US20020178616A1 - Adjustable shoes capable of being fitted to feet of different shapes and sizes - Google Patents

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US20020178616A1 US09/867,817 US86781701A US2002178616A1 US 20020178616 A1 US20020178616 A1 US 20020178616A1 US 86781701 A US86781701 A US 86781701A US 2002178616 A1 US2002178616 A1 US 2002178616A1
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This invention concerns an adjustable shoe capable of being fitted to feet of different shapes and sizes, comprising a two-part sole structure, which includes a forward sole member and a rear sole member, a shoe body, comprising a forward body portion and a rear body portion, and a heel. The forward sole member is freely movable back and forth relative to said rear sole member for matching different foot length to fit the foot being fitted within the shoe. The forward body portion is mounted on the forward sole member, the rear body portion mounted on the rear sole member, and the heel mounted under the rear sole member. The forward body portion is selectively adjustable for engaging and holding a top area for matching and holding different foot width and foot height to fit the foot being fitted within the shoe. The forward body is freely movable back and forth relative to said rear body portion for matching and holding different foot length to fit the foot being fitted within the shoe.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention [0001]
  • The present invention relates to adjustable shoes. More specifically, my invention is primarily intended as adjustable bowling shoes capable of being well fitted and providing necessary side support to feet of different shapes and sizes. [0002]
  • 2. Description of the Prior Art [0003]
  • Many activities, particularly bowling, require people to wear special shoes in the activity area. People usually do not purchase those special shoes, but rather rent them from the facilities when they attend those activities. Those facilities generally provide shoes of all sizes. One problem is that sometimes people just do not know what size of the shoes can provide a good fit to their feet. The other problem is that even though people do know the size of the shoes, the shoes of that size might still not be capable of providing a perfect fit to their feet due to the limited number of shoe sizes and the unlimited size variations of people's feet. [0004]
  • Various devices have been created in an attempt to solve these problems. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 5,682,687 discloses a stretchable shoe. The stretchable shoes include a shoe body divided into a front section and a rear section. The front section includes a front sole and a front inner sole each of which is formed so as to rearwardly extend by a predetermined length in a tongue-like manner and the rear section includes a rear sole which is provided on a lower surface thereof with a heel having a front edge. The rear section is provided on a portion of an upper surface thereof corresponding to the heel with a first velvet-type fastener and formed with an elongate guide hole elongatedly extending in a longitudinal direction thereof. The front sole of the front section is inserted at a rear body portion thereof through the front edge of the heel into an inside of the heel and mounted thereon with a pin so as to vertically extend therefrom. The pin is fitted in the elongate guide hold of the rear sole of the rear section to join the rear section and front section to each other, resulting in providing the shoe body. The front inner sole has a second velvet-type fastener mounted on a lower surface of a rear end thereof, which second velvet-type fastener is detachably engaged with the first velvet-type fastener mounted on the upper surface of the rear sole of the rear section to unite the front section and rear section to each other. However, the front section of the shoe body of the stretchable shoes is not capable of being adjusted to fit shapes and sizes of different midfoot, forefoot and toe. The rear section of the shoe body of the stretchable shoes is not capable of fitting shapes and sizes of different heel. Neither the front section of the shoe body, nor the rear section of the shoe body, nor the combination of these two, is capable of providing necessary side support to feet of different sizes. [0005]
  • U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,659,980 and 5,570,523 disclose an adjustable shoe for an adult and a child. Both shoes contain a heel, front portion, back portion, toecap and insole where the front portion has a plurality of positioning protrusions. The toecap contains an adjustable pad with a plurality of positioning holes. The protrusions are inserted into the corresponding holes in order to adjust the length of the shoe size. The sides and the heels of the shoes contain fastening pads which connect to each other to hold the different parts of the shoes together. The heel further contains socket buttons to join with ball buttons to further adjust the shoe. Again, the front portion of the shoe is not capable of being adjusted to fit shapes and sizes of different midfoot, forefoot and toe. Neither the front portion of the shoe, nor the rear body portion of the shoe, nor the combination of these two, is capable of providing necessary side support to feet of different sizes [0006]
