Drawstring, Laced-fastener, Or Separate Essential Cooperating Device Therefor Patents (Class 24/712)
  • Patent number: 10646680
    Abstract: A headgear system and/or an interface assembly incorporating a headgear system that, in some configurations, is configured to transform from elasticated or “stretchy” behavior to “inelastic” behavior at least in response to normal or expected forces encountered during the intended therapy. In some configurations, upon fitment to the head of a user, the system automatically adjusts toward or to an appropriate size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER & PAYKEL HEALTHCARE LIMITED
    Inventors: Brett John Huddart, Jeroen Hammer, Matthew Robert Geoff Slight, Vitaly Kapelevich, David Monroy Felix, Jason Allan Klenner, Andrew Paul Maxwell Salmon
  • Patent number: 10512303
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes a footwear component that is a tongue removably attachable to an upper. The tongue has a first set of lace guides extending outward of a perimeter of the tongue. The upper has a second set of lace guides. The first set of lace guides is interleaved with the second set of lace guides when the tongue is positioned adjacent the upper. The tongue is removably attached to the upper by a lace routed through the first set of lace guides and the second set of lace guides such that the tongue is hinged to the upper at the first set of lace guides and the second set of lace guides. The tongue may be reversibly, removably attached to the upper. A footwear system includes alternately removably attachable tongues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Ramsay, Dustin V. Tolliver
  • Patent number: 10470523
    Abstract: A lace (200) for a shoe (C), consisting of an elongate elastic band (2) made entirely of silicone, said band having elastic properties according to which, when at least one segment of said band is selected, said segment having a constant cross-section and a rest length of 5.0 centimeters, when said segment is stretched to a stretched length of 10.0 centimeters and then released, said segment contracts and reaches a first released length of between 5.6 and 7.0 centimeters after a first period of between 0.1 and 1 second after the release, and reaches a second released length of between 5.0 and 5.6 centimeters after a second period of between 15 and 25 seconds after the release. The invention is particularly applicable in the field of sports shoes, and in particular running shoes, to prevent any compression and thus allow good blood circulation while holding the foot comfortably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Sylvain Creton, Sylvie Trinel
  • Patent number: 10427205
    Abstract: A heading machine includes a base unit (1), a delivery unit (2) arranged on the base unit, two holding units (3) arranged on the base unit, a drive unit (4) arranged on the base unit, a cutting unit (5) arranged on the delivery unit, a computer control unit (6) arranged on the base unit, and a power supply (7) electrically coupled to the drive unit, the cutting unit and the computer control unit to provide an electric power. Thus, the computer control unit adjusts the length of the lace (8), so that the tension of the lace is distributed evenly, and the lace that has been cut will have a constant length. In addition, the cut length of the lace is adjusted without needing manual measurement and adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Kae Sheng Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsai-Chen Liu
  • Patent number: 10004297
    Abstract: A lacing system for an article may include a tensioning mechanism, a plurality of guide members, and a lace that is operationally coupled with the tensioning mechanism and that is routed along a lace path of the article via the plurality of guide members. The lace is routed along the lace path so that a first portion of the lace is routed directly from the tensioning mechanism to a top end of the lace path and so that a second portion of the lace is routed directly from the tensioning mechanism to a position that is adjacent a bottom end of the lace path. Tensioning of the lace, via the tensioning mechanism, causes the top end of the lace path and the position adjacent the bottom end of the lace path to be initially tensioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Boa Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Kristopher Lovett
  • Patent number: 9737117
    Abstract: A lace fitting structure for fitting an upper 3 wrapping around an instep of a foot to the instep, the structure including: a medial side portion 31 covering the instep and a medial side surface of a big toe; a lateral side portion 32 covering the instep and a lateral side surface of a little toe; first shoelace means 1 placed to extend in a longitudinal direction Y of the foot and engaged with the medial side portion 31 and the lateral side portion 32 along central edge portions 33 of the medial side portion 31 and the lateral side portion 32; placement means for placing a portion of the first shoelace means 1 so that the first shoelace means 1 is exposed in a plurality of exposed areas 1i, which are separated from one another in the longitudinal direction Y; and second shoelace means 2 engaging, in a transverse direction X of the foot, with the first shoelace means 1 in the plurality of exposed areas 1i so as to bring the medial side portion 31 and the lateral side portion 32 closer to each other, wherein a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Asics Corporation
    Inventors: Mai Nonogawa, Keizo Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 9603417
    Abstract: A footwear lace securing system which in some embodiments may comprise a first tension strap apparatus having a first elongate strap body with a first medial end, a first distal end, and first tension strap fastener. The first medial end may be coupled to a shoe lace between two shoe eyelets. The system may also comprise a second tension strap apparatus having a second elongate strap body with a second medial end, a second distal end, and a second tension strap fastener. The second medial end may be coupled to a shoe lace between two shoe eyelets opposite to the first elongate strap body. The first and second tension strap apparatuses may each be configured to wrap around the upper and sole portions of the article of footwear in opposing directions and may be secured to one another by coupling the first and second tension strap fasteners together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Alvaro L. Arevalo
  • Patent number: 9386822
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a decorative cincher comprising a decorative element, a cincher, and a post, the cincher being useful in securing one or more shoe laces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Fizoos, Ltd.
