Title:
Shoe with interchangeable uppers
United States Patent 2491930


Abstract:
This invention relates to shoes and, more particularly, to shoes for women having parts thereof interchangeable so that the color and appearance of the shoe may be changed to the style desired. My principal objective was to construct a shoe in which the upper parts thereof might be quickly...



Inventors:
Frank, Parlante
Application Number:
US74409847A
Publication Date:
12/20/1949
Filing Date:
04/26/1947
Assignee:
Frank, Parlante
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
D02/925
International Classes:
A43B3/24; A43C11/12
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US Patent References:
2444640Blucher type shoe with removable plug1948-07-06
2261125Shoe1941-11-04
2200080Shoe1940-05-07
1661726House slipper1928-03-06



Description:

This invention relates to shoes and, more particularly, to shoes for women having parts thereof interchangeable so that the color and appearance of the shoe may be changed to the style desired.

My principal objective was to construct a shoe in which the upper parts thereof might be quickly and readily interchanged, the advantages of such a shoe being many in that not only might the wearer change the color and appearance of the shoe to conform to the apparel being worn, but a considerable savings would be effected by having one shoe with many interchangeable tops taking the place of several pairs of shoes.

Another advantage would be a conserving of space when traveling while, at the same time, the wearer would be afforded a choice of a large variety of shoes for different purposes.

A further advantage is the construction of the lower section of the shoe in several basic sizes while the upper section will have a variety of sizes due to difference in shape above the juncture between the sections that will enable individuals having feet of different characteristics to obtain a comfortable fit. The lower section of the shoe being more flexible than the upper section will accommodate a variety of sizes while the top portion may be selected to assure a snug and satisfactory fit..

Another advantage is that the uppers may be readily and quickly detached and interchanged with a new upper through the use of a "zipper" connection.

Further advantages and unique features of my device will be apparent as I proceed with the description.

With reference to the drawingsFig. 1 shows a side elevation of a shoe incorporating my construction with the upper section detached; and Fig. 2 shows a side elevation of a shoe incorporating a further modification of my construction with the upper section detached.

Referring more particularly to the drawings, my shoe 10 is comprised of upper and lower sections or members 11 and 12, respectively. As indicated in Figs. 1 and 2, the upper 1 may be made in a variety of shapes and styles and is equipped !along its lower edge with a string of slide fastener elements 13. The string of slide fastener elements 13 extends along the lower edge of the upper section i starting and terminating on the counter portion 14 of the shoe at a position directly above the heel 15. The lower section 12 of the shoe has the conventional toe 16, sole IT, vamp 18 and shank 19 portions with the heel 15 affixed thereto in the conventional manner.

At the upper edge of the lower section 12 of the shoe there is attached a string of slide fastener elements 20. Positioned on thet element 20 is a slider 21 that is slidably operable on both slide fastener elements 13 and 20 to coact with these elements and secure them in locking engagement with each other.

As indicated in the drawings, the slide fastener elements 13 and 20, respectively, extend through what constitutes approximately the mid portion of the toe 16, vamp 18 and counter 14 of the shoe and the upper section 11 may be readily detached .from the lower section 12 by'operating the slider 21 which disengages the elements 13 and 20 from each other. As shown in Fig. 2, the slide fastener elements 13 and 20, respectively, may be attached to the shoe in various configurations to add to the appearance and novelty of the footwear.

The lower section 12 of the shoe, constituting the toe 16, vamp 18 and counter 14, will be made in a few standard sizes with which a plurality of uppers II may be readily interchanged. The toe 16 and vamp 18 will'have a certain degree of flexibility in order that the lower section 12 of the shoe will have a greater size range and a larger number of people may be comfortably equipped by a few basic sizes where heretofore a great variety of sizes were required. For example, a woman taking a size 6A may be fitted with the same lower section as a woman requiring 6D. However, the upper sections will be varied so as to afford each wearer a comfortable fit.

The style of the uppers may vary as described such as a closed shoe as shown in Fig. 1 or a shoe with an open portion 22 and a strap 23 as shown in Fig. 2. Obviously, many other modifications and forms may be utilized without departing from the principal objective of the invention. In its preferred form, it is contemplated to use a "zipper" device as the connecting means between the upper and lower members of the shoe. However, it is also realized that other similar means may be utilized such as lacing, stitching, crocheting, etc., to join the upper land lower members together.

While the invention has been described in detail with respect to, a present preferred form which it may assume, it is not to be limited to such details and form since many changes and modifications may be made in the invention without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention in its broadest aspects. Hence, it is desired to cover any and all forms and modifications of the invention which may come within the language or scope of any one or more of the appended claim.

I claim: A lady's high-heeled shoe comprising a sole and heel portion and an upper for covering the foot, said upper extending circumferentially completely.,around the shoe to cover the heel of the wearer at the rear and the instep at the front, said upper being secured at its lower edge to the periphery of the sole and heel portion 'and being circumferentially divided into separable and substantially equal upper and lower sections, said division having undulations, a string of slide fastener elements on each of the adjacent edges of said sections, a slider operable on said elements for engaging said strings of fastener elements thereby detachably securing the upper section to the lower section to permit interchanging of the upper section for variation of color, contrast and style of the shoe, said modulations providing a line of broken contrast on the shoe.

FRANK PARLANTE.

REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the 10 file of this patent: UNITED STATES PATENTS Number 1,661,726 2,200,080 2,261,125 2,444,640 Name Date Jensen --- _____--- _ Mar. 6, 1928 Fein ------------- May 7, 1940 McFreely -----___ Nov. 4, 1941 Epstein ---------- July 6, 1948