US20090277043A1 - Article of Footwear with Integrated Arch Strap - Google Patents

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US20090277043A1
US20090277043A1 US12/117,130 US11713008A US2009277043A1 US 20090277043 A1 US20090277043 A1 US 20090277043A1 US 11713008 A US11713008 A US 11713008A US 2009277043 A1 US2009277043 A1 US 2009277043A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
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    • A43B7/14Footwear with foot-supporting parts
    • A43B7/1495Footwear with arch-supports of the bracelet type
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43CFASTENINGS OR ATTACHMENTS OF FOOTWEAR; LACES IN GENERAL
    • A43C1/00Shoe lacing fastenings
    • A43C1/04Shoe lacing fastenings with rings or loops

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An article of footwear with an integrated arch strap and eyestays is disclosed. The integrated arch strap provides arch support adjustable by a wearer through the tightening of a lace. Furthermore, the adjustment of the integrated arch strap allows some customization of the width of the footwear.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • The present invention relates to an article of footwear, and in particular to an article of footwear configured with an arch strap.
  • 2. Description of Related Art
  • Articles with arch supports have been previously proposed. Bunch (U.S. Pat. No. 4,926,569) teaches a shoe including an arch support device that operates under tension to cradle the foot and lift the arch. The arch support arrangement includes an elastic strap attached on one end to the lateral portion of the top surface of the sole and on the other end to the upper by means of the lacing structure of the shoe. Bunch teaches that the wearer can adjust the degree of arch support by adjusting the tightness of the lacing.
  • The Bunch design lacks provisions for supporting a foot on a medial and lateral side. Furthermore, the end of the arch strap disposed near the lacing structure may slide down the laces and cause difficulties during an initial insertion of the foot. There is a need in the art to overcome these shortcomings.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The invention discloses an article of footwear with an integrated arch strap and eyestays. In one aspect, the invention provides an article of footwear, comprising: an upper comprising a medial lacing portion and a lateral lacing portion; an arch strap configured to provide support to an arch of a foot, the arch strap further comprising: a first end portion, a second end portion and an intermediate portion disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion; a lace configured to fasten the medial lacing portion with the lateral lacing portion; and where the first end portion includes at least one passage to receive a portion of the lace and wherein the second end portion includes at least one passage to receive a portion of the lace.
  • In another aspect, the first end portion includes at least one gap configured to receive a portion of the lace.
  • In another aspect, the second end portion includes at least one gap configured to receive a portion of the lace.
  • In another aspect, the first end portion includes a first eyestay.
  • In another aspect, the second end portion includes a second eyestay.
  • In another aspect, the upper is associated with an insole configured to be inserted over the arch strap.
  • In another aspect, the invention provides an article of footwear, comprising: an upper comprising a medial lacing portion and a lateral lacing portion; the medial lacing portion comprising a medial inner portion and a medial outer portion disposed opposite of the medial inner portion; the lateral lacing portion comprising a lateral inner portion and a lateral outer portion disposed opposite of the lateral inner portion; an arch strap configured to provide support to an arch of a foot, the arch strap further comprising: a first end portion, a second end portion and an intermediate portion disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion; and where the first end portion is configured to cover the lateral inner portion and the lateral outer portion and where the second end portion is configured to cover the medial inner portion and the medial outer portion.
  • In another aspect, the first end portion includes at least one passage to receive a portion of the lace.
  • In another aspect, the second end portion includes at least one passage to receive a portion of the lace.
  • In another aspect, the first end portion is fixedly attached to the lateral inner portion and the lateral outer portion.
  • In another aspect, the first end portion is fixedly attached to the lateral outer portion and where the first end portion is configured to move with respect to the lateral inner portion.
  • In another aspect, the second end portion is fixedly attached to the medial inner portion and the medial outer portion.
  • In another aspect, the second end portion is fixedly attached to the medial outer portion and where the second end portion is configured to move with respect to the medial inner portion.
