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Title:
WOMAN'S SLIP-ON WATERPROOF SHOE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/064437
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A woman's slip-on waterproof shoe that may have various embedded marks and designs, along with the capability to attach and detach accessories, and ankle straps.

Inventors:
ALBRECHT, H. V. (401 S. County Road #2027, Palm Beach, FL, 33480, US)
Application Number:
US2015/012967
Publication Date:
April 28, 2016
Filing Date:
January 26, 2015
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ALBRECHT, H. V. (401 S. County Road #2027, Palm Beach, FL, 33480, US)
International Classes:
A43B9/14; A43B3/12; A43B7/12; A43B21/36; A43B23/24
Foreign References:
US2693649A1954-11-09
US20040187346A12004-09-30
US2434995A1948-01-27
FR2768028A11999-03-12
US2759284A1956-08-21
US7650704B22010-01-26
US2388744A1945-11-13
US2365964A1944-12-26
US3000116A1961-09-19
US2368514A1945-01-30
US4355473A1982-10-26
US4439935A1984-04-03
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A woman's slip-on shoe comprising: a platform shaped to conform to the bottom portion of a human foot, said platform being generally of a wedge shape having various upper parts shaped to surround the upper and side portions of the human foot in such a way as to secure the platform to the foot.

2. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein said platform is shaped to conform to the bottom portion of a human foot, wherein the shape of the inner part of the upper surface of the platform is shaped to support the arch of the foot.

3. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein outer edges of the top surface of the platform are slightly raised to reduce slippage and further hold the foot onto the platform.

4. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein an upper part of said platform is shaped to surround the upper and side portions of the human foot in such a way as to secure the platform to the foot, wherein said upper part is a simple band that is shaped as part of the platform during construction resulting in one unit.

5. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein upper parts shaped to surround the upper and side portions of the human foot in such a way as to hold the foot onto the platform, wherein said upper parts are two pieces, the outer end of each said piece is shaped into part of said platform during construction so as to become one unit with two flaps enabling closure by attaching the end areas of the two flaps.

6. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein said platform includes the means to attach independent parts to the upper part of the platform.

7. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein said platform includes the means to attach independent parts to the bottom of the platform.

8. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein said platform is shaped to conform to the bottom portion of a human foot, wherein an accessory connector is formed into the upper part of the platform behind the heel area.

9. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein an upper part is shaped to surround the upper and side portions of the human foot in such a way as to hold the foot onto the platform, wherein the said upper part contains an accessory connector, the means of connecting independent accessories.

10. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein said woman's slip-on shoe is waterproof.

11. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein various marks and designs may be embedded in the waterproof construction material, both the sides and/or the bottom surfaces .

12. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein an ankle strap may be connected to a platform accessory connector, the means of connection according to claim 8.

13. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein a heel cover and strap may be attached to said platform, the means of connection according to claim 6.

14. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 1 wherein an accessory sole may be attached according to claim 7.

15. The woman's slip-on shoe according to claim 9, wherein the accessory connector can be attached to various independent accessories enabling their attachment to the flaps according to claim 9.

16. The product comprising any feature described, either individually or in combination with any feature, in any configuration .

17. A process comprising any product described in any order, using any modality either individually or in any combination, with any modality or any feature described.

Description:
WOMAN'S SLIP-ON WATERPROOF SHOE

CLAIM OF PRIORITY

[0001] This application claims priority under 35 USC 119(e) to the Provisional Patent Application No. 62/067,182, filed Oct. 22, 2014.

TECHNICAL FIELD

[0002] The invention is directed to the field of footwear and in particular to a woman's slip-on shoe that is comfortable, stylish, and waterproof.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0003] Women often wear uncomfortable and somewhat flimsy appearing shoes due to current or seasonal styles. In the warmer climates or summer seasons in particular, women tend to seek shoes they can wear barefoot, without socks or stockings, to stylishly complement their mode of dress. For resort and summer wear, many currently available shoes use a thong or sandal style which may cause blisters and sore feet for many people. Shoes with thin high heels, also, however stylish, are not a style many mature women or women with various foot problems can wear. Most of these thin high heeled shoes also are rather fragile, and wear out or fall apart quickly, especially if they have gotten wet. Many people want a beautiful, comfortable, stylish, shoe that is also suitable for walking and standing that will not fall apart, especially after getting wet.

[0004] Fashion designers are of the opinion that a shoe with a heel, generally two to three inches in height is more stylish and dressy. In today's design world, many of these shoes on the runway are beautiful, with sometimes even three and up to four inch high heels. These shoes are constructed of various materials and in many layers with leather and cloth predominating. For the most part the shoes are very stylish, yet may not be long lasting, and further, their general shape is very uncomfortable for many women to wear, no matter how beautiful .

