Title:
Dual purpose shoes for walking and gliding
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention relates to individual transport ways of conveyance, and includes changes in the design of the bottom part of the boot with a thickening sole, which consists the hidden installation into its the additional metal insole, fastened with the main shoe's insole, and the slit of a rectangular longitudinal aperture in the sole for the hidden installation in its the portable mechanical device with a stationary attachment to the boot without changing the appearance and form of the sole and the shoes.

This does the possibility to fulfill with the hidden mechanical device the walking in the sneakers or other shoes as outside, as inside buildings. The moving forward from the mechanical device beyond the sole's bottom outside surface, the frame with the rotational ball-bearing wheels imparts to the customary shoes with a thickening sole the new, additional function as an individual transport way. The employment of the customary shoes, with children and adults, by turns in two versions—in the traditional, pedestrian and in the new, additional as an individual transport way for the rapid movement makes it possible for people as required repeatedly in the course of a day, using the same shoes without taking them off the feet, to transfer from walking into gliding on the asphalted surface and back from gliding to walking on any location.




Inventors:
Seleznev, Katie (West Hartford, CT, US)
Vitruk, Stanislav (West Hartford, CT, US)
Application Number:
10/360025
Publication Date:
08/12/2004
Filing Date:
02/08/2003
Assignee:
SELEZNEV KATIE
VITRUK STANISLAV
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63C17/06; A63C17/20; (IPC1-7): A63C17/02
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Primary Examiner:
AVERY, BRIDGET D
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Katie Seleznev (West Hartford, CT, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. The invention The Dual Purpose Shoes For Walking and Gliding includes: the addition to the customary shoes with the thickening sole the new, additional function as an individual transport way in the time of keeping the traditional, pedestrian function of the shoes with the possibility (in case of need) to change in turns these two functions in the process of the transfer from walking to gliding; the decision of this practical task includes: the customary shoes with a thickening sole as the object in the process of the creation of the individual transport way; alterations in the design of this shoe's bottom part without changing its appearance and form; the hidden installation of the mechanical device inside the shoes' bottom part without changing its appearance and form; made from the lightweight and durable metal or another substituted for its material, the mechanical device consists of the box and the frame with the wheels; and the horizontal principle of turning to transfer the mechanical device from the passive version to active and on the contrary from the active to passive.

2. The dual purpose shoes for walking and gliding as the individual transport way with the keeping of the traditional, pedestrian function of the shoes, as defined in claim 1, wherein said about the mechanical device includes: the box in the longitudinal and rectangular form, with is placed in the sole's aperture and fastened to the boot, and also the putting in the box the mobile rectangular frame whith partly jutting from its rotating wheels.

3. The dual purpose shoes for walking and gliding as the individual transport way with the keeping of the pedestrian function of the shoes, as defined in claim 1, wherein said about alterations in the design of the shoes bottom part includes: the slit of the aperture in the form of the rectangular parallelogram; the installation of the additional insole from the lightweight metal or another substituted for its material.

4. The dual purpose shoes for walking and gliding as an individual transport way with the keeping of the pedestrian function of the shoes, as defined in claim 1, wherein said about the transfer of the mechanical device from the passive version to the active, and on the contrary includes: the principle to transfer the frame with the wheels by horizontally turning in 180 degrees, the moving forward of the frame from the box and its pushing in back; this enables fast (for a few seconds) transfer of the dual purpose shoes from the pedestrian function in transport and on the contrary; thanks to that, during a day, a person can easily move from walking to gliding and on the contrary, using the same shoes as inside buildings, as outside on any locality.

5. The dual purpose shoes for walking and gliding as an individual transport way with the keeping of the traditional, pedestrian function of the shoes, as defined in claim 1, wherein said about the hidden installation of the mechanical device, includes: the shelter of the aperture from the side of the sole's bottom outside surface with the layer from the material like for the boot's sole.

6. The dual purpose shoes for walking and gliding as an individual transport way with the keeping of the traditional, pedestrian function of the shoes includes: the placing of 3 or more rollers in one line, lengthwise of the boot's sole, enables on an asphalted surface even with some flaws to ensure the smooth fast moving, and also good maneuvering.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Technical Field

[0002] The present invention relates to individual transport ways of conveyance and enables to speed up the moving of pedestrians.

