(i9) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication oo) Pub. No.: US 2008/0034479 Al
Barnett (43) Pub. Date: Feb. 14,2008
Patent Application Publication Feb. 14, 2008 Sheet 2 of 3 US 2008/0034479 Al
(54) SHEER HOSIERY
(76) Inventor: Victoria Barnett, Lockport, IL (US)
DRINKER BIDDLE & REATH LLP
ATTN: PATENT DOCKET DEPT.
191 N. WACKER DRIVE, SUITE 3700
CHICAGO, IL 60606 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 11/596,558
(22) PCT Filed: May 18, 2005 (86) PCT No.: PCT/US05/17350
(2), (4) Date: Nov. 14, 2006
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/572,795, filed on May 20, 2004.
(51) Int. CI.
A41B 11/02 (2006.01)
A41B 11/00 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 2/241; 2/239
Sheer hosiery (200) is provided that maintains the appearance of conventional sheer hosiery while eliminating the foot discomfort that is typically encountered when wearing conventional sheer hosiery. Embodiments of the sheer hosiery (200) include a sheer leg portion (260) and a foot portion (210) that is affixed to the sheer leg portion (260) and at least partially made of a comfort fabric. The foot portion (210) contacts one or more portions of a wearer's foot, such as, for example, a ball portion and a toe portion, and is hidden from view when the wearer's foot is inserted in footwear. The foot portion (210) may be somewhat thicker than the sheer leg portion (260) but is not so thick as to interfere with the fit of the footwear.