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Dec. 30, 1969 w, OLSON ETAL 3,486,248
OVERSHOE FOR SPIKED SHOES Filed Sept. 11, 1967 I/V/LLARD E 0L50/v, E/A/A/Q C. [1/52551/ United States Patent 3,486,248 OVERSHOE FOR SPIKED SHOES Willard E. Olson, 429 W. Wells, San Gabriel, Calif. 91776, and Einar C. Iversen, 3647 Olive St., Santa Ynez, Calif. 93460 Filed Sept. 11, 1967, Ser. No. 666,851 Int. Cl. A43b 1/10, 5/18 US. Cl. 367.3 6 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This invention relates generally to protective footwear. More particularly, the invention relates to novel overshoes.
As will appear from the ensuing description, the overshoes of the present invention may be worn over a variety of footwear, such as street shoes, ski boots, etc., to shield the same against moisture, dirt, and the like. However, the overshoes are particularly useful for protecting golf shoes while on the golf course. For this reason, the invention will be disclosed in connection with this particular application. In this regard, it will be seen that the present overshoes keep the golf shoes dry and free of grass and turf which normally tends to collect on the soles of such shoes.
A general object of the invention, then, is to provide novel overshoes of the character described.
Another object of the invention is to provide overshoes which may be readily stretched to fit shoes of various sizes, shapes and types.
A further object of the invention is to provide overshoes which may be easily placed on and removed from the footwear to be protected.
Yet a further object of the invention is to provide overshoes which are characterized by their extreme sim plicit and economy of construction and manufacture, whereby the overshoes may be economically fabricated to permit their disposal after use.
A still further object of the invention is to provide overshoes of the character described which are particularly useful for protecting golf shoes while on the golf course.
Other objects, features and advantages of the invention will become readily evident as the description proceeds.
The invention will now be described in greater detail by reference to the attached drawings wherein:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of an overshoe according to the invention;
FIGURE 2 is a side elevational view illustrating the manner in which the present overshoe is applied over a golf shoe; and
FIGURE 3 is an enlarged section taken on the line 33 in FIGURE 2.
Referring now to these drawings, there is illustrated an overshoe 10 according to the invention which, in this instance, is intended to be worn primarily over a golf shoe 12. As noted earlier, however, and as will become evident from the ensuing description, the overshoe may be worn over other types of footwear.
Overshoe 10 is characterized by a one-piece body 14 consisting of a thin elastic membrane which forms both the sole 16 and the top or upper 18 of the overshoe. This overshoe body may be fabriacted in any convenient way. The elastic membrane of the body has a substantially uniform thickness throughout both the sole and upper portions of the overshoe. Insofar as the present invention is concerned, the overshoe may have any desired shape compatible with the footwear on which the overshoe is to be worn. The illustrated overshoe, for example, resembles a slipper, wherein the overshoe upper includes a vamp 20, a heel 22, and sides 24 joining the same. The sole 16 of the overshoe is flat, that is, the sole is not stepped like the sole and heel of normal footwear.
The present overshoe 10 is worn on a shoe 12 to be protected in the manner illustrated in FIGURE 2. Thus, when properly placed on the shoe to be protected, the vamp 20 of the overshoe fits over the toe of the shoe, the heel 22 of the overshoe fits about the heel of the shoe, and the sides 24 of the overshoe extend along the sides of the shoe upper. It will now be understood, therefore, that the present overshoe is effective to protect or shield the shoe 12, and particularly its sole, against dirt, moisture, and the like.
One unique advantage of the present overshoe resides in the fact that because of its thin elastic membrane construction, the overshoe may be easily stretched to fit shoes of various sizes shapes and types, such as street shoes, ski boots, and the like. The overshoe is also simple and inexpensive to produce, whereby the overshoe may be disposed of after use, if desired. As illustrated in the drawings, the overshoe is particularly suited to be Worn on golf shoes. In this case, the sole 16 of the overshoe is pierced by the spikes 26 of the golf shoe in such a way that the overshoe effectively seals itself about the spikes, as shown in FIGURE 3. Accordingly, the overshoe is capable of protecting the golf shoe while on the golf course and preventing grass, turf, and the like from collecting on the shoe. The overshoe obviously performs this function without interferring with the function of the spikes 26. Moreover, when the overshoe is removed from the golf shoe, the overshoe effectively strips any remaining grass, turf, and the like from the spikes.
It is now evident, therefore, that the invention herein described and illustarted is fully capable of attaining the several objects and advantages preliminarily set forth.
While the invention has been disclosed in what is presently conceived to be one of its most practical embodiments, it is evident that modifications of the invention are possible.
What is claimed as new in support of letters patent is:
1. An overshoe for a golf shoe having spikes projecting from the underside of its sole, said overshoe comprismg:
an overshoe body consisting of a thin elastic membrane 'which provides both the sole and upper of said body, and
said membrane having substantially uniform thickness throughout said body, whereby said overshoe may be worn on said golf shoe in such a way that said spikes pierce the sole of said overshoe and said overshoe sole seals itself about said spikes, whereby said overshoe is effective to shield said golf shoe against moisture, dirt, and the like without interfering with the function of said spikes.
2. An overshoe for a golf shoe having spikes projecting from the underside of its sole, said overshoe comprising:
an overshoe body having a sole and a thin elastic upper,
said overshoe sole comprising a relatively thin uniform elastic membrane, said membrane being readily stretchable and being adapted when stretched over said spikes to be readily penetrated by the spikes, whereby said overshoe may be worn on said golf shoe in such a way that said spikes pierce the sole 3 4 of said overshoe and said overshoe sole seals itself said golf shoe spikes protruding through holes in the about said spikes, whereby said overshoe is effective sole of said overshoe, whereby said overshoe is efto shield said golf shoe against moisture, dirt, and fective to shield said golf shoe against moisture, dirt. the like without interfering with the function of said and the like without interfering with the function of spikes. 5 said spikes, 3. An overshoe for a golf shoe having spikes project- 5. The combination according to claim 4 wherein: ing from the underside of its sole, said overshoe comprissaid holes receive said spikes with a snug fit to proing: vide a seal between said overshoe sole and each spike.
an overshoe body having a sole and an upper, and 6. The combination according to claim 5 wherein: said overshoe sole having holes therethrough for 10 said overshoe sole comprises a relatively thin memsnugly receiving said golf shoe spikes when said overbrane. shoe is fitted on said golf shoe, whereby said overshoe References Cited is adapted to shield said golf shoe against moisture, dirt, and the like without interfering with the func- UNITED STATES PATENTS tion of Pikes. 15 2,076,316 4/1937 Beals. 4. In combination: 3,026,635 3/1962 Slade 367.3 a golf shoe having spikes projecting from the under- $313,047 4/1967 Svjen 36 7 3 side of its sole, a removable overshoe fitted on said golf shoe, and PATRICK D. LAWSON, Primary Examiner