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Title:
CONVERTIBLE HIGH HEEL AND FLAT SHOE AND METHOD OF USE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/191085
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A convertible high heel and flat shoe, comprising a sole including a heel section; and a high heel piece positionable between a high heel mode where the high heel piece supports the heel section and a flat shoe mode where the high heel piece is received within the sole.

Inventors:
FUSARO ALANNA ELISE (US)
MOLDAVE JACK (US)
Application Number:
US2020/023409
Publication Date:
September 24, 2020
Filing Date:
March 18, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
VICEVERSA LAB INC (US)
International Classes:
A43B3/24; A43B13/14; A43B13/18; A43B21/433; A43B21/52
Foreign References:
US9289025B22016-03-22
CN102793338A2012-11-28
CN109123898A2019-01-04
EP3434133A12019-01-30
CN204091141U2015-01-14
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BEUERLE, Stephen C. et al. (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A convertible high heel and flat shoe, comprising:

a sole including a heel section;

a high heel piece positionable between a high heel mode where the high heel piece supports the heel section and a flat shoe mode where the high heel piece is received within the sole.

2. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , further including a hinge mechanism hingeably connecting the high heel piece to the sole.

3. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 2, wherein the high heel piece, the heel section, and the hinge mechanism form a triangle shaped stability and support structure.

4. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , wherein the heel section includes high heel piece receiving member to secure the high heel piece receiving member to the heel section in the high heel mode.

5. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 4, wherein the heel section includes a rear area and the high heel piece receiving member is in the rear area of the heel section.

6. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 4, wherein the heel section includes a central area and the high heel piece receiving member is in the central area of the heel section.

7. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 4, wherein the high heel piece receiving member is a tube that receives a top of the high heel piece.

8. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 4, wherein the high heel piece includes a top threaded section that is threadably receivable in the high heel piece receiving member.

9. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 4, wherein the high heel piece includes a pull release mechanism whereby when pulled away from the heel section the high heel piece unlocks from the high heel piece receiving member.

10. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , further including a high heel piece locking mechanism to lock the high heel piece into a high heel position, the high heel piece locking mechanism having a pin with an overhang and a cooperating member with retaining shelf section and a gap, whereby rotation of at least one of the pin and the cooperating member causes the overhang to be retained on the retaining shelf section so that the high heel piece is locked in the high heel position and aligned with the gap, causing the overhang to fall there through, so that the high heel piece is unlocked from the high heel position.

11. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , further including a high heel piece locking mechanism whereby rotation of the heel section causes the high heel piece to lock into and unlock from the high heel position.

12. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , further including a high heel piece locking mechanism whereby rotation of the high heel piece causes the high heel piece to lock into and unlock from the high heel position.

13. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , wherein the sole includes a receiving section to receive the high heel piece within the sole, and further including a guiding linkage mechanism that guides the high heel piece towards the receiving section of the sole.

14. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , wherein the sole includes a receiving section to receive the high heel piece within the sole, and an openable sole cover that covers and uncovers the receiving section of the sole.

15. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , further including a shorter heel that is separate from and shorter than the high heel piece and a linkage mechanism that movably couples the shorter heel to the heel section and the high heel piece, whereby the shorter heel moves forward and rearward with movement of the high heel piece.

16. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , further including a shorter heel that is separate from and shorter than the high heel piece, and is linearly and movably coupled to the heel section, whereby the shorter heel moves forward and rearward in a linear fashion.

17. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , further including a stationary shorter heel that is separate from and shorter than the high heel piece, and the high heel piece includes a heel cover piece that covers the shorter heel when the convertible high heel and flat shoe is in high heel mode.

18. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , further including a tube that receives the high heel piece and linkage mechanism that causes the tube to be covered when the high heel piece is moved out of the high heel mode.

19. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , further including a toe section, an area where the toe section is coupled to the sole section, and a latch locking mechanism in the area to lock and unlock the sole relative to the toe section to convert between a high heel mode and a flat mode.

20. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 19, wherein the sole includes a high heel piece receiving section and the latch locking mechanism is configured to disengage upon receipt of the high heel piece in the high heel piece receiving section.

21. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 19, wherein the sole includes a receiving section to receive the high heel piece within the sole, and an openable sole cover that covers and uncovers the receiving section of the sole, and the latch locking mechanism is configured to disengage upon uncovering of the receiving section by the openable sole cover.

22. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , wherein the sole includes indents to hold at least one of foam and flexible material for comfort.

23. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , wherein the high heel piece is part of a two-piece heel a heel cover piece hingeably attached to the heel and the heel cover piece including the high heel piece.

24. The convertible high heel and flat shoe of claim 1 , further including a heel with folding sides.

25. A convertible high heel and flat shoe, comprising:

a sole including a heel section and a pivot point;

a high heel piece positionable between a high heel mode where the high heel piece supports the heel section and a flat shoe mode where the high heel piece is received within the sole, the high heel piece including a pivot point,

a linkage between the pivot point on the sole and the pivot point on the high heel piece whereby the high heel piece, the heel section, and the linkage form a triangle structure.

Description:
CONVERTIBLE HIGH HEEL AND FLAT SHOE AND METHOD OF USE

Field of the Invention

[0001] The present invention relates to a shoe that is convertible between a high heel shoe configuration and a flat shoe configuration.

Summary of the Invention

[0002] An aspect of the invention involves a convertible high heel and flat shoe, comprising a sole including a heel section; and a high heel piece positionable between a high heel mode where the high heel piece supports the heel section and a flat shoe mode where the high heel piece is received within the sole.

[0003] One or more implementations of the aspect of the invention described immediately above includes one or more of the following: a hinge mechanism hingeably connecting the high heel piece to the sole; the high heel piece, the heel section, and the hinge mechanism form a triangle shaped structure; the heel section includes high heel piece receiving member to secure the high heel piece receiving member to the heel section in the high heel mode; the heel section includes a rear area and the high heel piece receiving member is in the rear area of the heel section; the heel section includes a central area and the high heel piece receiving member is in the central area of the heel section; the high heel piece receiving member is a tube that receives a top of the high heel piece; the high heel piece includes a top threaded section that is threadably receivable in the high heel piece receiving member; the high heel piece includes a pull release mechanism whereby when pulled away from the heel section the high heel piece unlocks from the high heel piece receiving member; a high heel piece locking mechanism to lock the high heel piece into a high heel position, the high heel piece locking mechanism having a pin with an overhang and a cooperating member with retaining shelf section and a gap, whereby rotation of at least one of the pin and the cooperating member causes the overhang to be retained on the retaining shelf section so that the high heel piece is locked in the high heel position and aligned with the gap, causing the overhang to fall there through, so that the high heel piece is unlocked from the high heel position; a high heel piece locking mechanism whereby rotation of the heel section causes the high heel piece to lock into and unlock from the high heel position; a high heel piece locking mechanism whereby rotation of the high heel piece causes the high heel piece to lock into and unlock from the high heel position; the sole includes a receiving section to receive the high heel piece within the sole, and further including a guiding linkage mechanism that guides the high heel piece towards the receiving section of the sole; the sole includes a receiving section to receive the high heel piece within the sole, and openable sole cover that covers and uncovers the receiving section of the sole; a shorter heel that is separate from and shorter than the high heel piece and a linkage mechanism that movably couples the shorter heel to the heel section and the high heel piece, whereby the shorter heel moves forward and rearward with movement of the high heel piece; a shorter heel that is separate from and shorter than the high heel piece, and is linearly and movably coupled to the heel section, whereby the shorter heel moves forward and rearward in a linear fashion; a stationary shorter heel that is separate from and shorter than the high heel piece, and the high heel piece includes a heel cover piece that covers the shorter heel when the convertible high heel and flat shoe is in high heel mode; a tube that receives the high heel piece and linkage mechanism that causes the tube to be covered when the high heel piece is moved out of the high heel mode; a shorter heel that is separate from and shorter than the high heel piece, and a slide wedge between the shorter heel and the sole to help distribute weight load; a spring between the heel section and the shorter heel to urge the shorter heel away from the heel section to control movement of the shorter heel; a toe section, an area where the toe section is coupled to the sole section, and a latch locking mechanism in the area to lock and unlock the sole relative to the toe section to convert between a high heel mode and a flat mode; the sole includes a high heel piece receiving section and the latch locking mechanism is configured to disengage upon receipt of the high heel piece in the high heel piece receiving section; the sole includes a receiving section to receive the high heel piece within the sole, an openable sole cover that covers and uncovers the receiving section of the sole, and the latch locking mechanism is configured to disengage upon uncovering of the receiving section by the openable sole cover; the latch locking mechanism is configured to stay disengaged by the high heel piece disposed within the receiving section in the sole; and/or the sole includes indents to hold at least one of foam and flexible material for comfort.

