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Title:
Hem and clothing protector
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A pants hem and cuff protector that prevents the hem from touching the floor by positioning it above the ankle rim of the shoe. The cuff protector is held in place by the shoe, and secures the pant cuff so that it will not become dirty by dragging on the floor or pose a safety hazard. The cuff protector also serves as a fashion billboard for advertising and customization.


Inventors:
Ali, Cecelia Elaine (Niceville, FL, US)
Bromell, Lorenzo Alexis (Cumberland, VA, US)
Application Number:
12/148359
Publication Date:
11/27/2008
Filing Date:
04/13/2008
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
24/72.1
International Classes:
A41F17/00; A41F17/02
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Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Cecelia, Ali (14065 State Highway 20 West, Niceville, FL, 32578, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A customizable fashion billboard and advertising cuff protecting device that positions the bottom hem of a pant leg above the posterior top rim of a shoe.

2. A customizable fashion billboard and hem protecting device that secures the posterior bottom hem of a pant leg above the posterior top rim of a shoe to prevent a safety hazard and to prevent the pant hem from becoming soiled, wet, or torn without changing the position of where the pant leg falls on the front of the shoe where the posterior side of shoe is near the ankle and the front of the shoe is near the toes.

3. The device of claim 2 wherein said hem protecting device is secured against the posterior top rim of the shoe by the foot heel and said device provides arch support for the foot sole while holding the pant hem above the rim of the shoe in between two pieces of material or using a clip, clamp, magnet, appendage arm, or sticky adhesive, where the device above the top rim of the shoe displays the customizable fashion billboard on the posterior exterior side.

4. The device of claim 2 wherein said hem protecting device is secured against the posterior top rim of the shoe by the use of an internal or external clamp while holding the pant hem above the rim of the shoe in between two pieces of material or using a clip, clamp, magnet, appendage arm, or sticky adhesive, where the device above the top rim of the shoe displays the customizable fashion billboard on the posterior exterior side.

5. The device of claim 2 wherein said hem protecting device is secured against the posterior top rim of the shoe by the use of a clip while holding the pant hem above the rim of the shoe in between two pieces of material or using a clip, clamp, magnet, appendage arm, or sticky adhesive, where the device above the top rim of the shoe displays the customizable fashion billboard on the posterior exterior side.

6. The device of claim 2 wherein said hem protecting device is secured against the posterior top rim of the shoe by the use of a rod while holding the pant hem above the rim of the shoe in between prongs, where the device prongs above the top rim of the shoe are interwoven with the bottom hem where the prongs create a fashion billboard on the posterior exterior side.

7. The device of claim 2 wherein said hem protecting device is secured against the posterior top rim of the shoe by the use of a tensile clamp while holding the pant hem above the rim of the shoe in between two pieces of material or using a clip, clamp, magnet, appendage arm, or sticky adhesive, where the device above the top rim of the shoe displays the customizable fashion billboard on the posterior exterior side.

8. The device of claim 2 wherein said hem protecting device is secured against the posterior top rim of the shoe by the use of a fulcrum clamp while holding the pant hem above the rim of the shoe in between two pieces of material or using a clip, clamp, magnet, appendage arm, or sticky adhesive, where the device above the top rim of the shoe displays the customizable fashion billboard on the posterior exterior side.

9. The device of claim 2 wherein said hem protecting device is secured against the posterior top rim of the shoe by the use of a magnet while holding the pant hem above the rim of the shoe in between two pieces of material or by using a clip, clamp, magnet, appendage arm, or sticky adhesive, where the device above the top rim of the shoe displays the customizable fashion billboard on the posterior exterior side.

10. The device of claim 2 wherein said hem protecting device is secured against the posterior top rim of the shoe by the use of an appendage arm while holding the pant hem above the rim of the shoe in between two pieces of material or by using a clip, clamp, magnet, appendage arm, or sticky adhesive, where the device above the top rim of the shoe displays the customizable fashion billboard on the posterior exterior side.

11. The device of claim 2 wherein said hem protecting device is secured against the posterior top rim of the shoe by the use of a screw while holding the pant hem above the rim of the shoe in between two pieces of material or by using a clip, clamp, magnet, appendage arm, or sticky adhesive, where the device above the top rim of the shoe displays the customizable fashion billboard on the posterior exterior side.

12. The device of claim 2 wherein said hem protecting device is secured against the posterior top rim of the shoe by the use of a sticky adhesive while holding the pant hem above the rim of the shoe in between two pieces of material or by using a clip, clamp, magnetic gripper, appendage arm, or sticky adhesive, where the device above the top rim of the shoe displays the customizable fashion billboard on the posterior exterior side.

13. The device of claim 2 wherein said hem protecting device is attached to the outward posterior top rim of the shoe by the use of a clip, clamp, magnetic gripper, appendage arm, screw, coupling device, insert clasp, industrial snaps, or sticky adhesive while holding the pant hem above the rim of the shoe in between two pieces of material or by using a clip, clamp, magnetic gripper, appendage arm, or sticky adhesive, where the device above the top rim of the shoe displays the customizable fashion billboard on the posterior exterior side.

14. The device of claim 2 wherein said hem protecting device is attached to the posterior top rim of the shoe by the use of a rod while holding the pant hem above the rim of the shoe in between two pieces of material or by using a clip, clamp, magnetic gripper, appendage arm, or sticky adhesive, where the device above the top rim of the shoe displays the customizable fashion billboard on the posterior exterior side.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

The present application claims priority to U.S. provisional patent applications 60/925,891, 60/925,892, 60,925,889, 60/925,866, 60/925,887, and 60/925,890, all filed Apr. 23, 2007. These references are hereby incorporated, in their entirety, by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The current fashion style is to wear pants loose and baggy. When pants are worn baggy, they are often too long for the consumer. The hem of the pants frequently gets wet and dirty, and a safety hazard often exists. There exists a need for a hem protector that raises the hem above the rim of the shoe to prevent it from becoming soiled.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to the field of pant cuff clips and hem protectors, and the use of magnets to secure clothing.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is directed to a pants cuff clamp that allows the user to wear the posterior side of the pant leg cuff above the rim of the back of the shoe to prevent the pant cuff from becoming soiled, damaged, wet, or creating a safety hazard. It may also provide cushioning for the foot, and support for the ankle and leg. The pants dual cuff clip clamp also allows the user to display a design or fashion statement as a walking billboard on the flap that holds the pant cuff up. The pronged, toothed cuff clip-clamp allows the user to customize the way they would like for their pant hem to look, and can also be used as an accessory for other functions. The cuff clip/clamp may be attached to the top posterior rim of a shoe.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The foregoing features of this invention, as well as the invention itself, may be more fully understood from the following description of the drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a back view of a user wearing a baggy pant 3, with the cuff dual clip clamp lower portion 2 attached to the posterior rim of the shoe 4, holding the cuff of the pant above the top rim of the shoe 4. The pant hem is held in between the inner upper flap and the outer upper flaps 1 of the dual clip clamp. The inner lower clamp flap 6 rests inside the shoe; and the outer lower clamp 2 attaches to the back of the shoe 4. There is a space on the surface of the outer upper flap 5 to put logos, designs, etc.

FIG. 2 is a side/angle view of the dual clip-clamp, which is used to hold the hem of the pant leg in place; and designed to attach to the back of a shoe. The clip clamp holds the pant hem in place between the flaps using a closing device, which can be made of a sturdy material with an inner tensile element 7 and with embedded magnets 9 and/or gripping surfaces 10. The inside surfaces are cushioned 8.

FIG. 3 is a side view of the upper portion of the dual clamp 12 with a pant hem 11 between the flaps. There can also be a tacky or sticky gripper substance 13 attached to the inside of the clamps, which helps to hold the hem in place. Magnets 14 can also be embedded in the flaps and used to secure the hem.

