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Publication numberUS1825692 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 6, 1931
Filing dateMar 24, 1926
Priority dateMar 24, 1926
Publication numberUS 1825692 A, US 1825692A, US-A-1825692, US1825692 A, US1825692A
InventorsHayden Arthur C
Original AssigneeHayden Arthur C
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
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Oct. 6, 1931. A. c. HAYDEN 1,825,692


Filed March 24, 1926 /7 Z Z/ Z3 flazzar ,jilP/70,

Patented Oct. 6, 1931 ARTHUR G. HAYDEN, OF BROGKTON, MASSACHUSETTS iHEEL Application filed March 24, 1926.- Serial No. 97,090.

The invention to be hereinafter described relates to heels for shoes and more'particularly to rubber heels. A large percentage of shoes now manufactured are equipped with rubber heels, The retail shoe dealers desire to have their names on the tread faces of the rubber heels, and frequently shoe manufacturers also desire to have their names thereon. It is customary for the shoe manufacturer to purchase the rubber heels for his shoes from a manufacturer who specializes in making rubberheels. It is not practicable for the rubber heel manufacturer to equip himself with themany different dies or molds which would be required for making the heels of shoes with names of the many difierent dealers there- One of the purposes of the present inven- :tion, therefore, is to provide a heel which may have a standard form suitable for .all

shoe manufacturers and retail dealers, and

to this end the heel is formed to provide a shallowgrecess of substantial area in the tread side of the heel and located well in from the margins of the tread face of the heel. The; heel is made in a suitable die or mold formed to produce the recess, and

the rubber is vulcanized after the recess is formed so that theheelis in a condition to disks are of rubber and theletters are of the same ,material.

Simple and efficient means is provided for securing the disks in the recesses. The heel manufacturer furnishes theshoe manufacturer a supply of these disks whichbear thename of the shoe 7 ,manufacturer or the names. of the different retail dealers Who arehiscustomers, or the names of both the shoe manufacturer and the dealer. When an order is received by the shoe manufacturer from a customer, he selects a sufiicient number of disks bearing that particular customers name, and these disks are quickly and easily inserted in the I be necessary for him to rip off the entire 1 rubber heels from the shoes and put the properrubber heels thereon. By the present invention this is not necessary, since in the event of mistaken application of disks to the heels which are applied to shoes, the disks may be removed and the correct disks applied without the necessity of the trouble and inconvenience of tearing off the entire heels from the shoes.

Heretofore, when a shoe dealer found it necessary to discontinue a brand or change the marking of heels, it has frequently happened that he had a large supply of the obsolete heels. 011 hand, and it has been necessary to stand a substantial loss for these heels or else go to the trouble and expense of scouring off the old mark. This procedure is not practicable from a commercial standpoint. By the heels of the present application, if it becomes necessary to change the name or mark on the heels, it is merely necessary to remove the marker idisks from the heels and insert others .in their places, and thisrma'y be 'done quickly, P

easily and with very little expense. 7

The character of the invention may be best understood by reference to the followingdescription of a good form thereof shown in the" accompanying drawings,

wherein: p v

Fig. '1. is asection through a heel embodying the invention;

Fig. 2 is a section similar to that shown:

in Fig. 1, showing the rubber marker disk inserted in the heel recess;

Fig. 3 is a view of the bottom of the heel shown in Fig. 1;

Figs. 4, 5, 6 and 7 are views of similar rubber disks having different names thereon, any one of them being adapted for application to the heel;

Fig. 8 is a section through one of the disks; and

Figs. 9 and 10 are respectively detail views of the flanged socket and nail.

Referring to the drawings, the heel shown therein as one good form of the invention, comprises a body 1 of rubber which may have a suitable tread face 3, inthe present instance provided with ring-like buttons 5 formed integral with the body of the heel and distributed in the marginal portions of the heel which receive the brunt of the wear. Each of these buttons may have a central hole 7 extending down therethrough and passing through a metal washer 9cmbedded in the body of the heel, the holes being adapted to receive the usual nails for securing the rubber heel to the shoe.

