KR20160058846A - Article of footwear incorporating a knitted component with monofilament areas - Google Patents

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KR20160058846A
KR20160058846A KR1020167009717A KR20167009717A KR20160058846A KR 20160058846 A KR20160058846 A KR 20160058846A KR 1020167009717 A KR1020167009717 A KR 1020167009717A KR 20167009717 A KR20167009717 A KR 20167009717A KR 20160058846 A KR20160058846 A KR 20160058846A
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Abstract

Described is a footwear article comprising an upper member incorporating a knitted component having at least one monofilament region. The monofilament area is formed by knitting using monofilament strands. The monofilament zone is formed in a single fabric configuration with the remainder of the knit component. The inlay tensile element may extend through the knit component, including portions of the monofilament area.

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TECHNICAL FIELD [0001] The present invention relates to a footwear article incorporating a monofilament area in a knitting component,

The present invention relates to a footwear article incorporating a monofilament area and knitted components.

Conventional footwear articles generally include two main elements, an upper and a sole structure. The upper is fixed to the sole structure and forms a cavity inside the footwear to comfortably and securely receive the feet. The sole structure is fixed to the lower region of the upper so that it is positioned between the upper and the ground. In sports shoes, for example, the sole structure may include a midsole and a bottom window. The midsole often includes a polymer foam material that attenuates the ground reaction force to reduce stresses on the feet and legs during walking, running, or other walking activities. In addition, the midsole may include a fluid-rechargeable chamber, a plate, a moderator, or other elements that further dampen forces, enhance stability, or affect foot motion. The bottom window is secured to the lower surface of the midsole and provides a ground contacting portion of the sole structure formed of a durable and wear resistant material such as rubber. The sole structure may also include an insole positioned within the cavity and proximate the lower surface of the foot to enhance the comfort of the footwear.

The upper generally extends over the instep and toe areas of the foot, along the inner and outer sides of the foot, below the feet, and around the heel area. In some footwear articles, such as basketball shoes and boots, the upper may extend up the ankle and around the ankle to provide support or protection to the ankle. Access to the cavity inside the upper is generally provided by an ankle opening in the heel area of the footwear. The string adjustment system is often incorporated into the upper so as to control the upper pit, thereby allowing the entry and removal of the foot into the cavity in the upper. The string adjustment system also includes a sulphone that extends under the strap adjustment system to allow the wearer to modify certain dimensions of the upper, especially the perimeter, to fit the foot of varying dimensions and further to enhance the adjustability of the footwear And the upper can incorporate a heel counter that limits the movement of the heel.

Conventionally, various material elements (e.g., textiles, polymer foams, polymer sheets, natural leather, synthetic leather) have been used to manufacture the upper. In sports shoes, for example, the upper may include multiple layers, each containing a variety of bonded material elements. As an example, the material elements can be selected to impart elasticity, abrasion resistance, flexibility, breathability, compressibility, and moisture-wicking to various regions of the upper. In order to impart different properties to different regions of the upper, the material elements are often cut into the desired shape and then joined together, typically by stitching or adhesive bonding. Moreover, the material elements are often layered in order to impart multiple properties to the same area. As the number and type of material elements incorporated into the upper increases, the time and cost associated with carrying, storing, cutting, and bonding the material elements can also be increased. As the number and type of material elements incorporated into the upper increases, the waste material from the cutting and stitching process also increases more. Moreover, uppers with a large number of material elements may be more difficult to recycle than uppers formed with fewer and fewer material elements. Thus, by reducing the number of material elements used in the upper, the waste can be reduced while increasing the manufacturing efficiency and recyclability of the upper.

Various forms of footwear articles may have an upper and a sole structure fixed to the upper. The upper knit component comprises at least one monofilament zone. The monofilament area is formed in a single knit configuration in which the remainder is a knit component.

In one aspect, the present invention provides an article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, the upper comprising a knit component, wherein a first portion of the knit component is formed by a first yarn , The first yarn is a natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarn, at least one monofilament region is disposed on the knit component, at least one monofilament region is formed by monofilament strands, and at least one monofilament region Is formed in a single knit configuration with the first portion of the knit component such that the knit component is the one-piece component.

In another aspect, the present invention provides an article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, the upper comprising a knit component, the knit component comprising a first yarn, Wherein the knitting element defines at least one monofilament area formed of two knitted layers, the knitting element defining an outer surface of the upper and a portion of the opposing inner surface of the upper, the inner surface defining a cavity for receiving the feet, Wherein the first yarn is a natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarn, the two knitted layers overlap and are at least partially in the same space with each other, each knitted layer comprises a monofilament strand, Is formed in a single knit configuration with a knitting element such that the elements are one-piece elements.

In another aspect, the present invention provides an article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper, wherein the upper comprises a knit component, the first portion of the knit component is formed by a first yarn Wherein the first yarn is a natural or synthetic twist fiber yarn, the second portion of the knit component is formed by a monofilament strand, and the second portion is a single knit component yarn, And the inlay tensile element extends through the knitted component, including at least a portion of the first portion and a portion of the second portion.

Other systems, methods, features, and advantages of the present invention will become or become apparent to those skilled in the art upon examination of the following figures and detailed description. All additional systems, methods, features and advantages that may be included in this description and summary are within the scope of the present invention and are protected by the claims below.

The invention may be better understood with reference to the following drawings and description. The components in the figures are not necessarily exhaustive, but are instead emphasized when explaining the principles of the present invention. Further, in the drawings, like reference numerals designate corresponding parts throughout the several views.
1 is an isometric view of an exemplary embodiment of a footwear article incorporating a monofilament area in a knit component;
Figure 2 is an inner side view of an exemplary embodiment of a footwear article incorporating a monofilament area in a knit component;
Figure 3 is an exterior side view of an exemplary embodiment of a footwear article incorporating a monofilament area in a knitted component;
Figure 4 is a plan view of an exemplary embodiment of a footwear article incorporating a monofilament area in a knit component;
Figure 5 is a cross-sectional view of an exemplary embodiment of a footwear article taken along the line shown in Figure 4;
Figure 6 is a plan view of an exemplary embodiment of a knit component having a monofilament region;
Figure 7 is a plan view of an exemplary embodiment of a knit component having a monofilament area, including an enlarged view of an exemplary knit structure;
Figure 8 is an isometric view of an exemplary embodiment of a footwear article incorporating various monofilament areas in a knitted component;
Figure 9 is an inner side view of an exemplary embodiment of a footwear article incorporating various monofilament areas in a knit component;
10 is an inner side view of an exemplary embodiment of a footwear article incorporating various monofilament areas in a knit component;
Figure 11 is a plan view of an exemplary embodiment of a footwear article incorporating various monofilament areas in a knitted component;
Figures 12A-12C are cross-sectional views of an exemplary embodiment of a footwear article taken along various sections, according to the section line shown in Figure 11;
Figure 13 is a plan view of an exemplary embodiment of a knit component having various monofilament regions;
14 is a plan view of an exemplary embodiment of a knit component having various monofilament areas, including an enlarged view of an exemplary knit structure;
Figs. 15A-15C are cross-sectional views of an exemplary embodiment of an article of footwear taken along various sections, according to the cross-section shown in Fig. 14;
16A is an enlarged view of a portion of an exemplary embodiment of a knit component including a tension element;
Figure 16b is an enlarged view of a portion of a variation of a knit component including a tension element;
17 is a view of a looping diagram knitting a knitting structure.

The following description and the annexed drawings disclose various concepts relating to the manufacture of knitted components and knitted components. A knitted component can be used in a variety of products, but a shoe article incorporating one or more of the knitted components is disclosed below as an example. Figures 1 to 17 illustrate an exemplary embodiment of a footwear article incorporating a knitted component comprising at least one monofilament area formed in a single knit configuration wherein the remainder is a knit component. The individual features of any of the knitted components described herein may be used in combination or may be provided separately in various configurations of footwear articles. In addition, any features may be optional and may not be included in any one particular embodiment of the knitting component.

1 to 4 illustrate an exemplary embodiment of an article of footwear 100, also referred to simply as article 100. In some embodiments, the footwear article 100 may include a sole structure 110 and an upper 120. Although the footwear article 100 is shown as having a general configuration suitable for running, the concepts associated with the article 100 may also be used in conjunction with other items such as, for example, soccer shoes, baseball shoes, basketball shoes, cycling shoes, football shoes, tennis shoes, It can be applied to various kinds of athletic shoes including boots. The concepts may also be applied to footwear types that are generally considered non-athletic shoes, including shoe shoes, simplicity, sandals, and work boots. Accordingly, the concepts disclosed for article 100 can be applied to a wide variety of shoe types.

For reference, article 100 includes three approximate zones, namely, front zone 10, midsole zone 12, and heel zone 14, as shown in Figures 1, 2 and 3 Can be divided. The foot zone 10 generally includes a portion of the article 100 that corresponds to a joint connecting the toe and metatarsus to the phalanx. The midsole 12 generally includes a portion of the article 100 that corresponds to the arcuate region of the foot. The heel region 14 generally corresponds to the posterior portion of the foot, including the calcaneus. The article 100 also includes an outer side portion 16 and an inner side portion 18 that extend through each of the proximal region 10, the midsole region 12, and the heel region 14 and correspond to opposite sides of the article 100, ). More specifically, the outer side 18 corresponds to the outer region of the foot (i.e., the opposite face of the other foot) and the inner side 18 corresponds to the inner region of the foot (i.e., the face toward the other foot). The forefoot region 10, the midsole region 12, and the heel region 14 and the outer side 16 and the inner side 18 are not intended to delimit the exact regions of the article 100. Rather, the front zone 10, the midsole zone 12, and the heel zone 14 and the outer side 16 and the inner side 18 represent the approximate area of the article 100 to aid in the description below. . In addition to the article 100, the front zone 10, the midsole zone 12, and the heel zone 14, the outer side 16 and the inner side 18 also include the sole structure 10, the upper 120, , And individual elements thereof.

