US 1433309 A
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E. B. STIMPSON.
BATHING SHOE. APPLICATION FILED NOV- l, 1920.
Patented Oct. 24, 1922.
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Application tiled November 1, 192D. Serial No.A 420,927;
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Be it known that I, EDWINB.y STIMPSON,
a citizen 4of the United States, residing atH Brooklyn, in the county of Kings land State of New York,'have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Bathing Shoes,
of which the following is a specilication.
This inventionr relates tov bat-hing shoes and aims to provide aA construction which will prevent the accumulation ot' sand in the shoe when it is being worn.
It is a commoneXperience that with the ordinary bathing shoe sand finds its way into rthei'nterio'r, usually from the top, and
lodges in vvthe bottom of the shoe and causes discomfort'to the toes and sole of the foot. Accordingly, I propose to providethe shoe with holes or perforations or apertures located at low points of the shoe, in such a way and of such size that sand which may find its way into the interior of the shoe, may readily pass out through these openings; in other words., recognizing that it is perhaps impractical to prevent the entrance of sand into the shoe, I provide for its escape, and against the possibility of substantial accumulation. I prefer that these sand outlets shall be located,vfor the most part, in the sole of the shoe, though sc me may also be provided within the upper 1mmediately adjacent the sole.
`A further object of the invention is to define the apertures or sand outlets by means of metallic eyelets or the like which will serve the additional function of reinforcing the sole or other member which carries them,
and which, in the case of al shoe that is provided with a lining, will prevent objectionable creasing1r or bunching of the lining and keep it in a desirably smooth condition.
Other objects and aims of the invention, more or less kbroad than those stated above, together with the advantages inherent, will be in part obvious and in part specifically referred to in the course of the following description of the elements, combinations, arrangements of parts, and applications of principles constituting the invention; and
v the scope of protection contemplated will appear from the claim. In the accompanying drawings, which are to be taken as part of this specification, and
in which I have shown merely a preferred form of embodiment of invention,
Figure 1 is an elevation of a bathing shoe embodying my invention;
`.Figure 2 is a bottom plan view .of the same;
Figure 3 is a section 3-3 of Figure l; Y
Figure 4 is a partial bottoni plan view similar to `Figure l, showing the sand-escape openings in the' form of slits cut through the sole; and' Figure 5 is a view similar to Figure 3 illustrating a shoeprovided with the sort taken on. the line of soleshown inFigure 4f., and without a` r` lining, and with additional escape openings in the vpiece whichjoins the sole and the upper.
Referringto the numerals on the drawings, there is shown at 6 a bathing shoe of usual construction, having a sole 7. In Figures l, 2 and 3 the sole T the flat heel portion), is provided with a considerable number of openings, each of which is defined by a metallic eyelet 8, the shank of which passes through the sole and also through the lining 9. The number of the apertures defined by the eyelets, and their size," will be empirically determined with the idea of attaining the stated objects of the invention without interfering too much with tlexiblity and comfort. Any sand which finds its way into the shoe from the top, or which would tend to enter by way of the eyelets, will be washed out just as soon as the wearer entersv the water, because obviously there will be a circulation due to gravity from the top to the bottom of the shoe, and the sand and water-escape oplenings are at the low point, that is, in the so e.
As shown inl Figure 4, the openings may be cut directly in the sole, a number of slits ,l0 being shown in that figure and also in Figure 5.` If these slits were to be made in a lined shoe however, the lining would also be slitted; and since the lining is usually a very flimsy material it might tend to crease and bunch and therefore give discomfort to the wearer. Accordingly, I prefer that the slitted openings l() shall be used with such a shoe as is shown in Figure 5, where there is no lining, and in which the piece 1l which joins the sole 7 to the upper 12, is connected to these parts by means of outwardly turned seams. It will be understood that the reason for having the lining 9, as in Figure 2. is that bathing shoes are usually made with a connecting piece l1 whose junction with the sole is by means of an inwardly turned seam,
(including also `outlet slits 10 in the sole with good results so far as the attainment of the principal object of this invention is concerned.V i `Ars suwested above 1n all cases the size bb 5 a tread, and disposition lof the sand-outlet openings Will be empirically determined, having in mind thefobjects sought and thev general construction of the shoeand the comfort of the `wearer.'
If desired or found advantageous, sandescape4 openings maybe employed in other l places `besides thesole, for instance, in the connecting piece 11, as shownin Figure 5.
Itis of importance, however, .thatsand-4 escape openings shall-vbe'providedwhich eX- tend through the tread portions of the shoe,
though additional escape openings may;be provided in portions other` than the tread portions. y i
Inasmuch as many changes could be made in the above construction, and many a parently Widely different embodiments o my invention could be made Without departing from the scope thereof, it is intended that all matter contained in theabove description or shown inthe accompanying drawings shall be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense. f V
It is also to be understood that the language'used in t-he followingk claim` is" .intended to cover all the generic and specific features of the .invention herein describedand allV statements of the scope'ofv the invention, which as a matter oflanguage, nzriighty be said to fall therebetween. y
'Aj bathing shoe having a solid sole provided with` a multiplicity of apertures est#r tending throughl its tread portion, theapvorw tures being ofsuchA size sind mrnarigementas to permit the escape of sand. the ilnterior of the' shoe` In testimony whereof I aixlniy EDWIN B. sti:'rivtesonx i