[0004] Another aspect of the invention involves a convertible high heel and flat shoe, comprising a sole including a heel section and a pivot point; a high heel piece positionable between a high heel mode where the high heel piece supports the heel section and a flat shoe mode where the high heel piece is received within the sole, the high heel piece including a pivot point, and a linkage between the pivot point on the sole and the pivot point on the high heel piece whereby the high heel piece, the heel section, and the linkage form a triangle shaped structure.

[0005] One or more implementations of the aspect of the invention described immediately above includes one or more of the following: a hinge mechanism hingeably connecting the high heel piece to the sole; the high heel piece, the heel section, and the hinge mechanism form a triangle structure; the heel section includes high heel piece receiving member to secure the high heel piece receiving member to the heel section in the high heel mode; the heel section includes a rear area and the high heel piece receiving member is in the rear area of the heel section; the heel section includes a central area and the high heel piece receiving member is in the central area of the heel section; the high heel piece receiving member is a tube that receives a top of the high heel piece; the high heel piece includes a top threaded section that is threadably receivable in the high heel piece receiving member; the high heel piece includes a pull release mechanism whereby when pulled away from the heel section the high heel piece unlocks from the high heel piece receiving member; a high heel piece locking mechanism to lock the high heel piece into a high heel position, the high heel piece locking mechanism having a pin with an overhang and a cooperating member with retaining shelf section and a gap, whereby rotation of at least one of the pin and the cooperating member causes the overhang to be retained on the retaining shelf section so that the high heel piece is locked in the high heel position and aligned with the gap, causing the overhang to fall there through, so that the high heel piece is unlocked from the high heel position; a high heel piece locking mechanism whereby rotation of the heel section causes the high heel piece to lock into and unlock from the high heel position; a high heel piece locking mechanism whereby rotation of the high heel piece causes the high heel piece to lock into and unlock from the high heel position; the sole includes a receiving section to receive the high heel piece within the sole, and further including a guiding linkage mechanism that guides the high heel piece towards the receiving section of the sole; the sole includes a receiving section to receive the high heel piece within the sole, and openable sole cover that covers and uncovers the receiving section of the sole; a shorter heel that is separate from and shorter than the high heel piece and a linkage mechanism that movably couples the shorter heel to the heel section and the high heel piece, whereby the shorter heel moves forward and rearward with movement of the high heel piece; a shorter heel that is separate from and shorter than the high heel piece, and is linearly and movably coupled to the heel section, whereby the shorter heel moves forward and rearward in a linear fashion; a stationary shorter heel that is separate from and shorter than the high heel piece, and the high heel piece includes a heel cover piece that covers the shorter heel when the convertible high heel and flat shoe is in high heel mode; a tube that receives the high heel piece and linkage mechanism that causes the tube to be covered when the high heel piece is moved out of the high heel mode; a shorter heel that is separate from and shorter than the high heel piece, and a slide wedge between the shorter heel and the sole to help distribute weight load; a spring between the heel section and the shorter heel to urge the shorter heel away from the heel section to control movement of the shorter heel; a toe section, an area where the toe section is coupled to the sole section, and a latch locking mechanism in the area to lock and unlock the sole relative to the toe section to convert between a high heel mode and a flat mode; the sole includes a high heel piece receiving section and the latch locking mechanism is configured to disengage upon receipt of the high heel piece in the high heel piece receiving section; the sole includes a receiving section to receive the high heel piece within the sole, openable sole cover that covers and uncovers the receiving section of the sole, and the latch locking mechanism is configured to disengage upon uncovering of the receiving section by the removable sole cover; the latch locking mechanism is configured to stay disengaged by the high heel piece disposed within the receiving section in the sole; and/or the sole includes indents to hold at least one of foam and flexible material for comfort. Brief Description of Drawings