  • In another aspect, the invention provides an article of footwear, comprising: an upper comprising a medial lacing portion and a lateral lacing portion; an arch strap configured to provide support to an arch of a foot, the arch strap further comprising: a first end portion, a second end portion and an intermediate portion disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion; a lace configured to fasten the medial lacing portion with the lateral lacing portion; the first end portion including at least one passage to receive a portion of the lace and the second end portion including at least one passage to receive a portion of the lace; and where the arch strap is configured to tighten against a lateral portion of a foot and a medial portion of a foot when the lace is tightened.
  • In another aspect, the first end portion is associated with the lateral lacing portion.
  • In another aspect, the second end portion is associated with the medial lacing portion.
  • In another aspect, the upper is associated with an insole.
  • In another aspect, the insole is configured to contact the intermediate portion of the arch strap.
  • In another aspect, the insole is configured to partially wrap around the lateral portion of the foot and the medial portion of the foot when the lace is tightened.
  • In another aspect, the insole is disposed between the intermediate portion and a sole of the article of footwear.
  • Other systems, methods, features and advantages of the invention will be, or will become apparent to one with skill in the art upon examination of the following figures and detailed description. It is intended that all such additional systems, methods, features and advantages be included within this description, be within the scope of the invention, and be protected by the following claims.
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  • The invention can be better understood with reference to the following drawings and description. The components in the figures are not necessarily to scale, emphasis instead being placed upon illustrating the principles of the invention. Moreover, in the figures, like reference numerals designate corresponding parts throughout the different views.
  • FIG. 1 is an isometric view of a preferred embodiment of an article of footwear;
  • FIG. 2 is an exploded isometric view of a preferred embodiment of an article of footwear;
  • FIG. 3 is an isometric view of an exemplary embodiment of an article of footwear fastened with a lace;
  • FIG. 4 is an isometric view of a preferred embodiment of an article of footwear with a foot inserted; and
  • FIG. 5 is an isometric view of a preferred embodiment of an article of footwear with an integrated arch strap fastened around a foot.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • FIGS. 1-2 illustrate a preferred embodiment of article of footwear 100. In particular, FIG. 1 is an isometric view and FIG. 2 is an exploded isometric view of a preferred embodiment of article of footwear 100. For clarity, the following detailed description discusses a preferred embodiment, in the form of a sneaker, but it should be noted that the present invention could take the form of any article of footwear including, but not limited to, soccer shoes, football shoes, rugby shoes, baseball shoes as well as other kinds of shoes. As shown in FIGS. 1-2, article of footwear 100, also referred to simply as article 100, is intended to be used with a right foot; however, it should be understood that the following discussion may equally apply to a mirror image of article of footwear 100 that is intended for use with a left foot.
  • Article of footwear 100 preferably includes upper 102. Generally, upper 102 may be any type of upper. In particular, upper 102 could have any design, shape, size and/or color. Preferably, upper 102 is configured to receive a foot of a wearer.
  • Referring to FIG. 1, upper 102 includes entry hole 103 configured to receive a foot of a wearer. Typically, entry hole 103 allows a foot to be inserted within inner portion 104 of upper 102. Upper 102 may also be associated with outer portion 105, disposed opposite of inner portion 104.
  • Generally, upper 102 may also include medial portion 106 and lateral portion 107 disposed opposite medial portion 106. Medial portion 106 may be associated with an inside of a foot. Similarly, lateral portion 107 may be associated with an outside of a foot.
  • In some embodiments, article of footwear 100 may include a fastening system configured to tighten upper 102. Generally, article of footwear 100 could be associated with any type of fastening system including, but not limited to laces, straps, zippers, hook and loop fasteners, as well as other types of fastening systems. In a preferred embodiment, article of footwear 100 includes a fastening system with a lace.
  • In this embodiment, article of footwear 100 includes lace 108 to secure a foot within upper 102. Generally, lace 108 may be configured with any length necessary to fasten upper 102. In addition, lace 108 may be configured in a particular shape visible in a cross section of lace 108. In some embodiments, lace 108 may include a substantially flat cross section. In other embodiments, lace 108 may be configured with a substantially rounded cross section.