    Inventors: Whitney Foley, Kristeen Church, William Matthew Foley, Zachary Conrad, Michael Cole
  • Publication number: 20150128389
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for gripping and tightening laces for proper functioning of footwear, the apparatus comprising a lace with an outer surface, a first end, and a second end, wherein the outer surface at each end may be covered by an aglet, and the outer surface between each aglet has at least an aperture, each aperture forming a closed loop extending through the lace and normal to the outer surface, said aperture sized such as to allow for the insertion of at least one finger into each aperture. The method of using the apparatus comprising the steps of selecting the corresponding apparatus length based upon desired application; threading the apparatus through lacing guides; inserting at least one finger through at least one aperture in the apparatus; and pulling on the apparatus; whereby tensioning the apparatus to the desired tightness for proper functioning of the footwear has been accomplished.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory Carney
  • Patent number: 8991077
    Abstract: A method to display a foot ornamentation system includes obtaining a foot ornamentation system that has a bottom band constructed from an elastomeric material for compressing the system snugly against a foot. The system has a first side panel and a second side panel that are flexible for conforming to a contour of a foot side. The system has a decorative member with an interior surface that has a smooth profile and a non-slip surface for interfacing with the foot top surface. The method includes donning the system by expanding an interior open area of the system via the stretchable bottom band then sliding over an end of a foot into a first position where the decorative member is located on a foot top surface. The method includes donning footwear with an open top that allows the system to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Gerrie Shapiro
  • Publication number: 20150052713
    Abstract: A decorative device adapted for securing to a shoe lace attached to a shoe, wherein the device includes: a body selected from the following group shapes when viewed from a top view: ovoid, kidney bean, cigar, square, or circular; wherein the device includes at least an upper surface joined a lower surface wherein the lower surface is relatively flat and adapted to engage an upper contacting surface of the shoe, when in use; and wherein the device includes a bore in the direction of the longitudinal axis of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: James Hannan, Zdenka Douglas
  • Patent number: 8931146
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a tying lace constructed of an outer braided cover having a first thread type and a second thread type. The second thread type is formed from a different material and/or has a different cross-sectional area than the first thread type. In an exemplary embodiment, the cross-sectional area is at least twice that of the first thread type. Additionally, the second thread type may be of a material having higher elastic properties and/or a greater coefficient of friction than the first thread type. Further, in an exemplary embodiment, the tying lace is constructed with an elastic core extending the length of the tying lace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Converse Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher P. Stanev
  • Patent number: 8850675
    Abstract: Fastening devices and systems and methods thereof. Fastening devices and systems and methods thereof can include a unitary or one-piece body having first and second ends configured and operative to be coupled together or to be coupled to their respective complement in another of said fastening devices. The first end can include a ring or annular portion and a projection that are sized and shaped to fit around an anchor and in an orifice, respectively, of the second end. Fastening devices and systems and methods thereof according to embodiments may be used with items, including footwear, apparel, luggage, a backpack, a bag, a purse, a boxing glove, a punching bag, football or lacrosse shoulder pads, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hickies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaston Frydlewski, Maria Raquel Waingarten, Brian Le Gette, David Reeb, Alan Tipp
  • Patent number: 8844168
