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Paramétrages

1. US20170095039 - SHOE TREATMENT

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Claims

1. A method, comprising:
inserting a shoe treatment device having an expandable, interior engagement form into the interior of a toe box of a shoe while the expandable toe box interior engagement form is in a latched, contracted state;
unlatching the expandable toe box interior engagement form from the latched, contracted state;
sliding a movable slide actuator and link member coupling the slide actuator to the expandable toe box interior engagement form, along an arm of the of the device, from a first position to a second position toward the expandable toe box interior engagement form;
expanding the expandable toe box interior engagement form to an expanded state while in the interior of the toe box of the shoe as the movable slide actuator and the link member slide to the second position, to treat the interior of the toe box of the shoe; and
latching the expandable toe box interior engagement form in the expanded state while in the interior of the toe box of the shoe.
2. The method of claim 1 further comprising pivoting the arm wherein the link member extends from the interior of the shoe to the exterior of the shoe and the pivoting arm extends to the exterior of the shoe so that the first and second positions of the movable slide actuator are both exterior to the shoe.
3. The method of claim 2 wherein the sliding the movable slide actuator and the link member includes sliding the movable slide actuator and the link member along a guide track disposed within the arm and guiding the movable slide actuator and the link member from the first position to the second position.
4. The method of claim 3 wherein the latching the expandable toe box interior engagement form in the expanded state includes engaging the movable slide actuator with a ratchet latch disposed along the guide track and in the second position of the movable slide actuator.
5. The method of claim 4 wherein the sliding the movable slide actuator includes sliding the movable slide actuator along the guide track defined by a housing of the arm, and configured to guide the movable slide actuator from the first position to the second position.
6. The method of claim 5 wherein the engaging the movable slide actuator with a ratchet latch includes moving a spring tensioned pawl of the movable slide actuator from an unengaged position to an engaged position in which the pawl engages the ratchet latch of the guide member.
7. The method of claim 6 wherein the sliding the movable slide actuator includes engaging a button of the slide actuator with a user's thumb to slide the movable slide actuator between the first and second positions and wherein moving the pawl between the engaged and disengaged positions includes moving the button of the slide actuator with the user's thumb.
8. The method of claim 1 wherein the link member is ribbon-shaped and wherein expanding the expandable toe box interior engagement form to the expanded state as the movable slide actuator slides to the second position, includes driving a wedge-shaped expander member coupled to the movable slide actuator by the ribbon-shaped link member, and positioned between and engaging opposing wing engagement members of the expandable toe box interior engagement form as the movable slide actuator slides to the second position, wherein the ribbon-shaped link member drives the wedge-shaped expander member forward toward the front of the toe box of the shoe, and drives the wing engagement members apart.
9. The method of claim 8 wherein the expanding the expandable toe box interior engagement form to the expanded state as the movable slide actuator slides to the second position, includes the expander member shifting laterally in a left-right direction within the toe box area so that one wing member may be driven outwardly more than the other wing member.
10. The method of claim 8 further comprising:
unlatching the expandable toe box interior engagement form from the expanded state while in the interior of the toe box of the shoe;
sliding the movable slide actuator from the second position toward the first position;
contracting the expandable toe box interior engagement form to a contracted state while in the interior of the toe box of the shoe as the movable slide actuator slides toward the first position;
latching the expandable toe box interior engagement form in the contracted state while in the interior of the toe box of the shoe; and
removing the expandable toe box interior engagement form of the shoe treatment device from the interior of the toe box of the shoe.
11. The method of claim 10 wherein the unlatching the expandable toe box interior engagement form includes disengaging the movable slide actuator from ratchet teeth of a ratchet latch disposed along a guide member guiding the movable slide actuator and wherein the disengaging the movable slide actuator from ratchet teeth of the ratchet latch includes pivoting a pawl of the movable slide actuator from an engaged position to a disengaged position in which the pawl disengages from the ratchet teeth of the ratchet latch.
12. The method of claim 10 wherein the contracting the expandable toe box interior engagement form to a contracted state while in the interior of the toe box of the shoe as the movable slide actuator slides toward the first position includes the movable slide actuator pulling the link member and the expander member backward away from the front of the toe box of the shoe, and a spring member drawing the wing engagement members inwardly back together.
13. A shoe treatment device for use with a shoe having a toe box, comprising:
