CA2373592A1 - Lighted athletic shoe method and apparatus - Google Patents

Lighted athletic shoe method and apparatus

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CA2373592A1
CA2373592A1 CA 2373592 CA2373592A CA2373592A1 CA 2373592 A1 CA2373592 A1 CA 2373592A1 CA 2373592 CA2373592 CA 2373592 CA 2373592 A CA2373592 A CA 2373592A CA 2373592 A1 CA2373592 A1 CA 2373592A1
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Prior art keywords
shoe
sole
bore
athletic
light
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CA 2373592
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French (fr)
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Robert S. Angelieri
Brian Zoghbi
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FIREFLYS-GLOWSHOES Inc
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Robert S. Angelieri
Brian Zoghbi
Fireflys-Glowshoes, Inc.
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B23/00Uppers; Boot legs; Stiffeners; Other single parts of footwear
    • A43B23/24Ornamental buckles; Other ornaments for shoes without fastening function
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B1/00Footwear characterised by the material
    • A43B1/0027Footwear made at least partially from a material having special colours
    • A43B1/0036Footwear made at least partially from a material having special colours with fluorescent or phosforescent parts
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B3/00Footwear characterised by the shape or the use
    • A43B3/0005Footwear provided with electrical or electronic systems
    • A43B3/001Footwear provided with light source
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B3/00Footwear characterised by the shape or the use
    • A43B3/0036Footwear characterised by a special shape or design
    • A43B3/0078Footwear provided with logos, letters, signatures or the like decoration

Abstract

A method of lighting an athletic shoe (10) includes selecting an athletic shoe (10) having an upper (11) having a sole (12) attached thereto forming a bore (14) in the sole (12) and selecting a bore cover (16) for covering the bore (14). The method includes activating a tubular chemiluminescent light source (18), inserting the activated light source (18) into the athletic shoe sole bore (14), and attaching the bore cover (16) for lighting a shoe sole (12) of an athletic shoe (10). A selected athletic shoe (10) has a transparent or translucent sole (12) having a bore (14) extending at least half the length of the sole (12). The athletic shoe apparatus (10) includes an upper (11) having a partially transparent sole (12) attached thereto having a bore (14) extending into the sole (12) at least half the length of the sole (12) and having grooves (15) formed on one end thereof and an activated chemiluminescent tube (18) removably inserted into the sole bore (14) and the sole bore cover (16) attached with bayonet connector tabs (17) into the grooves (15) formed on one end of the sole bore (14).

Description

LIGHTED ATHLETIC SHOE METHOD AND APPARATUS

3 The present invention relates to a method of 4 lighting an athletic shoe and to a lighted athletic shoe apparatus and especially to a lighted athletic 6 shoe having an activated chemiluminescent light source 7 removably attached into the sole of the shoe.
8 There have been a variety of prior art lighted 9 shoes including fashion shoes having a twinkling effect or shoes for use in dancing or exercise or to 11 improve the safety of the wearer. A common lighting 12 technique provides lights and lighting circuits, 13 especially LED's, positioned within the soles or heels 14 of the shoes. The lighting circuits can provide a twinkling effect or a continuous light source. The 16 lighting circuits typically include a battery 17 connected to an LED or other light source and an 18 electric circuit and a switch for the light.
19 Typical prior art lighted shoes having a light mounted in shoe heels includes the Goldston et al.
21 patents, No. 5,692,324 and No. 5,704,706, for an 22 athletic shoe which incorporates a releasably locking 23 plug-in module removably inserted into a recessed 24 retaining receptacle in the sole of the shoe. The plug-in module includes a battery and an external 26 visible light emitting device along with a switch for 27 energizing the light emitting device in response to 28 pressure exerted upon it by the foot of the wearer 29 during walking or running.
The Hwang et al. patent No. 5,490,338, is a 31 fixing structure for a lightening circuit on a lighted 32 shoe for receiving and protecting a lighting circuit 33 within the shoe and allows the lighting circuit to be 1 taken out for examining and repairing the circuit as 2 well as for replacement of the batteries. The 3 Rapisarda et al. patent, No. 5,477,435, is a module to 4 provide intermittent light with movement of the shoe.
The module has an LED extending out the rear thereof 6 for providing a light on the rear of the heel of the 7 shoe and is especially made for gym shoes.
8 Other prior art patents that have lights or 9 reflectors attached to a shoe include the Weaver et al. patent, No. 5,584,132, which is for a shoelace tip 11 holder which attaches to the tips of shoelaces for 12 holding a decorative article therein including a 13 chemiluminescent light source which glows in the dark.
14 The Pallera patent, No. 5,839,211, is for a shoe having a display assembly including an outer 16 translucent member attached to the side of the shoe to 17 form a sealed compartment for holding a decorative 18 element. The Goria patent, No. 4,712,319, is footwear 19 having elastomeric or plastomeric soles having decorating elements attached thereto.
21 In contrast to these prior patents, the present 22 invention is for a method of lighting an athletic shoe 23 for a short period of time by utilizing a 24 chemiluminescent tube, such as a day-glow tube, which has been activated and then attached to the shoe. The 26 shoes having the present invention incorporated are 27 especially desirable for dancing when dancing is 28 performed with athletic shoes but may also be 29 advantageously used by walkers or joggers at night as a safety feature providing lighted sole athletic shoes 31 which can be easily distinguished by the driver of a 32 vehicle. Such shoes with a light source, in 33 accordance with the present invention, are much more 34 clearly visible to the human eye than an LED mounted 1 within a shoe in accordance with prior art lighted 2 shoes.

