US 1464365 A
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Aug. 7, 1-3? G. KOETTER NONSLIPPING SHOE PAD Filed May 24. 1922 A TTOR/l/EVS END Patented up. 7,, 1923.
GEORGE ,JKOET'IER, 0F HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY.
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Application filed May 24, 1922.
To all whom it may concern: I
Be it known that l[, GEORGE Kon'm'nn, a citizen of the Republic of Germany, and resident of Hoboken, in the county of Hudson and State of New Jersey, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Nonslipping Shoe Pads, of which the following is a specification.
It is a well known fact that in various athletic sports and games, such as for example bowling, which are played indoors upon hardwood or other slippery floors that considerable difiiculty is experienced by the players because of the great slipping tendency of the ordinary leather soled shoes. Because of this fact, it is a common practice for players to provide themselves with a speciai pair of shoes which are usually provided with corrugated rubber soles, to prevent undue slipping and the accidental falls which may result therefrom. The provision of an extra pair of shoes is an added expense and in addition involves the trouble of carrying a more or less burdensome package as well as the inconvenience of changing from one pair of shoes to another.
The principal object of this invention therefore is to obviate the diihculties hereinbefore enumerated by providing a small nonslipping pad which can be manufactured and sold at a slight cost, which can be readily attached or detached from the ordinary leather street shoe in a few seconds, and which when removed therefrom can be folded into a small compact package adapted to be readily carried in a pocket of the users apparel.
For the accomplishment of these and such further objects as will hereinafter be apparent to those skilled in the art to which this appcrtains, the invention consists in the construction, combination and arrangement of parts herein specifically described and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, wherein is shown a preferred embodiment of the invention, but it is to be understood that changes, variations and modifications may be resorted to which fall within the scope of the claims hereunto appended.
In the drawings forming a portion of this specification Fig. l is a perspective view of a shoe showing a pad embodying my invention attached thereto.
Fig. 2 is a top view of the pad removed from the shoe.
Serial No. 563,236.
Fig. 3 is a bottom view of the structure shown in Fig.
Fig. 4 is a view similar-to Fig. 1 showing a modification.
As shown in the drawings, the improved pad comprises a sole portion 10 which is provided with -a plurality of perforations 11 which obviously may be of any suitable size or shape or any number but which preferably are of the form of'elongated slots as shown.
The perforations preferably extend from a point adjacent the front of the sole to a point slightly to the rear of the ball of the foot. The sole portion as will be seen in Fig. 3 is thereby provided with a strap portion 12 which extends across the narrow portion of the shoe at the instep, which strap portion is in effect extended around and across the upper portion of the shoe, as shown at 13, to form a clamping band which effectively prevents the pad from slipping off the shoe. Extending forwardly from the central portion of the part 13 is a toe strap 14 which passes around the toe of the shoe and is jomed to the sole or bottom portion 10.
Means may be provided in addition to the clamping band to prevent the pad from slipping ofi when in use and may comprise a lace 15 which is passed through the eyelets 16 provided in the portion 13 and is then brought. backwardly around the ankle and forwardly around the arch of the shoe or foot where the ends of the lace are secured or tied together in any suitable manner.
Instead of the lace 15 a piece of elastic webbing 1.7 may be suitably secured to the portion 13 as by the stitching 18. The free end of the webbing may be provided with any desirable securing means such as the hook 19 adapted to be engaged with the shoe laces 20. It will be understood that the clastic webbing will be stretched so that there will be sui'iicient tension therein to hold the hook securely in engagement with the laces 20 when the same is engaged therewith,
that the device will preferably be constructed of rubber of suflicient elasticity to hold the pad securely in place by means of the clamping band engaging the shoe at the I narrow or instep portion. The pad may be constructed of a single piece of rubber or 30 constructed of material havin portion, that it may be of any suitable material such as cork, felt or canvas, which has a relatively high coeificient of friction with wood, stone or composition flooring, and that when such materials as cork, felt or canvas are used for the sole portion that the clamping band 13 will be constructed of elastic material such as rubber or elastic I webbing. The perforations 11 not only serve to provide a better gripping surface but also 15 in combination with the open spaces between the toe strap and the sole portion permit free ventilation and prevent the objectionable heating and drawing effect which would otherwise be present if the device were constructed entirely of rubber and completely encased the front portion of the shoe.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Let- :6 ters Patent, is
1. A detachable nonslipping shoe pad comprising a-sole portion provided with a plurality of longitudinally extending. slots to form a plurality of gripping edges and a high coefiicient of friction upon woo stone or a composition flooring, and a top portion comprising a narrow resilient clamping ban sole portion having a narrowed rear portion' adapted to be held by said clamping band securely in engagement with a narand a toe strap extending from said 86 clamping band to said sole portion, said rowed inste portion of the shoe and constructed an arranged on a substantially plane'surface, whereby when said top portion is folded down upon said sole portion,-
the shoe pad will form a substantially fiat compact package adapted to be readily carried in a pocket of the users apparel, and
ed to be detachably engaged with the upper portion of the shoe to hold said pad securely in position upon the shoe.
2. A. detachable nonslipping shoe pad comprising a sole portion provided with a plurality of lon itudinally extending slots -means attached to said-clamping band adaptto form a plura ity of gripping edges and constructed of material having a high coefficient of friction upon wood, stone or a composition flooring,,and a' top portion comprising a narrow resilientclamping band,
and a toe strap extending fromsaid clamping band to said sole portion, said sole portion having a narrowed rear portion adapt-- 'ed to be held by said clamping band securely in engagement with a narrowed instep portion of the shoe andconstructed and arranged on a substantially plane surface, whereby when said top down upon said sole ortion, the shoe pad will form a substant-ia ly fiat compact package adapted to be readily carried in a pocket of the users apparel, and an elastic strip connected with said clamping band provided with means to engage the laces of the shoe.
Signed at New York, in the county of New York and State of New York, this 20 day of May, A. D. 1922.
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