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W. F. QUARTERS.
SUPPORT FOR FOOT COVERING.
APPLICATION FILED APR. 12, 1915.
Patented Aug. 29, 1916.
AZZOPTZ WILLIAM F. QUARTEBS, OF PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND.
SUPPORT FOR FOOT-COVERING.
Application filed April 12, 1915.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, IVILLIAM F. QUAn'rnns, a citizen of the United States, residing at Providence, in the county of Providence and State of Rhode Island, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Supports for Foot-Coverings, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to a device for supporting upon the foot, a shoe, slipper, or other foot covering.
The essential objects of my invention are facile detachment and entire removal of the device from the shoe when not in use thereby making a special construction of shoe un necessary; to prevent abrasion or the wear ing of holes in the stocking of the wearer and the blistering of the wearers heel due to the vibration of the back of the shoe; to render the device adjustable with respect to the size of the wearers ankle, and to the relative forward location of any particular shoe heel, and adaptable to any size shoe; to maintain the material of the device in a Hat position; and to attain these ends in a device which does not contact with the upper arched surface of the foot whereby swelling is induced, which is easily applied and adjusted, inexpensive to construct, and which does not deface the material of the shoe.
To the above ends essentially my invention consists in such parts and combinations of parts as fall within the scope of the appended claim.
In the accompanying drawings which form a part of this specification, Figure 1 is a side elevation of a shoe engaged by my supporter, Fig. 2, a top plan view of the supporter, Fig. 3, a bottom plan view of the sliding member and adjacent parts, Fig. 4-. a section on line l4; of Fig. 8, Fig. 5, a side elevation of the adjustable portion of one loop, Fig. 6, a longitudinal section of the same, Fig. 7 a plan view of a modified form of my support, and Fig. 8, a section on line 8-8 of Fig. 7
Like reference characters indicate like parts throughout the views.
My invention is shown in connection with a human ankle A, and a shoe or slipper B, provided with a heel b.
The support in present and preferred embodiment comprises a body formed from a continuous flat strip 0 of elastic webbing. The strip, in the original form of an oblong loop, is given a half twist so that the strip Specification of Letters Patent.
Patented Aug. 29, 1916.
Serial No. 20,631.
crosses itself flatly at an intermediate point d forming two loop portions E and F.
Embracing the inner portion of the loop F is a slide G composed preferably of a triangular piece of elastic webbing whose end portions are overlapped against its back and retained by seams g forming two connected flat sleeves h inclined with relation to each other, whereby the portions of the strip 0 adjacent the slide are maintained in over lapped and crossed position. As the strip is in slidable engagement with the sleeves, the slide in its movement along the loops changes the lengths of the loops relatively to each other.
The ends of the strip a may be free to be manually tied, or may, as shown, be engaged to make the loop E a closed loop. The construction shown obviates the difiiculty of bending over to fasten free ends. These ends may be connected in a continuous strip or may have an adjustable connection. As shown, one end i of the strip is folded over one bar j of an open plate J and sewed upon itself forming a retaining loop 70. Over the opposite bar Z of the frame slidably passes the strip cfolded back to form a longer ad justing loop L. The second end of the strip terminates in a retaining loop at surrounding a central cross bar a in an open frame N, which in this instance has fixed to its front an ornamental plate or ornament 0. The strip 0, in the formation of the loop L has a portion, as at 72, passing behind the side bars of the frame N and over the loop m on the bar a whereby friction prevents the accidental slipping of the material of the loop after the same has been adjusted.
To apply my holder the loop E is enlarged by moving the slide G to the right, and the loop then passed up from below the shoe to a position surrounding the wearers ankle A. The slide G is slid back toward its original position until its under face rests against the upper portion of the back of the shoe B. Then the loop F is downwardly stretched from the rear below the heel 7) and then released to assume its seat at the junction of the heel with the shoe instep, as shown in Fig. 1.
The soft and elastic character of the member G prevents any injury to the surface of even a satin shoe. Its flat character combined with the flat disposition of the strip 0 prevents any bunching at the rear of the ankle, and its movable character determines the length of the loop F to fit any size shoe,
S. Herein the strip a is uncrossed between the loops, and the slide G has its sleeves h parallel with each other.
It will be observed that by my device the shoe is supported in a vertical direction at to the foot, and the usual tendency of the shoe to first leave the foot at the heel is thus overcome.
lVhat I claim is Ashoe support comprising two continuous loop portions, one of said loop portions are ranged to embrace a shoe heel, the second loop portion adapted to embrace an ankle, and a member slidably engaging the sup port intermediate the loop portions adapted to rest against the body of a shoe.
In testimony whereof I have aiiixed my signature in presence of two witnesses.
WILLIAM F. QUARTEBS.
HORATIO E. BELLows, CHARLES S. JENCKES.
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