Title:
Anti-dust shoe pad device
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A shoe pad made of a flexible thin sheet material (paper or plastics) for adhering to the outer sole of a shoe to prevent floor contamination is disclosed having a top surface, an adhesive zone disposed on the top surface for adhering to the shoe pad to the outer sole of a shoe, and a smooth bottom surface disposed opposite to the top surface.



Inventors:
Li, Guo-shian (Hsinchu County, TW)
Application Number:
11/808485
Publication Date:
12/11/2008
Filing Date:
06/11/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A43B13/22
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Primary Examiner:
MOHANDESI, JILA M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BIRCH, STEWART, KOLASCH & BIRCH, LLP (FALLS CHURCH, VA, US)
Claims:
What the invention claimed is:

1. A shoe pad device comprising at least one shoe pad made of a flexible thin sheet material for adhering to the outer sole of a shoe to prevent floor contamination, said at least one shoe pad each having a top surface, an adhesive zone disposed on said top surface for adhering to the respective shoe pad to the outer sole of a shoe, and a smooth bottom surface disposed opposite to said top surface.

2. The shoe pad device as claimed in claim 1, wherein said flexible thin sheet material is paper.

3. The shoe pad device as claimed in claim 1, wherein said at least one shoe pad includes a plurality of shoe pads connected in series by means of a tearing perforation line between each two adjacent shoe pads and rolled up into a shoe pad roll.

4. The shoe pad device as claimed in claim 1, wherein said flexible thin sheet material is plastics; said at least one shoe pad includes a plurality of shoe pads connected in series and rolled up into a shoe pad roll, said shoe pads each having a plurality of transversely extending tearing lines.

5. The shoe pad device as claimed in claim 1, wherein said at least one shoe pad each has the top surface covered with a layer of stripping paper.

6. The shoe pad device as claimed in claim 1, wherein said at least one shoe pad includes a plurality of shoe pads arranged in a stack and sealed with an adhesive at one side, forming a shoe pad stack, said shoe pad stack having a top side covered with a stripping paper.

7. The shoe pad device as claimed in claim 1, wherein said adhesive zone is coated with a layer of color means.

8. The shoe pad device as claimed in claim 1, wherein said adhesive zone has the border thereof surrounded with a layer of color means.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to shoe pads and more particularly, to an anti-dust shoe pad for adhering to the outer sole of a shoe to prevent floor contamination.

2. Description of the Related Art

When visiting certain places, we may need to take off the shoes. For example, before entering a clean shoe room or laboratory (in a school), the visitor may have to take off the shoes to prevent floor contamination. Before entering the client's house, a plumber must take off the shoes to prevent floor contamination and to show respect to the host (or company). It wastes much time to take off the shoes and then put on the shoes. When taking off the shoes or putting on the shoes, the posture may be not elegant. If there is no seat available for sitting, one shall have to take off or put on the shoes in a standing position. It is inconvenient to take off or put on the shoes in a standing position. To a lady wearing a shirt, it is embarrassing to take off or put on the shoes in a standing position in the public. Further, when a group of people visiting a place where the shoes must be taken off, much visiting time will be wasted in taking off and putting on the shoes. When people are walking in a room in a hot day after took off the shoes during a visit, the shocks may give off an unpleasant smell and may also contaminate the floor.

In general, when visiting a place where the shoes must be taken off, people will encounter the following problems:

1. It is inconvenient to take off or put on the shoes without a seat, and taking off or putting on the shoes wastes much visiting time.

2. It is embarrassing to take off or put on the shoes in a standing position.

3. Taking off the shoes will give off an unpleasant smell.

4. Walking on the floor with socks may still contaminate the floor.

Therefore, it is not a perfect idea to take off the shoes before visiting a particular place. This manner cannot absolutely eliminate floor contamination.

Therefore, it is desirable to provide a shoe pad that eliminates the aforesaid problems.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention has been accomplished under the circumstances in view. It is therefore the main object of the present invention to provide a shoe pad, which can be adhered to the outer sole of a shoe to prevent floor contamination. It is another object of the present invention to provide a shoe pad, which can be adhered to the outer sole of a shoe directly simply by stepping the shoe on the shoe pad by the user wearing the shoe.

