Title:
Display arrangement for footwear and method of assembly
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A footwear hanger display assembly is provided. The assembly includes a hanger piece, a pair of footwear comprising first and second members and a footwear wrap. The first member of the pair of footwear is positioned with the footwear wrap extending over the first member and along opposite side portions of the first member, the footwear wrap being attached to the hanger piece. The footwear wrap can be integral with the hanger piece, or separately attached. The second member of the pair of footwear is secured to the hanger piece adjacent the first member and the footwear wrap. The second member typically includes no footwear wrap therearound. Methods of assembly and use are also described.



Inventors:
Emery, Gwendolyn J. (Westerville, OH, US)
Application Number:
11/353707
Publication Date:
02/01/2007
Filing Date:
02/13/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47G29/00
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Primary Examiner:
MAI, TRI M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MERCHANT & GOULD P.C. (MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A footwear hanger display assembly comprising: (a) a hanger piece; (b) a pair of footwear comprising first and second members; and, (c) a first footwear wrap; (i) the first member of the pair of footwear being positioned with the footwear wrap extending over the first member and along opposite side portions of the first member; (ii) the footwear wrap being attached to the hanger piece; and (iii) the second member of the pair of footwear being secured to the hanger piece adjacent the first member and the footwear wrap; the second member including no portion of the first footwear wrap therearound.

2. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 1 wherein: (a) the footwear wrap extends over a front portion of the first member.

3. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 2 wherein: (a) the hanger piece is a flat card including a hanger cut therein.

4. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 3 wherein: (a) the hanger cut is a hook-shaped cut.

5. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 2 wherein: (a) the first footwear wrap comprises a center display surface and opposite first and second side wings; (i) the opposite side wings being wrapped around the first member of the pair of footwear.

6. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 5 wherein: (a) the opposite first and second side wings of the first footwear wrap each include a plurality of score lines therein, the score lines extending in a direction generally parallel to a length dimension of an associated footwear member.

7. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 5 wherein: (a) the first member of the pair of footwear is attached to the hanger piece with a flexible fastener arrangement that extends through: the hanger piece; the two side wings of the first footwear wrap; and, a sole of the first member of the pair of footwear.

8. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 5 wherein: (a) the center display surface has a width dimension of 2.5 to 4.5 inches and a length dimension of 1.5 to 4 inches.

9. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 8 wherein: (a) each side wing has a length dimension of 4 to 6.5 inches.

10. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 2 wherein: (a) the hanger piece is formed from a first construction member, and; (b) the first footwear wrap is formed from a second construction member.

11. A footwear hanger display assembly according go claim 2 wherein: (a) the hanger piece and first footwear wrap are formed from a one piece blank.

12. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 11 wherein: (a) the first footwear wrap has a center display surface and opposite sides.

13. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 12 wherein: (a) the first footwear wrap has an open top and an open bottom.

14. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 12 wherein: (a) the first footwear wrap has a closed top and an open bottom.

15. The footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 2 wherein: (a) the second member of the pair of footwear is secured to the hanger piece with a toe of the second member positioned in overlap with the hanger piece at a location within 1.0 inch of a top edge of the hanger piece; and, (b) the first member of the pair of footwear is positioned adjacent the second member.

16. The footwear hanger display according to claim 15 wherein: (a) the second member of the pair of footwear is secured to the hanger piece with a toe of the second member in overlap with the hanger piece at a location within 0.5 inch of a top edge of the hanger card.

17. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 2 wherein: (a) the second member of the pair of footwear is secured to the hanger piece with a toe of the second member positioned extending above a top edge of the hanger piece; (i) the first member of the pair of footwear being positioned adjacent the second member.

18. A footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 2 wherein: (a) the first footwear wrap is a box containing the first member of the pair of footwear.

19. A method of assembling a footwear hanger display assembly comprising a step of: (a) securing a pair of footwear to a hanger piece, a first member of the pair of footwear having a first footwear wrap extending over the first member and along opposite side portions of the first member, and a second member of the pair of footwear having no portion of the first footwear wrap extending therearound; (i) the step of securing comprising securing the pair of footwear such that a toe region of each member of the pair of footwear is positioned no lower than 1 inch from a top edge of the hanger piece.

20. A method of assembling a footwear hanger display assembly according to claim 19 wherein: (a) the first footwear wrap comprises a center display surface and a pair of first and second side wings; and, (b) before the step of securing, the first footwear wrap is positioned around the first member of the pair of footwear, with: (i) the display surface positioned over a front portion of a footwear upper; and, (ii) with the side wings wrapped around the first member of the pair of footwear in at least partial overlap with one another and adjacent a footwear sole.

