Title:
SPECIALTY HOSIERY GARMENT AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The invention is a hosiery garment adapted with specialized ends configured for interconversion between an open-toe configuration and a closed-toe configuration depending on the selective preferences of the wearer. A hosiery garment, in accordance with the present invention, comprises a first longitudinal segment with a first end detachably coupled to said first longitudinal segment, said first end adapted to fit a first lower extremity of a human body, wherein said first end includes a first slit opening for exposing said first lower extremity of said human body; and a second longitudinal segment with a second end detachably coupled to said second longitudinal segment, said second end adapted to fit a second lower extremity of said human body, wherein said second end includes a second slit opening for exposing said second lower extremity of said human body. Embodiments of the present invention include without limitation, hosiery garments such as pantyhose, stockings, and similar hosiery items.



Inventors:
Lee, Viryan Thach (Ridgecrest, CA, US)
Application Number:
12/110194
Publication Date:
10/29/2009
Filing Date:
04/25/2008
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
2/239, 112/475.12
International Classes:
A41B11/00; A41B11/04; D05B23/00
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Primary Examiner:
HOEY, ALISSA L
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Jafari Law Group, Inc. (Irvine, CA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A hosiery garment, comprising: a tubular body including a first longitudinal segment with a first end detachably coupled to said first longitudinal segment, said first end adapted to fit a first lower extremity of a human body; and a second longitudinal segment with a second end detachably coupled to said second longitudinal segment, said second end adapted to fit a second lower extremity of said human body.

2. The hosiery garment of claim 1, wherein said first end includes a first slit opening for exposing said first lower extremity of said human body.

3. The hosiery garment of claim 1, wherein said second end includes a second slit opening for exposing said second lower extremity of said human body.

4. The hosiery garment of claim 2, wherein said first slit opening further comprises a first resilient layer to securely hold said first end against said first lower extremity of said human body.

5. The hosiery garment of claim 3, wherein said second slit opening further comprises a second resilient layer to securely hold said second end against said second lower extremity of said human body.

6. The hosiery garment of claim 2, wherein said first end further comprises a first adhesive layer to securely hold said first end against said first lower extremity of said human body.

7. The hosiery garment of claim 3, wherein said second end further comprises a second adhesive layer to securely hold said second end against said second lower extremity of said human body.

8. The hosiery garment of claim 6, wherein said tubular body comprises a sheer material.

9. The hosiery garment of claim 7, wherein said tubular body comprises a sheer material.

10. A hosiery garment, comprising: a first longitudinal segment with a first end detachably coupled to said first longitudinal segment, said first end adapted to fit a first lower extremity of a human body, wherein said first end includes a first slit opening for exposing said first lower extremity of said human body; and a second longitudinal segment with a second end detachably coupled to said second longitudinal segment, said second end adapted to fit a second lower extremity of said human body, wherein said second end includes a second slit opening for exposing said second lower extremity of said human body.

11. The hosiery garment of claim 10, wherein said first and second slit openings further comprises a resilient material to securely hold said first end against said first lower extremity of said human body and said second end against said second lower extremity of said human body.

12. The hosiery garment of claim 11, wherein said resilient material further comprises an adhesive to securely hold said first end against said first lower extremity of said human body and said second end against said second lower extremity of said human body.

13. The hosiery garment of claim 12, wherein said first and second slit openings further comprise a reinforcement layer to securely connect said first end to said first longitudinal segment and said second end to said second longitudinal segment.

14. The hosiery garments of claim 13, wherein said reinforcement layer further comprises additional elastane fibers for added strength.

15. The hosiery garments of claim 14, wherein said reinforcement further includes additional stitching for added strength.

16. A method for making a specialty hosiery garment, comprising the steps of: forming a first longitudinal segment with a first end adapted to fit a first lower extremity of a human body; forming a second longitudinal segment with a second end adapted to fit a second lower extremity of said human body; forming a first enclosure with a first opening on said first end so that said first lower extremity of said human body may be exposed; and forming a second enclosure with a second opening on said second end so that said second lower extremity of said human body may be exposed.