  • U.S. Pat. No. 4,969,277 discloses an adjustable shoe particularly designed for women. The shoe contains a first portion, two side portions, a top portion and a back portion. The top portion is a shoe flap like member which folds over the tip of the foot and attaches to the side member by Velcro or a hook and loop fastener. The back portion is split into two sides which connect to each other by Velcro or hook and loop fasteners. Thus, the shoe is worn by opening the shoe flap and back portion and is adjusted to the foot size. However, the shoe is not capable of being adjusted in its length. [0007]
  • What is needed then is shoes capable of being adjusted to fit different midfoot, forefoot, toe, and heel shapes and sizes, and also capable of providing necessary side support to the foot at the same time. [0008]
  • Accordingly, it is a principal object of my invention to provide adjustable shoes, which are capable of being adjusted in length, width, and height to provide a perfect fit to feet of different shapes and sizes. [0009]
  • It is a further object of my invention to provide adjustable shoes, which are capable of providing necessary side support to feet of different shapes and sizes. [0010]
  • Other objects of my invention, as well as particular features, elements, and advantages thereof, will be elucidated in, or apparent from, the following description and the accompanying drawing figures. [0011]
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • According to my present invention, I have provided an adjustable shoe capable of being well fitted to feet of different shapes and sizes. The adjustable shoe includes a two-part sole structure, comprising a rear sole member and a forward sole member, a shoe body, comprising a rear body portion and a forward body portion, a heel, a left-side fastener structure, a right-side fastener structure, and a top fastener structure. [0012]
  • The rear sole member has a bottom guide member, extending forwardly in a longitudinal direction, a forward sole member having a bottom guide way, which is sized and shaped for receiving the bottom guide member for enabling relative movement of the rear sole member and the forward sole member into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the shoe. [0013]
  • The heel is positioning under the two-part sole structure, and is mounted under the rear sole member. [0014]
  • The rear body portion having stiffener, mounted on the rear sole member, has a left guide member on the left side, extending forwardly in a longitudinal direction, and a right guide member on the right side, extending forwardly in a longitudinal direction. The rear body portion has yieldable opposing sides, which are capable of being relatively movable for matching the heel shape of the foot being fitted within the shoe. [0015]
  • The forward body portion is mounted on the forward sole member. The forward body includes a left shoe flap having a left guide way, which is sized and shaped for receiving the left guide member for enabling relative movement of the rear body portion and the forward body portion into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe, and a right shoe flap having a right guide way, which is sized and shaped for receiving the right guide member for enabling relative movement of the rear body portion and the forward body portion into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the shoe. [0016]
  • The left-side fastener structure is selectively adjustable for matching and holding different foot length to fit the foot being fitted within the shoe, with one part mounted on the left shoe flap and the other part mounted on the rear body portion. [0017]
  • The right-side fastener structure is selectively adjustable for matching and holding different foot length to fit feet of different sizes, with one part mounted on the right forward body member and the other part mounted on the rear body. [0018]
  • The top fastener structure is selectively adjustable for matching different shapes and sizes of different midfoot, forefoot and toe to fit feet of different shapes, with one part mounted on the left shoe flap and the other part mounted on the right shoe flap. [0019]
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  • Other features of my invention will become more evident from a consideration of the following detailed description of my patent drawings, as follows: [0020]
  • FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a preferred embodiment of my adjustable shoe capable of being fitted to feet of different shapes and sizes showing its components in a fully engaged position; [0021]
  • FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the adjustable shoe of FIG. 1 showing its components in a fully engaged position; [0022]
  • FIG. 3 is a fragmentary top plan view of the adjustable shoe of FIG. 1 with both left-side fastener structure and right-side fastener structure engaged, and with arrow illustrating how the top end of the rear body portion can be yielded to fit the heel shape of different foot; [0023]
  • FIG. 4 is a fragmentary cross sectional view of the adjustable shoe of FIG. 1 with parts being broken away and with arrows illustrating how the shoe sections can be moved for adjusting the shoe size; [0024]
  • FIG. 5 is a fragmentary top plan view of the adjustable shoes of FIG. 1 with parts being broken away and with both left-side fastener structure and right-side fastener structure disengaged; [0025]
  • FIG. 6 is a top plan view of the adjustable shoe of FIG. 1 with both left-side fastener structure and right-side fastener structure engaged, and another kind of top fastener structure partially engaged and partially disengaged. [0026]
  • FIG. 7 is a fragmentary exploded perspective view of the adjustable shoe of FIG. 1 with parts being broken away to show the stiffener in shoe body. [0027]
  • FIG. 8 is a rear cross sectional view of the adjustable shoe of FIG. 1. [0028]
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
  • Referring now to the drawings, my adjustable bowling shoe according to the present invention will be described hereinafter with reference to the accompanying drawings. [0029]
  • Referring now to FIG. 1, a bowling shoe [0030] 1 capable of being fitted to feet of different shapes and sizes includes a two-part sole structure 2, a heel 3, a shoe body 4, a left-side fastener structure 5, a right-side fastener structure 6, and a top fastener structure 7.
  • Referring now to FIGS. 1, 4, and [0031] 5, the two-part sole structure 2 includes a rear sole member 8, a forward sole member 10, and a bottom guide member 9. In the preferred embodiment, the bottom guide member 9 is made of steel, but other hard material, such as hard metal, hard synthetic plastic, or hard fiber glass, may also be used. The bottom guide member 9 is positioning in the rear sole member 8, means connecting the rear sole member 8 in fixed assembly to the bottom guide member 9. In the preferred embodiment, the bottom guide member 9 is mounted inside the rear sole member 8 in fixed assembly to the rear sole member 8. The bottom guide member 9 is elongated and extends forwardly in a longitudinal direction. The forward sole member 10 has a bottom guide way 38, which is sized and shaped for receiving said bottom guide member 9 for enabling relative movement of said rear sole member 8 and said forward sole member 10 into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe 1. In the preferred embodiment, the length of the rear sole member 8 is between ⅙th to ⅓rd of the length of the forward sole member 10, but a length between {fraction (1/20)}th to ½nd of the length of the forward sole member 10 may also be used.
  • The heel [0032] 3 is positioning under the two-part sole structure 2, means connecting the rear sole member 8 in fixed assembly to the heel 3. In the preferred embodiment, the heel 3 is glued to the rear sole member 8. In the preferred embodiment, the heel 3 is made of non-slip rubber, but other non-slip material, such as synthetic plastic, may also be used. The forward sole member 10 is positioning on top of the heel 3 and freely movable back and forth in a longitudinal direction 55 or 56 relative to the rear sole member 8 and the heel 3 to a selected adjusted position.
  • Referring now to FIGS. 1 and 4, the shoe body [0033] 1 includes a forward body portion 11 and a rear body portion 12. The rear body portion 12 is positioning on the rear sole member 8, means connecting rear sole member 8 in fixed assembly to the rear body portion 12. In the preferred embodiment, a stitching means 13 is utilized to connect the rear sole member 8 to the rear body portion 12. The forward body portion 11 is positioning on the forward sole member 10, means connecting the forward sole member 10 in fixed assembly to the forward body portion 11. In the preferred embodiment, a stitching means 14 is utilized to connect the forward sole member 10 to the forward body portion 11. The rear body portion 12 is freely movable in a longitudinal direction 57 relative to the forward body portion 11 from position 43 to position 44 for matching the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe 1. The rear body portion 12 is also freely movable in a longitudinal direction 58 relative to the forward body portion 11 from position 44 to position 43 for matching the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe 1.