  • Generally, lace 108 may comprise any material including, but not limited to leather, cotton, jute, hemp, or synthetic fibers. Additionally, lace 108 may be coated with a material to increase friction in order to keep lace 108 fastened. In some cases, lace 108 may include elastic portions. Also, referring to FIG. 2, in some cases, first end 301 and second end 302 of lace 108 may be configured with aglets to make threading lace 108 easier.
  • In order to fasten upper 102, lace 108 may be configured to span lacing gap 109. Generally, lacing gap 109 may be disposed in various locations on upper 102. In some embodiments, lacing gap 109 may be disposed between medial portion 106 and lateral portion 107 of upper 102. In other embodiments, lacing gap 109 may be disposed asymmetrically so that a portion of lacing gap 109 is disposed entirely within medial portion 106 or lateral portion 107. In a preferred embodiment, lacing gap 109 may be disposed between medial lacing portion 110 associated with medial portion 106 and lateral lacing portion 111 associated with lateral portion 107.
  • In this embodiment, medial lacing portion 110 comprises medial inner portion 132. Likewise, lateral lacing portion 111 includes lateral inner portion 133. Medial inner portion 132 and lateral inner portion 133 are associated with inner portion 104 of upper 102. Furthermore, medial lacing portion 110 may include medial outer portion 131 disposed opposite of medial inner portion 132. In a similar manner, lateral lacing portion 111 is configured with lateral outer portion 134 that is disposed opposite of lateral inner portion 133. Typically, medial outer portion 131 and lateral outer portion 134 may be associated with outer portion 105 of upper 102. With this preferred arrangement, medial lacing portion 110 and lateral lacing portion 111 may support the framing of lacing gap 109.
  • In some embodiments, lacing gap 109 may also be associated with tongue 118. Preferably, tongue 118 is also associated with toe portion 120 of upper 102. Typically, tongue 118 may be fixedly attached to toe portion 120 and disposed within lacing gap 109. However, in other cases, tongue 118 may be removable.
  • Generally, tongue 118 could have any design, shape, size and/or color. In some cases, tongue 118 may provide a particular aesthetic appearance for article 100. In addition, tongue 118 may include padding or other provisions to increase comfort for a foot when lace 108 fastens upper 102 around a foot.
  • Preferably, medial lacing portion 110 and lateral lacing portion 111 includes provisions for threading lace 108. In some embodiments, medial lacing portion 110 and lateral lacing portion 111 may include a number of eyelets to receive lace 108. The term “eyelet” as used throughout this detailed description and in the claims refers to a structure configured to receive a lace in an article of footwear. For example, in some embodiments, an eyelet may be a small hole or perforation. In some cases, an eyelet may be a hole that is reinforced with a material, including but not limited to metal, cord, fabric or leather. In other embodiments, an eyelet may be an opening formed by a loop of material including but not limited to, fabric, cord, leather or metal.
  • In some embodiments, eyelets may be arranged in eyelet pairs. Typically, an eyelet pair includes an eyelet on a medial lacing portion of an upper associated with a second eyelet disposed on a lateral lacing portion of an upper. In some cases, an eyelet pair may be aligned in a lateral direction on a medical lacing portion and a lateral lacing portion of an upper. Furthermore, multiple eyelet pairs may be organized into a set of eyelets.
  • Referring to FIG. 1, medial lacing portion 110 and lateral lacing portion 111 include first eyelet set 121 and second eyelet set 122. In this embodiment, first eyelet set 121 is disposed adjacent to toe portion 120. Similarly, second eyelet set 122 is disposed adjacent to entry hole 103. Generally, first eyelet set 121 and second eyelet set 122 may include any number of pairs of eyelets. In this embodiment, first eyelet set 121 includes one eyelet pair. In addition, second eyelet set 122 includes two eyelet pairs.
  • In some embodiments, portions other than medial lacing portion 110 and lateral lacing portion 111 may include provisions to receive lace 108. In this embodiment, toe portion 120 includes first eyelet 181 near lacing gap 109. With this arrangement, first eyelet 181 may anchor lace 108 in toe portion 120.
