Typically, the shoe upper fully cover user’s feet. The shoe upper is made of leather, plastic, rubber, fabrics, wood, and metal. These materials provide a generally similar look and feel of the shoe.
A recent patent application from Nike discloses that Nike has developed a cool braided shoe and also a braiding machine to manufacture the braided shoes.
The patented shoe includes a sole and an upper attached to the sole. The upper includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion has a Jacquard braid pattern. The second portion has a Non-Jacquard braid pattern.
The braiding machine is configured with the set of spools. Passing a last through a braiding point, where the tensile elements converge thereby forming a seamless braided structure on the last.
Moving the set of spools through a first section to form a first braid portion of the braided structure. Moving the set of spools through a second section to form a second braid portion of the braided structure. Wherein a set of rotor gears move the set of spools in a Jacquard motion in the first section. Wherein the set of rotor gears move the set of spools in a Non-Jacquard motion in the second section.
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