  • Referring now to FIGS. 1 and 2, the rear body portion [0034] 12 includes a left-side guide member 15 and a right-side guide member 16. In the preferred embodiment, both the left-side guide member 15 and the right-side guide member 16 are made of synthetic plastic, but other material, such as fiber glass, may also be used. The left-side guide member 15 and the right-side guide member 16 are positioning on the opposing sides 36 of the rear body portion 12, means connecting the rear body portion 12 to both the left-side guide member 15 and the right-side guide member 16. In the preferred embodiment, a stitching means 17 and 18 is utilized to connect the rear body portion 12 to both the left-side guide member 15 and the right-side guide member 16.
  • The forward body portion [0035] 11 includes a left shoe flap 19 and a right shoe flap 20. The left shoe flap 19 has a left guide way 21, which is sized and shaped for receiving the left guide member 15 for enabling relative movement of the forward body portion 11 and the rear body portion 12 into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe 1. The right shoe flap 20 has a right guide way 22, which is sized and shaped for receiving the right guide member 16 for enabling relative movement of the forward body portion 11 and said rear body portion 12 into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe 1.
  • Referring now to FIG. 5, the left-side hook and loop fastener structure [0036] 5 includes a first part 23 and a second part 24. The first part 23 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5 is positioning on the outer side 49 of the left shoe flap 19, means connecting the left shoe flap 19 in fixed assembly to the first part 23 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5. In the preferred embodiment, a stitching means 25 is utilized to connect the left shoe flap 19 in fixed assembly to the first part 23 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5. The second part 24 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5 is positioning on the outer side 51 of the rear body portion 12 of the shoe body 1, means connecting the rear body portion 12 of the shoe body 1 in fixed assembly to the second part 24 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5. In the preferred embodiment, a stitching means 26 is utilized to connect the rear body portion 12 of the shoe body 1 in fixed assembly to the second part 24 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5. The first part 23 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5 is selectively adjustable relatively to inner side 53 of the second part 24 of said left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5 for engaging and holding the first part 23 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5 to the second part 24 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5, and capable of holding the front portion 11 of the shoe body 4 in a selected adjusted position relatively to the rear body portion 1 of the shoe body 4 with the second part 24 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5 corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe 1.
  • The right-side hook and loop fastener structure [0037] 6 includes a first part 27 and a second part 28. The first part 27 of said right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6 is positioning on the outer side 50 of the right shoe flap 20, means connecting the right shoe flap 20 in fixed assembly to the first part 27 of the right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6. In the preferred embodiment, a stitching means 29 is utilized to connect the right shoe flap 20 in fixed assembly to the first part 27 of the right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6. The second part 28 of the right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6 is positioning on the outer side 52 of the rear body portion 12 of the shoe body 1, means connecting the rear body portion 12 of the shoe body 1 in fixed assembly to the second part 28 of the right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6. In the preferred embodiment, a stitching means 30 is utilized to connect the rear body portion 12 of the shoe body 1 in fixed assembly to the second part 28 of the right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6. The first part 27 of the right-side hook and fastener structure 6 is selectively adjustable relatively to the outer side 54 of the second part 28 of the right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6 for engaging and holding the first part 27 of the right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6 to the second part 28 of the right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6, and capable of holding the front portion 11 of the shoe body 4 in a selected adjusted position relatively to the rear body portion 11 of the shoe body 4 with the second part 28 of the right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6 corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe 1.
  • The second part [0038] 24 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5 has a first part of hook and loop fastener 45 on the outer side 47 of the second part 24 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5, which is capable of engaging with the inner side 54 of the second part 28 of the right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6. The second part 28 of the right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6 has a first part of hook and loop fastener 46 on the outer side 48 of second part 28 of the right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6, which is capable of engaging with the inner side 54 of the second part 24 of the left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5.
