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US20030167658A1
US20030167658A1 US10258108 US25810803A US20030167658A1 US 20030167658 A1 US20030167658 A1 US 20030167658A1 US 10258108 US10258108 US 10258108 US 25810803 A US25810803 A US 25810803A US 20030167658 A1 US20030167658 A1 US 20030167658A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43CFASTENINGS OR ATTACHMENTS OF FOOTWEAR; LACES IN GENERAL
    • A43C13/00Wear-resisting attachments
    • A43C13/14Special attachments for toe-caps; Protecting caps for toe-caps
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B5/00Footwear for sporting purposes
    • A43B5/02Football boots or shoes, i.e. footwear for soccer, football or rugby
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B5/00Footwear for sporting purposes
    • A43B5/02Football boots or shoes, i.e. footwear for soccer, football or rugby
    • A43B5/025Football boots or shoes, i.e. footwear for soccer, football or rugby characterised by an element which improves the contact between the ball and the footwear

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A football boot (1) has a ball controlling surface which comprises an elasticated frictional surface. Conveniently the elasticated frictional surface may be provided in the form of a plurality of pieces of frictional material (11 a, 11 b, 11 c, . . . ) fixed to an elasticated surface (12). Alternatively the elastic material may be provided between adjacent pieces of frictional material. The surface may equally be provided in the form of a material which inherently has both elasticated and frictional properties. Optionally the ball controlling surface is provided with an additional layer (13) of confined fluid substance located beneath the elasticated surface (12).

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  • This invention relates to sports shoes and in particular sports shoes used in sports where the feet are used to control a ball. Examples of suitable applications for the invention are in soccer boots and rugby football boots. [0001]
  • Football boots are well known and have a tough upper surface suitable for handling the impact of a travelling ball or the force behind the wearer kicking the ball. Often the heel of the boot will also be of a toughened material to cope with impacts in back passing the ball. In some football boots, for example that known as the ADIDAS® PREDATOR™, the upper surface of the boot is provided with a ridged, relatively high friction surface. This added friction causes a ball approaching the surface of the boot from an oblique angle to slow down on contact with the surface giving the wearer greater opportunity to turn and direct the ball before passing it to another player. It may also make it easier for the wearer to stop a moving ball with his foot. [0002]
  • The present invention aims to provide a boot which gives further control to the wearer in manoeuvring a ball. [0003]
  • In accordance with the present invention there is provided a football boot having a ball controlling surface which comprises an elasticated frictional surface. [0004]
  • Conveniently the elasticated frictional surface may be provided in the form of a plurality of pieces of frictional material fixed to an elasticated surface. Alternatively the elastic material may be provided between adjacent pieces of frictional material. The surface may equally be provided in the form of a material which inherently has both elasticated and frictional properties. [0005]
  • As a ball hits the elasticated frictional surface the frictional material provides grip, thereby slowing the ball. At the same time the elasticated portion gives a little, travelling with the ball and once the ball has slowed sufficiently, pulls the ball back towards the position at which it first impacted the shoe. This assists the wearer in the slowing and holding of the ball as he receives it, giving him better opportunity than in the prior art boots to control and redirect the ball. [0006]
  • The frictional material is preferably a rubber or rubber like material having a grooved, castellated or otherwise roughened surface. Where provided as a plurality of pieces, the pieces may be of any shape but are suitably square, rectangular or diamond shaped. The pieces may be fixed to an elasticated material substrate by any suitable means such as stitching or chemical bonding. Different pieces may, optionally, be provided with different types of frictional surface, for example, some may be grooved, others castellated. Optionally, the frictional surface may comprise raised figures or alphanumeric characters which may, for example, be indicative of the brand name of the shoe or the manufacture providing the shoe. [0007]
  • Suitable elastic materials include rubbers, or any fabrics incorporating an elastic material such as Lycra™ or Elastane™. Preferable the material is durable and wear resistant. [0008]
  • Preferably, the ball controlling surface will further comprise a layer of confined fluid beneath the elasticated layer. This fluid layer may conveniently be provided in the form of a gel such as a silicone gel. On impact by a ball, this fluid layer will give, absorbing some kinetic energy from the moving ball, again permitting the ball to be slowed down more quickly and effectively than with the prior art boots. [0009]
  • The ball controlling surface may be provided on the toe and upper front surface of the boot or the rear heel portion of the boot. Optionally both surfaces my be provide with a ball controlling surface according to the present invention. [0010]
  • In a further aspect the invention provides a method for manufacturing a football boot comprising; [0011]
  • providing a football boot having a studded sole and a lace up upper surface, [0012]
  • applying to the toe and/or heel portion of the upper surface a layered composite comprising a lower fluid layer, an intermediate elasticated layer and an upper layer comprising a plurality of pieces of frictional material.[0013]
  • The invention will now be further described with reference to the following Figures in which; [0014]
  • FIG. 1 shows the external appearance of one embodiment of the invention; [0015]
  • FIG. 2 shows the embodiment of FIG. 1 with a section through part of the ball controlling surface to illustrate its layered structure. [0016]
  • FIG. 3 illustrates schematically how the embodiment of FIGS. 1 and 2 may be manufactured.[0017]
  • As can be seen from FIG. 1, the basic shape of the boot [0018] 1 resembles that of known football boots. It has a sole 2 carrying a plurality of studs 3 a, 3 b, 3 c . . . and an upper surface 4 comprising a tongue 5, a foot encapsulating portion 6 and laces 7 threaded through holes 8 a, 8 b, 8 c, . . . provided either side of a slashed opening 9 provided in the foot encapsulating portion 6. The toe portion 10 of the foot encapsulating portion 6 is provided with a ball controlling surface in accordance with the present invention. The upper surface of the ball controlling portion is provided with a plurality of diamond shaped pieces of rubber 11 a, 11 b, 11 c, . . . affixed to underlying elasticated layer 12. Each piece of rubber 11 a, 11 b, 11 c, . . . has a grooved surface to provide additional friction. It is to be noted that the pieces of rubber 11 a, 11 b, 11 c, . . . are slightly raised from elasticated layer 12 and are spaced slightly apart from each other, this in itself provides a frictional property to the ball controlling surface.
  • From FIGS. 2 and 3 it can be seen that between the foot encapsulating portion [0019] 6 of the shoe and the elasticated layer 12 is provided a fluid layer 13, in this case made up of a globular gel-like substance. The heel portion 14 of the foot encapsulating portion 6 may also optionally be provided with a ball controlling surface in accordance with the present invention. In FIG. 3, the letters A, B and C represent sequential steps in the manufacture of the embodiment illustrated.
  • It is to be understood that the foregoing represents just one embodiment of the invention and is not intended to detract from the true scope of the invention as claimed in the appended claims. [0020]

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  1. 1. A football boot having a ball controlling surface which comprises an elasticated frictional surface having affixed thereto a plurality of pieces of frictional material and a layer of confined fluid beneath the elasticated surface.
  2. 2. A football boot as claimed in claim 1 wherein the pieces of frictional material are substantially diamond shaped.
  3. 3. A football boot as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the frictional surface is provided by a rubber or rubber like material having a grooved, castellated or otherwise roughened surface.
  4. 4. A football boot as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the elasticated material incorporates Lycra™ or Elastane™.
  5. 5. A football boot as claimed in any of claims 1 to 4 wherein the confined layer of fluid comprises a gel.
  6. 6. A football boot as claimed in claim 5 wherein the gel comprises silicone.
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