In an exemplary embodiment, the sole structure 110 is secured to the upper 120 and extends between the foot and the ground when the article 100 is worn. In some embodiments, the sole structure 100 may include one or more components, including a midsole, an outsole, and / or an insole or insole. In an exemplary embodiment, the sole structure 110 may include an outsole 120 that is secured to a lower surface of the upper 120 and / or a base that is configured to secure the sole structure 110 to the upper 120 have. In one embodiment, the outsole 112 may be formed of a wear-resistant rubber material that has been textured to impart stiction friction. While this configuration for the sole structure 110 provides examples of sole structures that may be used with the upper 120, various other conventional or non-conventional configurations for the sole structure 110 may also be used. Therefore, in other embodiments, the features of any sole structure used with the sole structure 110 or upper 120 may vary.

For example, in other embodiments, the sole structure 110 may include a midsole and / or an insole. The midsole may be secured to the underside of the upper and may in some cases be a compressible polymer foam element that attenuates (i.e., provides buffering) ground reaction forces when compressed between the foot and the ground during walking, running, (E.g., polyurethane foam or ethyl vinyl acetate foam); in other cases, the midsole may be formed of a plate, a moderator, a fluid-filled chamber, a lasting element, Or incorporate motion control members that affect the motion of the foot. In another case, the midsole is positioned to extend below the lower surface of the foot to form primarily a fluid-re-entrant chamber disposed within the upper and to enhance comfort of the article.

In some embodiments, the upper 120 forms a cavity within the article 100 to receive and secure the foot against the sole structure 110. The cavity is shaped to receive the foot and along the outer side of the foot, along the inner side of the foot, above the feet, around the heel, and under the feet. The upper 120 includes an outer surface 121, and a corresponding inner surface 122. The outer surface 121 faces outwardly and away from the article 100 while the inner surface 122 faces inward and forms most or a relatively large portion of the cavity of the article 100 for receiving the feet. Furthermore, the inner surface 122 can abut the sock covering the feet or feet. The upper 120 may also include a collar 123 disposed at least in the heel region 14 and forming a neck opening 140. Access to the cavity is provided by the neck opening 140. More specifically, the foot can be inserted into the upper 120 through the neck opening 140 formed by the collar 123 and the feet can be inserted into the upper 120 through the neck opening 140 formed by the collar 123, As shown in FIG. In some embodiments, the toe region 150 extends from the collar 123 of the heel region 14 and the ankle opening 140 to an area adjacent to the forehead zone 10 on the area corresponding to the foot of the foot in the mid- .

In some embodiments, the upper 120 may include a spiral portion 152. The anvil portion 152 may be disposed between the outer side 16 and the inner side 18 of the upper 120 through the toe region 150. In an exemplary embodiment, sparse portion 152 may be integrally attached to a portion of upper 120 along the outer side and inner side through toe region 150 and formed in a single knit configuration with that portion. Thus, as shown in the figures, the upper 120 may extend substantially continuously across the foot area 150 between the outer side 16 and the inner side 18. In another embodiment, the spar part 152 can be cut along the outer side and the inner side through the toe area 150 such that the spar part 152 is located on the outer side of the toe area 150 And the inner portion.

The strap 154 extends through a plurality of string holes 153 in the upper 120 and allows the wearer to modify the dimensions of the upper 120 to match the foot rate. In some embodiments, the straps 154 may extend through the strap holes 153 disposed along both sides of the upper region 150. More specifically, the strap 154 causes the wearer to tighten the upper 120 around the foot, and the strap 154 allows the wearer to < RTI ID = 0.0 > Loosens upper 120. In addition, the toe portion 152 of the upper 120 in the toe region 150 extends below the strap 154 to enhance the comfort of the article 100. [ The strap 154 is shown with the article 100 in Fig. 1, but the strap 154 may be omitted for clarity in Figs. 2-4. In other configurations, the upper 120 may include additional components such as (a) a heel counter in the heel zone 14 to improve stability, (b) a toe guard in the forearm zone 10 formed of a wear resistant material, and (c) logos, trademarks, and placards with notes and material information.

In some embodiments, upper 120 may include one or more portions that include monofilament strands, as described in more detail below. The monofilament strand may be made of a plastic or polymer material extruded to form a monofilament strand. In general, the monofilament strand can be lightweight and have a high tensile strength, i. E. Able to withstand a large portion of the tensile before tensile breakage or breakage, so that it can provide a large amount or degree of extensibility to the upper 120. In an exemplary embodiment, portions of upper 120 that include monofilament strands may be disposed in one or more monofilament regions 160.

In some embodiments, the monofilament region 160 may be disposed at various portions of the upper 120. The at least one monofilament region 160 may be disposed in a portion of the article 100 that is generally flat relative to the wearer's foot where the upper 120 is disposed within the upper 120. In the exemplary embodiment, In this embodiment, the monofilament region 160 includes an inner monofilament portion 162 disposed on the inner side portion 18 of the upper 120 and an inner monofilament portion 162 disposed on the outer side portion 16 of the upper 120 And an outer monofilament portion 166. The inner monofilament portion 162 and the outer monofilament portion 166 may be disposed substantially in the middle zone 12. In some embodiments, the monofilament region 160 may also include a fore-monofilament portion 164 disposed in front of the instep region 150 in the forefoot region 120 of the upper 120.

In some embodiments, the monofilament region 160 may be substantially continuous between each monofilament region 160 across the upper 120. For example, in one embodiment, inner monofilament portion 162 may be continuous with frontal monofilament portion 164, and outer monofilament portion 166 may also be continuous with frontal monofilament portion 164 . This configuration allows the monofilament region 160 to form a substantially continuous zone extending across the upper 120 from the outer side 16 across the fore leg 10 towards the inner side 18. [ can do. In another embodiment, each monofilament region 160 comprising an inner monofilament portion 162, a fore monofilament portion 164, and / or an outer monofilament portion 166 is disposed on top 120 And may be discontinuous with other monofilament regions 160 that are formed. In an embodiment where monofilament region 160 is discontinuous, each monofilament region 160, e.g., inner monofilament portion 162, front monofilament portion 164, and / or inner monofilament portion 166, And may be surrounded or surrounded by the remainder of the body 120.

Many conventional footwear uppers are formed of a number of material elements (e.g., textile, polymer foam, polymer sheet, natural leather, synthetic leather) that are joined through stitching or bonding. Alternatively, in some embodiments, most of the upper 120 is formed of a knit component 130, which is described in more detail below. The knit component 130 is manufactured, for example, through a flat knitting process and is attached to the outer side 18 and to the outer side 18, via each of the forefoot zone 10, midsole zone 12, and heel zone 14, Along the proximal side 18, along the proximal zone 10, and around the heel zone 14. [ In an exemplary embodiment, the knit component 130 forms substantially all of the upper 120, including most or a relatively large portion of the outer surface 121 and the inner surface 122, . In some embodiments, the knit component 130 may also extend below the feet. However, in another embodiment, a strobel sock or thin sole piece of material is secured to the knit component 130 and the base of the upper 120 extending below the foot to attach to the sole structure 110 . In addition, the padding 129 extends vertically through the heel region 14 to join the edges of the knit component 130, as shown in FIG.

Although the shims may be present in the knit component 130, most of the knit components 130 have a substantially seamless configuration. Moreover, the knit component 130 can be formed in a single knit configuration. As used herein, a knit component (e.g., knit component 130) is defined to be formed as a "single knit configuration" when formed as a one-piece element through a knitting process. That is, the knitting process substantially forms various features and structures of the knit component 130 without the need for significant additional manufacturing steps or processes. A single knit configuration may be such that the structure or elements commonly include at least one course (i.e., share a common yarn) and / or include substantially continuous stages between each of the structures or elements May be used to form a knit component having a structure or element comprising at least one end of a yarn, strand, or other knit material to be joined. This structure provides a one-piece element of a single knit configuration.

Since the portions of the knitting component 130 can be joined together after the knitting process (e.g., the edges of the knitting component 130 are joined together), the knitting component 130 is formed as a one- As shown in Fig. Moreover, when other elements (e.g., strings, logos, trademarks, notices, and placards with material information) are added after the knitting process, the knit components 130 are formed in a single knit configuration maintain.

The knit component 130 may incorporate various types of yarns that impart different properties to distinct regions of the upper 120. That is, one region of the knit component 130 may be formed of a first type of yarn that imparts a first set of characteristics, and another region of the knit component 130 may be formed of a second Two types of yarns may be formed. In this configuration, the characteristics may vary across the upper 120 by selecting a particular yarn for various regions of the knit component 130. The characteristics that a particular type of yarn will impart to the area of the knit component 130 will depend in part on the materials that form the various filaments and fibers in the yarn. For example, the face provides a soft hand, natural aesthetics, and biodegradability. Elastane and stretchable polyester each provide significant stretchability and resilience, and stretchable polyester also provides recyclability. Rayon provides high gloss and hygroscopicity. Wool also provides high hygroscopicity in addition to insulation and biodegradability. Nylon is a material of relatively high strength and durability and wear resistance. Polyesters are hydrophobic materials that also provide relatively high durability. In addition to the materials, other aspects of the yarn selected for the knit component 130 may affect the characteristics of the upper 120. For example, the yarns forming the knit component 130 may be monofilament yarns or multifilament yarns. The yarns may also comprise separate filaments, each formed of different materials. In addition, the yarn may comprise filaments, each formed of two or more different materials, such as bicomponent yarns comprising filaments with two halves formed in an outer-core configuration or different materials. Different deniers as well as different degrees of twisting and crimping can also affect the properties of the upper 120. Thus, both the material forming the yarn and other aspects of the yarn may be selected to impart various properties to the distinct regions of the upper 120.