FIG. 4 is a back view of a user wearing a shoe 16, with the cuff dual clip clamp clipped to the posterior top rim 17 of the shoe. The upper clip clamp sits above the rim of the shoe, and the lower clip clamp attaches to the rim of the shoe. The inner upper flap 20 is touching the user's leg 15; and the outer upper side of the clamp 19 helps secure the hem. The outer lower clamp 18 goes over the shoe rim 17, and the inner lower flap 21 is inside the shoe.

FIG. 5 shows three methods of attaching the device to the back of a shoe rim. 5a) shows the use of magnets to clamp the device to the shoe rim, 5b) shows the use of sticky pads to attach the device to the shoe rim, and 5c) shows the use of a tensile clamp which attaches the device to the shoe rim. All versions use inner and outer lower flaps.

FIG. 6 shows an embodiment where the dual clip clamp may have two upper flaps 23; but only one lower flap. The lower flap may have sticky adhesive on the outer 22 our inner surface.

FIG. 7 In this embodiment, the single lower flap is attached to either the 7a) outside or 7b) inside of the posterior top heel of the shoe (rim area) using a sticky pad to hold the clamp onto the shoe.

FIG. 9 shows examples of decorating and embellishing the flaps. One could use: a) logos, b) stickers, c) numbers, d) crystals, e) flag, f) designs or magnets.

FIG. 8 shows the dual clip clamp with the flaps open. The inner 24 and outer 26 flaps are for holding the hem. The inner 25 and outer 27 lower flaps are used to attach the device to a shoe rim. The blank area can be customized or left blank.

FIG. 10 shows an embodiment where a clear pocket 29 is placed on the surface of the upper outer flap. A sticky pad on the lower flap 28 adheres it to the inside of the shoe.

FIG. 11 shows that this clear pocket can accommodate thin discs, sport trading cards, photos, flags 30 and other decorations that can be slipped into the pocket for display.

FIG. 12 shows that the discs (FIG. 12 a), and panel cards (FIG. 12 b) can be worn interchangeably, and used as collectible, accessory items.

FIG. 13 shows that the pockets can be made in different shapes: a) semi-circle, b) semi-circle with disc in it, c) triangle, d) rectangle.

An alternative embodiment of the invention:

FIG. 14 is a side view of the invention, showing that all body contact surfaces should be somewhat flexible, and mold to the contour of the lower leg, heel 36, Achilles 35, arch 37 and sole 38. The lower clip-clamp 34 is at shoe rim level 33.

FIG. 15 is a cut-away side view of a person wearing a baggy pant 39 and a shoe 40. The device is attached to the rim of the shoe 42. The pant hem is held between the two flaps 41 that make up the top portion of the clip-clamp.

FIG. 16 is a side view of a user wearing the cushioned cuff clip-clamp without a shoe, showing that the lower clip 44 is above the ankle level 43.

FIG. 17 is a cut-away side view of a user wearing the cuff clip-clamp inside a shoe, illustrating that the clip-clamp is attached to the back rim of the shoe using the lower clamping device 45.

FIG. 18 is a back view of a user wearing a baggy pant, with the lower cushioned portion of the cuff clip-clamp inside the shoe 46. The upper cushioned cuff clip-clamp 47 is holding the cuff of the pant above the top rim of the shoe. There is room on the outer surface of the clip-clamping device to display a logo or design (billboard area).

FIG. 19 is a side/angle view close up of the top outer portion of the clip clamping flaps, between which the pant cuff is inserted. The flaps keep the pant cuff tightly gripped in between the flaps with the use of magnets 50, tacky gripper substance 49, with the use of tensile memory properties 51, or other methods.

FIG. 20 is a view of the inside surface of the inner upper flap. This is the part of the flap that touches and supports the back of the leg, ankle, and heel, and is cushioned 52 for comfort.

FIG. 21 is a side view of a user wearing the cuff clip-clamp without the shoe, showing that the mid and lower portions of the device provides additional support and cushioning to the lower leg/ankle area, Achilles, and back of the heel. It can be customized to the foot by cutting 53 at various sites along its length and breath.

FIG. 22 shows that the Achilles area may be of solid closed 54 construction to accommodate more support.

FIG. 23 shows that the Achilles area may be left open 55 for less support.

FIG. 24 is a cut-away back view of a user wearing a baggy pant, with the lower portion of the cushioned-cuff clip-clamp 56 inside the high top boot, and the upper portion of the cushioned cuff clip-clamp 57 holding the cuff of the pant with the clamp attached to the top rim of the high top boot 59. The user's heel rests on the sole 58 of the device.

FIG. 25 is a side view of a user wearing the cuff clip-clamp 60 inside the low top shoe. The foot rests on the top of the device 62.

FIG. 26 show an example of designs (or billboards) that can be personalized on the outer upper flap of the cushioned cuff clip clamp: a) logos, b) flag, c) numbers, letters, and d) crystals.

FIG. 27 shows how the outer upper flap of the cushioned cuff clip clam can be personalized using different shapes: a) heart, b) arrow, c) circle, d) rectangular.

An alternative embodiment of the invention:

FIG. 28 is a front view of the band that is used to secure a hem. The band has two end prongs 63, and a minimum of one other prong, which allows the user to weave the hem in between the prongs.

FIG. 29 is a back view of a user wearing baggy pants 64, with a pant hem 65 woven in between the prongs.

FIG. 30 is a front view of the band 66 that uses an attachment component 68 that attaches to the posterior heel 67 end of a shoe. The band that is used to secure the hem may be attached to the shoe in different embodiments.

FIG. 31 is a front view of the band that is used to secure a hem, with a pant hem 69 woven in between the prongs. The band that is used to secure the hem may be attached to a mechanism 70 that in turn attaches to the top posterior rim of the shoe 71.

FIG. 32 shows that the band prongs may all be the same height.

FIG. 33 shows that the band prongs may have different or alternating heights.

FIG. 34 shows that the proper spacing 72 of the prongs is essential in securely weaving the hem/cuff 73. The prongs must provide enough tension to prevent the device 74 from slipping off the hem.

FIG. 35 shows that the prong surfaces that contact pants may be textured 75 or coated with a gripping substance to help secure the hem/cuff.

FIG. 36 shows that base of the band may have end caps 76 and be straight 77 or concave 78. The band can have round or flat prongs of various dimensions. FIG. 36 a) minimum 3 prong, b) 2 end prongs, 3 flat prongs, c) multiple round prongs, d) multiple flat prongs, e) wide flat prongs, f) one long wide flat prong, g) tubular prong.

FIG. 37 shows the prong band with the prongs 80 and base edges 81 rounded for safety and to prevent tears to the garment.

FIG. 38 shows an example of a customized filigree 82 prong band. Instead of just having plain vertical prongs, the prongs may be made in different designs to customize the bands, while performing the same function of protecting the hem 83 from dragging on the ground.

FIG. 39 shows an example of different panel shapes and designs: a) car, b) heart, c) sun, and d) teddy bear. These panels can be placed on the back hem, and woven in between the prongs along with the hem.

FIG. 40 shows how different designs and colors can be painted 87 (FIG. 40B and FIG. 40C) or embellished with crystals 89 (FIG. 40E). Additional panel strips 85 (FIG. 40A) can be woven between the foreground prongs 85 (FIG. 40A) and the background prongs 86 Prongs can be wavy 88 (FIG. 40D) or ribbed 90 (FIG. 40F).

FIG. 41 shows examples of different shapes or variations in prong tips on the band: a) pointed 91, b) curved, c) alternating lengths and rounded and level edges.

FIG. 42 a) shows that the bottom width of the band base 92, or in FIG. 42 b), the width of the prongs 93 on the band may be varied.

FIG. 43 shows that the height of the band device and prongs may be varied: a) around 0.5 inch high, b) around 0.75 to 1 inch high, c) around 1.5 to 3 inches high, d) around 6 inches high.

FIG. 44 shows that the linear width of the band may be varied. FIG. 44a) pant hem 98 with a very narrow 99 band, b) medium width band, c) wider band, and d) hem 100 with a very wide prong band device 101 on it.

FIG. 45 a) shows that a decorative panel 103 may be woven in between the prongs of the band; with the cuff/hem 102 behind it. FIG. 45 b) shows a large decorative prong 104 placed over the hem, and the supportive and unseen prongs 105 are under the hem.