  • Referring now to FIG. 6, the top fastener structure [0039] 7 includes a first part 31 and a second part 32. The first part 31 of the top fastener structure 7 is positioning on the left shoe flap 19, means connecting the left shoe flap 19 in fixed assembly to the first part 31 of the top fastener structure 7. In the preferred embodiment, a stitching means 33 is utilized to connect the left shoe flap 19 in fixed assembly to the first part 31 of the top fastener structure 7. The second part 32 of the top fastener structure 7 is positioning on the right shoe flap 20, means connecting the right shoe flap 20 in fixed assembly to the second part 32 of the top fastener structure 7. In the preferred embodiment, a stitching means 34 is utilized to connect the right shoe flap 20 in fixed assembly to the second part 32 of the top fastener structure 7. The first part 31 of the top fastener structure 7 is selectively adjustable relatively to the second part 32 of the top fastener structure 7 for engaging and holding the left shoe flap 19 to the right shoe flap 20, and capable of holding the forward body portion 11 of the shoe body 4 to accommodate variations in foot width and foot height of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe 1. In the preferred embodiment, a hook and loop fastener structure is utilized as the top fastener structure, but other kind of fastener structure, such as conventional shoelace fastener structure, may also be used. Referring now to FIGS. 1, 2, and 7, the top fastener structure 7 is a conventional shoelace fastener structure. The top fastener structure 7 includes several pairs of holds 39 on both the left shoe flap 19 and the right shoe flap 20. A shoe lace 40 is engaging and holding the left shoe flap 19 and right shoe flap 20 together through holes 39, and capable of holding the forward body portion 11 of the shoe body 4 to accommodate variations in foot width and foot height of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe 1.
  • Referring now to FIG. 7, both the forward body portion [0040] 11 of the show body 4 and the rear body portion 12 of the shoe body 4 have stiffener to provide necessary side support to the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe 1. In the preferred embodiment, the stiffener is made of synthetic plastic, but material, such as fiber glass, may also be used.
  • Referring now to FIG. 8, the rear body portion [0041] 12 of the shoe body 4 has yieldable opposing sides collectively defining an open end 37. The yieldable opposing sides 36 are relatively movable for matching the heel shape of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe 1.
  • Referring now to FIG. 3, the rear body portion [0042] 12 of the shoe body 4 has a yieldable top end 40. The yieldable top 40 of the rear body portion 12 is movable from position 41 to position 42 for matching the heel shape of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe 1 even under the circumstance that both left-side hook and loop fastener structure 5 and right-side hook and loop fastener structure 6 are engaged.
  • As various possible embodiments may be made in the above invention for use for different purposes and as various changes might be made in the embodiments and methods above set forth, it is understood that all of the above matters here set forth or shown in the accompanying drawings are to be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense. [0043]

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I claim:
1. A bowling shoe capable of being fitted to feet of different shapes and sizes, said bowling shoe comprising:
a two-part sole structure which includes a rear sole member having a bottom guide member, which is elongated and extends forwardly in a longitudinal direction, a forward sole member having a bottom guide way, which is sized and shaped for receiving said bottom guide member for enabling relative movement of said rear sole member and said forward sole member into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe;
a heel positioned under said two-part sole structure, made of non-slip rubber or like, means connecting said rear sole member in fixed assembly to said heel, said forward sole member positioned on top of said heel and being freely movable back and forth in a longitudinal direction relative to said rear sole member and said heel to a selected adjusted position;
a shoe body having a rear body portion positioned on said rear sole member, means connecting said rear sole member in fixed assembly to said rear body portion, having a left guide member and a right guide member, both of which are elongated and extend forwardly in a longitudinal direction, and a forward body portion positioned on said forward sole member, means connecting said forward sole member in fixed assembly to said forward body portion, having a left shoe flap with a left guide way, which is sized and shaped for receiving said left guide member for enabling relative movement of said forward body portion and said rear body portion into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe, and a right shoe flap with a right guide way, which is sized and shaped for receiving said right guide member for enabling relative movement of said forward body portion and said rear body portion into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe;
a left-side hook and loop fastener structure which includes a first part of said left-side hook and loop fastener structure positioned on said left shoe flap, means connecting said left shoe flap in fixed assembly to said first part of said left-side hook and loop fastener structure, and a second part of said left-side hook and loop fastener structure positioned on said rear body portion of said shoe body, means connecting said rear body portion of said shoe body in fixed assembly to said second part of said left-side hook and loop fastener structure; and
a right-side hook and loop fastener structure which includes a first part of said right-side hook and loop fastener structure positioned on said right shoe flap, means connecting said right shoe flap in fixed assembly to said first part of said right-side hook and loop fastener structure, and a second part of said right-side hook and loop fastener structure positioned on said rear body portion of said shoe body, means connecting said rear body portion of said shoe body in fixed assembly to said second part of said right-side hook and loop fastener structure.
