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Title:
STICKY FOOT PROTECTOR
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/044545
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A sticky foot covering that adheres to and protects the bottom of an individuals foot, including a base layer, an adhesive layer operatively attached thereto, and a removable layer removably attached to the adhesive layer, the sticky foot covering having a shape that shields the sole of a foot. A method of using the sticky foot covering by removing the removable layer, attaching the adhesive layer to an individuals foot, and walking on the sticky foot covering.

Inventors:
DOMANICO, Gregg (35 Cinnamon Court, Hillsborough, CA, 94010, US)
DOMANICO, Sharon (35 Cinnamon Court, Hillsborough, CA, 94010, US)
DOMANICO, Jack (35 Cinnamon Court, Hillsborough, CA, 94010, US)
Application Number:
US2017/046855
Publication Date:
March 08, 2018
Filing Date:
August 15, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
FEETEASE (35 Cinnamon Court, Hillsborough, CA, 94010, US)
International Classes:
A43B3/10; A41B11/10; A41D13/06; A43B3/12; A43B13/22
Foreign References:
US20060265903A12006-11-30
US20160198790A12016-07-14
US20110225847A12011-09-22
US20130291410A12013-11-07
US20040168349A12004-09-02
US6640465B12003-11-04
US20080098617A12008-05-01
US20050011084A12005-01-20
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KOHN, Kenneth, I. (Kohn & Associates PLLC, 30500 Northwestern Highway Suite 41, Farmington Hills MI, 48334, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A sticky foot-covering that adheres to and protects the bottom of an individual's foot, comprising:

a base layer;

an adhesive layer operatively attached to said base layer; and

a removable layer removably attached to said adhesive layer, said sticky foot covering having a shape that shields the sole of a foot.

2. The sticky foot covering of claim 1, wherein said sticky foot covering is in a shape chosen from the group consisting of a rectangle and a foot shape.

3. The sticky foot covering of claim 1, wherein said sticky foot covering includes corners cut at 45 degree angles.

4. The sticky foot covering of claim 1, wherein said sticky foot covering is sized to a foot size.

5. The sticky foot covering of claim 1, wherein said sticky foot covering includes tearable perforations along an outline to adjust a size.

6. The sticky foot covering of claim 1, further including side cut-outs for conforming to an individual's arches.

7. The sticky foot covering of claim 1, further including scoring cuts at corners of the sticky foot cover that aid in peeling back said removable layer.

8. The sticky foot covering of claim 1, wherein said base layer is made of a material chosen from the group consisting of foam sheet, tape, rubber, plastic, cloth fabric, and paper.

9. The sticky foot covering of claim 1, wherein said base layer further includes grips on a posterior side for providing ground traction.

10. The sticky foot covering of claim 9, wherein said grips are made of a material chosen from the group consisting of rubber and plastic.

11. The sticky foot covering of claim 1, wherein said adhesive layer is a pressure sensitive adhesive.

12. The sticky foot covering of claim 1, wherein said adhesive layer is made of a material chosen from the group consisting of epoxy adhesive, cyanoacrylates, water-based adhesives, double- sided bonding tapes, 3M™ gripping material, masking/duct tapes, and adhesive transfer tapes.

13. The sticky foot covering of claim 1, wherein said removable layer is made of a material chosen from the group consisting of paper, plastic, plastic coated paper, and wax paper.

14. A method of using a sticky foot covering, including the steps of: removing a removable layer of a sticky foot covering including a base layer, an adhesive layer operatively attached to the base layer, and a removable layer removably attached to the adhesive layer;

attaching an adhesive layer to an individual's foot; and

walking on the sticky foot covering.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein said attaching step is further defined as attaching to an individual's socks.

16. The method of claim 14, further including, before said removing step, the step of adjusting the size of the sticky foot covering by tearing perforations along an outline of the sticky foot covering.