    Abstract: A lacing system for an article of footwear may include a lateral series of lace-receiving elements and a medial series of lace-receiving elements. A first lace extends consecutively through a first lateral lace-receiving element, a second lateral lace-receiving element, a fourth medial lace-receiving element, a fifth lateral lace-receiving element, a third medial lace-receiving element, and again through the first lateral lace-receiving element. A second lace extends consecutively through a first medial lace-receiving element, a second medial lace-receiving element, a fourth lateral lace-receiving element, a fifth medial lace-receiving element, a third lateral lace-receiving element, and again through the first medial lace-receiving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Erin Elizabeth Toraya
  • Publication number: 20140274604
    Abstract: A device for adjusting a length of a cord is disclosed. The device may include a body portion having a channel defined by first and second opposed walls shaped to receive a cord. Each of the first wall and the second wall may include at least one notch shaped to receive the cord in a direction provided at an angle to the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Gaylen Ercanbrack
  • Patent number: 8832911
    Abstract: A lace tightening apparatus including a handle and a gripping platform. The gripping platform is adapted to travel up into the interior of the handle upon a compression force being applied thereto. An anvil is rigidly attached to the handle projecting downward from the underside. One or more springs are disposed within the interior, with the first end of the spring anchored to the handle within the interior and the second end connected to the gripping portion. A stylus is attached to the gripping portion having a post and an L-shaped portion including a lip. The lip is exposed outside of the anvil and projects downward away from the anvil. Therefore, when the compression force is applied to the gripping platform, the lip travels upward toward the bottom surface of the anvil such that a lace can be pinched between the lip and the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: James L. Strong
  • Publication number: 20140215770
    Abstract: A connector for use with a drawstring is described which allows a user to attach one or more flexible elongate closure means, e.g. drawstrings together. A first end of the connector is mountable to a first end of a flexible elongate closure means. A second end of the connector is mountable either to a second end of the same or to another flexible elongate closure means. A swivel means may be situated between the first and second ends of the connector for rotating the ends and assist in fastening the connector to the drawstring. The connector may be a permanent fixture to a drawstring or a releasable attachment. The connector may be used in a method of replacing a drawstring of a product with a second drawstring. An end of a first drawstring is connected to an end of the second drawstring via the connector. The first drawstring is pulled until the connected second drawstring has replaced a position of the first drawstring on the product, then the drawstrings are disconnected at the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Luc Levesque, Michael Anthony Gerstner
  • Publication number: 20140196312
    Abstract: A lacing cord is used in an article to be laced that includes shoes, clothing and bags. The lacing cord basically includes a core wire and at least one protruding part. The core wire includes at least one wire member. The at least one protruding part is provided to a peripheral section of the core wire so as to intersect with an axial direction of the core wire and to protrude radially outward from the peripheral section of the core wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Atsushi SAKAUE, Kanji KIRIMOTO
  • Publication number: 20140165345
    Abstract: A design lace is provided for insertion into an object. The design lace includes a plurality of image sections for forming a unified image. Each image section forms a part of the unified image. All of the design lace is formed so as to be continuous and unbroken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy Schultz, Chris Gurney
  • Patent number: 8539653
    Abstract: A strap for a shoe has a first resilient and flexible fabric element extending from a first end to a second end and a clear flexible element substantially fixed at respective ends of the clear flexible element to corresponding ends of the first fabric element. Methods of assembly and of use are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: China Cat, Inc.