In some configurations of the knit component 130, the material forming the yarn may be non-fusible or soluble. For example, the non-soluble yarn may be substantially formed of a thermosetting polyester material, and the soluble yarn may be at least partially formed of a thermoplastic polyester material. When the soluble yarn is heated and fused to the non-soluble yarn, this process may have the effect of hardening or strengthening the structure of the knitted component 130. Moreover, combining the portions of the non-soluble yarn using the soluble yarns may have the effect of securing or locking the relative positions of the non-soluble yarns within the knitted component 130, thereby imparting elasticity and strength. That is, portions of the non-soluble yarn can not slide relative to each other when fused with the soluble yarn, thereby preventing warpage or permanent stretching of the knitted component 130 due to relative movement of the knitted structure. Another feature that utilizes soluble yarns in the portion of the knit component 130 relates to restricting loosening in the event that a portion of the knit component 130 is damaged or one of the non-soluble yarns is cut. Thus, the area of the knit component 130 can be configured to have both soluble and non-soluble yarns in the knitted structure.

In an exemplary embodiment, upper 120 may include a first type of yarn that is knitted to form a portion of knitted component 130, in addition to monofilament region 160. The monofilament region 160 on the upper 120 may be formed by knitting with a monofilament strand so as to form a knit component 130 of a single knit configuration with the knitted portion of the first type of yarn. That is, the monofilament region 160 is formed in a single knit configuration in which the remaining portion is a knitted component 130 so as to become an one-piece element.

In some embodiments, the knit component 130 may include one or more boundary zones. The bounding zone defines a portion of the knit component 130 in which the yarn used to knit the knit component 130 transitions from one yarn type to another yarn type. For example, the knit component 130 may transition from a first type of yarn to a monofilament strand that forms the monofilament region 180 at one or more boundary regions on the upper 120. In an exemplary embodiment, yarns of a first type are transited from natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarns to monofilament strands at one or more boundary regions associated with each of the monofilament regions 160. In this embodiment, the inner monofilament portion 182 is formed such that the monofilament strand forming the inner monofilament portion 182 is transferred to the first type of yarn used to form the remainder of the knit component 130 And a rear inner boundary 200 disposed toward the heel region 14 of the upper 120. The inner monofilament portion 162 may also include an upper inner boundary 204 and a lower inner boundary 206. The upper inner boundary 204 may be disposed along the inner side 18 of the upper 120 and away from the collar 123 and the neck opening 140 by a first distance D1. The bottom inner boundary 206 may also be disposed along the inner side 18 of the upper 120 and may be a second distance D2 away from the sole structure 110. In one embodiment,

In some embodiments, the front inner boundary 202 may define a forward position of the inner monofilament portion 162 on the upper 120. In an embodiment where the monofilament region 160 is substantially continuous, the front inner boundary 202 may simply be transited to the front monofilament portion 164. However, in embodiments where each monofilament region 160 is discontinuous, the front inner boundary 202 may define a transition from the monofilament strand back to the first yarn type. In such a discontinuous embodiment, it should be understood that the front monofilament portion 164 is defined by another bounding region where the yarn transitions back to the monofilament strand.

Along the continuum upper 120, the front monofilament portion 164 may include a posterior front boundary 208 and a front full boundary 209. In one embodiment, the rear full frontal boundary 208 is disposed in front of the instep area 150 and may be separated by a third distance D3. Similarly, the front full borders 209 may be disposed near the upper end of the article 100 and be separated by a fourth distance D4. In this embodiment, the outer monofilament portion 166 is formed by the monofilament strands forming the outer monofilament portion 166 into a first type of yarn that is used to form the remainder of the knit component 130 And a rear outer boundary 210 that is disposed toward the heel region 14 of the upper 120. The outer monofilament portion 166 may also include an upper outer boundary 214 and a bottom outer boundary 216. The upper outer boundary 214 may be disposed along the outer side 16 of the upper 120 and away from the collar 123 and the neck opening 140 by a fifth distance D5 . In one embodiment, the bottom outer boundary 216 may be disposed along the outer side 16 of the upper 120 and a sixth distance D6 away from the sole structure 110.

The third distance D3, the fourth distance D4, the fifth distance D5, and / or the sixth distance D6, in some embodiments, the first distance D1, the second distance D2, Can be various colors. For example, in some cases, the first distance D1 and the fifth distance D5 may vary from 1 cm to 4 cm. In an exemplary embodiment, the first distance D1 and the fifth distance D5 may be approximately 2 cm to 3 cm. In some cases, the first distance D2 and the sixth distance D5 may vary from 0.1 cm to 1 cm. In an exemplary embodiment, the first distance D2 and the sixth distance D5 may be approximately 0.25 cm to 0.5 cm. In some cases, the third distance D3 may vary from 1 cm to 4 cm. In an exemplary embodiment, the third distance D3 may be approximately 2 cm to 3 cm. In some cases, the fourth distance D4 may vary from 2 cm to 6 cm. In an exemplary embodiment, the fourth distance D3 may be approximately 3 cm to 5 cm. In other cases, the first distance D2, the second distance D2, the third distance D3, the fourth distance D4, the fifth distance D5, and / or the sixth distance D6 The distances may be larger or smaller to provide monofilament regions 160 of varying shapes and / or sizes.

In some embodiments, the front outer boundary portion 212 may define a forward position of the outer monofilament portion 166 on the upper 120. Similar to the front inner boundary 202, in the embodiment in which the monofilament region 160 is substantially continuous, the front outer boundary 212 may simply be transited to the front monofilament portion 184. However, in embodiments where each monofilament region 160 is discontinuous, the front outer boundary 212 may define a transition from the monofilament strand back to the first yarn type. In such a discontinuous embodiment, it should be understood that the front monofilament portion 164 is defined by another bounding region where the yarn transitions back to the monofilament strand.

In some embodiments, inner monofilament portion 162 and outer monofilament portion 166 may have similar structures in inner side 18 and outer side 16, respectively, to be approximately symmetrical. In these embodiments, the first distance D1 and the fifth distance D5 may be approximately the same. Similarly, the second distance D2 and the sixth distance D6 may also be approximately the same. However, in other embodiments, the inner side 18 and the outer side 16, respectively, may have different monofilament regions 160 between their respective sides. Thus, in such an embodiment, to place the inner monofilament portion 162 and the outer monofilament portion 166 farther or closer to the collar 123 and / or the sole structure 110, The first distance D1 and the fifth distance D5 may be different and / or the second distance D2 and the sixth distance D8 may be different, respectively. In yet another embodiment, only either the inner side 18 or the outer side 16 can comprise the monofilament region 180. Other configurations of the monofilament region 160 of various sizes, shapes, and / or locations may be configured according to the process described herein.

In some embodiments, the monofilament region 160 on the upper 120 may be transparent, translucent or translucent depending on the characteristics or characteristics of the material used to make the monofilament strand forming each monofilament region 160 , It may be opaque. In one embodiment, a single monofilament strand having a diameter of approximately 0.114 mm comprises a monofilament region 162 comprising an inner monofilament portion 162, a fore monofilament portion 164, and an outer monofilament portion 164, (Not shown). Monofilament strands having larger or smaller diameters may be used in other embodiments. In addition, in other embodiments, different monofilament strands may be used for each individual monofilament region 160 on upper 120 to provide different characteristics or characteristics to each monofilament region 160. [

By incorporating the knit component 130 with the monofilament region 160 into the upper 120 for the article 100, the monofilament region 160 provides strength, stretch resistance, reduced weight, and / It is possible to provide ventilation to the interior of the article 100 in cooperation with the airflow passing through the upper 120. 5, the inner monofilament portion 162 and the outer monofilament portion 166 extend from the mid-zone 12 to the inner side 18 and outer side 16 of the upper 120, Respectively. With this arrangement, the inner side portion 18 and the outer side portion 16 of the upper 120 can be increased in strength and in-stretchability in these regions. In addition, the structure of the inner monofilament portion 162 and the outer monofilament portion 166 allows air to easily pass through the upper 120 and into the interior of the article 100. For example, when a wearer's foot is placed along base 500 of upper 120 within the interior of article 100, air is circulated into and out of upper 120 to assist in providing vent to article 100 .

Moreover, by forming one or more monofilament regions 160 in the upper 120, the total weight of the upper 120 can be substantially reduced compared to an upper formed entirely of natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarns. For example, in one embodiment, when knitted with natural or synthetic twist fiber yarns, the weight of an adult male size 8 upper can be approximately 49 grams. Alternatively, the weight of the upper 120 with the monofilament region 160 may be only 29 grams if it is of similar size. Thus, the weight savings associated with using the monofilament strand for the monofilament region 160 in the upper 120 may be at least 40% lighter. In addition, by differentiating the number, shape, and / or size of the monofilament regions 160 in the upper 120, weight savings can be achieved that increase the weight loss by more than 40%.

