Title:
Toe sock
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A toe sock includes a pad member and an ant-slip rubber layer. The pad member provides a shape the same as the front foot palm of a human body. The anti-slip rubber layer provides a profile the same as or slightly smaller than the pad member and is fixedly attached to the bottom of the pad member. Further, a plastic membrane can be provided to wrap the rubber layer and form an outer wing surrounding the rubber layer such that the rubber layer can be sewed to the bottom of the pad member. In addition, the rubber layer is soft, slip proof and shock absorptive.



Inventors:
Chan, Wen-chieh (Feng-Shan, TW)
Application Number:
10/979202
Publication Date:
05/04/2006
Filing Date:
11/03/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A43B19/00
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Primary Examiner:
KAVANAUGH, JOHN T
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
G. LINK CO., LTD. (Naperville, IL, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A toe sock, comprising a pad member, providing a shape the same as the front foot palm of the human body; and an anti-slip rubber layer, providing a profile the same as or slightly smaller than the pad member and being fixedly attached to the bottom of the pad member.

2. The toe sock as defined in claim 1, wherein a plastic membrane can be provided to wrap the rubber layer and form an outer wing surrounding the rubber layer such that the rubber layer can be sewed to the bottom of the pad member.

3. The toe sock as defined in claim 1, wherein the rubber layer is soft, slip proof and shock absorptive.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention is related to a toe sock and particularly to a sock fitting with toes and the front foot palm so as to match shoe wearing and offer better comfort and protection for the foot.

2. Brief Description of the Related Art

Generally, when women wear high heeled shoes, sandals, ordinary shoes, pant hose stockings are selectively worn as desired for attaining consistent beauty and foot hygiene. However, the users often wear the shoes directly without wearing the pant hose stockings during humid days such as raining days or damped summer days in order to avoid discomfort resulting from muggy feeling. But, there are following disadvantages if no stockings or socks are worn.

1. The toes will be attached with and stained with dyed material of the leather or fiber because of the toes keeping to the front end of the shoes.

2. The foot will sweat to produce wet and slippery substance between the sole and the foot and it causes a problem of hygiene.

3. It results in friction between the toes and the sole and it is easy to injure the skin and a feeling of pain especially when the users wear sandals.

Nevertheless, the traditional socks or stockings are not suitable for some sorts of clothing such as wearing short pants or wearing sandals. Further, the cloth material of the traditional socks or stockings can produce friction with the foot palms and it is easy to produce skin tumors or skin chaps. In addition, the traditional socks and stockings are incapable of decreasing shocks for the foot palms due to they being made with single layer cloth.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

An object of the present invention is to provide a toe sock, which can fit with toes and the front foot palm so as to match shoe wearing and offer better comfort and protection for the foot.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The detail structure, the applied principle, the function and the effectiveness of the present invention can be more fully understood with reference to the following description and accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a toe sock according to the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the toe sock shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a side view of the toe sock according to the present invention;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of another type pad member used in the toe sock of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a further type pad member used in the toe sock of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a further type pad member used in the toe sock of the present invention;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of another type pad member used in the toe sock of the present invention; and

FIG. 8 is a perspective view illustrating the toe sock of the present invention being in a state of being worn.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Referring to FIG. 1, a toe sock according to the present invention comprises a pad member 10 and a slip proof elastic rubber 20.

Referring to FIGS. 2 and 3 in company with FIG. 1, the pad member 10 is made of sewed cloth to provide an intermediate layer for being inserted with soft material such as sponge or foam material. The pad member 10 is provided with a shape almost the same as the front part of a foot of a human body including the toe part so as to fit with the front part of a foot. In addition, other shapes such as the pad member 10A shown in FIG. 4 suitable for foot wearing sandal or slipper, the pad member 10B shown in FIG. 5 suitable for correcting turned up thumb toe, the pad member 10C shown in FIG. 6 suitable for wearing leather shoe or high heel shoe and the pad member 10D shown in FIG. 7 fitting with the thumb toe and the little toe and being laid under front foot palm.

Referring to FIGS. 1, 2 and 3 again, the anti-slip rubber layer 20 is soft, slip resistant and shock absorptive. The anti-slip rubber layer 20 is shaped to be equal to or slightly smaller than the pad member 10 so as to be fixedly attached to the bottom of the pad member 10. The anti-slip rubber layer 20 can be fixedly attached to the pad member by way of the rubber layer 20 being wrapped with a plastic membrane 21 in a way of the plastic membrane 21 forming an outer wing surrounding the rubber layer 20 and then the rubber layer 20 being sewed to the bottom of the pad member 10. Alternatively, the rubber layer 20 can be fixedly attached to the pad member 10 by way of gluing, high frequency adhesives or the like.

Referring to FIG. 8, the user can wear the toe sock of the present invention with the toes and the front foot palm 10 to allow the pad member 10 corresponding to the front foot palm. Then, the can wear shoes with the toe sock of the present invention. Thus, due to the anti-slip rubber layer 20 under the pad member 10, the user can feel comfortable during standing or walking in addition to the toes being protected well and it is able to avoid undesirable skin tumors or chaps on the foot palm. Further, the anti-slip rubber layer 20 prevents the foot palm from slipping around and offers cushion and shock absorption.

While the invention has been described with referencing to preferred embodiments thereof, it is to be understood that modifications or variations may be easily made without departing from the spirit of this invention, which is defined by the appended claims.