[0006] The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and form a part of this specification illustrate embodiments of the invention and together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the invention.

[0007] FIG. 1A is a front elevational view of an embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe.

[0008] FIG. 1 B is a front elevational view of another embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe.

[0009] FIG. 2A is a front elevational view of the convertible high heel and flat shoe of FIG. 1A, and shows a high heel piece detached from a heel and pivoted towards a sole.

[0010] FIG. 2B is a cross-sectional view of an embodiment of a high heel piece for a convertible high heel and flat shoe.

[0011] FIG. 2C is a perspective view of an embodiment of a high heel piece locking mechanism.

[0012] FIG. 2D is a rear perspective view of an embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe, with certain portions not shown for clarity, and a tube shown on a heel of the shown for receiving a high heel piece.

[0013] FIG. 2E is a perspective view of another embodiment of a high heel piece locking mechanism.

[0014] FIG. 3A is a front elevational view of an embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe, with certain portions not shown for clarity, and a two-piece heel in the form of a heel cover piece (with high heel piece) shown hingeably attached to the heel. [0015] FIG. 3B is a bottom perspective view of an embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe, with certain portions not shown for clarity, and a heel cover piece shown hingeably attached to the heel.

[0016] FIG. 4 is a front elevational view of an embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe, with certain portions not shown for clarity, and a guiding linkage mechanism shown guiding the high heel piece towards a receiving section of a sole.

[0017] FIG. 5 is a rear perspective view of an embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe, with certain portions not shown for clarity, and a sole cover that covers a high heel piece receiving section shown slightly retraced from a sole.

[0018] FIG. 6 is a rear elevational view of an embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe, with certain portions not shown for clarity, and a high heel piece receiving section or crevice shown in a sole.

[0019] FIG. 7A is a partial side elevational view of the convertible high heel and flat shoe of FIG. 1A, and illustrates an embodiment of a linkage mechanism that moves a shorter heel forward/rearward with movement of the high heel piece.

[0020] FIG. 7B is a side elevational view of an embodiment of a linkage mechanism that moves a shorter heel forward/rearward with movement of the high heel piece.

[0021] FIG. 7C is a side elevational view of an embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe, with certain portions not shown for clarity, and illustrates an embodiment of a sliding mechanism that allows a heel to move forward/rearward in a linear sliding fashion.

[0022] FIG. 8A is a partial side elevational view of the convertible high heel and flat shoe of FIG. 1A, similar to FIG. 7A, and illustrates the linkage mechanism and the shorter heel of FIG. 7A with the shorter heel moved rearward, covering a tube for receiving a high heel piece.

[0023] FIG. 8B is a partial side elevational view of a heal section of a convertible high heel and flat shoe, and illustrates an actuated slide wedge between a heel and a sole to help distribute weight load, and illustrates optional spring(s) to control movement of a shorter heel.

[0024] FIG. 9A is a partial side elevational view of an embodiment of a heal section of a convertible high heel and flat shoe, and illustrates a linkage covering a tube for receiving a high heel piece.

[0025] FIG. 9B is perspective view of an embodiment of a latch locking mechanism in a ball or other area of a convertible high heel and flat shoe to lock and unlock the sole relative to the toe to convert between a high heel configuration and a flat configuration.

