Reinforcing Patents (Class 2/241)
  • Patent number: 10385486
    Abstract: A knit garment is provided to be worn on the foot that has a toe, foot, and heel area. The garment also has a medial triangular ankle panel and a lateral triangular ankle panel. The medial triangular ankle panel has a first medial vertex near the rear, top portion of the foot area, a second medial vertex near the top of the heel area, and a third medial vertex below and between the first and second medial vertices. The lateral triangular ankle panel has a first lateral vertex near the rear, top portion of the foot area, a second lateral vertex near the top of the heel area, and a third lateral vertex below and between the first and second lateral vertices. The sides of the medial and lateral triangular panels extending between the respective first and second medial and lateral vertices define an opening of the garment for a foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Hannah R. Amis, Ronen Yehuda
  • Patent number: 9957649
    Abstract: A sock structure includes a sock body in which a wearer's foot is wrapped. A cuff is provided in an upper end of the sock body, and a toe and a heel are respectively formed at a front end and a rear end of the sock body. An instep is formed at an upside of the sock body, and a contracted opening section is formed in the instep adjacent to the toe. The contracted opening section includes a stitching line by which the contracted opening section is closed and seamed. Depending on the contracted opening section designed on the instep adjacent to the toe, the stitching line stays above the foot toes of a person who wears the sock body and prevents the foot toes from discomfort or injury induced by friction between the foot toes and the stitching line when the sock body is worn on a foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Tsung-Yuan Liu
  • Patent number: 9867401
    Abstract: This invention is a one-use, disposable hygienic shower sock for wearing in showers, locker rooms, or other similar areas where bare feet come into contact with damp or wet floors. The shower sock is made of a biodegradable plastic or fabric material with a water permeable upper portion and a water-proof sole. The inside of the shower sock may be treated with one or more preventative or treatment applications, such as an anti-fungal agent, an anti-bacterial agent, a plantar wart guard, a foot detox product, an anti-microbial agent, or an anti-viral agent. Essential oil based deodorizers, such as eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender may also be applied inside the shower sock. The bottom of the sole may have an anti-slip gripping element to prevent the wearer from slipping on wet floors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Ben Utecht
  • Patent number: 9364029
    Abstract: Embodiments of socks having at least one heel padding are disclosed herein. The at least one heel padding can be attached to the heel pocket area of a sock, preferably in the top half of the heel pocket area. Such socks can be particularly advantageous in improving the comfort, as well as the fit of shoes on a person's feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Hiten Patel
  • Patent number: 9038202
    Abstract: This invention relates to a means of securing a lens member into a snow goggle frame member, wherein the goggle frame member includes first insertion apertures, with first locating blocks at front edge, the lens member has a lens secured thereon, the lens includes first troughs to receive a corresponding first block therein, a pair of first rails are formed at respective sides of the first trough, each first rail has a first notch which includes a pair of second notches thereat, retainers are secured to the goggle frame and lens frame respectively, one end of the first insertion aperture includes a first insertion post at one end and a first insertion section at the other end thereof to receive the first insertion post therein, the first insertion section is then inserted into the first notch. The goggle may be replaced with various lenses and secured firmly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: BORRION ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Huei-Lung Li
  • Patent number: 8973411
    Abstract: A knit sock includes a foot portion having an upper instep area and a lower sole area integrally knit of a body yarn in circumferential courses and axial wales. The lower sole area defines inner and outer arch regions. The inner arch region incorporates a targeted compression zone adapted to reside generally adjacent an inner arch of a wearer's foot. The compression zone includes axially extending compression ridges of variable length spaced apart from a top of the compression zone to a bottom of the compression zone. When the sock is worn, a compression force applied by the foot portion within the targeted compression zone is greater than the compression force in directly adjacent areas of said foot portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Flagship Brands, LLC
    Inventor: Hugh Gaither
  • Publication number: 20150033448
    Abstract: A pair of control top pantyhose includes a panty portion connected to two leg portions. The panty portion is made of a reinforced segment and a non-reinforced segment integrally knitted together. The reinforced segment encircles the body of a wearer and substantially covers the abdomen. The non-reinforced segment covers the crotch of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Fariba K. Rad
  • Patent number: 8856968