[0005] Known prior art includes shoes that are considered waterproof but are based upon pieces that are stitched, sewn, and/or glued together. Such a shoe comprises a main body that may be stitched with a shoe collar from above and having a bottom portion coupled sequentially with a filler plate, a thin sole, and an outsole, an outer welt being stitched to a lower outer rim of the main body by a first thread so as to cover the lower outer rim, the outer welt being stitched to the thin sole by a second thread. Such a shoe is waterproof being characterized in that: the main body is integrally formed of a waterproof material and comprises, from top to bottom, a shoe- shaped portion, a bottom portion, and a welt portion, wherein the shoe-shaped portion and the bottom portion jointly form a shoe shape, and the shoe-shaped portion has an upper end provided with an upper opening, the shoe collar being stitched to the upper opening; and the welt portion is provided on a lower side of the bottom portion so as to form a concave space below the bottom portion for receiving the filler plate, the welt portion being stitched to the outer welt by the first thread .

[0006] What is lacking in the art is a women's waterproof shoe that is comprised of more than one identifiable "part", but is not stitched together and lacks a bottom portion, a filler plate, a thin sole, and lacks an outsole and an insole.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0007] Disclosed is a woman's slip-on shoe that is comfortable, stylish, and waterproof and will be bes u de stood by refe ing to the following detailed description of each drawing of the items claimed, and additional illustrative drawings of the different embodiments.

[0008] This invention has the advantages of being stylish, comfortable, and waterproof. There are also attachable accessories that enhance the usability and stylishness of this invention, such as a dancing accessory, decorative embellishments, and various ankle straps.

[0009] Itis an objective of the invention to disclose a shoe made in particular colors, with an ankle strap and an attached accessory, which is the perfect walking shoe at the beach and going to luncheon. It is comfortable and suited for walking to and from the luncheon.

[0010] It is another objective of the invention to disclose a shoe for use with evening wear wherein the shoe is a shiny black with the attached heel and ankle strap. The wearer is carrying the accessory sole, and after dinner, attaches the said accessory sole, and makes her way to the dance floor.

[0011] Another objective of the invention is to disclose a shoe that can be worn as a slip-on with or without either type of ankle strap, to the office. It is comfortable and well suited for a long day of standing and walking back and forth handling various tasks. After work, heading home, it is nothing to be caught in a rainstorm. The shoe is waterproof.

[0012] Yet still another objective of the invention is to disclose a shoe wherein the platform is shaped to include an arch support adding to the comfort and health of the wearer enabling more comfort especially when walking and/or standing.

[0013] Yet still another objective of the invention is to disclose a shoe worn as a slip-on and the wearer can then simply attach the combined heel and strap to the connectors to head off for dinner.

[0014] Another objective of the invention is to disclose a shoe to be worn at a wedding and the wearer has attached independent accessories to the accessory connector and thence to the accessory slot in the upper part.

[0015] It is another objective of the invention to disclose a shoe that can be worn at a wedding and the upper parts flaps which enable closure at various sizes are part of this shoe due to several brides' maids having slightly different sized feet. The special independent marriage accessories are attached to the accessory connector and thence to the accessory slot in the upper parts.

[0016] Still yet another objective of the invention is to disclose a shoe having a platform that is embellished with proprietary designs in the sides of the waterproof platform material which advertises the logo of polo matches.

[0017] Yet still another objective of the invention is to disclose a shoe wherein a bottom surface of the platform has been embellished with proprietary designs in the waterproof platform material which increases the non-skid properties of the existing bottom surface of the platform.

[0018] Other objectives and further advantages and benefits associated with this invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the description, examples and claims which follow .

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0019] FIG. 1 is a pictorial view of the outer side of the platform;

[0020] FIG. 2 is a pictorial view of the inner side of the platform;

[0021] FIG. 3 is a pictorial view of the platform with the shape of the upper surface of the inner side of the platform having a raised area in a shape 20 helping to support the arch of the foo ;

[0022] FIG. 3 is a pictorial view of the platform with the shape of the upper surface with a slightly raised edge on the outer edges of the platform, which is formed 30 to reduce slippage and further hold the foot onto the platform;

[0023] FIG. 4 is a pictorial view of the platform with an upper single band 40.