6 A method of lighting an athletic shoe includes 7 selecting an athletic shoe having an upper having a 8 sole attached thereto forming a bore in the sole and 9 selecting a bore cover for covering the bore. The method includes activating a tubular chemiluminescent 11 light source, inserting the activated light source 12 into the athletic shoe sole bore, and attaching the 13 bore cover for lighting a shoe sole of an athletic 14 shoe. The selected athletic shoe has a transparent or translucent sole having a bore extending at least half 16 the length of the sole. The athletic shoe apparatus 17 includes an upper having a partially transparent sole 18 attached thereto having a bore extending into the sole 19 at least half the length of the sole and has grooves formed on one end thereof and an activated 21 chemiluminescent tube removably inserted into the sole 22 bore with the sole bore cover attached with bayonet 23 connector tabs into the grooves formed on one end of 24 the sole bore.
26 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRA4~IINGS

28 Other objects, features, and advantages of the 29 present invention will be apparent from the written description and the drawings in which:
31 Figure 1 is a perspective view of an athletic 32 shoe incorporating the present invention;

1 Figure 2 is an exploded view of a portion of the 2 athletic shoe of Figure 1 having the light source 3 removed;
4 Figure 3 is a perspective view of a bore cover for the shoe of Figures 1 and 2;
6 Figure 4 is a perspective view of a bore cover in 7 accordance with Figure 3 in a locked position;
8 Figure 5 is a side elevation of the lighted shoe 9 of Figures 1 and 2;
Figure 6 is a sectional view taken through the 11 shoe of Figure 5; and 12 Figure 7 is a sectional view of an alternate 13 embodiment of the lighted shoe of Figures 5 and 6 14 having a sole made with a translucent material.