FIG. 46 a) shows that the pant hem 106 may be woven between the prongs of the bands to maximize 107 its visibility, or, (FIG. 46 b) minimize 108 it.

FIG. 47 shows a pant leg 109 which has a panel 110 woven in between the underside of the prongs 111 and secured to the end prongs using a sleeve 112.

FIG. 48 shows a panel woven over the prongs 113 and attached to the end prong 114 using a sleeve.

FIG. 49 shows that some decorative panels have a) sleeves, or b) bands.

FIG. 50 a) shows that a decorative panel 115 without sleeves or bands may be folded over the bottom hem 116 and secured by weaving between prongs. FIG. 50b) is a side view of same panel 118 folded over pant hem 119 and secured with a front prong 120 and a back prong 121.

FIG. 51 shows that the prong band may be constructed with an internal opening, 122, for fastening to another component; which fastens to the shoe.

FIG. 52 shows that the prong band may be constructed with and external component, 123, for fastening to another component; which fastens to the shoe.

FIG. 53 shows a front view of a prong band with an internal opening.

FIG. 54 shows the bottom view of the internal opening on the prong band.

FIG. 55 shows a side view of a clasp that may be inserted into the prong band opening and used to fasten the band to the shoe clamp.

FIG. 56 side view shows that the internally adapted prong band 124 is attached vertically with a clasp 125 to a tensile shoe clip 126 attached to a shoe rim 127.

FIG. 57 back view shows that the prong band 128 is attached vertically with a clasp 129 to a tensile shoe clip 130. The prong band is holding the hem 131 of the pant above the ground; and is attached to the rim of a shoe 132.

FIG. 58 a) shows a wide prong band, and a FIG. 58b) multi pronged band device that have both been adapted with external stem components.

FIG. 59 is a magnified side view of the external stem component.

FIG. 60 shows that the prong band stem 133 is attached vertically into a tensile shoe clip 134, which is attached to the back of a shoe rim 135.

FIG. 61 shows a back view of a pant hem 137 that is being held above the ground by a prong band device with a stem, that is attached to a tensile clamp that is attached to the back rim 136 of a shoe.

FIG. 62 shows the connective component prong band rods that are constructed with either a) a male threaded end, or, b) a female internally threaded end.

FIG. 63 shows that the prong band base can be constructed with an, a) internally threaded opening, or, b) and externally threaded protrusion.

FIG. 64 side view shows that the prong band has an externally threaded component which can be inserted and screwed into the modified shoe clamp 139 which is attached to the top rim of the shoe 138.

FIG. 65 shows the rear view of a shoe with a shoe clamp attached to the top rim of the shoe. The shoe clamp 141 is attached to the connector rod 142 which is attached to the base of the prong band.

FIG. 66 shows that the prong band has an internally threaded opening 143.

FIG. 67 shows a small handle 144 that has an externally threaded component 145 on it, which can be screwed into the bottom of the prong band.

FIG. 68 shows a small handle that can be screwed into the threaded opening on the bottom of the prong band 146.

FIG. 69 shows a top view a) and a bottom view b) of a tensile mounting bracket in which the small handle can be held and secured.

FIG. 70 shows that the tensile bracket 147 can be permanently mounted onto, or incorporated into the shoe clamp 148; which is attached to the rim of the shoe 149.

FIG. 71 shows the rear view of a shoe with a shoe clamp 150 attached to the top rim of the shoe. The shoe clamp has a tensile bracket 151 attached to it. The small handle 153 has been placed within the brackets. The handle is attached to the base of the prong band device 152 which is holding up the hem of pants 154.

FIG. 72 shows that the prong band device may be used as a, a) hair accessory, or as an accessory that is attached to other items such as: b) clothes, or c) purse.

An alternative embodiment of the invention:

FIG. 73 shows the side view of a shoe that has a portion of the tensile style clip/clamp 155 permanently embedded inside the backbone of the shoe, near the posterior rim of the shoe. This clip is for holding the hem of a pant to prevent it from becoming soiled, damaged, wet, or creating a safety hazard. The boot also features a pocket 156 near the heel of the boot to carry accessories in.

FIG. 74 shows the side view of a shoe that has a fulcrum style clamp 157 externally mounted to the backbone of the shoe, near the posterior rim of the shoe. The clips/clamp component is for holding up the pant hem above the ground. There are sleeve bands 158 in which part of the clip may be fastened. The clip may also be attached to the shoe using an adhesive, magnets, insert clasps, screw snaps, or bands, and will be illustrated in other embodiments.

FIG. 75 a) shows how one side of a tensile clip clamp 159 is embedded in the backbone of the shoe, and the other side of the clip 161 is exterior of the shoe. The clamp outer surface 163 has a magnet 165 attached to it, and the inner surface of the exterior clip flap has a textured sticky tacky surface 166 to help grip the hem. FIG. 75 b) shows on side of a fulcrum clamp 160 embedded in the shoe and the other lever 162 exterior of the shoe. The exterior lever surface 164 has a magnet 165 on it, and the inside surface has a tacky sticky surface 166 for gripping the pant hem.

FIG. 76 a) shows how an externally mounted tensile clip can be attached to the top posterior rim of the shoe. One of the tensile arms 167 are slid under the sleeve bands 169. There is a magnet 170 on the outer surface of the other arm, and a sticky tacky surface 171 on the other side of that arm. FIG. 76 b) shows a fulcrum clamp with one lever arm 168 in the sleeve bands 169. The other lever arm has a magnet on the outer surface 170 and tacky sticky surface 171 on the other side of that arm.

FIG. 77 shows the back view of a shoe, where the pant hem 172 is held above the ground by an embedded clip/clamp 173. The outer surface 174 of the clamp has a design on it.

FIG. 78 shows the back view of a shoe, where the pant hem 175 is held above the ground by an external clip/clamp 176. There is a pocket 177 on the back of the shoe.

FIG. 79 shows views of a tensile clip. 7a) is a front view of a tensile clip, 7b) is a side view of the tensile clip, 7c) is a side view of a tensile clip with an appendage arm 178, which can be inserted into a sleeve to secure the clip, and 7d) is the side view of a tensile clip with an appendage arm 179 inserted into the sleeve bands 180. The hem/cuff 181 being secured within the clip.

FIG. 80 shows views of a fulcrum clip. 8a) is a front/side view of a fulcrum clip, with outer surface 182 area available for decorations, 8b) is a side view of the fulcrum clip with a magnet on the outer surface 183, 8c) is a side view of a fulcrum clip with an appendage arm 184, which can be inserted into a sleeve to secure the clip, and 8d) is the side view of a fulcrum clip with an appendage arm 185 with a hem/cuff 186 being secured within the clip.

FIG. 81 shows views of a tubular fulcrum clip. 9a) is a front/side view of a tubular fulcrum clamp, with outer surface area 187 available for decorations, 9b) is a side view of the tubular fulcrum clamp, in which one of the levers may be used as an appendage arm 188 and the other arm has a magnet 189 on it, and 9c) is the side view of a tubular fulcrum clip with a hem/cuff 190 being secured within the clip.

FIG. 82 shows the top posterior rim of a shoe, in which a magnet 192 has been implanted. The magnet creates a magnetically receptive area on the back of the shoe. A clip has a magnet 191 on one side of it, which is attracted to the magnet on the back of the shoe. The clip is used for securing the hem/cuff.

FIG. 83 shows that there can be an area on the posterior rim of a shoe that is adapted with internal threading 195 which is receptive to a threaded screw 194 that has been attached to one side of a clip. The user screws the clip/clamp onto the shoe, and the clip secures the hem/cuff.

FIG. 84 shows that there can be an area on the posterior rim of a shoe which has one half of a coupling device 197 on it, and is receptive to the other half of a coupling device 196 that has been attached to a clip. The wearer uses the coupling device to attach the clip/clamp to the shoe, and the clip secures the hem/cuff.