an expandable, interior engagement form having a contracted state and expandable to an expanded state wherein the expandable, interior engagement form is configured to engage the interior of the toe box of the shoe in the expanded state;
an arm coupled to the engagement form;
a movable slide actuator disposed on the arm and configured to slide along the arm from a first position to a second position;
a link member coupling the slide actuator to the interior engagement form and configured to slide along the arm from a first position to a second position, wherein the expandable toe box interior engagement form is configured to expand to the expanded state as the movable slide actuator slides to the second position; and
a latch configured to selectively latch the expandable toe box interior engagement form in a selected state of a plurality of states including the contracted state and the expanded state.
14. The shoe treatment device of claim 13 wherein the link member is configured to extend from the interior of the shoe to the exterior of the shoe and the arm is configured to pivot and extend to the exterior of the shoe so that the first and second positions of the movable slide actuator are both exterior to the shoe when the device is used with a shoe.
15. The shoe treatment device of claim 14 further comprising a guide track disposed within the arm and configured to guide the movable slide actuator and the link member between their respective first position and second position.
16. The shoe treatment device of claim 15 wherein the latch is a ratchet latch having ratchet teeth disposed along the guide track and configured to releasably latch the movable slide actuator in the second position of the movable slide actuator to latch the expandable toe box interior engagement form in the expanded state.
17. The shoe treatment device of claim 16 wherein the arm comprises a housing configured to house the slide actuator and the ratchet latch and defining the guide track configured to guide the movable slide actuator from the first position to the second position of the movable slide actuator.
18. The shoe treatment device of claim 17 wherein the link member is ribbon shaped and the slide actuator comprises a movable pawl and a C-shaped ribbon spring extending integrally from the ribbon-shaped link member and coupling the pawl to the link member, said pawl configured to move with spring tension supplied by said C-shaped ribbon spring from an unengaged position to an engaged position in which the pawl engages the ratchet latch.
19. The shoe treatment device of claim 17 wherein the link member is ribbon shaped and the slide actuator comprises a sled member having supporting skids configured to slide within the guide track, a movable pawl and a leaf spring flexibly supporting the pawl, the sled member being coupled to the link member, said pawl configured to move with spring tension supplied by said sled member leaf spring from an unengaged position to an engaged position in which the pawl engages the ratchet latch.
20. The shoe treatment device of claim 13 wherein the arm includes an extendable counter interior engagement member having an extension guide rod and an engagement member housing slidably carrying the extendable counter interior engagement member which is configured to slide along the extension guide rod between retracted position and extended positions.
21. The shoe treatment device of claim 20 wherein the extension guide rod has a guide member and the extendable counter interior engagement member housing has a guide member defining a guide surface configured to encircle and to engage the extension guide rod as the extendable counter interior engagement member slides along the extension guide rod between retracted and extended positions, and wherein the extendable counter interior engagement member further has a housing which defines a guide slot configured to receive the extension guide rod in the retracted position, wherein the guide member of the extension guide rod is configured to engage the guide slot of the extendable counter interior engagement member housing as the extendable counter interior engagement member slides along the extension guide rod between retracted and extended positions, and wherein the guide member of the extension guide rod is configured to engage and stop the guide member of the extendable counter interior engagement member at an extended position.
22. The shoe treatment device of claim 18 wherein the movable slide actuator comprises a button configured to be engaged by a user's thumb to slide the movable slide actuator between the first and second positions of the movable slide actuator and to move the pawl between the engaged and disengaged positions.
23. The shoe treatment device of claim 13 wherein the link member is ribbon-shaped and wherein the expandable toe box interior engagement form includes opposing wing engagement members, a spring biasing the wing engagement members together, and a wedge-shaped expander member coupled to the movable slide actuator by the ribbon-shaped link member, and positioned between and configured to engage the opposing wing engagement members of the expandable toe box interior engagement form as the movable slide actuator slides to the second position of the actuator, driving the link member and the expander member forward toward the front of the toe box of the shoe, and driving the wing engagement members apart.
24. The shoe treatment device of claim 23 wherein the expander member is configured to shift laterally in a left-right direction within the toe box area so that one wing member may be driven outwardly more than the other wing member.
25. The shoe treatment device of claim 13 further comprising a foot feature simulating extension member and a releasable fastener configured to releasably couple the foot feature simulating extension member to the interior engagement form at a selectable location on the interior engagement form.