[0026] FIG. 9C is another perspective view of the latch locking mechanism of FIG. 9A, and illustrates how receipt of the high heel piece in the sole crevice disengages the latch locking mechanism.

[0027] FIG. 9D illustrates an embodiment of a sole releasing latch locking mechanism of a convertible high heel and flat shoe to lock and unlock the sole relative to the toe to convert between a high heel configuration and a flat configuration.

[0028] FIG. 10 illustrates a partial perspective view of a sole piece of a convertible high heel and flat shoe.

Description of Embodiment of the Invention

[0029] With reference to FIGS. 1A-10, an embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe (“shoe”) that is convertible between a high heel shoe configuration and a flat shoe configuration will be described. The shoe solves the problem of uncomfortable high heel shoes by giving a user the option to convert one’s heels to a flat when the shoes inevitably become painful. The shoe is great for commuting or anytime one wants the advantage of both a heel and a flat shoe.

[0030] FIG. 1A is a front elevational view of an embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe 100. The shoe 100 includes a high heel piece 110 that is hingeably connected to a heel section 120 via hinge mechanism 130, allowing the high heel piece 110 to fold into a sole 140 to create a flat shoe. The high heel piece 110, heel section 120, and hinge mechanism form a triangle shaped structure or triangular support 150 (e.g., for stability and to support weight load, for aesthetics). FIG. 1A illustrates the shoe 100 in locked position with the triangular support 150 in a rear 160 of the heel section 120. In an alternative embodiment, the high heel piece 110 is detachably connectable to the heel section 120. In such an embodiment, the high heel piece 110 is completely removable and is positionable to support the heel section 120 in a high heel mode and positionable inside the sole 140 in a flat shoe mode.

[0031] FIG. 1 B illustrates another embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe 200 with a triangular support 210 illustrated in a middle 220 of a heel section 230. As illustrated in FIGS. 1A, 1 B, placement of the triangle support 210 may be in multiple locations.

[0032] FIG. 2A illustrates how a high heel piece 240 detaches from the heel section 230 by a twist release mechanism 250 and pivoted towards a sole 260. The twist release mechanism 250 uses a threaded rod or pin 270 through the entire high heel piece 240. The threaded rod or pin 270 is twisted to release the high heel piece 240 from the heel section 230.

[0033] FIG. 2B illustrates an embodiment of a high heel piece 280 with a pull release mechanism 290 having ball bearings 300 to hold a center heel pin 310 in place. The ball bearings 300 are on heel/sole interior or on the pin 310. When a user pulls pull member 320 directly downwards, the ball bearings 300 will flex (via a spring) and pin 310 can be removed from the shoe.

[0034] With reference to FIGS. 2C and 2E, an embodiment of a high heel piece locking mechanism 330 will be described. The high heel piece locking mechanism 330 includes a pin 340 with a flexible cantilever/overhang 350 to lock a high heel piece into a high heel position. To unlock the high heel piece relative to the heel section, the pin 340 is rotated from the position shown in FIG. 2C to the position shown in FIG. 2E, where the overhang 350 aligns with a gap 360 that the overhang 350 falls through. The pin 340 could be rotated by either twisting the heel cap 370 at bottom 380 or by twisting an entire heel section. [0035] FIG. 2D illustrates a tube/cap tube 400 on a heel section 410 for receiving an end 420 of a high heel piece 430. The cap tube 400 may include a telescoping tube.

[0036] FIGS. 3A, 3B illustrate a heel cover piece 450 hingeably attached to a heel section 460. The heel cover piece 450 is a solid body that is also used as a second linkage. The heel cover piece 450 covers the short heel section 460 in the flat mode/configuration and creates the look of a traditional heel. The heel has two parts: a heel cap/cover piece 450 that covers the short heel and then a tall piece that holds a rod/or support structure. The "triangle support" linkage may or may not be visible on the inside of the heel.

