US 1255451 A
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D. WIcERLANE. VENTILA'TING BO O TS'AND SHOES. APPLICATION msn bzm, 1315'.
Patented 1M0. 5 19%.
specification of Letters Patent.
I it a Patented Feb. 5, with.
application filed December 6, 191%. Serial No. 653%.
To all whom it may concern."
Be it known that I, DANIEL McEnLANn, a citizen of the United States, residing at Mankato in the county of Blue Earth and State of Minnesota, have invented new and useful Improvements in Ventilating Boots and Shoes, of which the following is a specificationt.
The device forming the subject matter of this application is adapted to be employed for ventilating articles of footwear.
The invention aims so to construct an upright air passage in the leg and in the foot of an article of footwear, that the lower end of the passage will not be distorted as the foot of the wearer is crowded backwardly-in walking.
Another object of the invention is to pro vide means whereby the entrance of dirt into the lower end of the passage will be avoided, the construction being such that am may readily pass into the interior of the article of foot wear from the lower end of the passage.
It is within the province of the disclosure to improve generally and to enhance the utility of devices of that type to which the present invention appertains.
With the above and other objects in view which will appear as the description proceeds, the invention resides in the combination and arrangement of parts and in the details of construction hereinafter described and claimed, it being understood that changes in the precise embodiment of the invention herein disclosed can be made within the scope of what is claimed, without departing from the spirit of the lnvention.
In the accompanying drawings Figure 1 shows in side elevation, an article of foot wear embodying the present invention;
Fig. 2 is a vertical section showing an articleiof foot wear wherein the present invention is embodied;
3 is a top plan of the structure shown in Figs. 1 and 2; and
there is provided an article of footwear includlng a leg S, and a foot T having an ele-' vated instep R. A strip M is applied to each side of the leg S, on the interior of the leg, the strip extending downwardly to the foot T. The strip M forms a passage (1. The passage a is forwardly inclined toward the toe U of the foot T to prevent a distortion of the lower end of the passage a as the foot of the wearer crowds backwardly in walking. The upper end of the passage a is open as indicated at b. The lower end of the passage a terminates directly above the instep R to permit the pumping of air into and out of the passage a as the instep of the wearer yields. The lower end of the passage 0: is open as indicated at c. 7
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed is An article of footwear comprising a leg and a sole; and a single-layer tape-like strip of material formed separately from the leg 7 and extended downwardly along the inside of the leg, the longitudinal edges of the strip being secured to the leg and the transverse end edges of the strlpibeing spaced from the leg to form an air passage which is open axially at its ends, the lower end of the stri being spaced above the upper surface of t e sole.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing as my own, I have hereunto affixed my signature in the presence of two witnesses.