[0024] FIG. 5A is a pictorial view of the platform with two flaps 50, ancl an example, but not the only method, of connecting the two upper parts, constructed as two flaps, forming an upper band;

[0025] FIG . 5B is a pictorial view of the platform with two flaps 50, and an example, but not the only method, of connecting the two upper parts, constructed as two flaps, forming an upper band;

[0026] FIG, 5C is a pictorial view of the platform, having upper- parts 50 constructed as two flaps connected to the platform FIG 1 forming a single piece during construction;

[0027] FIG . 5D is a pictorial view of the platform FIG 1, and an example of the two upper parts 50, constructed as two flaps, connected to form an. upper band;

[0028] FIG. 6A is a pictorial view of the platform FIG 1 showing one method, but not the only method of attaching independent parts to the upper part 60 of the platform;

[0029] FIG. 6B is a pictorial view of the platform FIG 1 showing a second method, but not the only method, of attaching independent parts to the upper part 62 of the platform;

[0030] FIG . 6A is a pictorial view of the platform FIG 1showing one method, but not the only method, of attaching independent parts to the bottom 61 of the platform; [0031] FIG. SB is a pictorial view of the platform FIG 1 showing a second method, but not the only method, of attaching independent parts to the bottom 63 of the platform;

[0032] FIG. 7 is a pictorial view of the platform having a connector 70 behind the heel area., that allows the connection of various " parts or accessories to the upper part of the platform FIG 1;

[0033] FIG. 8 is a pictorial view of the platform upper part band 40 constructed as part of the platform, showing one 80, but not the only method, of connecting independent accessories;

[0034] FIG. 9 is a pictorial view of the platform upper part bands 50 constructed as part of the platform, showing one 80, but not the only method, of connecting- independent accessories;

[0035] FIG 10 is a pictorial view of an entire example of the shoe in a bucket of water, indicating that the entire shoe is completely waterproof.

[0036] FIG. 11 is a pictorial view of an example of the platform having various marks and designs embedded in the sides of the platform;

[0037] FIG. 11 is a pictorial view of an example of the platform having various marks and designs embedded in the bottom surface of the platform; [0038] FIG. 12 is a view of an example of method of attaching the said accessory sole FIG 13 to the lower part of the platform 20 according to claim 5;

[0039] FIG. 13 is a view of an example of an attachable accessory sole which may be attached to the lower part of the platform according to claim 5;

[0040] FIG. 14 is a pictorial view of an example of an independent accessory connector that may be attached to various independent accessories 190 and thence to an accessory connector 80 according to claims 8 and 9;

[0041] FIG. 15 is a pictorial view of an example, but not the only one, of a detachable ankle strap 150 which may be attached to the accessory connector 70 at the rear of the platform;

[0042] FIG. 16 is a pictorial view of another example, but not the only one, of a detachable ankle strap 160 which may be attached to the accessory connector 70 at the rear of the platform;

[0043] FIG. 17 is a pictorial view of an example of the detachable heel cover and strap which may be attached to the upper part of the platform, according to claim 6;

[0044] FIG. 18 is a pictorial view of an example of the detachable heel cover and strap attached to the upper part of the platform as in 60 and 62, according to claim 6; [0045] FIG. 19 is a pictorial view of an example of a detachable independent accessory 190 which may be connected to the independent accessory connector FIG 14 which may be attached to the upper part flap 40 according to claim 8 ;

[0046] FIG. 19A is a pictorial view of an example of a detachable independent accessory 190 which may be connected to the independent accessory connector FIG 14 which may be attached to the upper part flaps 50 according to claim 9.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0047] Detailed embodiments of the instant invention are disclosed herein, however, it is to be understood that the disclosed embodiments are merely exemplary of the invention, which may be embodied in various forms. Therefore, specific functional and structural details disclosed herein are not to be interpreted as limiting, but merely as a basis for the claims and as a representational basis for teaching one skilled in the art to variously employ the present invention in virtually any appropriately detailed structure.

[0048] The invention, a woman's slip-on shoe, hereinafter referred to as the shoe, is comfortable, stylish, and waterproof and will be best understood by referring to the following detailed, description. Referring to the Figures in general, the platform FIG 1 and FIG 2 is the primary unit of the shoe. Various parts and/or devices as noted in the Claims and the Descriptions enable the shoe to accept accessories, and devices which create the various Embodiments chosen by the owner of the shoe to use it in various different ways. The platform FIG 1 and FIG 2 of the shoe and the upper part 40 or parts 50 as shown in the drawings, are combined during construction, into one complete, waterproof, piece. There is no separate sole, nor insole, nor outsole, nor other parts, as are indicated in many other shoe patents because the platform FIG 1 and FIG 2 and its particular upper part 40 or parts 59 are molded into one waterproof piece.

[0049] In one embodiment of the invention, various means, according to claim 7, allow an accessory sole FIG 13 to be connected to the platform FIG 1 and FIG 2 as shown in the drawings, to provide a different bottom surface, different from the one shown in FIG 11, this example embodiment specifically being constructed to allow sliding movement on smooth floors to enhance dancing.