17. The method of claim 14, further including the step of removing the sticky foot covering from the individual's foot.

18. The method of claim 14, wherein said method is performed at a place or activity chosen from the group consisting of tanning salons, walking on the street, walking on grass, standing in line for nightclubs, walking through airport security, pedicures, walking at spas and gyms, walking in doctors' offices, walking in hospitals, walking in people's homes who ask their guests to remove their shoes, babies learning to walk, public pools, dance studios, karate studios, boxing/wresting/MMA gyms, dancing at weddings, when an individual's feet hurt from the shoes they are wearing, driving or walking to a location where the individual subsequently puts high heels on, for exotic dancers when a no shoe policy is enforced, and walking at beaches.

19. The method of claim 14, further including the step of the individual wearing shoes over the sticky foot covering.

Description:
STICKY FOOT PROTECTOR

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. TECHNICAL FIELD

[0001] The present invention relates to adhesive feet protectors and coverings. More specifically, the present invention relates to disposable feet protectors.

2. BACKGROUND ART

[0002] Spray-tanning or airbrush tanning involves the application of tanning solution by a spraying apparatus to an individual by a professional. While being sprayed, some of the excess solution collects on the floor. When the individual steps in the solution, there is a tendency for their feet to pick up excess coloration and turn black. Spray-tanning professionals do not want to clean clients' feet themselves for hygiene issues as well as time issues.

[0003] Various feet coverings have been used to prevent discoloration of the feet during the spray-tanning process. Pedicure slippers are disposable thin foam slippers or flip-flops used for pedicures that fit between the toes. These slippers usually come in one size and are difficult to both walk and drive with because of their flimsiness. Even when used for pedicures, these slippers also have a tendency to smudge polish when putting on. Butcher paper has also been cut and pieces of tape were attached to stick to the feet. This was not successful as the design was time consuming to prepare and the butcher paper cut-outs would stick together once made. Contact paper has also been used by cutting a shoe insole shape, peeling off the backing, laying the insole on the floor sticky-side up, having the client step onto the insole and it sticking to their feet. Clients have walked outside and driven home with the contact paper on their feet, preferring this to the pedicure slippers. However, contact paper is also very slippery and has sharp edges that can cut your hands/feet when peeling off the backing and applying to your feet; as well as not protecting the feet from the ground.

[0004] There are also many other instances when people remove their shoes that they would prefer to have a protective covering on the bottom of their feet. Many women wear high heels or other uncomfortable shoes to bars, clubs, parties, dances, and weddings. Women often end up removing their shoes in order to dance more comfortably, and especially after standing in line at nightclubs for a long time on the street. Many club owners actually try to prevent women from doing this because it presents a potential liability if one of them were to get injured. Also, many people are required to remove their shoes to go through airport security in the United States. People would prefer not to walk barefoot around the airport.

[0005] Therefore, there remains the need for a foot covering that is durable, easy to use, and effectively protects the foot.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] The present invention provides for a sticky foot covering that adheres to and protects the bottom of an individual's foot, including a base layer, an adhesive layer operatively attached thereto, and a removable layer removably attached to the adhesive layer, the sticky foot covering having a shape that shields the sole of a foot.

[0007] The present invention also provides for a method of using the sticky foot covering by removing the removable layer, attaching the adhesive layer to an individual's foot, and walking on the sticky foot covering.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0008] Other advantages of the present invention are readily appreciated as the same becomes better understood by reference to the following detailed description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein: [0009] FIGURE 1A is a side view of the sticky foot covering in a rectangular shape attached to a foot, FIGURE IB is a top view of the sticky foot covering in a rectangular shape, FIGURE 1C is a top view with exemplary dimensions, and FIGURE ID is a top view with side cut-outs and corner scores;

[00010] FIGURE 2A is a side view of the sticky foot covering in a foot shape attached to a foot, and

FIGURE 2B is a top view of the sticky foot covering in a foot shape;

