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United States Patent Application 20100037488
Kind Code A1
Moffitt; Laura Gail February 18, 2010

Multi-point decorative shoe system

Abstract

The multipoint decorative shoe system is a closed type of footwear. The entire exterior upper is made from the looped side of hook and loop fasteners. Decorative accessories are provided. An accessory has a top and a bottom surface. The top surface of the accessory consists of a decoration. The decoration is composed of a woven fabric, molded plastic or casted metal. The accessory will have an upper decoration with a lower plane having the hook side of the hook and loop fastener being adapted to releasably couple with the upper side of the loop fasteners on the shoe. A multitude of accessories can be coupled, removed and relocated any point on the exterior upper of the shoe in an unlimited number of combinations.


Inventors: Moffitt; Laura Gail; (Keller, TX)
Correspondence Address:
    Laura G. MOFFITT
    1113 Oak Bend Lane
    Keller
    TX
    76248
    US
Serial No.: 583123
Series Code: 12
Filed: August 14, 2009

Current U.S. Class: 36/136
Class at Publication: 36/136
International Class: A43B 23/00 20060101 A43B023/00


Claims



1. I claim a multipoint decorative shoe system for any occasion wear that will provide for a plurality of releasably attachable decorative accessories comprising in combination:an upper exterior material entirely constructed of woven looped fabrication of hook and loop fasteners that provides a facade for the decorative accessories;whereas, the woven looped fabrication has a multiple function, that is in part as a surface to releasably couple, uncouple and relocate the decorative accessories to any point of said exterior upper surface of the shoe, and also provide an aesthetic element to the design as integral to the design as a visible portion of the exterior of the shoe;and the decorative accessories will feature a bottom plane that is adapted to receive hooked fabrication of hook and loop fasteners by means of stitching technique or adhesives, creating a decorative accessory assembly that will then releasably couple to any point on the shoe, whereas said decorative accessories will be able to releasably couple to the shoe in a variety of non specific and unique configurations, where as said decorative accessories can also be re-positioned on any point to the upper exterior surface of said shoe, singularly or in combination with a multiplicity of same or various decorative accessory designs simultaneously, to create a multitude of possible permutations to the final look of the shoe, and that all decorative accessories will be capable of universally interchanging with any and all sizes and designs of a shoe that features the multipoint decorative system.

2. Decorative accessories of claim 1 wherein said accessories have an upper surface of woven textile material, molded plastics, or casted metal, in a plurality of various and unique design configurations that are utilized in a non coextensive function on any point of the upper exterior surface of said shoe, thus giving said decorative accessories a universal interchangeability upon any multipoint shoe style.

3. A multipoint decorative shoe in which the exterior woven looped surface of the shoe is an integral element of the design feature of the shoe providing an aesthetic exposed surface in which a variety of colors will be visually expressed.
Description



[0001]This application claims priority of application No. 61/188,935 filed on Aug. 14, 2008.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002]As researched all prior art describes differing systems and configurations on footwear and sandals that feature interchangeable elements. However, the related and referenced patents all feature a limited interchangeability that requires the product to utilize a very specific shape, size, and location of said interchangeable elements in order to function as stated. The multipoint decorative shoe system will allow for a plurality of decorative accessories to be placed in any point of the upper of the shoe and then removed and relocated, giving the product the ability to have a plurality of different appearances and adaptations. It is in this respect the referenced prior art does not describe a multipoint decorative shoe assembly system.

