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ov-ERsHoEYFoR GOLF SHOESV Filed Aug. 29. 1969 INVENTQR 61E/ve F. Kleur? United States Patent O 3,559,310 OVERSHOE FOR GOLF SHOES Gene F. Kiela, 411 Ridge Court, Kohler, Wis. 53044 Filed Aug. 29, 1969, Ser. No. 854,091 Int. Cl. A431 1/10 U.S. Cl. 367.3 6 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE An overshoe for application over a golf shoe or the like having spikes projecting downwardly from the shoe sole. The overshoe has a sole with complementary hollow spikes bonded thereto and which interlockingly, telescopically receive the shoe spikes. The overshoe is worn during inclement weather and is foldable to facilitate storage when not in use.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The prior art of golf overshoes known to me comprises two forms of overshoe. In some of these forms the ,overshoe has spikes on its sole and is intended to be worn over regular street shoes. This overshoe is subject to the defect that the overshoe lits somewhat loosely on the street shoe, and the street shoe will tend to move inside the overshoe, thus militating against the ability of the golfer to assume a firm stance. Another form of overshoe known to me is one where a regular golf shoe with spikes is worn, and the overshoe has holes in its sole which register with the spikes so that the spikes of the golf shoe can project through said holes and into engagement with the ground. In this type of overshoe there is considerable leakage through the holes so as to reduce the effectiveness of the overshoe in wet weather.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In accordance with the present invention, the golfer wears regular golf shoes. The overshoe sole has hollow spokies which are arranged in the same pattern as the spikes on the golf shoe. When the overshoe is worn, the golf shoe spikes are telescopically received within the hollow spikes of the overshoe. The hollow spikes are sealed or bonded to the sole of the overshoe so that no water can leak therethrough. By interlocking the two sets of spikes, there is no looseness which militates against the firm stance of the golfer.
The overshoe can be made either high cut or low cut, and in various embodiments within the inventive concept.
Other objects, features, and advantages of the invention will appear from the following disclosure.
DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS FIG. l is a diagrammatic side elevation of a low cut version of overshoe embodying the invention.
FIG. 2 is a diagrammatic side view illustrating one mode of applying the low cut overshoe of FIG. l to a regular golf shoe.
FIG. 3 is a diagrammatic side view illustrating a high cut version of overshoe embodying the invention.
FIG. 4 is a diagrammatic perspective view of the overshoe of FIG. 3 and showing its closure flaps spread apart to facilitate slipping the overshoe over a regular golf shoe.
FIG. 5 is an enlarged fragmentary vertical cross section taken through a golf shoe with overshoe embodying the invention. This view also shows the details of the bonding of the hollow spikes on the overshoe with its sole.
FIG. 6 is a fragmentary cross section similar to FIG. 5, but showing a spike on the golf shoe in spaced relation to the hollow spike on the overshoe, as in the course of putting on or taking oil:` the overshoe.
DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Although the disclosure hereof is detailed and exact to enable those skilled in the art to practice the invention, the physical embodiments herein disclosed merely exemplify the invention which may be embodied in other specie structure. The scope of the invention is deiiend in the claims appended hereto.
The regular golf shoe 10 has a relatively thick sole 11 to which spikes 12 are attached in a standard pattern. Spikes 12 typically have a threaded mounting stud 13 and a disk-shaped base 14 which seats against the undersurface of the sole 11.
The overshoe of the present invention is desirably made primarily of rubber or plastic which stretches easily and is worn over the regular golf shoe 10` only during wet weather. The overshoe desirably has a two-ply laminated sole, including an inner ply 15 of relatively stiff material, such as ber, thus t0 provide body and facilitate manipulation of the overshoe. A second or outer ply 1-6 is relatively stretchable or elastic rubber or plastic of which the overshoe upper is also made.
:In registration with each of the spikes 12 on the golf shoe the inner sole 15 of the overshoe is provided with an opening 17 slightly larger than disk 14 and within which the base disk 14 of spike 12 is received. An annular ap portion 20 of the elastic outer sole 16 of the overshoe projects inwardly beneath the opening 17 and beneath the base disk 14 and is bonded by adhesive 21 or the like to the disk or washer-like base 22 of a hollow spike 23.
When the overshoe is worn over the golf shoe, the hollow spikes 23 telescopically receive the spikes 12 of the golf shoe, thus to interlock the two sets of spikes together and provide for direct thrust transmission from the shoe sole 11 to the ground into which the hollow spike 23 is impaled. Accordingly, the golfer has a firm stance, even when the overshoe is worn.
In the embodiment shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the upper 24 of the overshoe is low cut so that it may be rolled or folded reversely about its stiff sole 15, as shown in FIG. 2, thus to facilitate applying or removing the overshoe with respect to the golf shoe 10.
FIGS. 3 and 4 show a modied embodiment in which the upper 25 is high cut and has flaps 26 which may be opened to facilitate putting the overshoe on and taking it off. The edges of the ilaps 26 may further be provided with a closure such as a zipper 2-7.
The shoe spike 12 and overshoe hollow spike 23 are desirably formed as complementary cones, thus to facilitate the telescopic engagement thereof and the interlocking of these two elements when the shoe is worn. The washer or disk 22 of the hollow spike 23 is also desirably somewhat cone-shaped so as to match more nearly the cone shape of the washer or disk 14 on the shoe spike 12.
The relatively stiff inside sole 15 of the overshoe gives the overshoesuiicient body so that it -may easily be handled during application and removal with respect to the golf shoe. Sole 15, however, is suicently flexible so that the overshoe can be folded for storage in a golf bag, etc.
When worn, the overshoe will exclude water and will provide as rm a stance as when the regular golf shoe is worn without the overshoe. Inasmuch as the regular spikes line up with the overshoe spikes, the golfer does not feel the overshoe spikes, as usually happens in the case of prior art spiked overshoes which are simply worn over regular street shoes.
When the tlaps 26 of the high cut overshoe of FIGS. 3 and 4 are opened, the upper 25 may be rolled or folded reversely, as in the case of the 10W cut overshoe of FIGS. 1 and 2.
The spikes 12, 23 are typically made of metal, thus to easily penetrate the ground, although the spikes can be made of other suitable rigid, tough material.
1. An overshoe for application over a golf shoe or the like having spikes projecting downwardly from the shoe sole, said overshoe having a sole with complementary downwardly projecting closed spikes which are hollow to receive and enclose the shoe spikes therewithin.
2. The overshoe of claim 1 in which the sole of the overshoe comprises an inner ply of relatively stii material and an outer ply of relatively elastic material, said inner ply having holes aligned with the overshoe spikes and the outer ply being bonded to the overshoe spikes.
3. The overshoe of claim 1 having a low cut upper which can be reverse folded about the overshoe sole to facilitate application of the overshoe to the shoe.
4. The overshoe of claim 1 having a high cut upper with aps and releasable closures for said aps.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,260,138 10/1941 Feinberg 36-1 3,313,047 4/1967 Svien 36-7.3
PATRICK D. LAWSON, Primary Examiner U.S. Cl. X.R. 36-2.5