    Abstract: A stabilizing sock has a foot section having a shape corresponding to a human foot and comprising a rearfoot portion corresponding to human calcaneous and talus bones and to tibial and fibular malleoli, a forefoot portion corresponding to human metatarsal and phalanx bones, and a midfoot portion between the rearfoot portion and the forefoot portion and corresponding to human cuboid, navicular and cuneiform bones. The sock has a medial stabilizer region on a medial side of the sock and a lateral stabilizer region on a lateral side of the sock. The medial stabilizer region covers a forward medial region of the rearfoot portion and a rearward medial region of the midfoot portion, and the lateral stabilizer region covers a forward lateral region of the rearfoot portion. The sock may also include lace bite protector regions and boot bang protector regions. Kits for assembling stabilizing socks are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: PTX Performance Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Daryl C. Sherman
  • Patent number: 8486035
    Abstract: A medical undergarment system effective for supporting an ostomy system consists of a first diagonal catheter channel, a second diagonal catheter channel, a first vertical catheter channel, and a second vertical catheter channel. The system consists of tubing, a base undergarment, and a fluid bag. The medical undergarment system provides a comfortable yet stable ostomy system that can easily be slipped on and off by a user. The system enables convenient and easy removal of bodily fluid when using a catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventors: Hector F. Arce, Brian O. Mohika
  • Publication number: 20120204324
    Abstract: The invention incorporates a legging and a sock into one clothing article. The fabrics and sock legging attachment mechanisms can be varied for specialized uses ranging from fire-safety clothing to medical patient wear to recreational uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Nina Flieshman, Laurie Juettner
  • Patent number: 8051498
    Abstract: The invention relates to the domain of retention garments and to those used to facilitate the application of the same. The invention especially relates to a garment or an undergarment to be placed under a retention garment, which is characterized in that it is essentially knitted with at least two different stitch structures, a first, knitted according to a float stitch pattern in a textile material having a smooth outer surface, and a second, knitted according to a weft stitch pattern in an adapted elastic textile material having a weft count of between 240 dtex and 600 dtex, in such a way as to generate a slight compression or retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: GSl Holding (SA)
    Inventors: Stefan Ganzoni, Bertrand Lun
  • Publication number: 20110197343
    Abstract: The invention provides a sock for the foot comprising a main body having a bottom portion that covers the bottom of the foot, a toe portion that covers the toes of the foot, and a heel portion that covers the heel of the foot. There is a strap that is sized to pass around the front portion of the ankle that has two opposing ends that attach to the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Jon Stevenson
  • Patent number: 7967109
    Abstract: A roping belt for a safety harness comprising an equipment-carrying device having at least one U-shaped attachment loop securedly fastened to the belt by fixing means and composed of a joining part made of flexible textile material and of a pre-formed stiffener part made of semi-rigid plastic. The joining part and the stiffener part are inserted in one another and are housed at least one of the ends thereof in a securing gusset fixed to the belt to form a non-articulated join biasing the equipment-carrying device to a salient position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Zedel
    Inventors: Paul Petzl, Aurelie Leveque
  • Patent number: 7954176
    Abstract: An instep enhancing prosthesis (19) to be worn by a dancer to enhance the appearance of the dancer's foot (10). The prosthesis (19) includes a flexible sock portion (20) formed of elastic material to which there is attached an instep enhancing prosthetic portion (27) that has an upper surface (28) that is to provide a smooth line extending from adjacent the ankle joint (11) of the dancer to adjacent the dancer's metatarsals to give the appearance of an increased height of the instep of the dancer's foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Melania Mennes
  • Publication number: 20110126344
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pair of knitted socks or stockings which can be removably connected to one another, in which a first attachment part is firmly attached to one of the two socks or stockings in order to receive a second complementary attachment part in a removable manner, said attachment part being firmly connected to the other of the two socks or stockings, wherein the knitted fabric of the socks or stockings has a stitch density of at least 2000 SD at least in the attachment region of the respective attachment part and is knitted using a reinforcing thread which is not visible from the outside of the socks or stockings and has a tear resistance which corresponds to at least the average tear resistance of the tear resistances of the ground thread, the plating thread and the reinforcing thread of the knitted fabric, none of the threads having a tear resistance of <10 cN/tex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis De
  • Publication number: 20110061149
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sock (1), suitable for being worn in the performance of gymnastic activities, in gym or in aquatic environments. The sock (1) comprises a plantar surface (4) restable on walking surfaces, a first bay (2) containing the user's big toe and at least one second bay (3) containing the remaining toes of the user. The sock (1) further comprises anti-slipping means positioned on the plantar surface (4) for reducing the slipping risk of the user on the walking surfaces and comprising at least one anti-slipping island (5), which occupies a partial surface smaller than the total plantar surface (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: AKKUA S.R.L.