Formed in the body of the heel is a shallow recess 11 preferably of substantial area, and in the present instance, circular in shape, said recess being located centrally of the heel and surrounded by the marginal portions of the heel which receive the brunt of the wear. A nail hole 13 extends from the center of the bottom of the recess through the body of theheel, and communicates with a small recess 15 at the rear face of the heel. The heel thus formed is vulcanized so that the heel is in condition to be applied to a shoe and be ready structurally for wear.

Inorder that the names may appear-on th'eheels of the shoes ordered, disks or members '17 are provided having the desired names or markson the outer faces of the members, said disks being formed of rubher in suitable dies or molds. The disks are of a thickness corresponding to the depth of the heel recess 11. Each disk may be provided with a nail 19,in the present instance having a. head 21 seated in a flanged socket 23 embedded in the rubber disk. The nail has a book 25 of substantial length at the end thereof and preferably at an angle with respect to the shank 24: of the nail which is somewhat less than 90.

To apply the marker member to the heel recess 11, it is merely necessary to resent its nail to the hole 13 at the bottom 0 the recess 11 and by simple manipulation the nail-can be ushed into the hole and cause thehook on to enter the rear recess 15 and so interlock with the bottom of the'recess as to prevent the disk from escaping from the recess 11. In this operation the body 17is bent over U-shaped away from the hook 25 whereby the hook can be inserted through the hole 13 and when the body returns to its normal shape the parts assume the position shown in Fig. 2. In the course of this operation the nail head 21 may rock in the socket 523 somewhat, due to the elasticity of the rubber disk, and thereby avoid dislocating the socket therein. The latter will remain in proper position for distributing any pull on the nail head to the rubber disk. The recess 15 has a depth sufficiently greater than the thickness of the hook of the nail to prevent in use any pressure on the hook tending to push the disk 17 out of its receiving recess.

Anyof many differently marked disks of standard form are adapted for insertion in the heel recess which is of standard form to conform to the variety of differently marked disks. As stated, the heel is structurally complete and ready 'for wear without the marker member which is neither designed nor intended as a.wear resisting member. On the contrary, it is purposely constructed and disposed so that its mark will be preserved as long as possible and should be distinguished from wear resisting plugs or inserts. The marker member has important advantages. Among these is the elimination of the necessit of the rubber heel manufacturer havingt 1e large expense of providing many different molds for his customers having provision for producing different names on and integral with the heels as a whole. A further advantage is the facility with which the shoe manufac turer may select the retail dealers marker plugs and apply the same to theheels'to fill his orders. And a further advantage :resides in the fact that heels having discontinued brands or'marks thereon and remaining onhand, do not need to be junked,-and thus a great saving isefi'ected.

It will be understood that the invention is not limited to the specific :embodiment shown, and that variousdeviations may be made therefrom without departingfrom the spirit and scope of the appended claims.

What is claimed is:

1. A rubber heel-for application to a shoe at the end thereof for securing the member 'into the recess.

2. rubber heel for application toa shoe comprising an elastic rubber-lmdyhaving a tread face withashallow recess therein of a depth relatively small as compare to the thickness of said body, said recess being located well in from the rear edge of the body, an elastic rubber member fitting into said recess with its edge in close contact with the wall of the recess, said member having a face with an area much less than the area of the tread face of the body, and means fixed'in the member and having a deflected free end adapted to detachably secure the member to the body.

3. A rubber heel for application to a shoe comprising an elastic rubber body having a tread face and a recess located inwardlyof the edge periphery of the heel and extending partially into the heel body from said face,

the heel having a second recess opposite the first recess and extending partially into the heel body from its upper face and a hole extending through the heel from the bottom of one recess to the bottom of the other recess, a cooperating member fitting into the recess and having tread marking indicia on its outer face, and means permanently carried by the member and including a shank projecting from the rear face thereof and through the hole and provided with a laterally defiected end for engaging against the bottom of the second-named recess to hold the member within its recess.


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Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4837960 *Aug 15, 1988Jun 13, 1989Kaepa, Inc.Article with identifying device
U.S. Classification40/636, 36/35.00R
International ClassificationA43B21/00, A43B21/06
Cooperative ClassificationA43B21/06
European ClassificationA43B21/06