[0003] 2. Background Art

[0004] People are transported from one place to another by cars, public transport, bicycles or surmount necessary distances by walking. Of course, the faster transports are cars, but considerable quantities of people don't have it for different reasons: financial means, disease or owing to the insufficiency of necessary age. There is a considerable part of the population that makes use of a public transport, bicycles, or walking. The use of public transport on short distances has some shortcomings. One main fault is that this kind of transport doesn't allow the reaching of the destination often, and a person must overcome the rest of the distance by foot. This requires the additional time and the greater expenditure of energy. In addition, bicycles and roller-skates are used by people basically for the strengthening of their physical condition.

[0005] Apart from the adults, the pedestrians are often schoolchildren who walk to school. Some of these schoolchildren overcome a distance from a home to a school and back by using bicycles and roller-skates; however, they need special places for its storage. Besides, roller-skating needs to be changed to the customary shoes at a place of arrival. But as a rule, these special spaces are lacking in many schools. These drawbacks limit the use of bicycles or roller-skates; therefore, for this category of the population, a sole way out to overcome the necessary distance is by walking.

[0006] For pupils exist the dilemma: either twice a day a day they overcome the distance from a home to a school and back by walking, or parents must take them in cars. A second option causes additional difficulties with the employment of the population, and children in the time of their scarcity in the motion under contemporary conditions lose the opportunity to stay outside in fresh air and obtain necessary exercise.

[0007] The purpose of the present invention is the creation of the new individual transport way for the pedestrian's rapid transfer without the employment of any traditional transport way. The most appropriate for realizing this invention's aim is available on the market boots with a thickening (from 30 mm to 50 mm) sole, which became one of the basic objects in the process of creation of a new individual transport way. The invention's main practical task is the use of indicated shoes for the following two functions: in traditional, pedestrian and in new, additional as an individual transport way. It was necessary to observe the following: a shoe for the individual transport way must not be heavy, must be comfortable, and must have a reasonable price. This will enable the invention to become attractive for a mass consumer as an individual transport way for the rapid transfer and the helper in the strengthening of one's physical condition.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008] The present invention is the individual transport means, wherein the customary shoes has a thickened sole and with installed in its a mechanical device is used for dual purpose: the traditional, pedestrian function of the shoes and the new, additional transport function, allowing the person to use these shoes to either walk to different locations, including inside buildings, or glide for the rapid movement on asphalted grounds. Thus, the same shoes can be used for both, walking and gliding, without taking them off the feet.

[0009] The invention includes boots with a thickened (from 30 mm to 50 mm) sole, with a hidden insert in the shoes and an additional hard insole from a thin lightweight metal with longitudinal corrugated edges; this insole is fastened together with the boot's main insole. On the larger part of the sole's bottom outside surface, a rectangular aperture is cut out, in which is installed a made from lightweight metal mechanical device. This device is fastened with the shoe's additional and main insoles. The manufacture of an additional insole and a mechanical device from the lightweight metal allows the shoes themselves to remain lightweight.

[0010] A design of the mechanical device allows its concealment in the boot's sole and doesn't modify the appearance and form as a sole, as the whole of the shoes. Owing to this, remain the shoe's traditional, pedestrian function and the unimpeded walking as inside buildings as outside on any locality together with the mechanical device. This device comprises a metal box, located inside its mobile frame with rotational ball-bearing wheels (from 3 to 6 according to the size of the shoes). The moving forward of the frame with the wheels proceeds from the box beyond the border of a sole's bottom outside surface and as a result the shoes acquire the additional transport function, and the employment with a person, this shoe converts it into the transport way for a rapid movement.

[0011] During a conversion from the pedestrian version in transport, the frame with rotational wheels moves forward completely beyond a border of the box, and after the turn of 180 degrees, the frame thrusts in the box, and what's more, by now wheels jut out beyond a border of the sole's bottom outside surface.

[0012] The simplicity and the quickness (without any instrument, within a few seconds) of the conversion of the dual purpose shoes from the pedestrian version in transport and back from the transport version in pedestrian give one the ability to turn repeatedly in the course of a day from the walking into the gliding on wheels and back, from gliding to walking, using the same shoes without taking them off the feet. With all this in both versions, the fixation of the mechanical device in the shoe's sole, on a level with its simplicity, has the strict guarantee of security, and ever so much enlarges people's individual opportunities in his/her activity.