[0003]The related art known regarding present invention includes the following examples: U.S. Pat. No. 3,119,191 to Vitzthum discloses a shoe improvement. U.S. Pat. No. 4,439,935 to Kelly discloses a convertible high style footwear. U.S. Pat. No. 5,778,564 to Kettner discloses a changeable shoe cover. U.S. Pat. No. 5,800,900 to Mitchell discloses decorative attachments for article of clothing and footwear. U.S. Pat. No. 5,979,085 to Ross et al. discloses a decorative shoe accessory. U.S. Pat. No. 6,769,204 to Phillips discloses a sandal system. U.S. Pat. No. 7,210,251 to Rolle discloses a shoe with interchangeable covers. U.S. Pat. No. 7,237,347 to Tobias discloses a plush toy for mounting on a shoe. U.S. Pat. No. 7,328,528 to Caminiti discloses a removably attachable decoration for footwear. Pub. No. US 2005/0066550 to Liu discloses shoes with interchangeable strap covers. Pub. No. US 2003/0177664 to Monasseibian discloses ladies accessories with interchangeable portions. Pub. No. US 2003/0101625 to Wu discloses a shoe with replaceable decorative pieces. Pub. No. US 2004/0244162 to Schneider discloses a shoelace retainer.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004]In review of prior art for shoes and sandals that feature interchangeability, the findings are they all have the similar disadvantage of limited functionality, in that all, interchangeability has limited applications as very specific shape, size, and location of interchangeable elements are required in order to function as designed. In addition as it relates to prior art that features larger panels of interchangeable elements there is an inherent disadvantage in that all of said interchangeable elements will have to be graded in size and dimension to maintain the intended function as the shoes go from small to larger sizes. It is this coextensive nature of all prior art that is a limiting feature in their design and a disadvantage that the multipoint decorative shoe overcomes.

[0005]The present invention overcomes all of the inherent limiting attributes of prior art through the design feature of a shoe in which the exterior upper material is made from woven looped fabrication, of hook and loop fasteners. The invention in this embodiment represents a comprehensive multipoint decorative shoe system that provides and improved function, over prior art cited.

[0006]More specifically the design of this invention allows for a variety of exterior design shapes of the shoe, a range of woven looped fabrication colors on the upper exterior of the shoe, an array of decorative accessories that will be in a variety of unique and differing shapes, sizes and materials, and a plurality of points in which it can be placed on the shoe to give the shoe an unlimited number of unique configurations and adaptations.

DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007]FIG. 1 is a side view of the complete shoe showing the woven looped exterior.

[0008]FIG. 2 is a top view of the complete shoe showing the woven looped exterior.

[0009]FIG. 3A is a top view of a woven decorative accessory.

[0010]FIG. 3B is a bottom view of a woven decorative accessory showing the hook fabrication of hook and loop fasteners attached to the bottom plane of the woven accessory example by way of stitching technique.

[0011]FIG. 4A is a top view of an alternate embodiment of a decorative accessory.

[0012]FIG. 4B is a bottom view of alternate embodiment of a decorative accessory item showing the hook fabrication of hook and loop fasteners attached to the bottom plane of the accessory example by way of adhesives.

[0013]FIG. 5A is a top view of another alternate embodiment of a decorative accessory.

[0014]FIG. 5B is a bottom view of alternate embodiment of a decorative accessory item showing the hook fabrication of hook and loop fasteners attached to the bottom plane of the accessory example by way of adhesives.

[0015]FIG. 6 is an exploded side view of a decorative accessory showing the construction of the top and bottom planes where the hook fabrication is permanently attached to the decorative accessory by way of stitching technique.

[0016]FIG. 7 is an exploded perspective view of a decorative accessory showing the top and bottom planes attached by way of adhesive techniques.

[0017]FIG. 8 is a side view of the complete shoe featuring a decorative accessory coupled to the side quarter of the shoe, and an example of an accessory coupling to the exterior surface of shoe.

[0018]FIG. 9 is a top view of the complete shoe featuring an alternate embodiment of a decorative accessory coupled to the toecap of the shoe.

[0019]FIG. 10 is perspective view of alternate embodiment of a multipoint decorative hair accessory design.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0020]In the regard of establishing a complete understanding of the invention, reference will now be made to the details in the drawings. It will also be understood that are alternate embodiments of the multipoint decorative system (FIG. 9).

[0021]The shoe as illustrated in FIG. 1 shows a side view. This side view will highlight the additional construction detailing as to better understand the overall design construction of the multipoint decorative shoe. FIG. 1.1 shows the exterior woven looped material that all multipoint decorative shoe designs will feature. Please note this fabrication can be woven from a variety of man-made fibers, to include but not limited to recycled materials and is available in a variety of colors. It is also noted that this fabrication is well suited to the exterior fabrication of a shoe as the woven looped material has superior wear characteristics and is mildew resistance. This fabrication will be attached to the inner portion of the upper, which will create the upper assembly that is then affixed to the sole of the shoe (FIG. 1.2). FIG. 1.2 shows the sole portion of the depicted embodiment, which will feature but is not limited to a vulcanized rubber material that will feature a textured design on the bottom plane to give additional traction and aesthetic. FIG. 1.3 shows a heel design on the depicted embodiment, also made from a vulcanized rubber material with the same textured design on the bottom plane as referenced in FIG. 1.2 for the sole portion of the shoe, which give additional traction. FIG. 1.4 shows the foot aperture on the depicted embodiment. FIG. 1.5 shows an elastic foot-retaining strap on the depicted embodiment as additional comfort and security.

