US 1543187 A
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June 23, 1925. m
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Filed Aug. 18, 1923 IN V EN TORS A-PQZQI'SOII nd 660536 Peterson BY MMKQW ATTORNEY E clurin Patented June 23, 1925.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
EDWIN A. PETERSON, OF sTOOKTON, AND GEORGE PETERSON, OE ELsINonE,
Application filed August 18, 1923. Serial NO. 658,002.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that we, EDWIN A. PETERSON and GEORGE PETERSON, citizens of the United States, residing at Stockton and Elsinore, respectively, counties of. San Joaquin and Riverside, respectively, State of California, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Shoes; and we do declare the following to be a full, clear, and exact description of the same, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, and to the characters of reference marked thereon, which form a part of this application.
This invention relates to improvements in the art of shoe making. The object of the invention is to produce a shoe structure which can be readily made to conform to odd shaped feet, caused by bunions or other deformities, so as to provide an easy feeling and fitting shoe.
These objects we accomplish by building into the shoe an expansible vamp, same being so constructed as to be neat in appearance, inexpensive of construction, and still effective for the purposes desired.
In the drawings similar characters of ref erence indicate corresponding parts in the several views:
Fig. 1 is a top elevation of a mans shoe showing our improved structure embodied therein.
Fig. 2 is a top plan view of a ladys slip per showing the structure therein in full lines, and a decorative covering therefor shown in dotted lines.
Fig. 8 is a sectional view of our expansible vamp taken on a line 3-3 of Fig. 1.
Referring now more particularly to the characters of reference on the drawings, the numeral 1 designates the vamp of the shoe. In carrying out our improved invention we provide a longitudinal slit 2 in the top of the vamp 1, the same terminating adjacent or slightly into the tongue of the shoe. We then provide an expansible under flap or covering 3, having its edges sewed to the edges of the slit 2 as at 4C. Adjacentthe edges of the slit 2 are eyelets 5 through bunion or other deformity of the foot of the wearer. When an easy fit ishad then the string or ribbon 6 may be drawn up to close the slit 2 to a degree necessary to make a proper fit of the vamp, whereupon said string or ribbon is tied in the usual manner. The balance of the shoe structure is the same as is ordinary.
The above describes the essential structure of our improved expansible vamp, which constitutes the real invention involved. In constructing the shoe, however, any suitable decorative effects may be had or the ex pansible vamp construction may be covered with an artistic flap or extension as shown by the .dotted lines in Fig. 2. All of these,
however, are arbitrary by the manufacturer of the shoe and may be accomplished in many different ways.
Having thus described our invention what we claim as new and useful and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
A shoe having a primary vampbelow and independent of the fastening flaps of' the upper of the shoe, the primary vamp having an independent longitudinal slit therein closed at each end, a secondary vamp disposed on the under side of the primary vamp and being secured all around to the free edges of the slit, the secondary vamp being of a width to allow it to be expansible accordingly as the free edges of the slit are spread apart or toward each other, and means for lacing the edges of the slit together independently of other fastening or lacing means of the shoe.
In testimony whereof we affix our signatures.
EDWIN A. PETERSON. GEORGE PETERSON.