17. The method of claim 16, further comprising the step of applying an adhesive to a trim of said first and second openings.

18. The method of claim 17, further comprising the step of reinforcing said first and second openings with elastane fibers.

19. The method of claim 18, wherein reinforcing said first and second openings further comprises implementing additional stitching between said first and second openings and said first and second longitudinal segments.

20. The method of claim 19, further comprising the step of attaching said first and second longitudinal segments together to form a single tubular body, wherein said first and second longitudinal segments are connected with a gusset.

Description:

TECHNICAL FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates in general to a specialty hosiery garment, and more specifically, to a hosiery garment adapted with specialized ends configured for interconversion between an open-toe configuration and a closed-toe configuration depending on the selective preferences of the wearer.

COPYRIGHT & TRADEMARK NOTICE

A portion of the disclosure of this patent application may contain material that is subject to copyright protection. The owner has no objection to the facsimile reproduction by any one of the patent document or the patent disclosure, as it appears in the Patent and Trademark Office patent file or records, but otherwise reserves all copyrights whatsoever.

Certain marks referenced herein may be common law or registered trademarks of third parties affiliated or unaffiliated with the applicant or the assignee. Use of these marks is by way of example and shall not be construed as descriptive or to limit the scope of this invention to material associated only with such marks.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Typically, hosiery garments are closed toe garments that enclose an individual's feet and toes. Traditionally, women have worn hosiery garments such as stockings, pantyhose or tights for a variety of reasons, such as added protection, increased warmth, and for aesthetic purposes.

One of the drawbacks of conventional hosiery garments is the limitations to what the user can wear with such garments. For example, open toe shoes are usually not worn with pantyhose because the exposure to the toe area inevitably reveals the wearer is wearing hosiery, which is often undesirable. Aside from an undesired incompatibility with a wearer's fashion choices, and from a practical standpoint, a wearer is further inconvenienced by having to change their hosiery depending on the nature of a particular occasion. For example, changing a pair of shoes to better suit an individual transitioning from a professional setting (i.e. work environment requiring closed toe shoes) to a casual setting (i.e. an afternoon meeting at a café), may very well require taking any hosiery off if the individual would prefer wearing open toe shoes for the latter occasion. These limitations are undesirable and create rather impractical alternatives for the wearer.

Another drawback is that wearers often must take their pantyhose or stockings off before certain activities, thereby making rather simple tasks into time consuming shores. For example, women must take off their hosiery before a pedicure, which is undesirable and inconvenient, and in order to show off their pedicure women typically must refrain from using hosiery garments all together, since even putting such garments on may damage the pedicure as well. Thus, while the process of getting a pedicure in itself may not take an entire afternoon, the process of having to take off hosiery and possibly change outfits turns a pedicure into an event occupying several hours of an individual's day.

Some hosiery garments have attempted to solve these limitations by providing an open-toe hosiery, however, these hosiery garments have been inadequate solutions for the following several reasons.

Among the problems with existing open-toe hosiery garments is that the garment is usually uncomfortable to the toes. For example, such hosiery garments require a string of fabric that merges between the first and second toe of the user's foot in order to keep the hosiery from sliding upwards. This method of holding the hosiery in place often irritates the skin between the toes and is therefore undesirable. Furthermore, because these hosiery garments are not as comfortable as regular closed-toe hosiery garments, a wearer will typically need multiple types of hosiery depending on the outfit the wearer will choose for a particular occasion. In other words, a user who may desire to change from open-toe shoes to closed toe shoes during the day must also change their hosiery garment.

Thus, due to present design limitations, existing hosiery garments with an open toe structure are uncomfortable and impractical since a user must overcompensate by carrying more than one hosiery garment with them; these limitations create undesirable monetary expenses, time constraints, and storage inconveniences.