  • In addition, tongue 118 may also include provisions to receive lace 108. In this embodiment, tongue 118 includes second eyelet 182. In some cases, this arrangement may provide a means of securing tongue 118 in place when a foot is disposed within upper 102.
  • For purposes of clarity, only some portions of upper 102 are discussed in this embodiment. It should be understood that upper 102 may include other provisions that are known in the art for assisting in walking, running or other athletic maneuvers. In addition, upper 102 may preferably be associated with a sole system of article of footwear 100.
  • Preferably, an article of footwear includes provisions to support an arch of a foot. Generally, arch support may be configured in a manner that is flexible enough to provide comfort to a foot as well as rigid enough to support an arch of a foot. In some embodiments, a sole system of an article of footwear may be configured to provide arch support for a foot. In other embodiments, a support member may be inserted into an article of footwear in order to provide arch support for a foot. In a preferred embodiment, an article of footwear may include an integrated arch strap to provide support to an arch of a foot.
  • Referring to FIGS. 1-2, article of footwear 100 includes arch strap 200. Generally, arch strap 200 may be configured with a length sufficient to extend between medial portion 106 and lateral portion 107 of upper 102. In addition, arch strap 200 is preferably configured with a width sufficient to support the arch of a foot of a wearer. Furthermore, in this embodiment, the width of arch strap 200 is substantially constant. With this arrangement, arch strap 200 may constitute a generally rectangular shape. However, in other embodiments, arch strap 200 may be contoured to produce a different shape.
  • Preferably, arch strap 200 may also include upper surface 251. In some cases, upper surface 251 may be associated with a foot of a wearer. Arch strap 200 may also include lower surface 252 that is disposed opposite of upper surface 251. In some cases, lower surface may be associated with a sole system of article 100 and is disposed opposite of upper surface 251.
  • Additionally, in this embodiment, arch strap 200 comprises first end portion 201 and second end portion 202. Preferably, arch strap 200 includes intermediate portion 203 disposed between first end portion 201 and second end portion 202. With this arrangement, intermediate portion 203 may provide support to an arch of a foot when arch strap 200 is fastened around a foot.
  • Preferably, an article of footwear includes provisions to adjust an arch strap to a desired level of comfort and support. It is also possible that the adjustment of the arch strap may provide some customization of the width of the article of footwear. Generally, tightening an arch strap around a foot may be accomplished by various means. In some embodiments, an arch strap may include an independent fastening system. In a preferred embodiment, an arch strap may be associated with a fastening system of an upper.
  • In this embodiment, arch strap 200 includes eyestays that may be associated with lacing gap 109. Generally, the term “eyestay” as used throughout this detailed description and in the claims refers to a portion of an arch strap that includes provisions, such as an eyelet, to receive a lace. In this embodiment, arch strap 200 includes first eyestay 211 disposed on first end portion 201. Preferably, first eyestay 211 may be associated with lateral lacing portion 111. In addition, arch strap 200 includes second eyestay 212 disposed on second end portion 202. Preferably, second eyestay 212 may be associated with medial lacing portion 110.
  • Generally, first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 may be formed in any manner known in the art. In this preferred embodiment, first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 are formed by folding first end portion 201 and second end portion 202, respectively, over the top of upper 102. Specifically, first eyestay 211 is formed by folding first end portion 201 over the top of lateral lacing portion 111. In other words, first end portion 201 may fold over and cover lateral inner portion 133 and lateral outer portion 134 to create first eyestay 211. Similarly, second end portion 202 may fold over and cover medial inner portion 132 and medial outer portion 131 to create second eyestay 212. With this preferred configuration, first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 may create passages for lace 108.
  • Referring to FIG. 1, first eyestay 211 is configured with a passage for lace 108 that includes first lower opening 271 adjacent to first eyelet set 121. Also, first eyestay 211 includes first upper opening 273 disposed adjacent to second eyelet set 122. Similarly, second eyestay 212 is configured with a passage for lace 108 that includes second lower opening 272 disposed adjacent to first eyelet set 121. Also, second eyestay 212 forms a passage including second upper opening 274 disposed adjacent to second eyelet set 122. Preferably, this configuration of first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 forms two passages for lace 108.
