Footwear lacing system

  • US 6,202,953 B1
  • Filed: 06/22/1999
  • Issued: 03/20/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/22/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A closure system for footwear having an upper, with a lateral side and a medial side, the closure system comprising:

  • a first lace guide attached to the lateral side of the upper;

    a second lace guide attached to the medial side of the upper;

    each of the first and second lace guides comprising an elongated longitudinal lace pathway extending generally parallel to a longitudinal axis of the footwear and first and second lace entrance points where the lace enters or exits the lace pathway;

    a lace slidably extending along the first and second lace entrance points and longitudinal lace pathway of each of the first and second lace guides; and

    a tightening mechanism on the footwear, for retracting the lace, thereby advancing the first lace guide towards the second lace guide to tighten the footwear.

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