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GB2351649A
GB2351649A GB0014378A GB0014378A GB2351649A GB 2351649 A GB2351649 A GB 2351649A GB 0014378 A GB0014378 A GB 0014378A GB 0014378 A GB0014378 A GB 0014378A GB 2351649 A GB2351649 A GB 2351649A
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Patricia Tetlow
Denise Joan Mcadam
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Denise Joan Mcadam
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41BSHIRTS; UNDERWEAR; BABY LINEN; HANDKERCHIEFS
    • A41B11/00Hosiery; Panti-hose
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A41WEARING APPAREL
    • A41BSHIRTS; UNDERWEAR; BABY LINEN; HANDKERCHIEFS
    • A41B11/00Hosiery; Panti-hose
    • A41B11/02Reinforcements

Abstract

A sock (20), particularly for wearing in conjunction with a walking boot by an individual having combination-type feet, the sock, when worn, having a profile corresponding to the natural contours of a foot and having a heel part (26) comprised of a thicker material than at least a proportion of the remainder of the sock.

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2351649 Title: Improvement in and relating to socks.

DESCRIPTION

The present invention relates to an improved sock, particularly but not exclusively for wearing with walking boots.

Generally, socks are formed to mimic the shape of a foot using material of an even thickness, for example, thinner socks may be worn in summer and thicker socks worn in winter. However, socks may also be used as an aid for improving the fit and performance of a shoe, particularly a walking boot. In this respect, shoes, sandals, trainers, running shoes and the like are all comprised of a softer and more forgiving material than a walking boot and therefore adapt more readily to an individual foot. In contrast, walking boots need to provide support for the foot in more difficult and demanding situations. Accordingly, the boots are made of a firm, unforgiving material and it is therefore essential that the boots fit correctly. The boot should be supportive and close fitting without being tight and must be comfortable without there being excess space in the boot in which the foot may move about.

Whilst walking boots are provided in a wide range of fittings to endeavour to accommodate the different shapes and sizes of foot, it is not possible to tailor a walking boot to the exact shape of an individual's foot. As a result, aids such as socks, volume adjustor insoles, tongue depressors and different ways of lacing, may be used in conjunction with a walking boot to achieve a satisfactory fit.

For example, a thick sock may be used to improve the bulk of a slender, low volume foot and a fine sock may be used for a wider, high volume foot therebPy keeping the volume to a minimum. Socks have also been provided for cushioning the heel and 2 ball of the foot in walking boots, these being the areas that may be subject to friction sores. The socks are provided with extra padding around the heel and the ball of the foot. However, the aforementioned configurations are not satisfactory for a large number of individuals that have combination-type feet, that is a narrow heel and a wide forefoot. If the individual wears a thick sock to provide the necessary protection to the heel so that the heel holds well in the boot, the forefoot will be too tight. Conversely, if a fine sock is used, the forefoot will fit well within the boot but the heel will slip, causing friction and blisters to the foot. As a result, individuals with combination-type feet (commonly known as "British foot") often suffer from wearing poorly fitting walking boots.

It is an object of the present invention to provide an improved sock that aims to overcome the abovementioned drawbacks.

Accordingly, the present invention provides a sock, particularly but not exclusively for wearing in conjunction with a walking boot, the profile of the sock when worn corresponding to the natural contours of a foot, the sock having a heel part comprised of thicker material than at least a proportion of the remainder of the sock.

Preferably, the widest part of the sock, when worn, is comprised of a thinner material than the heel part of the sock.

Generally, the widest part of the foot is the sides of the forefoot, comprising the ball and/or toe part of a foot.

Preferably, the sock is comprised of five continuous parts, a leg part, a heel part, an arch part, a ball part and a toe part.

Preferably, the leg part of the sock is also comprised of a thinner material than the heel part. More preferably, the thickness of the material gradually becomes thinner from 3 the heel part, through the arch part to the ball and toe parts, thereby preventing lumps occurring in the sock which may cause friction sores to the wearer of the sock.