Therefore, there is a need for a hosiery garment adaptable to a user's activity choices and fashion preferences, thereby avoiding unnecessary storage inconveniences, time constraints, or monetary expenses. Particularly, there is a need in the art for a hosiery garment that can easily interconvert between an open-toe and closed-toe configuration depending on the selective preferences of the wearer. It is to these ends that the present invention has been developed.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

To minimize the limitations found in the prior art, and to minimize other limitations that will be apparent upon the reading of the specification, the present invention provides a specialty hosiery garment adapted with specialized ends configured for interconversion between an open-toe configuration and a closed-toe configuration depending on the selective preferences of the wearer.

A hosiery garment, in accordance with the present invention, comprises a tubular body including a first longitudinal segment with a first end detachably coupled to said first longitudinal segment, said first end adapted to fit a first lower extremity of a human body; and a second longitudinal segment with a second end detachably coupled to said second longitudinal segment, said second end adapted to fit a second lower extremity of said human body.

Another hosiery garment, in accordance with the present invention, comprises a first longitudinal segment with a first end detachably coupled to said first longitudinal segment, said first end adapted to fit a first lower extremity of a human body, wherein said first end includes a first slit opening for exposing said first lower extremity of said human body; and a second longitudinal segment with a second end detachably coupled to said second longitudinal segment, said second end adapted to fit a second lower extremity of said human body, wherein said second end includes a second slit opening for exposing said second lower extremity of said human body.

A method for making a specialty hosiery garment, in accordance with the present invention, comprises the steps of forming a first longitudinal segment with a first end adapted to fit a first lower extremity of a human body; forming a second longitudinal segment with a second end adapted to fit a second lower extremity of said human body; forming an opening on said first end so that said first lower extremity of said human body may be exposed; and forming a second opening on said second end so that said second lower extremity of said human body may be exposed.

It is an objective of the present invention to provide a hosiery garment which allows a wearer to selectively cover or uncover their toes.

It is another objective of the present invention to provide a hosiery garment adaptable to different occasions.

It is yet another objective of the present invention to provide hosiery that may be discreetly worn with open toe shoes.

These and other advantages and features of the present invention are described herein with specificity so as to make the present invention understandable to one of ordinary skill in the art.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Elements in the figures have not necessarily been drawn to scale in order to enhance their clarity and improve understanding of these various elements and embodiments of the invention. Furthermore, elements that are known to be common and well understood to those in the industry are not depicted in order to provide a clear view of the various embodiments of the invention.

FIG. 1(a) is an illustration of an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, showing a hosiery garment adapted with specialized ends comprising slit openings for selectively allowing exposure to the wearer's toes.

FIG. 1(b) is an illustration of one embodiment of the present invention, showing a thigh-high stocking adapted with specialized ends comprising slit openings for selectively allowing exposure to the wearer's toes.

FIG. 1(c) is an illustration of one embodiment of the present invention, showing a golf-hose stocking adapted with specialized ends comprising slit openings for selectively allowing exposure to the wearer's toes.

FIG. 2(a) is an illustration of one embodiment of the present invention, showing a thigh-high stocking with the specialized end positioned to cover the toes of the wearer.

FIG. 2(b) is an illustration of one embodiment of the present invention, showing a thigh-high stocking with the specialized end positioned to uncover the toes of the wearer.

FIG. 2(c) is an illustration of one embodiment of the present invention, showing a thigh-high stocking being discreetly worn by a wearer with open toe shoes.

FIG. 3(a) is an illustration depicting a reinforced hosiery enclosure or end, which has been configured to selectively allow a wearer to expose their toes, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3(b) is an illustration depicting the hosiery end portion that is typically adapted to cover the toes of a wearer, which has been folded underneath a wearer's foot, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3(c) is an illustration depicting a trim of a slit opening to which an adhesive material has been applied for securely holding a hosiery garment against a wearer's skin.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In the following discussion that addresses a number of embodiments and applications of the present invention, reference is made to the accompanying drawings that form a part hereof, and in which is shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the invention may be practiced. It is to be understood that other embodiments may be utilized and changes may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention.