21. A method according to claim 20 wherein: (a) the step of securing comprises: (i) securing a second member of the pair of footwear directly to the hanger piece with a fastener arrangement; and, (ii) securing the first member of the pair of footwear to the hanger piece with a fastener arrangement and with portions of the opposite wings positioned between the hanger piece and a portion of a sole of first member of the pair of footwear.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

The present application claims priority to U.S. provisional patent applications Nos. 60/703,919, filed Jul. 29, 2005, and 60/733,424, filed Nov. 3, 2005. The complete disclosures of both provisional applications are incorporated herein by reference.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present disclosure concerns packaging and display arrangements for pairs of footwear, such as slippers. An arrangement is described in which two members of a pair of footwear are positioned on a hanger piece. One of the members includes a footwear wrap over the member and along opposite side portions of the member. Methods of assembly and use are described.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Pairs of footwear, such as slippers, are often displayed hanging on display racks, for viewing by potential purchasers. Convenient footwear hanger display arrangements are desired that provide for:

1. Secure positioning of the footwear in a hangable arrangement;

2. Ease of inspection of the footwear by the potential buyer;

3. Convenient display of product information;

4. Ease of assembly; and,

5. Ease of mounting on a display rack.

Improvements have been sought.

SUMMARY

According to the present disclosure a footwear hanger display assembly is provided. The term “footwear hanger display assembly” and variants thereof, in this context, is meant to refer to an assembly that includes a hanger piece for hanging on a product display, the hanger piece including a pair of footwear attached or otherwise secured, thereto.

The footwear hanger display assemblies according to the present disclosure, can be utilized for display of a variety of types of footwear. Typically the arrangements will be used with slippers, since it is often desired to display slippers in hanging displays, in stores and other locations.

Herein the term “slippers” is meant to refer to footwear having a generally soft construction and typically not manufactured using a last (which is often necessary when manufacturing a shoe including a hard sole and a leather upper). The term “slipper” is meant to refer to a wide variety of such structures. The specific design features of the slippers, for example open or closed toe; heel or not heel, etc., are disregarded herein with respect to the general term “slippers.”

It is noted that footwear hanger displays according to the present disclosure can be utilized for a variety of alternate types of footwear, including, for example, sandals and flip-flop footwear. However it is currently anticipated that initial application will involve slippers.

Herein the term “footwear” is meant to be non-specific, with respect to the type of footwear involved, unless otherwise specified. However, the term “footwear” as used herein is meant to refer to footwear into which a foot is inserted like a shoe, slipper or sandal, and includes a sole and also some structure which extends over a foot, when worn. Fabric socks are not included in this use of the term “footwear.”

In general, the footwear hanger display assemblies described herein at least include: a hanger piece; a pair of footwear comprising first and second members (for example a pair of slippers); and, a first footwear wrap. In some examples, the first “footwear wrap” is a piece separate from the hanger piece, in other examples it is formed integral with the hanger piece.

The term “footwear wrap” as used herein, in this context, is meant to refer to a structure that is secured (attached) with a portion extending or wrapped around at least a portion of an associated member of a pair of footwear. The term “footwear wrap” is meant to refer to such a structure, whether or not it completely encloses the associated member of a pair of footwear.

The first footwear wrap is positioned extending around the first member of the pair of footwear. The second member of the pair of footwear is typically secured to the hanger piece adjacent the first member of the footwear pair and also adjacent the first footwear wrap. In this context the term “adjacent” is meant to refer to the footwear members as generally being positioned side by side (but not necessarily in the perfect alignment which results when adjacent footwear members end at exactly the same vertical position when the assembly is positioned on a rack for display). The second member typically includes no portion of the first footwear wrap therearound.

The footwear hanger display assembly is typically constructed to be positioned in a vertical orientation, when placed on a display rack for display. When in the vertical orientation the footwear members are generally oriented vertically, typically with both toe ends pointed up and both heel ends pointed down, although alternatives are possible. For the typical example shown, the hanger piece is a hanger card having a flat structure and a generally rectangular outer periphery. When the hanger piece has such a shape, typically it is positioned, in use, with an upper or top edge extending approximately horizontally. It is noted that alternate shapes of hanger pieces are possible with application of principles according to the present disclosure.

When the hanger piece has a generally horizontal upper edge, each member of the pair of footwear is typically positioned on the hanger piece with a highest end (typically a toe) thereof no lower than about 1.5 inch (38.1 mm) or 1 inch (25.4 mm) (typically no lower than about 0.5 inch or 12.7 mm) from the upper or top edge of the hanger piece. In some embodiments, the footwear can even be positioned on the hanger piece with uppermost end regions (typically toes) projecting somewhat above a top edge of the hanger piece, for example up to 3 inches (76.2 mm) above, but typically no more than 1.5 inches (38.1 mm), above, and usually not more than 0.75 inches (19 mm) above. Alternatives are possible, for example the footwear can extend even further above an upper edge of the hanger piece, however such alternatives will typically not be preferred.

Although alternatives are possible, the typical hanger piece is flat and includes a hanger cut therein, for example having a hook shape or J shape, for convenient mounting on a display rack.

In a first example shown, the footwear wrap comprises a center display surface and opposite first and second side pieces or wings; the side pieces or wings being positioned wrapped around the first member of the pair of footwear and the center display surface being positioned over a portion of an upper for the footwear. Score lines can be provided in the side pieces or wings, to facilitate wrapping around the footwear.

Although alternatives are possible, in a typical arrangement of this first example, the first member of the pair of footwear is fastened to the hanger piece with a fastener arrangement that extends: through the hanger piece; through a portion (for example the two side wings) of the footwear wrap; and also through a sole of the first footwear member.