    Inventor: Audra Gerhardt
  • Publication number: 20130231700
    Abstract: A fastening element comprising (a) a non-load bearing core, the non-load bearing core comprising a first biocompatible polymer; (b) a load bearing sheath, the load bearing sheath comprising a second biocompatible polymer, wherein the load bearing sheath surrounds the non-load bearing core. The fastening element can be used as a suture, shoe lace or rope. The non-load bearing core has a Durometer Hardness Type A value ranging from 15 to 30. The load bearing sheath is formed from a plurality of yarns, each yarn comprising a plurality of filaments in form of mono or multifilament of the second biocompatible polymer. Each yarn may have a tenacity at break value ranging from 30 cN/dtex to 45 cN/dtex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Synthes USA, LLC
    Inventors: Philippe Gedet, Beat Lechmann, Cyril Voisard
  • Publication number: 20130205553
    Abstract: A slip-resistant shoelace of the present invention includes a body having an external tube. The external tube is manufactured by weaving. Each of Pluralities of sections of a cavity of the external tube is filled with a center core respectively. The center cores are arranged at intervals to be discontinuous. Thus, sections having the center core are solid, and sections without the center core are hollow. The hollow sections can be used to be disposed in a shoelace hole stably or to be tied and knotted tightly. Thereby, the slip-resistant shoelace of the present invention can prevent the knot from slipping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Ping-Kun LIN
  • Patent number: 8245371
    Abstract: A string securing device includes a base having a central post extending centrally therefrom. A shaft extends through the passage in the central post so as to be connected to the cap mounted to the base by a bolt which extends through the cap from a top of the cap. A ring and a spool are located between the base and the cap, wherein the spool is rotated with the cap by engagement of first and second teeth on the spool and the cap respectively. The ring has multiple ratchet teeth which are removably engaged with third teeth on the cap so as to allow the cap to rotate in one direction. The ring includes flexible members which are deformed to lower the ring and provides straight and upward force to the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Chin Chu Chen
  • Publication number: 20120183168
    Abstract: Accessory systems and methods are provided. An accessory may be designed with two loops (such as an elastomeric strap or two elastic loops) attached to the back of a decorative ornament using, for example, an interlocking post. The accessory may be removably attached to footwear. The ornament may rest on the upper part of a shoe, while the two elastic loops secure the ornament by coming together underneath the shoe strap, upper or lace to form a single combined loop and then flipping over the ornament, thereby holding it in place. These accessory ornaments may be moved from shoe to shoe, allowing the wearer to create their own look. In addition, the wearer may change the ornament on the same shoe, changing the look of that one shoe, depending on the chosen ornament. The accessory ornament may be attached to other objects, such as ski poles, helmets, goggles, bike handle bars, zippers, and purses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Amy M. Humes
  • Publication number: 20120159752
    Abstract: In a fastening tool, a male member is combined to a female member such that the male member can be pushed to at least a predetermined position of the female position against urging force. The fastening tool is fastened to the string body that is inserted through a side through-hole of the male member and a side through-hole of the female member that communicate with each other at the predetermined position by releasing the push-in state of the male member. The male member includes an attaching portion of an operating elongated member, and the operating elongated member is operated to move the male member to the predetermined position against the urging force. A positioning device to a fitting object is formed on the female member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Gaku Kawaguchi
  • Publication number: 20120144631
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a tying lace constructed of an outer braided cover having a first thread type and a second thread type. The second thread type is formed from a different material and/or has a different cross-sectional area than the first thread type. In an exemplary embodiment, the cross-sectional area is at least twice that of the first thread type. Additionally, the second thread type may be of a material having higher elastic properties and/or a greater coefficient of friction than the first thread type. Further, in an exemplary embodiment, the tying lace is constructed with an elastic core extending the length of the tying lace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: Converse Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher P. Stanev
  • Patent number: 8087188
    Abstract: A weight-activated tying shoe wherein user who, upon sliding his foot inside the shoe, will depress a movable inner sole. This activates a side mechanism composed of a winch with a cable system used to close the tongue of the shoe towards the user's foot, thus lacing the shoe. The user simply uses his weight to activate the mechanism. Using his other foot, the user can move a pedal to release the mechanism's tension. Most of the mechanical components are located on both sides of the shoe body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Frederick Labbe