In the present disclosure, the term hosiery garment means any type of knitting for the legs and feet. A hosiery garment may be socks, pantyhose, stockings, stay-ups, hold-ups, knee-highs, thigh highs, or any other type of knitting designed to cover the lower extremities of a human body. Such garments may be constructed of a wide range of materials including, for example and without limitation, silk or nylon.

The present invention is directed particularly at a hosiery garment that has been configured to enable a wearer to convert the garment from open-toe hosiery to closed-toe hosiery and vice versa. By forming or adapting an enclosure with a special opening on the ends of hosiery adapted to receive the lower extremities of a person (i.e. legs and feet), these specialized ends provide for interconversion between an open-toe configuration and a closed-toe configuration depending on the selective preferences of the wearer.

Turning to the first figure, FIG. 1(a) is an illustration of an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, showing a hosiery garment with specialized ends comprising openings for selectively allowing exposure to the wearer's toes. Hosiery garment 100 comprises a tubular body 105, which includes two longitudinal segments 101 and 102 shaped to fit over a person's legs. Segments 101 and 102 have been modified with special detachable enclosures, or ends 103 and 104 (respectively), for allowing a wearer to selectively interconvert hosiery garment 100 between an open-toe hosiery garment and a closed-toe hosiery garment.

Hosiery garment 100 may be any type of hosiery without deviating from the scope of the present invention. Typically, hosiery garment 100 is a pair of pantyhose, although hosiery garment 100 may also comprise any type of stockings, tights, or socks. In an exemplary embodiment, hosiery garment 100 is a pair of pantyhose and tubular body 105 is constructed of a sheer material from toe to waist, having each segment 101 and 102 connected using a gusset.

Tubular body 105, including segment 101, segment 102, end 103 and end 104, is typically constructed of a polyamide material such as nylon, although any other type of material may be used without deviating from the scope of the present invention. Nylon may be desirable because it is durable and although naturally bright, the material may be delustered to give a duller appearance, for example, and without deviating from the scope of the present invention, tubular body 105 may be constructed either semi dull or fully dull. In an exemplary embodiment, tubular body 105 is made of nylon and produced in differing cross-sections to give different handles and appearances to hosiery garment 100.

In an exemplary embodiment, tubular body 105 comprises micro fibers, which have been constructed using micromesh techniques—a type of known knit construction incorporating tuck stitches usually in diagonal configuration to give improved durability. This may be desirable because a yarn made up from large numbers of fine filaments typically produce extremely soft characteristics while providing additional strength that may be required particularly at the toe area or at ends 103 and 104.

Furthermore, tubular body 105 may comprise other elastane fibers for strengthening hosiery garment 100. For example, and without deviating from the scope of the present invention, tubular body 105 comprises Lycra™. Lycra™ may be desirable because the material's ability to stretch and recover may be controlled. By manipulating the tension of such elastane fibers in knitting (i.e. using known methods), a strength and elasticity of tubular body 105 can be controlled.

In one embodiment, Lycra™ may be used without any covering in order to achieve a more economical product. In another embodiment, single covered or double covered Lycra™ may be utilized. Covering is a known method, which may be desirable to increases thickness and manipulate other characteristics of the material that makes up hosiery garment 100. Although such embodiment may be more costly, the added durability and strength may be desirable over more economic designs.

In an exemplary embodiment, tubular body 105 comprises intermingled nylon and elastane fibers such as Lycra™, which have been mixed together by air jet to provide a material with added comfort and a clearer, even color coverage of hosiery garment 100.

Segments 101 and 102 are typically manufactured to provide a graduate compression throughout a wearer's legs with a maximum value at the ankle section and a progressive reduction from the calf to thigh area. This is desirable to allow for proper blood circulation, in particular with designs that employ use of elastic, skin-tight materials such as nylon.