FIG. 85 shows an insert clasp bracket 199 that can be attached to the posterior rim of a shoe. The insert clasp 198 fits into the bracket on the shoe.

FIG. 86 shows how an adhesive pad 200 on one side of a fulcrum clamp, can be used to attach the clip/clamp to the receptive area 201 on the back of a shoe.

FIG. 87 shows how one side of an industrial snap 202 is attached to a fulcrum clamp, and can be used to attach the clip/clamp to the snap 203 on the back of a shoe.

FIG. 88 is a side view of a user wearing pants and shoes. There is a magnet or magnetic area 204 on the back spine of the shoe, and a clip/clamp has a magnet 205 attached to it which attracts to the one on the back of the shoe. The clip/clamp secures the cuff/hem 206, preventing it from dragging it on the floor.

FIG. 89 shows the back view of a user wearing pants and shoes, with the clip/clamp 207 holding up the hem of the pant above the rim of the shoe. There is surface area 208 available on the clip/clamp for customizations and decorations that is outwardly viewable.

FIG. 90 shows examples of the way the clip/clamps may be decorated: a) flag, b) photo, c) numbers, d) letters, e) LED lights, f) blank, g) heart, h) ribbed, i) logos, symbols, j) sports designs

FIG. 91 shows a close side view of the internal tensile clip as shown in FIG. 73, which has a magnet or magnetized surface 209 on the exterior clip surface.

FIG. 92 shows a close side view of the external fulcrum clip as shown in FIG. 74, which has an appendage arm anchored thru the band sleeves 210, and has a magnet or magnetized surface 211 on the outer lever surface.

FIG. 93 shows metal or magnetized disc panels which can be attached to the magnetized surfaces or magnets attached to the tensile and/or fulcrum clamps. Examples are: a) flag, b) letter, c) number, d) sport symbol, e) triangle shape, f) octagon with words

FIG. 94 shows a side view of a shoe with pant legs 212 that have an internally mounted tensile clip 211 magnetic clip holding the hem up. The magnetic discs 213 can be used interchangeably to decorate the clip surface; and extra discs 214 can be stored in a pocket 215 on the shoe.

FIG. 95 shows a side view of a shoe with pant legs that have an external magnetic fulcrum clip 216 holding the hem 217 up. The magnetic discs 218 can be used interchangeably, and can be stored in a pocket 219 on the shoe.

An alternative embodiment of the invention:

FIG. 96 shows that the magnets may be made in various shapes and sizes, and work as a two piece set. They are not attached to each other with cords or bands or any other means. The set shapes can match: a/e) rounds, b/f) triangles, c/g squares, and d/h rectangles; but they do not have to match in shape or size to perform the task of holding the pant hem above the ground. They are distinctive and exclusive in their decoration.

FIG. 97 gives examples for decorating the outside surfaces of non-encased magnets, which can be customized to fit the user, or used for team logos and advertising. Examples are: a) flag, b) logo, c) triangles, d) heart, e) teddy bear, and f) number.

FIG. 98 is a side view, showing how a folded pant cuff 220 can be secured with the use of an interior magnet 221 and the use of an exterior magnet 222.

FIG. 99 shows the back of a pant and shoe 225, with the cuff folded up 223 and a set of magnets (top shown only) 224 securing the cuff above the ground.

FIG. 100 shows a side view of a pant leg, with the cuff folded up 226 and a set of magnets, (top shown only) 227 securing the cuff above the rim 228 of the shoe.

FIG. 101 shows that the magnet can be, a) non-encased, or, b) encased in a decorated pocket 230 which has been permanently sealed 229. FIG. 101 c) shows a magnet 231 to be placed inside a d) pocket 232 and is e) temporarily enclosed 233.

FIG. 102 shows that the encasing pockets for the magnet may be closed using a, a) Velcro™-type material 234, or, b) fold-over flaps 235, or, c) a sticky adhesive 236.

FIG. 103 shows that the decorative magnets can be used as fashion accessories on: a) hat, b) shirt, c) pants, d) purse, or e) sock.

FIG. 104 shows that the magnets can be made with a small lip, or tab on them; or be indented to aid in the separation process. Shown are: a) square-lipped 237 magnet, b) square indented 238 magnet, c) round-lipped 239 magnet and d) round indented 240 magnet.

FIG. 105 shows that covering the magnet makes them easier to separate.

FIG. 106 shows that the magnet covers are made of a sturdy substance or material with tensile properties so they hold their shape after continued use.

FIG. 107 a) shows a front view of, and b) a side view of the magnet that is attached to the pant material and is coated with a tacky or sticky substance 241 to help keep it from slipping off the hem fabric while it is being attracted to the magnet on the other side.

FIG. 108 shows an example of how the, a) visible side of the magnet can be pre-decorated by the manufacturer, or, b) left blank to accommodate personalization.

An alternative embodiment of the invention:

FIG. 109 a) shows the outer surface of a plain panel clamp that is used to secure a pant cuff/hem. It has an externally threaded protrusion 242 on the base of the clamp. FIG. 109 b) shows that panel can be modified to have a clear cover pocket over the panel, which can then hold decorative pictures or cards, and still secure a pant cuff/hem. This view shows an internally threaded opening 243 at the base of the clamp.

FIG. 110 shows a semi-sphere, or disc panel clamp that is used to secure the pant cuff/hem. Various shapes can be used for the billboard aspect of the clip clamp.

FIG. 111 shows a flexible rod which connects the panel used for holding the pant cuff/hem to the base component which is attached to the back of the shoe rim.

FIG. 112 shows a flexible coil which connects the panel used for holding the pant cuff/hem to the base component which is attached to the back of the shoe rim.

FIG. 113 shows the complete apparatus on person wearing baggy pants, and a shoe. The flexible rod 244 is attached on one end to a clamp 245 which is attached to the back of a shoe. The other end of the rod is attached to the base end 246 of the panel clamp which holds the pant hem above ground. The outer clear pocket displays a flag.

FIG. 114 shows the complete apparatus on a person wearing baggy pants, and a shoe. The flexible coil 247 is attached on one end to a clamp which is attached to the back of a shoe. The other end of the coil is attached to the base end of the round panel clamp which holds the pant hem 248 above the ground.

FIG. 115 shows, a) the decorated front side of a panel, with, b) a magnet on the backside of the panel.

FIG. 116 shows how the, a) magnetic panel is attracted to a, b) magnet or magnetized area on the back of a tensile clamp, which is used to secure the pant hem.

FIG. 117 shows a side view of the magnetic panel attached to the clamp.

FIG. 118 a) shows the front side of a decorated semi-sphere, or disc panel with, b) a magnet on the backside.

FIG. 119 a) shows how the magnetic semi-sphere is attracted to, b) a magnet on the back of a tensile clamp, which is used to secure the pant hem.

FIG. 120 shows a side view of the magnetic semi-sphere attached to the magnetized surface of a tensile clamp.

FIG. 121 shows a way of attaching the panels or discs to the cuff/hem clamps. A panel, a) with a Velcro™-type material on the back side, b) attaches to like material on the front/top surface of the panel fulcrum clamp that secures a pant hem.

FIG. 122 shows a way of attaching the panels or discs to the cuff/hem clamps. A panel with a sticky tacky adhesive surface 249 attaches to the front/top surface of the panel fulcrum clamp that secures a pant hem.

FIG. 123 shows a way of attaching the panels or discs to the cuff/hem clamps. The, a) magnetized panel attaches to b) the magnet on the front/top surface of a fulcrum clamp that secures a pant hem.

FIG. 124 shows in sequence, a) front/side view of a tension clip that is used for holding the pant hem in place, and b) shows a side view of a clear cover that attaches to the front of the tension clip to make a pocket for displaying various cards, photos, decorations, etc., and c) shows a side view of a tension clip with a clear cover attached, and d) shows a front/side view of a tension clip with a clear cover attached.