The second member of the pair of footwear would typically be fastened directly to the hanger piece, with a fastener arrangement that extends through the hanger piece and through a sole of the second footwear member, with no footwear wrap structure therebetween.

Alternatives to this latter approach are possible; however the approach is preferred since it leaves an unobstructed view of one member of the pair of footwear and it is convenient for manufacture.

Although alternatives are possible, for a typical arrangement for adult sized footwear, the center display surface of the footwear wrap has a dimension with a width (dimension extending approximately perpendicularly to a length extension of the footwear) of 2.5 to 4.5 inch (63.5-114.3 mm) typically 3.25-4.25 inch (82.5-108 mm); and, a length dimension (dimension extending approximately parallel to a length dimension of the footwear, sometimes referred to as a vertical or axial height dimension, since it is a dimension of footwear height when the footwear assembly is hung on a display rack) of 1.5 to 4 inches (38.1-101.6 mm) typically 2.5-3.5 inches (63.5-88.9 mm). The wings each typically have a length dimension, i.e,. dimension of extension from a location adjacent the center display surface, of 4 to 6.5 inches (101.6-165.1 mm) typically 4.5-5.5 inches (114.3-139.7 mm).

In certain alternate arrangements, the slipper wrap is a box or similar structure, in which a portion of (or in some instances the entire) first member of the footwear pair is positioned. In one example, the box is separate from the hanger piece and attached thereto. In another, the box is integral with the hanger card.

In still another example, the footwear wrap is integral with the hanger piece, but is otherwise a wrap, open at both top and bottom.

Methods of assembly and use are provided.

It is not necessary for a footwear display arrangement to include all of the features described or shown herein, to be improved in accord with the general descriptions herein.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of an assembly comprising a pair of slippers on a hanger arrangement according to the present disclosure;

FIG. 2 is a front plan view of the assembly of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a rear plan view of the assembly of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a plan view of a hanger piece useable to form the assembly of FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is a plan view of a slipper wrap or cover useable to form the assembly of FIG. 1;

FIG. 6 is a plan view depicting the slipper wrap of FIG. 5 wrapped around a slipper in a step of forming the assembly of FIG. 1;

FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a first alternate assembly according to the present disclosure;

FIG. 8 is a view of the alternate assembly according to FIG. 7, shown in a form such that footwear member can be removed from a footwear wrap thereof;

FIG. 9 is a schematic plan view of a blank usable to form a second alternate assembly according to the present disclosure;

FIG. 10 is a plan view of the blank of FIG. 9, depicted after several initial folding steps;

FIG. 11 is schematic depiction of the blank of FIG. 10, during additional folding steps;

FIG. 12 is depiction of an assembly comprising a pair of slippers mounted on a hanger arrangement made in accord with FIGS. 9-11;

FIG. 13 is a schematic plan view of a blank foldable to form a third alternate assembly according to the present disclosure;

FIG. 14 is a view of the blank of FIG. 13 after some initial folding steps;

FIG. 15 is a schematic view of the blank of FIG. 13 during additional folding steps; and

FIG. 16 is a front view of a third alternate assembly comprising a pair of slippers mounted on a hanger arrangement made in accord with FIGS. 13-15.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

I. General Description, FIGS. 1-8

The reference numeral 1, FIG. 1, depicts a footwear (typically slipper) hanger display assembly according to the present disclosure. In FIG. 1 a front perspective view is shown. By the term “front” in this context, it is meant that the assembly 1 is depicted in a perspective view taken toward a side visible to the potential purchaser when properly positioned on (suspended from) a display rack for display and purchase.

Referring to FIG. 1, the footwear hanger and display assembly 1 comprises a pair of footwear (in this example slippers) 3; a hanger piece arrangement 4 (in this example a card) and a first footwear sleeve or wrap 6.

More specifically, the pair of footwear (slippers) 3 comprises a first (in this example left) member (or slipper) 3a and a second (in this example right) member (or slipper) 3b. Any of a variety of footwear designs can be utilized in association with the present disclosure, each member of the pair generally comprising a sole 11 with structure 10 that fits over part of a foot. Typically structure 10 is an upper; the upper 10 being secured to the sole 11 and defining an interior or foot receiving volume (or area) 12.

Herein, an upper, such as upper 10, will sometimes be referred to as having a front section. The “front section” of an upper, is meant to refer to a section of the upper extending from a front part of a wearer's leg, toward a toe portion of the associated footwear. The “front section” can be open toed or closed. The “front section” can also be a strap arrangement, when the footwear is sandals and/or flip-flops.

For display, the pair of footwear 3 is secured (attached) to hanger piece 4. A typical hanger piece includes a hanger cut 4a therein, shaped and positioned to allow the hanger piece 4 to be suspended from an appropriately positioned hanger rod in a display rack. The particular hanger cut 4a depicted is hook-shaped (in this instance “J” shaped) allowing the hanger piece 4 to be pushed upwardly against a hanger rod, and then moved laterally to allow a hook end 4b to rest over the hanger rod, during mounting. Of course alternate shaped hanger cuts (for example check shaped) can be provided in the hanger piece 4. Further, alternate methods of attachment to a display rack, not involving a hanger cut, could be used. For example, a hanger loop of plastic or other material could be secured to the hanger piece 4.

