Title:
Trouser anti tuck device
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Trouser anti tuck device that will prevent a wearers trousers from tucking between their shoe and their heel. Comprising of, two identical sheets that when inserted into the inside, rear, bottom of trousers, and adhesively applied, will be slippery enough on the inside for the wearers heel and shoe to move freely, yet will have enough vertical rigidity to prevent tucking of the trousers.



Inventors:
Caulfield, Dorinda Angela (Chico, CA, US)
Application Number:
12/220588
Publication Date:
12/03/2009
Filing Date:
07/25/2008
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
2/231
International Classes:
A41D1/06
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Primary Examiner:
ANDERSON, AMBER R
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Dorinda Angela Caulfield (Chico, CA, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. A trouser anti tuck device, that will prevent trousers from tucking between the shoe and the wearers heel, comprising of two identical sheets, each sheet semi triangularly shaped with an elongated base, one sheet for each trouser leg, each sheet having a releasable adhesive affixed to the area that in use will be against the textile fabric, that will allow the sheet to be hand pressure applied to the inside, rear, bottom of the trouser leg, adhesively attached with the elongated base flush with the hemline, centered at the rear of the trouser leg.

2. Adhesive section of claim one, comprising a releasable adhesive on one face of each sheet with a protective barrier that covers the adhesive and will be removed at time of use.

3. Adhesive section of claim one further, at time of use protective barrier will be removed by wearer from adhesive, the sheet will be slightly rolled to match the curvature of the trouser leg lower inside radius and then inserted into trouser leg, using hand pressure, adhere the sheet inside the leg opening, with the elongated base of the sheet flush with the bottom of hemline and centered at the rear of trouser leg.

4. Sheets will be wide enough and tall enough to add structural rigidity vertically to the bottom rear of the trouser legs in order to prevent tucking of the trouser between the heel and shoe of the wearer, by wrapping up and around the heel, allowing wearers heel and wearers shoe to slide easily without catching, yet remaining flexible enough horizontally to mold fashionably around the foot and remain unseen from the exterior of the trousers.

5. Height and width of claim 4; To be effective the sheets will be wide enough to encircle the rear portion of leg and heel yet tall enough to reach from hemline to the lower calf of user.

6. Height and width of claim 4. Further; In use the width, tall height, and curved shape of the sheet when inserted into the trouser leg will combine to make a very strong structure vertically that will prevent the trouser from collapsing and allowing the trouser to tuck between shoe and heel.

7. Sheets could be made of vinyl, plastic, paper, textiles, nylon, corn, hemp, bamboo or any combination thereof as long as resulting sheet will accept the pressure applied releasable adhesive on the outside face that will adhere to the textile, and be sufficiently slippery on the inside face, towards wearer, to allow the wearers heel and the wearers shoe to slide easily without catching.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

Provisional patent No. U.S. 61/130,754

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

Not applicable

REFERENCE TO A SEQUENCE LISTING, A TABLE, OR A COMPUTER PROGRAM LISTING COMPACT DISC APPENDIX

Not applicable

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention pertains to the field of clothing, more specifically to the relation and proximity of a wearers trouser leg to their shoe.

The invention should fall under U.S. Patent classification 2 for apparel sub classes 243.1 and 255 for stiffening or stays.

2. Description of the Prior Art

In the past there have been various other patents for ideas relating to trouser lowers and the hem of trousers, most of these are differing devices to keep the hem from dragging on the ground, or for keeping the shoe or boot firmly attached to the trousers as in firefighters turnout gear. This invention is for keeping trousers from tucking between heel and the shoe.

The ability to keep the hem of the trouser leg down is known in prior art. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 4,115,906 to Lavine et al discloses a clippable trouser retaining strap that maintains the cuff of a leg in a downward position. However, the Lavine et al '906 patent does not secure the trouser at the rear of the shoe.

Similarly, U.S. Pat. No. 2,574,669 to Snider discloses a trouser leg bottom guard that uses the weight of the guard to keep the trouser leg down, in addition the trouser leg guard helps to prevent the wearing away of the trouser leg bottom. However, the Snider '669 patent uses pins and piercing members for attachment that would possibly become caught in the shoe of some of today's styles of footwear.

U.S. Pat application 20070294804 from Pinelli discloses a plastic only, adhesive cuff. However Pinelli's abstract, claims, and drawing describe the cuff protector only coming to just above the heel. That is not tall enough nor wide enough at the top to work for keeping the trousers from tucking. As Mancini discloses in U.S. Pat. No. 7,328,460 at a minimum the height of the device must be at least twice the heel height, because in certain situations, as in walking uphill or climbing stairs or dancing the wearers heel raises high above the shoe. However Mancini's '460 patent is not wide enough to prevent tucking if stepping while turning, nor is it comfortable to wear, as the thickness of the reinforcing member may dig into and abrade wearers leg.

Lastly, U.S. Pat. No. 2,279,663 to Dillon discloses a cuff guard and form protector that protects the cuff from wearing and maintains the crease of a sleeve or a cuff. However, the Dillon '663 patent is intended to guard the cuff, and the finger appendage for maintaining the crease is not rigid enough to provide the vertical structural rigidity necessary to prevent the fabric from tucking between the wearers shoe and heel especially if the wearer steps while turning.

