PATENT OF THE WEEK – TRAINING SHOE FOR SOCCER
This invention “Training shoe for soccer” was invented by Albert L. Fugere and assigned to EDEN MURPHY Corp A CORP OF NEW YORK, was granted patent on 27th May, 1980 by the USPTO bearing patent grant number US4204346A to the patentee. The present invention relates to an otherwise conventional soccer shoe having two visually distinctive areas located in two regions of the shoe where proper contact with a soccer ball should be made. The first area covers a substantial part of the toe region of the shoe and the second area covers a substantial part of the instep sidewall region of the shoe. The two areas are visually distinctive from the remainder of the shoe.
Soccer shoe is of generally conventional configuration and construction. It is a heavy-duty, low-top shoe, with a plurality of integral rubber cleats to provide traction for the wearer. The shoe includes other standard features such as a padded ridge around the opening for the foot, and heavy duty eyelets for laces, which features are found in several different kinds of athletic shoes, including many of those used for soccer. Both shoes in a pair will typically incorporate the principles of the present invention. It is desirable that contact between the shoe and the soccer ball be made at two locations on the shoe, to produce proper soccer kicks. These two areas are generally in the toe region, and in the instep region of the shoe. In the soccer shoe of the present invention, those areas of the shoe are made visually distinctive from the remainder of the shoe.