    Inventors: Luigi Polacco, Marco Coffinardi, Alberto Longhi
  • Publication number: 20100107316
    Abstract: A footless reinforced pantyhose undergarment includes a panty portion and two leg portions. Each one of the leg portions terminates at a leg a band. Each leg band is modified to have less elastic yarns to provide a softer and more comfortable feel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Fariba K. Rad
  • Publication number: 20100107314
    Abstract: A footless pantyhose undergarment includes a non-control panty portion and two leg portions connected to the panty potion. Each leg portion terminates at a leg band and the panty terminates at a waistband. The entire footless pantyhose undergarment is made of stretch yarns excluding elastic yarns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Fariba K. Rad
  • Publication number: 20100107309
    Abstract: A footless pantyhose undergarment includes a single ply panty portion and two two-ply leg portions. Each two-ply leg portion comprises a tubular folded segment connected to the panty. The fold line is where the leg ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Fariba K. Rad
  • Publication number: 20100107315
    Abstract: A footless non-control pantyhose undergarment includes a panty portion and two leg portions. Each one of the leg portions terminates at a leg a band. The panty portion and the leg portions each has an elastic yarn with a low denier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Fariba K. Rad
  • Publication number: 20100106110
    Abstract: A stocking or sock with a foot portion includes a pocket for containing the big toe that is separate from the pocket(s) for the other toes. At least one medial reinforcement, integrally attached to the foot portion, entirely or partially surrounds the big toe pocket, while the medial part of the foot portion, and the posterior part or heel of the foot portion are anchored to the posterolateral or lateral part of foot portion, coming to bear on the anterior part of said pocket, counteracting any lateral deflections, and on the medial part, corresponding to the metatarsophalangeal joint and the first metatarsal of the foot, counteracting any medial deflections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Carlo De Luca
  • Publication number: 20090300823
    Abstract: A foot sock for envelopment about the foot of an individual, the sock formed with a 2-ply sole thereby defining a chamber between the first upper ply and the second lower ply, one of the plies being formed with a reinforced slit transverse to the axis of the sole of the sock, the reinforced slit allowing for the insertion of an orthotic into the chamber between the first and second fabric plies of the sole. The reinforced slit can be made either in the upper interior ply requiring the sock to be turned inside out in order to insert the orthotic or the slit can be made in the lower outer ply allowing the orthotic to be inserted without the requirement of turning the sock inside out.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: James R. Connaghan, Nick Sainato
  • Publication number: 20090188021
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to women's hosiery. Some embodiments include pantyhose having a reinforced split toe, suitable for wearing with thong sandals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Blanche L. Frisina
  • Publication number: 20090044313
    Abstract: A sock having a toe portion and a heel and ankle portion joined by a generally tubular body portion, wherein the body portion is formed in a composite fabric of an elastane and one or more other components such that the elastane density varies in the body portion in a manner effective to allow the sock to fit a wider range of standard foot sizes than for a similar sock having uniform elastane density in the body portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Applicant: PACIFIC BRANDS CLOTHING PTY LTD
    Inventors: Mia Anastsopoulos, Dane Totham, Anne Van Veen, James Jones
  • Publication number: 20080155731
    Abstract: In a corrective sock for correcting hallux valgus and digitus quintus varus of a foot, the sock has a foot portion, and an elastic band formed in the foot portion so as to cover both a metatarsophalangeal joint portion and a Lisfranc joint portion of the foot between which first, second, third, fourth and fifth metatarsals extend. A first reinforcing band is formed on the elastic band to cover a distal caput of the first metatarsal and a distal caput of the fifth metatarsal, and a second reinforcing band is formed on the elastic band to cover a proximal caput of the first metatarsal and a pioximal caput of the fifth metatarsal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: Iwao Kasahara
  • Publication number: 20080083052
    Abstract: A hosiery having a comfort toe area includes a panty member to receive the lower torso of a user. Such panty member having an upper edge. A pair of leg members to receive the legs of such user depend from such panty member. A pair of foot members are connected respectively to such leg members to receive the feet of such user. A pair of toe members are connected respectively such foot members to receive the toes of such user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Inventor: Beth A. Forbes
  • Publication number: 20070260330
