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Title:
ATHLETIC SHOE HOLDER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1991/016844
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
An apparatus for holding shoes includes a first member (10) and a second member (20) slidably engaged with the first member (10). A mechanism (56) is provided in the first member (10) for selectively engaging and restraining the second member (20) within the first member (10). The first and second members are extended apart, placed about the sole of a shoe (30) and compressed together to clamp the first and second members to the sole of the shoe (30). Magnets (54) within the first member (10) hold the apparatus and the shoe (30) to any ferromagnetic surface. A lever arm (68) is provided on the second member (20) to disengage the restraining mechanism to allow rapid removal of the apparatus from the shoe.

Inventors:
Magee, Maynard
Application Number:
PCT/US1991/002940
Publication Date:
November 14, 1991
Filing Date:
April 29, 1991
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
Magee, Maynard
International Classes:
A47G25/00; A47F7/08; A47L23/20; D06F58/04; (IPC1-7): A47G29/00
Foreign References:
GB190704405A1907-08-01
US3408771A1968-11-05
US2673650A1954-03-30
US4813641A1989-03-21
US4702016A1987-10-27
US4667760A1987-05-26
US3256616A1966-06-21
US3316659A1967-05-02
US3344532A1967-10-03
US3724095A1973-04-03
US4109397A1978-08-29
FR736565A1932-11-25
US3870153A1975-03-11
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Claims:
Claims
1. I Claim: A holder for shoes comprising: a first member; a second member slidable into said first member; a latching tab on said second member; a plurality of engagement members within said first member for engaging said latching tab; a release handle on said second member for bringing said latching tab out of engagement with said engagement members; and magnets within said first member for attaching said first member to a ferromagnetic surface.
2. A holder for shoes as recited in claim 1 wherein said first member has a flat base and a curvilinear vertical member attached to said base and projecting toward said second member and said second member has a flat base and a curvilinear vertical member attached to said base and projecting toward said first member wherein said release handle projects above said curvilinear vertical member of said second member.
3. A shoe holder as recited in claim 1 wherein said first member and said second member are constructed of a heat resistant, corrosion resistant thermoplastic material.
4. A holder for shoes as recited in claim 1 wherein said engagement members are sawtoothed shaped projections for engaging said latch tab.
5. A holder for athletic shoes comprising: a first member; a εlidable second member engaged in said first member; an engagement means to latch said εlidable second member into said first member; a release means to unlatch said slidable second member from said first member; and a magnet for attaching said first member to a ferromagnetic surface.
6. An athletic shoe holder as recited in claim 5 wherein said first member has a first flat base and a first vertical side attached to said first base, said first vertical side having a first curvilinear portion projecting toward said second member and said second member having a second flat base and a second vertical side attached to said second base, said second vertical side having a second curvilinear portion projecting toward said first member wherein said release means is attached to said second vertical side of said second member.
7. An athletic shoe holder as recited in claim 5 wherein said engagement means includes a plurality of sawtooth shaped projections in said first member and a tab on said second member for engaging said projections in said first member.
8. An athletic shoe holder as recited in claim 5 wherein said first member and said second member are heat resistant and corrosion resistant material.
9. A holder for athletic shoes comprising: a first fixed base member for engaging one side of an athletic shoe; a second movable base member for engaging the athletic shoe on the opposite side thereof; a latching tab on said second εlidable member; a plurality of engagement members on said first base member for engaging said latching tab; a release lever on the second movable base member for rotatingsaid latching tab out of engagement with said engagement members; and a magnetic means located in said first base member for attaching said base member to a ferromagnetic surface.
10. A holder for shoes comprising: a first member having a first flat base and a first side attached to said first base, said first side having a first curvilinear portion projecting toward a shoe to be held, said first base engaging a sole of said shoe to be held and the first curvilinear portion engaging one side of said shoe; a second member selectively engaged with said first member, said second member having a second flat base and a second side attached to said second base, said second side having a second curvilinear portion projecting toward said shoe, said second base engaging said sole of said shoe and said second curvilinear portion engaging an opposite side of said shoe; a latching tab projecting from said second base of said second member, said tab extending into the first base of the first member; a plurality of sawtooth shaped projections in the first base of the first member for engaging selectively the latching tab; a release lever projecting from the second side of the second member for rotating said latching tab out of engagement with said sawtooth εhaped projections; and magnets in the first base of the first member for attaching εaid first member, said second member and εaid shoe to a ferromagnetic surface.
Description:
ATHLETIC SHOE HOLDER Technical Field The present invention relates to an apparatus for holding shoes for storage, display, and drying. Specifically, the holder consists of a clamp which can clamp about the sole of a shoe and, with internal magnets, hold the shoe on any ferromagnetic surface.

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Athletic shoes have evolved into highly specialized shoes for each sport and usage. It is not uncommon for a person to own a different pair of athletic shoes for each sport in which they participate such as tennis, jogging, hiking, or the like. As the specialization of the shoes has increased, so has the cost. Originally, athletic shoes were considered disposable. Now, they are repairable. Athletic shoes are now cared for as much, if not more, than dress shoes. Because of the increase in the number of pairs of athletic shoes that a person owns, storage has become a problem, and a need exists for unique storage for these shoes which allows maximum airflow to dry the shoes of perspiration and other moisture. Athletic shoes also become soiled or wet from usage in inclement weather, it is often necessary to wash the shoφ to eliminate dirt, grime, and odors. A need, therefore, exists for holding the shoes during drying.

