US 1677683 A
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July 17, 1928. 1,677,683
G. W. PAR-RY HOSIERY PROTECTOR Filed March 4. 1927' TTTTTTT Y enonen w. nann Patented July 17, 1928.
UNITED? STATES PATENT OFFICE.
OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIAyBOSE PARRY ADMINISTRA- TRIX OF SAIDGE OBGE W. PARRY, DECEASED.
Application filed lax-c114, 1927. sum 110. 172,892.
The present invention relates to protectors in general and more especially to an improved hosiery protector, more particularly those wornby ladies.
It is well known that in bad Weather the heels of the shoes will kick up the water or slush on the back part of the hose, arou nd the ankle andcalf of the leg, andwater will drip from a garment, suchas the coats and especially the slickers. Also vehicles will splash water or slush upon the ladies hose when attempting to pass too close to vehicles in going over a crossing.
With these facts in view it is the urpose of the present invention'to avoid soi ing the ladys hosiery, and to accomplish this result it is the aim to provide a neatly made. rotector of very fine rubber material an a very good quality, the protector being attached or made integral with an overshoe such as a sandal,- the, attachment being at the-back of the heel, and made to conform to and fit about the ankle and the calf of the leg, a substantial distance over the calf of the le in" order to prevent the protector from'si ping. a v
It wil be noted that the protector is of such shape as to fit well about the rear of the leg and a substantial distance on the side and toward the front, but leaving a well defined space between the opposed edges of the protector, in order to still expose the ladys hosiery, it being the purpose to provide suitable straps detachably connecting the opposed edges of the protector in order to hold the same in conformity to the leg.
It is to be understood that the particulars herein given are in no way limitive and that while stillkeeping within the scope of the invention, any desired modification of'details and proportions may be made in they construction of the article according to cir- "cumstances.
The invention compriws further features and combination of parts to be hereinafter set forth, shown in. the drawings and claimed.
. In the drawings:
improved protector and the sandal, showing the application thereof in order to protect the ladys hosiery.
the foot and part way under the instep, and
merges into a rearwardly disposed stra 2 WhlCll engages about the rear of the heeFof the shoe.
In the present sandal, however, the strap 2 has separable ends 3 and 4, which are designed to .be connected together by any suitable fastening device, preferably what is commonly known as snap fasteners 6. It is well understood that the majority of sandals have the strap 2 integral with its forward portion, but in the present case it has been found most convenient to provide the strap with separable ends.
Made integral, either in the formation of the strap 2, or vulcanized thereto in any well known manner, is a hosiery protector 7, which is designed to be made of a very thin rubber material. This protector at its lower portion where it is connected to the strap 2 is fastened to the inner face of the strap,-
the vulcanization being of such a character as to give the appearance that the strap and the protector are made in one piece. This manship and the qualit appearance depends entirely upon the worki of the article to be manufactured. The t ickness of the rubber of the'protector 7 also depends on'the quality of the rubber. The more expensive.
protectors naturally would be made of the finer quality of rubber, in order to present a very neat appearance to the wearers leg and thereby avoid takingfrom the appearance of a well dressed lady. The more'inexpensive protectors may be madeof a cheaper quality of rubber material. It is possible tomake the finer quality of rubber material very light and very transparent and yet will preclude the weather; the dirt and the like, and
. Figure 2 is a view in perspective of the it is possible in the construction of such material to rib the rubber, make it the same color as the hosiery and thereby give the same appearance to the apparel as when the wearer may discard the protector in good weather. i
The protector conforms neatly to the shape of the leg well up over the calf, in order to prevent it from slipping .down, since the material is very thin, and connected to one of the opposed edges of the protector is a plurality of straps 8, which are also made of very thin rubber and of the best quality, though an inexpensive material may be used.- These straps are of dlflerent lengths in order that the protector may conform to the leg and can be drawn tight about the ankle. As shown in Figure 1 the straps are vulcanized to one edge of the protector,
' though it may be found essential to makethe straps a trifle heavier than the body of the protector, or in forming the straps to apply a small head on their edges in order to strengthen them, and it is also very essential to apply a very slight bead on the o posed edges of the protector and about tlib upper edge thereof. The straps 8 have their extremities provided with suitable fastening means such as snap fasteners 9, for
' connecting the strags to the opposite edge of the protector. ach strap has a plural; ity of fasteners in order that the protector may be adjusted to legs of different sizes an shapes.
Referring to Figure 3 it will be noted that the straps 8 are made integrally at 10 with one side of the protector, and that the lower part of the protector especially at the rear constitutes an integral part of the sides of the forward part of the sandal. However, this rear part in protectors which are made integrally with the sandal may be slightly thicker. This increased thickness can be accomplished when the protector is manufactured with the sandal. I Also it is to be noted that the sandal and the protector are integrally connected and may, therefore, be made in one piece. However, in-this case a sandal, and especially its sole may be made of. substantially thicker material than the protector, in order to render the sandal more durable. I
It will be also noted in Figure 3 that the fastener for the side of the sandal is eliminated, in which case it is necessary to first insert the wearers shoe andthen pull the protector up over the wearers leg and the rear part of the protector over the heel of the shoe. However, with the form of protector in Figure 1 it is very eas for the wearer to simpl stoop over an slip the sandal on the s 0e and then start at the top and fasten the straps consecutively in a' direction toward the shoe, making the fastener of the strap of the sandal the last part of the'apparel tobe adjusted in place. In
this way the protector and sandal will conform to the legof the wearer much neater and give far better appearance than by fas- I tening the article first at the bottom and then proceed in an uppendirection.
The protector in'additionto being ribbed other color, andmay correspond with the color of the footwear.
The invention having been set forth, what is claimed is:
1 A hosiery protector comprising in combination with a sandal, a relatively thin rubher body with its, lower portion permanently attached to the rear of the sandal and adapted to conform to theleg of the wearer, provided with forward opposed edges and arch edges to fit over the instep of the foot, and fastening means connecting the opposed edges of the protector.
g. The combination with a sandal having a rear strap with side separable ends, of a hosiery protector merging into the strap and constructed of relatively thin rubber material corresponding in; color to the hosiery, 3. The combination with a sandal havin a rear strap with side separable ends, of a hosiery protector merging into the strap and constructed of relatively thin-rubber material corresponding in color to the hosiery,
said protector having forward edges, and
means operatively and adjustably connecting the forward edges to tighten the protector-in conformity to theleg of the'wearer.
4. The combination with a ladys sandal havingla rear heel strap and provided with separable ends, of a hosiery protector merging into the stra and constructed of relatively thin rub er material pexteriorally ribbed to match the hosiery 5. The combination with a. ladys sandal having a rear heel strap and provided with separable ends, of a hosiery protector merging into the strap and constructed of relat vely thin rubber material exteriorally ribbed and colored to. match. the hosieryi I said protector having forward oppose edges, straps adjustably connecting said edges to hold the protector in conformity to the leg, and means detachably connecting the separable ends of the rear heel strap.
In testimony whereof he affixes signature hereto.
GEORGE W. PARRY.