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Title:
ACCESSORY FOR FOOTWEAR
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/207608
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
An accessory (1) for footwear adapted to take a first open configuration to facilitate the insertion of a foot in a footwear and a second closed configuration to lace the footwear about the foot, characterized in that it comprises : a first closure portion (2) associable with a first edge of an upper of the footwear; a second closure portion (3) associable with a second edge of an upper of the footwear; the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) comprising respective first ends (4) directly connected to each other, the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) comprising respective second free ends (5); closure means (6) operatively connected to said first closure portion (2) and said second closure portion (3), the closure means (6) being manually operable for allowing the accessory (1) to pass from the first open configuration to the second closed configuration and vice versa.

Inventors:
FIORDISPINO, Umberto (Via delle 4 Giornate di Napoli, Cardito Napoli, I-80024, IT)
Application Number:
IT2018/000088
Publication Date:
October 31, 2019
Filing Date:
June 19, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
FIORDISPINO, Umberto (Via delle 4 Giornate di Napoli, Cardito Napoli, I-80024, IT)
CARAPEZZI, Sonia (Via Aldo Moro, 8/83, Cusago Milano, I-20090, IT)
International Classes:
A43B11/00; A43C11/00; A43C11/14; A43C11/20
Domestic Patent References:
WO2008116297A12008-10-02
Foreign References:
US2268003A1941-12-30
GB725730A1955-03-09
US6035556A2000-03-14
US20020144382A12002-10-10
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MOZZI, Matteo (Via Senato 8, MILANO, I-20121, IT)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. An accessory (1) for footwear (100) adapted to take a first open configuration to facilitate the insertion of a foot in a footwear (100) and a second closed configuration to tighten the footwear (100) about the foot, characterized in that it comprises:

a first closure portion (2) associable with a first edge (LI) of an upper of the footwear (100);

a second closure portion (3) associable with a second edge (L2) of the upper of the footwear (100); the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) comprising respective first ends (4) directly connected to each other, the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) comprising respective second free ends (5) ;

closure means (6) operatively connected to said first closure portion (2) and said second closure portion (3), the closure means (6) being manually operable for allowing the accessory (1) to pass from the first open configuration to the second closed configuration and vice versa.

2. An accessory (1) according to claim 1, wherein the closure means (6) comprise:

a plate-like element (7) having a respective first end (7') directly unmovably connected to the second closure portion (3) and a second free end (7"), the plate-like element (7) comprising at least one through hole (8) between said first end { Ί ' ) and said second free end (7") ;

a pin (9) directly unmovably connected to the first closure portion (2), the pin (9) extending orthogonally to a plane (P) on which the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) lie, said pin (9) being adapted to engage said at least one hole (8) of said plate-like element (7) in a removable manner to allow the accessory (1) to take the closed configuration .

3. An accessory (1) according to claim 2, wherein the closure means (6) further comprise a first wing (10) directly connected to the second free end (5) of the first closure portion (2) , and a second wing (11) directly connected to the second free end (5) of the second closure portion (3) , the first wing (10) and the second wing (11) extending in an orthogonal direction with respect to the plane (P) on which the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) lie, the first wing (10) and the second wing (11) being manually operable to bring the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) towards each other and facilitate the engagement of said pin (9) with said at least one hole (8) of said plate-like element (7) .

4. An accessory (1) according to claim 1, wherein the closure means (6) comprise a slider (12), adapted to be slidingly engaged inside a first slot (13) defined longitudinally in the first closure portion (2) , between the first end (4) and the second end (5) of the first closure portion (2) , and a second slot (14) defined longitudinally in the second closure portion (3) , between the first end (4) and the second end (5) of the second closure portion (3), the slider (12) being adapted to slide along the first slot (12) of the first closure portion (2) and the second slot (13) of the second closure portion (3) from the first ends (4) of the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) to the second ends (5) of the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) , to bring together the second free ends (5) of the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) and to engage respective inserts (15) defined in the first slot (13) and in the second slot (13) in a removable manner at each of the second free ends (5) of the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) to allow the accessory (1) to take and maintain the closed configuration, the slider (12) being further adapted to slide along the first slot (13) of the first closure portion (2) and the second slot (14) of the second closure portion (3) from the second free ends (5) of the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) to the first ends (4) of the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) to space apart the second free ends (5) of the first closure portion

(2) and the second closure portion (3) to allow the accessory (1) to take the open configuration.

