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The present invention relates to a shoe, and more particular to a size-adjustable shoe, wherein the wearer is able to quickly and simply adjust the size of the shoe by sliding the shoe head with respect to the shoe insole.
Due to raise awareness of environmental issues, most people have changed their lifestyles especially for the consumption concept. Wearers nowadays look for a pair of sport shoes which can adjust the size thereof via an adjustment means to be suitable for different sizes of feet. Accordingly, our feet fluctuate in size. For example, the feet would be slightly bigger in hot weather and would be slightly smaller in cold weather. The sizes of the feet are different at different stages of the wearer such as different body sizes (fat or slim) of the wearer. Sometimes, two different wearers may share a pair of shoes. However, the conventional shoe cannot adjust its size. Therefore, the size-adjustable shoes, especially for the expensive sport shoes, are highly demanded.
Accordingly, the conventional size-adjustable shoe in the existing market can change its size by moving the heel back and forth to adjust the length of the shoe. However, it is not ergonomic that two lateral portions of the shoe are not connected properly, such that the function and the useful of the shoe will be significantly reduced. The movement of the heel is guided by a heel adjustment mechanism provided at a heel portion of the shoe insole at the bottom side thereof Therefore, the heel adjustment mechanism can be easily damaged by any external force and/or the weight force of the wearer directly applied to the heel of the shoe. In other words, the size of the shoe should not be adjusted via the heel through the heel adjustment mechanism. Another type of size-adjustable shoe incorporates with a movable head portion to slidably couple with the shoe insole. However, the major drawback of such size-adjustable shoe is that the head portion must be affixed to the shoe insole via fastener, such as screws and nuts. Therefore, the wearer must use a tool to unscrew the fastener to adjust the size of the shoe and to screw the fastener back to retain the size of the shoe. It is inconvenient for the wearer to change the size during outdoor activities. When missing the fastener, the shoe cannot be changed its size. More seriously, the shoe cannot be worn any more.
China utility model Patent No. CN 201403584 disclosed a size-adjustable shoe to solve the above mentioned problems. The shoe comprises a shoe insole, a shoe head, and sliding mechanism to enable the shoe head to slidably couple with the shoe insole via a holding spring force in order to adjust a length of the shoe. Accordingly, the sliding mechanism comprises a rectangular shaped slot formed at a bottom side of the shoe head to define two lateral gear racks, two gear holes formed at the shoe insole, and two gears coupled at the gear holes to engage with the gear racks respectively. Therefore, the gears are moved along the gear racks to move the shoe head from the shoe insole so as to adjust the length of the shoe. However, the shoe has three major drawbacks. Firstly, it needs great effort for the wearer to put down a handle to overcome the holding spring force for unlocking the sliding mechanism so as to adjust the length of the shoe. In other words, the wearer, such as a child or a person who has a smaller hand, is hard to hold and pull the handle at the same time to adjust the length of the shoe. Secondly, there is no toe cover formed at the shoe head, such that the wearer may easily get tripped by the extension of the upper layer of the shoe insole when the length of the shoe is shortened. Lastly, the sliding mechanism is not designed for a smaller shoe since the extension of the upper layer of the shoe insole will affect the use of the shoe and will affect the aesthetic appearance of the shoe.
The invention is advantageous in that it provides a size-adjustable shoe, wherein the shoe structure can be selectively adjusted its size according to the foot-size of the wearer. Therefore, the size-adjustable shoe provides a quick adjusting access, a safe sport equipment, and an aesthetic appearance of the shoe.
Additional advantages and features of the invention will become apparent from the description which follows and may be realized by means of the instrumentalities and combinations particular point out in the appended claims.
According to the present invention, the foregoing and other objects and advantages are attained by a size-adjustable sport shoe, comprising a shoe head, a shoe insole, and an adjusting telescopic device for enabling the shoe head to slide back and forth along the shoe insole. The adjusting telescope device comprises a gear, a shaft gear, a first gear rack, a second gear rack, handle, a resilient device, and a sleeve. The first gear rack and the second gear rack are parallelly provided along two lateral sides of an elongated adjustment groove at the bottom of the shoe head, wherein an upper surface of the second gear rack is higher than an upper surface of the first gear rack. One end of the gear shaft is coupled at the gear and an opposed end of the gear shaft is coupled at the handle. The elastic device sheathes on the gear shaft between the gear and the handle, and the sleeve sheathes outside the gear shaft. When the handle is folded to be perpendicular to an axis direction of the gear shaft, the gear meshes with the first gear rack. When the handle is folded to coincide with the axis direction of the gear shaft, the gear meshes with the second gear rack.
Another advantage of the invention is to a size-adjustable shoe, wherein the shoe cover will cover the extension of the shoe insole when the length of the shoe is selectively reduced.
Accordingly, the adjustment slot is formed at an inner bottom side of the shoe head to communicate with a bottom of thereof.
Preferably, the handle has a U-shaped configuration.
Accordingly, an ice skating assembly or a roller blade assembly can be affixed to the bottom of the shoe to form a sport shoe.
According to the preferred embodiment, a retention panel is embedded into the shoe head to form a one piece integrated shoe structure, wherein the adjustment slot is formed at the retention panel.
According to the preferred embodiment, the adjustment slot can be a rectangular shape with curved front and rear ends or a rectangular shape with flat front and rear ends.