    Abstract: An instep enhancing prosthesis (19) to be worn by a dancer to enhance the appearance of the dancer's foot (10). The prosthesis (19) includes a flexible sock portion (20) formed of elastic material to which there is attached an instep enhancing prosthetic portion (27) that has an upper surface (28) that is to provide a smooth line extending from adjacent the ankle join (11) of the dancer to adjacent the dancer's metatarsals to give the appearance of an increased height of the instep of the dancer's foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Inventor: Melania Mennes
  • Patent number: 6779282
    Abstract: An insole which extends from the toes to the heel includes at least one fluid-filled container; a control unit for enabling a user to increase or reduce an amount of fluid in the container; and a stirrup-shaped device for immobilizing the talocalcaneonavicular joint and for controlling and/or stabilizing the ankle joint. The insole is a prefabricated insole selectable from a range of differently shaped insoles for the various forms of foot prophylaxis and the various shoe sizes. The insole can also be configured in combination with a athletic sock and can be configured as a partial insole. This enables users to adapt the prefabricated insoles suitable for their shoe size and form of foot prophylaxis to their own personal needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: Frank Friedrich Gröhninger
  • Patent number: 6668387
    Abstract: A sock with reinforced toe and heel areas, and a tread area located between these areas. The tread area is reinforced between the toe and heel areas. A sock comprising: a reinforced toe region; a reinforced heel region; and a reinforced sole region between the toe and heel regions, wherein the reinforced sole region substantially corresponds to a degree of reinforcement of the toe and heel regions, and wherein the reinforced sole region is of a contour corresponding to a foot sole surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Falke KG
    Inventor: Franz-Josef Kalde
  • Patent number: 6606750
    Abstract: A sock system for assisting people who have problems with their feet sweating or that are diabetic. The inventive device includes a sock device having a top portion attached to a bottom portion by a connection means. The top portion may be comprised of any fabric or color desired by the user providing a pleasing visual appearance to the user. The bottom portion is comprised of a fluid absorbing material which is not colored such as terry cloth. The bottom portion is comprised of a bottom surface, a heel and a front upper portion. The front upper portion of the bottom portion preferably surrounds the entire portion of the toes of a user. The top portion is comprised of an upper end having an opening, a middle portion and a lower end wherein the lower end is attached to the bottom portion. The connection means is comprised of any connection structure commonly utilized to secure two pieces of fabric such as but not limited to glue or thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Inventor: Bernadine M. Solwey
  • Patent number: 6292951
    Abstract: A sock with reinforced toe and heel areas, and a tread area located between these areas. The tread area is reinforced between the toe and heel areas. A sock comprising: a reinforced toe region; a reinforced heel region; and a reinforced sole region between the toe and heel regions, wherein the reinforced sole region substantially corresponds to a degree of reinforcement of the toe and heel regions, and wherein the reinforced sole region is of a contour corresponding to a foot sole surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Falke KG
    Inventor: Franz-Josef Kalde
  • Patent number: 5926852
    Abstract: A combination dress and sport sock, for use on feet having a heel portion, a bottom, and a toe portion. The sock has an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portion is made to resemble a dress sock, being made of a darkly colored synthetic fiber. The lower portion is made of thick, comfortable cotton. The upper portion and lower portion are separated by a seam, which extends fully around the foot, parallel to the bottom of the foot, a short and constant distance above the bottom of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Michael D. Hudy
  • Patent number: 5787509
    Abstract: A fine hosiery stocking has a comfort foot area. The comfort area encompasses the toe, sole and heel areas of the foot. A pad is sized to cover and be secured to the comfort area or integrally knit or woven into the comfort area to act as a liner to protect and comfort the foot of the wearer of the stocking. The pad is made out of a thicker, absorbent fiber material to absorb wetness and allow the foot to breathe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Lee A. Alvera
  • Patent number: 5784721
    Abstract: A padded sock made from blanks of spun polyester fleece material and having flatlock seams is lightweight and quick-drying and provides improved warmth, comfort and a contour fit without causing blisters or the like. In one embodiment, the sock is made from a first single-piece generally rectangular blank or pattern of fleece material and has peripheral marginal edges selectively secured in juxtaposed relation by a flatlock seam to define a foot receiving portion and a leg encompassing portion. Additional shorter length blanks of the fleece material have laterally opposite marginal edges secured in juxtaposed relation to the marginal edges of the first blank by the flatlock seams so as to provide padded toe and heel regions and at least one shin pad area, thereby substantially improving comfort when the sock is worn with many types of outdoor footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Wyoming Woolens
    Inventor: Frances M. Huff