5. An accessory (1) according to claim 1, wherein the closure means (6) comprise:

a first plate (16) having a respective first end (16') directly connected to the first ends (4) of the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion

(3) and a respective second end (16"), the first plate (16) extending parallel to a plane (P) on which the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) lie;

a second plate (17) having a respective first end (17') directly connected in a point (PI) to the first end (16') of the first plate (16) and a respective second free end (17");

a pulling mechanism (18) adapted to bring together the second free ends (5) of the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) , transversally to the plane (P) on which the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) lie, when the second free end (17") of the second plate (17) is adapted to move orthogonally to the plane (p) on which the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) lie in order to approach the second end (16") of the first plate (16) , to allow the accessory (1) to take the closed configuration;

a retaining element (19) arranged at the second end (16") of the first plate (16) adapted to be removably engaged with a through opening (20) defined at the second free end (17") of the second plate (17) to allow the accessory (1) to take and maintain the closed configuration .

6. An accessory (1) according to claim 5, wherein the pulling mechanism (18) is interposed between the first plate (16) and the second plate (17) , the pulling mechanism (18) comprising:

a control bar (21) having a first end (21') directly connected to the second free end (17") of the second plate (17) and a second free end (21") adapted to be slidingly engaged with a guide (22) defined on the first plate (16) from the first end (16') of the first plate (16) ;

a pulling element (23) having a first end (23' ) directly connected to the control bar (21) and a pair of second ends (23") directly connected to the second free end (5) of the first closure portion (2) and to the second free end (5) of the second closure portion (3) ; a tensioning element (24) of the pulling element (23) adapted to stretch the pulling element (23) during the movement of the control bar (21) ;

when approaching the second free end (17") of the second plate (17) to the second end (16") of the first plate (16) , the second free end (21") of the control bar (21) is adapted to slide towards the first end (16' ) of the first plate (16) inside the guide (22) defined on the first plate (16) to feed the first end (23) of the pulling element (23' ) towards the first end (16' ) of the first plate (16) and bring together the second free ends (5) of the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) under the action of the pair of second ends (23") of the pulling element (23) .

7. An accessory (1) according to any one of the preceding claims, further comprising hooking means (24) of the first closure portion (2) to the first edge (LI) of an upper of the footwear (100) and of the second closure portion (3) to the second edge of the upper of the footwear (100) .

8. An accessory (1) according to claim 7, wherein the hooking means (24) comprise a plurality of hooking elements (25), each of which having a respective first end (25' ) directly connected to the first closure portion (2) or to the second closure portion (3) and a second free end (25") removably inserted into an eyelet (01) defined on the first edge (LI) or on the second edge (L2) of the upper of the footwear (100) .

9. An accessory (1) according to claim 8, wherein the first end (25' ) of each hooking element (25) is removably inserted into a respective slot (26) , defined longitudinally in the first closure portion (2) or in the second closure portion (3) , each hooking element (25) being adapted to slide longitudinally along the respective slot (26) so as to adapt the position to the position of the respective eyelet (01) defined on the first edge (LI) or on the second edge (L2) of the upper of the footwear (100) .

10. An accessory (1) according to any one of the preceding claims 8 and 9, wherein each hooking element (25) comprises a plurality of through holes (27) , each through hole (27) being adapted to receive and retain the second free end (25") of the hooking element (25) so as to adjust the position of the second free end (25") of the hooking element (25) with respect to the position of the first end (25' ) of the hooking element (25) as a function of the position of the respective eyelet (01) defined on the first edge (LI) or on the second edge (L2) of the upper of the footwear (100) .

11. An accessory (1) according to any one of the preceding claims 9 and 10, wherein the slot (26) defined longitudinally in the first closure portion (2) and in the second closure portion (3) is obtained on a side surface of the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) , the side surface being transversal to the plate on which the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) lie.

12. An accessory (1) according to any one of the preceding claims 9 and 10, wherein the slot (26) , defined longitudinally in the first closure portion (2) and in the second closure portion (3) , is defined from an upper surface of the first closure portion (2) and the second closure portion (3) , the upper surface being parallel to the plane on which the first closure portion (2) and the second closing (3) lie.

