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Jan. 17, 1933. J.' B. GRElDl-:R
SLIPPER Filed Aug. 30, 1930 Patented Jan. 17, 1933 UNITED STATES JAMES B. GREIDER' OF SOUTH MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN SLIPPER Application led August 80, 1930. Serial No. 478,972.
This invention relates to improvements in shoes.
One of the objects of the present invention is the provision of an improved shoe particularly adapted for use as a house slipper or the like, and includes in its construction a yieldable heel portion which tapers from the back of the heel to the instep to provide a comparatively comfortable shoe of this type which will permit a certain amount of iexibility to the heel while being Worn.
Another object of the present invention is the provision of a shoe of the above type provided with a continuous sole and a taperingl heel portion interposed between the sole and the shoe upper, whereby a portion of the upper is connected directly to the heel sec tion and the remaining portion connected directly to the sole, the heel portion being formed of a composite material of yieldable nature and provlded with a taper from the back of the heel portion to a point slightly beyond the instep of the foot.
With the above and other objects in view,
the invention consists in the novel features of construction, the combination and arran ement of parts hereinafter more fully set orth, pointed out in the claim and shown in the accompanying drawing wherein:
Figure 1 is a side elevation of a shoe constructed in accordance with this invention, with parts thereof broken away and illustrated in cross section;
Figure 2 is a detailed section on the line 2-2 of Figure 1; and,
Figure 3 is a top plan view of an improved heel member with parts thereof broken away and illustrated in cross section.
Referring more particularly to the draw- 0 ing, 1 indicates the upper of the shoe which may be of a single piece of material with the edges connected at 2 to form the heel portion 3 of the shoe. The bottom sole 4 of the shoe is formed in a continuous piece and includes the outer surface layer 5 upon which is arranged a layer 6 of yieldable material, such as cotton, felt, cork composition or other similar yieldable material. Arranged upon the upper face of the yieldable layer 6 is a covering layer 7 for retaining the yieldable material 6 in osition with the edges of the outer layer 5 olded onto the upper face of the top layer 7 and secured thereto by use of an adhesive.
Arranged between the sole member 4 and 55 the main portion of the shoe is a yieldable heel section 8. This heel section 8 has the main portion thereof formed of a composite material, such as cork, cotton, and other material associated and compressed into proper shape to form the heel and in order to retain the material in position an upper retaining layer of leather 9 is provided and a lower layer lO is also provided with the two layers retained in position by means of the side portions 1l which are of thin flexible leather as illustrated, with their edges extending over onto the upper and lower layers 9 and l0 and secured thereto by means of an adhesive.
After the composition material of the heel has been suitably enclosed by the upper and lower layers 9 and 10, and the side leces 11, it will provide a heel portion o suitable thickness at the rear thereof and tapers to a thin edge at a point just beyond the instep, it being referred to shape the heel section 8 to con orm to the instep of the foot so as to provide a comfortable fitting shoe when worn.
One of the features of this invention is the fact that a shoe is provided preferably for use as a house sli per Wherem no` sewing, nailing or similar astening means are used, the entire make-up of the shoe'being dependent wholly upon adhesive, although, if found desirable, stitching can be used on several parts to retain them inetheir respective positions. However, it is preferred to construct this shoel by means of adhesive with the exception of the sewed portion 2 at the heel 90 of the upper, thus producing a very inexpensive shoe of the character described which will not only be of a durable nature butwill give considerable wearing service.
It will be noted that the edges of the upper are secured down to the sole ortion 4 and the heel portion 8 by means o adhesive and on top of these edges is arranged an inner sole 12 which forms a comparatively smooth 100 inner portion for the shoe.
As a general rule house sli pers are made up with ver little if any hee portion.' The important eature of this shoe is the yieldin heel section 8 which provides consider able spring for the wearer which will pr vide a more comfortable shoe of this c aracter than with the ordinary rigid type of heel and it is believed that this type of shoe will prove very beneficial to the wearer than with the other non-yieldable heel, particularly where the shoe is to be worn about the house as a comfort shoe.
In the make-up of a shoe of this character, various types of leather can be used for the several parts,the upper may be of any suitable lexible leather, such as patent leather, vici-kid, and the like, while the layer 5 on the sole 4 is referably of a comparatively thin leather ci) a durable quality, and the side portions 11 of the heel section 8 may be of any suitable flexible leather which will ernbrace the sides of the heel portion-and retain the material therein in position.
While I have shown and described the preferred embodiment of my invention, it will be a parent that slight changes may be made in t e construction when putting the'in'vention into practice withoutwjdeparting from 'the spirit of the same orfthe scope of the 3A0.- l
ap nded claim.
A slipper comprising a` continuous inner sole, an upper having its lower edge turned under the lower faceof the inner sole and secured thereto by an adhesive, a flat outer sole comprisingla flat top face and an outer wear covering aving its upper edge turned over the at top face and secured thereto by lan adhesive, a layer of cushionin material dis osed between the covering an top face, and) a. wedgeshaped heel piece having a flat lower face interposed between the inner sole and the outer sole and including top and bottom pieces and a cushion interposed between said pieces, a flexible side wall uniting said pieces with its edges turned over said pieces, and an adhesive securing the inner sole, outer sole and heel piece together.
In testimony that I claim the foregoing I have hereunto set my hand `at Milwaukee,
vin the county of Milwaukee and State of Wisconsin.
JAMES B. GREIDER.