01); A43B 9/12 (2006.01); A43D 25/18 (2006.01)
CPC A43B 23/0245 (2013.01) [A43B 9/12 (2013.01); A43B 23/0205 (2013.01); A43B 23/0215 (2013.01); A43B 23/0255 (2013.01); A43B 23/0295 (2013.01); A43B 23/07 (2013.01); A43D 25/18 (2013.01); A43B 23/024 (2013.01); A43B 23/025 (2013.01)] 15 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An upper for an article of footwear comprising:
a first pre-shaped, molded three-dimensional upper section having an interior side and an exterior side, wherein the interior side is an innermost side of the upper and the exterior side is an outermost side of the upper;
a second pre-shaped, molded three-dimensional upper section rearwardly adjacent the first pre-shaped, molded three-dimensional upper section having an interior side and an exterior side, wherein the interior side is an innermost side of the upper and the exterior side is an outermost side of the upper,
wherein the first pre-shaped, molded three-dimensional upper section and the second pre-shaped, molded three-dimensional upper section form a three-dimensional seam and are joined at least partially to one another along the seam using a three-dimensional male last surface and a three-dimensional female last surface having an interior shape substantially the same as the male last surface;
an inner thermoplastic seam tape disposed on and substantially covering the seam on the innermost side of the upper; and
an outer thermoplastic seam tape disposed on and substantially covering the seam on the outermost side of the upper,
wherein the seam comprises a first end disposed on a lateral side of the upper and a second end disposed on the lateral side of the upper forward of the first end,
wherein the seam extends from a top edge of the upper to a bottom edge of the upper,
wherein the seam is curved between the first end and the second end and a length of the seam is greater than a shortest distance along a surface of the upper between the first end and the second end, and
wherein the inner thermoplastic seam tape and the outer thermoplastic seam tape are curved along the length of the seam.