[0037] With reference to FIG. 4 and FIG. 5, a second linkage 470 guides movement of high heel piece 480 into a crevice or receiving section 510 of sole 490. A plastic sole cover 500 unfastens from sole 490, revealing receiving section/crevice 510 in the insole, that high heel piece 480 fits into. The sole cover 500 has a hinge point and uses a ball lock and spring (e.g., spring loaded, with a regular or compliant spring, biasing the sole cover 500 into the closed and/or open position) to hold it locked and unlocked. The openable/partially removable sole cover 500 extends around the sides or inside the sole 490 to create a seal/waterproof seal. The sole cover 500 is unlocked by the user pulling it downward directly or via a tab, squeezing the sides, or unlatching a lock. Additional fasteners that may be used to detachably attached sole cover 500 to sole 490 include Velcro, magnets, elastic, and snaps. In the flat configuration/mode, the sole cover 500 adheres/fastens to insole 506, covering the sole 490 up to the heal section 508, enabling the shoe to be functional as a flat shoe. Leather or fabric covers up all mechanical components to look indistinguishable from a traditional high heel shoe. Around the crevice 510, the insole 506 has rib structures for weight load support. In alternative embodiments, the high heel and flat shoe does not have a receiving section or crevice. In further embodiments of the sole cover 500, the sole cover 500 includes a zipper down the center of the sole 490 or on the sides of the sole 490 for opening and revealing the crevice 510 for the heel to fit in. [0038] FIG. 6 illustrates an embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe 550 with a high heel piece receiving section or crevice 560 shown in a sole 562 for receiving retractable high heel piece 570 and a heel cover piece for a stationary shorter heel. The heel may have collapsible sides (rubber, fabric, leather, etc.) as shown that fold in one or more ways.

[0039] FIG. 7A illustrates an embodiment of a linkage mechanism 600 that moves a shorter heel forward/rearward with movement of high heel piece 610. The linkage mechanism 600 includes first linkage 620, second linkage 630, third linkage 640, fourth linkage 650, and pivot points 660, 670, 680, 690, 700, 710, 720. The first linkgage 620 links the high heel piece 610 to a front 730 of heel section 740. The first linkage 620 is pivotally/hingeably connected to the front 730 of the heel section 740 at pivot point 670 whereby pivoting of the high heel piece 610 into the crevice of sole 750 urges short heel member/cap rearward beneath a bottom of a rear 760 of the heel section 740. Conversely, pivoting/retracting of the high heel piece 610 from the crevice of the sole 750 back towards the heel section 740 urges short heel member/cap 760 forward towards and below the front 730 of the heel section 740. Thus, pivot motion of the high heel piece 610 moving towards the sole 750 engages attached linkage mechanism 600 to rotate and push the shorter heel member/cap downwards and back towards a rear 760 of the heel section 740.

[0040] FIG. 7B illustrates another embodiment of a linkage mechanism 800 that moves a shorter heel/cap 810 forward/rearward with movement of high heel piece 820.

[0041] FIG. 7C is an embodiment of a convertible high heel and flat shoe 850 with a linear sliding mechanism 860 that allows a shorter heel/cap 870 to move forward/rearward in a linear sliding fashion via linear slider mechanism 860. Pivot motion of high heel piece 890 pushes or imparts motion of shorter heel/cap 870 heel directly back and forth on a linear slide with the linear sliding mechanism 860.

[0042] FIG. 8A an embodiment where when a shorter heel member/cap 900 is moved rearward, the shorter heel member/cap 900 covers a cap tube 910 for receiving a high heel piece. [0043] FIG. 8B illustrates an embodiment of an actuated slide wedge 920 disposed between a shorter heel member/cap 930 and a heel section 940 to help distribute weight load, and illustrates optional spring(s) 950 to control movement of the shorter heel member/cap 930.

[0044] FIG. 9A is an embodiment of a linkage 970 of a linkage mechanism 980 configured to cover a cap tube 990 for receiving a high heel piece when a shorter heel member/cap 930 is moved rearward relative to heel section 1000 when the high heel piece is not in use (e.g., in flat configuration/mode).