2. The bowling shoe in claim 1 wherein a top hook and loop fastener structure is provided, said top hook and loop fastener structure comprising a first part of said top hook and loop fastener structure positioned on said left shoe flap, means connecting said left shoe flap in fixed assembly to said first part of top hook and loop fastener structure, and a second part of said top hook and loop fastener structure positioned on said right shoe flap, means connecting said right shoe flap in fixed assembly to said second part of top hook and loop fastener structure, said first part of said top hook and loop fastener structure is selectively adjustable relatively to said second part of said top hook and loop fastener structure for engaging and holding said left shoe flap to said right shoe flap, and capable of holding said forward body portion of said shoe body to accommodate variations in foot width and foot height of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
3. The bowling shoe in claim 1 wherein said first part of said left-side hook and loop fastener structure is selectively adjustable relatively to said second part of said left-side hook and loop fastener structure for engaging and holding said first part of said left-side hook and loop fastener structure to said second part of said left-side hook and loop fastener structure, and capable of holding said front portion of said shoe body in a selected adjusted position relatively to said rear body portion of said shoe body with said second part of said left-side hook and loop fastener structure corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
4. The bowling shoe in claim 1 wherein said first part of said right-side hook and fastener structure is selectively adjustable relatively to said second part of said right-side hook and loop fastener structure for engaging and holding said first part of said right-side hook and loop fastener structure to said second part of said right-side hook and loop fastener structure, and capable of holding said front portion of said shoe body in a selected adjusted position relatively to said rear body portion of said shoe body with said second part of said right-side hook and loop fastener structure corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
5. The bowling shoe in claim 1 wherein said rear sole member has a length between ⅙th to ⅓rd of the length of said forward sole member.
6. The bowling shoe in claim 1 wherein both said forward body portion of said show body and said rear body portion of said shoe body have stiffener, made of synthetic plastic.
7. The bowling shoe in claim 1 wherein both said left-side guide member and said right-side guide member are made of synthetic plastic.
8. The bowling shoe in claim 1 wherein said bottom guide member is made of steel.
9. The bowling shoe in claim 1 wherein said rear body portion has yieldable opposing sides collectively defining an open end, said yieldable opposing sides being relatively movable for matching the heel shape of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
10. A bowling shoe capable of being fitted to feet of different shapes and sizes, said bowling shoe comprising:
a two-part sole structure which includes a rear sole member having a bottom guide member, which is elongated and extends forwardly in a longitudinal direction, a forward sole member having a bottom guide way, which is sized and shaped for receiving said bottom guide member for enabling relative movement of said rear sole member and said forward sole member into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe;
a heel positioned under said two-part sole structure, means connecting said rear sole member in fixed assembly to said heel, said forward sole member positioned on top of said heel and being freely movable back and forth in a longitudinally direction relative to said rear sole member and said heel to a selected adjusted position;
a shoe body having a rear body portion positioned on said rear sole member, means connecting said rear sole member in fixed assembly to said rear body portion, having a left guide member and a right guide member, both of which are elongated and extend forwardly in a longitudinal direction, and a forward body portion positioned on said forward sole member, means connecting said forward sole member in fixed assembly to said forward body portion, having a left shoe flap with a left guide way, which is sized and shaped for receiving said left guide member for enabling relative movement of said forward body portion and said rear body portion into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe, and a right shoe flap with a right guide way, which is sized and shaped for receiving said right guide member for movement into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe;
a left-side fastener structure which includes a first part of said left-side fastener structure positioned on said left shoe flap, means connecting said left shoe flap in fixed assembly to said first part of left-side fastener structure, and a second part of said left-side fastener structure positioned on said rear body portion of said shoe body, means connecting said rear body portion of said shoe body in fixed assembly to said second part of said left-side fastener structure; and
a right-side fastener structure which includes a first part of said right-side fastener structure positioned on said right shoe flap, means connecting said right shoe flap in fixed assembly to said first part of said right-side fastener structure, and a second part of said right-side fastener structure positioned on said rear body portion of said shoe body, means connecting said rear body portion of said shoe body in fixed assembly to said second part of said right-side fastener structure.
