Patent Number: 6,167,641

Title: Athletic shoe cleat

Abstract: A cleat provides traction in golf shoes (and shoes for other turf sports) without adversely affecting turf, while providing a desired level of traction under as many different conditions as possible, is resistant to being worn down on hard surfaces. The cleat has a hub with an attachment stud for attaching to a receptacle in a shoe sole, and at least one traction element extending substantially laterally from the flange to engage grass blades to provide traction without damaging turf. The traction element is deflectably attached to the hub, preferably by a resilient arm having a turf-engaging portion at the end thereof. The traction element is preferably cantilevered out of the plane of the hub, and in any event preferably deflects when a hard surface is encountered, to protect the turf-engaging portion from abrasion.

Inventors: McMullin; Faris W. (Boise, ID)

Assignee: Softspikes, Inc.

International Classification: A43C 15/00 (20060101); A43C 15/16 (20060101); A43B 005/00 (); A43C 015/02 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018