WO2001067906A1 - Sports shoe for children - Google Patents

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WO2001067906A1
WO2001067906A1 PCT/EP2001/002146 EP0102146W WO0167906A1 WO 2001067906 A1 WO2001067906 A1 WO 2001067906A1 EP 0102146 W EP0102146 W EP 0102146W WO 0167906 A1 WO0167906 A1 WO 0167906A1
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shoe
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Andrea Gabrielli
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Tecnica S.P.A.
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B5/00Footwear for sporting purposes
    • A43B5/16Skating boots
    • A43B5/1608Skating boots size adjustable
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B3/00Footwear characterised by the shape or the use
    • A43B3/26Footwear adjustable as to length or size
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B3/00Footwear characterised by the shape or the use
    • A43B3/30Footwear specially adapted for babies or small children
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B5/00Footwear for sporting purposes
    • A43B5/04Ski boots; Similar boots
    • A43B5/0405Linings, paddings, insertions; Inner boots
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43BCHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR
    • A43B5/00Footwear for sporting purposes
    • A43B5/16Skating boots
    • A43B5/1616Inner boots

Abstract

The invention consists of a sports shoe intented for children and having, inserted inside it, an insole (10) with a raised front edge (11) and a sole thickness with dimensions such as to allow seating, in the shoe, of a foot of smaller length and volume than those for which the shoe is intended. In this way it is possible to adapt easily the latter to the foot which grows quickly in children, by replacing the insole.

Description

"Sports shoe for children".

The present invention relates to sports shoes in general, such as gym shoes and shoes for mountaineering or for casual wear, but also those used both in ice skates and roller skates or ski boots.

More specifically the invention relates to shoes intended for children and for adolescents, which are also commercially known by the name "Junior".

A fairly common situation with these shoes consists in the fact that the rapid growth of adolescents' feet can often make them unsuitable because they become too small too soon. Consequently in these situations it can happen that a pair of shoes still in good condition can no longer be used, with clear disadvantage for the person who owns them.

It is observed that, in the case of these shoes, it is more important than in normal walking shoes that the foot is seated securely and comfortably, so as to allow good control over movements during the sporting activity. This implies that it is not advisable to have shoes which are too big with respect to the foot, also because with time the potential rubbing of the latter, which occurs when the shoe is too big, could lead to the formation of irritating blisters and similar problems.

This situation often occurs in skates, where it is perhaps even more important that the foot should be very stable in the respective shoe so as to have the necessary control over movements while skating.

It can be observed furthermore that skates are also generally fairly expensive articles, particularly when compared with simple gym shoes: therefore the disadvantage due to no longer being able to use them when the foot grows too much is greater.

In this context it should also be observed that to compensate for the difference in dimensions between the foot and the shoe, it is not always possible to resort to the use of several layers of socks as is often customarily done with ski boots.

In fact if this system can be used advantageously for skiing where overheating of the foot is not a problem, it is not always suitable however for other sports shoes where, on the contrary, an overly thick layer of socks can at times be irritating for the user. An example of a shoe which can be adapted to various foot sizes in the specific case of use by children is described in US patent No. 2,572,050 in the name of Ornstein; in short this document describes the shoe of a skate formed by a rigid toe-piece which constitutes the front part thereof, and a normal upper. The latter is stitched to the sole of the shoe which is then mounted on the frame of the skate in a fixed, i.e. non-adjustable manner; the toe-piece, however, is mounted on the frame with bolts which engage in eyelet-shaped holes present on its front part, remaining however disconnected from the upper and from the sole.

As the holes are eyelet-shaped, the toe-piece can be attached to the frame in a more or less advanced position with respect to the rest of the shoe, which is instead fixed to the frame.

In this way the result is therefore obtained of being able to alter the length of the shoe at will, obviously within certain limits.

Such a solution, although capable of solving the problem of adapting the length of the shoe to the foot which grows rapidly in young skaters, is nonetheless only really applicable to skates in which a rigid toe-piece is desired.

In other words, this solution can be implemented owing to the presence of the frame to which the rigid toe-piece can be attached in a more or less advanced position.

Therefore this is not suitable for sports shoes without a frame, or for those skating shoes which are nowadays referred to as "soft" skates in which the upper is predominantly made of flexible materials such as fabric, leather or the like and may also be padded internally.

It is therefore the object of the present invention to remedy this state of the known art; i.e. it is proposed to design a sports shoe which is easily adaptable to different lengths of foot, without the drawbacks and the limitations which have been described above.

This object is achieved by a sports shoe, the characteristic features of which are described in the claims which follow.

These characteristic features and the advantages arising therefrom will become clearer from the description given hereinafter of an indicative and non-limiting example of embodiment of the invention, illustrated in the attached drawings in which: - Fig. 1 is a perspective view, with part cut away, of a shoe according to the invention;

- Fig 2 is a perspective view of an insole of the shoe shown in Fig. 1;

- Figs. 3, 4 and 5 are respective longitudinal cross-sections of corresponding insoles of the above shoe. With reference to said figures, in them 1 denotes in its entirety a shoe which is intended for a skate with in-line wheels and comprises an upper 2 and a sole 3 made of flexible material known per se.