The hanger piece 4 may comprise a variety of materials, however typically paperboard or cardboard will be used. Although alternatives are possible, the hanger card 4 will often comprise a folded piece (or blank) of paperboard or cardboard, for example a tri-folded piece or card with hanger cut 4a die cut therein. One possibility for the material of the hanger piece 4 is a tri-folded piece of paperboard, where the paperboard that is folded to make the hanger piece has a weight of at least 300 grams per square meter and typically not more than 500 grams per square meter, typically 400 gram per square meter. The paperboard from which the hanger piece is made can, for example, have a thickness of at least 0.2 mm, typically not more than 2 mm, although alternatives are possible. Another option for the hanger piece 4 is a double-fold or single-fold configuration, either of which could be made from paperboard having weights of at least 400 grams per square meter, typically not more than 1200 grams per square meter, although alternatives are possible. In one example, the paperboard has a weight of 400 grams per square meter and a thickness of 0.4 mm.

The outer perimeter shape of the hanger piece 4 is a matter of choice. A rectangular shaped card, as shown, is convenient and easy to assemble, however alternatives are possible. With a rectangular shape the width dimension (horizontal dimension when mounted) would typically be on the order of the same width as the pair of footwear when positioned next to one another. A typical width, for adult sized slippers, would be on the order of about 7.5-9.0 inches (190.5-228.6 mm), typically about 8-8.87 inches (203-223 mm).

The first footwear wrap 6 includes an central display surface or face 6a positioned over a portion of an associated member of the pair of footwear 3 to provide a convenient display surface for indicia 6b. The indicia 6b would generally be product information, manufacturer information, and/or decorative indicia. The first footwear wrap 6 typically extends completely around at least a portion of one of the members 3a, 3b, of the pair of footwear. In this instance the first footwear wrap 6 is shown wrapped around member 3a, with portion 6a positioned over a front portion 10a of upper 10, with toe portion 3t of member 3a projecting out from under the wrap 6, and with the footwear wrap 6 extending over opposite side portions 3x, 3y (FIG. 2) of the associated member 3a. Of course in alternate applications, the first footwear wrap 6 could be applied around a portion of member 3b of the pair of footwear 3 and not around member 3a.

There is no specific requirement that the members 3a, 3b of the pair of footwear 3b be positioned on the hanger piece 4 such that the member configured for a left foot is on the left and the member configured for a right foot is on the right when viewed from the front, however this will be typical.

Each member of the pair of footwear (slippers) 3a, 3b is secured to the hanger piece 4. A variety of methods of attachment or securement can be used. Member 3b is shown secured “directly” to the hanger piece 4; the term “directly” in this context being meant to refer to an attachment that does not involve another structural member (such as a portion of first footwear wrap 6) other than a piece of fastener, positioned between the associated footwear member (in this instance member 3b) and the hanger piece 4. Although alternatives are possible, a flexible fastener arrangement, for example a plastic fastener, can be used for this attachment. A form of useable plastic fastener is the form sometimes referred to as a “pin stake.” A variety of pin staking arrangements, techniques and approaches can be used, a convenient one being that commercially available under the mark “Swiftach” from Avery Dennison of Pasadena, Calif., 91103.

For the particular assembly 1 depicted in FIG. 1, member 3a is also attached to the hanger piece 4 with a fastener arrangement, such as a flexible plastic fastener. In this instance member 3a is not secured “directly” to hanger piece 4, as the term “directly” was used above, because a portion of footwear wrap 6, as described below, is positioned between footwear member 3a and hanger card 4. Alternates are possible. For example, member 3a can be attached to the footwear wrap 6, and the footwear wrap 6 separately attached to the hanger piece 4. Also, member 3a can be attached to the hanger piece 4 at a location not in overlap with the footwear wrap 6, and the footwear wrap 6 can be separately attached to the member 3a and/or card 4. However such alternate approaches will typically not be preferred, for convenience.

In FIG. 2 the assembly 1 is depicted in a front plan view. The view of FIG. 2, similarly to FIG. 1, is toward a side of the assembly 1 preferably visible to a potential buyer, on a display rack.

Referring to FIG. 2, the view depicted is sometimes referred to herein as a “vertical” view or front plan view, since it is the typical view for the assembly 1 when positioned on a rack for display. When positioned in this manner, each footwear member 3a, 3b can be described as having a central axis extending between a toe portion 15 and heel portion 16; the length of this axis generally being referred to herein as a “length” or “height” of each footwear member 3a, 3b. Each footwear member 3a, 3b would also typically have a width, generally corresponding herein to a maximum distance between opposite sides 3x, 3y of each footwear member 3a, 3b.

From a review of FIGS. 1 and 2 convenience of the assembly 1, and advantages, will be understood. First, one of the footwear members 3a, 3b, in this instance right member 3b, is fully viewable to the potential purchaser, for inspection. Indeed the potential purchaser even has access to the slipper interior 12, for inspection. (In some instances a removable paper, paperboard or cardboard support ring or similar material may be positioned within interiors 12 to inhibit footwear collapse.)

