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Publication numberUS1337983 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 20, 1920
Filing dateDec 5, 1916
Priority dateDec 5, 1916
Publication numberUS 1337983 A, US 1337983A, US-A-1337983, US1337983 A, US1337983A
InventorsLouis Trolle
Original AssigneeAmerican Metal Shoe Company
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Footwear
US 1337983 A
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L. TROLLE.

FOOTWEAR.

- APPLICATION FILED DEC. 5, I916. RENEWED AUG. 16,1919. 1,337,983.

Patented Apr. 20, 1920.

2 SHEETSSHEET I.

L. TROLLE.

FOOTWEAR.

APPLICATION FILED DEC.5, I916- RENEWED AUG. I6,19I 9.

1,337,983. Patented Apr. 20, 1920.

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(1H0: one 1 LOUIS TROLLE, OF RACINE, WISCQ ISIN,

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SIGNQR T0 AMERICAN METAL SHOE CGRPGRATION OF WISCONSIN.

FOOTWEAR.

Application filed December 5, 1916, Serial No. 135,126. Renewed August 16, 1819.

To (:ZZ an/10m it may concern:

Be it known that I, LOUIS TnoLLn, a citizen of the United States, residing at Racine, in the county of Racine and State of Nisconsin, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Footwear, of which the following is a specification.

This invention has reference to that type of footwear-boots, slices or the like-comprising an upper formed of flexible material, as leather, for eXample,'and a bottom formed of metal: this particular type of in the manufacture and repair of the same.

This important purpose of the invention is secured from the constructions and correlations of parts exemplified in the accompanying drawings, wherein Figure 1 is a plan view of an article of footwear, and shows one particular embodiment of my invention;

Fig. 2 is a side view of the same;

Fig. 3 is a detail view of the separately formed sole-portion of the article, seen from above and before it has been attached to the metallic bottom of the article;

Fig. at is a detail sectional perspective view intended particularlyto show the way by which the several parts .of the separatelyformed sole-portion of the article are con-' nected;

Fig. 5 is a plan view of the under side of an article of footwearhaving a different embodiment of the invention with one layer of the sole-portion cut away to disclose a layer above the same;

F ig. 6 is a side view of the latter form of said article;

Fig. 7 is a detail plan view of the separately formed. metallic sole-member; and

Fig. 8 is a detail sectional perspective Specification of Letters Patent.

stated portions thereof are Patented Apr. 20, 1920.

Serial No. 318,041.

view showing the separately formed metallic sole-member and the relatively soft ground-engaging portions, particularly intended to show the means for securing these parts together.

able flexiblematerial-leather, for eXample-and a bottom which comprises a portion B to which the sole is secured, a shank B and a portion B to which the heel is secured. This bottom is made of metal (sheet steel being preferred) and the three preferably integral with each other. It has a marginal flange 6, whichis permanently secured by suitable means, as the rivets b, for example, to the lower edge of the upper A. liforeover, in both of the herein exemplificd'forms of the invention there is a metallic sole member formed separate from the herein referred to bottom, but permanently united thereto in such a manner as to be substantially integral therewith.

()ne of the exemplified forms of the separate metallic sole member, as will be best seen on reference to Fig. 4, consists of an open frame. C whose dimensions and contour are such that it will extend from the toe. to the shank with its front and longitudinal marginal edges in juxtaposition to the corresponding edges of the sole portion B, and said marginal edges are formed with projections which, turned up to lie against the flange 5. The member C also has a. flange c which lies against the shank .B.-. The flanges b and projection 0 and the shank B and projection c are united so as to be substantially integral, as by welding, electric welds being preferred. In the particular construction shown in Figs. 14, inclusive, the projections of the member C are in the form of spaced lugs or ears, but this, while preferred, is not essential.

In the form of the invention shown in Figs. 5-8, inclusive, the member which corresponds to the member C of the other form, is marked D. This member comprises a plate 30 and a plurality of spaced forwardly extending arms or bars 31. The plate 30 extends across the sole-portion B of the bottom at a place immediately underneath the ball of the foot and the arms or bars 31 extend to the toe portion of the bottom and have convex under surfaces. The arms or bars form rocker bars which are essential to the comfort of the wearer when this part of the shoe is not made of flexible material. They preferably are formed with longitudinal channels, 31, providing marginal edges 31 which may be welded or otherwise suitably united to the sole portion B of the bottom, and the plate 30 also has projections 30 which extend from opposite edges of the plate and are welded or otherwise suitably united to said portion of the bottom. The corners 30 of the plate form projections which also are united to the sole portion B of the bottom. 1 7

These members C and I) provide carriers by which relatively soft ground-engaging members, which are appropriately attached thereto, are connected to the metallic bottom.

It is to be understood that neither of these metallic members C, D is to be detached from the metallic sole-portion B of the shoe bottom, although they carry the flexible or relatively soft ground engaging portions which are subject to wear. Hence provision should be made for renewing the groundengaging member when the same becomes vorn and this is taken care of in each of the herein exemplified forms of the invention by constructing the ground-engaging member of two or more layers of flexible material and bypermanently securing to the metallic member C or D the layer which lies next to the same and utilizing said layer as the element to which the other layer or layers are secured. Thus, upon reference to Fig. 3 it will be seen that the upper layer, marked (1 is permanently secured to the member (1 by rivets 20 whose heads are substantially flush with the upper surface of said members and whose prongs are clenched against the under surface of the layer 0 and that the lower layer, marked 0, is secured to the upper layer by nails 21 whose points are clenched between the upper surface of the upper layer and under surface of the mem ber C. in Figs. 5 and 8, the upper layer, marked (Z is shown as permanently se cured to the plate 30 by rivets 32, whose prongs are upset against the lower surface of the layer, and the lower layer, marked (Z is shown as fastened to the upper layer by the nails 33', whose ends are upset against the upper surface of the upper layer.