6 and 7, an exemplary embodiment of the knit component 130 is shown in a planar or planar configuration. In this embodiment, the knit component 130 has a generally Y-shaped configuration outlined by the peripheral edge 600. In this embodiment, the outer peripheral edge 600 extends around the knitted component 130 from the outer side 16 to the inner side 18. The outer periphery of the knit component 130 also includes a pair of heel edges 602 disposed on the outer side 16 and the inner side 18, respectively. In an exemplary embodiment, the knit component 130 may also include an inner peripheral edge associated with the aforementioned neck opening 140 and along a collar 123 defining a neck opening. At least a portion of the outer peripheral edge 600 and the heel edge 602 may be brought into contact with the upper surface of the sole structure 110 as the base 500 shown in Figure 5 when incorporated into an article of footwear, have. In another embodiment, the knitted component 130 may be joined to the strobel sock or insole to attach to the sole structure 110. In addition, the heel edge 602 is joined together and extends vertically in the heel region 14 of the article 100 to form a padding 129. In some embodiments of the footwear article, a material element may cover the shim 129 between the rear gum edges 602 to reinforce the shim 129 and improve the aesthetic appeal of the article.

The knit component 130 may include a toe area 150 formed in a single knit configuration with the remainder of the upper 120 as described above. In some embodiments, the toe area 150 includes a plurality of string holes 153 disposed in the knitted component 130. The string hole 153 is configured to extend from the outer surface 121 to the inner surface 122 through the knitted component 130 and to receive the string including the string 154. In an exemplary embodiment, the string hole 153 may be formed directly on the knit component 130 by knitting. However, in other embodiments, the strap hole 153 may include additional reinforcement elements that are added to the knit component 130.

In various embodiments, the knit component 130 may incorporate various types of yarns that impart different properties to distinct regions of the upper 120. For example, one region of the knit component 130 may be formed of a first type of yarn that imparts a first set of characteristics, and another region of the knit component 130 may be formed of a second Two types of yarns may be formed. In this configuration, the characteristics may vary across the upper 120 by selecting a particular yarn for various regions of the knit component 130. In an exemplary embodiment, the knit component 130 includes a monofilament region 160 as described above. In one embodiment, the monofilament region 180 may include an inner monofilament portion 162, a fore monofilament portion 164, and / or an outer monofilament portion 166. As described above, the knit component 130 is formed in a single knit configuration such that each of the areas of the knit component 13, including the monofilament area 160, is knitted as an one-piece element.

7, an enlarged view of a portion of the monofilament region 160 along the various bounding regions is shown to show a single knit configuration of the knit component 130. As shown in FIG. As discussed above, the bounding area on the knit component 130 defines a portion of the knit component 130 where the yarn used to knit the knit component 130 transitions from one yarn type to another yarn type . For example, the knit component 130 may transition from the first type of yarn 700 to monofilament strands 701 forming the monofilament region 160 at one or more boundary regions on the upper 120. In an exemplary embodiment, a first type of yarn 700 transitions from natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarns to monofilament strand 701 at one or more boundary regions associated with each of monofilament regions 160.

7, at the front full front boundary 209 in the forefoot zone 10 of the knit component 130, the knit component 130 includes a front monofilament portion 701 formed by a monofilament strand 701, To the remainder of the knitted component 130 formed by the first type of yarn 700 from the first yarn layer 164. In this embodiment, the ends of the monofilament strands 701 are joined (e.g., by interlooping) to adjacent ends of a first type of yarn 700. That is, the ends formed by knitting the monofilament strands 701 become substantially continuous with the ends formed by knitting the first type yarns 700. With this arrangement, the monofilament region 160 can be formed in a single knit configuration with the knitted component 130.

Similarly, adjacent wales of the knit component 130 may also be transitioned from one type of yarn to a different type of yarn at the boundary zone. 7, at the upper inner boundary 204, the knit component 130 includes an inner monofilament portion (not shown) formed by the monofilament strand 701 from a portion formed by the first type of yarn 700 162). In this embodiment, the wales of the first type of yarn 700 are joined to adjacent wales of the monofilament strand 701. In one embodiment, the monofilament region 160 may be knitted using an intarsia knitting technique to transition between yarn types along the bounding zone. For example, wales of a first type of yarn 700 are joined to adjacent wales of the monofilament strand 701 by utilizing an intarsia knit construction technique. With this arrangement, the monofilament region 160 can be formed in a single knit configuration with the knitted component 130.

By forming the knit component 130 with a monofilament region 160 in a single knit configuration, the monofilament region 160 can be separated by the remainder of the knit component 130 so that the monofilament region 160 is under tension It can be enclosed or surrounded. That is, the first type of yarn 700 may be configured to surround the monofilament region 160 formed by the monofilament strands 701. Because the first type of yarn 700 may have less inextensibility than the inelastic and resilient monofilament strand 701, the knit component 130 may exert a slight amount of tensile force on the monofilament region 160 The monofilament region 160 may be stretched at a portion surrounding the monofilament region 160. [ With this arrangement, the tensile force exerted on the monofilament region 160 by the circumferential portion of the knitted component 130 can cause twists or sharp curves, which can cause an uncomfortable feeling on the wearer ' s feet, Can be prevented or reduced in the filament strands 701. [

In various embodiments, a footwear article incorporating knit components with different features may be provided. In some embodiments, the footwear article may be configured to have a knit component having different types of monofilament areas on the upper. Depending on the type and location desired, the monofilament area may be varied to provide different properties to the upper. For example, in some embodiments, a monofilament area having an inner layer of natural or synthetic twist fiber yarn may be configured to provide comfort to the wearer ' s feet. Figures 8-17 illustrate another exemplary embodiment of a footwear article 800 having multiple types of monofilament areas 860, also referred to simply as article 800. [ In some embodiments, the footwear article 800 may include an upper portion 820 attached to the sole structure 110 described above. In an exemplary embodiment, upper 820 may include multiple types of monofilament areas 860. [

In some embodiments, upper 820 may include a number of components that are substantially similar to the components of upper 120 described above. For example, upper 820 may include an outer surface 821 and an opposing inner surface 822 substantially similar to outer surface 121 and inner surface 122 described above. Upper 820 also includes a collar 823 that is substantially similar to collar 123 and forms at least a neck opening 840 that is disposed in heel region 14 and provides access to the interior of upper 820 . In addition, the upper 820 may also include an instep area 850 that is substantially similar to the above described toe area 150.

In some embodiments, the instigator area 850 can also include a spoon part 852 disposed between the outer side 16 and the inner side 18 of the upper 820 through the toe area 850 . In an exemplary embodiment, spoken portion 852 may be substantially similar to spokes 152 described above, and may include an integral portion 830 on the portion of upper 820 along the outer side and inner side through toe- And may be formed in a single knit configuration with the portion. In another embodiment, as in sparse portion 152, spoke portion 852 may similarly be severed along the outer side and inner side through toe region 850 such that spoke portion 852 is spaced apart from foot region < RTI ID = And is movable in the openings between the outer and inner portions on both sides of the base 850.

The article 800 also extends through a plurality of string holes 853 in the upper 820 and is used with the string 154 described above to allow the wearer to modify the dimensions of the upper 820 to match the foot rate . In some embodiments, the straps 154 may extend through string holes 853 that are disposed along both sides of the upper region 850. In some embodiments, the strap hole 853 can be a strap receiving member formed by the ring portion of the inlay pulling element 832, as described further below. More specifically, the strap 154 causes the wearer to tighten the upper 820 around the foot, and the strap 154 is worn by the wearer to facilitate entry and removal of the foot from the cavity (i.e., through the neck opening 840) Loosen the upper (820). In addition, in the toe area 850, the spokes 852 of the upper 820 extend below the straps 854 to enhance the comfort of the article 800. [ While the strap 154 is shown with the article 800 in Figure 8, the strap 154 may be omitted for clarity in Figures 9-11. In other arrangements, the upper 820 may include additional elements such as (a) a heel counter in the heel region 14 to improve stability, (b) a toe guard in the forearm 10 formed of a wear resistant material, and (c) logos, trademarks, and placards with notes and material information.

In some embodiments, upper 820 may include one or more portions that include monofilament strands, as described above. In an exemplary embodiment, portions of the upper 820 that include monofilament strands may be disposed in one or more monofilament regions 860. [ In this embodiment, the monofilament region 860 may comprise two or more different types of monofilament regions. For example, in one embodiment, the different monofilament regions may have different knitting structures. In another embodiment, the different monofilament regions may be formed using a combination of monofilament strands and natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarns.

As in the monofilament region 160 described above, the monofilament region 860 can be disposed at various portions of the upper 820. [ The at least one monofilament region 860 may be disposed in a portion of the article 800 that is generally flat relative to the wearer's foot where the upper 820 is disposed within the upper 820. In some embodiments, In this embodiment, the monofilament region 880 includes an inner monofilament portion 862 disposed on the inner side portion 18 of the upper portion 820 and an inner monofilament portion 862 disposed on the outer side portion 16 of the upper portion 820 And an outer monofilament portion 866. The inner monofilament portion 862 and the outer monofilament portion 866 may be disposed generally in the middle zone 12. In some embodiments, the monofilament region 860 may also include a front monofilament portion 864 and a heel monofilament portion 868. The front monofilament portion 864 is disposed in front of the toe region 850 in the forefoot zone 10 of the upper 820 and the heel monofilament portion 868 is disposed in the heel zone 14. In the exemplary embodiment, the heel monofilament portion 868 may extend substantially continuously around the heel region 14 of the upper 820 between the outer side 16 and the inner side 18.