  • In some cases, first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 may include additional provisions for threading lace 108. In some embodiments, first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 may include eyelets to receive lace 108. In this preferred embodiment, first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 include gaps to receive lace 108.
  • Generally, first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 may include any number of gaps. Furthermore, gaps may be created with any shape. In this case, first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 each include two gaps. Referring to FIG. 2, the gaps of first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 are configured with a substantially square shape. In particular, first eyestay 211 includes first gap 291 and second gap 292. Similarly, second eyestay 212 includes third gap 293 and fourth gap 294. With this arrangement, lace 108 may be threaded through first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 as well as through first gap 291, second gap 292, third gap 293 and fourth gap 294. This lacing will be discussed in greater detail later in this detailed description.
  • In some embodiments, arch strap 200 may be secured to upper 102 in order to integrate arch strap 200 with article of footwear 100. In this embodiment, first end portion 201 may be fixedly attached to lateral lacing portion 111. Similarly, second end portion 202 may be fixedly attached to medial lacing portion 110 of upper 102. Using this preferred arrangement, arch strap 200 may be integrated with article 100.
  • Generally, first end portion 201 and second end portion 202 may be fixedly attached to lateral lacing portion 111 and medial lacing portion 110, respectively, through any manner known in the art. For example, first end portion 201 and second end portion 202 may be fixedly attached by stitching to lateral lacing portion 111 and medial lacing portion 110, respectively. In some embodiments, first end portion 201 may be stitched to lateral outer portion 134 but configured to move with respect to lateral inner portion 133. Likewise, second end portion 202 may be stitched to medial outer portion 131 but configured to move with respect to medial inner portion 132. In a preferred embodiment, first end portion 201 may be stitched to lateral inner portion 133 as well as lateral outer portion 134. Similarly, second end portion 202 may be stitched to medial inner portion 132 and medial outer portion 131. With this preferred configuration, arch strap 200 may be fixedly attached to upper 102.
  • In some embodiments, intermediate portion 203 of arch strap 200 could also be fastened to a portion of article of footwear 100. In some cases, intermediate portion 203 could be fastened to a portion of upper 102. In other cases, intermediate portion 203 could be fastened to a portion of sole 199. In a preferred embodiment, intermediate portion 203 could be fastened to a lasting board or strobel sole element of article of footwear 100. In particular, intermediate portion 203 may be stitched to the lasting board or strobel sole element. In other embodiments, however, intermediate portion 203 may not be fastened to any portion of article of footwear 100.
  • In different embodiments, arch strap 200 may be made of different materials. Examples of different materials that could be used include, but are not limited to, natural leather, synthetic leather, natural fibers, rubber, elastic fibers, as well as other types of materials. In a preferred embodiment, arch strap 200 may be made of an elastic material. With this arrangement, arch strap 200 may be configured to conform to the shape of a foot of a wearer.
  • It is also possible that an article of footwear with an arch strap may include an insole. Typically, an insole provides comfort for a bottom surface of a foot. Also, the insole may provide shock absorption for a foot. In some embodiments, an insole may be disposed against a lower surface of an arch strap. In a preferred embodiment, an insole may be disposed on an upper surface of an arch strap.
  • Referring to FIG. 2, article of footwear 100 includes insole 280. Generally, insole 280 is shaped substantially similarly to a sole of article 100. In this preferred embodiment, insole 280 may be configured to contact intermediate portion 203 of arch strap 200. With this arrangement, insole 280 may assist arch strap 200 in providing arch support to a foot.
  • Generally, article of footwear 100 may be assembled with arch strap 200 by inserting arch strap 200 into inner portion 104 of upper 102 through lacing gap 109. Preferably, arch strap 200 is inserted in a manner that disposes arch strap 200 adjacent to an arch portion of a sole. Furthermore, arch strap 200 may be disposed with lower surface 252 adjacent to the sole. Following the insertion of arch strap 200, arch strap 200 may be integrated with article 100 by fixedly attaching first end portion 201 and second end portion 202 to lateral lacing portion 111 and medial lacing portion 110, respectively, as previously described.