11. The bowling shoe in claim 10 wherein a top fastener structure is provided, said top fastener is selectively adjustable to engage and hold said left shoe flap to said right shoe flap, and capable of holding said forward body portion of said shoe body to accommodate variations in foot width and foot height of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
12. The bowling shoe in claim 10 wherein said first part of said left-side fastener structure is selectively adjustable relatively to said second part of said left-side fastener structure for engaging and holding said first part of said left-side fastener structure to said second part of said left-side fastener structure, and capable of holding said first portion of said shoe body in a selected adjusted position relatively to said rear body portion of said shoe body with said second part of said left-side fastener structure corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
13. The bowling shoe in claim 10 wherein said first part of said right-side fastener structure is selectively adjustable relatively to said second part of said right-side fastener structure for engaging and holding said first part of said right-side fastener structure to said second part of said right-side fastener structure, and capable of holding said front portion of said shoe body in a selected adjusted position relatively to said rear body portion of said shoe body with said second part of said right-side fastener structure corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
14. The bowling shoe in claim 10 wherein said rear sole member has a length between {fraction (1/20)}th to ½nd of the length of said forward sole member.
15. The bowling shoe in claim 10 wherein both said forward body portion and rear body portion have stiffener composing of fiber glass, synthetic plastic, or like.
16. The bowling shoe in claim 10 wherein both said left-side guide member and said right-side guide member are made of stiffener composing of fiber glass, synthetic plastic, or like.
17. The bowling shoe in claim 10 wherein said bottom guide member is made of hard stiffener composing of hard metal, hard synthetic plastic, hard fiber glass, or like.
18. The bowling shoe in claim 10 wherein said rear body portion has yieldable opposing sides collectively defining an open end, said yieldable opposing sides being relatively movable for matching the heel shape of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
19. A bowling shoe capable of being fitted to feet of different shapes and sizes, said bowling shoe comprising:
a two-part sole structure which includes a rear sole member, a forward sole member, and a bottom connection structure enabling relative movement of said rear sole member and said forward sole member into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe;
a heel positioned under said two-part sole structure, means connecting said rear sole member in fixed assembly to said heel, said forward sole member positioned on top of said heel and being freely movable back and forth in a longitudinal direction relative to said rear sole member and said heel to a selected adjusted position; and
a shoe body having a rear body portion positioned on said rear sole member, means connecting said rear sole member in fixed assembly to said rear body portion, a forward body portion positioned on said forward sole member, means connecting said forward sole member in fixed assembly to said forward body portion, and a side connection structure enabling relative movement of said forward body portion and said rear body portion into a selected adjusted position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
20. The bowling shoe in claim 19 wherein said forward body portion of said shoe body is selectively adjustable through a side connection structure relatively to said rear body portion of said shoe body and capable of holding said forward body portion of said shoe body in a selected adjusted position to said rear body portion of said shoe body corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
21. The bowling shoe in claim 19 wherein said forward body portion of said shoe body is selectively adjustable and capable of holding said forward body portion of said shoe body to accommodate variations in foot width and foot height of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
22. The bowling shoe in claim 19 wherein both said forward body portion and rear body portion have stiffener, composing of fiber glass, synthetic plastic, or like.