In some embodiments, the monofilament region 860 can be substantially continuous between each monofilament region 860 across the upper 820. For example, in one embodiment, inner monofilament portion 862 may be continuous with frontal monofilament portion 864, and outer monofilament portion 866 may also be continuous with frontal monofilament portion 864 . Similarly, the outer monofilament portion 866 may be continuous with the heel monofilament portion 868 and the inner monofilament portion 862 may also be continuous with at least a portion of the heel monofilament portion 888. This configuration allows the monofilament region 860 to extend from the outer side 16 across the frontal region 10 to the inner side 18 across the upper portion 820 from the forward portion of the article 100. [ And extends substantially from the outer side of the article 100 across the heel region 14 toward the inner side from the rear portion of the article 100 to a substantially continuous Lt; / RTI >

In another embodiment, each monofilament region 860 comprising an inner monofilament portion 862, a front monofilament portion 864, an outer monofilament portion 866, and / or a heel monofilament portion 868, May be discontinuous with other monofilament regions 860 disposed on top 820. In embodiments where the monofilament region 860 is discontinuous, each monofilament region 860 may be entirely enclosed or surrounded by the remainder of the upper 820. [

The knit component 830 shown in Figures 8-16 may include additional structures or elements as compared to the knit components 130 described above and in an exemplary embodiment, The main elements are the knitting element 831 and the inlay pulling element 832. The knitting element 831 may be formed of at least one yarn that is manipulated (e.g., by a knitting machine) to form a plurality of interlocking rings that form the various stages and wales. That is, the knitting element 831 has the structure of a knitted textile. The inlay tensioning element 832 extends through the knitting element 831 and passes between the various rings within the knitting element 831. [ The inlay tensioning element 832 may also extend along the wale in the knitting element 831 while the inlay stretching element 832 generally extends along the edge in the knitting element 831. [ The inlay tensile element 832 may impart resistance to stretch and operate in association with the strap 154 to improve the fit of the article 800 when incorporated into the article 800. [ In an exemplary embodiment, the inlay pulling element 832 may pass through at least one portion of the knitting element 831, including a portion of the at least one monofilament region 860. [

In some embodiments, the inlay pulling element 832 may extend upwardly through the knitting element 831 in a vertical direction from the sole structure 110 to the toe region 850. [ In an exemplary embodiment, the portion of the inlay tensioning element 832 may form a loop that serves as a string hole 853 and then may be reused in a vertical direction from the instep region 850 toward the sole structure 110 Can be extended downward. The inlay tensioning element 832 can be tensioned when the strap 154 is tightened and the inlay tensioning element 832 can be tensioned when the strap 820 is tensioned, Resistant to stretch. In addition, the inlay pulling element 832 operates in conjunction with the strap 154 to assist in securing the upper 820 to the foot and to improve the fit of the article 800. In some embodiments, the inlay tensile element 832 may be formed from one or more portions of the knitted element 850, including portions along the inner and outer sides of the instep region 850, so as to be exposed at the outer surface 821 of the upper portion 820. In some embodiments, (831).

As described above with reference to knit component 130, knit component 830 may similarly include yarns formed of different materials, including any of the materials suitable for forming the yarn described above have. In some embodiments, the knit component 830 may further include non-soluble yarns and soluble yarns as described above. When the soluble yarn is heated and fused to the non-soluble yarn, this process may have the effect of hardening or strengthening the structure of the knitted component 830. Moreover, it is advantageous to (a) bond a portion of the un-soluble yarn to another portion of the un-soluble yarn, and / or (b) bond the un-soluble yarn and the in- (832), thereby imparting elasticity and rigidity to each other. That is, portions of the non-soluble yarn can not slide relative to each other when fused with the soluble yarn, thereby preventing twisting or permanent stretching of the knitting element 831 due to relative movement of the knitting structure. In addition, the inlay pulling element 832 can not slide relative to the knitting element 831, so that the portion of the inlay pulling element 832 is prevented from being pulled outward from the knitting element 831. Thus, the area of the knit component 830 can be configured to have both soluble and non-soluble yarns in the knit element 831.

In some embodiments, the knit component 830 may include a knit element 831 having a plurality of knit layers. The knit layer associated with the knit component 830 is at least partially the same as the portion of the knit element 831 comprising at least one common yarn or monofilament that passes back and forth between the layers of knit to bond and interlock the layers together And can overlap. With this arrangement, the knitted layers together form a single knit textile which is formed into a single knit configuration.

In an exemplary embodiment, the knitting element 831 may include at least two knitted layers interlocked with each other in at least one portion to form the knit component 830. In one embodiment, the first knit layer can form the majority of the first side of the knit component 830 and the second knit layer can form most of the second side of the knit component 830 . In some embodiments, a first layer of the knit can be associated with most of the outer surface 821 and a second layer of knit can be associated with most of the inner surface 822. In an exemplary embodiment, the inlay pulling element 832 may include a first knit layer, a portion of a second knit layer, and / or a portion of a knit element 831 between the first and second knit layers Lt; / RTI >

In some embodiments, the knitting component 830 may include one or more boundary zones as described above with reference to the knitting component 130, and the boundary zone may include a plurality of knitted components 830, Defines a portion of a knit component 830 that is transitioned from one yarn type to another yarn type. For example, the knit component 830 may transition from a first type of yarn to a monofilament strand that forms a monofilament area 860 in one or more boundary regions on the upper 820. In addition, in embodiments in which the knit component 830 may have more configurations of multiple knitted layers, the bounding zone may transition only one yarn type of the first and second knit layers, The yarn type of both the knitted layer and the second knitted layer can be transited. That is, the bounding zone can be applied at the level of the individual knitting layers of the knitting element 831.

In an exemplary embodiment, yarns of the first type are transited from natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarns to monofilament strands at one or more boundary regions associated with each of the monofilament regions 880. In this embodiment, the inner monofilament portion 862 includes at least one monofilament strand forming one knit layer of the inner monofilament portion 862 to form the remaining portion of the knit component 830 A rear inner boundary (not shown) disposed along a portion of the upper portion 820 on the outer side 18 toward the heel region 14 that is transited to the first type of yarn of at least one knitted layer of the knitting element 831 to be used 900). The inner monofilament portion 862 may also include an upper inner boundary 904 and a lower inner boundary 908. The upper inner boundary 904 may be disposed along the inner side 18 of the upper 820 and be spaced a first distance D1 from the collar 823 and the neck opening 840, The inner boundary 906 may be disposed along the inner side 18 of the upper 820 and be spaced from the sole structure 110 by the second distance D2 described above.

In some embodiments, the front inner boundary 902 may define a forward position of the inner monofilament portion 862 on the upper 820. In an embodiment where the monofilament region 860 is substantially continuous, the front inner boundary 902 may be simply shifted to the front monofilament portion 864. However, in an embodiment where each monofilament region 860 is discontinuous, the front inner boundary 902 defines a transition to a first yarn type for all of the knitted layers forming the knitting element 831 from the monofilament strand again can do. In such a discontinuous embodiment, it should be understood that the front monofilament portion 864 is defined by another bounding region where the yarn transitions to a monofilament strand that again forms at least one knitted layer.

Along the continuing upper 820, the front monofilament portion 864 may include a posterior front boundary 908 and a front full boundary 909. In one embodiment, rear full frontal boundary 908 is disposed in front of toe region 850 and is separated by a third distance D3, and front frontal boundaries 909 are spaced a third distance D3, And may be separated by a fourth distance D4. In this embodiment, the inner monofilament portion 866 is formed such that at least one monofilament strand forming one knit layer of the outer monofilament portion 866 forms the remainder of the knit component 830 Which is disposed on the outer side 16 of the upper portion 820 toward the heel region 14 which is transited to the first type of yarn of at least one knitted layer of the knitting element 831, 910). The outer monofilament portion 866 may also include an upper outer boundary 914 and a bottom outer boundary 916. The upper outer boundary 914 is disposed along the outer side 16 of the upper 820 and is spaced a fifth distance D5 from the collar 823 and the neck opening 840. In one embodiment, And the bottom outer boundary 916 may be disposed along the outer side 16 of the upper 820 and a sixth distance D2 away from the sole structure 110. [

In some embodiments, the front outer boundary 912 may define a forward position of the outer monofilament portion 868 on the upper 820. Similar to the front inner boundary 902, in the embodiment where the monofilament region 860 is substantially continuous, the front outer boundary 912 may simply be transited to the front monofilament portion 864. However, in the embodiment in which each monofilament region 860 is discontinuous, the front outer boundary 912 is a transition from the monofilament strand to the first yarn type for all the knitted layers forming the knitting element 831 again Can be defined. In such a discontinuous embodiment, it should be understood that the front monofilament portion 864 is defined by another bounding region where the yarn transitions to a monofilament strand that again forms at least one knitted layer.

In some embodiments, the inner monofilament portion 862 and the outer monofilament portion 866 may be formed from an inner side portion 18 and an outer side monofilament portion 86, such that they are approximately symmetrical, May have a similar structure in each of the sides 16. In these embodiments, the first distance D1 and the fifth distance D5 may be approximately the same. Similarly, the second distance D2 and the sixth distance D6 may also be approximately the same. However, in other embodiments, the inner side 18 and the outer side 16, respectively, may have different monofilament regions 860 between their sides. Thus, in such an alternative embodiment, to place the inner monofilament portion 862 and the outer monofilament portion 866 farther or closer to the collar 823 and / or the sole structure 110, The distance D1 and the fifth distance D5 may be different and / or the second distance D2 and the sixth distance D8 may be different, respectively. In yet another embodiment, only one of the inner side 18 or the outer side 16 may comprise a monofilament region 860. Other configurations of the monofilament region 860 of various sizes, shapes, and / or locations may be configured according to the process described herein.

In addition, in the exemplary embodiment, the knit component 830 may further include a boundary zone associated with the heel monofilament portion 888. [ In this embodiment, the heel monofilament portion 868 may also include an upper heel boundary portion 920 and a lower heel boundary portion 922. The upper heel boundary 920 may be away from the collar 823 and the neck opening 840 in the heel region 14 of the upper 820 and the lower heel boundary 922 may be away from the sole structure 110 have. In some embodiments, the upper heel boundary 920 may be a distance substantially similar to the upper inner boundary 904 and / or the upper outer boundary 914, and the lower heel boundary 922 may be spaced from the lower inner boundary 914 906 and / or the bottom outer boundary 916. The bottom outermost boundary 916 may be at a substantially similar distance. In other embodiments, the spacing of the upper heel boundary 920 and / or the lower heel boundary 922 may be different.