  • Patent number: 8079452
    Abstract: A carrying case includes a first compartment and a second compartment coupled to each other at attached ends by a hinge and detachably coupled to each other at free ends by at least one fastener. The at least one fastener includes a clip coupled to the first compartment and a cord coupled to the second compartment. The clip is configured to receive the cord to secure the free ends of the first compartment and the second compartment together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason V. Drew, Hieu V. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20110239420
    Abstract: Laces for footwear or sporting equipment comprised of yarns made from liquid crystal polymer (LCP) fibers. The laces may comprise 100% liquid crystal polymer, or may comprise between about 30% to 99% liquid crystal polymer fibers and a portion of other fibers. The laces may be solid braid construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Paul Abell
  • Publication number: 20110191992
    Abstract: A stepless fastening device includes a cap having a driving gear and multiple one-direction teeth connected to an underside thereof. The driving gear is engaged with a spool located in the base so that the strip or shoelace is wrapped to the spool. An operation unit is located beneath the cap and rotatable in a first direction for fastening and a second direction for loosening the strip or shoelace. An operation ring of the operation unit is connected to the underside of the cap and pushes an activation ring away from the cap when the operation ring is rotated in the second direction. An engaging member includes inclined teeth and pushed by the activation ring so that the inclined teeth are disengaged from the one-direction teeth of the cap when the operation ring is rotated in the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: CHIN-CHU CHEN
  • Publication number: 20110131773
    Abstract: A shoelace structure includes an elastic shoelace having two end sections on two ends thereof and a mediate section is located between the two end sections. Two end pieces are connected to the two end sections and each have a securing section and an engaging section which extends along a longitudinal direction from the securing section. The securing sections are respectively mounted to the end sections and the engaging sections extend toward the mediate section. The shoelace is free from the engaging sections which contact against the shoe to keep the shoelace to be tightened by the elasticity of the shoelace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Chin-Wen Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20110099843
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for tightening a shoelace, the device comprising a shoe main body formed with an opening and a tongue finishing an inside of the opening; a shoelace connecting opposite sides of the opening; a handle connected to at least one of shoelaces connecting the opposite sides of the opening; and a hook formed in rear of the shoe main body and holding the shoelace pulled by the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: BUZRUN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung-Rok Jung
  • Patent number: 7841053
    Abstract: Slip resistant cordage is presented including: a length of cordage; a knot keeper configured for providing a more secure knot tied in the length of cordage, the knot keeper including: a number of branches radiating from a portion of the length of cordage, and a number of branch keepers, where each of the number of branch keepers is disposed along each of the number of branches for use in retaining the number of branches with the length of cordage. In some embodiments, slip resistant cordage is presented where the number of branches includes: a flat tip, a rounded tip, a pointed tip, a hooked tip, a barbed tip, a bull-nose tip, a bull-nose barb tip, a rectangular tip, and a rectangular barb tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Damon K. Kali
  • Publication number: 20100192337
    Abstract: The present invention provides a unique and simple device to protect shoelaces. According to the present invention, a shoelace protector provides a protective cover over shoelaces where the shoelace protector includes: an upper portion wherein upper portion includes a means for attaching said upper portion to a shoelace configuration; and a lower portion wherein the lower portion includes a means for attaching said lower portion to the shoelace configuration and the lower portion abuts the upper portion. The shoelace protector effectively and substantially covers the shoelace configuration by using the upper portion and lower portion. The means for attaching includes at least one opening in the upper portion and at least one opening in the lower portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Joseph LaPlante
  • Publication number: 20100139057
