Patent Number: 6,167,598

Title: Closure device

Abstract: An apparatus for providing easy tightening and loosening of laces. A molded unit having a top, two ends, and two sides is formed. Each end may be molded or tooled to define a first bore and a portion of a guide channel. The top is molded or tooled to define a second portion of the guide channel having a cross-dimension greater than a cross-dimension of the first bore. The first bore, first portion of the guide channel and the second portion of the guide channel corresponding to one end are contiguous. In one embodiment, each end further defines a second bore that is not contiguous with the first bore or guide channel through which a lace may be secured.

Inventors: Pransky; Jerome C. (Marina Del Rey, CA), Weaver; Thomas S. (Shelburn, VT)

Assignee: Smart Stuff, LLC

International Classification: A43C 7/08 (20060101); A43C 7/00 (20060101); A43C 007/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018