  • Patent number: 5671482
    Abstract: Described is a stocking having a comfort foot area. The comfort area encompasses the toe, sole and heel areas of the foot. A pad is sized to cover and be secured to the comfort area or integrally woven into the comfort area to act as a liner to protect and comfort the foot of the wearer of the stocking. The pad is made out of a thicker, absorbent fiber material to absorb wetness and allow the foot to breathe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Inventor: Lee A. Alvera
  • Patent number: 5575015
    Abstract: Comfort sock designed to be arranged inside the shell of a sports boot, such as a ski boot. The sock (1) incorporates a one-piece structure comprising a foot covering (6) with a vamp (7) and an upper (8), a reinforcement (13), and at least one comfort support liner (11) independent of the covering (6) and connected to the reinforcement (13) of pivoting-sliding connections (16). This support liner (11) is arranged opposite an elastic area (9) of the foot covering (6), against which it comes into close contact at the time of closure of the shell of the boot in which the sock (1) is positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Jean Paris, Laurent Bonaventure
  • Patent number: 5307522
    Abstract: A cushioning pad of heavy fabric thickness (P-2), including double terry loops (T-1 and T-2), is formed in the high pad area (12) at the medial portion of the rear of the leg (L) to provide cushioning characteristics in this area to protect the rear of the lower leg of the wearer from chafing by the upper edge of a snowboarding boot. A pad of maximum fabric thickness (P-3), including triple terry loops (T-1, T-2 and T-3) is provided in the high splice area (13) above the heel (14) and defines a locking pad to force the wearer's foot forwardly into the boot when the foot is inserted into the boot to provide a firm fit of the foot of the wearer in the boot. Pads of heavy fabric thickness (P-2) are provided in the ball (18) and toe (15) to cushion the toes of the wearer and to absorb shocks in the ball area when landing after completing flip-over operations or maneuvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: James L. Throneburg
    Inventors: James L. Throneburg, George L. Thorneburg
  • Patent number: 5133088
    Abstract: A sock and method for manufacturing the same utilizes a formable or "puff" ink. The ink is applied by screen printing to the upper heel area of the sock and the ink is heat set. The ink rises upon setting (curing) to form a friction producing surface on the back of the sock above the heel. The printed surface prevents to sock from sliding into the shoe during periods of exercising such as walking, jogging or other physical activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Inventor: Albert R. Dunlap
  • Patent number: 5097537
    Abstract: Multisectional hosiery having a plurality of various sections is connected by elastic attachment materials on each section in an overlapping manner. The multiple detachable hosiery sections allow the user to mix or match hosiery sections, or change the number of hosiery sections, to accommodate fashion desires, changes in clothing or a run in a particular hosiery section. The result is a versatile multisectional hosiery system which allows a user to use some of the various sections in many different combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Inventor: Gloria M. Ewing
  • Patent number: 5095548
    Abstract: Moisture control characteristics are imparted to the sock of the present invention by body yarn knit in successive courses throughout the leg and foot. A hydrophobic yarn is knit in plated relationship with the body yarn in partial courses extending throughout the sole, and hydrophilic yarn is knit in plated relationship with the body yarn in partial courses extending throughout the instep whereby moisture generated by the foot of the wearer is wicked and transported from the sole and into the instep to be evaporated therefrom. Cut free ends extend from the endmost stitch loops in wales along the juncture of the sole and the instep while cut free ends of the hydrophilic yarn extend from endmost stitch loops in wales along the juncture of the sole and instep so that the endmost stitch loops at opposite ends of the partial courses of the hydrophobic and hydrophilic yarns are formed in adjacent wales and are not knit in plated relationship with each other in the same courses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Wigwam Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Chesebro, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5027441
    Abstract: The open end of a ladies stocking is in the shape of an inverted V, and an elasticized band is disposed adjacent to the peripheral edge of the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Inventor: Reginald P. Wilson
  • Patent number: 4918912
    Abstract: Spun yarns and fabrics having a high level of both abrasion and cut-resistance are disclosed. Such yarns are made from a blend of about 40-60 percent para-aramid fiber, about 20-40 percent nylon fiber, and about 10-30 percent acrylic fiber. The yarns and fabrics are particularly useful in making articles of clothing such as socks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Grant H. Warner
  • Patent number: 4852272