  • In some embodiments, after integrating arch strap 200 with article 100, insole 280 may be inserted into inner portion 104 of article 100. With this arrangement, insole 280 may be disposed adjacent to intermediate portion 203 on upper surface 251 of arch strap 200. Finally, lateral lacing portion 111 and medial lacing portion 110 as well as arch strap 200 may be tightened around a foot by threading lace 108 through first eyelet 181, first eyelet set 121, first eyestay 211, second eyestay 212, second eyelet 182 and second eyelet set 122. It should be understood that the steps describing the assembly of article 100 with arch strap 200 are intended to be exemplary. In other embodiments, article 100 may be assembled with arch strap 200 in another manner.
  • Generally, lace 108 may be threaded through eyelets of upper 102 as well as first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 of arch strap 200 in any manner known in the art. FIG. 3 illustrates an exemplary embodiment of a threading of lace 108 through eyelets of upper 102 as well as first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 of arch strap 200. However, in other embodiments, lace 108 may be threaded in a different manner to secure upper 102 and arch strap 200 around a foot of a wearer. For purposes of clarity, upper 102 is shown in phantom in this embodiment.
  • In this embodiment, lace 108 may first be threaded through first eyelet 181. Preferably, threading lace 108 through first eyelet 181 enables a middle portion of lace 108 to be confined within first eyelet 181. With this arrangement, approximately two equal portions of lace 108 may be disposed adjacent to medial lacing portion 110 and lateral lacing portion 111 to fasten upper 102 and arch strap 200. Specifically, first portion 311 of lace 108 may be disposed adjacent to medial lacing portion 110 and associated with first end 301. Similarly, second portion 312 of lace 108 may be disposed adjacent to lateral lacing portion 111 and associated with second end 302.
  • Following the threading of lace 108 through first eyelet 181, lace 108 may be inserted through first eyelet set 121. As previously discussed, first eyelet set 121 includes one pair of eyelets in this embodiment. Specifically, first eyelet set 121 includes third eyelet 183 disposed on medial lacing portion 110 and fourth eyelet 184 disposed on lateral lacing portion 111. Using this configuration, first portion 311 of lace 108 may be inserted through third eyelet 183. In a similar manner, second portion 312 of lace 108 may be inserted through fourth eyelet 184. With this configuration, the fastening of first eyelet set 121 may be accomplished.
  • In preparation for threading first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 of arch strap 200, first portion 311 and second portion 312 may be crossed as first portion 311 and second portion 312 span lacing gap 109. Then, first portion 311 may be inserted into first lower opening 271 of first eyestay 211 and exit through first gap 291. Similarly, second portion 312 may be threaded through second lower opening 272 of second eyestay 212 and exit through third gap 293. Following this threading through a portion of first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212, first portion 311 and second portion 312 may cross as first portion 311 and second portion 312 span lacing gap 109.
  • After first portion 311 and second portion 312 cross at lacing gap 109, first portion 311 preferably enters third gap 293 to emerge from adjacent fourth gap 294. Likewise, second portion 312 enters first gap 291 to emerge from adjacent second gap 292. Then, in some embodiments, first portion 311 and second portion 312 may be inserted through second eyelet 182 of tongue 118. Following the threading of second eyelet 182 of tongue 118, first portion 311 may be inserted into second gap 292 to re-emerge through first upper opening 273 of first eyestay 211. In a similar manner, second portion 312 may be threaded through fourth gap 294 and emerge from second upper opening 274 of second eyestay 212. With this configuration, lace 108 may fasten arch strap 200.
  • In some embodiments, lace 108 may also be threaded through second eyelet set 122 to further fasten medial lacing portion 110 and lateral lacing portion 111 around a foot. Typically, this may be accomplished by first crossing first portion 311 and second portion 312 as first portion 311 and second 302 span lacing gap 109. Then, first portion 311 and second portion 312 may be threaded through the eyelets comprising second eyelet set 122. Using this configuration, medial lacing portion 110 and lateral lacing portion 111 may be fastened by lace 108.