As described above, in some embodiments, the knit component 830 may include multiple types of monofilament areas 860 having different structures. For example, in an exemplary embodiment, the monofilament region 860 comprises a first type of monofilament region formed of two knitted layers having monofilament strands, and a second type monofilament region having monofilament strands and two And a second type of monofilament area formed of two knitted layers. In an exemplary embodiment, a first type of monofilament area 860, i.e., two knitted layers of monofilament strand, can be disposed along each of outer side 16 and inner side 18. In this embodiment, inner monofilament portion 862 and / or outer monofilament portion 866 may be a first type of monofilament region. That is, the inner monofilament portion 862 and / or the outer monofilament portion 866 may comprise a first knit layer formed of a first monofilament strand and a second knit layer formed of a second monofilament strand. have.

In an exemplary embodiment, a portion of the knit component 830 that is configured to abut the toe and heel of the wearer's foot when placed in the upper 820 is a second type of monofilament area 880, It can be configured to have two knitted layers with one knitted layer formed and one fabric layer formed from natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarns. In this embodiment, the front monofilament portion 864 and / or the heel monofilament portion 868 may be a second type of monofilament region. That is, the front monofilament portion 864 and / or the heel monofilament portion 868 may comprise a first knit layer formed of monofilament strands and a second knit layer formed of natural or synthetic twist fiber yarns .

In an exemplary embodiment, a first knit layer formed of a monofilament strand in the front monofilament portion 864 and / or the heel monofilament portion 868 may be associated with the outer surface 821 of the upper 820 A second knit layer formed of natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarns in the front monofilament portion 864 and / or the heel monofilament portion 868 may be associated with the inner surface 822 of the upper portion 820. For example, in one embodiment, a second knit layer associated with inner surface 822 may be made of polyester yarn in the front monofilament portion 864 and / or the heel monofilament portion 868. This configuration allows the second layer of polyester yarn to provide a smooth and smooth inner surface 822 for the wearer's foot disposed within the upper portion 820. [ In addition, the second knit layer provides protection against sharp edges or curved portions of the first knitted layer formed of the monofilament strands in the front monofilament portion 864 and / or the heel monofilament portion 868 .

In another embodiment, a second knit layer associated with the inner surface 822 may be made of a combination of polyester yarns and flexible yarns in the front monofilament portion 864 and / or the heel monofilament portion 868. With this arrangement, the flexible yarn portion associated with the second knit layer can be placed in place within the knit component 830 when the full monofilament portion 864 and / or the heel monofilament portion 868 is heated, And may be configured to aid in setting.

As described above, by incorporating a knit component 830 having a different type of monofilament area 860 into the upper 820 for the article 800, the monofilament area 860 can have strength, And / or provide airflow to the interior of the article 800, in cooperation with the airflow passing through the upper 820. [ In addition, by changing the two knitting layer configurations of the monofilament area 860, the upper 820 can also provide these features while maintaining comfort to the wearer's feet. Referring now to Figures 12A-12C, a cross-sectional view of an article 800 having a mono-filament area 880 of different types and an upper 820 incorporating knit components is shown.

12A shows a cross-sectional view of the foot zone 10 taken across the upper 820. FIG. In this embodiment, the front monofilament portion 884 is disposed along the upper portion of the upper portion 820. In an exemplary embodiment, the front monofilament portion 864 may be a second type of monofilament region 860, as described above. In this embodiment, the front monofilament portion 884 includes a first knit layer formed by the monofilament strands associated with the outer surface 821 of the knit component 830, And a second knitted layer formed by a twisted fiber yarn. In some embodiments, the second knit layer of the front monofilament portion 864 may be made of the same yarn as the remainder of the knitting element 831 forming the knit component 830.

This configuration allows air to flow into and out of upper portion 820 to assist in providing vent to article 800 when the wearer's foot is disposed along base 1200 of upper portion 820 within the interior of article 800. [ And the front monofilament portion 864 may include a more flexible knit layer along the inner surface 822 to provide a comfortable feel to the feet.

FIG. 12B shows a cross-sectional view of the midsole 12 taken across the upper 820. FIG. In this embodiment, the inner monofilament portion 862 and the outer monofilament portion 868 are disposed along the inner side portion 18 and the outer side portion 16 of the upper portion 820, respectively, in the middle region 12 . In an exemplary embodiment, the inner monofilament portion 862 and / or the outer monofilament portion 866 may be a monofilament region 860 of the first type as described above. In this embodiment, the inner monofilament portion 862 and / or the outer monofilament portion 866 are formed by a first monofilament strand formed by the first monofilament strand associated with the outer surface 821 of the knit component 830, And a second knit layer formed by a second monofilament strand associated with the inner and inner surfaces 822. [ With this configuration, the inner side portion 18 and the outer side portion 18 of the upper portion 820 can be increased in strength and in-stretchability in these regions.

12C shows a cross-sectional view of the mid-zone 14 taken across the upper 820. FIG. In this embodiment, the heel monofilament portion 868 is disposed along the outer side 18 and the inner side 18 of the upper 820. In an exemplary embodiment, the heel monofilament portion 888 may be a second type of monofilament region 880, as described above. In this embodiment, the heel monofilament portion 868 includes a first knit layer formed by the monofilament strands associated with the outer surface 821 of the knit component 830, May have a structure that is substantially similar to a front monofilament portion 864, including a second knit layer formed by a twisted fiber yarn. In some embodiments, the second knit layer of the heel monofilament portion 868 may be made of the same yarn as the rest of the knit element 831 forming the knit component 830.

In addition, in this embodiment, the portion of the inlay tensile element 832 may be connected to a portion of the monofilament region 880, such as the heel monofilament portion 880, via a portion of the knit component 830, RTI ID = 0.0 > 888 < / RTI >

Referring now to Figures 13 and 14, an exemplary embodiment of a knit component 830 is shown in a planar or planar configuration. As described above, the knit component 830 includes a knit element 831 and an inlay tensile element 832. In this embodiment, the knit component 830 includes an upper full peripheral edge 1300, an upper side peripheral edge 1302, a pair of heel edges including an inner heel edge 1304 and an outer heel edge 1314, Side peripheral edge 1312, and bottom full peripheral edge 1310, as shown in FIG. In addition, the knitting element 831 has an opposing second face, which can form a first face forming part of the outer face 821 of the upper 820 and a part of the inner face 822 of the upper body 820 Thereby defining at least a portion of the cavity within the upper portion 820. In many configurations, the inlay tensile element 832 may extend through the portion of the knit element 831, including the portion of the monofilament area between the first and second sides of the knit element 831.

13 and 14, the inlay tensile element 832 is repeatedly extended from the upper side peripheral edge 1302 toward the toe region 850, where a portion of the inlay tensile element 832 And forms an annulus to serve as a string hole 853) and extends back to the upper side peripheral edge 1302 again. The inlay tensile element 832 may follow similar paths on both sides of the knit component 830. [ In this embodiment, the inlay tensile element 832 is repeatedly extended from the bottom side periphery edge 1312 toward the toe region 850, where a portion of the inlay tensile element 832 is in contact with the To form a loop to act as a base), again extending to the bottom side periphery edge 1312. In some embodiments, a portion of the inlay tensile element 832 may be angled backward and extend to the inner heel edge 1304 and / or the inner heel edge 1314. [ In addition, the inlay tensioning element 832 may be configured to include an inner monofilament portion (not shown) as the inlay tensile element 832 extends toward or away from the upper side peripheral edge 1302 and / or the lower side peripheral edge 1312 866 and / or the outer monofilament portion 866, as well as the at least one monofilament region 860 of the knitted component 830. Similarly, the inlay tensile element 832 may also include a plurality of inward monofilament segments 864 as the inlay tensile element 832 extends toward or away from the inner heel edge 1304 and / or the outer heel edge 1314 And / or a portion of the heel monofilament portion 868. [

Compared to the knit element 831, the inlay tensile element 832 can be more elastic in elasticity. That is, the inlay tensile element 832 may be less elongated than the knit element 831. Considering that many sections of the inlay pulling element 832 extend through the knitting element 831, the inlay pulling element 832 may include an upper portion between the toe region 850 and the lower region adjacent to the sole structure 110, Elasticity can be imparted to the portion of the elastic member 820. In addition, tensioning the strap 154 can impart tension to the inlay pulling element 832, thereby inducing a portion of the upper 820 between the instep area 850 and the lower area to rest against the foot. In addition, considering that many sections of the inlay pulling element 832 extend toward the inner heel edge 1304 and / or the outer heel edge 1314, the inlay pulling element 832 is positioned in the heel region 14, Elasticity can be imparted to the portion of the upper portion 820. [ Moreover, tensioning the strap 154 can induce portions of the upper 820 in the heel zone 14 to rest against the foot. For example, the inlay pulling element 832 may be used to place the monofilament area 880 along the outer side 16 and the inner side 18 of the upper 820 so as to be flat against the wearer's foot. can do. As such, the inlay tensile element 832 cooperates with the strap 154 to improve the fit of the article 800.