FIG. 125 shows in sequence, a) front/side view of a fulcrum clamp that is used for holding the pant hem in place, and b) shows a side view of a clear cover that attaches to the front of the fulcrum clamp to make a pocket for displaying various cards, photos, decorations, etc., and c) shows a side view of a fulcrum clamp with a clear cover attached, and d) shows a front/side view of a fulcrum clamp with a clear cover attached.

FIG. 126 shows the complete apparatus attached to the back of a shoe. One end of a coil 251 is attached to a base clamp 250 which is attached to the back of a shoe. The other end of the coil is attached to the bottom of a panel 252 fulcrum clamp. There is space 253 between the clear cover and the panel to insert a card 254, or photo, etc.

FIG. 127 shows the complete apparatus attached to the back of a shoe. One end of a flexible rod 256 is attached to the base clamp 255 which is attached to the back of a shoe. The other end of the rod is attached to the bottom of a panel tensile 257 clamp. There is space 258 between the clear cover and the panel to insert a card 259 or photo.

FIG. 128 shows a side view of a tubular clamp that is used for holding the pant hem in place.

FIG. 129 shows a side view of a clear cover that attaches to the front of the tubular clamp.

FIG. 130 shows the bottom view of a tubular clamp with a clear cover 260 attached to one lever arm. The clamp has an internally threaded opening. 261.

FIG. 131 shows the top view of a tubular clamp with a clear cover 262. It also has gripper pads 263 on the inside surface of the lever arm.

FIG. 132 shows a side view of a clamp with a clear cover 264 on one side.

FIG. 133 shows a side view of a tubular clamp with a clear cover on each lever arm.

FIG. 134 shows a side view of a tubular clamp 265 holding the hem/cuff 266 in position with the aid of gripper pads 268. The clamp is attached to a coil 267.

FIG. 135 shows the complete apparatus used by a person wearing baggy pants, and a shoe. A base clip 269 is attached to the back top rim 270 of the shoe. The coil 271 is attached to the base device, and to the panel tube clamp 272, which is holding up the pant cuff/hem 273. The lever arm of the tube clamp has a clear cover 274 on it. There is space 275 between the clear cover and the panel lever arm to insert photos and cards, etc.

FIG. 136 shows a side view of basic tubular fulcrum clamp with plain levers.

FIG. 137 shows a side-view of tubular fulcrum lever arms with a magnet 276 attached to one lever and adhesive tacky substance 277 on the other lever arm.

FIG. 138 shows a side-view of tubular fulcrum clamp with magnetized 278 lever arms. It is in the open position. The hem-cuff 279 is in proper alignment.

FIG. 139 shows a side view of tubular fulcrum clamp with magnetized lever arms. It is in the clamped on, closed position, with a hem-cuff in place.

FIG. 140 shows a side view of tubular fulcrum clamp with magnetized 280 lever arms. It is in the closed position with sides up. The hem-cuff 281 is in place.

FIG. 141 shows a side view of the magnetized 282 levers of the clamp in the closed upright position, securely holding the hem-cuff 283 in place. The magnetized logo panel 284 (front view), is magnetically attracted 285 (side view), to the magnetized tubular clamp lever arm 282. The logo panel may also be attached to the tubular clamp using adhesives, Velcro™-type material, or a clear cover panel.

FIG. 142 is the coil which is used to connect the base device that attaches to the shoe, to the panel clip device.

FIG. 143 shows the complete apparatus with the base clip 286 attached to the back top rim 287 of the shoe, with the coil 288 attached to the base device, and to the bottom of the panel clip which has a magnetized decorative panel 289 attached to the outer lever arm surface 290. This decorated panel is magnetically attracted to the clip, but a decorative panel may also be attached to a clip using adhesives, Velcro™-type material, or a clear cover panel.

FIG. 144 shows an open tension clip for securing the hem that has sticky tacky gripper surfaces near the edge.

FIG. 145 shows a side view of a tension clip securing a hem-cuff, with the aid of sticky tacky adhesive pads 291 on the inside surface of the clamp.

FIG. 146 shows an open spring clip for securing the hem that has sticky tacky pads near the edges.

FIG. 147 shows a side view of the spring clip, which has sticky tacky pads 292 on the inside surface of the clamp.

FIG. 148 shows an open fulcrum clamp for securing the hem that has tacky sticky pads near the edges of the clamp.

FIG. 149 shows a side view of the fulcrum clamp securing a hem-cuff, with the aid of the sticky tacky pads 293 on the inside surface of the clamp.

FIG. 150 shows an open tubular fulcrum clamp for securing the hem that has tacky sticky substance 294 on the lever arm edges.

FIG. 151 shows a side view of the tubular fulcrum clamp securing a hem-cuff, with the gripper levers in the closed position.

FIG. 152 shows the a) coil and, b) rod having tensile and flexible properties.

FIG. 153 shows that there are attachments on the top end 295 of the flexible coil, and on the bottom end 296 of the coil, which facilitates attachment to the base shoe device and to the clamp device which holds the pant hem.

FIG. 154 shows that there are attachments on the top end 297 of the flexible rod, and on the bottom end 298 of the rod, which facilitates attachment to the base shoe device, and to the clamp device which hold the pant hem.

FIG. 155 shows the complete apparatus on a person wearing baggy pants, with a shoe. The base clip device 300 is attached to the back top rim 299 of the shoe. The rod 301 is attached to the base device, and to the bottom of the panel clamp 302 which is holding up the pant cuff/hem 303. A decorative semi-sphere 304 is attached to the clip.

FIG. 156 shows the side views of 3 base clips, which can be attached to the back top rim of the shoe. View a) shows the over-shoe clip with cushioning 305 on the surface side that touches the heel. The clamp has tensile properties that hold it securely on the edge of the shoe. A piece 306 is attached to the clip which is available to fasten to the coil/rod. View b) shows the over-shoe clip with a cushioned edge 307, which uses attracting magnets 308 with to secure the clip to the edge of the shoe. A piece 309 is attached to the clip which is available to fasten to the coil/rod. View c) shows the over-shoe clips with a cushioned edge 310, which uses adhesive properties 311 to secure the clamp to the edge of the shoe. A piece 312 is attached to the clip which is available to fasten to the coil/rod.

FIG. 157 shows examples of the way the panels, disks, plates, balls, etc. may be decorated and embellished. Shown are: a) teddy bear, b) sports symbol, c) heart, d) number, e) flag, f) numbers g) LED lights, h) logo, i) symbol, j) landscape, k) sport trade card info, l) photo, m) design.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Specifications for a cuff double clip-clamp with an upper clamp that can hold, restrain, lift, protect the hem/cuff of a baggy pant leg from dragging on the ground; and with a lower clamp that can universally attach to the top back edge of a shoe or boot. The decorated, embellished clamp is ideally worn on the shoe as a functional, fashion accessory item. Although the clamp is intended to be worn on the shoe, (to look trendy), it is not required that it be worn attached to the shoe in order to lift said hem above the ground. The double clip feature is an integral aspect of this idea.

The illustrations and lists on the Exemplary Embodiment pages are to help convey the basic concept of this invention and to help one visualize some of the variations, and configurations that are within the scope of the idea. These embodiments are not intended to limit the scope or spirit of the idea in any way.

It is the current fashion style to wear very baggy, and long pants. Although this look is popular, it does pose safety and garment care issues. Pants that drag on the ground can contribute to accidents by tripping over the excess pant material. In addition, the hem or cuff becomes soiled and damaged, or wet from dragging on the ground. Therefore, there is a need for a device that can assist raising the hem or cuff above ground level, without causing any damage or alteration to the garment.

In addition, the garment would be easy to use, manufacture, and be so aesthetically pleasing, and novel and fun; that people will actually want to wear the device regardless of whether or not they are concerned with safety and/or protecting the garment from being damaged from dragging on the ground.