The other footwear member, in this instance member 3a, with the display surface of the first footwear wrap 6a thereover, is still highly accessible for evaluation, the potential purchaser having access to interior 12 thereof, as well. This is because for the example shown the first footwear wrap 6 extends over only part of a front portion of the upper 10, and does not completely encase the footwear member 3a. Alternate arrangements are possible, as discussed below in connection with FIG. 7.

For the example shown, the total vertical display dimension needed for the assembly 1, can be limited to approximately the length of the footwear members 3a, 3b, since each member 3a, 3b is positioned on the hanger piece 4 with a toe region 15 thereof positioned adjacent hanger piece top or upper edge 4u. In general terms, the principles described herein lend themselves toward, if desired, minimal vertical length for height dimension for the slipper hanger display assembly, which is accomplished if the hanger piece 4 is secured to the footwear pair 3 such that the members 3a, 3b are positioned with the toes 15 adjacent edge or top 4u, or projecting slightly thereover.

Of course many of the principles described can be applied in arrangements that are not minimized, with respect to vertical height. However typically the footwear members 3a, 3b, will be secured to the hanger piece 4 with the toes 15 positioned no lower from edge 4u than a distance corresponding to 1.0 inch (25.4 mm), typically no lower than a distance corresponding to 0.5 inch (12.7 mm), and usually and preferably at or above top edge 4u.

Positioning of the slippers 3a, 3b, sufficiently close to edge 4u, in order to provide for minimal (if desired) or at least limited vertical dimension to the assembly 1, is facilitated by the fact that front surface 4f of hanger piece 4 is not required for display of product information and/or product indicia, due to the presence of slipper wrap 6, with display surface 6a.

A minimization of total vertical dimension taken up by assembly 1, when positioned on a display rack, is desirable to facilitate product display and positioning in stores.

In the context of the previous discussion or the term “vertical dimension” or height is meant to indicate dimension V as shown in FIG. 2. Alternately stated, for the example shown, it is the dimension between the upper edge 4u of the hanger piece 4 (when the assembly 1 is positioned on a display rack) and the heel portions 16 of the pair of footwear 3. Of course if the pair of footwear 3 is mounted on the hanger piece 4 such that portions 15 extend above upper edge 4u, then the vertical dimension V would simply correspond to the vertical dimension or lengths of the members of the pair of footwear 3, assuming that the hanger piece 4 is positioned so that no portion extends below heels 16.

Typically, when the toe portions 15 extend above the edge or top 4u, they will not extend further than about 3 inches (76.2 mm), typically no more than 1.5 inches (38.1 mm) and usually no more than 0.75 inch (19.05 mm) above the edge or top 4u.

Although alternatives are possible, the hanger piece 4 typically has a dimension of width no more than 1.0 inch (25.4 mm) wider than the footwear 3, and typically a width corresponding to the pair of footwear 3. Also typically the height dimension of the hanger piece 4 is no greater than about 70% of the length of the pair of footwear 3, typically no more than 50% of that length, although alternatives are possible.

It is noted that the hanger cut 4a is positioned so that end 4b is oriented between the members 3a, 3b of the pair of footwear 3. This will be typical.

In FIG. 3 the assembly 1 is viewable from a rear plan view. The view of FIG. 3 is generally toward the side that would be facing a display rack, during display. From review of FIG. 3, it can be seen that once removed from a display rack, the assembly 1 is configured to allow for a convenient inspection of the sole regions 20 of each footwear member 3a, 3b.

It is noted that FIG. 3 is schematic, at least in that detail regarding any sole pattern on the footwear members 3a, 3b is not shown.

Referring to FIG. 3, apertures 25 in hanger piece 4 provide for projection therethrough of fastener arrangements 27. Fastener arrangement 27b would typically extend through hanger piece 4 and sole 20 of footwear member 3b. Fastener arrangement 27a would typically extend through hanger piece 4, a portion of footwear wrap 6 (FIG. 2) and sole 20 of footwear member 3a, although alternatives are possible.

Still referring to FIG. 3, when the fastener arrangements 27a, 27b for a given footwear member 3a, 3b involve a flexible plastic fastener, or multiple plastic fasteners centered through the same aperture 25, that footwear member, 3a, 3b, can also be rotated relative to hanger piece 4 for example to facilitate inspection.

Typically each fastener 27 will be positioned within a distance of 50% of the length of the slipper 3a, 3b, from a top end (in this instance toe 15) when mounted on card 4, typically within a distance from a top end of no more than 40% of this distance. In a typical application, the fasteners 27 will extend through the associated slipper sole 20 at a location at least 10% of the length of the slipper from the associated end (typically toe 15).

Preparation of the assembly 1 is also convenient, and will be understood from the following descriptions, and review of FIGS. 4-6.

