US 1588360 A
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y June 8 1926.
' 1,588,360 vE. HAMMERSTROM SHOE 'Filed July 25, 1924 Patented June 8, 1926.`r
VUm'rsn STATES 'i NORMAN E. HAMMERSTRQM', 0F eALnsaRe, ILLINOIS.
Application led July 2'5, 1924.` Serial No. 728,218.
This invention relates to boots and shoes and particularly to a shoe having a novel closure or fastening for holding the edges of the front of the shoe in proximity to each other after the foot has been inserted in the shoe, the said inventio-n having novel means for effecting a close lit of the shoe at the instep Without unduly exerting pressure which might tend to discomfiture.
It is an object of the invention also to produce a shoe having a closure and fastenings therefor which can be expeditiously manipnlated for securing or releasing the closure, the said device being of a nature which will permit adjustment of the securing device to accommodate itself to insteps or vankles of different sizes and which is positive in its ope1 ation in that accidental unfastening of the securing means will be improbable.
A further object of this invention is to produce a closure for shoes of the character indicated which can be associated with low cut or high cut shoes, since the principle of the invention will not vary when used in connection with Yshoes of different cuts or styles, and lthe inventor therefore does not wish to be limited to this feature of the invention.
With the foregoing and other objects in View, the invention consists in the details of construction and in the arrangement and combination of parts to be hereinafter more fully set forth and claimed. y
In describing the invention in detail, reference will be had to the accompanying l drawings forming part of this specification wherein like characters denote corresponding parts in the several views, and in which- Figure 1 illustrates a view in elevation showing a. shoe with a closure embodying the invention;
Figure 2 illustrates a sectional view on the line 2-2 of Figure 1 except that the closure is fastened .v Figure 8 illustrates a perspective View of one of the fastening devices;
Figure 4 illustrates a perspective view of the connecting fastening device; and
Figures 5, 6 and 7 are views showing different modifications in the configuration of the closure. f 1
In the present illustration of the invention which shows one embodiment of the invention, the shoe 10 has its upper provided with an opening 11 in front in order that the two sides may be separated to produce a elearancevfor the insertion Vof the foot of the user. The means for closing the opening between the two sides after the foot has been inserted in the shoe in the present embodiment of the invention comp-rises an outer section or Hap 12 which .is secured to the shoe by stitching 13 or the like on one side of the opening, the said flap being intended to be extended over the opening and around the ankle or instep as will presently appear.
The flap 12 is preferably of a length approximating the length of the open portion of the shoe, although the proportions or relation .of parts in this regard may be varied to suit particular' requirements. As the flap 12 is integral with a strap or shank '14 that is intended to extend around the instep or ankle, the said strap is intended to be secured Vafter itis drawn suiiciently taut to properly hold the shoe in closed position over the instep or ankle. p
As a means for insuring proper tension of the strap and proper fit of the shoe, the strap is preferably anchored to the shoe intermediate its length and as one embodiment of a means for anchoring the strap, a plate 15 is secured to the side of the shoe by suitable fastenings 16 such as rivets or the like, and the said plate has a. plurality of apertures 17, inone of which is adapted to be received a tongue 18 projecting from the lplate 19 thatis secured to the strap by fastenings 20, such as rivets or the like.
It will be apparent from an inspection of etl 'Ilv
the drawing that the tongue 18 may be v shaped from its plate by the stamping and bending processes and its `end is shown as,y angularly disposed in order that the said end may enter another one of the apertures 17 when proper tension has been given the said strap. The end of the strapvis secured over the body of the flap by a suitable buckle 21 although if desired -a clasp or clamp of known construction such as are used in securing overshoes or the like may be substituted. f
identified by thefnumerals A, B and C respectively, the said illustration being supplied In Figures 5, 6 and 7, there are illustrated n diiferent forms of flaps or outer sections,
simply to show how the configuration of the flap and the strap may be changed to suit the finish or the'user or manufacturer, WithoutV departing from the spirit of the invention as 'included in the appended claim. Inuse, it will be apparent that rWhen the strap is released from its astenngs it can be brought around past the front of the shoe v when the front is open and after the :shoeY has been applied to the foot, the strap may be drawn around to cause the flap to overlie the opening and thereafter tension may be exerted to draw the shoe snugly around the foot Vto induce a pei-feet lit and secured by 15 fastenings to which reference has been made,
all of which has been found to produce efoient and satisfactory results.
I clairnf- In a shoe having an opening in its upper, a flap secured to the upper on one side of the opening and adapted to overlie Said opening,V a strap constituting an extension of the flap, means intermediate the length of the strap ladapted to be anohoredto the Shoe on the other side of theopening for maintaining 25 the ten-sion of the strap on the flap, yand means for anchoring the end of the said strap,
NORlilAN E. HAD'IMERSTROM.