WO2008015214A1 - Device for tying footwear - Google Patents

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WO2008015214A1
WO2008015214A1 PCT/EP2007/057901 EP2007057901W WO2008015214A1 WO 2008015214 A1 WO2008015214 A1 WO 2008015214A1 EP 2007057901 W EP2007057901 W EP 2007057901W WO 2008015214 A1 WO2008015214 A1 WO 2008015214A1
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footwear
lace
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tying device
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Sante Poloni
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Northwave S.R.L.
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43CFASTENINGS OR ATTACHMENTS OF FOOTWEAR; LACES IN GENERAL
    • A43C1/00Shoe lacing fastenings
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A43FOOTWEAR
    • A43CFASTENINGS OR ATTACHMENTS OF FOOTWEAR; LACES IN GENERAL
    • A43C3/00Hooks for laces; Guards for hooks
    • A43C3/02Lacing-hooks with guide rollers

Abstract

The present invention relates to a footwear tying device (1). The tying device comprises tying means consisting of at least one protective pod (5) suitable for containing a return element (4) for a lace or cord (2). Said protective pod is at least partially covered by one or more flaps (104) of said footwear (100).

Description

DEVICE FOR TYING FOOTWEAR DESCRIPTION

The present invention relates to a device for tying footwear. In particular, the invention refers to a tying device particularly suitable for use in sports shoes, such as for Alpine skiing, crosscountry skiing, snowboarding, trekking, Nordic walking, Alpine walking, cycling, etc., or for use in shoes and boots for walking or for recreational activities.

It is well known that tying devices are used to tighten one or more portions of a shoe or boot, such as a pair of flaps, or the tongue on the shoe uppers or shell.

The more conventional types of tying device comprise a lace or cord and a plurality of return elements that consist, for instance, in a plurality of eyelets, hooks or rings. These return elements are positioned in the vicinity of the outer edges of the portions of footwear to tie together and are slidingly associable with said lace or cord. The lace or cord can thus be passed crosswise to the portion of footwear to be tied.

A drawback of such tying devices lies in that the numerous passages of the lace or cord to and from the return elements make it difficult to achieve an optimal tension on all portions of the lace or cord, due to the relatively high resulting friction. This makes it necessary to tension each stretch of lace or cord coming between two consecutive return elements before definitively tightening the free ends of the lace or cord. This manoeuvre can be troublesome for users, and even very difficult in the event of it having to be done in adverse environmental conditions, e.g. in the presence of ice or snow.

To overcome these drawbacks, return elements have been introduced that consist of pulleys revolvingly associated with the portions of the footwear to be tied. The patent applications FR1404709 and EP689932 describe the use of tying devices for sports footwear that use such pulleys as low-friction return elements.

Though they effectively serve the purpose for which they have been designed, these tying devices nonetheless pose other drawbacks typical of the known tying devices. The return elements are attached to the outside of the uppers of the footwear with which they are associated and are consequently exposed to knocks and accidental impact, especially when the wearer is practising a sporting activity. Such knocks can even considerably deform the structure of the return elements, to such a degree that it may be necessary to replace them or have them repaired by specialised personnel.

In addition, said position of the return elements facilitates the build-up of snow or ice around said elements, and this can make the tying device more difficult to use. The tying devices of the type described, moreover, are aesthetically not very attractive and contribute to making the footwear with which they are associated visually less appealing.

Thus, the main aim of the present invention is to provide a footwear tying device, particularly suitable for sports footwear, which enables the previously mentioned drawbacks to be overcome.

As part of said technical aim, one of the objects of the present invention is to provide a tying device that is easy to use to tighten one or more portions of the footwear, even in adverse environmental conditions.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a tying device of robust construction, easily capable of withstanding any knocks or accidental impact coming to bear when the footwear is in use.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a tying device that is aesthetically attractive and that enables an improvement in the appearance of the footwear with which it is associated.

Another, not necessarily last object of the present invention is to provide a tying device that is relatively straightforward to industrialise with a limited, economically competitive cost.