This double clip/clamp device is to be attached by the lower portion, to the top (heel) area of a boot or shoe, with the hem/cuff of a pant leg placed between the two upper flaps of the device. (FIG. 1) The device is made in such a way as to be universally adaptive to most shoes with heels. The portion of the device that is against the back of the leg is cushioned, and slightly concave. The upper clamp is composed of two flaps of sturdy substance. These upper flaps should remain upright while on the shoe. The flaps are held together by use of an inner element within the flaps, such as tensile metal, or plastic; and/or by the use of magnets. The outer surface areas of the flaps can be decorated. The gripping ability of these two flaps can be increased by using both a tensile inner element (clamp) and the magnets (FIG. 2). The magnets must be strong enough to attract each other through one or two thicknesses of pant material. In addition, textured, sticky gripper pads are placed along the edges of the flaps to help hold the pant cuff securely in place. (FIG. 3)

The lower clamp is composed of one or two flaps. Illustration (FIG. 4) shows the device using two flaps; one on the inside, and one on the outside of the shoe. I have illustrated three methods in which the lower two flaps may be attached to the shoe. (FIG. 5) They are: (a) magnets on each flap, (b) sticky pads on each flap, and (c) a tensile inner elements in each flap. However, the lower clamp/clip may be attached to the shoe using only one flap. (FIG. 6) In this case (FIG. 7), the sticky adhesive can be placed on the outside of the shoe (FIG. 7a), or the inside of the shoe (FIG. 7b). I have listed ideas for decorating and embellishing the covers of the device, such as crystals, Led lights, logos, initials, various prints, textures, flags, etc. (FIG. 8). The illustrations (FIG. 9a,b,c,d,e,f) demonstrate some of these ideas. The surface area of the device may also be left intentionally blank to accommodate peel off stickers, or to personally customize.

Another embodiment is the placement of a clear, (vinyl or plastic), “pocket” on the surface of the upper flap. (FIG. 10) This pocket could hold thin discs, sport trading cards, panels, photos, etc., that would add interest to the device. (FIG. 11) These discs (FIG. 12a), and panels and cards, (FIG. 12b), could be manufactured as optional, collectible, accessory items. The pockets can be in different shapes. (FIG. 13 a,b,c,d).

The hem/cuff double clip/clamp is meant to be a fun and functional product that will appeal to a wide variety of consumers. School aged children will like the gadget aspect—use of stickers and embellishments. The teens and older crowd will enjoy wearing their favorite logos, flags, etc. The exposed outer surface area(s) are virtual walking billboards. An almost infinite configuration of designs, textures, colors, embellishments can be expressed on this device. The device is transportable, easily operated, affordable, and fun.

A cushioned clip/clamp has a top clamp that attaches to the hem/cuff of a baggy pant leg to keep it from dragging on the ground; and which has a lower portion which rests against the back of the leg, ankle and under the heel and sole of the foot. The cushioned body and (gel) insole on this clip is an integral part of the concept.

The upper portion of this device is comprised of two flaps. The flaps may be constructed of, but not limited to: silicon, plastic, rubber, fabric, or a combination of these and other materials. The side that contacts the leg is slightly contoured for comfort. The device provides support for the Achilles, back of the heel, and lower leg/ankle area. All body contact surfaces should be somewhat flexible, and mold to the contour of the lower leg, heel, Achilles, arch, and sole. (FIG. 14) The substance materials should be thin enough to fit within the shoe.

The device is worn in the shoe. The cuff/hem is held securely between the two upper flaps. (FIG. 15) These upper flaps are situated above the shoe level. The heel of the foot rests firmly on the device, which helps to keep the device in place. (FIG. 16) An over the shoe clip will also aid holding and securing the device properly between the leg and the shoe. (FIG. 17).

The upper flaps are manually closed and opened. The pant hem is held firmly in place, between the two flaps. The outer surface area of the upper flap is very visible, and provides a great area on which to place indicia, embellishments, etc. (FIG. 18). The inside surface area of the flap may also be coated with a tacky gripper surface substance to help grip the pant hem. Magnets may also be embedded in the flaps to help keep the flaps tightly closed onto the pants (FIG. 19). The upper flaps should be fairly stiff and resilient, as they have to hold the pant cuff up. They should be made of, or have incorporated in them, substances with tensile memory properties. The inside contoured area is cushioned for comfort. (FIG. 20)

The mid portion of the device is intended to help support the lower leg/ankle area, Achilles, and back of the heel. (FIG. 21) The Achilles area may be of solid construction, (FIG. 22), or left open. (FIG. 23)

The device will come in a variety of sizes, ranging from children to adults-men and women. In addition, appropriate hi-top shoe heights, (FIG. 24) and low-top shoes heights, (FIG. 25) will have to be accommodated.

This fun and functional device will come in a variety of colors, textures, designs, or left intentionally blank to accommodate personalization with stickers, or other embellishments. (FIG. 26a,b,c,d), and the actual flaps could be made in various shapes. (FIG. 27a,b,c,d)

This device will appeal to people that like fin and trendy items—specially when it comes to their shoes. This device should be easy to use, and affordable.

The pronged, toothed, tensile clip-clamp that will hold, lift, restrict, protect a baggy pant hem/cuff from dragging on the ground; and which can be worn without aid, and/or optionally attached to the back of a shoe. The comb-like appearance, and construction of this clamp; is an integral aspect of this device. The cuff/hem is woven between the, (minimum of three), textured prongs/teeth. It is not necessary or required that the clip be worn attached to the shoe, but it can be manufactured with attachment components to facilitate this

The device features a minimum of three prong/teeth/bands (FIG. 28), comprised of two (anchor) end prongs (with optionally larger tips), and at least one other (middle) prong/tooth/band. There is no set maximum number of prongs/teeth/bands to be used.

The prongs/teeth/bands are aligned in a linear manner, and stand in a vertical position. The look is similar to the way the teeth on a hair comb are arranged. The hem/cuff of the pants are “woven” between the prongs (FIG. 29). The minimal spacing between the prongs prevents the device from slipping off the hem. The hem may or may not be folded before inserting into the device. This pant hem/cuff device does not need any other attachments to accomplish the purpose of keeping the pant leg from dragging on the ground. However, as a matter of fun and fashion, it may be made to accommodate components to enable it to be attached to the back of a shoe (FIG. 30). Illustration (FIG. 31) shows the pant hem in the device, and the device attached to the shoe.

The prongs may be all one height (FIG. 32), or staggered (FIG. 33). As previously stated, the minimal spacing between the prongs keeps the hem snugly in place (FIG. 34). However, the prongs could be coated (on the underside), with a tacky/sticky texture to further facilitate the gripping capabilities of the prongs (FIG. 35). The base of the device can be either straight or concave (FIG. 36). The device is constructed of a flexible substance with tensile properties. All sharp edges should be rounded for safety (FIG. 37).

The integral idea of this device is the use of a comb-like clip that will hold the hem/cuff of pants at a desired length. This device can be decorated and embellished in many ways. Illustration (FIG. 38) shows an elaborate filigree clamp. Decorative panels (FIG. 39a,b,c,d) can also be added for interest. Please note that the various crimping, texturing, printing, and indicia on the prongs (FIG. 40a,b,c,d,e,f), and prong tip variations (FIG. 41a,b,c), are not characteristics you would find on an ordinary hair comb. Also, variations in the width of the prongs (FIG. 42a-b), their height, (FIG. 43a,b,c,d), and the device width, (FIG. 44a,b,c,d), are possible.

Illustration (FIG. 45a) shows a decorative panel strip that has been placed on top of the hem, and woven between the prongs along with the hem. (FIG. 45b) demonstrates how a large decorated prong becomes the focal point. The pant hem may be woven so as to maximize the design on the prong(s), (FIG. 46a), or minimize it (FIG. 46b). Panels may be woven under (FIG. 47), or over (FIG. 48) prongs, and then “anchored” to the end caps by using the panel sleeves (FIG. 49a), or panel bands (FIG. 49b). Panels that do not have sleeves or bands may be folded over the bottom of the hem before they are woven between the prongs (FIG. 50a-b).