18 Referring to Figures 1 through 6 of the drawings, 19 an athletic shoe 10 in accordance with the present invention has uppers 11 and a polymer sole 12 mounted 21 thereon. The upper 11 has shoelaces 13 for tieing the 22 shoe. The sole 12 has an elongated bore 14 formed 23 within the sole. The bore end has grooves 15 for 24 accepting a cover 16 having tabs 17 thereon which lock into the grooves, as illustrated in Figures 3 and 4.
26 A chemiluminescent tube 18, such as a day-glow tube, 27 is removably inserted into the bore 14, as seen in 28 Figures 5 and 6. The bore 14, as seen in Figures 5 29 and 6, extends more than half the length of a generally transparent shoe sole 12. The 31 chemiluminescent light source is activated by properly 32 bending the tube 18 or otherwise mixing two or more 33 chemical elements in the tube at which time the tube 34 continues to glow as long as the chemical reaction is 1 taking place. This might typically last for several 2 hours. By having the chemiluminescent tube activated 3 within the shoe sole 12, the entire sole is lighted up 4 with different colors depending on the color of the 5 chemiluminescent tube. The tube glows brightly in the 6 dark drawing attention to the shoes as well as to the 7 person wearing the shoes. The chemiluminescent tube 8 is generally tubular or cylindrical in shape and may 9 have a sealed cover 20 on one end thereof and is sized slightly smaller than the bore 14 so that it can be 11 easily inserted and removed. It is held in place by 12 the cover 16. Thus, an activated tube 18 can be 13 inserted into the bore and the cover 18 attached using 14 the handle portion 21 and the bayonet connection to seal the activated chemiluminescent tube 18 in the 16 sole 12 which will then provide a glowing shoe sole 17 until the chemiluminescent tube 18 completes the 18 chemical reaction and ceases to glow, at which time 19 the cover 16 can be removed and the tube 18 removed from the sole 12 of the shoe 10.
21 Figure 5 shows an alternate embodiment of a shoe 22 24 having an upper 25 and a translucent sole 26 23 attached to the upper 25. The translucent sole 26 has 24 a bore 27 extending therein with a cover 28. The chemiluminescent tube 18 has been inserted for 26 producing the glowing light in the dark which is 27 dispersed with the translucent sole 26 to provide a 28 glowing type sole on an athletic shoe.
29 The method of the present invention includes the selecting of a shoe 10 or 24 and forming a bore 14 or 31 27 therein greater than half the length of the sole 12 32 or 26. The cover 16 or 28 is then attached and the 33 chemiluminescent tube 18 is selected to fit the bore 34 27 for approximately the same length as the bore 14 or 1 27 and then activating the chemiluminescent source 2 prior to inserting the tube into the sole bore. The 3 lighted tube is then inserted into the sole bore 14 or 4 27 and the cover 16 or 28 attached to the end. The chemiluminescent source 18 is activated just prior to 6 a person using the shoes in some activity. Once the 7 source is used up, it is discarded.
8 It should be clear at this time that a method and 9 apparatus for lighting a shoe sole has been provided which utilizes a chemiluminescent light source with an 11 athletic shoe sole made of a translucent or 12 transparent material. The light source is removably 13 attached to the sole with a removably attaching cover.
14 However, the present invention should not be considered as limited to the forms shown which should 16 be considered illustrative rather than restrictive.

Claims (9)

1. A method of lighting an athletic shoe (10) comprising the steps of:
selecting an athletic shoe (10) having an upper (11) having a sole (12) attached thereto;
forming a bore (14) in said sole (12) of said selected athletic shoe (10);
selecting a bore cover (16);
activating a generally tubular chemiluminescent light source (18);
inserting said activated chemiluminescent light source (18) into said athletic shoe sole bore (14);
and attaching said bore cover (16) over said bore (14) to removably hold said chemiluminescent light source (18) in said sole bore (14), thereby lighting a shoe sole (12) of an athletic shoe (10).
2. A method of lighting an athletic shoe (10) in accordance with claim 1 in which the step of selecting an athletic shoe (10) includes selecting an athletic shoe (10) having a translucent sole (12) for dispersing light from said chemiluminescent light source (18).
3. A method of lighting an athletic shoe (10) in accordance with claim 1 in which the step of selecting an athletic shoe (10) includes selecting an athletic shoe (10) having a generally transparent sole (18).
4. A method of lighting an athletic shoe (10) in accordance with claim 2 in which the step of forming a bore (14) in said sole (12) includes forming a bore (14) with grooves (15) therein for attaching said cover (16) to said shoe sole (12).
5. A method of lighting an athletic shoe (10) in accordance with claim 4 in which the step of selecting a bore cover (16) includes selecting a bore cover (16) having bayonet tabs (17) for locking into said grooves (15) formed in said bore (14) of said shoe sole (12).
6. A method of lighting an athletic shoe (10) in accordance with claim 1 in which the step of activating said chemiluminescent light source (18) includes bending a polymer tube to release two chemicals together within said polymer tube.
7. A method of lighting an athletic shoe (10) in accordance with claim 2 in which the step of selecting a cover (16) includes selecting a cover (16) having a handle member (21) formed thereon.
8. A method of lighting an athletic shoe (10) in accordance with claim 1 in which the step of forming a bore (14) in the sole (12) of said athletic shoe (10) includes forming a bore (14) extending more than half the length of the sole (12) of said athletic shoe (10).
9 9. An athletic shoe (10) comprising:
an upper (11);
a partially transparent sole (12) attached to said upper (11), said sole (12) having a bore (14) therein extending at least half the length of said sole and having grooves (15) formed on one end thereof;
an activated chemiluminescent tube (18) removably inserted into said sole bore (14); and a sole bore cover (16) having bayonet connector tabs (17) thereon for engaging said grooves (15) formed on one end of said sole bore (14), whereby an athletic shoe sole (12) may be illuminated.
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