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Publication numberUS1176445 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 21, 1916
Filing dateOct 12, 1915
Priority dateOct 12, 1915
Publication numberUS 1176445 A, US 1176445A, US-A-1176445, US1176445 A, US1176445A
InventorsDavid F Haran
Original AssigneeDavid F Haran
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Shoe-ventilating device.
US 1176445 A
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APPLICATIlON FILED OCT. l2. l9|5 Patented M11-1*. 21, 1916.




Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented Mar. 21. 1 916.

Application led October 12, 1915. Serial No. 55,574.

5 new and useful Shoe-Ventilating Device, of

which the following is a specification.

This'invention pertains to a device for automatically maintaining a circulation of air within-the shoe beneath the foot of the person wearing the shoe, with a view to keeping the foot in a more sanitary condi-` tion. y

An object of the invention is to provide means to positively force the air along a definite channel, or series of channels beneath the foot, so that all portions of the sole of the foot will alike receive the benefit of thorough ventilation.

With these ends in view the invention comprises. in its preferred embodiment. a shoe-ventilating pump` operated by the increase and decrease of the pressure of the foot upon the bottom of the shoe in the act of walking.

Referring to the accompanying` drawings, which illustrate the invention Figure 1 is a plan-view of a preferred mebodiment of the device. showing the member for confining and directing the air-currents, the

air channels of said member being on the underside thereof and being therefore indicated in dotted lines. The pumping device is also shown principally in dotted lines. Fig. 2 is a vertical section on line arg-a02 of Fig. 1. Fig. 3 is a diagrammatic view to illustrate the operation of the pumping device, the bellows being inflated. Fig. 4 is a view similar to Fig. 3,' but showing the bellows deflated. Fig. 5 is an end-view of the 4 40 pumping device, a portion of the shoe being of Fig. 8. Fig. 8 1s a transverse section on line S--s of Fig. 7. Fig.` 9 is a cross-section on line 9-m9 of Fig. 7..

Referring in detail to the drawings, the

pumping device comprises a bellows 1, having an inlet-valve 2 and outlet-valve 3, supported respectively by the leaf-spring arms 4 and 5, said bellows being expanded by the spring 6. In orderto contract said bellows the lever-arms 7 are provided, same being pivoted upon shaft or pintle 8, supported by the brackets 9.I A cross piece 11 unites said arms 7 and engages a`metallic plate 10 en the` bellows 9 to deflate said bellows when sald arms 7 are rocked. The rocking of said varms 7 is accomplishedby means of the `thrust-bar 12, wlnch 1s of an inverted U-shape, the arms of' said thrust-bar being 'pivotally connected to lever-arms T'bv means of the pin 13. Spiral ,springs 14 ltend to yhold the `cross-bar 11 together with levers T in the lowered position. A metallic flap l5, hinged to the channeled member or insole 16 is interposed between the foot of the wearer and the thrust-bar 12. Said flap is provided with an elevating spring 152 The bellows 1 is mounted within the hecl 2l-of the shoe or boot 22 said heel being provided with a chamber 23 large enough to house and provide. room for the operation of said bellows which are suspended from a metallic plate P. An inlet-tube 25 provides outside air directly to the channeled member 16 by way of the inlet opening 25 (see Figs. 1 and 6), said tube projecting through the back of heel 21. An outlet tube 26 is providedfrom the bellows through the back of the heel. These tubes are, in the illustrated embodiment of the invention, provided with small rubber hose 27 at their outer ends which pass up behind-the shoeor boot to prevent water leaking into the shoe in rainy weather.

The inlet valve 8 coperates with inletport 2"; the outlet-valve 3 coperates with outlet-port 3E. these ports being formed in a casing 29 (Figs. 7 to 9) having an inlet chamber 31 and an outlet chamber 32, sepa- Vrated by a partition 33. The chamber 31 is provided with an inlet opening 35 (Figs. 1, 6 and 7) through which the bellows exhausts 4air from the channels of the chan` neled member 16. Said channeled member 16 has cut into the lower face thereof longitudinal channels or grooves 41, most of which communicate near their front ends with the cross-channel 42. In the heel portion additional cross channels 43 are provided, also the radial channels 44 and arcuate channel 45, these various channels communicating with each other in the manner illustrated in Fig. 1, where it will be seen that on one side said channel 45 communicates with one of the longitudinal channels 41, while on the other side of the insole there is an L-shaped dividing space 50, the long limb of which extends up to the cross channel 42 near the front end of the insole. The positions of the bellows-inletthe air to'circulate over substantially the entire area of the insole.

The insole is shown to beV provided with perforations51 to more perfectly ventilatethe foot.

In operation, when, inthe-act of walking,

the heel of the persons foot risesslightly, the parts assume the position indicated in Fig. 3, the hinged flap 15 being slightly elevated by the spring let, permitting the bellows to inflate, the foul air from the channels of the insole being drawn into the bellows through the ports and 2a (Fig. 7 Then the foot is placed uponthe ground the fiap 15 is depressed, detlating the bellows, thus expelling the foul air through port 3, chamber 32 and tube 26.

Owing to the fact that the bellows-operating device comprises arms which pass astride of the most expansible portion of the bellows 1, thereby bringing the cross bar 10 into slidable engagement with the middle portion of the lower plate 10 of the bellows, said plate 10 acts as an additionallever to accelerate the closing` movement of the. bellows.

It is to be understood that the invention is not limited to theV precise construction shown and described, but. that changes, within the scope of the claims may be made in the operating parts without departing from the spirit of the invention.

I claim:

1. In a shoe-Ventilating device, the combination, with means to direct the air currents to ventilate the shoe, of a bellows, a plate from which said bellows is suspended,

lever arms passing astride said bellows,

' operate said bellows.

means operable by the pressure of the foot to oscillate said lever arms, and a cross-bar connecting the free ends of said lever arms, said cross-bar being adapted yto engage and 2. In a shoe-Ventilating device, the combination, with means to direct the air currents to ventilate the shoe, of a bellows of the wedge-shaped type, means. to suspend said bellows within the shoe, and a bellows operating device comprising arms which pass astride-the most expansible portion of the bellows, said arms being provided with a cross-bar in slidable engagement with the lower side of the bellows.

3. In a shoe-Ventilating device, the combination, with means for directing the air currents within the shoe, of a bellows, means to suspend said bellows in an operative position, a vertically extending and vertically reciprocatory thrust bar guided in its reciprocation by reason of extending through an opening in said bellows-suspending means,

and a bellows-actuating member having a fulc'rum pivot between its end, one end of said member being pivoted to the lower end of said thrust-bar and the other end of said member operating against the lower side of said bellows.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto signed my name in the presence of two subscribing witnesses at Los Angeles, in the county of Los Angeles and State of California. this 6th day of October 1915.


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U.S. Classification36/3.00R
Cooperative ClassificationA43B7/06