While some of the above described devices fulfill their respective, particular objectives and requirements, the aforementioned patents and application do not describe a trouser anti tuck device that allows a user to comfortably wear all types of shoes without the worry that the trousers will tuck between their heel and their shoe.

Therefore a need exists for a new and improved trouser anti tuck device that can be used with any of today's styles of footwear including backless and or low back shoes to improve stylish looks as well as safety. In this regard, the present invention fulfills this need. In this respect, the trouser anti tuck device substantially departs from the conventional concepts and designs of the prior art, and in doing so provides an apparatus primarily developed for the purpose of keeping trouser legs in a downward position, not tucked between the shoe and the users heel.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

When wearing today's backless or low back styles of shoe there is an inherent problem when wearing trousers, the trousers tend to tuck between the shoe sole and the users heel. The trouser anti tuck device is a comfortable, easy way to solve that problem. The trouser anti tuck device will make wearing backless or low back footwear with trousers more comfortable, more stylish, and much safer.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows a side view of a person wearing the “trouser anti tuck device” on the inside, rear, bottom of their left trouser leg. Shown looking through the textile of the trousers. This view also shows the outline of the wearers leg, foot, and shoe.

FIG. 2 shows a rear view of a person wearing the “trouser anti tuck device” on the inside, rear, bottom of their trouser leg. Shown looking through the textile of the trousers. This view also shows the outline of the wearers leg, foot, and shoe.

FIG. 3 shows one of the two sheets, (one for each leg), that make up the “trouser anti tuck device” laying flat.

FIG. 4 shows a perspective view of the “trouser anti tuck device” slightly rolled prior to insertion into the trouser leg.

FIG. 5 shows a close up side view of the “trouser anti tuck device”. Shown are the base sheet, releasable adhesive layer, and the peel off protective layer.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

Today's fashions have embraced several different styles of footwear, some of which go by the names of sling back or open back. Many women and some men enjoy this type of fashion accessory for foot wear. Because these styles have little to nothing raising from the sole of the shoe up towards the ankle in the rear, if the user wants to wear trousers there is a preponderance for the trousers to slip between the heel of the user and the shoe creating a tripping hazard and a bad look.

This invention; “trouser anti tuck device” seeks to remedy that situation.

The present invention consists of two identical sheets, one for each trouser leg. Each is a removable, replaceable, sheet. Each sheet being semi triangular with an elongated base in shape. Each sheet would have releasable adhesive on one side, with a protective peel off cover that is to be removed at time of use.

The person using the invention would remove the protective cover from the adhesive, slightly roll the sheet to allow it to be inserted into the interior, lower, rear portion of the trouser leg, with the adhesive between the sheet and the trouser interior. The device would be aligned centered at the rear interior trouser leg with the bottom of the elongated base flush with the bottom of the trouser hemline. Hand pressure will be used to affix the sheet to the inside of the trouser leg. Correctly aligned the device will encircle the users heel and lower calf when trousers are put on.

Each of the sheets, when inserted into the trouser leg will be stiff enough vertically to prevent the trouser material from slipping between the users heel and shoe while walking, yet flexible enough horizontally to mold fashionably around the leg with the users trousers in order to be unseen from the exterior of the trousers. This will prevent tucking of the trouser material between users heel and shoe and possible tripping or embarrassment by the user.

After use, when the wearer wants to launder the trousers, because of the releasable adhesive, the sheets will be able to be peeled out. New sheets may be inserted after washing for another use.

The drawing FIG. 1 is a side view looking through the textile of the trousers showing (103) one of the two sheets that make up the “trouser anti tuck device”, adhered to the bottom of the (101) inside rear of the trouser leg, (104) the releasable adhesive that holds it in place, (105) elongated base of sheet which is aligned with (102) hemline. This view also shows the outline of the wearers leg, (107) heel of foot, and the (108) sole of the shoe.

The drawing FIG. 2 is a rear view looking through the textile of the trousers showing (103) one of the two trouser anti tuck device sheets encircling the wearers heel (107) and the sole of the shoe (108). This view shows the “trouser anti tuck device” correctly positioned, centered at the rear, inside the trousers, at the bottom, with the elongated base of the sheet (105) even with the hemline (102). The releasable adhesive (104) is holding the sheet in place.

The drawing FIG. 3 is showing (103) one of the two sheets that make up the “trouser anti tuck device” spread out, laying flat. This view also shows the releasable adhesive (104) that will be used to adhere the sheet to the inside, rear, bottom of the trouser leg. Elongated base (105) will be even with hemline in use.

The drawing FIG. 4 shows a perspective view of (103) one of the two sheets that make up the “trouser anti tuck device” slightly rolled, prior to insertion into the trouser leg. The releasable adhesive (104) that will be used to affix the sheet to the inside of the trouser leg is shown on the side that will be between the sheet and the textile of the trouser leg. Elongated base of sheet (105) will be even with hemline in use.

The drawing FIG. 5 is a close up, side profile, showing the (105) base sheet, releasable adhesive (104), and the peel off protective layer (I 06) covering the adhesive that will be removed at time of use.