Referring to FIG. 4, hanger piece 4 is depicted. Hanger piece 4, as indicated above, would typically be made from a cardboard or paperboard construction. Although alternatives are possible, the particular hanger piece 4 depicted comprises a tri-fold having hanger cut 4a die cut therein. Apertures 25 are positioned for fasteners. Again, the outer perimeter shape of the hanger piece 4 is a matter of choice, a rectangular shape being convenient. A choice will be made based upon such factors as available materials, ease of assembly with equipment available, and aesthetic choices. A multi-piece hanger piece 4 is possible, but not typical, for convenience.

In FIG. 5 first footwear wrap 6 is depicted. Footwear wrap 6 comprises center display surface 6a having opposite outwardly directed sides or wings 6c, 6d extending from opposite sides thereof. Although alternatives are possible, wrap 6 would typically comprise flexible cardboard or paperboard. One possibility for the material of the footwear wrap 6 is paperboard with a weight ranging from 350 to 550 grams per square meter, for example 400 gram per square meter, although alternatives are possible. The paperboard from which the footwear wrap 6 is made can, for example, have a thickness ranging from 0.2 mm to 2 mm, inclusive, for example 0.4 mm, although alternatives are possible.

Score (or compression) lines 30 are positioned in sides 6c, 6d. The score (or compression) lines 30 facilitate flexibility in the sides 6c, 6d.

Still referring to FIG. 5, the particular shape of the first footwear wrap 6 is a matter of choice, depending on such factors as available material, equipment and design aesthetics. The specific choice will in part be a matter of design aesthetics based upon the overall desired appearance of the assembled footwear hanger display assembly. The particular look of the first footwear wrap 6, FIG. 5, with a large central display area 6a, and narrow, opposite, wings 6c, 6d, oppositely centered along a side dimension of the display area 6a, to provide a watch and band look, is chosen for design appearance reasons and convenience.

For the example footwear wrap 6 shown in FIG. 5, accommodating the function and design aspects referenced above, the central display section 6a has a width (dimension W) corresponding to a dimension extending perpendicularly to a length extension of the footwear when used, of 2.5 to 4.5 inch (63.5-114.3 mm), typically 3.25-4.25 inch (82.5-108 mm). The length dimension (dimension extending approximately parallel to a length dimension of the footwear, sometimes referred to as a vertical or axial height dimension) indicated at L in FIG. 5, would be on the order of 1.5 to 4.0 inches (38.1-101.6 mm), typically 2.5-3.5 inches (63.5-88.9 mm).

The wings 6c, 6d each typically have a length dimension L1, FIG. 5, on the order of about 4.0-6.5 inches (101.6-165.1 mm), typically 4.5-5.5 inches (114.3-139.7 mm). When the watch band look is desired, dimension X, FIG. 5, a length dimension in the narrowest part of the wing 6c, 6d, extending perpendicular to the length L1, is on the order of about 0.75-2.5 inches (19-63.5 mm), typically 1.0-2.0 inches (25.4-50.8 mm). The dimensions provided in this and the previous paragraph are meant to be typical for adult sized slippers. Alternatives are possible.

During preparation of the slipper hanger display 1, FIG. 1, footwear wrap 6 is positioned with sides or wings 6c, 6d wrapped around a member of a pair of footwear, with portions of the wings 6c, 6d, being positioned generally in overlap. This is depicted in FIG. 6, in which first footwear wrap 6 is mounted on a footwear member 40, with ends 35, 35 overlapping a portion of footwear sole 43. An optional piece of tape 45 is shown securing the wings 6c, 6d in position. In some arrangements it will be possible to avoid use of the optional tape 45.

The subassembly of FIG. 6, comprising a first footwear wrap 6 and a footwear member 40 is then secured to hanger piece 4 using a fastener arrangement. The fastener can, for example, be positioned in extension through both the hanger piece 4, sole 43 and the wings 6c, 6d, if desired. This will be typical.

Of course typically a second member of a pair of footwear members will be secured to the hanger piece 4; the two members forming a displayed footwear pair. Typically the second member will not have a footwear wrap therearound.

Attention is now directed to FIG. 7, in which an alternate embodiment is depicted showing footwear hanger display assembly 101. Display assembly 101 includes hanger piece 104 with a pair of footwear members 103 positioned thereon; the pair of footwear members comprising member 103a and member 103b. In this instance, the footwear wrap 106 comprises a box, sleeve or similar structure 107 in which one of the members 103a of the pair 103 is completely enclosed.

Member 103a can be fastened to hanger piece 104; for example with a fastener extending through box 106 if desired. Alternatively, slipper 103a can be removeably contained within box 107; box 107 then being secured to the hanger piece 104.

For the example shown, slipper 103b is shown uncovered and not contained within a slipper wrap.

The slipper wrap 106, includes an available display surface 106a, for indicia and/or product information.

The assembly 101, FIG. 7, includes many of the advantages of assembly 1, FIGS. 1-3.

In FIG. 8, assembly 101 is depicted with box 107 opened and end 107a for removal of footwear member 103a therefrom. It will be understood that the assembly of FIG. 8 then depicts the arrangement with footwear member 103 a not fastened to hanger piece 104, but merely received within box 107. In an alternative mentioned above, footwear member 103a would not be removable from box 107, without disconnecting a fastener arrangement.