The sole of the sock formed from the intended lower surface of the respective parts of the sock may be provided with additional padding for shock absorption and cushioning.

The sock may be made of any suitable material, such as wool or man-made fibres. More preferably, the sock comprises a leg part of thick knit fibre, a heel part of extra thick knit fibre, ball and toe parts of thin knit fibre and an arch part having a gradient from thick to thin knit fibre with increasing distance from the heel part of the sock. More preferably still, the back of the heel part is thicker than the front of the heel part.

The material of the cushioned heel is preferably 2 to 5mm thick. The material of the ball and/or toe part of the sock is preferably less than 2 mrn thick.

For a better understanding of the present invention and to show more clearly how it may be carried into effect, reference will now be made by way of example only to the accompanying drawings in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective diagram of a cushioned sock according to the prior art;

Figure 2 is a perspective diagram of a sock according to one embodiment of the present invention; Figure 3 is a schematic cross-sectional diagram of the sock shown in Figure 2; Figure 4 is a schematic cross-sectional diagram of a heel part of a sock according to another embodiment of the present invention; and Figure 5 is a schematic cross-sectional diagram of a ball part of a sock according to another embodiment of the present invention.

Referring to Figure I of the accompanying drawings, a cushioned socL< 2 of the prior art is illustrated. It is to be appreciated that the socks illustrated in the accompanying

4 drawings are shown in their configuration when worn on a foot. The sock is comprised of five regions, a leg region 4, a heel region 6, an arch region 8, a ball region 10 and a toe region 12, the profile of each corresponding to the contours of the lower leg and foot. An elasticated strip of material is generally provided at the top of the leg region to prevent the sock coming off the foot. The heel and ball regions are provided with extra thick material for providing cushioning for the heel and ball of the foot, these being the areas which absorb the shock caused by walking, running or the like.

Whilst the prior art sock is satisfactory for an individual that has both a narrow heel and ball of the foot, it is not ideal for in individual, particularly females, that have narrow heels but wide forefeet. The use of socks with walking boots wherein the heel and ball are comprised of a thicker material results in a wide boot having to be worn to accommodate the width of the forefoot. This results in the heel area of the boot being too large causing movement of the socked heel with respect to the boot during walking, resulting in ffiction sores occurring to the heel.

The present invention overcomes this problem by providing a new type (>f sock 20, as illustrated in Figures 2 and 3 of the accompanying drawings. The sock is again comprised of five regions, a leg region 24, a heel region 26, an arch region 28, a ball regi on 30 and a toe region 32 which mimic the contours of the lower leg and foot of an individual but only the heel region 26 is thickly padded to provide a cushion to the heel area (illustrated by the shading in the figures), with the back part of the heel region being greater in thickness than the front of the heel region. The material gradually becomes thinner through the arch region 26 to the ball region 30 of the foot, thereby providing sufficient thickness over the middle area to give support to the arch of the foot but providing a sock with a firie forefoot. For example, if the sock was hand- knittecl, a double knitting yam would be used for the leg, a chunky yam would be used for the heel part, double knitting yam would again be used for the arch part and the forefoot (ball and toe parts) would be three ply. This type of sock enables an individual with narrow heels and wide forefeet to obtain a boot that fits correctly due to the narrow heel being cushioned by the thicker material of the heel region of the sock and therefore having good heel retention, whilst the thin material at the ball of the foot creates space and comfort for the forefoot allowing the individual to obtain the correct width of boot without having to go up a width to accommodate socks having a thick material surrounding the ball of the foot.

Socks according to the present invention are particularly suitable for people suffering from bunions (enlarged first and/or fifth metatarsal heads) wherein the joint of the foot is enlarged. The use of a sock having a fine forefoot and thicker heel part will help relieve pressure from the joints whilst maintaining a snug fit in the heel of a boot.

