Patent Fashions – Before the Reebok pump


It was not Reebok but Fillmore Moore of Farmington Connecticut who built the first inflatable shoe. His 1893 patent describes the technology for a rubber bag midsole that “when the screw plug is turned … air can be blown into and out of the bag.” To Reebok’s credit, their patent cited Moore’s 1893 Pneumatic sole in their patent.