Shoe Patents!

Manolo says, two of the Manolo’s internet friends, the Susan and the Nina, sent the Manolo the link to the most remarkable thing, the notice of the new exhibit at the museum at the United States. Patent and Trademark Office.

A new exhibit opened on July 13, 2006 in the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Museum. “Shoes: Innovations at Your Feet” highlights shoe technology past and present. Visitors to the museum can learn the history of patented footwear, view stylish innovations, and see how people customize their shoes for work. The exhibit is an entertaining view of all kinds of footwear that incorporates 19 th century models of patented inventions as well as recent accomplishments of today’s footwear industry, especially many brands in the areas of children’s shoes, work shoes, comfort and fashion.

“ This exhibit conveys the fact that even everyday objects like shoes owe much of their evolution to the intellectual property protection provided to their designers,” noted Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Jon Dudas.

Shoes can be practical, like the different types of shoes tailored to different working environments, or they can be great fun, like fashion shoes of high society. The exhibit shows what kinds of shoes a roofer, a chef, or a fireman might wear, and one can marvel at the size 23 work shoe of Shaquille O’Neal. Enjoy the sight of First Ladies’ fashion—from Mamie Eisenhower’s pink satin pumps to Lou Hoover’s gold velvet mules.

The Manolo he must go see this immediately!

5 Responses to “Shoe Patents!”

  1. Nancy Friedman July 28, 2006 at 5:51 pm #

    …and speaking of shoes on display, the Manolo and his friends might be interested in the super-fantastic footwear on the feets of the women attending the second annual BlogHer conference, which just got under way in San Jose, California. See a photo gallery here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/sets/72157594215067362/

  2. shoelover July 29, 2006 at 7:15 am #

    what about J. Edgar Hoover’s pumps?

  3. MoneyMiss July 29, 2006 at 2:09 pm #

    Wow. I’ve been to exhibitons of fashion, but never a shoe one. I don’t live near. Is there a website where I can view it???

  4. Melissa July 29, 2006 at 3:46 pm #

    How exciting, a shoe exhibit right near where I live! Thanks for the info.

  5. triticale July 30, 2006 at 9:53 am #

    I’m afraid I would be far mor interested in an exhibit relating to patents for shoe-making equipment. Shoes were among the first mass-production consumer goods, which should mean some fascinationg machinery.