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Publication numberUS1477825 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 18, 1923
Filing dateSep 9, 1921
Priority dateSep 9, 1921
Publication numberUS 1477825 A, US 1477825A, US-A-1477825, US1477825 A, US1477825A
InventorsHeitler George
Original AssigneeHeitler George
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Wedge attachment for shoes
US 1477825 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Deco T8 1923.

G. HEITLER WEDGE ATTACHMENT FOR SHOES Filed Sent. 9. 1921 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 1mm:n 18 1923. 31,477,825

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Application filed Sptember 9, 1921. Serial No. 499,416.

To' all whom it may concern: v

Be it known that I, GEORGE HEITLER, a 'citizen of the United States, and resident of New York, in the county of New York and State'of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Wedge Attachments for Shoes, of which the fol' lowing is a specification.

The object of this invention is to provide a wedge-like attachment to the inside of shoe soles whereb the foot of the wearer will be raised at t e outside andlowered at the inside thereby throwing the weight of the wearer more to the inside than it is done when wearing shoes of the usual make.

Anotheraim of this invention is to provide such a wedge-like attachment which while throwing the weight of the wearer towards the inside of the foot will also pro vide certain lowered portions at the inside underneath the bigjoint and the big toe of the foot thereby giving said joint and big toe a comfortable room and resting place inside of the shoe and contribute towards an equal distribution of the pressure on the whole surface of the foot.

A further object of this invention is to provide similar wedge-like attachments under theoutsides of the heels of the wearer which will relieve the heel portion of' the foot of its usualtendency ofpressing the shoeoutwardly. At the same time my device may provide a hollowportion under the central bone of the heel in the shoe, relieving this home of the relatively excessive pressure which it usuall bears in the shoes of present make and distributing the weight'over the whole surface of the heel:

In cases where it. seems to be necessary, my device may be combined with a simple arch supporter,- as will be'seen in one of the embodiments of my device shown in the accompan ing drawing and described hereinafter. lily purpose also is to provide such a device in such a form and make aswill be easy to apply in any shoe of standard make, easily removed or exchanged, and which will be easily and cheaply manufactured. r

With these and other objects in view my iece of leather or other material cut and. ormed to suit said objects, fitting into the inside of the shoe of the wearer, having wedge-like attachments underneath fastened to it and having nails or other means-to apply it into said shoe and keep it in place.

In the accompanying drawings, Fig. 1 is a top view of my device shown in the form contemplated by me to be the ordinary usual one, showing with dotted lines the wedge attachment applied underneath thereof and .Gr-G of Fig. 5.

.Figs. 11, 12, and 13 are cross sectional views similar to the previous ones taken on the lines H-H,I-l, JJ, respectively. Fig. 14 shows m device in top view in a fuller form and Figs. 15. 16, 17 are cross sectional viewsisimilar to-the previous ones and taken on the lines K-K, LL, and M-M, respectively, of Fig. 14. J

Referring more closely to the drawings, 1 indicates the main body of my device made of leather or other suitable material and cut into a shape to fit the style of the shoe in view. The front and back parts of the device are made generally heavier at the outside and thinner towards the inside as shown in Fi v 2 and 4. while the center part may be le 1; somewhat thinner but of even cross section, as at Fig. 3. Underneath the outer portion at the front of the foot and at the heel, 1- ap lythe wedge-like pieces 2, 2. The general t inning. of my device towards the inside and the wedge-like attachments 2. 2 will throw the f'oot and the weight of the wearer towards the inside of the shoe. The inside portion of the shoe sole is left unchanged and in 'the front part around .tion, relieve its most sensitive parts in the shoe, I

front and give them a comfortable space and finally will' keep the shoe in a perfect formand make Kit similar to a custom made shoe. To apply my device easily into any rovide two .nails3, 3 inthe front and bac parts of same into the wedge-like attachment so that my device will be easily inserted into any'shoe and kept in a fixed osition while the nails will not irritate the oot of the wearer since they, are covered by the originalbody of my device.

In Fig. 5 another form of my device is illustrated similar to the one shown before with the exception that it has an arch supporting extension 4. This extension hasa generally curved upper surface, as shown a we like form; in the reverse direction to wedges 2', 2 as shown'in cross section at Fig. 7. This arch support and re.- verse wedge will help to throw the weight carried around the arch more to the outs de Y of the foot thereby supporting and relieving a possibly weakened arch of the wearer.

The device shown in Fig. 10 is again similar in themain idea to the previous ones with the exception that .the heel portion of the same is, kept full, thereby insuring a firm position for-the back part of my de vice without the use of a second nail. Fig. 14 illustrates a form of my device very similar to that-shown in F ig. 10 with the exception that its form is made more full in-the back portion of same for reasons ex- -,plained before. last form of my dein 9, while its cross section is made of vice omits the second wedgeattachment under the heel as it is meant for such cases.

where only the front part of the foot is desired to-be thrown inwardly. Both of the last two forms show a hollowed shape un derneath the heel -as shown at5 and (S'of Figs. 13 and 17, respectively; said hollowv serves the purposes discussed hereinbefore,

namely the relieving of the central bone of ing the contour of the outside of the sole of said boot or shoe but covering a portion of said sole only, generally bein of a heavier cross section at the outsi e than towards the inside, two-w'edgelike attachments J applied at the outside underneath the front and back portions of said piece of leather or other material, pointing inwardly,

and an extension underneath the arch portion of the foot, having a curved convex upper surface and a wedge-like cross section pointing the reverse direction, to that of said two wedge-like attachments.

Signed at New York, N. Y., in the county of New York and-State of New York, this I 31st day of August A. D. 1921. y


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U.S. Classification36/162
International ClassificationA43B7/22
Cooperative ClassificationA43B7/22, A43B7/143, A43B7/144, A43B7/1435, A43B7/142, A43B7/145
European ClassificationA43B7/14A20F, A43B7/14A20P, A43B7/14A20C, A43B7/14A20A, A43B7/14A20H, A43B7/22