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Publication numberUS1429657 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 19, 1922
Filing dateMay 13, 1922
Publication numberUS 1429657 A, US 1429657A, US-A-1429657, US1429657 A, US1429657A
InventorsStephen Tbawinski
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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1,429,657. Pa'hentedfiept- 19,1922.

Patented Sept, 19, 1922.



Application filed May 13, 1922. Serial No. 560,680.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, STEPHEN TmwrNsnl, a citizen of Poland, residing at Chicago, n the county of Cook and State of Illinois, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Shoe Lacing Means, of whlch' the following is a specification.

This invention has for its principal ob ect the provision of a lacing means incorporated directly into the shoe upper and forming a part of said upper. My lacing means further obviates the necessity of'providmg shoe uppers with metallic eyelets or shoe lace clasps.

A further object of this invention 1S -the provision of a lacing means that may readily be associated with articles other than shoes, such as gloves, dress plackets, or the like.

A still further'object of this invention is a lacing means for shoe uppers etc. that is both economical and easy of manufacture and a means which is incorporated directly into the shoe upper and becomes an integral part thereof. 1 v

With the above general objects in view and others that will become apparent as the nature of the invention is better understood, the same consists of the novel form, cornbination and arrangement of parts hereinafter more fully described, shown in the accompanying drawing and claimed.

In the drawing, wherein like reference characters designate corresponding parts throughout the several views,

Figure. 1 is a front elevational view of a usual form of shoe showing my improved lacing means associated therewith,

Figure 2 is a plan View of a portion of the upper showing the integral flaps which form the eyelets for the shoe lace before the same are secured in operative position,

Figure 3 is a sectional view through a portion of the upper and one'of the lacing eyelets, v

Figure 4 is a similar view show-mg in addition thereto a reinforcing strip on the rear adjacent edges of the shoe upper,

Figure 5 is an enlarged detail view of one.

edge of the upper with the reinforcing strip partly removed for more clearly showing the relative position of the ends of the flaps forming the lacing eyes,

Figure 6 is a view somewhat similar to Fig. 2, with parts broken away and disclosing a reinforcing means for the portion forming the lacing eyelets and" also shows the relative position of the shoe lace, and

Figure 7 is an enlarged sectional view of the device shown in Fig. 4.

In the preferred embodiment of the invention as shown in the drawing, the present device consistsof'a shoe'upperl which is divided to form an opening, of which the edges are adapted to'sbesarranged adjacent to each other to close the front of the shoe, the adjacent edges of this opening of the upper liis formed asshown in Fig. 2, and it will be readily seen that these adjacent edges comprise a plurality of integral equidistantly spaced and relatively long strips 2 and disposed betweeneachofthese strips 2 and at a point'inwardly of their outer edges thereofare other strips 3. The edges of the strips 3 adjacent theedges of the relatively long strips 2 are slightly cut away or beveled as denoted by the numeral {1- so as to allow a clearance spacebetween the adjacent edges of the strips 2 and 3. It is to be understood that-the relatively long strips 2 are provided for forming the shoe lace receiving eyelets when these members 2 are formed as hereinafter described. The small relatively short tabs 3 between the strips 2 are provided merely as a reinforcing-means for the adjacent edges of the opening within the shoe upper. lhe strips or flaps 2 and 3 upon the adjacent edges of theupper 1 may be formed in any suitable manner desirable. I prefer, however, to form these members by a stamping operation.

The strips or flaps 2 are provided as clearly shown in Fig. 6 with a short section of cord or the like material 5. These strips of cord are of a length slightly greater than the flaps 2 whereby the ends of the same may extend a short distancebeyond the ends of the flaps. The opposite ends of these cords are unraveled andspread apart as at 5 and face of the upper 1 by cement or the like adhesive and heat and pressure is applied thereto for vulcanizing the said member.

Upon the inner surface of the edges of the opening formed Within the upper 1 and over the ends of the inturned flaps 2 and 3 there is provided reinforcing strip 7 of leather or other flexible material. This strip '7 is likewise adhesiyely secured to the inner face of the upper by cement or the like and as clearly shown in. Figs. 1-, 5 and 7 a row of stitching 8 is formed at a point slightly spaced inwardly from the outer edge of the strip 7, this row of stitching serving an additional retaining means for the flap 7 and strips 2 and 3.

From the above description it will be clearly noted that the adj aeent edges of the opening formed in the upper l are provided with a plurality of vertically alined and oppositely disposed shoe lace receiving eyelets previously denoted. by the ninneral 2. In the preferred embodiment of my invention I employ but a single shoe lace 9 and received Within each row of eyelets 52 as shown in the plan View, Fig. 1.

From the foregoing description it is believed that the construction and operation as Well as the advantages of the present inven tion will be readily understood and appreciated by those skilled in the art.

Minor changes may be made in the invention Without departing from the spirit and scope thereof as claimed.

\Vhat is claimed as new is 1. In a shoe lacing means, an upper divided to form an opening therein, a plurality of integral eyes suitably spaced apart upon adjacent edges of the said opening, the said eyes being formed by relatively long integral flap members projecting from the sides of the opening in the upper, the said flaps being folded back on a line substantially midway of their length and then secured to the inner face of the shoe upper, and a reinforcing strip Within the adjacent edges of the shoe upper secured therein by means of an adhesive and a roW of stitching passing through the said strip and the overturned edges of the integral flap.

2. In a shoe lacing means, a shoe upper divided to form an opening therein, a plurality of integrally formed eyes upon the ad jacent edges of the opening Within the upper, the said eyes being suitably spaced apart, reinforcing means upon the edge of the shoe between the spaced eyes comprising relatively short strips of material between the shoe eyes, which strips are folded upon themselves and then secured to the adjacent inner face of the shoe upper by means of adhesive or the like.

in testimony whereof I afiix my signature.


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U.S. Classification24/714.7
International ClassificationA43C1/04, A43C1/00
Cooperative ClassificationA43C1/04
European ClassificationA43C1/04