13. Footwear (100) comprising:

- an upper comprising a first edge (LI) and a second edge (L2) ;

an accessory (1) for footwear directly connected to said first edge (LI) and said second edge (L2) , said accessory (1) being according to any one of the preceding claims.

Description:
DESCRIPTION

"Accessory for footwear"

The present invention relates to the footwear field, and in particular to an accessory for footwear.

As known, footwear, e.g. trainers, sneakers or even leather shoes, are typically provided with accessories, such as shoelaces, which contribute to closing the footwear once it is worn on the foot.

Typically, each shoelace (e.g. made of fabric or leather) passes through eyelets (simple holes or reinforced metal rings) distributed on two opposite edges of the footwear upper and allows, when the ends of the shoelace are pulled, to lace up the footwear about the foot or, if loosened, to be able to pull the footwear comfortably off the foot.

However, such an accessory is not free from defects .

Firstly, it takes time to thread each shoelace correctly between the eyelets distributed on the two edges of the footwear, to put the footwear on and off.

When associated with the respective footwear, a shoelace must often be loosened to allow moving the edges of the footwear upper apart and to facilitate a comfortable insertion of the foot.

Once the foot is inserted into the footwear, the shoelace must be pulled instead, e.g. from the lower eyelets upwards towards the ankle, so as to bring together the edges of the footwear as close as possible towards each other and to lace up the footwear about the foot .

The operations described above considerably increase the complexity and the closing times of footwear about the respective foot.

Moreover, the need to loosen and then pull each shoelace each time does not allow to obtain in an accurate and uniform lacing of the footwear on the foot, in particular on the entire length of the footwear edges in which the eyelets, through which the shoelace was threaded, are distributed.

This can lead to a non-optimal adherence of the footwear to the foot with a consequent problem while walking, the occurrence of discomfort to the foot or even pain.

It is the object of the present invention to devise and provide an accessory for footwear which allows to solve, at least partially, the disadvantages described above with reference to the background art, in particular by allowing a facilitated and uniform lacing of footwear about the respective foot.

Such an object is achieved by an accessory for footwear according to claim 1.

Preferred embodiments of said accessory are defined in the dependent claims.

The present invention further relates to footwear comprising such an accessory.

Further features and advantages of the accessory for footwear according to the invention will become apparent from the following description which discloses preferred embodiments, given by way of indicative, non limiting examples, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

figures la and lb diagrammatically show a top view of an accessory for footwear according to an embodiment of the invention, in open and closed configuration, respectively;

figures 2a and 2b diagrammatically show a perspective view of the accessory for footwear in figures la and lb, in open and closed configuration, respectively;

figure 3 diagrammatically shows a footwear on which an accessory for footwear similar to that in figures la, lb, 2a and 2b is attached, in closed configuration ;

figures 4a and 4b diagrammatically show a top view of an accessory for footwear according to a further embodiment of the invention, in open and closed configuration, respectively;

figures 5a and 5b diagrammatically show a perspective view of an accessory for footwear according to a further embodiment, in open and closed configuration, respectively;

figure 6 diagrammatically shows a footwear on which an accessory for footwear similar to that in figures 5a and 5b is attached, in closed configuration; - figures 7a and 7b diagrammatically show a different perspective views of an accessory for footwear according to an embodiment of the invention, in open configuration;

figure 7c diagrammatically shows a perspective view of the accessory for footwear in figures 7a and 7b, in closed configuration, and

figure 8 diagrammatically shows a footwear on which an accessory for footwear similar to that in figures 7a, 7b, and 7c is attached, in closed configuration.

With reference to the figures above, reference numeral 1 indicates an accessory for footwear, hereinafter also simply accessory, according to the invention, as a whole.

The accessory 1 is adapted to take a first open configuration to facilitate the insertion of a foot into the footwear and a second closed configuration to tighten the footwear about the foot.

It is worth noting that equal or similar elements in the figures are indicated by the same reference numerals .

Furthermore, it is worth noting that this description will mainly make reference to the accessory 1 applicable to footwear, e.g. for the right foot.

However, the same description also applies to the same accessory applicable to the other footwear, i.e. for the left foot.