The device is constructed in a way as to be universally adaptive to most hem/cuffs, and does not need assistance to hold the pant hem/cuff in place. However, the device can be adapted to be worn (optionally) on the back of a shoe. (Please note that the contraptions used to connect the the/cuff device to a shoe are merely my perfunctory representations—and not necessarily a representation of the exact device that may be used to connect the device to the top of the shoe.) It can be modified with an internal (FIG. 51) or external (FIG. 52) attachment component. For example, the internal receptive opening on the device (FIG. 53 and FIG. 54) is inserted with the accommodating clasp (FIG. 55), which can then be attached to a shoe clamp bracket (FIG. 56), which is attached to the back of a shoe being worn by a person wearing baggy pants (FIG. 57). Likewise, a device that has an external stem, (FIG. 58a-b) can be used. The stem (FIG. 59), is inserted into the accommodating receptor opening, which is attached to a shoe clamp bracket (FIG. 60), and then attached to the back of a shoe worn by someone wearing baggy pants (FIG. 61).

There are two additional ways the hem/cuff device can be attached to the back of a shoe. A rod (FIG. 62a) is screwed into the bottom of the internally threaded device (FIG. 63a), or alternately, a rod (FIG. 62b) is screwed onto device (FIG. 63b). The rods can then be (permanently) connected to a shoe clip bracket (FIG. 64), which is attached to the back of the shoe. (FIG. 65) illustrates the entire concept of the prong clamp attached to a connector rod, which is connected to a clip that is attached to the back of a shoe. In another embodiment, the base of the hem/cuff device is made with an internally threaded opening (FIG. 66). A small handle (FIG. 67) is screwed into the base opening on a prong device (FIG. 68). The handle can now be snapped into the tensile handle bracket (FIG. 69a and FIG. 69b) which is (permanently) attached the shoe clamp bracket (FIG. 70). Illustration (FIG. 71) shows the device attached to the back of the shoe using a detachable handle, with the pant hem/cuff woven between the prongs of said device. (Please note that the idea of attaching a handle to the device, and then holstering it in a bracket attached to the back of a shoe is a specific concept idea of how this device can be worn, and should be considered as part of the invention.

In addition, there are illustrations showing how this device can be worn as a hair accessory (FIG. 72a), and how it can be worn to adorn other articles (FIG. 72b) and clothing (FIG. 72c). Also, suggestions for substances used, indicia, colors, prints, embellishments are listed.

In summary; the pant leg hem/cuff prong/teeth/band device will stylishly keep the hem of pants from dragging on the ground. It is a functional, fun way to make a fashion statement, too. The various embodiments are suggestive ways to further enhance the desirability of this device, and convey how it can be worn and used. The gadget-like interchangeable features will broaden the appeal of this device.

The cuff clip-clamp shoe that has the major component feature of an (internally embedded, or externally fixed—and detachable) clip-clamp, which holds, restrains, lifts, and protects the hem/cuff of a baggy pant leg from dragging on the ground. The clip/clamp feature(s) that this shoe is equipped with; is an integral, necessary, and required part of the shoe. Not only does the shoe provide the usual function of foot coverage and protection, but it also has the added capability of keeping the pant cuff off the ground. Athletic shoes, in particular, are a very important part of today's youth culture. When decorated and embellished, these shoes become stylish, trendy, fun, and functional fashion footwear.

The shoe/boot may have the clip/clamp permanently embedded into the spine of the shoe, using a tensile inner element (FIG. 73), or the shoe may be equipped to receive external clips/clamps components at a specific area on the shoe facilitated by using a sleeve (FIG. 74), magnet, adhesive, insert clasp, screw, snap, or band.

The clamp, tension (FIG. 75a) or fulcrum (FIG. 75b), used as a permanent interior element of the shoe has one side (bottom) of the clamp placed, (embedded), in the backbone top portion of the shoe; and may or may not be completely covered with substance material. The other (top side of the clamp is partially or completely covered on the outer surface with suitable substance, or decorated/embellished, or has a magnet, or magnetized surface.

If an external clip/clamp (FIG. 76a and 76b) is used; only the top side of the clamp would be covered, decorated, or have a magnet or be magnetized. The bottom of the clamp needs to be unencumbered so that the appropriately chosen attachment mechanism can be added to it before attaching it to the shoe. The clamp should be easy to manipulate whether it is embedded in the shoe, (FIG. 77), or attached to the shoe. (FIG. 78)

Illustration (FIG. 79) shows a basic tensile clip, (FIG. 79a) front view, and (FIG. 79b) side view, which could be used as the inner element of a permanently attached internal clamp. By adding the appendage arm, (FIG. 79c), this kind of clamp can be inserted into the “sleeve or “bands on the back of the shoe that has external clamping capabilities. (FIG. 79d). Similarly, a standard fulcrum clamp could also be used (FIGS. 80a,b,c,d). Illustration (FIGS. 81 a,b,c) shows the use of a tubular fulcrum clamp. In this embodiment, one of the levers can be used as the appendage arm. Also shown, is the use of magnets (FIG. 82), screws (FIG. 83), coupling device (FIG. 84), insert clasp (FIG. 85), adhesive pads (FIG. 86), and industrial snaps (FIG. 87). The final mechanism chosen would probably be based on a number of factors.

This shoe/boot has features that make it functional, fashionable, and fun. The clips/clamps on the shoe, (whether permanent or detachable, and or interchangeable), will help keep the pant hem/cuff from dragging on the ground. The exchangeable clamp feature allows for greater variety and personalization (FIG. 88). The embellishments, designs, and textures, logos, etc., should be visible while the hem is in the clamp (FIG. 89). There are almost endless ways to decorate and embellish these clamps. Listed are various substances, indicia, prints, etc that can be used. Illustration (FIG. 90a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j) also shows some of the ways the surface of the clips may be decorated. The external clamps can be interchanged with other similarly constructed, but differently decorated clamps, i.e., magnets to magnets, snaps to snaps, etc. Or, the top surfaces of either an internal clip (FIG. 91), or external clip (FIG. 92), can be magnetized, or have a magnet on them. In such case, magnetized or metal discs, panels that have been decorated or embellished, can be attached, and then interchanged with other discs and panels (FIG. 93a,b,c,d,e,f). An (optional) small pocket near the heel could accommodate extra panels, discs when they are not being used on either the internally mounted clamp (FIG. 94), or the externally mounted clamp (FIG. 95) shoe boot.

In summary, the concept of this idea is a shoe or boot; that has a permanently embedded; or a detachable clamping mechanism in or on it. The purpose of which is to keep a baggy pant hem/cuff from dragging on the ground. The detachable clip/clamp mechanism is integral to the construction, (in one embodiment); and is to be used specifically, expressly and exclusively with said shoe or boot; which will purposefully, exactly accommodate said clip/clamp in a number of ways.

The set of very strong, but thin, (flexible) magnets, or magnetized discs, cards, panels; that have been decorated, embellished, and/or have been encased in a permanent or temporary decorated sleeve, case, holder, pocket; and when placed on opposite sides of a folded pant hem or cuff, will hold, restrain, lift, protect said cuff from dragging on the ground.

These magnets, or magnetized panels or discs can be of various sizes and shapes (FIG. 96a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h), and work as matched or unmatched sets or pairs. The actual magnets, or magnetized panels or discs, and/or the covers may be decorated or embellished in many ways (FIG. 97a,b,c,d,e,f). The two magnets must be strong enough to attract through one or two thicknesses of pant material, and to hold said material between the two magnets, (FIG. 98), holding and keeping the cuff/hem from dragging on the ground (FIG. 99). It is not necessary for the two magnets to be connected by a spanning device of any kind. Holding the pant hem up is accomplished solely by the strength of the two magnets (FIG. 100).

The magnet(s) may be: (FIG. 101a) non-encased, minimally or elaborately decorated with prints, designs, logos, etc., or (FIG. 101b) encased permanently in a decorated and/or embellished cover, holder, sleeve, or pocket. Closure can be accomplished by stitching, gluing, clamping/crimping, etc. a pocket, sleeve, cover, or holder. (FIG. 101c) shows a magnet which is then inserted into a pocket (FIG. 101d), after which it may be temporarily enclosed (FIG. 101e). This temporary closure may be facilitated by the use of: (FIG. 102a) Velcro-type fastener, (FIG. 102b) fold-over flaps, or (FIG. 102c) sticky adhesive. In addition, these magnet sets are not limited to use on pant cuff hems. They can optionally/additionally be used on other articles of clothing. (FIG. 103a,b,c,d,e).

