Footwear cleat

  • US 6,209,230 B1
  • Filed: 04/11/2000
  • Issued: 04/03/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/18/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A removable cleat for use with an athletic shoe for providing to a user traction on a turf surface, said athletic shoe having a sole, said sole having a plurality of sole attachment holes for attachment of removable cleats, said removable cleat comprising:

  • a hub having a first side facing said sole and a second side facing away from said sole;

    hub attachment means extending from said first side for attaching said hub to one of said sole attachment holes; and

    at least one turf engaging element extending outwardly from said hub, said turf engaging element being deflectably attached to said hub so that when said removable cleat is attached to said shoe said turf engaging element deflects toward said sole of said shoe when encountering a turf surface, whereby grass blades are trapped between said sole of said shoe and said turf engaging element to provide traction by substantially locking said shoe to said grass.

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