[00011] FIGURE 3 is cross-sectional view of the sticky foot covering;

[00012] FIGURE 4 is a top view of the base layer showing perforations;

[00013] FIGURE 5 is a view of the posterior side of the base layer with grips;

[00014] FIGURE 6A is a photograph of the sticky foot covering, FIGURE 6B is a photograph of the sticky foot covering with the removable layer peeled back, and FIGURE 6C is a photograph of the sticky foot covering as the removable layer is being peeled back; and

[00015] FIGURES 7A, 7B, 7C and 7D are photographs of the sticky foot covering on a foot.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[00016] The present invention generally provides for a sticky foot covering, generally indicated at 10 in the FIGURES, that adheres to and protects and shields the bottom or sole of an individual's foot 18. The sticky foot covering 10 includes a base layer 12, an adhesive layer 14 operatively attached thereto, and a removable layer 16 removably attached to the adhesive layer 14, as shown in FIGURE 2 and FIGURE 3.

[00017] The sticky foot covering 10 can generally be in the shape of a rectangle, as shown in FIGURES 1A-1C, 6A-6C, and 7A-7D. The sticky foot covering 10 can also be in the shape of a foot, as shown in FIGURES 2A-2B and can include the shape of toes if desired. The sticky foot covering 10 can be made in all different sizes to correspond to the size of an individual's foot. For example, when in a rectangle shape, the sticky foot covering 10 can be 4 inches wide and in lengths of 9 inches, 10 inches, or 11 inches, as shown in FIGURE 1C. The rectangle can have corners 13 cut at 45-degree angles, approximately 0.5 inches wide, as shown in FIGURES 1A-1C, 6A-6C, and 7A-7D. The sticky foot covering 10 can also come in a single size, wherein an individual can tear off successive sizes to arrive at their particular size, such as by perforations 20 around an outline of the sticky foot covering 10 as shown in FIGURE 4 (the perforations 20 can allow tearing through all layers of the base layer 12, adhesive layer 14, and removable layer 16). The sticky foot covering 10 can also extend slightly beyond the individual's foot on all or a part of the foot to allow for easy application and removal, i.e., as shown with the rectangle shape, but also for the foot shape. The sticky foot covering 10 can be applied directly to an individual's foot as well as socks, tights, or any other foot covering. The sticky foot covering 10 can contact the whole foot or just part of the foot, such as the heel, ball, or toes. The sticky foot covering 10 can also reach around the foot for additional protection if desired, such as, but not limited to, around the toes or around the heel.

[00018] As shown in FIGURE ID, the sticky foot covering 10 can also include side cut-outs 30 on sides 32. The side cut-outs 30 allow for a better shape to conform to the arches of an individual's foot and less excess material allows the sticky foot covering 10 to form around the foot more naturally. Representative dimensions are given in FIGURE ID, but the side cut-outs 30 can be any suitable size. Scoring cuts 34 can also be included around each corner 30 to allow for easier peeling back of the removable layer 16 from the adhesive layer 14 and also make the application time shorter.

[00019] The base layer 12 is preferably a foam material that provides cushioning to the foot and is flexible to allow the foot to bend and walk with ease. Preferably, the base layer 12 is thin enough such that the sticky foot covering 10 can easily fit inside an individual's shoes and be worn comfortably. Alternatively, the base layer 12 can be thick and can be used for walking outside on pavement safely. The base layer 12 can be made from a foam sheet, tape, rubber, plastic, cloth fabric, or paper and cut to a desired size. For example, the foam can be 3M™ Microfoam elastic surgical tape, product number 9777L. 9777L has been shown to have no primary skin irritation, no delayed dermal contact sensitization, and no allergic contact dermatitis in testing in both humans and animals, and is thus considered hypoallergenic. The foam material can be made from any suitable material, such as, but not limited to, polyolefin, polyethylene, polyurethane, rubber foams, vinyl foams and combinations thereof. The foam can be closed cell or open cell. The foam used can allow the foot to breathe while wearing the sticky foot covering 10. Optionally, perforations in the base layer 12 can also be included for breathability.

