Shoe Fastener


Snapping in fastener for open shoes

Release Date

English and German version: 09/03/2015

Idea and Description

Kurt Andro

Target

  • Older or mobility impaired people
  • Everyone who likes to wear open-toed shoes, but wants to close them for driving or cycling
  • Children

Suitable for open shoes such as

  • slippers
  • sandals
  • clogs, etc.

Description

  • Open shoes are convenient. They can be put on or taken off without having to bend down and "fight" laces, buckles or Velcro. However there is the risk of slipping out unintentionally and then stumble or fall.
  • The solution would be a fastener which is attached rotatable to both sides of the sole, is pushed upwards by springs and presses against the back of the foot.
  • To put the shoes on and take them off comfortably, there is a locking mechanism located at the rear end of each shoe that is strong enough to not being overcome by the spring force.
  • To lift up the hinged fastener it is necessary to loosen the catch with the other foot by gently lifting it up with the tip of the toe (see pictures). A small, rear protruding bead gives the fastener a stabilizing profile and makes it easier to press.
  • The fastener should be made of a rigid material and should be covered with a soft, skin-friendly material.

 


1 - Loosen the fastener
1 - Loosen the fastener
2 - Fastener has been pushed up by the springs
2 - Fastener has been pushed up by the springs
3 - Push down the fastener for opening
3 - Push down the fastener for opening
4 - The fastener will snap in and stay down
4 - The fastener will snap in and stay down