This technical aim and these objects, along with other objects that will emerge from the following description and the attached drawings, are achieved according to the invention by a tying device for footwear according to the following claim 1 and the related dependent claims.

The tying device, according to the invention, comprises at least one lace or cord for tightening one or more portions of said footwear and tying means comprising at least one return element slidingly associable with said lace or cord.

Such tying means comprise at least one protective pod, suitable for providing a seat for at least partially containing said return element and for at least partially confining said return element in relation to the outside environment. Said protective pod is at least partially covered externally with one or more flaps of said footwear.

The presence of said protective pod enables the creation of a seat for inserting the return element, said seat being confined and substantially isolated from the outside environment.

The protective pod is also integrated with the flaps of the footwear, affording a considerable improvement in terms of the protection of the return element and the aesthetic appeal of the footwear.

Other characteristics and advantages of the tying device according to the present invention will be easier to perceive by referring to the description that follows and to the attached figures, provided purely as a non-limiting illustration, wherein: figure 1 schematically shows a side view and a front view of an item of footwear that incorporates a tying device according to the present invention; figure 2 schematically shows a front view and a cross-sectional view in the plane AA', of the tying device according to the present invention; and figure 3 schematically shows an exploded view of the tying means of the tying device according to the present invention.

With reference to the above-mentioned figures, the tying device 1 according to the present invention is used to tighten one or more portions 101 of a boot or shoe 100. The footwear 100 can comprise a sole 102 and an upper portion 103 (such as an upper or a plastic shell), associated with the sole 102 so as to at least partially contain the user's foot (not shown).

The tying device 1 is advantageously associated with one or more flaps on the footwear 100 (preferably on the upper portion 103) to enable the tightening of one or more portions 101. The tying device 1 comprises at least one lace or cord 2 for tightening the above-mentioned portions 101, and the flaps 104 in particular.

The tying device 1 also comprises tying means 3 that consist of one or more return elements 4, slidingly associable with the lace or cord 2.

The tying means 3 comprise at least one or more protective pods 5, each of which is designed to provide a seat 6 for at least partially containing at least one return element 4. The seat 6 preferably contains only one return element 4, as shown in the above-mentioned figures. In an alternative embodiment (not shown), particularly useful for facilitating the tying of the lace or cord 2, several return elements may be associated with a single pod 5. Moreover, the pods 5 are preferably arranged along the perimeter edges 105 of the portions 101 of the footwear to tighten, e.g. the portions of upper 103 and the tongue 106. Preferably, couples of pods 5 are positioned along predefined directions, substantially transversal to the main direction of the user's foot, so as to reciprocally front along the perimeter edges 105.

Said arrangements enable the lace or cord 2 to pass numerous times across the upper 103 and/or the tongue 106.

The return element 4 can advantageously comprise a pulley element, revolvingly attached, by means of a pin 41, to the walls 52 and 53 of the pod 5, which lie substantially parallel to one another. Each pulley element preferably comprises a couple of walls 42 in a V-shaped arrangement, on which the lace or cord 2 can lean. These solutions enable a considerable reduction in the friction deriving from the sliding of the lace or cord 2 around the return element 4.

The pod 5 is at least partially covered, on its outer surface 500, with one or more flaps of the footwear 100, and preferably with one or more of the flaps 104. For said purpose, the pod 5 advantageously comprises a perimeter edge 51 for facilitating its connection to the flaps 104.

Said connection can be obtained in line with the perimeter edge 51 alone, or also in line with the walls 52 and 53 of the pod 5, as illustrated in figure 2.

The pod 5 can ideally be inserted between the flaps 104 at different depths, so that it is more or less visible on the outside, according to need. Moreover, by at least partially covering the pod 5, the flaps 104 can afford valid protection against undesirable external mechanical stresses. The connection between the flaps 104 and the pod 5 can easily be obtained using known techniques, such as the use of adhesives, welding or stitching.

The pod 5 comprises one or more walls 52-54 designed to form a corridor for the passage 55 of the lace or cord 2, so that the lace or cord 2 slides along a predefined path (along the dotted line 29 in figure 3), inside the pod 5.

