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Footwear provided with lighting elements

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Publication number
WO2010145675A1
WO2010145675A1 PCT/EP2009/004410 EP2009004410W WO2010145675A1 WO 2010145675 A1 WO2010145675 A1 WO 2010145675A1 EP 2009004410 W EP2009004410 W EP 2009004410W WO 2010145675 A1 WO2010145675 A1 WO 2010145675A1
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Prior art keywords
footwear
lighting
elements
invention
present
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PCT/EP2009/004410
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French (fr)
Inventor
Emanuel Ferrando
Original Assignee
Marello, Emanuele
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    • 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
    • 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
    • A43B1/00Footwear characterised by the material
    • A43B1/0072Footwear made at least partially of transparent or translucent materials
    • 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
    • A43B3/00Footwear characterised by the shape or the use
    • A43B3/0005Footwear provided with electrical or electronic systems
    • A43B3/001Footwear provided with light source

Abstract

A footwear (1) of every kind, provided with lighting elements (6) the main function of which is to provide a particular aesthetic value to the specific footwear said lighting elements (6) are applied to.

Description

FOOTWEAR PROVIDED WITH LIGHTING ELEMENTS

Text of the description

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The present invention relates to a footwear including lighting elements. The need of providing the footwear with housing for decorative elements and, more particularly, lighting elements is justified mainly by aesthetic value the footwear is intended to be given. In the following description, every kind of shoe is considered included within the term footwear, whether it is specifically for use in summer rather than winter, and therefore open or closed shoes, sandals, slippers, flip-flops, boots and so on. Differently from several other products available on the market the footwear according to the present invention provides use of lighting elements in terms of structure able to be fitted to the footwear, such that the whole lighting effect highlight shapes and/or characteristic portions thereof without weighing its whole original look down.

Main object of the present invention is, dierefore, to provide a footwear provided with portions suitable for housing of lighting elements which can be easily fitted to the shape of said housing portions.

Further object of the present invention is to provide a footwear wherein the lighting elements do not need of accessories outside the structure of the same lighting element, such as batteries for power supply or any other electronic or mechanical device necessary for the lighting element operation.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a footwear which can be easily found inside not lighted environments.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a footwear which, in case of low or absent lighting, can offer an aesthetic characterization considerably higher in comparison with well-illuminated environments. A detailed description of a preferred embodiment according to the present invention, the advantages and the features of which will become clear, will be now provided with reference to the annexed drawings, in which: fig. 1 is a top view of a preferred embodiment of the footwear according to the present invention, fig. 2 is a side view of the footwear in fig. 1, and fig. 3 is a partial cross section of the footwear in fig. 1.

Referring now to figs. 1 and 2, there is shown a footwear 1, such as a flip-flop, provided with a groove 3 formed on the side surface along the whole perimeter of the sole 2 of said footwear 1. Preferably said groove 3 is formed with a semicircular section. A pair of seats 4a and 4b, at the rear portion and the front portion, respectively, is even placed on the side surface of said sole 2 at the same height of said groove 3. Said seats 4a and 4b, in the particular embodiment shown, are constituted by enclosure having an almost semicircular section, as shown in fig. 3, and formed with transparent plastic material, formed in one piece with said sole 2 or they can be stuck thereto if formed as separate elements. Said sole 2 further provides the presence of attachments 5a and 5b, suitably shaped in order to be able to be each operatively connected to at least two ends of lighting elements for a subsequent application thereof. Said attachments 5a and 5b are placed, as even shown in fig. 2, centrally at the right and left portions, respectively, of said sole 2, and at the same height of said groove 3. As previously said about the seats 4a and 4b, said attachments 5a and 5b can be formed in one piece with said sole 2 and stuck thereto.

From the particular structure of the described footwear and from the annexed drawings, it is envisioned that the footwear 1 allows for the insertion of a couple of lighting elements (not shown), a first element of which is passed through the seat 4a, connected at one end to said attachment 5a and at the other end to said attachment 5b, so as to result firmly housed inside the groove 3, for almost half of its development. The second half of the development of said groove 3 will then be intended to house the second lighting element, supported, in a manner analogous to the first lighting element, by the attachments 5a and 5b and by the seat 4b. in this manner it is possible to provide the footwear with an illumination involving the whole sole perimeter, even applying different lighting elements, fot example, by color or brightness.

In particular there is provided die application of lighting elements such as cheluminescent tubes 6 (see fig. 3), also known as glowstick and available on sale with several diameters of the tube and, obviously, with several colors. The main advantage of the cheluminescent tubes is given by the fact that they do not need of external power supply since the light emitted therein comes from die internal substances when they chemically react one widi anodier. It is clear that at die equilibrium of the reaction diere will be also the end of the lighting phenomenon; the attaching simplicity of die cheluminescent tubes onto the structure of the footwear 1 according to die present invention will allow die replacement of the worn-out cheluminescent tube widi a new one. In most of die cases said tubes have a circular section and a standard diameter, for which reason the size of the semicircular section of said groove 3 will be able to house at least a half section of said tube, so as to make it protrude in respect of the projection of said sole 2 on the ground. Even if the present invention has been described and shown as illustrative with reference to a particular kind of footwear, that is a flip-flop, it has to be noticed diat it could be applied to any odier kind of footwear which lighting elements, and in particular cheluminescent tubes, are -wanted to be applied to.

Claims

Claims
1. A footwear (1) comprising:
(i) at least a groove (3) formed along the perimeter of said footwear (1), (ϋ) a plurality of attachments (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b) placed along said groove (3), (ϋi) at least a lighting element houseable within at least a portion of said groove (3) and fixed in a removable manner to at least one of said plurality of attachments (4a,
4b, 5a, 5b).
2. The footwear (1) according to claim 1, wherein said footwear (1) is a flip-flop.
3. The footwear (1) according to claims 1 or 2, wherein said lighting elements are cheluminescent tubes (6).
4. The footwear (1) according to claim 4, wherein said attachments (4a, 4b) are a pair of transparent enclosure formed in one piece with said footwear (1) and placed at the rear and front portions, respectively, of the sole (2) of said footwear (1).
5. The footwear (1) according to claim 4, wherein said attachments (5a, 5b) are a pair of attachments formed in one piece with said footwear (1) and placed at the right and left portions, respectively, of the sole (2) of said footwear (1).
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Citations (5)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US5052131A (en) * 1989-10-26 1991-10-01 Paul Rondini Strapped footwear with decorative lighting
EP0534560A1 (en) * 1991-09-26 1993-03-31 Yossef Shkalim Lighted shoe
US6050007A (en) * 1999-05-11 2000-04-18 Angelieri; Robert S. Lighted athletic shoe method and apparatus
WO2007087177A2 (en) * 2006-01-23 2007-08-02 U Turn Sports Co Llc Footwear with banding device
US20080117624A1 (en) * 2006-11-22 2008-05-22 Borislav Kirkov Lighted apparel and footwear

Patent Citations (5)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US5052131A (en) * 1989-10-26 1991-10-01 Paul Rondini Strapped footwear with decorative lighting
EP0534560A1 (en) * 1991-09-26 1993-03-31 Yossef Shkalim Lighted shoe
US6050007A (en) * 1999-05-11 2000-04-18 Angelieri; Robert S. Lighted athletic shoe method and apparatus
WO2007087177A2 (en) * 2006-01-23 2007-08-02 U Turn Sports Co Llc Footwear with banding device
US20080117624A1 (en) * 2006-11-22 2008-05-22 Borislav Kirkov Lighted apparel and footwear

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