Segments 101 and 102 are constructed to cover a wearer's lower extremities, including the feet, and have been modified with special enclosures or ends 103 and 104 respectively, to fully enclose a wearer's toes if desired. Ends 103 and 104 are typically constructed of the same material as tubular body 105 although using a different material would not deviate from the scope of the present invention.

Ends 103 and 104 may be subsequently attached to segments 101 and 102 of tubular body 105, or may be constructed as part of a single piece garment. For example, and without limiting the scope of the present invention, hosiery garment 100 may be constructed from a single piece that comprises tubular body 105, segments 101 and 102, and ends 103 and 104. Alternatively, segment 101, segment 102, end 103 and end 104 may be constructed separately, and then joined to form tubular body 105.

Ends 103 and 104 may be held securely against a wearer's skin by implementing a means of support on each end 103 and 104 of hosiery garment 100. Typically, added support is achieved by implementing a resilient material on said openings of ends 103 and 104 comprising an elastane fiber, an elastic band, an adhesive, or any other type of material to assure segments 101 and 102 do not slide upwards when wearing hosiery garment 100 in the open-toe configuration.

In one embodiment, ends 103 and 104 comprise an elasticized designed to spread the elastic over a deeper portion of the foot area and avoid discomfort and excessive marking of the foot. For example, and without deviating from the scope of the present invention, such elasticized design may have graduated tightness for more comfort while minimizing markings on the foot area.

In another embodiment, the enclosures or ends 103 and 104 may further comprise a section containing sufficient Lycra™ for providing comprehensive control and reinforcement to strengthen the enclosure and yield additional durability.

In yet another embodiment, an elastic band may be sewn to a trim portion of the openings on ends 103 and 104, which further comprises a silicone component on the inner surface of ends 103 and 104 in a manner so that hosiery garment 100 stays in position by a combination of elasticity (in the band) and the friction of the silicone component against the skin of the wearer.

In yet another embodiment, only an adhesive component is used without the need for a resilient layer such as a rubber band or reinforced elastane fibers. Such adhesive component may include an adhesive strip, a silicone tape, a silicone gel, or any other type of material with adhesive properties without deviating from the scope of the present invention.

In an exemplary embodiment, a trim portion of the openings on ends 103 and 104 comprises adhesive strips to prevent the hosiery from sliding when ends 103 and 104 are in an open position.

In another exemplary embodiment, a trim portion of the openings on ends 103 and 104 comprises silicone tape to prevent the hosiery from sliding when ends 103 and 104 are in an open position.

In yet another exemplary embodiment, a trim portion of the openings on ends 103 and 104 comprises silicone gel to prevent the hosiery from sliding when ends 103 and 104 are in an open position.

Additionally, other designs for ends 103 and 102 may be implemented without deviating from the scope of the present invention. For example, a layer of ribbing on the sole portion of segments 101 and 102 and ends 103 and 104, which gives extra support to the feet, may be implemented to significantly increase comfort when standing all day. Similarly, any other type of known designs for added comfort and support may be implemented without deviating from the scope of the present invention.

In an exemplary embodiment, hosiery garment 100 is a single piece garment. In such embodiment, an opening is created at ends 103 and 104 so that a wearer may stretch the opening and fold it back to expose a top portion of their feet, for example the toes. In another embodiment, ends 103 and 104 are attached or coupled to segments 101 and 102 in a manner so that ends 103 and 104 may be removed to expose a wearer's toes. This may be achieved by either stitching or knitting ends 103 and 104 to segments 101 and 102 and forming a slit or narrow opening that may be stretched to expose a top portion of the foot. Although more than one method may be used to construct hosiery garment 100, knitting hosiery garment 100 from a single piece may be desirable to eliminate or reduce the seaming process, which is often desired for a more natural look.