The knitting element 831 may incorporate any of the various types of yarns described above with respect to the knit component 130. In some embodiments, the shape of the inlay tensile element 832 can vary considerably. In addition to yarn, the inlay tensile element 832 may have the configuration of, for example, a filament (e.g., monofilament), a thread, a rope, a webbing, a cable, or a chain. The thickness of the inlay pulling element 832 may be larger compared to the yarns forming the knitting element 831. [ In some configurations, the inlay tensile element 832 may have a thickness that is significantly greater than the yarn of the knitting element 831. Although the cross-sectional shape of the inlaid tensile element 832 may be circular, a triangular, square, rectangular, elliptical, or irregular shape may also be used. Moreover, the material forming the inlay tensile element 832 may comprise any material for the yarn in the knitting element 831, such as cotton, elastane, polyester, rayon, wool, and nylon. As described above, the inlay stretching element 832 may have greater in-stretchability than the knitting element 831. [ Suitable materials for the inlay tensile element 832 thus include a wide range of engineering filaments used in high tensile strength applications, including glass, aramid (e.g., para-aramid and meta-aramid), ultra high molecular weight polyethylene, . ≪ / RTI > As another example, a braided polyester thread may also be used as the inlay tensile element 832. [

U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2012/0233882 to Huffa et al., The disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety, includes a process for inlaying or otherwise arranging inlay tensile elements within a knitted element, (130, 830) can be formed.

In an exemplary embodiment, one or more of the peripheral edges of the knit component 830 may be combined to form the upper 820. [ In this embodiment, the knit component 830 is folded at the bending point 1306 between the upper full peripheral edge 1300 and the lower full peripheral edge 1310 to form the upper full peripheral edge 1300 and the lower full peripheral edge 1300. [ (1310) may be in contact with each other. Similarly, the upper side peripheral edge 1302 may be arranged to contact the lower side peripheral edge 1312 and a pair of heel edges, inner heel edge 1304 and outer heel edge 1314 may be arranged to contact one another have. The inner heel edge 1304 and the outer heel edge 1314 may be joined along the shim 829 which is disposed along the inner side 18 of the upper 820 in the heel area 14. In an exemplary embodiment, have. In addition, the padding 829 also extends along the upper front peripheral edge 1300, the lower front peripheral edge 1310, the upper side peripheral edge 1302 and the lower side peripheral edge 1312, 820).

14, an enlarged view of a portion of a knit component, including a mono-filament area 860 of a different type than the knit component 831, is shown to show a single knit configuration of the knit component 830 . As described above, the monofilament region 860 of the knit component 830 can include multiple types of monofilament regions 860 having different structures. For example, in an exemplary embodiment, the monofilament region 860 comprises a first type of monofilament region formed of two knitted layers having monofilament strands, and a second type monofilament region having monofilament strands and two And a second type of monofilament area formed of two knitted layers. In this embodiment, inner monofilament portion 862 and / or outer monofilament portion 866 may be a first type of monofilament region. That is, the inner monofilament portion 862 and / or the outer monofilament portion 866 may be formed from a first monofilament strand 1400 and a second monofilament strand 1401, And a knitted layer. 15b, the first type of monofilament area 860 includes a knit layer formed of monofilament strands on both the outer surface 821 and the inner surface 822 of the upper 820 .

In this embodiment, the front monofilament portion 864 and / or the heel monofilament portion 868 may be a monofilament region of the second type. That is, the front monofilament portion 864 and / or the heel monofilament portion 868 may comprise two knitted layers formed of one knitted layer formed of monofilament strand 1400 and a natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarn 1403 . In an exemplary embodiment, as can be seen in FIG. 15A, a first knit layer formed of monofilament strands 1400 may be associated with an outer surface 821 of the knit component 830 and may be a natural or synthetic A second knit layer formed of twisted fiber yarns 1403 may be associated with the inner surface 822.

In addition, in an embodiment in which the inlay tensile element 832 extends through a portion of the knit component 830 that includes the monofilament region 860, the inlay tensile member 832 may extend beyond the outer surface of the upper portion 820 May be disposed between the inner surface 821 and the inner surface 822. The inlay tensile element 832 is formed of a natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarn associated with the inner surface 822 and a first knit layer formed of monofilament strands associated with the inner surface 821 And extends through the heel monofilament portion 868 between the second knit layers. In some configurations, portions of the inlay tensile element 832 may be visible through one or both of the surfaces. The portion of the inlay tensioning element 832 may be placed against one of the outer surface 821 and / or the inner surface 822, or the knitting element 831 may form a recess or hole, The inlay tensile element 832 can pass through this recess or hole.

In the remainder of the knit component 830 that does not include the monofilament area 860, the knit element 831 may have a similar two knit layer structure. 14, a portion of the knit element 831 includes a first knit layer formed of a first natural or synthetic twist yarn 1402 and a second natural or synthetic twist yarn 1403, And a second knitted layer formed on the second layer. In an exemplary embodiment, a first knit layer formed of a first natural or synthetic twist fiber yarn 1402 can be associated with an outer surface 821 of the knit component 830 and a second natural or synthetic twist A second knit layer formed of fiber yarn 1403 may be associated with inner surface 822. In an exemplary embodiment, the same second natural or synthetic twist fiber yarn 1403 is applied to a knitted component (not shown) comprising a monofilament area 860 of a second type and a second natural or synthetic twist fiber yarn 1403 830. < / RTI >

By forming the knit component 830 with a monofilament area 860 in a single knit configuration, the monofilament area 860 can be divided into a monofilament area 860, as described above with reference to the knit component 130, And may be surrounded or enveloped by the remainder of the knit component 830 to remain under tension. With this arrangement, the tensile force exerted on the monofilament region 860 by the peripheral portion of the knitted component 830 can be imparted to the monofilament region 860 in a mono-filament region 860, Can be prevented or reduced in the filament strands 701. [

Referring now to FIG. 16A, a portion of a knit component 830 including an inner monofilament portion 862 is shown. In an exemplary embodiment, the inlay pulling element 832 extends through the knitting element 831 and the inner monofilament portion 862. In an exemplary embodiment, the portion of the knit component 830 in the bottom inner boundary 906 is formed from the monofilament strand 1400 forming the inner monofilament portion 862, as described above, ) To the natural or synthetic twisted yarn 1402 forming the remainder of the yarn. 16A, the first end 1600 of the knitted component 830 and the fourth end 1606 of the knit component 830 form a mono-filament portion 862 that forms the inner monofilament portion 862, To the natural or synthetic twist fiber yarn 1402 in the bottom inner boundary 906 from the filament strand 1400. [ In one embodiment, the second end 1602 and the third end 1604 of the knit component 830 also include an inlay pulling element 832. In this embodiment, the second end 1602 and the third end 1604 also extend from the monofilament strand 1400 to the bottom inner boundary 908, such as the first end 1800 and the fourth end 1606. [ , Or other different types of yarns in the yarn (s).

The second stage 1802 and the third stage 1604 may correspond to the inlay pulling element 832 as the inlay pulling element 832 extends through the knitting element 831. In an exemplary embodiment, In this configuration, the inlay tensile element 832 extends through the monofilament strand 1400 in the inner monofilament portion 862 and extends through the natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarn 1402 ). ≪ / RTI > The natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarn 1402 thus substantially surrounds the portion of the inlay tensile element 832, such as extending through the remainder of the knitted element 831 outside the inner monofilament portion 862 . This configuration allows the inlay tensile element 832 to be concealed from the field of view on the outer surface 821 of the knitted component 830 outside the monofilament area 860.

In another embodiment, one or more ends of the knit component 830 comprising monofilament strands may extend through the remaining portion of the knit element 831 past the monofilament region 860. [ Referring now to FIG. 16B, there is shown an optional configuration for a portion of a knitted component 830 that includes an inner monofilament portion 862. As in FIG. 16A, the inlay pulling element 832 extends through the knitting element 831 and the inner monofilament portion 862. However, in this embodiment, one or more ends formed by the monofilament strands, e.g., the monofilament strands 1400 described above, also form an interlock between the inner monofilament portion 862 and the inner monofilament portion 862, 831 < / RTI >

In an exemplary embodiment, the portion of the knit component 830 in the bottom inner boundary 906 is formed from the monofilament strand 1400 forming the inner monofilament portion 862, as described above, ) To the natural or synthetic twisted yarn 1402 forming the remainder of the yarn. 16B, the first end 1600 of the knitted component 830 and the fourth end 1606 of the knit component 830 form a mono-filament portion 862 forming the inner monofilament portion 862, To the natural or synthetic twist fiber yarn 1402 in the bottom inner boundary 906 from the filament strand 1400. [ In one embodiment, the second end 1602 and the third end 1604 of the knit component 830 extend from the monofilament strand 1400 to the natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarn 1402 at the bottom inner boundary 906 ), Or other different types of yarns. Instead, the second end 1602 and the third end 1604 are continuous in a substantially continuous manner such that they are formed with the same monofilament strand 1400 forming the inner monofilament portion 862.

The second end 1602 and the third end 1604 may correspond to the inlay pulling element 832 as the inlay pulling element 832 extends through the knitting element 831. In this embodiment, With this arrangement, the inlay stretch element 832 extends through the monofilament strand 1400 in the inner monofilament portion 862 and can also extend through the remainder of the knit element 831. The monofilament strand 1400 thus may substantially surround a portion of the inlay pulling element 832, such as extending through the remainder of the knitting element 831 outside the inner monofilament portion 862. In another embodiment, one or more ends of the monofilament strand may include an inner monofilament portion 862, an all-around monofilament portion 830, May extend outwardly of each monofilament region 860, including a portion 864, an outer monofilament portion 866, and / or a heel monofilament portion 868. Additional strength and support may be provided to the inlay pulling element 832 by surrounding or surrounding the inlay pulling element 832 with the monofilament strand 1400. [

In some embodiments, the second type of monofilament region 860, i.e., two knitted layers having one knitted layer formed of monofilament strands and one knitted layer formed of natural or synthetic twisted fiber yarns, Or a knitted structure that forms a plurality of recesses during a knitting process in a knitted layer formed of synthetic twist fiber yarns. Such a configuration may also provide venting to the interior of the upper 820 while still providing a comfortable feel to the wearer's foot along the inner surface 822.

