Puma has been granted a patent for a method of manufacturing an upper for footwear. The process involves winding continuous threads around a frame and support component to create variable spacing and peaks, enhancing the structure and design of the shoe. GlobalData’s report on Puma gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Method of manufacturing footwear upper with continuous thread winding

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Puma SE

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11910885B2) discloses a method for manufacturing an article of footwear with a unique design. The method involves providing a sole structure and a support structure, around which a first continuous thread is wound to define an upper with variable spacing from the forefoot region to the heel region. A second continuous thread is then wound over the first thread to create peaks along the midfoot region, with each peak consisting of two legs connected in an upward direction. This second thread also serves to couple the upper to the sole structure, resulting in a distinctive textured surface on the exterior of the footwear.

Furthermore, the patent details additional steps such as using a thread supply system for the continuous threads, winding a third continuous thread around both the support and sole structures, and ensuring that the first continuous thread covers the forefoot, midfoot, and heel regions without self-intersecting. The method also emphasizes the adherence of the second continuous thread to both the upper and the sole structure, along with the creation of distinct winding layers by the first and second continuous threads. Overall, the patented method offers a novel approach to manufacturing footwear with a visually appealing and structurally sound design, showcasing innovation in the industry.

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