Abstract: A shoe tree assembly includes a shoe tree and an electrically operated disinfecting device such as an ultraviolet light emitting lamp. The shoe tree is inserted in a shoe and the disinfecting lamp inhibits the growth of fungi and other microorganisms, particularly those which cause athlete's foot or unpleasant odor. A control box for operating the lamp can include a timer and ballast.
Abstract: A desiccant accessory for shoes and the like is provided for the removal of moisture therefrom. The accessory includes an external pouch having an internal chamber with an opening at one end, a transparent packet made of permeable material detachably connected with the pouch adjacent the open end, a reusable desiccant arranged in the packet for adsorbing moisture from surrounding air, and an indicator combined with the desiccant for alerting a user when the desiccant has adsorbed a maximum amount of moisture.
Abstract: A weighted insert adapted to be fitted inside an athletic shoe so that the latter is caused to sink to the bottom of a washing machine bin to facilitate the cleaning thereof. The insert comprises a heel portion, a foot portion, and an axial member extending therebetween. The length or longitudinal extent of the axial member may be adjusted to compensate for varying sized athletic shoes to be employed therewith. In an alternative embodiment, at least one of the weighted elements in the heel portion or the foot portion of the insert comprises a removable housing for a deodorizing compound or similar treating substance.
Abstract: A shoe preserver having a wicking portion and an absorbing portion retained within a flexible porous covering. The preserver is sized to substantially fill the volume defined by the interior of the shoe. A pair of preservers is interconnected by a flexible strap attached to the forward portion of the preserver such that upon insertion into the shoe, the shoe and preserver may be carried by the strap.
Abstract: A tennis shoe weighted device is disclosed herein for insertion into a tennis shoe during a washing procedure which includes a weighted body having a soap carrying compartment on one side and a resiliently mounted telescoping rod outwardly projecting from the other body side. The soap compartment is provided with an access opening for introducing soap into the compartment and a multiplicity of apertures for selectively releasing soap into surrounding wash water. A weight in the body is critically located on the soap compartment side of the device so that the device is unevenly weighted along its central longitudinal axis.
April 13, 1992
Date of Patent:
July 27, 1993
Jimmy J. Hollister, Ronald T. Pettyjohn
Abstract: A rotary shoe rack, comprising a post for mounting a plurality of ring-shaped rotary members respectively vertically separated from one another by a plurality of sockets permitting said ring-shaped rotary members to be respectively rotated with respect to said sockets. The ring-shaped rotary members have each a plurality of supporting rods obliquely extending upward outward therefrom around a circle for mounting a shoe each, which supporting rods have each a chemical bag at the top with aromatics contained therein to expel odor smell from the shoe mounted thereon.
Abstract: Apparatus for the storage of boots and shoes includes two or more hollow boot-shaped form members removably supported in an inverted upright position by a base. The forms each have a foot-shaped end with a sole-shaped surface. Holes in the sole-shaped surface communicate with the hollow interior. Each of the forms has a compartment integrally formed in the foot-shaped end, with holes in the walls of the compartment communicating with the hollow interior, so that when a deodorizing and/or disinfecting substance is placed in the compartment, and the form is placed inside a boot, vapors emanating from the substance can circulate to the interior of the boot. Each of the forms also has integral means for (a) allowing the escape of air as the form is inserted into a boot, and (b) facilitating the removal of condensed moisture from the boot's interior.
Abstract: A vertical hollow tube closed at its top end has a first hole in its side wall adjacent its top end and is filled with gaseous deodorizer under pressure. A vertical hollow cylinder closed at its top end and open at its bottom end has a second hole in its side wall. The cylinder is vertically slidable up and down along the tube whereby the holes can be moved into and out of alignment. The deodorizer escapes from the tube to the outside through the holes when aligned and is otherwise confined within the tube. Spring means disposed within the cylinder between the top ends of cylinder and tube normally biases the cylinder in a position relative to the tube at which the second hole is out of alignment with and disposed above the first hole. When a shoe engages cylinder and tube with the cylinder disposed' inside the toe, the weight of the shoe overcomes the normal bias and the cylinder is moved downward until the second hole is out of alignment with and disposed below the first hole.