To achieve these and other objects of the present invention, the shoe pad has a top surface, an adhesive zone on the top surface for adhering the shoe pad to the outer sole of a shoe, and a smooth bottom surface opposite to the top surface for contacting the floor as the user is walking.

Further, the invention can be prepared in the form of a shoe pad roll, comprising a plurality of shoe pads longitudinally connected in series, and a tearing perforation line transversely connected between each two adjacent shoe pads.

Further, the invention can be prepared in the form of a shoe pad stack, comprising a plurality of shoe pads arranged in a stack and sealed with a glue at one side.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a schematic drawing showing a shoe pad roll made according to the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a schematic drawing showing one individual shoe pad provided with a stripping paper according to the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a schematic drawing showing a shoe pad stack made according to the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a schematic drawing showing an alternate form of the shoe pad roll according to the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a schematic drawing showing a status of use of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring to FIG. 1, a shoe pad 10 is shown formed of a thin sheet of flexible material, for example, paper. The shoe pad 10 can be made in any of a variety of shapes. According to this embodiment, the shoe pad 10 has a rectangular shape. The shoe pad 10 has a top surface 11, an adhesive zone 20 on the top surface 11, and a smooth bottom surface 12 opposite to the top surface 11. The adhesive zone 20 may be coated with a layer of color pigment, giving a striking visual effect. The color pigment may be covered on the whole area or a part of the adhesive zone 20, or around the border of the adhesive zone 20. Alternatively, the adhesive zone 20 can be provided with a color design.

A plurality of shoe pads 10 may be connected to one another in series, forming a shoe pad roll 1. In this case, a tearing perforation line 13 is provided in the area between each two adjacent shoe pads 10. Through the tearing perforation line 13, the user can separate the leading shoe pad 10 from the shoe pad roll 1 easily with the hands.

Referring to FIG. 1 again, the shoe pad roll 1 is mounted with a shaft 30. By means of the shaft 30, the shoe pad roll 1 can be pivotally supported in a support for use like a toilet roll.

FIG. 4 shows an alternate form of the present invention. According to this embodiment, the shoe pad roll 1 is made of a plastic material and comprised of a longitudinal series of shoe pads 10. Each shoe pad 10 has a plurality of transversely extending tearing lines 14. Through the transversely extending tearing lines 14, the user can separate one shoe pad 10 from the shoe pad roll 1 easily with the hands.

Referring to FIG. 2, the shoe pad 10 can be prepared in the form of a single sheet member 2 covered with a stripping paper 2a. After removable of the stripping paper 2a, the adhesive zone 20 is exposed to the outside for adhering to the sole of a shoe.

Referring to FIG. 3, a plurality of shoe pads 10 may be arranged in a stack and sealed with a glue 3b at one side, thereby forming a shoe pad stack 3. Further, a stripping paper 3a is covered on the topmost shoe pad 10 of the shoe pad stack 3.

Referring to FIG. 5, by means of the adhesive zone 20, the shoe pad 10 is adhered to the outer sole of a shoe 40. Because the adhesive zone 20 is coated with a layer of color pigment, the user can press the outer sole of the shoe 40 on the adhesive zone 20 accurately. When the user is walking on the floor, the shoe pad 10 prohibits direction contact of the shoe 40 with the floor, eliminating contamination

As stated above, the use of the present invention has the following advantages:

1. When the shoe pad is adhered to the outer sole of a shoe, the shoe pad covers the whole area of the outer sole of the shoe, eliminating floor contamination.

2. The user can step the shoe on the adhesive zone of the shoe pad to have the shoe pad be directly adhered to the outer sole of the shoe, i.e., the user needs not to take off the shoe when using the shoe pad to prevent floor contamination.

Although particular embodiments of the invention have been described in detail for purposes of illustration, various modifications and enhancements may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.