Figures 4 and 5 of the accompanying drawings illustrate respectively a heel part 40 and a ball part 42 of a sock according to another embodiment of the present. The areas 40a, 40b of the heel part that, in use, surround the sides of the heel are comprised of a thick material, whereas the area 40c that surrounds the front of the heel area is comprised of thinner material. The area 40d that contacts the back of the heel of the foot is also relatively thick to provide a layer of cushioning. In contrast, the part of the sock 42 that, when worn, surrounds the ball area of the foot (see Figure 5), has three regions of thin material, being the parts 42a, 42b which surround the sides of the ball area and the top of the ball area 42c. The part 42d that contacts the ball part of the sole of the foot is again comprised of a thicker material or padding for additional shock absorption and cushioning.

In this manner, the areas of the sock surrounding the widest part of the foot (i.e., forefoot) is of thin material whilst the sole and heel area of the sock are of thicl material 6 to provide a tight fit around the heel in a walking boot and to provide cushioning to the sole.

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Claims (12)

1. A sock having a profile that, when worn, corresponds to the natural contours of a foot and wherein the sock has a heel part comprised of a thicker material than at least a proportion of the remainder of the sock.
2. A sock as claimed in claim 1, wherein the widest part of the sock, when wom, is comprised of a thinner material than the remainder of the sock.
3. A sock as claimed in claim 2, wherein the widest part of the sock is the sides of the forefoot, comprising the ball and/or toe part of a foot.
4. A sock as claimed in claim 2 or claim 3, wherein the widest part of the sock is comprised of material that is-less than 2mm thick.
5. A sock as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein the sock is comprised of five continuous parts, a leg part, a heel part, an arch part, a ball part and a toe part.
6. A sock as claimed in claim 5, wherein the leg part of the sock is comprised of a thinner material than the heel part,
7. A sock as claimed in claim 5 or claim 6, wherein the thickness of the material gradually becomes thinner from the heel part, through the arch part to the ball and toe parts.
8. A sock as claimed in any one of claims 5 to 7, wherein the sock compris('-s a leg part of thick knit fibre, a heel part of extra thick knit fibre, ball and toe parts of thin knit fibre and an arch part having a gradient from thick to thin knit fibre with increasing distance from the heel part of the sock.
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9. A sock as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the heel part that lies, when worn, at the back of the heel, is thicker than the heel part that lies at the front of the heel.
10. A sock as claimed in any one of the preceding clams wherein the material of the heel pail is 2 to 5mm thick.
11. A sock as claimed in any one of the preceding claims wherein the sole of the sock, formed from an intended lower surface of the sock, is provided with additional padding.
12. A sock substantially as hereinbefore described and with reference to Figures 2 and 3, Figure 4 or Figure 5 of the accompanying drawings.
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Citations (6)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3793851A (en) * 1972-05-19 1974-02-26 Thorneburg Hosiery Mills Inc Boot sock
EP0015119A1 (en) * 1979-02-14 1980-09-03 Thorneburg Hosiery Co., Inc. Jogging and running athletic sock
US5307522A (en) * 1992-02-07 1994-05-03 James L. Throneburg Snowboarding sock
WO1995002974A1 (en) * 1993-07-23 1995-02-02 Throneburg James L Footwear system
GB2307632A (en) * 1995-11-30 1997-06-04 Franz Falke Rohen Strumpffabri Knitted sock
JPH11200102A (en) * 1998-01-09 1999-07-27 Okabashi Kutsushita Kk Dryness-preventive socks

Patent Citations (6)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3793851A (en) * 1972-05-19 1974-02-26 Thorneburg Hosiery Mills Inc Boot sock
EP0015119A1 (en) * 1979-02-14 1980-09-03 Thorneburg Hosiery Co., Inc. Jogging and running athletic sock
US5307522A (en) * 1992-02-07 1994-05-03 James L. Throneburg Snowboarding sock
WO1995002974A1 (en) * 1993-07-23 1995-02-02 Throneburg James L Footwear system
GB2307632A (en) * 1995-11-30 1997-06-04 Franz Falke Rohen Strumpffabri Knitted sock
JPH11200102A (en) * 1998-01-09 1999-07-27 Okabashi Kutsushita Kk Dryness-preventive socks

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