Said shoe is closed at the front with a laced fastening 4, and in its rear part, around the ankle ^zone, is provided with a mounting 5 essentially shaped like a sheath, attached at the top to the upper along a seam 6 and open at the bottom so as to be applicable in a known way onto a semi-rigid reinforcement (not shown in the drawings), which rises from the heel of a plastic- made base attached to the frame of the skate (also not shown).

This type of skate structure with associated shoe is already known in the art, especially for so-called "soft" skates. Advantageously, according to the present invention an inner sole 10, shown in broken lines in Figure 1 and shown in detail in the other Figures, is provided in the shoe 1.

Said insole is anatomically fashioned with the usual materials used for these purposes and is provided at the front tip with a raised edge 11; the sole thickness 12, i.e. in a longitudinal direction to the insole, and that of the raised edge 11 vary according to the circumstances.

More specifically, depending on the various selectable thicknesses, corresponding insoles 10a, 10b, 10c are made, which have the same profile following that of the inside of the shoe 1, but which are however suitable for feet of different lengths and shapes.

In other words, depending on the thickness of the raised edge 11, the distance between the heel and the inner tip of the insole 10 is reduced in such a way as to confer on the latter the size corresponding to a foot of a given length, while, depending on the longitudinal thickness 12 of the insole, the space available inside the shoe is varied.

Therefore it can easily be understood how the shoe 1 can be used by skaters with feet of different lengths and volumes; for this purpose it is sufficient to chose the insole 10 to be placed inside it, having an edge 11 and a thickness 12 suitable for the length and shape of the user's foot.

It is sufficient to be mentioned that the insole is of the removable type and can therefore be replaced with ease; said insole can be provided with a strip of Velcro®, press studs or other element useful for keeping it in a stable position inside the shoe.

With respect to the latter it should be mentioned that it can also differ from the type considered here.

For example it can be housed within a semi-rigid outer shell of the skate, similar to the inner shoes of some ski boots, or it can be without the padded area around the foot arch, therefore being lower than that shown.

These and other possible variants nevertheless fall within the scope of the following claims.

Claims

1. Sports shoe comprising an upper (2) associated with a sole (3), characterized in that it comprises a removable insole (10) having a sole thickness (12) and a raised edge (11) at the front end with dimensions such as to allow seating, in the shoe, of a foot of smaller length and volume than those for which the shoe is intended.
2. Shoe according to Claim 1, in which the upper (2) and the sole (3) are made of flexible materials.
3. Shoe according to Claim 2, comprising an external mounting (5) essentially shaped like a sheath and provided around the rear part, attached at the top in the ankle zone and open at the bottom so as to be inserted onto a reinforcement of the heel of a semi-rigid base of a skate.
4. Shoe according to Claim 3, in which the inner sole (10) is held stably in position with Velcro® or other removable fastening means.
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GB2467384A (en) * 2009-02-02 2010-08-04 Marco Skates Ltd Size-adjustable footwear

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US2572050A (en) 1949-02-18 1951-10-23 Ornstein Harry Skate and shoe construction
GB760382A (en) * 1954-11-30 1956-10-31 Trygve Aalberg Insole for children's shoes
DE2259206A1 (en) * 1972-12-02 1974-06-06 Benner Ohg K Foam insert for child's ski-boot - packed into toe-cap to decrease internal size
DE8604180U1 (en) * 1986-02-17 1987-05-07 Mayer, Achim, 7342 Bad Ditzenbach, De
DE9419656U1 (en) * 1994-12-08 1995-03-23 Daren Shing Co insole
EP0809947A2 (en) * 1996-04-16 1997-12-03 W.L. Gore y Asociados, S.L. Multiple-use shoe with interchangeable insole
FR2759553A1 (en) * 1997-02-19 1998-08-21 Salomon Sa Sports boot for skiing or roller skating etc.
US5855079A (en) * 1994-12-19 1999-01-05 Nina Meling Multi-skinned boots

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Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US2572050A (en) 1949-02-18 1951-10-23 Ornstein Harry Skate and shoe construction
GB760382A (en) * 1954-11-30 1956-10-31 Trygve Aalberg Insole for children's shoes
DE2259206A1 (en) * 1972-12-02 1974-06-06 Benner Ohg K Foam insert for child's ski-boot - packed into toe-cap to decrease internal size
DE8604180U1 (en) * 1986-02-17 1987-05-07 Mayer, Achim, 7342 Bad Ditzenbach, De
DE9419656U1 (en) * 1994-12-08 1995-03-23 Daren Shing Co insole
US5855079A (en) * 1994-12-19 1999-01-05 Nina Meling Multi-skinned boots
EP0809947A2 (en) * 1996-04-16 1997-12-03 W.L. Gore y Asociados, S.L. Multiple-use shoe with interchangeable insole
FR2759553A1 (en) * 1997-02-19 1998-08-21 Salomon Sa Sports boot for skiing or roller skating etc.

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* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
GB2467384A (en) * 2009-02-02 2010-08-04 Marco Skates Ltd Size-adjustable footwear
GB2467384B (en) * 2009-02-02 2013-09-18 Marco Skates Ltd Size-adjustable footwear

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