Several methods have been proposed in the art for holding shoes during drying. Grisby et al. f U.S. Patent 4,702,016, proposed a base to fit on the bottom of the sole of an athletic shoe and wrap about the toe and heel of the shoe. The base is held to the shoe by a pair of straps having hook and loop fasteners. Magnets in the base holds the shoe and base to a ferromagnetic surface. Although this concept was sufficient for its intended purpose, it also presented several problems. The straps, because they encircled the shoe, prevented even drying because no air flow is present under the straps. The straps also had to be tight enough to hold the shoe on the holder which collapses the upper portion of the shoe down upon the insole preventing airflow within the shoe. The straps are not

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attached to the base and, therefore, could be misplaced or lost destroying the functionality of the apparatus. The base is larger than the sole of the shoe requiring a different size holder for each size shoe. The base, because of its size, presents a storage problem in its own right. Wilson, U.S. Patent 4,813,641, overcomes some of these problems by providing a suction cup for attachment. A single cord wraps through the suction cup about the shoe. This allows greater airflow about the shoe but the attachment to the shoe being only one cord does not provide as great a degree of support for the shoe. Suction cups also are not as reliable as an attachment device. A need, therefore, exists for an improved holder for athletic shoes which provides reliable support for storage and drying without inhibiting airflow.

Summary nf the Invention An object of the invention is to provide a holder for shoes which may be quickly and easily connected and disconnected from the shoe.

Another object of the invention is to provide a holder for shoes which allows maximum airflow around and through the shoe.

Still another object of the invention is to provide a holder for shoes which can be used with any size shoe. Yet another object of the invention is to provide a holder for shoes which is heat resistant, corrosion resistant, and which will not deform or injure the shoes. A holder for a shoe includes a first member and a second member slidable into the first member. The first member has a first base and a first side attached to the first base. The first side has a curvilinear shape that partially overlap the base and projects toward the second member. The second member has a second base and a second side attached to the second base. The second side has a curvilinear shape partially overlapping the second base and projecting toward the first member. The second side also has a release handle projecting above and attached to the second side.

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The second member has a latching tab projecting from the second base and inserted into the first base. The first base has a plurality of sawtooth shaped projections for engaging the latching tab of the second member.

The second member is extended away from the first member and the first and second bases are placed against the sole of a shoe. The second member is compressed toward the first member such that the first side contacts a side of the shoe while the second side contacts an opposite side of the shoe. The latching tab engages one of the projections to restrain the holder against the shoe. The base of the first member has magnets iocated therein to attach the first member, the second member, and the shoe to any ferromagnetic surface.

Forcing the release lever toward the shoe rotates the latching tab out of engagement with the projections thus releasing the shoe from the holder.

Other objects and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the following description of a preferred embodiment thereof and from the attached drawings.

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Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the holder of the present invention placed about a shoe and mounted on a ferromagnetic surface, Fig. 2 is a partially broken away perspective view of the holder of the present invention.

Fig. 3 is a cross-sectional view of the holder of the present invention taken along lines 3-3 of Fig. 2.

Fig. 4 is a sectional view of the holder of the present invention taken along lines 4-4 of Fig. 3.

Detailed Deςcriptinn of the Invention Referring now to Fig. 1, a holder having a first member 10 and a second member 20 slidably engagable into first member 10 holds a shoe 30 on a ferromagnetic surface 40.

- As shown in Fig. 2, the first member 10 has a base 50 and a side 52 connected to the base 50. The base 50 has recesses for accepting magnets 54. The base also has a series of sawtooth shaped projections 56 molded therein.

The second member 20 has a base 60 with a tongue 62 projecting therefrom which slides into the first member 10. The tongue 62 has a latching tab 64 molded on the end opposite the base 60. Also connected to the base 60 is a side member 66. A release handle 68 is attached to the side 66.

In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the first member 10 and the second member 20 are molded from a heat resistant corrosion resistant thermoplastic material.

Referring now to Fig. 3, it can be seen that the first side 52 is a curvilinear member projecting toward the second member 20. Similarly, the second side 66 of the second member 20 is also a curvilinear surface which projects toward the first member 10. The release lever 68 attached to the second side 66 projects upwardly away from the first member 10.

As can be seen in Fig. 3, the latching tab 64 engages the engagement members 56. As the surface 66 is forced toward the surface 52, the tongue 62 of the second member 20 is forced toward the first member 10 thereby sequentially engaging successive engagement members 56. It may also be seen from Fig. 3 that if a force is applied against the outside of releμe levfr 68, this would, of course, cause the tongue 62 to pivot about the pivot point 70 bringing the latching tab 64 out of engagement with engagement members 56. This causes the second member 20 to be forced away from the fust member 10 by the reaction force of the shoe 30. Referring now to Fig.4, it can be seen that magnets 54 are held in suitable cavities formed in the first member 10 by holding members 80. Adhesive, wedges, or any other suitable attachment means may be used as holding members 80 to hold the magnets in place in the base 10.

The holder of the present invention is especially useful in holding athletic shoes for drying. The shoe and holder may be placed in a conventional clothes

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dryer or in front of the dryer exhaust vent. The shoe and holder may also be attached to metal railings or gates.

A steel plate may be attached to any surface and the shoe and holder attached to that steel plate in any relative position. This would be especially beneficial in retail stores for displaying new shoes.

Of course, it should be understood that a wide range of changes and modifications can be made to the prefened embodiments described above. It is, therefore, intended that the foregoing descriptions be regarded illustrative rather than limiting, and that it is understood that it is the following claims, including all equivalents, which are intended to define the scope of the invention.

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