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Feb. 5, 1963
3,076,273
J. F. WYLLlE
FOOTWEAR TRACTION ATTACHMENT
Filed March 23, 1962
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INVENTOR.
JAMES A? WILL IE
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?anges is adapted to overlap the top edge of the sole of a
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FOOTWEAR TRACTIGN ATTACHMENT
James F. Wyllie, South Bend, 1nd, assignor to ScotsE
Spikes, Inc, South Bend, End, a corporation of Indiana
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Filed Mar. 23, 1962, Ser. No. 181,977
4 Claims. ((31. 36-17)
shoe or the like.
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The base 12 is provided with av plurality of spaced
integral depending cleats 34. The cleats 34 are hollow as
a result of the provision of the recesses '32. It will be
noted that the contour of the recesses 32 correspond gen
erally with the contour of the cleats 34. The provision
of the recesses 32 materially increase the strength of the
ment, and more particularly, to an attachment for shoes
cleats. I have found that solid cleats are more easily
or the like, whereby conventional footwear may be uti? 10 broken than hollow cleats as per the present invention.
lized when participlating in sporting events or the like.
The base 12 is provided with a shank portion 36 which
The attachment of the present invention is particularly
is smaller in width than the central portion of the base
adapted for converting conventional footwear to enable
12. A pair of buttons 38 and 49 are provided on oppo
the same to be utilized while participating in sporting
site sides of the instep portion as and are integral there
events such as golf, croquet, etc. The attachment of the 15 with. The buttons 38 and 40 facilitate the mounting of
a strap designated generally as 42.
present invention is preferably a one-piece plastic attach~
m-ent having an elastomeric strap adapted to extend
As shown more clearly in FIGURE 3, the strap 42 in
around the heel portion of the shoe. The attachment
cludes a Wide ?at central portion 44 having an integral
connecting portion 46 extending from one end thereof.
includes a ?exible, slightly bowed plastic base of uniform
? This inventionrelates to a footwear traction attach
thickness. Upright ?anges having curved ends are pro 20 The connecting portion 46 is preferably cylindrical in
vided on opposite sides of the attachment for coopera
tion with the sole of a shoe. The base is provided with
dependent hollow cleats.
transverse cross section for increased strength.
The cen
tral band 44 is flat and rectangular in transverse cross
section so as to provide for a maximum friction contact
It is an object of the present invention to provide a
novel shoe attachment which is simpler, cheaper, and
easier to use than those proposed heretofore.
It is another object of the present invention to provide
a novel one-piece nylon traction attachment for conven
ing surface. The connecting portion 46 terminates in a
?at end band 48 having spaced holes 5% and 52. The
holes 50 and 52 selectively cooperate with the button 32%.
The provision of the two holes so and 52 provides for
adjustment of the strap 42.
A connecting portion 54 is integral with and extends
tional footwear thereby enabling such footwear to be uti
lized while participating in sporting events.
30 from the other end of the central band 44. The connect
ing portion 54 is preferably cylindrical in transverse cross
It is another object of the present invention to provide
section for increased strength. The connecting portion
a novel traction attachment having dependent cleats
which are integral with a base and stronger than those
proposed heretofore.
54 terminates in a flat end band 56 having a buttonhoie
58. The buttonhole 555 is adapted to selectively coop
It is another object of the present invention to provide
a traction attachment for footwear having a novel mount
ing strap which facilitates more rapid application of the
erate with the button 4%. The entire strap 42 as illus
trated in FIGURE 3 is preferably made from an elas
tomeric material.
attachment to footwear.
The traction attachment 1%)? of the present invention is
utilized as follows:
Other objects will appear hereinafter.
The upper surface of the base 12 is juxtaposed to the
For the purpose of illustrating the invention there is 40
bottom of a sole of a shoe. The shoe is moved from
shown in the drawings a form which is presently pre
the shank portion ?36 toward the toe portion of the base
ferred; it being understood, however, that this invention
12 so that the curved free ends of the upright ?anges
is not limited to the precise arrangements and instrumen
talities shown.
extend over the upper edge of the sole. Thereafter, the
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of the traction attach 45 strap 42 is stretched and extended around the heel of the
ment of the present invention.