It will be apparent that the upper layer, being protected against wear by the lower layer or layers need not be renewed and substantially forms a permanent but flexible in the form of the invention, exemplified in Figs. l l inclusive, are substantially co-e'x tensive with the sole-portion B of the bot tom, while the layers (5 and (Z in the form exemplified by Figs, 5-8 inclusive, are disposed under the ball of tl e foot only. In the latter form, the rocker bars 31 give ease to the forward part of the foot in walking.

As shown in Fig. 5, the corners of the layers (2 and (Z rounded, thus exposing the corners 30 of the plate 30, in order that the atter may be welded or otherwise suitably united to the metallic bottom of the shoe. Gbviously, the members (l, D act as anvils to bend the points of the nails 21, 33 while the latter are being driven to attach the layers a, d to the layers 0 ri respectively.

In the process'of making the shoe, the metallic bottom, comprising the portions B, B B and the flange Z), is formed by molding or stamping it to shape and is riveted to the selccbid upper It. The separate metallic member C or D is formed, preferably by stamping the same and the layer 0 or (Z as the case ma T be, is riveted thereto. After the metallic bottom has been secured tot-he upper A and aft r the layer 0 or al has been secured to the metallic member 0 or D, respectively, and either before or after the renewable layer 0 or 03 has been secured to the layer 0 or (Z the members C or D are welded or otherwise permanently, and preferably integrally, united to the sole portion B of the bottom.

it will thus be seen that I have provided a shoe or other article of footwear of the metallic bottom type, which may be comfortably worn, may be very economically produced and whose relatively soft wearing part may be readily renewed, and it will be particularly noted that the inner surface of the bottom B is entirely free from any fastening elements and has no openings through which water, snow or the like may enter.

lt, of course, will be understood that while I have described the invention with reference to thesole portion of the shoe, it is equally applicable to the heel, by obvious changes in the shape and dimensions of the members C, D and of the layers which are secured thereto. It will also be understood that while I have described the illustrated forms with some degree of particularity, these forms nevertheless are merely exemplary and that the invention may be otherwise and variously embodied without departing from its spirit or the scope of the subjoined claims.

l/Vhat I claim is 1. An article of footwear, comprising a flexible upper, a metallic bottom secured to the upper, a second metallic member, formed separately from the bottom and permanently united thereto, and a relatively soft ground-engaging member secured to the second metallic member.

2. An article of footwear, comprising a flexible upper, a metallic bottom secured to the upper, a second metallic member, formed separately from the bottom and permanently united thereto, and a relatively soft ground-engaging member. comprising two layers, one of which is permanently secured to the second metallic member and provides a backing to which the other layer is fastened.

3. An article of footwear, comprising a flexible upper, a metallic bottom secured to the upper, a second metallic member, formed separately from the bottom and welded thereto, a relatively soft layer, rivets extending through the flexible layer and second metallic member and having their heads substantially flush with the upper surface of the latter and their prongs upset against the lower surface of the layer, and a second relatively soft layer secured to the firstmentioned layer.

a. An article of footwear comprising a metallic bottom, a transversely disposed metallic carrier secured to the underside of the sole portion of said bottom and provided with longitudinally extending rocker bars and a relatively soft wear member carried by said carrier.

5. An article of footwear, comprising a flexible upper, a metallic bottom, a second metallic member permanently'secured to the metallic bottom and extending across the same and provided with forwardly projecting arms or bars having convex lower surfaces, and a relatively soft member arranged rearward of the arms or bars and secured to the second-metallic member.

6. An. article of footwear, comprising a flexible upper, a metallic bottom, a second metallic member, comprising a portion which extends transversely of the bottom and arms or bars which extend longitudinally of the bottom from said portion and have convex under surfaces, the transversely extending portion and the arms or bars of the second metallic member having flanges which are welded to the metallic bottom, and a relatively soft member mounted upon and attached to the transversely extending portion of the second member.

7. An article of footwear, comprising a flexible upper, a metallic bottom, a second metallic member, comprising a portion which extends transversely of the bottom and arms or bars which extend longitudinally of the bottom from said portion and have convex under surfaces, the trans versely extending portion and the arms or bars of the second metallic member having flanges which are welded to the metallic bottom, a relatively soft layer permanently attached to the transversely extending portion of the second member, and a second relatively soft layer attached to the first layer.

8. Means forming a relatively soft groundengaging portion for attachment to a metallic bottom of an article of footwear, the said means comprising a metallic member having flanges arranged to be Welded to said bottom, and a relatively soft layer attached to said member.

9. Means forming a relatively soft groundengaging portion for attachment to a metallic bottom of an article of footwear, the said means comprising a metallic member having flanges arranged to be welded to said bottom, a relatively soft layer permanently attached to said member, and a second relatively soft layer attached to the first layer.

10. Means forming a relatively soft ground-engaging portion for attachment to a metallic bottom of an article of footwear, said means comprising a metallic member having a part to extend transverselyof the metallic bottom and parts spaced from each other and arranged to extend longitudinally of said bottom, the latter parts having convex under surfaces and flanges arranged to be welded to the bottom, the transversely extending part of said member also havin portions arranged to be welded to the bottom, and a relatively soft ground-engaging element attached to said transversely extending part of the metallic member.

In testimony whereof I afiix my signature.

LOUIS TROLLE.

Classifications
U.S. Classification36/85, 36/107, 36/101
International ClassificationA43B7/32
Cooperative ClassificationA43B7/32
European ClassificationA43B7/32