23. The bowling shoe in claim 19 wherein said side connection structure is made of stiffener, composing of fiber glass, synthetic plastic, or like.
24. The bowling shoe in claim 19 wherein said bottom connection structure is made of hard stiffener, composing of hard metal, hard synthetic plastic, or like.
25. The bowling shoe in claim 19 wherein said rear body portion has yieldable opposing sides collectively defining an open end, said yieldable opposing sides being relatively movable for matching the heel shape of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
26. A bowling shoe capable of being fitted to feet of different shapes and sizes, said bowling shoe comprising:
a two-part sole structure which includes a rear sole member, a forward sole member, and a bottom connection structure, made of hard stiffener, composing of hard metal, hard synthetic plastic, or like, enabling relative movement of said rear sole member and said forward sole member into a position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe; and
a heel under said two part sole structure, means connecting said rear sole member in fixed assembly to said heel, said forward sole member positioned on top of said heel and being freely movable back and forth in a longitudinal direction relative to said rear sole member and said heel to a selected adjusted position.
27. The bowling shoe in claim 26 wherein a shoe body having stiffener, composing of fiber glass, or synthetic plastic, or like, positioned over said rear sole member, the shoe body having a forward body portion and a rear body portion, means connecting said rear body portion of said shoe body in fixed assembly to said rear sole member.
28. The bowling shoe in claim 27 wherein said rear body portion has yieldable opposing sides collectively defining an open end, said yieldable opposing sides being relatively movable for matching the heel shape of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
29. The bowling shoe in claim 28 wherein said rear body portion of said shoe body is movable back and forth in a longitudinal direction relatively to said forward body portion of said shoe body to a position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
30. The bowling shoe in claim 29 wherein said forward body portion of said shoe body is positioned on said forward sole member, means connecting said forward body portion of said shoe body in fixed assembly to said forward sole member.
31. The bowling shoe in claim 30 wherein said forward body portion of said shoe body is selectively adjustable and capable of holding said forward body portion of said shoe body to accommodate variations in foot width and foot height of the foot being fitted within the bowling shoe.
32. A shoe capable of being fitted to feet of different shapes and sizes, said shoe comprising:
a two-part sole structure which includes a rear sole member, a forward sole member, and a bottom connection structure, enabling relative movement of said rear sole member and said forward sole member into a position corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the shoe;
a heel positioned under said two part sole structure, means connecting said rear sole member in fixed assembly to said heel, said forward sole member positioned on top of said heel and being freely movable back and forth in a longitudinal direction relative to said rear sole member and said heel to a selected adjusted position; and
a shoe body having a rear body portion positioned on said rear sole member, means connecting said rear sole member in fixed assembly to said rear body portion, and a forward body portion positioned on said forward sole member, means connecting said forward sole member in fixed assembly to said forward body portion.
33. The shoe in claim 32 wherein said forward body portion of said shoe body is selectively adjustable relatively to said rear body portion of said shoe body and capable of holding said first portion of said shoe body in a selected adjusted position to said rear body portion of said shoe body with said real portion of said shoe body corresponding to the length of the foot being fitted within the shoe.
34. The shoe in claim 32 wherein said forward body portion of said shoe body is selectively adjustable and capable of holding said forward body portion of said shoe body to accommodate variations in foot width and foot height of the foot being fitted within the shoe.
35. The shoe in claim 32 wherein both said forward body portion and rear body portion have stiffener composing of fiber glass, synthetic plastic, or like.
36. The shoe in claim 32 wherein said connection structure is made of hard stiffener composing of hard metal, hard fiber glass, hard synthetic plastic, or like.
37. The shoe in claim 32 wherein said rear body portion has yieldable opposing sides collectively defining an open end, said yieldable opposing sides being relatively movable for matching the heel shape of the foot being fitted within the shoe.
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