Forms Patents (Class 12/128R)
  • Patent number: 6148545
    Abstract: A foot warmer which has a shape to fit into a boot and an insulating foam adjacent the top of the warmer. Below the insulating foam is a heat retaining material that can be heated in a microwave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: James L. Yeager, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5950323
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventors: Elizabeth Wroth, Kathy Sheraw
  • Patent number: 5881413
    Abstract: A shoe last and method for forming a shoe which is particularly constructed to be worn with and matingly interface with a wearer's custom-shaped sock. The shoe last includes a body having a backpart and a forepart connected to the backpart and extending forwardly therefrom. The last has a last bottom portion for abuttingly contacting and interfacing with a sole of a shoe. The last bottom portion has a bottom shape corresponding to the bottom shape of a custom-shaped sock when positioned on the foot of a wearer. The sole of a shoe formed from the last has a custom-contoured shape corresponding to and substantially mating with an overlying custom-shaped sock when positioned therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: James L. Throneburg
    Inventors: James L. Throneburg, James G. McLelland, Victor J. Gallenstein, Leon E. Kelley, Douglas H. Richie
  • Patent number: 5564162
    Abstract: A boot tree has three shaped pieces: a foot piece, a front leg piece, and a back leg piece. The three pieces are mechanically connected together. The mechanical connections do not contain any hinge connecting one piece to another. The mechanical connection of the foot piece to the front leg piece contains at least one articulated compressible linking element allowing relative pivoting, backwards and forwards, of the two pieces. The leg piece has no obstacle to obstruct the pivoting of the linking element between the positions of the foot when resting and when pointed. The mechanical connection of the front leg piece to the back leg piece also contains at least one articulated compressible linking element, allowing the back leg piece to pivot upwards relative to the front leg piece. The leg pieces have no obstacles which could obstruct the pivoting of the linking element between the positions with the heel in the natural position and with the heel in the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Inventor: Nabil Adjas
  • Patent number: 5446936
    Abstract: A cross-support member extends between the opposed side panels of an inverted U-shaped boot insert to prevent the side panels from collapsing toward one another. The cross-support member may be a separate structural element which is associated with the inverted U-shaped boot insert, or may be formed as an integral part of the inverted U-shaped boot insert (e.g., by partially cutting out the cross-support member from at least one of the side panels and/or by affixing the cross-support member to an interior surface of at least one of the side panels). The cross-support member may itself include lateral stiffening panels of desired geometry (e.g., triangular, rectangular, etc.) which are preferably formed as an integral part of the cross-support member by folding a lateral section of the cross-support member angularly out of the cross-support member's plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Inventor: Mark A. Barger
  • Patent number: 5367735
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventors: Sandra N. Mosier, Dan L. Mosier
  • Patent number: 5341532
    Abstract: A foot-shaped inflatable stuffing is inserted into and removed from footwear. The stuffing has a tapered insert and a gas inlet. The inlet allows gas to be admitted into the insert, and also serves as a convenient handle to effect removal of the stuffing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Inventor: Edward Markowitz
  • Patent number: 4771553
    Abstract: A boot cover fits around the top of a boot and closes the gap or space between the top edge of the boot and the cover. In one form, the cover is made from plastic and has a groove that fits around the top edge of the boot. In another form, the cover comprises a deformable insert made of plastic, or like a bag filled with soft foam, plastic, with a skirt which can be removed to cover the opening at the boot edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Inventor: Charles D. Smithdeal
  • Patent number: 4554694
    Abstract: In an extensible shoe shaper, the toe and heel are connected by means of a kinematic hinge element, formed of a plastic material strip of varying thickness applied by pressure, the configuration of which can be varied--in order to vary the extension of the shaper--by means of a screw handwheel, slidably fixed to the toe and acting on said kinematic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1985
    Assignee: Giovanni Tradigo S.n.c.
    Inventors: Angelo Tradigo, Francesco Tradigo
  • Patent number: 4497080
    Abstract: A boot and shoe tree is described for maintaining a pair of boots or shoes in adjacent relationship for storage while being self-standing when not in use. The boot or shoe tree is constructed from a pair of adjacent members joined together at one end and filled with material to provide the members with a self-supporting quality, in addition to a weight provided at the lower end thereof to provide the boot or shoe tree with a self-standing quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1985
    Inventor: Elizabeth Inspector
  • Patent number: 4400840
    Abstract: A boot shaper for treating crease or stretch marks in legged boots, comprises an inflatable sock which is inflatable through an air inlet means and is deflatable through an air pressure relief means so that the sock can be pulled from a boot after use by a handle means in use of this boot shaper, the at least partially deflated sock, is inserted into the boot to be treated, inflated to pressurize the boot to an extent sufficient to reduce or eliminate the crease or stretch marks over a period of treatment, the sock then being deflated and removed from the boot using the handle means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1983
    Inventor: Rex Sly
  • Patent number: 4010878
    Abstract: The display form is inserted within the baby bottie to maintain the bootie in a condition simulating the appearance of the bottle on the foot of a baby. The display form is molded of sheet plastic material with a length and width corresponding to the length and width of the foot portion of a baby bootie. An upper wall is provided with integral side walls extending downwardly on all sides and with opposite end portions being arcuate. The height of the side walls generally corresponds to the height of the foot portion of the bootie and the singlepiece display form is substantially hidden when inserted into the bootie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1977
    Inventor: Twain Westmoreland