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Publication numberUS1539332 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 26, 1925
Filing dateOct 5, 1922
Priority dateOct 5, 1922
Publication numberUS 1539332 A, US 1539332A, US-A-1539332, US1539332 A, US1539332A
InventorsSmiley Pearl Y
Original AssigneeSmiley Pearl Y
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1539332 A
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May 26, 1925. 1,539,332

P. Y. sMl-LEY BOOT Filed Oct. 5, 1922 of Great Britain,

Patented May 2,6, v1925'.



Application led Gctohcr 5, 1822.

T all 'whom t may conce/m:

Be it known that l, PEARL Y. SMILEY, of the city of Kitchener, Province of Ontario, Dominion of Canada, a subject of the filing have invented certain new and useful Improvements iu'Boots; and l do hereby declare that the following a full, clear, and exact description thereof.

F or full comprehension, however, of my invention, reference must be had to the accompanying drawings in which similar reference characters indicate the same parts, and wherein:

Figure 1 is a perspective View of a boot constructed according Vto my invention;

Figure 2 is a sectional view taken on line 2-2 Figure 1;

TEigure 3 is a detail fragmentary sectional view of the lacing flies, and

Figure 4 is a sectional view taken on line 4-4 Figure 1.

My invention relates particularly to waterproof high boots. l-ieietofore iirthe manufacture of footweaiI of this type it has been necessary to provide a comparatively large opening adjacent the ankle portion to permit the withdrawal of the last and consequently it has, been extremely difficult to obtain a snug lit around the wearers ankle. The looseness in some instances has been taken up by folding the surplusage, but this is objectionable for the reason that continued folding cracks the material causing leakage and the folds render the wearing of the boot uncomfortable.

The object of the present invention is to provide a boot of this type which will conform to and snugly fit the ankle without necessitating the folding hereinbefore mentioned and in which the possibility of leakage is practically eliminated.

Another object of importance is to provide a boot the foot or shoe portion of which will be of a very flexible and light weight construction. Such a construction not only adds to the wearers comfort but secures a sure footedness in climbing over rough, stony and slippery places not obtainable with the usual boot and also enables the boot to be almost turned inside out enabling the lining to be thoroughly dried.

A further object of the invention is to provide a boot having a nea-t appearance and which can be manufactured at a compara` tively low cost.

The embodiment illustrated consists of a serial No. 592,613.

foot or shoe portion 2 and a leg or stocking to the knee- The foot 'portion is adapted to be built on a low close fitting last and has the flexibility of the ordinary running shoe. It consists of a fabric lining 4, lasted to an insole 5 and extending to a point just below the ankle, a gum or rubber covered vamp 6 having the same flexibility as the leg portion; quarters 7 which are superimposed upon the lower end of the leg portion; counter 8 slightly stiffer than the vamp but nevertheless very flexible; sole 9 of a weight similar to that employed in connection with overshoes or galoches; a comparatively light heel 10 which owing to its flexibility enables the associated parts to be of light weight construction; and afoXing 11.

The stocking or leg portion 3 as hereinbefore mentioned is also very flexible and elastic and consists of a fabric lining 12 having an outer covering of rubber 13, thel weave of the lining being such that it permits the inherent elasticity of the rubber to be fully utilized. The stocking is constructed of two vertical sections united at the front and back thereof by lapl seams 14, the seams reinforcing the stocking and enabling it to be uniformally folded when not in use. This leg portion adjacent its lower end has a restricted ankle portion 15 which is adapted to conform to and snugly lit the ankle without the necessity of the folding which has been practised with boots of somewhat similar types heretofore in use. The leg portion extends down over the instep and below the ankle and overlaps and is secured to the lining 4 by an endless joint closed by rubber bead 16, the joint being substantially horizontal viewing the boot in side elevation and extending from the vamp back to the heel. In order to add to the appearance of the shoe the endless bead 16may be of any color which will contrast favorably with the remainder of the boot.

The quarters 7 which are superimposed upon the lower end of the stocking portion are constructed from a unitary strip of very narrow width adjacent the heel as indicated at 17 and which widens out over the instep and terminates on opposite sides thereof in lacing iiies '18. These flies are free from and adapted to overlie the leg portion and are provided with eyelets 19 to enable them to be-laced ltogether by-a lace 120.;

"Y the instep andslightly overlaps. the.- attachmentportion.

Owing tothefact that Atheboot is built upon a low .close iitting last a verysm'all opening is required to permitthegwitlny drawal of thelatte'r and: consequently a restricted ankle portion is providedfwhich Will conform to and snugly fit the wearers ankle. Thisv formiiit and the inherentY elasticity ot. the boot prevents it from vslippingnp and down on theweares foot as is usually experienced. The lacing flies asf] sist in obtaining l,a firmgrip upon-the foot, andthe softlpliant construction ,of the boot ingeneral gives it. all the. propertiesoit a moccasin.

Whatrl claim is as 'follows:-

1. A booto rubberized` material coin prising-a Jfoot portion located entirely belowthe ankle consisting. of a lining, vamp, counter, and sole and an elastic legportion extending ydownbver the instepfand ankle and attached to thefoot portionhsaidA legportion havinga restricted opening at the ankle adapted/to snuglyt they saine Without distortiongof itscrossfsection.

2., A boot; of rubberized material comprisingha foot portion located entirely. be.- low;` the ankle consisting oa/lining., vamp,

counter and sole and an elastic leg portion extending down oven` the instep vand ankle and attached to the foot portion7 said leg portion having a restricted opening at the ankle f and adapted to snugly t the same without distortion of its cross-section, and quarters located entirely below the ankle and superimposed upon the leg portion and connected `to the foot portion and terminating in laoingflies.

S. A. boot ot rubberized. niaterialconiprising a foot portion low the anlle consisting of a lining7 vamp, counter, and-.sole and an elastic legportion extending. down over theflinstepy and ankle and attached to the foot portionysaid leg' portion having a restricted opening at the ankle and adapted to snugly fit the same without distortion of itscrossfsection, and quarters superimposed upon the leg portion andnconnected to the foot portion and terminating in lacing lflies, each of said flies having attachment portions n extending ,laten allyl in opposite directions relatively theretoandadapted to be attached to the leg portion, and means reinforcing the legportion at the instep andbetween the flies7 said means consist-ing` of material positioned upon the instep portion and overlapping the adjacentv attachment portions of the flies.

In testimony whereof I have. signed my nani'e to this specification in the presence of two Witnesses.


Titnessesz HENRY VALKER, HAnniErrn MoDoNALD.

located entirelyl be?.

a layer of rubberizedl

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US5784806 *Aug 20, 1996Jul 28, 1998Wendt; LydiaFlexible foot gear
U.S. Classification36/4, 36/45
International ClassificationA43B3/00, A43B3/02
Cooperative ClassificationA43B3/02
European ClassificationA43B3/02