[0022]FIG. 2 represents an alternate view of the shoe from the top, which shows the entire exterior upper portion of the shoe (FIG. 2.6) that will feature the woven looped fabrication. FIG. 2.7 shows a top view of the foot aperture. FIG. 2.8 shows a top view of the elastic foot-retaining strap on the depicted embodiment. FIG. 2.9 shows the insole of the depicted embodiment of the shoe, which can an will be made from a variety of colors and materials including natural fabrications an man made materials, such as leather, pigskin, and/or Polyurethane, but not limited thereto.

[0023]FIGS. 3A through 7 will represent the detailed construction elements of the decorative accessory. FIG. 3A shows a top view of a decorative accessory embodiment featuring a woven fabrication construction (FIG. 3A.10). This woven construction can be made into a multitude of decorative accessory designs all incorporating a hook fabrication of hook and loop fasteners on the bottom plane (FIG. 3B.11) that is permanently attached by way of stitching technique (FIG. 3B.12). FIG. 4A and FIG. 4B show top and bottom views of an alternate embodiment of a decorative accessory that is made of a casted metal material which can also be made into a variety of decorative accessory designs (FIG. 4A.13) all incorporating a hook fabrication of hook and loop fasteners on the bottom plane that is permanently attached by way of adhesives (FIG. 4B.14). FIG. 5A and FIG. 5B show another top and bottom view of another alternate embodiment of a decorative accessory that is made from molded plastics to include but not limited to sequins, beads, and injection molded shapes and configurations, which again can be made into a range of decorative accessory designs (FIG. 5.15) all incorporating a hook fabrication of hook and loop fasteners on the bottom plane that is permanently attached by way of adhesives (FIG. 5B.16). FIG. 6 shows an exploded side view of a decorative accessory. FIG. 6.17 shows a side view of the decoration. FIG. 6.18 shows the side view of the bottom plane of the decoration, which will be stitched to the top plane of the hook fabrication (FIG. 6.19). FIG. 6.20 shows the bottom plane of the hook fabrication featuring the hook portion of the material that will couple with the exterior woven looped surface of the shoe (FIGS. 1.1 and 2.6) and FIG. 7 shows an exploded perspective side view of an alternate embodiment of a decorative accessory made of either molded plastics or casted metal. FIG. 7.21 shows the top plane of the decorative accessory in depicted embodiment. FIG. 7.22 shows the top plane of the hook material that will be permanently affixed to the bottom plane of the decorative accessory depicted (FIG. 7.21) by way of adhesives. FIG. 7.23 shows the bottom plane of the hook material featuring the hook portion of the material that will couple with the exterior woven looped surface of the shoe (FIGS. 1.1 and 2.6).

[0024]FIG. 8 shows a side view of the complete shoe in the depicted embodiment with a decorative accessory (FIG. 8.24) in the process of coupling to the exterior woven looped surface of the toecap area of the shoe (FIG. 1.1). FIG. 8.25 shows a decorative accessory already in a coupled assembly arrangement with the exterior woven looped surface of the quarter portion of the shoe exemplifying the multipoint attachment function of the shoe.

[0025]FIG. 9 shows a top view of the complete shoe with a decorative accessory (FIG. 9.26) depicted in a coupled assembly arrangement with the exterior woven looped surface of the top toe cap area of the shoe further exemplifying the multipoint function of the shoe.

[0026]FIG. 10 illustrates the multipoint function on an alternate embodied hair accessory. FIG. 10.27 shows the entire surface of alternate embodiment made of the woven looped fabrication, which is permanently attached to sub surface of item by way of adhesives. FIG. 10.28 shows the interior bottom plane of the alternate embodiment, which can be made of but not limited to molded plastics, natural materials and metals. FIG. 10.29 shows a decorative accessory already in a coupled assembly arrangement with the exterior woven looped surface of the alternate embodiment. FIG. 10.30 shows the combed teeth arrangement of the alternate embodiment in which these prongs function to secure the item firmly to the hair of the wearer.

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