For example and without deviating from the scope of the present invention, a single piece hosiery may be configured with specialized ends by cutting away or forming a slit opening at a top portion or bottom portion of the foot area, and detaching the excess material to create an opening with a reinforced trim that includes either an adhesive component, or a resilient component for preventing the hosiery from sliding when in the open position. The user may flip the resulting convertible end either downwards or upwards (i.e. depending on the configuration of the slit opening, to expose the toes.

As stated above, hosiery garment 100 may be a pair of socks, a pair of pantyhose, stockings, stay-ups, hold-ups, knee-highs, or thigh highs without limiting the scope of the present invention. A number of alternative embodiments are shown in FIG. 1(b) and FIG. 1(c).

FIG. 1(b) is an illustration of one embodiment of the present invention, showing a thigh-high stocking adapted with specialized ends comprising slit openings for selectively allowing exposure to the wearer's toes, and FIG. 1(c) is an illustration of one embodiment of the present invention, showing a golf-hose stocking adapted with specialized ends comprising slit openings for selectively allowing exposure to the wearer's toes.

Turning next to FIGS. 2(a) through 2(c), a specialty hosiery garment is depicted in the closed-toe configuration and open-toe configuration. Specifically, FIG. 2(a) is an illustration of one embodiment of the present invention, showing a thigh-high stocking with the specialized end or toe enclosure positioned to cover the toes of the wearer; FIG. 2(b) depicts the thigh-high stocking with the specialized end or toe enclosure positioned to uncover the toes of the wearer; and FIG. 2(c) depicts the thigh-high stocking worn with open toe shoes.

Hosiery garment 200 may be a stocking or close-fitting, variously elastic garment for covering the foot and lower part of the leg. Hosiery garment 200 is configured as two pieces, one for each leg (only one piece shown). Hosiery garment 200 is typically supported by a suspender belt (also known as a garter belt) that goes around the waist and drops suspenders that are clipped to the tops of the stockings. However, other means of support may be implemented without deviating from the scope of the present invention.

Depicted in FIG. 2(a) is one of two longitudinal segments, or leg portions, which make up hosiery garment 200. Segment 201 is shown with a convertible toe enclosure 202 in a closed-toe position with a slit opening 203 on a top portion of segment 201. Slit opening 203 may be placed on the top, bottom, sides, or front foot area of enclosure 202 without deviating from the scope of the present invention.

As stated above, there are a number of occasions on which a wearer may desire to expose her toes, for example before a pedicure or upon selecting a different pair of shoes. Segment 201 may be easily converted to an open-toe hosiery as shown in FIG. 2(b) by stretching slit opening 203 and folding enclosure 202 in a manner so that the toes are exposed.

This may be accomplished by either folding enclosure 202 underneath, over the top, or to the sides, depending on the location where slit opening 203 has been formed or implemented on segment 201. In the illustrated embodiment, slit opening 203 is located on a top portion of enclosure 202 and enclosure 202 is folded underneath to convert hosiery garment 200 from a closed-toe hosiery to an open-toe hosiery. FIG. 2(c) depicts the thigh-high stocking worn with open toe shoes—a desirable configuration because the wearer may inconspicuously wear hosiery garment 200 with open toe shoes, particularly if hosiery garment 200 is constructed using a fine denier fiber for optimizing sheerness.

Turning next to FIGS. 3(a) through 3(c), a close-up view of a hosiery end portion, or toe enclosure, in accordance with three different embodiments of the present invention is depicted. Specifically, FIG. 3(a) depicts a reinforced enclosure, which has been configured to allow a wearer to expose their toes, in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention; FIG. 3(b) depicts an enclosure that has been folded underneath a wearer's foot, in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention; and FIG. 3(c) is an illustration depicting a trim of an opening to which an adhesive material has been applied for securely holding a hosiery garment against a wearer's skin.