[0045] FIGS. 9B, 9C illustrate an embodiment of a latch locking mechanism 1030 in a ball 1040 or other area to lock and unlock a sole 1050 relative to a toe 1060 to convert between a high heel configuration/mode and a flat configuration/mode. A hinge 1070 at the ball 1040 or other area is locked in high heel configuration/mode and unlocked in flat configuration/mode. The latch locking mechanism 1030 includes a latch 1080 with a spring 1090 that urges the latch 1080 to be in a locked position, preventing the hinge 1070 from moving. When high heel piece 1100 is retracted into crevice 1110, the high heel piece 1100 going into the crevice 1100 pushes the latch 1080 upward, releasing the latch 1080 and causing the hinge 1070 to unlock and the entire shoe to become flat. Notches 1120 prevent over travel.

[0046] FIG. 9D illustrates an embodiment of a sole releasing latch locking mechanism 1150 to lock and unlock a sole 1160 relative to a toe 1170 to convert between a high heel configuration/mode and a flat configuration/mode. In this embodiment, the sole 1160 opening and closing actuates latch 1180 unlocking and locking. The sole 1160 is connected to the latch 1180 with elastic, a spring, or latch catch member 1190 and pulls the latch 1180 downward when opening of the sole 1160 while spring 1200 urges the latch 1180 upward. In flat configuration/mode, the high heel piece inside the crevice in the sole 1160 prevents the sole 1160 from accidentally locking into high heel configuration/mode.

[0047] FIG. 10 illustrates a partial perspective view of a sole piece 1200 of a convertible high heel and flat shoe. The sole piece 1200 has indents to hold foam or flexible material for comfort. [0048] Important aspect of the convertible high heel and flat shoe include a shorter heel member/cap concealed by a high heel/piece, the short heel member/cap may move forward and back to become smaller or cover up open spaces where needed, high heel includes a triangle shape for weigh load structure and stability, high heel has material that can collapse to be flatter, the high heel is locked into the back, heel section of the sole, the high heel uses a movable top lift (or a pull to release motion) to release the lock, the midsole locks in at least one position at the ball or other area of the foot, and the sole can be released to cover and uncover the high heel.

[0049] The figures may depict exemplary configurations for the invention, which is done to aid in understanding the features and functionality that can be included in the invention. The invention is not restricted to the illustrated architectures or configurations, but can be implemented using a variety of alternative architectures and configurations. Additionally, although the invention is described above in terms of various exemplary embodiments and implementations, it should be understood that the various features and functionality described in one or more of the individual embodiments with which they are described, but instead can be applied, alone or in some combination, to one or more of the other embodiments of the invention, whether or not such embodiments are described and whether or not such features are presented as being a part of a described embodiment. Thus the breadth and scope of the present invention, especially in the following claims, should not be limited by any of the above-described exemplary embodiments.

[0050] Terms and phrases used in this document, and variations thereof, unless otherwise expressly stated, should be construed as open ended as opposed to limiting. As examples of the foregoing: the term“including” should be read as mean“including, without limitation” or the like; the term“example” is used to provide exemplary instances of the item in discussion, not an exhaustive or limiting list thereof; and adjectives such as“conventional,”“traditional,”“standard,” “known” and terms of similar meaning should not be construed as limiting the item described to a given time period or to an item available as of a given time, but instead should be read to encompass conventional, traditional, normal, or standard technologies that may be available or known now or at any time in the future. Likewise, a group of items linked with the conjunction“and” should not be read as requiring that each and every one of those items be present in the grouping, but rather should be read as“and/or” unless expressly stated otherwise. Similarly, a group of items linked with the conjunction“or” should not be read as requiring mutual exclusivity among that group, but rather should also be read as “and/or” unless expressly stated otherwise. Furthermore, although item, elements or components of the disclosure may be described or claimed in the singular, the plural is contemplated to be within the scope thereof unless limitation to the singular is explicitly stated. The presence of broadening words and phrases such as“one or more,”“at least,”“but not limited to” or other like phrases in some instances shall not be read to mean that the narrower case is intended or required in instances where such broadening phrases may be absent.