[0013] The design of the mechanical device, with the aid of which the indicated customary shoes becoming a transport means, is simple and compact, with its stationary hidden installation in the boot's bottom part not changing its appearance and form. This enables adults and children to move in the shoes combined with the mechanical device at any surface including inside buildings, without the changing of the boots. The fast and easy conversion of the mechanical device from the non-working version (hidden arrangement in the boot's sole) to the working version (moving forward the wheels outside of the sole's bottom surface), which impart to the shoes the transport function without the use of any instruments, gives people the ability, without taking the shoes off the feet, to switch repeatedly in the course of a day from walking to gliding on wheels and back from gliding to walking. The moving forward of the wheels on the optimum lever outside the sole's bottom creates conditions, which don't need the special skills or instructions for the use of shoes as the individual transport way. The facility in the employment of the shoes in two versions, to a great extent, will increase individual bents of people, the possibilities to actively conduct in different conditions of his stay, attach to the physical activity of thousands of people, particularly children and teenagers. Moreover, the mass employment of this individual transport's type will conduce of the improvement of the ecological situation in our land.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0014] FIG. 1 is the exterior view of the dual purpose shoes for walking and gliding with the installed inside the mechanical device in the pedestrian version;

[0015] FIG. 2 is the exterior view of the sole's bottom outside surface in the pedestrian version;

[0016] FIG. 3 is the exterior view of the dual purpose shoes in the transport version;

[0017] FIG. 4 is the exterior view and the form of main and additional boot's insoles;

[0018] FIG. 5 is the exterior view of the aperture from the side of the sole's bottom outside surface;

[0019] FIG. 6 is the exterior view of a shred from the sole's bottom part under the aperture;

[0020] FIG. 7 is the exterior view from below of the mechanical device in its passive (pedestrian) condition;

[0021] FIG. 8 is the exterior view from below of the mechanical device in its active (transport) condition;

[0022] FIG. 9 is the cross-section of the mechanical device in its passive condition;

[0023] FIG. 10 is the exterior view from below of the box without the lid;

[0024] FIG. 11 is the exterior view from below of the frame with wheels;

[0025] FIG. 12 is the cross-section of the mechanical device in its active condition;

[0026] FIG. 13 is the side view and a cross-section of the wheel and its formed parts;

[0027] FIG. 14 is the longitudinal section of the dual purpose shoes in its pedestrian function; and

[0028] FIG. 15 is the longitudinal section of the dual purpose shoes in its transport function.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0029] The present invention allows the use of everyday shoes for dual purpose: in traditional, pedestrian mode (FIG. 1) and in a new, additional mode as individual transport way (FIG. 3). The invention includes boots with a thickened sole, with an additional insole, defining an interior aperture cut along the sole for the hidden installation of a mechanical transport device with a permanent attachment to the boot. This decided first half of the task—to preserve the pedestrian function of the shoes without changing its appearance and form (FIG. 1).

[0030] In a passive version, this individual transport way follows together with a pedestrian, without causing any problems with the carrying of the device and the pursuit of special places for its storing. It enables for people to behave active in everyday places with the pedestrian character of the transference in premises, in grounds of landscape.

[0031] FIG. 1 illustrates an exterior view of the dual purpose shoes in the pedestrian version with a hidden placing of the mechanical device in the boot's bottom part without changing its appearance and form. The boot touches the surface of an area 40 with the usual for a shoes sole's bottom outside surface 28.

[0032] FIG. 2 demonstrates a sole's bottom outside surface 28 in the pedestrian function, where is view, that a tracery 32 around the aperture 30 of sole 27 is interrupted and supplemented with a tracery of a longitudinal narrow layer 31 from the same sole, and this layer is the part of a box's lid of the mechanical device. The maintenance of ordinary external appearance of the sole's bottom surface in the time of the concealed position of the mechanical device in the sole allows the use of the dual purpose shoes as inside buildings as outside.

[0033] The simplicity of the conversion of the mechanical device from the passive version (hidden arrangement of the device in the boot's sole) in the active, transport version (moving forward a frame with wheels from a box beyond the border of a sole's bottom outside surface) made to decide also second half of the invention's task: an addition to usual shoes the new function as the individual transport way.