    Abstract: A lacing system configured to selectively adjust the size of an opening on an object and allow for the incremental release of the lace within the lacing system. The lacing system can have a reel comprising a housing, a spool supported by the housing, and a knob supported by the housing. The reel can be configured so that cable is gathered in the channel formed in the spool when the spool is rotated in a first direction relative to the housing, and so that cable can be incrementally released from the spool when the spool is rotated in a second direction relative to the housing. In some embodiments, the reel can include a rotation limiter which can be configured to prevent over-tightening of the lacing system and/or to prevent rotation past the substantially fully loosened state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Mark S. Soderberg, Michael Joseph Nickel, Sean Cavanagh, James Paul Goodman
  • Publication number: 20100107379
    Abstract: Fastening system for shoes which are fastened by way of fastening laces. An insert opening has interengaging tabs which have end-mounted deflection elements for guiding the shoelace. The laces are organized so that no crossover or overlapping shoe laces are present in the instep and ball region of the foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: FISCHER SPORTS GMBH
    Inventor: Adolf Lüzlbauer
  • Publication number: 20100088925
    Abstract: The present invention uses a particular configuration of intermediate stitches between eyelets and elastic connection to provide supplemental support for shoelaces. The intermediate stitches also called inter eyelet stitches provide connection between the shoe and a tongue for supplemental support. The elastic connection additionally provides connection between the shoe and the tongue. The laces having received the stitch support can then be omitted, or styled in a variety of different configurations according to fashion requirements. The intermediate stitches preferably are placed between the third and fourth eyelet, between the first and second eyelet, and below the first eyelet. The elastic connection is preferably configured by the top eyelet also called the fifth eyelet connecting to the tongue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Juncheng Jia
  • Patent number: 7614126
    Abstract: A strap for a shoe has a first resilient and flexible fabric element extending from a first end to a second end and a clear flexible element substantially fixed at respective ends of the clear flexible element to corresponding ends of the first fabric element. Methods of assembly and of use are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: China Cat, Inc.
    Inventor: Audra Gerhardt
  • Publication number: 20090199435
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a shoe 10 including an upper 12, having lateral and medial sides, a midsole 14 joined to the upper 12, and an outsole 16 joined to the midsole 14. Shoe 10 is tightened around the wearer's foot using a lacing system 18 comprising a lace 20 and tightening mechanism 22. Lace 20 is threaded through shank 24 positioned under the arch and heel wrap 26 and attached at opposite ends to tightening mechanism 22. In an advantageous aspect of the present invention, lace 18 is tensioned to draw shank 24 upwards and towards the arch of the foot. In order to support the foot, shank 24 is comprised of a material having a strain rate lower than that of upper 12.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Douglas K. Robinson, JR., John J. Erickson, John F. Lane, III, Hetal Y. Dave
  • Patent number: 7559127
    Abstract: A shoe clip (100) includes two members (10, 12) that attach together in positions above and beneath shoe laces (20), to grip the shoe laces (20) between them and position the clip (100) on the shoe (22). A first member (10) is shaped and sized to slide under one or more laces (10) of the shoe, without requiring unlacing thereof. A second member (12) rotatably attaches at one end to the first member and, after insertion of the first member (10) beneath the laces (10), rotates to overlie the first member (10). The members then fasten to one another at their free ends (15, 17), such that the members grip the laces (20) between them. The second member supports or is integral with a component that is to be attached to the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: James Rooney, Kipling Fyfe, Ken Fyte, Wade Bortz
  • Publication number: 20090144953
    Abstract: A lace includes an inner foam layer, and an outer weaving layer covering the inner foam layer. Thus, the inner foam layer of the lace is made of a soft foamable material, so that the inner foam layer of the lace has a lower price, thereby decreasing the costs of fabrication. In addition, the inner foam layer of the lace can be broken and crashed when the lace is disposed of, so that the inner foam layer of the lace is recycled to satisfy the requirement of environmental protection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Dao-Long Tsai
  • Publication number: 20090049668
    Abstract: A multi-function drawstring that may be used on various containers and for various purposes comprising a drawstring that is slidably enclosed in a flexible cover which encloses substantially the entire length of the drawstring. The flexible cover may have perforations or openings at various positions to enable the drawstring to be exposed and pulled. An adhesive means may be applied to one or more sides of the flexible cover to enable the multi-function drawstring to be affixed to various surfaces and at various positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Tawei Tsao
  • Publication number: 20080313925