Indeed, the accessory 1 applicable to the right footwear is identical to that applicable to the left footwear.

In this regard, only one accessory is shown in the figures and the accessory is shown only in some of them, according to different embodiments, applied to examples of right footwear.

For the purpose of the present description, footwear means trainers, sneakers or leather shoes, boots, ankle boots, chukka boots, sandals, ballet flats or any other footwear adapted to apply the accessory for footwear to which this invention refers.

Turning back in general to the aforesaid figures, in an embodiment, the accessory 1 comprises a first closure portion 2 associable with a first edge LI of an upper of the footwear 100.

The accessory 1 further comprises a second closure portion 3 associable with a second edge L2 of the upper of the footwear 100.

In greater detail, the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 comprise respective first ends 4 directly connected to each other.

Additionally, the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 comprise respective second free ends 5.

The accessory 1 comprises, in general, closure means 6 operatively connected to said first closure portion 2 and said second closure portion 3.

Advantageously, the closure means 6 are manually operable to allow the accessory 1 for footwear to pass from the first open configuration to the second closed configuration, and vice versa.

According to an embodiment, shown in figures la, lb, 2a, 2b and 3, the closure means 6 of the accessory 1 comprise a plate-like element 7 having a respective first end 7' directly connected in an irremovable manner to the second closure portion 3 and a second free end 7". The plat-like element 7 comprises at least one through hole 8 comprised between said first end 7' and said second free end 7".

According to this embodiment, the closure means 6 further comprise a pin 9 directly connected in an irremovable manner to the first closure portion 2.

The pin 9 extends orthogonally with respect to a plane P on which the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 lie.

The pin 9 is advantageously adapted to engage with said at least one hole 8 of said plate-like element in a removable manner to allow the accessory 1 to take and maintain the closed configuration (figures lb, 2b and 3) .

It is worth noting that, in an embodiment (shown in the figures) , the plate-like element 7 comprises a plurality of holes 8 so that the pin 9 can be advantageously engaged in a removable manner with the most suitable hole to allow a comfortable lacing of the footwear about the foot.

It is worth noting that in this embodiment, the first ends 4 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 5 are directly connected to each other by means of a further connection pin 9' .

It is worth noting that, when they are moved either towards or away from each other, the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 are adapted to move along a circumference, the center of which coincides with the further connection pin 9' .

According to an embodiment, in combination .with the preceding one, the closure means 6 also comprise a first wing 10 directly connected to the second free end 5 of the first closure portion 2 and a second wing 11 directly connected to the second free end 5 of the second closure portion 3.

As shown in particular in figures la, lb, 2a and 2b, the first wing 10 and the second wing 11 extend in an orthogonal direction with respect to the plane P on which the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 lie.

Advantageously, the first wing 10 and the second wing 11 are manually operable to bring the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 towards one another and facilitate the engagement of said pin 9 with said at least one hole 8 of said plate-like element 7.

With reference now to figures 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b and

6, according to a further embodiment, alternative to the preceding ones described with reference to figures la, lb, 2a, 2b and 3, the closure means 6 comprise a slider 12 adapted to be slidingly engaged within a first slot

13 defined longitudinally in the first closure portion 2,· between the first end 4 and the second end 5 of the first closure portion 2, and a second slot 14 defined longitudinally in the second closure portion 3, between the first end 4 and the second 5 of the second closure portion 3.

Advantageously, the slider 12 is adapted to slide along the first slot 13 of the first closure portion 2 and the second slot 14 of the second closure portion 3 from the first ends 4 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 to the second ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 to bring the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 towards each other and to engage in a removable manner (e.g. by snapping) with respective inserts 15 (shown only in figures la and 2a) defined in the first slot 13 and in the second slot 14 at each of the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 to allow the accessory 1 to take and maintain the closed configuration.

The slider 12 is further adapted to slide along the first slot 12 of the first closure portion 2 and the second slot 14 of the second closure portion 3 from the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 to the first ends 4 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 to space apart the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 away from one another to allow the accessory 1 to take the open configuration.

Advantageously, it is worth noting that that slider 12 can be operated manually.