  • FIGS. 4-5 illustrate preferred embodiments of foot 400 inserted and fastened within article of footwear 100. Specifically, FIG. 4 is a preferred embodiment of foot 400 inserted within article of footwear 100. FIG. 5 demonstrates a preferred embodiment of article 100 fastened around foot 400. In these embodiments, foot 400 includes bottom surface 401. Furthermore, bottom surface 401 includes arch portion 402.
  • Referring to FIG. 4, foot 400 is inserted into entry hole 103 of article of footwear 100. This allows inner portion 104 of upper 102 to receive foot 400. Once inserted, bottom surface 401 of foot 400 is disposed adjacent to insole 280. Preferably, arch portion 402 of bottom surface 401 is disposed proximate to intermediate portion 203 of arch strap 200. In this embodiment, arch portion 402 is separated from arch strap 200 by insole 280. However, in other embodiments without an insole, arch portion 402 may be disposed directly adjacent to intermediate portion 203. With this arrangement, first end 201 may be disposed on a lateral side of foot 400 and second end 202 may be disposed adjacent to a medial side of foot 400.
  • Preferably, once foot 400 is inserted in article 100, lace 108 may be fastened to secure foot 400 within article 100. Referring to FIG. 5, lace 108 fastens article 100 in a substantially similar manner as the embodiment discussed with respect to FIG. 3. In other embodiments, lace 108 may be fastened through arch strap 200 and eyelets of upper 102 in another manner. With this preferred configuration, lace 108 tightens first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 as well as eyelets of upper 102 to secure article 100 around foot 400.
  • Due to the integration of first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 with arch strap 200, the fastening of lace 108 tightens insole 280 and arch strap 200 around foot 400. In particular, arch strap 200 may be pulled around arch portion 402 of foot 400 as lace 108 is fastened. In this manner, the fastening of lace 108 causes arch strap 200 to contour to arch portion 402. Specifically, arch strap 200 tightens against a lateral portion and a medial portion of foot 400 when lace 108 is tightened. In some cases, this fastening may also cause insole 280 to partially wrap around a lateral portion and a medial portion of foot 400.
  • Preferably, a wearer may adjust the amount that arch strap 200 is fastened around arch portion 402. Generally, the fastening of arch strap 200 may be adjusted by modifying the tautness of the fastening of lace 108. Using this preferred arrangement, arch strap 200 may be adjusted to provide comfort and support to arch portion 402 of foot 400.
  • In some cases, modifying the fit of arch strap 200 around arch portion 402 allows for some customization of the width of footwear 100. In other words, a wearer may adjust the fastening of lace 108 to achieve different widths for arch portion 402 of foot 400 disposed in article 100. Preferably, fastening lace 108 with a desired tautness allows the wearer to adjust the amount of arch strap 200 available for arch portion 402 of foot 400. In this manner, the fastening of arch strap 200 allows for some customization of the width of footwear 100. In addition, adjusting the tautness of the fastening of lace 108 may alter the amount that insole 280 curves around the sides of foot 400.
  • It is also possible that a wearer may achieve a tighter fit of insole 280 to bottom surface 401 of foot 400 when arch strap 200 is fastened around arch portion 402 of foot 400. This tighter fit preferably creates less friction between foot 400 and insole 280 when the wearer is active. With this preferred arrangement, a wearer may realize a more comfortable fit with insole 280 when arch strap 200 is fastened around foot 400.
  • Preferably, arch strap 200 operates in a similar manner when insole 280 is not used in conjunction with arch strap 200. Without insole 280, arch strap 200 may wrap directly around arch portion 402 of foot 400. In particular, bottom surface 401 may be disposed adjacent to intermediate portion 203 of arch strap 200. In this manner, arch strap 200 may support arch portion 402 when lace 108 fastens first eyestay 211 and second eyestay 212 around foot 400. In some cases, the fastening of arch strap 200 may cause intermediate portion 203 to lift arch portion 402 from a sole of article 100. With this arrangement, arch strap 200 may provide support to arch portion 402 of foot 400.
