Title:
Foot covering
United States Patent 2205091


Abstract:
This invention relates to a foot covering such as a shoe, slipper, or sandal, and it is one object of the invention to provide an article of this character having a main sole and an upper, the 6 upper being formed of washable or cleanable material and having a portion constituting an insole...



Inventors:
Geffner, Samuel H.
Application Number:
US27226239A
Publication Date:
06/18/1940
Filing Date:
05/06/1939
Assignee:
Geffner, Samuel H.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
36/9R, 36/11, 36/11.5, 36/12, 36/15, 36/91, 36/155, D02/916
International Classes:
A43B3/10; A43B3/24; A43C11/12
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Description:

This invention relates to a foot covering such as a shoe, slipper, or sandal, and it is one object of the invention to provide an article of this character having a main sole and an upper, the 6 upper being formed of washable or cleanable material and having a portion constituting an insole detachably united to the main sole. It will thus be seen that when the upper becomes soiled it may be detached from the main sole and washed or otherwise cleaned and replaced.

Another object of the invention is to provide a shoe or other foot covering wherein the main sole and the combined upper and insole are detachably held in engagement with each other by slide fasteners of the "zipper" type, thus providing a firm connection but, at the same time, allowing easy and quick detachment when desired.

Another object of the invention is to provide a shoe wherein a plurality of uppers mpy be provided and selectively applied to the main soles, thus permitting clean uppers to be applied for use while others are being washed or cleaned and also permitting uppers of different styles to be selectively used.

Another object of the invention is to provide a shoe which is of light weight, quite flexible, and very comfortable when worn.

Another object of the invention is to enable the wearer to select any style upper and combine it with a most convenient type of lower sole or sole and heel.

The invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein: Fig. 1 is a view showing a shoe of the improved construction in side elevation.

Fig. 2 is a top plan view thereof.

ig. 3 is a view in top plan showing the detachable upper removed.

Fig. 4 is a transverse sectional view taken on the line --4 of ig. 2.

Fig. 5 is a perspective view of a modified form of shoe.

Fig. 6 is a view showing the shoe of Fig. 5 in top plan with the detachable upper removed.

Fig. 7 is a transverse sectional view taken on the line 7-7 of ig. 5.

The foot covering constituting the subject matter of this invention may be a shoe, slipper, or the like, and has a main sole I which is formed of leather, rubber, cork, or other suitable material. The upper 2 is formed of washable or cleanable fabric and has a bottom 3, also formed of washable or cleanable fabric.

While the upper has been illustrated as consisting of a number of front straps 4 and a heel strap 5 carrying an elastic band 6 intended to be passed about the ankle and secured by snap fasteners 1 and 8, it is to be understood that this merely illustrates one design of upper and does not limit the invention to the particular design shown. The upper may be of woven or knitted material and its bottom 3 also formed of woven or knitted material but will preferably be formed of woven fabric. The upper is to be firmly but detachably connected with the main sole and thus allow it to be removed and thoroughly washed and cleaned and replaced. This also allows foot coverings of this type to be sold as sets including a number of uppers of different designs which will be selectively applied by the user. The means for detachably holding the upper to the main sole consists of strips 9 and 10 sewed about margins of the insole or bottom 3 of the upper and the main sole and carrying inter-engageable slide fasteners 1I and 12, these fasteners being inter-engaged with each other through the medium of a slide 13. It will thus be seen that the securing means for detachably holding the upper in engagement with the main sole is of the "zipper" type and serves to very firmly hold the upper in place while allowing easy and quick removal when so desired. A covering sheet 14 of thin leather has been shown applied to the main sole and secured by stitches which hold the strip 10 in place, and between this sheet and the main sole is fitted an arch support pad 15. It is to be understood that, if so desired, the covering sheet may be omitted and the bottom or insole rest directly upon the main sole.

In Figs. 5, 6 and 7, there has been illustrated an embodiment of the invention wherein the upper 16 is of sock-like formation. This upper is also formed of knitted or woven fabric and when worn, its upper portion IB fits snugly about a person's ankle. The fabric strip 18 which corresponds to the fabric strip 9, is sewed to the bottom portion of the upper about margins thereof and the bottom 19 of the upper takes the place of the bottom 3 and serves as an insole for the foot covering.

When this form of upper is applied to the main sole 20, the inter-engaging fastener members 28 of the strips 18 and 22 are inter-engaged with each other by the slide 23 corresponding to the slide 13, and the upper will be firmly but. detachably held in engagement with the main sole. No cover sheet, corresponding the sheet 14, has been provided for the main sole 20 and when the upper is connected to the main sole, it rests directly on the main sole and the arch supporting pad 24. It will be understood that an upper of the type shown in Figs. 1 and 2, may be applied to the main sole of Figs. 5, 6 and 7, and also that an upper of the type shown in Pigs. 5, 6 and 7 may be applied to the main sole shown in Pigs. 1 through 4 of the drawings.

Either form of upper will be firmly held in place 1u when applied to the main sole but may be very easily removed for washing and then replaced and another upper substituted in lieu of the one removed.

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is: 1. In a foot covering, a main sole, an upper of washable or cleanable material, an insole connected to the upper formed of washable material, and means for removably uniting the upper to the main sole consisting of mounting stripe of washable material secured along margins of the main sole and the insole, interengageable slide fasteners carried by said strips, and means for effecting detachable inter-engagement of the slide fasteners with each other.

2. In a foot covering, a main sole, an upper of washable or cleanable fabric adapted to fit about and enclose a person's foot, said upper including a sole portion constituting an insole for 1( the shoe, and means for removably uniting the upper to the main sole consisting of mounting strips of washable fabric secured to marginal portions of the insole and the main sole, interengageable slide fasteners carried by said strips, II and means for effecting detachable interengagement of the slide fasteners with each other.

SAMUEL H. GEFFNER.