II. Two Additional Arrangements, FIG. 9-16

In the arrangements thus far described, the hanger piece is typically a separate construction member from the footwear wrap, during assembly. That is, the hanger piece is formed from a first construction member and the footwear wrap from a second construction member. It is possible to provide the hanger piece and footwear wrap secured together by being formed, integrally with one another, typically folded from a single construction member (or blank) such as a piece of cardboard or paperboard. Two examples of this are shown in FIGS. 9-16.

A. The Example of FIGS. 9-12

Attention is first directed to FIG. 12, in which a footwear hanger display assembly 200 in accord with this embodiment is depicted. The footwear hanger display assembly comprises a hanger piece 201 and a pair of footwear 202 comprising the first member 203 and a second member 204. The display assembly further includes a footwear wrap 205. In the particular example shown, footwear wrap 205 is integral with the card 201. By “integral” in this context, it is meant that the wrap 205 and card 201 are formed from a single, folded, construction piece. The example footwear wrap 205 forms a five-sided box 210 in which a (toe) portion of footwear member 203 is positioned. The pair of footwear 202 can be secured on hanger piece 201 in a similar manner (for example by a plastic fastener) and at a similar location, as with the previously described embodiments.

It is noted that hanger piece 201 includes hanger cut 211 therein, for convenient display on a rack.

In FIG. 9, a cardboard blank 225 is depicted in the form of a single construction piece from which the hanger card 201 and footwear wrap 205 can be folded. FIG. 9 is schematic in nature. Each of lines 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231 and 231 is meant to represent a fold line. In a typical example, paperboard or cardboard would be used for blank 225, with lines 226-232 being compressed lines or score lines. A die-cut process can be used to form blank 225.

In blank 225, apertures 240 are positioned. In the assembled product, apertures 240 will overlap, forming an aperture through the resulting hanger piece 201, FIG. 12, for extension therethrough of attachment arrangements securing footwear pair 202 in place.

Still referring to FIG. 9, blank 225 includes a first section 250, comprising panels 251, 252, and 253, positioned to form hanger piece 201 as a trifold. Each of panels 251-253 includes a J-cut 255 therein, appropriately positioned to overlap and form cut 211, FIG. 12, in the folded hanger piece 201. Although alternatives are possible, a typical example of assembly, section 253 can be folded over section 252, and section 251 folded over sections 253 and 252, to form trifold hanger piece 201. An example of this is shown schematically in FIG. 10. It is noted that for FIG. 10, after folding of the trifold from FIG. 9, the blank 225, was flipped over, to view the J or hanger cut 211 at the top as it would typically be oriented when the resulting assembly is mounted on a display rack.

Referring to FIG. 10, after the first series of folds to form the hanger 201, the blank 225 comprise a hanger piece 201, which has integrally connected thereto, flexible, foldable, section 270. Section 270 is configured to form a footwear wrap, in this instance having two sides and a top of a five-sided box, during appropriate folding around lines 228, 229, 230, 231 and 232.

In FIG. 11, blank 225 is depicted during this folding. Folding around line 231 forms panels 271 and 272, which defines a closeable top to the resulting box structure (footwear wrap) 210, FIG. 12. Folding around lines 229, 230 will result in a first side panel 273, FIG. 11 on the footwear wrap 210. Folding around lines 228, 232, FIG. 10, will result in generation of a second side panel 274, opposite side panel 273. A central display panel 275, FIG. 11, is formed from section 275, defined between fold lines 228, 229, and 233. Panel 275 extends over a portion (typically a front portion) of a mounted footwear member, in use. Panel 280 will wrap underneath slipper member 203, FIG. 12, and can be secured (for example glued or stapled) in place if desired. Top 285, FIG. 11, formed by panels 271, 272 can also be secured (for example glued) closed if desired.

Referring to FIG. 12, the resulting footwear hanger display assembly 200 includes, as do previous assemblies described herein, a hanger piece, a pair of footwear comprising first and second members and a first footwear wrap. The first member of the pair of footwear is positioned with a footwear wrap extending therearound, the footwear wrap being secured to the hanger piece, in this instance being secured (attached) by being integral with the hanger piece. The second member of the pair of footwear is secured to the hanger piece adjacent the first member and the footwear wrap. The second member includes no portion of the first footwear wrap therearound. The hanger piece is a flat card including a hanger cut therein, and the preferred hanger cut is hook shape. The footwear wrap comprises a center display surface and opposite first and second sides.

It is noted that for the arrangement of FIG. 12, the footwear wrap can extend completely around the footwear member, or form a wrap around the first footwear member in combination with the hanger piece. The difference depends on the length of section 280, identified above. In either case, herein it will be said that the first footwear wrap extends around the first footwear.

Typically the center display surface 275 will have a width dimension of 2.5 to 4.5 inches and a length dimension of 1.5 to 4 inches although alternatives are possible. For the example shown in FIG. 12, the footwear wrap has opposite sides, a closed top and an open bottom.

Referring to FIGS. 10 and 11, in some instances panel 280 can be made relatively short in length from the line 230 to tip 280t. In others it can be made relatively long, to extend under the footwear member 203, FIG. 12. When relatively long, it may be desirable to have an aperture in panel 280 positioned to align with apertures 240a, FIG. 10.

