Title:
Shoelace tether
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A tether which includes an elastic strip having Velcro sewn to the end of the right side and left side. Also having Velcro sewn on the top side of the center and double-stick tape on the bottom side of center to secure tether to any tie-up shoes. Once tether is secured by tape to the shoe, stretch right side towards the front of shoe and through loop of tied bow of shoe-string and pull back to secure to Velcro at the heel. Next stretch left side of tether towards front and lace through the remaining loop of bow, pull back and secure to heel of shoe.



Inventors:
Horn, Sandra Marie (St. Joseph, MO, US)
Application Number:
10/896401
Publication Date:
06/22/2006
Filing Date:
12/20/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A43C7/00
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Primary Examiner:
LAVINDER, JACK W
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
SANDRA M. HORN (ST. JOSEPH, MO, US)
Claims:
1. My claim is that when shoe-tie tether is in place shoe will remain tied in rigorous activity, thus preventing the need to re-tie and possible even preventing accidents caused from tripping on untied shoe. Product can be made inexpensively and used to advertise and promote different programs and causes.

Description:

An 11 inch piece of 1/4 to 3/4 inch wide elastic with a one inch piece of double-stick tape on the bottom side of middle of strip so elastic strip can be adhered to shoe. On top of elastic in the center is sewn a two-inch wide piece of loop Velcro. On right and left ends of said piece of elastic are sewn one inch pieces of hook Velcro so that when adhered to shoe and threaded through loops of bow Velcro will lock. After elastic piece is adhered to shoe, pull the left side of elastic to the left bow loop of tied shoe and thread through. Pull left side back to the heel and secure onto loop Velcro. Do same with right side locking bow in place or tethering bow.

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

After waiting at children's basketball games for time-outs while the children were allowed time to retie their shoes, I thought long and hard for a solution to this problem. I believe my tether is that solution. My invention will save time eliminating the need to keep retying shoes plus is will be an added safety feature. My invention can be used to personalize shoes. Also advertising can be typed onto the elastic portion. As well, different colors, glow in the dark colors and even light-up batteries attached in the end portions above the Velcro tabs. The tied shoe will look neater and be safer.

DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Figure one shows the tether in overview which is substantially a tether comprising; an elastic strip (12) which is folded over upon itself (thus forming a loop (15) having a first end (14) and a second end (16) each being threaded through the loops of a tied shoe lace then secured to (18) the receptive Velcro with number (20) being the double-stick tape that secures the device to the heel of the shoe.

Figure two shows how the tether looks when it has been operated as described in figure one to keep the shoe from coming untied.