  • While various embodiments of the invention have been described, the description is intended to be exemplary, rather than limiting and it will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art that many more embodiments and implementations are possible that are within the scope of the invention. Accordingly, the invention is not to be restricted except in light of the attached claims and their equivalents. Also, various modifications and changes may be made within the scope of the attached claims.

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1. An article of footwear, comprising:
an upper comprising a medial lacing portion and a lateral lacing portion;
an arch strap configured to provide support to an arch of a foot, the arch strap further comprising: a first end portion, a second end portion and an intermediate portion disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion;
a lace configured to fasten the medial lacing portion with the lateral lacing portion; and
wherein the first end portion includes at least one passage to receive a portion of the lace and wherein the second end portion includes at least one passage to receive a portion of the lace.
2. The article according to claim 1, wherein the first end portion includes at least one gap configured to receive a portion of the lace.
3. The article according to claim 1, wherein the second end portion includes at least one gap configured to receive a portion of the lace.
4. The article according to claim 1, wherein the first end portion includes a first eyestay.
5. The article according to claim 4, wherein the second end portion includes a second eyestay.
6. The article according to claim 1, wherein the upper is associated with an insole configured to be inserted over the arch strap.
7. An article of footwear, comprising:
an upper comprising a medial lacing portion and a lateral lacing portion;
the medial lacing portion comprising a medial inner portion and a medial outer portion disposed opposite of the medial inner portion;
the lateral lacing portion comprising a lateral inner portion and a lateral outer portion disposed opposite of the lateral inner portion;
an arch strap configured to provide support to an arch of a foot, the arch strap further comprising: a first end portion, a second end portion and an intermediate portion disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion; and
wherein the first end portion is configured to cover the lateral inner portion and the lateral outer portion and wherein the second end portion is configured to cover the medial inner portion and the medial outer portion.
8. The article of footwear according to claim 7, wherein the first end portion includes at least one passage to receive a portion of the lace.
9. The article of footwear according to claim 7, wherein the second end portion includes at least one passage to receive a portion of the lace.
10. The article of footwear according to claim 7, wherein the first end portion is fixedly attached to the lateral inner portion and the lateral outer portion.
11. The article of footwear according to claim 7, wherein the first end portion is fixedly attached to the lateral outer portion and wherein the first end portion is configured to move with respect to the lateral inner portion.
12. The article of footwear according to claim 7, wherein the second end portion is fixedly attached to the medial inner portion and the medial outer portion.
13. The article of footwear according to claim 7, wherein the second end portion is fixedly attached to the medial outer portion and wherein the second end portion is configured to move with respect to the medial inner portion.
14. An article of footwear, comprising:
an upper comprising a medial lacing portion and a lateral lacing portion;
an arch strap configured to provide support to an arch of a foot, the arch strap further comprising: a first end portion, a second end portion and an intermediate portion disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion;
a lace configured to fasten the medial lacing portion with the lateral lacing portion;
the first end portion including at least one passage to receive a portion of the lace and the second end portion including at least one passage to receive a portion of the lace; and
wherein the arch strap is configured to tighten against a lateral portion of a foot and a medial portion of a foot when the lace is tightened.
15. The article of footwear according to claim 14, wherein the first end portion is associated with the lateral lacing portion.
16. The article of footwear according to claim 15, wherein the second end portion is associated with the medial lacing portion.
17. The article of footwear according to claim 14, wherein the upper is associated with an insole.
18. The article of footwear according to claim 17, wherein the insole is configured to contact the intermediate portion of the arch strap.
19. The article of footwear according to claim 17, wherein the insole is configured to partially wrap around the lateral portion of the foot and the medial portion of the foot when the lace is tightened.
20. The article of footwear according to claim 17, wherein the insole is disposed between the intermediate portion and a sole of the article of footwear.
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