For this purpose, in an embodiment, shown in figures 5a, 5b and 6, the slider 12 (not shown in such figures) is equipped with a respective control element 12' directly connected to the slider 12 and extending parallel to the plane P on which the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 lie. Advantageously, the control element 12' can be used to facilitate the manual actuation of slider 12.

With reference now to figures 7a, 7b, 7c and 8, according to a further embodiment, alternative to the preceding one described with reference to figures la, lb, 2a, 2b and 3 and to figures 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b and 6, the closure means 6 comprise a first plate 16 having a respective first end 16' (shown in figure 7b) directly connected to the first ends 4 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 and a respective second end 16" (shown in figure 7a) .

The first plate 16 extends parallel to a plane P to which the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 lie.

In this embodiment, the closure means 6 comprise a second plate 17 having a respective first end 17' directly connected in a point PI to the first end 16' of the first plate 16 and a respective second free end 17".

In an embodiment, the point PI corresponds, for example, to a further connecting pin about which the second free end 17" of the second plate 17 can turn so as to move either towards or away from the second end 16" of the first plate 16.

In other words, the structure formed by the first plate 16 and by the second plate 17 can define a shell or bivalve structure.

In this embodiment, the closure means 6 further comprise a pulling mechanism 18 adapted to bring the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 towards each other, transversally to the plane P on which the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 lie, when the second free end 17" of the second plate 17 is adapted to move orthogonally to the plane P on which the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 lie in order to approach the second end 16" of the first plate 16, to allow the accessory 1 to take the closed configuration (figure 7c) .

Furthermore, in this embodiment, the closure means 6 comprise a retaining element 19 arranged at the second end 16" of the first plate 16 adapted to engage in a removable manner (e.g. by snapping) with a respective through opening 20 arranged at the second free end 17" of the second plate 17 to allow the accessory 1 to take and maintain the closed configuration (figure 7c) .

According to an embodiment, shown in figures 7a, 7b and 7c, the retaining element 19 comprises a ribbing 19' adapted to abut against the second plate 17 once the retaining element 19 has been inserted into the through opening 20 and the ribbing 19' has passed beyond the through opening 20.

According to an embodiment, in combination with the preceding ones and once again shown in Figures 7a, 7b and 7c, the pulling mechanism 18 is interposed between the first plate 16 and the second plate 17.

In this embodiment, clearly shown in figure 7a, the pulling mechanism 18 comprises a control bar 21 having a first end 21' directly connected to the second free end 17" of the second plate 17 and a second free end 21" adapted to be slidingly engaged with a respective guide 22 defined on the first plate 16 from the first end 16' of the first plate 16.

In this embodiment, the pulling mechanism 18 further comprises a pulling element 23, e.g. a filament or a cord, having a first end 23' directly connected to the control bar 21 and a pair of second ends 23" directly connected to the second free end 5 of the first closure portion 2 and to the second free end 5 of the second closure portion 3.

It is worth noting that the first end 23' of the pulling element 23 is directly connected to the control bar 21 upon the insertion of the first end 23' into a through hole with which the control bar 21 is provided and then knotting it.

It is also worth noting, in this regard, that the control bar 21 is provided with a plurality of through holes for this purpose.

The choice of inserting the first end 23' of the through element 23' into a through hole of said plurality of through holes of the control bar 21, arranged either closer or less close to the first end of the first plate 16, depends on the either higher or lower tension to be guaranteed to the pulling element 23.

In this embodiment, the pulling mechanism 18 further comprises a tensioning element 24 of the pulling element 23 adapted to stretch the pulling element during the movement of the control bar 21.

In the embodiment shown in the figures, the tensioning element 24 of the pulling element 23 is a pair of rings through which a second end of the end pair 23" of the pulling element 23 is passed.

With reference again to the embodiment in figures 7a, 7b and 7c, when approaching the second free end 17" of the second plate 17 to the second end 16" of the first plate 16, the second free end 21" of the control bar 21 is adapted to slide towards the first end 16' of the first plate 16 inside the guide 22 defined on the first plate 16 to feed the first end 23' of the pulling element 23 towards the first end 16' of the first plate 16 and bring together the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 under the action of the pair of second ends 23" of the pulling element 23.

According to a further embodiment, shown in the figures, in combination with any one of the embodiments described above, the accessory 1 further comprises hooking means 24 of the first closure portion 2 to the first edge LI of an upper of the footwear 100 and the second closure portion 3 to the second edge L2 of the upper of the footwear 100.