[0050] In another embodiment of the invention, at the upper area of the platform, the means, according to claim 6, allow a heel cover and strap FIG 17 to be connected to the platform FIG 1 and FIG 2 as shown in the drawings, to enable more firmly holding the foot onto the platform FIG 1 and FIG 2 further supporting the foot for such things as walking or dancing according to a user's preference.

[0051] In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the inner part of the upper surface 20 of the platform FIG 2 is shaped to support the arch of the foot, and the outer edges 30 of the platform FIG 3 are slightly raised to further hold the foot onto the platform FIG 3.

[0052] In a preferred embodiment of the invention, an accessory connector 70 is formed into the upper edge of the platform behind the heel area FIG 7. This connector allows the attachment of an ankle strap 150 or 160, and other independent accessories .

[0053] In one embodiment of the invention, the single upper part 40 and the platform FIG 4 as shown in the drawings, is constructed into one piece.

[0054] In another embodiment of the invention, the two upper parts 50 and the platform FIG 5D as shown in the drawings, is constructed into one piece.

[0055] In another embodiment of the invention, the upper part

40 may have various removable accessories connected to the said independent accessory connector FIG 14 and thence to the said accessory connector 70. [0056] In another embodiment of the invention, the upper parts 50 may have various removable accessories connected to the said independent accessory connector FIG 14 and thence to the said accessory connector 80.

[0057] The woman's slip-on shoe comprises a platform FIG 1 and

FIG 2 shaped to conform to the bottom portion of a human foot, said platform being generally of a wedge shape having various upper parts 40 or 50 shaped to surround the upper and side portions of the human foot in such a way as to secure the platform FIG 4 or FIG 5D to the foot. The platform is shaped to conform to the bottom portion of a human foot, wherein the shape of the inner part of the upper surface of the platform is shaped to support the arch of the foot 20. The platform includes the means to attach an independent accessory FIG 13 to the bottom of the platform 51 or 63. The platform includes the means to attach independent parts to the upper part of the platform 60 or 62 according to claim 6.

[0058] The outer edges 30 of the top surface of the platform FIG 3 are slightly raised to further hold the foot onto the platform and the platform is shaped to conform to the bottom portion of a human foot, wherein an accessory connector 70 is formed into the upper edge of the platform behind the heel area. An upper part 40 of said platform is shaped to surround the upper and side portions of the human foot in such a way as to secure the platform to the foot, wherein said upper part 40 is a simple band that is shaped as part of the platform during construction resulting in one unit.

[0059] Upper parts 50 of the platform FIG 1 and FIG 2 are shaped to surround the upper and side portions of the human foot in such a way as to hold the foot onto the platform, wherein said upper parts 50 are in two initial pieces, the outer end of each said piece is shaped into part of said platform during construction so as to become one unit with two flaps enabling closure by attaching the ends of the two flaps.

[0060] An upper part 40 is shaped to surround the upper and side portions of the human foot in such a way as to hold the foot onto the platform, wherein the upper part 40 contains the means 80, according to claim 9 to connect an accessory connector FIG 14 that may be used to attach independent accessories 190.

[0061] Upper parts 50 are shaped to surround the upper and side portions of the human foot in such a way as to hold the foot onto the platform, wherein the covering flap of the upper parts 50 contains the means to connect an accessory connector FIG 14 that may be used to attach independent accessories 190.

[0062] The woman's slip-on shoe is waterproof FIG 10 and various marks and designs 110 may be embedded in the waterproof construction material. Further various patterns may be embedded in the waterproof construction material on the bottom surface 111 of the said platform.

[0063] An ankle strap 150 may be connected to a accessory connector 70.

[0064] An ankle strap 160 may be connected to a accessory connector 70.

[0065] A heel cover and strap FIG 17 may be attached to said platform by the means 60 to connect said heel cover and strap.

[0066] An accessory sole FIG 13 may be attached to said platform FIG 12 by utilizing the means 120.

[0067] The shoe may be colored in a pattern that is the trade dress of the applicant.

[0068] The woman's slip-on shoe may include an accessory connector FIG 14 that can be attached to various independent accessories 190.

[0069] One skilled in the art will readily appreciate that the present invention is well adapted to carry out the objectives and obtain the ends and advantages mentioned, as well as those inherent therein. The embodiments, methods, procedures and techniques described herein are presently representative of the preferred embodiments, are intended to be exemplary, and are not intended as limitations on the scope. Changes therein and other uses will occur to those skilled in the art which are encompassed within the spirit of the invention and are defined by the scope of the appended claims. Although the invention has been described in connection with specific preferred embodiments, it should be understood that the invention as claimed should not be unduly limited to such specific embodiments. Indeed, various modifications of the described modes for carrying out the invention which are obvious to those skilled in the art are intended to be within the scope of the following claims.