[00020] The base layer 12 can also include grips 22 on a posterior side 24 that contacts the ground in order to give the individual more traction when walking with the sticky foot covering 10, as shown in FIGURE 5. The grips 22 can be made of any suitable material, such as, but not limited to, rubber, or plastic. The grips 22 can be located any suitable place on the posterior side 24, or only in certain locations, such as at the heel and ball of the foot. The grips 22 can also be in any suitable shape, such as, but not limited to, dots or lines.

[00021] The adhesive layer 14 is operatively attached to the base layer 12 in any suitable manner. The adhesive layer 14 is strong enough to maintain the sticky foot covering 10 on the foot during use but can also easily be removed by the individual when they want to remove the sticky foot covering 14. The adhesive layer 14 can cover all or a portion of the base layer 12, depending on where it is desired that the base layer 12 contact the foot, such as just at the heel and ball of the foot. The adhesive layer 14 can be a pressure sensitive adhesive that forms a bond due to the application of light pressure of a foot on the adhesive layer 14. The adhesive layer 14 can be made of an epoxy adhesive, cyanoacrylates, water-based adhesives, double- sided bonding tapes, 3M™ gripping material, masking/duct tapes, and adhesive transfer tapes, or any other suitable adhesive. The adhesive layer 14 is designed to retain contact with the foot 18 in dry and moist conditions.

[00022] The removable layer 16 can easily be removed by an individual when they want to apply the sticky foot covering 10 to their feet, as shown in FIGURES 6A-6C. The removable layer 16 protects the adhesive layer 14 until the sticky foot covering 10 is ready to be used. The removable layer 16 is generally in the shape of the base layer 12, but can be in any other shape and can cover areas of the base layer 12 that have the adhesive layer 14. The removable layer 16 can be made out of paper, plastic, plastic coated paper, wax paper, or any other suitable material that allows the removable layer 16 to easily be released from the adhesive layer 14.

[00023] The sticky foot covering 10 can be used as follows in order to protect an individual's feet. An individual removes the removable layer 16, attaches the adhesive layer 14 of the sticky foot covering 10 to their foot, and walks on the sticky foot covering 10 instead of using their shoes. The sticky foot covering 10 securely attaches to the foot, as shown in FIGURES 7A-7D. The individual can subsequently put their shoes on. When they do not want to use the sticky foot covering 10 anymore, they can easily remove it by peeling the sticky foot covering 10 off of their foot. Alternatively, the adhesive layer 14 can be applied to the individual's sock.

[00024] The sticky foot covering 10 can be used in many different situations, such as, but not limited to, tanning salons, walking on the street, walking on grass, standing in line for nightclubs, walking through airport security, pedicures, walking at spas and gyms, walking in doctors' offices, walking in hospitals, walking in people's homes who ask their guests to remove their shoes, babies learning to walk, public pools, dance studios, karate studios, boxing/wresting/MMA gyms, dancing at weddings, when an individual's feet hurt from the shoes they are wearing, driving or walking to a location where the individual subsequently puts high heels on, for exotic dancers when a no shoe policy is enforced, walking at beaches, or any other situation in which an individual is required to take off their shoes.

[00025] Throughout this application, various publications, including United States patents, are referenced by author and year and patents by number. Full citations for the publications are listed below. The disclosures of these publications and patents in their entireties are hereby incorporated by reference into this application in order to more fully describe the state of the art to which this invention pertains.

[00026] The invention has been described in an illustrative manner, and it is to be understood that the terminology, which has been used is intended to be in the nature of words of description rather than of limitation.

[00027] Obviously, many modifications and variations of the present invention are possible in light of the above teachings. It is, therefore, to be understood that within the scope of the appended claims, the invention can be practiced otherwise than as specifically described.