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Jui 26, 1927. 1. 3 309 W. J. HANEY METAL DANCING SHOE SOLE Filed March 1 1927 Inventor Willi 417i 2f 29717 Attornqy Patented July 26, 1927.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE.
METAL DANCING-SHOE SOLE.
Application filed March 12, 1927. Serial No. 174,918.
The present invention relates to a metal dancing shoe sole which is designed to take the place of wooden shoe soles and to be countersunk into a leather sole or can be placed on top of the sole.
The plate is designed solely for use by dancers. The plate is preferably constructed of aluminum and when attached to the sole of the daneers shoe provides a lightweight metal surface, which, when brought into contact with the floor of the stage, gives forth a distinct sound with every step of the dancer and in fact the present embodi ment of the invention gives forth a ringing 35 sound which is very desirable in this art.
ith the above and numerous other objects in view as will appear as the description proceeds, the invention resides in cer; tain novel features of construction as will be hereinafter more fully described and claimed.
In the drawing:
Figure l is a bottom plan view of the plate embodying the features of my invention,
Fig. 2 is a longitudinal section therethrongh,
Fig. 3 is a perspective view thereof showing particularly the top surface.
Referring to the drawing in detail it will be seen that the plate includes a substantially semi-circular toe portion 5 having its forward edge arcuate as at 6 and its rear edge formed in two straight angular portions 7 from between which projects the spine 8 that is substantially narrower than the toe portion and merges into a ball portion 9 which is approximately as wide as the toe portion having the rearwardly diverging side edges 10 and the curved rear edge 11. The edges of the spine portion 8 are straight as at 12. All the edges 6, 7, 12, 10 and 11 are beveled as is clearly indicated in Figs. 1 and 3. countersunk openings let are provided in the plate being distributed about the toe portion 5 and along the median longitudinal dimensions of the spine portion 8 and adjacent the edges of the ball portion 9. The relatively narrow spine portion 8 allows the shoe to have the necessary flexibility as the plate is preferably constructed of resilient material such as aluminum, this mentioned material being preferred for its lightness. A relatively narrow spine portion also tends to make the device lighter so that it will not make the dancers shoes heavy.
The plate is attached with any suitable fastening element 15 disposed in the openings 14 and engaged to the shoe sole as is indicated in Figure 2. At the center of the arcuate edge 6 there is a tongue 16 which rises upwardly and is preferably imbedded in the forward edge of the sole of the shoe for preventing the plate from catching into the floor when the dancer makes certain steps such as toe taps on the stage floor.
This embodiment of the invention has been disclosed in detail because in actual practice it attains the features of advantages enumerated as desirable in the statement of the invention and the above descrip tion. It is apparent that changes in the details of construction, in the sizes, in the proportions and in the materials may be re sorted to without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention as hereinafter claimed or sacrificing any of its advantages.
Having thus described my invention what I claim as new is A metal dancing shoe sole attachment comprising an elongated plate having a toe portion of a substantially eemi-disclike for mation to provide a front arcnate edge and a pair of straight rear edges converging inwardly toward each other, a relatively narrow spine portion projecting rearwardly from the toe portion between the straight rear edges, said spine portion merging into a ball portion of substantially triangular formation, the rear edge of which is curved in a single arcuate formation, the width of the ball portion being substantially equal to the width of the toe portion, the periphery of the elongated plate being beveled outwardly from the bottom surface to the upper surface, and a tongue rising from the mid portion of the front arcuate edge.
In testimony whereof I affix my signature.
WILLIAM JOHN HAN EY.