Title:
Height increasing device
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Height increasing device with a wedge shaped resilient foam portion, a spandex elastic type slip on shoe, the foam portion bonded to the bottom of the spandex elastic shoe, the elastic shoe having an open front allowing the user's toes to exit the elastic shoe, and the wedge shaped foam situated under the user's heal area so that the thickest portion of the wedge is at the rear of the user's heal and the thinnest portion is located at the mid foot area. A preferred embodiment includes the resilient foam portion is constructed of Evo Foam.



Inventors:
Harmer, Chase R. (San Jose, CA, US)
Application Number:
11/497440
Publication Date:
02/07/2008
Filing Date:
08/02/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A43B7/16
View Patent Images:
Related US Applications:
20080271348SHOE SNAP FOR ATTACHING EMBELLISHMENTS TO SHOESNovember, 2008Fromm
20070039211Orthotic insert having recess for therapeutic patchFebruary, 2007Pichler
20100011618ADAPTABLE ORTHOPEDIC INSOLESJanuary, 2010Bitton
20100088925Lace and toungue configurationApril, 2010Jia
20070283600Heel and insole combination for woman's shoeDecember, 2007Trives Marcos
20090188132Slip-resistant shoe soleJuly, 2009Fujikawa et al.
20080092408Two-use-shoesApril, 2008Yeung
20060196082Modular heel assembly for high heel shoesSeptember, 2006Robbins
20090071041Article of Footwear Including a Woven Strap SystemMarch, 2009Hooper
20040045190Footwear traction assistMarch, 2004Washburn et al.
20070107257Multi-material molded shell for footwearMay, 2007Laska



Primary Examiner:
KAVANAUGH, JOHN T
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
R. Chase Harmer (San Jose, CA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. Height increasing device comprising: a wedge shaped resilient foam portion; a spandex elastic type slip on shoe; said foam portion bonded to the bottom of said spandex elastic shoe; said elastic shoe having an open front allowing the user's toes to exit said elastic shoe; and said wedge shaped foam situated under the user's heal area so that the thickest portion of said wedge is at the rear of the user's heal and the thinnest portion is located at the mid foot area.

2. Height increasing device as claimed in claim 1 wherein said resilient foam portion is constructed of Evo Foam.

3. Height increasing device as claimed in claim 1 wherein said wedge shape can be as thick as one and one half inches at its thickest point at the rear of the heal.

4. Height increasing device as claimed in claim 1 wherein said spandex shoe can fit a variety of foot sizes.

5. Height increasing device as claimed in claim 1 wherein said spandex shoe and attached wedge shaped portion can be worn under a person's standard sock so that said person can remove his or her shoes and still have the benefit of extra height because said spandex shoe can not easily be seen through said user's sock.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

Not Applicable

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

Not Applicable

DESCRIPTION OF ATTACHED APPENDIX

Not Applicable

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates generally to the field of shoe accessories and more specifically to a height increasing device.

Height challenged adults often try to augment their height by various means. Our society seems to value taller people over shorter people, especially men.

One method of adding height is to insert an insole into the heal portion of one's shoe so that the foot and resulting overall height of the user is higher than it would normally be. Another method of adding height is to wear a shoe that has an additional thickness already built into the sole or heel portion of the shoe.

However, these methods are deficient in several ways. Typical shoe lifts are big and bulky, and designed to be left inside the shoe. Some situations require an individual to remove his shoes. Unfortunately, when the shoes are removed, this added height is immediately lost. This embarrassing situation can draw unwanted attention the the vertically challenged adult. Additionally, shoes that have built in thickness in the sole are quite visible and are not very stylish.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The primary object of the invention is to provide a height increasing device that can be worn by a person in such a way that it is difficult for others to detect that the device is being worn even when the user removes his or her shoes.

Another object of the invention is to provide a height increasing device that molds itself to the underside of the user's heal.

Another object of the invention is to provide a height increasing device that hides easily inside the user's socks.

A further object of the invention is to provide a height increasing device that can fit a variety of sizes of feet.

Another object of the invention is to provide a height increasing device that can be worn with a wide variety of stylish shoes.

Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following descriptions, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein, by way of illustration and example, an embodiment of the present invention is disclosed.

In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention, there is disclosed a height increasing device comprising: a wedge shaped elastomeric foam portion, a spandex elastic type slip on shoe, said foam portion bonded to the bottom of said spandex elastic shoe, said elastic shoe having an open front allowing the user's toes to exit said elastic shoe, and said wedge shaped foam situated under the user's heal area so that the thickest portion of said wedge is at the rear of the user's heal and the thinnest portion is located at the mid foot area.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The drawings constitute a part of this specification and include exemplary embodiments to the invention, which may be embodied in various forms. It is to be understood that in some instances various aspects of the invention may be shown exaggerated or enlarged to facilitate an understanding of the invention.

FIG. 1 is a left side perspective view of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a right side perspective view of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a side section view of the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a side view of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a top view of the present invention

FIG. 6 is a bottom view of the present invention.

FIG. 7 is a front view of the present invention

FIG. 8 is a rear view of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Detailed descriptions of the preferred embodiment are provided herein. It is to be understood, however, that the present invention may be embodied in various forms. Therefore, specific details disclosed herein are not to be interpreted as limiting, but rather as a basis for the claims and as a representative basis for teaching one skilled in the art to employ the present invention in virtually any appropriately detailed system, structure or manner.

Referring now to FIG. 1 we see a left side perspective view of the height increasing device 100 of the present invention. The device is comprised of an elastic slip on shoe portion 4 and a wedge shaped heal portion 2. The front 6 of the shoe portion 4 is cut off to allow the user's toes to freely exit and not be constrained by the elastic shoe portion 4. The shoe portion 4 is preferably made of spandex material, which is elastic in all directions as well as comfortable to wear and quite thin in cross section so that its appearance when worn under a person's sock is hardly noticed. The heal wedge shaped portion 2 is made of resilient foam, preferably out of a brand called Evo Foam and is bonded to the underside of the elastic shoe portion 4. When a person wears the present invention 100 it essentially becomes a part of the user's foot and remains with the foot and hidden by the user's sock after the user removes his shoes. In this way, the user retains his appearance of height even when his shoes are removed. Additionally, the elastic nature of the spandex shoe 2 allows it to fit a variety of foot sizes. The heal portion 4 is preferably made of Evo Foam which is a resilient foam that is capable of forming to the underside of the user's foot while still being rigid enough to retain its thickness which can be as much as one and one half inches. FIG. 2 is a right side perspective view of the present invention. FIG. 3 is a side section view of the invention showing how the wedge shaped portion 4 is smoothly bonded to the elastic shoe portion 2 thereby creating little noticeable bulge lines when worn under a standard sock. FIG. 4 is a side view of the invention 100 showing cut off portion 6 and ankle entrance portion 8. FIG. 5 is a top view of the invention 100. FIG. 6 is a bottom view of the invention. The wedge shape extends approximately to the mid foot area of the wearer. FIG. 7 is a front view of the invention 100. FIG. 8 is a rear view of the invention 100

The above drawings and description shows that the present invention can significantly increase a person's height while wearing conventional shoes of the user's choosing. The user continues to maintain his appearance of height even when he takes off his shoes because the present invention resides inside the user's sock and is virtually invisible to the casual observer.

While the invention has been described in connection with a preferred embodiment, it is not intended to limit the scope of the invention to the particular form set forth, but on the contrary, it is intended to cover such alternatives, modifications, and equivalents as may be included within the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.





 
Previous Patent: INNER SOLE

Next Patent: Athletic shoe having a segmented upper