[0034] In the transport version (FIG. 3) of the dual purpose shoes, rotational wheels 26 jut out beyond the border of a sole's bottom outside surface 28, and a boot touches already the surface of an area 40 with wheels 26. A quickness of the conversion of the dual purpose shoes from one function to another, without excluding any instruments, gives one the capability to turn repeatedly in the course of a day from walking into gliding on rollers and back from gliding to walking, using the same shoes without taking them off the feet. The moving forward of wheels (from 3 to 6, depending on the shoe's size), in one line, with a flat, equipped surface on the optimum lever outside the sole's bottom, creates conditions for the easy, smooth, maneuverable gliding, that doesn't need any additional skills or instructions.

[0035] A change of the design of the shoe's bottom part includes the installation of the additional insole 25 and the aperture's slit 30 along the sole's 27 central part. The additional insole 25 (FIG. 4) repeats the form of the shoe's main insole 29, but a little in the diminished size on the sides and in the shoe's forward part. The additional insole is made from a thin (1 mm) sheet of the lightweight metal with longitudinal corrugated edges 35, which give the strength to the insole. Its diminished size doesn't upset the technology of the connection of the boot's upper part with its main insole and the sole.

[0036] Slit in the sole is an aperture 30 (FIG. 5), which is the rectangular parallelogram, depending on the size of the shoe and the mechanical device has a length from 140 mm to 250 mm, a width from 30 mm to 50 mm, and a depth from 30 mm to 50 mm. The forward part 33 of the sole (about ⅙-{fraction (1/7)} part of its length) doesn't catch with an aperture.

[0037] The thin layer 31 cut out from the sole (FIG. 6) is fastened to the metal base 38 of the frame (FIG. 9), and together they form the box's lid 36 (FIG. 2). The lid's ends 37 touch with the sole's ends 34, their traceries 32 add one another, create one whole, and preserve the sole's exterior view in a pedestrian version of the dual purpose shoes for walking and gliding.

[0038] The mechanical device 21 (its exterior view in the passive version illustrates FIG. 7, in the active FIG. 8) made from the lightweight metal, has a form of a rectangular parallelogram, and consists from the box 22 and the located inside its mobile frame 23 with rotational ball-bearing wheels 26. In the passive version (the shoe's pedestrian version) of the mechanical device (FIG. 9) the wheels 26 are inside the box and are covered with the lid 36, in the active version (FIG. 8) the wheels jut out beyond the border of the box's bottom ends 22.

[0039] A box 22 (FIG. 10) is the device's 21 exterior surface. The box's size depends on the shoe's size, wheels' amount and diameter, and conforms to the aperture's size, wherein the box is inserted. The box has opposite front 39 and rear 41 sides, opposite lateral sides 42, and top side 24. With an aid of this top side, the box is fastened to the shoe's insoles. Inside the box 22 is the ledge 43 by a thickening 44 of top parts of the box's lateral 42 and front 39 sides (FIG. 10). There is formed a shaft, wherein is situated the frame 23 with wheels 26. For a strength, the box is divisible in two equal parts with the transverse partition 46 on the level of the thicken part until the ledge 43 on lateral sides. The fastening of the frame 23 with the steady position in the box 22 is realized with the aid of the catch 47 situated on the box's front side 39, and the lock 48 on the box's rear side 41. Owing to this on the sole's bottom outside surface 28 (FIG. 2), it is visible from the front the catch 47 and from behind the lock's handle 49.

[0040] The frame 23 (FIG. 11) has the rectangular form, opposite front 50 and rear 51 sides, and opposite lateral 52 sides. The frame's length and width conform to interior length and width of the box. Bottom edges of the frame dispose on the level of bottom edges of the box. The frame is divided with transverse partitions 53 on cells, wherein insert wheels 26. Its axles 54 remain fixed motionless in holes on the frame's lateral sides. Wheels take place on the frame, thus that 55-60% of the wheels' diameter makes up all the frame's height, and 40-45% of its diameter juts out beyond the border of the frame. At that, the frame's height, including the height of the projection of the rollers, corresponds to the inside height of the box. On the frame's front side 50, from below and from above, hollows 55 are, in which the box's hooked catch 47 is inserted, and on the frame's rear side 51 are two chinks 56 for the entrance into its lock's latch 57. In the mechanical device's passive state (FIG. 9), the frame 23 with ends its sides leans on the box's ledge 43; the frame's top side 38 together with the attached to its sole's thin layer 31 covers the wheels 26 from below and at the same time is used as the box's lid 36. There is the hold 59 on the lid's rear side, which is used to pull the frame from the box.