The corridor 55 comprises an inlet portion 551, an outlet portion 553, and an intermediate portion 552 for the passage of the lace or cord 2 around the return element 4.

The corridor 55 is advantageously enclosed laterally by the wall 54 of the pod 5, at least one of the portions 551-553 of the corridor 55.

The corridor 55 is preferably in the shape of an arc, and substantially U-shaped, so that the lace or cord 2 slides through the portions 551 and 553 in the substantially opposite directions

221 and 222. The portions 21 and 22 of the lace or cord 2, respectively entering the portion

551 and exiting from the portion 553 of the corridor 55, thus lie along two axes 23 and 24 that intersect with one another, forming an acute angle α. This facilitates the tensioning of each portion of the lace or cord 2, e.g. across the tongue 101 of the footwear 100.

The corridor 55 has a transversal section 554, the area of which is larger than the area of transversal section of the lace or cord 2. The area of the transversal section 554 increases at the portions 551-553 of the corridor 55. This makes easier the sliding of the lace or cord 2 along the corridor 55.

It has been demonstrated in practice that the tying device according to the present invention enables the problems of the known state of the art to be overcome and offers numerous advantages over said known state of the art.

The presence of the protective pod adequately protects the return element against any accidental impact during the use of the footwear.

The positioning of the protective pod inside a flap, or rather between a pair of flaps in the footwear ensures its excellent integration with the structure of the footwear and consequently further protects the return element against any outside mechanical stresses.

In addition, this contributes to considerably improving the aesthetic appearance of the footwear and to preventing any build-up of ice and snow in the vicinity of the return element.

The protective pod, and the use of a pulley-type return element, facilitate the sliding and tensioning of the lace or cord across the portions of footwear being tightened.

The tying device according to the present invention poses no particular difficulties from the manufacturing standpoint. In fact, it can easily be manufactured using moulding techniques.

Moreover, it is easy to install on a shoe or boot. It would consequently be relatively straightforward to industrialise, and to manufacture at a limited, economically competitive cost.

Claims

1. A tying device (1) for footwear (100) comprising at least one lace or cord (2) for tightening one or more portions of said footwear, and tying means (3) comprising at least one return element (4), slidingly associable with said lace or cord, characterised in that said tying means comprise at least one protective pod (5), which provides a seat (6) for at least partially containing and confining said return element in relation to the outside environment, said protective pod being at least partially covered externally with one or more flaps (104) of said footwear.
2. A tying device according to claim 1 characterised in that said protective pod associated with said return element comprises at least one wall (52-54) designed to create a corridor (55) for the passage of the lace or cord inside said protective pod, said corridor comprising an inlet portion (551) for the insertion of said lace or cord in said protective pod, an intermediate portion (552) for the passage of the lace or cord around said return element, and an outlet portion (553) from where said lace or cord emerges from said protective pod.
3. A tying device according to claim 2, characterised in that at least said corridor is enclosed laterally by at least one wall (54) of said protective pod at said inlet portion and/or said intermediate portion and/or said outlet portion.
4. A tying device according to one or more of the claims from 2 to 3, characterised in that said corridor is in the shape of an arc, and substantially U-shaped.
5. A tying device according to claim 4, characterised in that said lace or cord slides through said inlet portion in a direction (221) substantially opposite to the direction (22) in which the lace or cord slides through said outlet portion.
6. A tying device according to one or more of the previous claims, characterised in that said return element comprises at least one pulley element revolvingly associated with said protective pod.
7. A tying device according to one or more of the previous claims, characterised in that said protective pod is at least partially inserted between one or more flaps (104) of said footwear.
8. A tying device according to claim 7, characterised in that said protective pod comprises an perimiter edge (51), at which said protective pod is associated with said flaps of said footwear.
9. Footwear (100) comprising a sole (102) and an upper portion (103) associated with said sole, for at least partially containing the user's foot, with at least one tying device (1) according to one or more of the previous claims associated with at least one flap (104) of said upper portion of said footwear.
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