    Abstract: The present invention was created for the purpose of allowing individuals to make a casual pair of shoes unique and trendy. The fashion laces do not require tying and are made exclusively for shoes that have eyelets for shoe laces. The laces are strung through the eyelets on the shoe that provides the wearer with the ability to customize the fitting of the shoe. The laces are especially designed to accommodate the open shoe style trend, but are versatile enough for the wearer to wear loose shoes that you can slip on or off the foot, thus allowing for a more comfortable fit, or the wearer can use a smaller size lace, thus allowing for more tension to be applied for a more snug fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: Deborah Ruth Fucles
  • Publication number: 20080271299
    Abstract: A magnetic shoe lace includes a flexible magnetic member or material of a size and configuration to be laced through conventional shoe eyelets of a shoe, wherein at least part of a first half of the member is charged of a first polarity and at least part a second half of the member is charged with an opposite polarity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Inventor: Aaron Kilbarger
  • Publication number: 20080229562
    Abstract: A shoelace pull tab device for facilitating and teaching lace tying. The shoelace pull tab comprises a small flat beadlike device having two spaced apertures therethrough which are tapered and angled. The lace end of a lace member is threaded up through a first aperture and down through a second aperture to create a gripping pull tab which will not slide/move its position at the newly created apex of the loop in the lace. The pull tab provides a grip or pull tab for children to manipulate the laces into a bow. Indicia on the pull tabs are used as action characters or objects in a story-telling teaching method for learning shoelace tying wherein the action characters or objects engage in activities directly related to the actions necessary for tying a shoelace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Wendy Welling
  • Publication number: 20080208223
    Abstract: A cable clamp includes a housing having two substantially parallel and co-planar channels therethrough. At least one restraining member is disposed within the housing between the two channels, also substantially parallel and co-planar therewith. A surgical cable is passed through the first channel, around a bone or other structure, and through the second channel. The restraining member may then be actuated to impinge against the surgical wire or cable, simultaneously constraining the surgical wire or cable within both channels between the restraining member (an inner wall) and the housing (an outer wall). For example, the restraining member may be an expansion member that, when expanded as by driving a wedge between two restraining arms, reduces the size of the channels such that the surgical wire or cable can no longer pass freely therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventor: Paul Edward KRAEMER
  • Publication number: 20080016661
    Abstract: A structure for adjusting the tightness of a shoe comprises: a shoe, a shoelace, and a plurality of fixing hooks. A plurality of inserting holes is formed at both end of the U-shaped gap of the shoe for insertion of the shoelace. The shoelace is formed with a plurality of fixing holes, and the fixing hooks are to be hooked in the fixing holes. A method for adjusting the tightness of a shoe comprises: inserting the shoelace through the inserting holes at the starting section and the fishing section, adjusting the degree of tightness of the starting and finishing sections of the shoelace, and fixing the hook in any of the fixing holes at the mid section to obtain a comfortable tightness at the mid section of the shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventor: Munjen Ng
  • Publication number: 20070294868
    Abstract: A lace is provided for lacing various objects such as footwear, clothing, bags, etc. The lace comprises an elastic cord having end segments for tying a knot and a stabilizing member on one of the end segments. The stabilizing member is different from the bits of the lace adjacent thereto in the shape and/or material thereof and arranged so that it appears held in place in the knot when the knot is finished. Also provided is a method of forming a knot out of the lace. The method comprises forming a desired knot until the knot is ready to be firmly tied and then pulling the end segments of the elastic cord until the stabilizing members appear held in place in the knot, which is thus finished.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Inventor: Vatalii I. Gnatenko
  • Patent number: 7073279
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a shoelace tightening device for making it easier for the wearer to tie shoelaces of shoelace-type shoes, including sports shoes. The shoelace tightening structure includes a tightening lace, a pair of locking devices, and a shoelace. The tightening lace is successively threaded upward at both ends thereof through first and second row loops arranged in parallel along eyelet lines defined at left and right vamps of a shoe. The locking devices are fixed at opposite side positions above the eyelet lines. Through the locking devices are inserted both the ends of the tightening lace, respectively. The shoelace is tied on the tightening lace as both ends thereof alternately pass through portions of the tightening lace between the respective first row loops, and portions of the tightening lace between the respective second row loops so as to crisscross each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Duck Gi Min
  • Patent number: D725874
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: DemaLou Coghill