[0041] There is the moving forward of the frame 23 from the box 22, the turn of the frame on 180 degrees, and then an installation its in the box, but wheels jut out now from the box and the mechanical device is transferred from the passive (pedestrian) condition (FIG. 7) into the active (transport) condition (FIG. 8). The frame's top side 38 (box's lid 36), how FIG. 12 illustrates, leans on the box's stable inside ledges 43, which are the reliable support for the frame 23 during the moving of a person, and allows to bear any of his/her weight.

[0042] FIG. 13 shows the wheel with a diameter from 30 mm to 50 mm and with a thickness from 20 mm to 25 mm, rotated around its axle 54 and consisted of the rim 60, in which are inserted from two sides in one set 61 of the ball-bearings. Every set consists of the ball-bearings core 62, the washer 65 covered the ball-bearings from the opposite side of the bush 63, and the shell 66 fastened together the washer and the bush with the ball-bearings in one set 61.

[0043] In the pedestrian function of the dual purpose shoes, how FIG. 14 demonstrates in the longitudinal section, the mechanical device 21 takes place inside the sole's rectangular aperture 30, the box 22 is attached stationary with its top side 24 to main 29 and additional 25 insoles with rivets 67. The additional insole is covered with the soft insole 68. Between the box's top side and insoles is the sole's thin layer 69, which transfers from the front, behind and on either sides in the sole's 27 main, thickened part, which surrounds the box. The frame 23 is inside the box 22, and jutting out wheels are turned to the box's top side. The frame's top side 38 is fastened to the thin layer 31 of the sole's bottom outside part and covers from below the mechanical device. The frame leans on the box's ledge 43 and holds firm from the front with the hooked catch 47, from behind with the lock's 48 latch 57 pushed in the chink 56 on the frame. The spring 70 on the lock keeps always the latch 57 in the closed (pushed in the frame's chink) position. The moving forward of the latch from the chink is possible only after it is pulled ahead on the locks' handle 49, until the support of the box's rear side. This principle of the lock's working prevents its accidental opening during the gliding.

[0044] FIG. 15 illustrates the longitudinal section of main details of the dual purpose shoes in the transport version. After the frame's turning on 180 degrees, the lid 36 of the frame moves from the sole's bottom outside surface inside the box. As a result, the frame 23 leans with the lid 36 against the box's ledge 43, and the frame's borders take up the position at the level of the bottom edges of the box's sides. A that, the wheels 26 jut out beyond the sole's bottom outside surface 28, and the shoe touches the asphalted surface already not with the sole, but with the rotational ball-bearing wheels 26. This imparts to the boot the function of the individual transport way, and the person can move up from walking to gliding on wheels, using the same shoes and not taking them off his/her feet.

[0045] The transfer of the dual purpose shoes from the pedestrian function (FIGS. 1, 14) to the transport function (FIGS. 3, 15) is realized as follows: the lock's handle 49 is pushed by the finger of the hand ahead until the support on the box's rear side 41. Then, the lid's 36 semi-circular hold 59 is grasped with the finger of the other hand, and the frame is pulled out from the box, whereupon the lock's handle 49 is released, and the frame is turned on 180 degrees. After this, the frame's front end is put under the box's catch 47 and the frame's rear end is pressed on until a click of the lock 48.

[0046] The return transfer from the function of the transport way (FIGS. 3, 15) to the pedestrian function (FIGS. 1, 14) is realized in the following way: the lock's handle 49 is pushed with the finger of the hand ahead until the support. Then the rear wheel 26 is clasped with the other hand, the frame is pulled out of the box, and the lock's handle 49 is released. After the turn of the frame in 180 degrees, the frame is put with the front end under the box's catch 47, and follows the pressure on the frame's lid until the lock's click.