    Abstract: A method for constructing a slipper sock from a sock and a flexible sole is provided. After adhering the sole to the bottom of the sock, the sock is turned inside out and then a stitch is run along the perimeter of the sock sole in order to create a uniform and aesthetically appealing seam along the raw edge of the sole when the slipper sock is turned right side out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Moskal & Chilewich, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandy Chilewich, Kathy Moskal
  • Patent number: 4811727
    Abstract: A therapeutic support stocking made from a fabric of non-constricting flexible elastic fibers which extends from an area completely covering the toes to an area above the bend in the knee at the back of the leg and is held in place by an elastic band. The stocking is lined with a smooth, absorbent, and washable material. A plurality of ventilation and traction eyelets are located in the fabric only at the lateral parts of its leg segment. Embedded within the stocking are a pair of pads designed to fill the retromalleolar cavities to cushion and protect the Achilles tendon. A plastic, chamfered heel piece is further provided to antevert the axis of the leg to relieve tension in the Achilles tendon. An ankle support is additionally included, connected to the remainder of the stocking through an elastic transition zone to prevent constriction of the foot. The stocking is designed to support, cushion, and relieve tension in a number of indissociable components of the leg and to stimulate vascular circulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Inventor: Abel Etienne
  • Patent number: 4373361
    Abstract: Each embodiment of the ski sock of the present invention includes additional yarn knit in plated relationship with the body yarns to form a thickened fabric area extending down the front portion of the leg of the sock to cushion and protect the front portion of the leg of the wearer from discomfort caused by the front and upper edge of the ski boot. The ski sock also includes a thickened fabric area extending along the rear half of the sock and at least through the heel and sole area to cushion and protect the heel and lower portion of the foot of the wearer. Opposite side panels of thinner fabric are provided between the thickened fabric areas in the front and rear of the sock to reduce the bulk of the fabric. The thinner fabric areas may provide increased stretchability to these areas and to permit the sock to be easily drawn onto and off of the foot and to readily conform to the foot of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Inventor: James L. Thorneburg
  • Patent number: 4282728
    Abstract: A knee protective sock is disclosed which is particularly designed and useful in skateboarding wherein the sock comprises distinct but integrally knitted foot and calf portion, below knee portion and knee portion. The below knee portion is of a tight strong weave so as to grip the leg, while the knee portion is of thicker, heavier knit than the other portions. All the portions are integrally knitted so as to provide in effect a single continuous one-piece sock. The sock combines the wear, comfort and protective characteristics necessary to a skateboarder readily subject to falling from the skateboard. Further the specific gripping portions of the sock prevent the sock from slipping during skateboard activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1981
    Assignee: Rudin & Roth, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Tapp, Clarence W. Wall
  • Patent number: 4224693
    Abstract: A sheer hosiery construction and method is useful with sheer knee-high hosiery, panty hose, and other types of sheer, circular knit hosiery in which an appearance of substantial uniform color and sheerness, as worn, together with a reinforced toe are desired characteristics. A textured, relatively dull, nylon yarn is employed in knitting sheer leg and foot portions and then by yarn change a substantially non-textured, heavier, strand heat cured, relatively bright, nylon yarn is employed to knit the toe portion. An overall compatible yarn and fabric dye affinity is achieved which produces a sheer hosiery product having both a reinforced toe and an appearance of substantial uniform color and sheerness in the leg, foot and toe portions, as worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1980
    Assignee: Ithaca Textiles, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Wehrmann, Charlie L. Williams
  • Patent number: 4206515
    Abstract: Athletic foot apparel essentially in the form of a sock includes portions adapted to provide muscular support to the calf and ankle and a padded bottom portion for effectively absorbing shocks imparted to the foot during athletic activity. The ankle and calf portions include a layer of elastic material with the elastic material of the ankle portion being spaced from the elastic material of the ankle portion. Each layer of elastic material is disposed between inner and outer layers of fabric material. The padded bottom portion is secured to the sock and may be comprised of latex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1980
    Inventor: James D. Robinson
  • Patent number: 4037436
    Abstract: An improved toe construction for women's seamless hosiery, panty hose, anklets, and the like, is obtained by knitting, trimming and joining the toe portion in such a manner as to provide a generally arc-shaped, reinforced area in at least the top portion of the toe or in both top and bottom toe portions to maximize the nude look, minimize the amount of reinforced area in the toe, and to expedite the toe closure trimming and joining operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1977
    Assignee: Ithaca Textiles, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Wehrmann