Allbirds has been granted a patent for a shoe design that enhances performance, manufacturing efficiency, and environmental benefits. The shoe features a continuous textile upper with different regions for durability and comfort, a heel retainer, and strategically positioned eyelets for comfort and ease of manufacturing. GlobalData’s report on Allbirds gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Allbirds, Anti-static and anti-allergenic yarns was a key innovation area identified from patents. Allbirds's grant share as of February 2024 was 61%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Patent granted for shoe with continuous knit textile upper

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Allbirds Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11849804B2) details a unique shoe design that focuses on comfort and structural stability. The shoe comprises a sole with a tread surface and an upper portion made of a continuous knit textile, including a cuff region, flex region, toe region, and peripheral region, each with varying levels of elasticity defined by different knit patterns and yarn blends. The shoe is designed to stretch to accommodate the wearer's foot while providing stability through the flex region pulling the peripheral region against the foot. The upper portion is seamless and made with eucalyptus fiber blends, promoting breathability and sustainability. The shoe also features a heel retainer and insole for added comfort and fit.

Furthermore, the patent describes additional features such as eyelets for shoelaces, a reinforcement component for structural support, and the use of thermoplastic materials in specific regions. The design allows for a customized fit with the cuff region exerting elastic force to retain the foot in the cavity. The shoe's knit upper portion is a single piece, ensuring a seamless transition between different regions. The incorporation of eucalyptus fiber blends in the yarn enhances the shoe's eco-friendly profile. Overall, the patented shoe design combines innovative materials and construction techniques to deliver a comfortable, stable, and sustainable footwear option for consumers looking for a unique blend of performance and environmental consciousness.

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