In greater detail, according to an embodiment, in combination with the preceding one and shown in the figures, the hooking means 24 comprise a plurality of hooking elements 25 each of which has a respective first end 25' directly connected to the first closure portion 2 or to the second closure portion 3 and a second free end 25" removably inserted into an eyelet 01 defined on the first edge LI or on the second edge L2 of the upper of the footwear 100.

According to an embodiment, in combination with the preceding ones and shown in the figures, the first end 25' of each hooking element 25 is removably inserted into a respective slot 26 defined longitudinally in the first closure portion 2 or in the second closure portion 3.

In greater detail, each hooking element 25 is adapted to slide longitudinally along the respective slot 26 so as to advantageously adapt the position to the position of the respective eyelet 01 defined on the first edge LI or on the second edge L2 of the upper of the footwear 100.

According to an embodiment, in combination with the preceding ones and shown in figures 4a, 4b, 4c and 4d, each hooking element 25 comprises a plurality of through holes 27.

Each through hole 27 is advantageously adapted to receive and retain the second free end 25" of the hooking element 25 so as to adjust advantageously the position of the second free end 25" of the hooking element 25 with respect to the position of the first end 25' of the hooking element 25 as a function of the position of the respective eyelet 01 defined on the first edge LI or on the second edge L2 of the upper of the footwear 100.

According to an embodiment, in combination with the proceeding ones and shown in the figures 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b e 7a, 7b, 7c, the slot 26 longitudinally defined in the first closure portion 2 and in the second closure portion 3 is obtained on a side surface of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3. The side surface is transversal to the plate P on which the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 lie.

According to an embodiment, alternatively to the above and shown in the figures 4a, 4b, 4c, the slot 26 longitudinally defined in the first closure portion 2 and in the second closure portion 3 is defined on an upper surface of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3. The upper surface is parallel to the plane P on which the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 lie.

In an embodiment, in combination with the preceding one and also shown in figures 4a, 4b, 4c, a plurality of slots 26 are longitudinally defined in the upper surface of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 on the upper surface, upper surface parallel to the plane P on which the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 lie.

The plurality of slots 26 allows to advantageously position the first end 25 of a hooking element 25 inside a slot 26 as a function of the position of the respective eyelet 01 defined on the first edge LI or on the second edge L2 of the upper of the footwear 100.

With reference in particular to figures 3, 6, 8, the present invention further relates to a footwear 100, comprising :

an upper comprising a first edge LI and a second edge L2;

a accessory 1 for footwear directly connected to said first edge LI and said second edge L2, said accessory 1 being according to any one of the embodiments previously described.

An example of the operation of the accessory 1 according to an embodiment will now described with reference to figures la, lb, 2a, 2b and 3.

The accessory 1 takes an open configuration (figures la and 2a) in which the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 are far apart.

In this configuration, the first edge LI of the footwear 100 and the second edge L2 of the upper of the footwear 100 (not shown in figures la, lb, 2a, 2b) are at a sufficient distance to allow the foot to be inserted into the footwear.

It is worth noting that that in this embodiment, each hooking element 25 with which the accessory 1 is provided has its second free end 25" removably inserted into a respective eyelet 01 defined on an edge (first edge LI or second edge L2) of the upper of the footwear 100.

Once the foot has been inserted in the footwear, the first wing 10 and the second wing 11 of the closure means 6 are manually actuated to bring together the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 towards each other.

At this point, the pin 9 is inserted, thus engaged, into said at least one hole 8 of said plate like element 7 so that the accessory 1 takes and keeps the closed configuration (figures lb, 2b and 3) . An example of the operation of the accessory 1 according to a further embodiment is now described with reference to figures 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b and 6.

The accessory 1 takes an open configuration (figures 4a and 5a) in which the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 are far apart.

In this configuration, the first edge LI of the footwear 100 and the second edge L2 of the upper of the footwear 100 (not shown in figures 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b) are at a sufficient distance to allow the foot to be inserted into the footwear.

It is worth noting that that also in this embodiment, each hooking element 25 with which the accessory 1 is provided has the second free end 25" removably inserted into a respective eyelet 01 defined on an edge (first edge LI or second edge L2) of the upper of the footwear 100.

