With thanks to the always excellent Manolo and his friends Susan and Nina for pointing this out. Sounds like something I will need to refer to!
A new exhibit opened on July 13, 2006 in the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Museum. ÄúShoes: Innovations at Your FeetÄù 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,Äù noted Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Jon Dudas.
Museum display of First Lady shoesShoes 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’ fashionÄîfrom Mamie Eisenhower’s pink satin pumps to Lou Hoover’s gold velvet mules.