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shoe so that the central band 44 may overlie the heel
portion of the shoe. The elasticity of the strap 42 facili
tates the rapid anchoring of the attachment to a shoe.
If the attachment 10 is too loose, the strap may be
FIGURE 3 is a plan view of the mounting strap for the '
50 adjusted so that the button 38 extends through the button~
traction attachment of the present invention.
hole 52. This will increase the tension in the elastomeric
FIGURE 4 is a .view taken along the lines 4-4 in
FIGURE 2 is a longitudinal sectional view taken along
the lines 2-2 in FIGURE 1.
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strap 42. In order to remove the attachment, the strap
42 is stretched pulled downwardly around the bottom of
Referring to the drawing in detail, wherein like nu
the shoe, and then pressure is exerted on the base 12 in
merals indicate like elements, there is shown in FIGURE
1 a traction attachment for footwear designated generally 55 a direction away from the heel and toward the toe of the
as 10.
shoe. The entire operation of applying the attachment
19 to a shoe or removing the same therefrom takes less
The traction attachment 1%} includes a ?exible slightly
than ?ve seconds for each shoe.
bowed plastic base of uniform thickness designated as 12.
The base 12 is preferably made from a synthetic plastic
The entire traction attachment 1%, excluding the strap
42, is preferably molded in one integral piece from nylon.
resin such as nylon which is lightweight, non-corrosive,
The strap 42 is preferably molded in one integral piece
and su??iciently ?exible so that the base may ?ex with
FIGURE 1.
movements of the footwear.
The base 12 has a periph
elrlal shape corresponding generally to the half sole of a
from an elastomeric material such as rubber.
The pro
vision of buttons 38 and 4t)? and the buttonholes 5d, 52
s cc.
and 58 facilitates the rapid application of the strap 42 to
The converging side edges of the base 12 are provided 65 the base 12.
with outwardly extending projections 14 and 21. A plu
The present invention may be embodied in other spe
rality of spaced upright flanges 15, 16, 18 and 2d? are inte~
ciiic forms without departing from the spirit or cssenti?
gral with the projection 14-. A plurality of spaced up
attributes thereof and, accordingly, reference should be
right ?anges 22, 24', 26 and 28 are integral with the
made to the appended claims, rather than to the foregoing
projection 21. Each of the ?anges has a straight vertical 70 speci?cation as indicating the scope of the invention.
portion which merges into a curved free end as shown
I claim:
more clearly in FIGURE 4. . The curved free end on the '
1. A one-piece traction attachment for footwear com
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prising a ?exible slightly bowed plastic base of uniform
thickness corresponding in shape to the half sole of a
shoe, integral upright ?anges on opposite side edges of
said base, the free ends of said ?anges being curved in
wardly, hollow integral cleats depending from a bottom
surface of said base, and buttons on opposite side edge
portions of the shank portion of said base.
2. A one-piece traction attachment in accordance with
claim 1 including a mounting strap of ela-stomeriemate
rial, said strap having a ?at central band,,said band being 10
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in transverse cross section and said central band being
substantially planar so as to provide a Wide friction sur
face for engagement with the heel portion of a shoe.
4. A one-piece traction attachment in accordance with
claim 1 wherein said base is provided with a plurality
of recesses corresponding in number to said cleats, each
recess being disposed so that it is surrounded by a cleat
thereby rendering the cleats hollow.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
connected to ?at end bands by connecting portions,.the
connecting portions being substantially smaller in trans?
verse dimensions that the width of the centralband, and
each end band having a buttonhole for cooperation with
one of said buttons.
3. A one-piece traction attachment in accordance with
claim 2 wherein said connecting portions are cylindrical
UNITED STATES PATENTS
1,998,971
2,489,289
2,493,563
2,664,650
Smith et. al. __________ __ Apr. 23,
Haserodt ____________ __ Nov. 29,
Arieti _________________ __ Jan. 3,
Sabbagh ______________ _._ Jan. 5,
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