A suitable knit structure to form the second type of monofilament area 880 includes a 1x1 inverse mimic mesh fabric structure or a 2x2 inverse mimic mesh fabric structure. Unlike a mesh knitting structure that can be used to form an overall extending hole through the knitting element, including both the first and second knitted layers, the inverted simulated mesh fabric structure has a second knit layer, 820). ≪ / RTI > An exemplary embodiment of a looping diagram for knitting a 2x2 inverse mimic mesh structure is shown. In this embodiment, the roofing diagram 1700 includes stitches performed by a knitting machine, such as a flat-knitting machine, to form an inverted 2x2 simulated mesh structure that constitutes part of a second type of monofilament, and The order of movement is shown. As shown in Fig. 17, the spaced dots represent the needles of the knitting machine, and the steps shown illustrate the direction of movement of the yarns or strands between the needles of the front and back beds of the knitting machine.

17, monofilament strand 1400 can be used to knit a first knit layer of monofilament region 860 associated with outer surface 821 of upper 820, Fiber yarn 1403 can be used to knit a second layer of knitted fabric in monofilament area 880 associated with inner surface 822 of upper 820. Unlike the first knit layer, the second knit layer includes a plurality of tuck stitches that are performed using natural or synthetic twist yarns 1403. In this embodiment, the width or gap of the second knit layer is associated with two needles to form an inverted 2x2 simulated mesh structure. For example, such an inverted 2x2 simulated mesh structure may be used to form one or more of the front monofilament portion 864 and / or the heel monofilament portion 868 as described above. However, in other embodiments, larger or smaller knitting structures can be provided by forming gaps associated with more or less needles. For example, an inverted 3x3 simulated mesh structure may be formed by increasing the gap to three needles, and an inverted 1x1 simulated mesh structure may be formed by reducing the gap to a single needle.

17 illustrates one exemplary embodiment of a knit structure that may be used with the knit component 830 to form a portion of the monofilament area 860. [ Mesh knit structures, simulated mesh knit structures, and other suitable knitting structures with accompanying roofing diagrams for knitting such knitting structures for use in this embodiment are described in U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2012/0233882 to Huffa et al. (The disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety).

While various embodiments of the invention have been described, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that the description is intended to be illustrative, rather than restrictive, and that many more embodiments and implementations are possible within the scope of the invention. Accordingly, the invention is not to be restricted except as by the appended claims and their equivalents. In addition, various modifications and changes may be made within the scope of the appended claims.

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  1. An article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper,
    Said upper comprising a knit component,
    A first portion of the knit component is formed by a first yarn, wherein the first yarn is a natural or synthetic twist fiber yarn,
    At least one monofilament region is disposed on a knit component, at least one monofilament region is formed by a monofilament strand,
    Wherein the at least one monofilament zone is formed in a single knit configuration with a first portion of a knit component such that the knit component is an one-piece component.
  2. The article of footwear of claim 1, wherein at least one end of the first yarn is substantially continuous with at least one end of the monofilament strand.
  3. The article of footwear of claim 1, wherein the knit component comprises a plurality of monofilament areas, each monofilament area being formed by monofilament strands.
  4. 4. The article of footwear of claim 3, wherein the plurality of monofilament regions include an inner monofilament portion disposed on the inner side of the upper portion and an outer monofilament portion disposed on the outer side of the upper portion.
  5. 5. The article of footwear of claim 4, wherein the plurality of monofilament zones further comprise a front monofilament portion disposed in a forefoot zone of the upper.
  6. 6. The article of footwear of claim 5, wherein at least one of the inner monofilament portion and the outer monofilament portion is substantially contiguous with the front monofilament portion.
  7. 6. The article of footwear according to claim 5, wherein at least one of the inner monofilament portion and the outer monofilament portion is discontinuous with the front monofilament portion.
  8. 2. The article of footwear of claim 1, wherein the monofilament zone is substantially surrounded by a first portion of the knit component.
  9. 9. The article of footwear of claim 8, wherein the first portion of the knit component surrounding the monofilament area is configured to leave the monofilament in tension.
  10. The method according to claim 1,
    An inlay tensile element extending through at least one of the first portion and the monofilament region;
    Further comprising:
  11. 11. The article of footwear of claim 10, wherein the inlay tensile element extends through both the first portion of the knit component and the monofilament region.
  12. 2. The article of footwear of claim 1, wherein the monofilament area comprises two knitted layers formed in a single knit configuration, the two knit layers overlap and occupy at least partially the same space with each other.
  13. 13. The article of footwear of claim 12, wherein the first fabric layer of the monofilament zone is associated with the outer surface of the upper and the second fabric layer of the monofilament zone is associated with the inner surface of the upper.
  14. 14. The article of claim 13, wherein the first fabric layer and the second fabric layer are both formed by monofilament strands.
  15. 14. The article of claim 13, wherein the first fabric layer is formed by a monofilament strand and the second fabric layer is formed by a first yarn.
  16. An article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper,
    Said upper comprising a knit component, said knit component comprising:
    A knitting element comprising a first yarn, and
    At least one monofilament zone < RTI ID = 0.0 >
    Wherein the knitting element defines an outer surface of the upper and a portion of the opposing inner surface of the upper, the inner surface defining a cavity for receiving the foot, the first yarn defining a natural or synthetic twisted fiber It's Yan,
    The two knitted layers overlap and are at least partially in the same space with each other, each knitted layer comprising monofilament strands,
    Wherein the at least one monofilament region is formed in a single knit configuration with a knitting element such that the knit component is an one-piece element.
  17. 17. The article of footwear of claim 16, wherein the knit component comprises a plurality of monofilament areas.
  18. 18. The article of footwear of claim 17, wherein the plurality of monofilament zones comprises at least one monofilament zone of a first type and at least one monofilament zone of a second type.
  19. 19. The article of footwear of claim 18, wherein the first type of monofilament zone comprises a first monofilament strand associated with an outer surface of the upper and a second monofilament strand associated with an inner surface of the upper.
  20. 19. The article of footwear of claim 18, wherein the second type of monofilament zone comprises a natural or synthetic twist fiber yarn associated with a first monofilament strand associated with an outer surface of the upper and an inner surface of the upper.
  21. 21. The article of footwear of claim 20, wherein the natural or synthetic twist fiber yarn of the second type of monofilament zone is a first yarn.
  22. 18. The article of claim 17, wherein the plurality of monofilament regions include an inner monofilament portion disposed on the inner side of the upper portion and an outer monofilament portion disposed on the outer side of the upper portion.
  23. 23. The article of footwear of claim 22, wherein the plurality of monofilament zones further comprises at least one of a front monofilament portion disposed in the forefoot zone of the upper and a heel monofilament portion disposed in the heel zone of the upper.
  24. 24. The article of claim 23, wherein the plurality of monofilament regions are continuous between two or more monofilament regions of the plurality of monofilament regions.
  25. 17. The article of footwear of claim 16, wherein the first knitted layer of the monofilament area is associated with the outer surface of the upper and the second knitted layer of the monofilament area is associated with the inner surface of the upper.
  26. 26. The article of footwear of claim 25, wherein said first knit layer comprises monofilament strands.
  27. 26. The article of claim 25, wherein the second layer of fabric comprises monofilament strands and either natural or synthetic twist fiber yarns.
  28. 17. The method of claim 16,
    An inlay tensile element extending through at least one of the knit and monofilament regions
    Further comprising:
  29. 29. The article of footwear of claim 28, wherein the inlay tensile element extends through both the knit element and the monofilament area of the knit component.
  30. An article of footwear having an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper,
    Said upper comprising a knit component,
    Wherein the first portion of the knit component is formed by a first yarn, wherein the first yarn is a natural or synthetic twist fiber yarn,
    Wherein the second portion of the knit component is formed by a monofilament strand and the second portion is formed in a single knit configuration with the first portion such that the knit component is an one-
    Wherein the inlay tensile element extends through the knitted component, including at least a portion of the first portion and a portion of the second portion.
  31. 31. The article of footwear of claim 30, wherein the first portion comprises at least a portion of an inner surface of the upper and the second portion comprises at least a portion of an outer surface of the upper.
  32. 31. The article of footwear of claim 30, wherein the first portion comprises a majority of the knitted components and the first portion surrounds the second portion.
  33. 31. The method of claim 30, wherein the knit component further comprises a knit element and at least one monofilament area,
    Wherein the knitting element comprises a first portion,
    Wherein the at least one monofilament zone comprises a second portion.
  34. 34. The article of footwear of claim 33, wherein the knit component comprises a plurality of monofilament areas.
  35. 35. The article of claim 34, wherein the plurality of monofilament regions are disposed on at least two of the inner side of the upper, the outer side of the upper, the full length of the upper, and the heel of the upper.
  36. 35. The article of claim 34, wherein the plurality of monofilament regions are substantially contiguous to each other across the upper.
  37. 35. The method of claim 34, wherein the plurality of monofilament regions comprise different types of monofilament regions,
    A first type of monofilament zone comprising two knitted layers formed by monofilament strands, and
    A second type of monofilament zone comprising a first knit layer formed by monofilament strands and a second knit layer formed by a first yarn,
    Wherein the two knitted layers are partially in the same space and overlap.
  38. 38. The article of footwear of claim 37, wherein at least one of the first type of monofilament area and the second type of monofilament area of the knitted layers comprises the same monofilament strand.
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