According to the preferred embodiment, the handle has a positioning slot, and the shoe insole further has two or more positioning members, wherein the positioning slot is selectively engaged with one of the positioning members.
According to the preferred embodiment, the shoe head has a dovetail shaped wedged member and the shoe insole has a dovetail shaped wedged slot, wherein the wedged member is slidably engaged with the wedged slot.
According to the preferred embodiment, the shoe insole has a guiding channel and the shoe head has a sliding guider slidably engaged with the guiding channel. The shoe head further has at least an elongated retention slot and the shoe insole further comprises at least a retention member slidably engaged with the retention slot.
Through the adjusting telescopic device of present invention, the handle can be lifted without any great effect, the adjusting telescopic device can bounce back automatically so as to achieve the quick size adjustment of the shoe. Also, the shoe cover will cover the extension of the shoe insole for preventing the wearer from being tripped and for enhancing the aesthetic appearance of the shoe.
Still further objects and advantages will become apparent from a consideration of the ensuing description and drawings.
These and other objectives, features, and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description, the accompanying drawings, and the appended claims.
The following description is disclosed to enable any person skilled in the art to make and use the present invention. Preferred embodiments are provided in the following description only as examples and modifications will be apparent to those skilled in the art. The general principles defined in the following description would be applied to other embodiments, alternatives, modifications, equivalents, and applications without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention.
According to the preferred embodiment, the shoe head 10 further comprises an upper shoe cover 30 to cover an extension of the shoe insole 20. When the length of the shoe is selectively reduced, the extra extension of the shoe insole 20 will protrude from the shoe, such that the wearer is easily get tripped. The shoe cover 30 will cover the extension of the shoe insole 20 when the length of the shoe is selectively reduced for safety purpose and for maintaining the aesthetic appearance of the shoe.
Accordingly, the shoe of the present invention can serve as an ice skating shoe or a roller blade shoe. The ice skate assembly can be mounted at the bottom side of the shoe. Likewise, an inline skate assembly or a roller blade assembly can be mounted at the bottom of the shoe. Therefore, the shoe of the present invention forms a sport shoe, especially for the expensive shoe, to allow the wearer to selectively adjust the size of the shoe, such that the shoe of the present invention serves as an environmentally friendly product.
According to the preferred embodiment, the shoe head 10 of the present invention, which is an embedded type shoe head, comprises a retention panel embedded into the shoe head 10, wherein the adjustment slot 12 is a through slot formed on the retention plane. Accordingly, the shoe head 10 is made of soft and comfort material, such as plastic, wherein the retention panel is made of rigid material to configure the adjustment slot 12 thereon. In other words, the adjustment slot 12 is formed at the retention panel to retain the shape of the adjustment slot 12 to ensure the size-adjustment of the shoe.
Preferably, the adjustment slot 12 can be a rectangular shape with curved front and rear ends or a rectangular shape with flat front and rear ends. During the sliding movement of the shoe head 10, the gear 51 is located within the adjustment slot 12. In particular, the two lateral sides of the adjustment slot 12 will restrict any unwanted lateral movement of the gear 51, such that the shoe head 10 can only slide along the length direction of the adjustment slot 12.
According to the preferred embodiment, the handle 55 has a positioning slot 56, wherein the shoe insole 20 further has two or more positioning members 56 spacedly formed at the bottom of the shoe insole 20. The handle 55 is folded flat on the bottom of the shoe insole 20, such that the positioning slot 56 is selectively engaged with one of the positioning members 56 to lock up the shoe head 10 with the shoe insole 20 so as to prevent the shoe head 10 being slid from the shoe insole 20.
Preferably, there are four positioning members 56 spacedly formed at the shoe insole 20 to provide four different sizes of the shoe. In other words, when the positioning slot 56 is engaged with the first positioning member 56, the shoe is adjusted and locked up at the smallest size thereof. When the positioning slot 56 is engaged with the fourth positioning member 56, the shoe is adjusted and locked up at the largest size thereof. Therefore, the shoe of the present invention is suitable for different foot sizes of the wearer, especially for a child's foot that grows faster.
Accordingly, the shoe head 10 has a dovetail shaped wedged member and the shoe insole 20 has a dovetail shaped wedged slot, wherein the wedged member is slidably engaged with the wedged slot to guide the shoe head 10 to slide at the shoe insole 20, so as to adjust the size of the shoe. Accordingly, the wedged member and the wedged slot has the corresponding dovetail shaped cross section.
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One skilled in the art will understand that the embodiment of the present invention as shown in the drawings and described above is exemplary only and not 5 intended to be limiting. It will thus be seen that the objects of the present invention have been fully and effectively accomplished. The embodiments have been shown and described for the purposes of illustrating the functional and structural principles of the present invention and is subject to change without departure from such principles. Therefore, this invention includes all modifications encompassed within the spirit and 10 scope of the following claims.
This application is a Continuation application that claims the benefit of priority under 35U.S.C. § 120 to a non-provisional application, application Ser. No. 14/436,872, filed Mar. 22, 2016, which is a non-provisional application U.S. National Stage under 35 U.S.C. 371 of the International Application Number PCT/CN2012/085012, international filing date Nov. 22, 2012, which are incorporated herewith by references in their entirety.
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