One the foot is inserted into the footwear, the slider 12 is manually actuated and made slide along the first slot 13 of the first closure portion 2 and the second slot 12 of the second closure portion 3 from the first ends 4 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 to the second ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 to bring together the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 towards each other and to engage by snapping in a removable manner with the respective inserts 15 defined in the first slot 13 and in the second slot 14 at each of the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 to allow the accessory 1 to take and maintain the closed configuration (figures 4b, 5b and 6)

An example of the operation of the accessory 1 according to a further embodiment is now described with reference now to figures 7a, 7b, 5a, 7c and 8.

The accessory 1 takes an open configuration (figures 7a and 7b) in which the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 are mutually far apart.

In this configuration, the first edge LI of the footwear 100 and the second edge L2 of the upper of the footwear 100 (not shown in figures 7a, 7b and 7c) are at a sufficient distance to allow the foot to be inserted into the footwear.

It is worth noting that that also in this embodiment, each hooking element 25 with which the accessory 1 is provided has the second free end 25" removably inserted into a respective eyelet 01 defined on an edge (first edge LI or second edge L2) of the upper of the footwear 100.

Once the foot has been inserted into the footwear, the second plate 17 is manually actuated to take the second free end 17" of the second plate 17 towards the second end 16" of the first plate 16, orthogonally to the plane P on which the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 lie.

This movement thus activates the pulling mechanism 18, which moves the second free ends 5 of the first closure portion 2 and of the second closure portion 3 towards each other, transversally to the plane P on which the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 lie, to allow the accessory 1 to take the closed configuration (figure 7c) .

The manual actuation of the second plate 17 ends when the retaining element 19 arranged at the second end 16" of the first plate 16 is engaged in a removable manner (e.g. by snapping) in the respective through opening 20 arranged at the second free end 17" of the second plate 17 whereby allowing the accessory 1 to take and maintain the closed configuration (figure 7c and 8) .

As can be seen, the object of the present invention is fully achieved because the accessory 1 for footwear firstly allows the footwear to be laced about the foot in a quick and easy manner.

This is due to the presence of closure means which, in accordance with any of the described embodiments, allow to pass from the open configuration to the closed configuration with a simple and intuitive manual gesture.

Therefore, the accessory 1 can be easily used by children, elderly people and even disabled people who may have difficulty using both hands to close footwear with the aid of traditional shoelaces, also because the accessory 1 can be actuated by one hand or even, in at least one embodiment, by the other foot.

In particular, in the embodiment in which the slider is provided and in the embodiment in which the shell-like structure is provided, the closing of accessory 1 can be obtained with a simple sliding or a simple pressure, even using only one hand.

This can be of great help to children and elderly people, but also and especially to those people who are not able to employ both hands to lace up footwear on the foot, e.g. in case of temporary or permanent impairment, people with disabilities, to employ one of the hands.

Furthermore, the fact that the first closure portion 2 and the second closure portion 3 of the accessory 1 are directly connected, respectively, to the first edge LI and to the second edge L2 of the upper of the footwear 100 for the total length of such a first edge LI and second edge L2, by virtue of the use of each hooking elements 25 with an respective eyelet 01 defined on each of the first edge LI and the second edge L2, it is possible to obtain an advantageous approaching action between the first edge LI and the second edge L2 as uniform as possible, whereby guaranteeing optimum lacing of the footwear on the foot.

This allows to lace up quickly and easily and at the same time reduces any discomfort or pain to the foot as much as possible.

Moreover, the fact that each hooking element 25 can best be positioned as a function of the position of the respective eyelet 01 defined on the first edge LI or on the second edge L2 of the upper of the footwear 100 and also because the number of hooking elements 25 can be varied according to the number of the respective eyelets 01 present on the first edge LI or on the second edge L2 of the upper of the footwear 100 allows to adapt the accessory 1 to different types of footwear, making it certainly versatile and universal.

Those skilled in the art may make changes and adaptations to the embodiments to the accessory for footwear described above or can replace elements with others which are functionally equivalent in order to meet contingent needs without departing from the scope of the following claims. All features described above as belonging to a possible embodiment may be implemented irrespective of the other embodiments described.