Of course variations in the blank of FIG. 9 are possible, including for example providing the first section 250 as a single panel, or as two panels, instead of as three panels. In general terms, the blank 225 comprises a first section that will be used to form the hanger card, in the resulting display assembly; and, a second portion that will form the first footwear wrap, in the completed display assembly. Each is configured to be appropriately folded to form the parts in the resulting product.

B. A Second Example, FIG. 13-16

A second example of a footwear hanger display in which the hanger piece and the footwear wrap are formed from a single, integrally folded, hanger blank, will be understood by reference to FIGS. 13-16. Referring first to FIG. 16, a footwear hanger display 300 is depicted comprising hanger piece 301 and a pair of footwear 302 comprising a first member 303 and a second member 304. The footwear hanger display 300 further includes a first footwear wrap 305 extending around a portion of footwear member 303. In the example shown in FIG. 16, footwear wrap 305 has a central display surface 273 and is open at opposite top and bottom ends 310-311. A tip of footwear member 303 is viewable, at 313, projecting out of open end 310. The hanger piece 301 includes a hanger cut 314.

In FIG. 13, a footwear blank 225 foldable to form from integral hanger card 301 and first footwear wrap 305, FIG. 16 is shown. In FIG. 13, the blank 325 is depicted schematically. Fold lines are indicated 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, and 331. The blank 225 would typically be formed from cardboard or paperboard, the blank 225 typically being a cut piece, with the fold lines 326-331 positioned through a score or compression operation.

Referring to FIG. 13, apertures 340 are depicted. Once the footwear hanger display blank 325 is folded, apertures 340 will overlap and form apertures through the resulting hanger piece 301, FIG. 16, for attachment of footwear for securing the pair of footwear 302 in place.

Referring to FIG. 13, blank 325 includes a first section 350, which will form the hanger piece 301 when folded. Section 350 includes panels 351, 352 and 353. Typically, as part of a first operation, a panel 353 will be folded over panel 352, and panel 351 would then be folded over panel 353 (and panel 352), to form the hanger piece 301, FIG. 16. It is noted that each of the panels 351, 352 and 353 includes a hanger cut 355, positioned to overlap and form hanger cut 314 and hanger piece 301, FIG. 16.

In FIG. 14, footwear hanger display blank 325 is depicted with portions 351 and 353 folded to form hanger piece 301, with section 360 integral therewith and projecting therefrom. It is noted that by the depiction of cut 314, after the folding from FIG. 13, the resulting folded construction was inverted, so that cut 314 is directed upwardly, as it would be when mounted on a display rack.

Folding around fold lines 328 and 329, will create a first side panel 370, in the resulting footwear wrap 305. Folding around lines 330, 331 will create an opposite second, side panel 371. Panel section 372, between fold lines 329 and 330, will form an outer central display surface 372, FIG. 16, that extends over the slipper member 303. Section 373 will wrap under the slipper or footwear member 303. Extension 373 can be varied in length between line 331 and tip 373t, FIG. 14 as convenient. It is noted that an arrangement where panel 373 is sufficiently large to cover aperture 340a in FIG. 14, panel 373 can be provided with an aperture, if desired, or a hole can be punched after folding. Panel 373 can be glued into position if desired.

The step of folding to form a footwear wrap 305 integral with the hanger card 301 is depicted in FIG. 15

From the construction approach of FIGS. 13-15, a resulting footwear hanger display assembly 300, FIG. 16, can be made which includes: a hanger piece; a pair of footwear comprising first and second member; and, first footwear wrap. The first footwear wrap is positioned extending around a first member of the pair of footwear. The footwear wrap is secured (attached) to the hanger piece, in this instance by being formed integral with the hanger piece. The second member of the footwear pair is secured to the hanger piece adjacent the first member and the footwear wrap; the second member including no portion of the first footwear wrap therearound. As with the previous arrangements, the hanger piece is a flat card and can include a hanger cut therein. The hanger cut can be hook shaped. Also as with previous arrangements, the first footwear wrap comprises a center display surface.

It is noted that in the footwear hanger display assembly 300, the first footwear wrap extends around the first footwear member. The extension will be completely around, or only partially around, depending upon the length of section 373, FIGS. 14 and 15. In some instances, tab 373 may be relatively short, in which case a bottom or inside of the footwear wrap is formed by the hanger piece. In either case, herein the footwear wrap will be characterized as extending around the first footwear member.

The footwear can be secured to the hanger piece in a manner similar to previous descriptions, and at a similar location. As with previous arrangements the center display surface can be provided in a variety of sizes, typical ones having a width dimension of 2.5 to 4.5 inches, and a length dimension of 1.5 to 4 inches.

For the particular example shown in FIG. 16, the first footwear wrap has an open top and an open bottom.

Similarly to the blank 225 of FIG. 9, blank 325 can be formed with the first portion 350 comprising a single panel, two panels of three panels, for example. In general terms, the blank 325 comprises a first panel which forms the hanger card in the resulting display assembly; and, a second portion which is folded to form the first footwear wrap in the resulting display assembly.





 
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