FIG. 3(a) shows hosiery 300 comprising enclosure 301, which has been adapted to cover the toe portion of a person's foot. A slit opening (not shown) may be formed on the top portion of enclosure 301 so that it may be expanded to widen the opening, thereby exposing toes of the wearer. Since this opening leaves enclosure 301 with less fabric to attach to the remainder foot portion of hosiery 300, it may be desirable to reinforce enclosure 301 with additional stitching so that it is securely held in place whether on (i.e. covering a wearer's toes) or off (i.e. exposing a wearer's toes).

In one embodiment, such as the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 3(b), enclosure 301 is removed by pulling enclosure under the wearer's foot. However, enclosure 301 may be folded over a wearer's foot, or even rolled upwards, or downwards, depending on the position in which the required opening is formed. By folding enclosure 301 beneath foot 305, a wearer exposes the toe area and hides enclosure 301 underneath foot 305, which is desirable to conceal the fact that the garment is being worn.

In an exemplary embodiment, shown in FIG. 3(c), a trim of enclosure 301 (which has been rolled away to expose the toe portion of foot 305) further comprises a reinforcement area at the opening so that the material of the hosiery garment does not slip upwards and is securely held against foot 305.

This reinforcement may be achieved by implementing an elasticized band, a resilient or rubber material, additional elastane fibers, an adhesive, or any other method of securely holding a trim of enclosure 301 against foot 305, without limiting the scope of the present invention.

Enclosure 301 may be held securely against a wearer's skin by implementing a means of support on a trim of enclosure 301. Typically, added support is achieved by implementing a resilient material on said opening of enclosure 301, said material comprising elastane fibers, an elastic band, an adhesive, or any other type of material to assure hosiery 300 does not slide upwards when being worn in the open-toe configuration.

In one embodiment, enclosure 301 comprises an elasticized designed to spread the elastic over a deeper portion of the foot area and avoid discomfort and excessive marking of the foot. For example, and without deviating from the scope of the present invention, such elasticized design may have graduated tightness for more comfortable while minimizing marking on the foot area.

In another embodiment, enclosure 301 may further comprise a section containing sufficient Lycra™ to provide comprehensive control and reinforcement to strengthen the enclosure and yield additional durability.

In yet another embodiment, an elastic band may be sewn to a trim portion of the opening of enclosure 301, which further comprises a silicone component on the inner surface of enclosure 301 in a manner so that hosiery 300 stays in proper position (i.e. does not slide upwards) by a combination of elasticity in the band and the friction of the silicone component against the skin of the wearer.

In yet another embodiment, only an adhesive component is used without the need for a resilient layer such as a rubber band or reinforced elastane fibers. Such adhesive component may include an adhesive strip, a silicone tape, a silicone gel, or any other type of material with adhesive properties without deviating from the scope of the present invention.

In an exemplary embodiment, a trim portion of the opening on enclosure 301 comprises an adhesive strip to prevent the hosiery from sliding when enclosure 301 is in an open position.

In another exemplary embodiment, a trim portion of the opening on enclosure 301 comprises silicone tape to prevent the hosiery from sliding when enclosure 301 is in an open position.

In yet another exemplary embodiment, a trim portion of the opening on enclosure 301 comprises silicone gel to prevent the hosiery from sliding enclosure 301 is in an open position.

A hosiery garment in accordance with the present invention should not be limited to one particular use. For example, and without deviating from the scope of the present invention, a hosiery garment accordingly may be useful for providing a wearer with a selective choice of a fashion preference or aesthetic appearance or for other practical purposes such as enabling a wearer to access the toe area during a pedicure, enable a specialist to perform health related procedures on a wearer's foot, or any other practical applications without limiting the scope of the present invention.

A hosiery garment adapted with specialized ends configured for interconversion between an open-toe configuration and a closed-toe configuration has been described. The foregoing description of the various exemplary embodiments of the invention has been presented for the purposes of illustration and disclosure. It is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise form disclosed. Many modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teaching. It is intended that the scope of the invention not be limited by this detailed description, but by the claims and the equivalents to the claims.