Patent Number: 6,170,177

Title: Footwear customization system and process

Abstract: A footwear customization system that includes a rearfoot and forefoot goniometer for measuring rearfoot and forefoot alignment of a foot to provide rearfoot and forefoot alignment data. A customizable piece of footwear having a moldable, settable midsole is mounted on a shoe press, and the shoe press applies pressure to the midsole based on the rearfoot and forefoot alignment data in order to form a contour in the midsole. The contour provides alignment corrections based on the rearfoot and forefoot alignment data. A computer running a footwear customization program can be interfaced to the rearfoot and forefoot goniometer and the shoe press to receive the rearfoot and forefoot alignment data from the rearfoot and forefoot goniometer and provide it to the shoe press. An injection apparatus can be used to set the midsole of the piece of footwear so that the midsole retains the contour after the piece of footwear has been removed from the shoe press. Preferably, the rearfoot and forefoot alignment of the foot is measured while the foot is in a non-weight bearing position known as sub-talar neutral.

Inventors: Frappier; John P. (Horace, ND), Swanson; Stephen C. (Park City, UT)

Assignee:

International Classification: A43B 7/28 (20060101); A43B 7/14 (20060101); A43D 1/00 (20060101); A43D 1/02 (20060101); A43D 3/00 (20060101); A43D 001/02 (); B29D 031/50 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2013