Magnets that are not encased in a cover may be difficult to separate. To help alleviate this problem, the magnets can be made with a small “lip” (FIG. 104a and FIG. 103c) or “indent” (FIG. 104b and FIG. 104d), on them to aid the separation process. Covering the magnets should make them easier to separate (FIG. 105). The covers should be of sturdy substance, and may be additionally reinforced with some kind of inner element support (FIG. 106). One side of the magnets, and/or covers, may be coated with a sticky/tacky/gripper surface to help keep the pant material from slipping from between the two magnets (FIG. 107a), front view, and (FIG. 107b), side view.

These magnet devices are meant to be functional, and fun. They can be decorated in fashionable and trendy ways that would be appealing to diverse groups of people. The magnetized discs and panels, and covers could be decorated in a wide range of colors, prints, textures, sizes, shapes, substances, indicia, edging and embellishments. For example, a high-end set of magnets could be covered in real leather or suede, with gold embossing, and crystal embellishments (FIG. 108a). A lower-end set might just be covered in plastic or cloth, and minimally decorated to look like a flag, or have a team logo. The cover surface (plastic) could be intentionally left blank to accommodate kid's stickers—or to personally customize it (FIG. 108b). The stickers, as well as stick-on studs, crystals, etc could be manufactured as optional accessory items.

The flexible cuff clip-clamp, that is decorated and embellished, and which holds, restrain, lift, protect the hem/cuff of a baggy pant leg from dragging on the ground; that is intentionally and purposefully attached to a flexible rod or coil, which is then attached to the back of a shoe. The use of a wiggly, flexible coil or rod to suspend the decorative clips is an integral part of the concept of this idea. The entire device; composed of several components; is intended to be a fun gadget for holding up pant hem/cuffs.

This device is comprised of three main components: (a) the top component is a decorated clip/clamp that is interchangeable with other clamps; (b) the middle component consists of a flexible rod or a flexible coil that is used as the connector for the clamp and the base of the shoe; and (c) the base component which holds the connecting rod or coil, and attaches to the back of the shoe.

The top component is a clamp, (which holds the pant cuff/hem), on which decorated, interchangeable thin panels or plates can be attached (FIG. 109a). Or, the clamp may be modified to have a clear cover, (that does not lay directly on the clamp, i.e. there is space in between), and various thin photos, cards, fabric, etc may be inserted between the clear cover and the top surface of the clamp (FIG. 109b). In another embodiment, the top component is a circular shaped clamp on which decorated, interchangeable balls, discs, semi-spheres can be attached (FIG. 110). The top component may have either internal or external mechanism capabilities to facilitate attachment to the middle connector piece.

The middle component is a flexible rod (FIG. 111), or a flexible coil (FIG. 112). The rod or coil attaches to the top clamp, and then attaches to the base component, which attaches to the back of the shoe (FIG. 113 and FIG. 114). These decorated clamps hold the pant/cuff well above the ground. The bouncy, wiggly effect of the flexible coil or rod is intended to be fun and interesting. The coils and rods are an integral part of the concept. The ability to alter, and change the look of the clamps is another integral concept of this idea.

Illustration (FIG. 115a) is a decorated (flag) panel, with a magnet on the back side (FIG. 115b). A magnetic panel (FIG. 116a) is attracted to the receptive area on the clip (FIG. 116b). (FIG. 117) illustrates a magnetic panel that has been attached to a clamp. The same procedure is used for a ball, disc, or semi-sphere: The disc/semi-sphere (FIG. 118a) has been decorated on the front, and has a magnet on the back (FIG. 118b). The semi-sphere (FIG. 119a) is attracted to the magnet/receptive area on the clamp surface (FIG. 119b). The illustration of (FIG. 120) is of a decorated semi-sphere that is attached to the clamp surface. A different embodiment using the magnet; is to permanently attach the magnet to the clamp, and then attach attracting (metal) discs, panels onto it. In addition to using a tensile clamp, this method may also be used with a fulcrum clamp. Illustration (FIG. 121a and FIG. 121b) demonstrates the use of Velcro-type adhesive, or (FIG. 122) sticky adhesive, as well as the magnets (FIG. 123a and FIG. 123b), for attaching the panels or plates, etc to a fulcrum-type hem/cuff clamp.

The decorated panels/discs/balls are attached to the clip/clamps that hold the pant hem. I am suggesting the use of three different kinds of clamps for the top component: tension clip, standard fulcrum, and tubular fulcrum clamp. The clamps are adapted with internal or external threading to facilitate attachment to the middle component. Illustration (FIG. 124a) shows a wide tension clip that can be modified by the addition of the clear cover (FIG. 124b), so that it has a space between the clear cover and the surface of the clamp (FIG. 124c). A photo or card or fabric can be inserted into the slotted space (FIG. 124d). The same technique can be used with a regular fulcrum clamp (FIG. 125a thru 125d). The entire device, (all three components); is attached to the back of the shoe using a fulcrum clamp (FIG. 126), and/or a tension clamp (FIG. 127). The high visibility of the panels and the large surface area lends itself to artistically expressing one's personality.

A wide tubular clamp, side view (FIG. 128) can be adapted with at clear cover panel (FIG. 129) also. The illustration, bottom view, (FIG. 130) depicts the use of a tubular clamp that has been modified with the clear cover. A top view, of same clamp is illustrated in (FIG. 131). When using the tubular fulcrum clamp, one side (FIG. 132), or two sides (FIG. 133) can be adapted with the clear cover. After the pant hem is inserted, the sides are lifted up (FIG. 134). As you can see in (FIG. 135), the entire device becomes the focal point when looking at the back of the leg. It is a virtual billboard. The illustrations (FIG. 136-FIG. 140) demonstrate the use of tubular clamp for the hem/cuff device, and the use of (magnets, adhesive, or Velcro-type substance) to attach the flat decorated panels/plates to the sides (levers) on the fulcrum clamp. In sequence, you can see that a decorative panel is attached to the lever on a tubular clamp (FIG. 141), which is attached to a connector coil component, (FIG. 142), that is attached to the back of a shoe (FIG. 143). As with all the other previous embodiments, I am stressing the importance of providing large decorated surface areas on, or part of the upper component clamps, as a means of customizing the devices.

Whether using tension clips (FIG. 144 and FIG. 145), spring clips, (FIG. 146 and FIG. 147), fulcrum clamps (FIG. 148 and FIG. 149), or tubular fulcrum clamps (FIG. 150 and FIG. 151), for the top hem/cuff device; the use of textured sticky/tacky substance will aid in gripping and holding the pant cuff securely in the device.

The connector coil (FIG. 152a) or rod (FIG. 152b) should be of tensile material, and very resilient and flexible. The rods and coils have attachment modifications on both ends, (FIG. 153 and FIG. 154), so they can be attached to the hem/cuff device; and then to the base component that attaches to the shoe (FIG. 155). Please note that illustrations for the base holder for the coil or rod and the shoe clamps/brackets are rudimentary representations for using (FIG. 156a) tensile clip, (FIG. 156b) magnet, and (FIG. 156c) adhesive. All views feature cushioning on the side that touches the foot.

The possibilities for decorating and embellishing the panels, plates, discs, balls, semi-spheres and for the photo, card, or fabric inserts is limited only by one's imagination. Illustrations (FIGS. 157a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,I,j,k,l,m) show a few. Of course, this fun device could be worn without putting a hem in it—i.e. with a pair of shorts, just because it is fun. The lists offer a few suggestions for material and substances used for the clamps, panels, balls, etc and the different embellishments, colors, prints, indicia that can be used.

In summary, this decorated clamping device that is attached to the shoe, serves the purpose of keeping a baggy pant leg hem/cuff from dragging on the ground, and is also a fun and entertaining fashion accessory