US 1942312 A
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5. M. TUTOKY Jan. 2, 1934.
SHOE HEEL Filed Oct. 5, 1932 Patented Jan. 2, 1934 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 1 Claim.
This invention relates to shoe heels, and the invention consists in the provision of what may be termed a spring or cushion heel of strong, durable, and economical construction, and which is especially designed to eliminate shocks and jars to the body while walking, relieve tiredness in prolonged standing, and which will be found especially adapted for wearing during long trips on foot.
The invention, together with its numerous objects and advantages, will be best understood from a study of the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein:
Figure 1 is a side elevational view of a portion of the shoe having my improved heel applied thereto.
Figure 2 is a sectional view taken substantially on the line 22 of Figure 1.
Figure 3 is a bottom plan view of the fixed section ofthe heel.
Figure 4 is a top plan view of the movable section of the heel.
Figure 5 is a plan View of plate.
With reference more in detail to the drawing, it will be seen that the heel designated generally by the reference character comprises a pair of telescoping sections including an upper or outer section 11, and a lower or inner section 12. Each of said sections comprises a rimmed plate, preferably a metallic plate, and has the same general edge outline as the conventional military heel now commonly used. The plate 12 is slightly smaller than the plate 11 so that the rim of the plate 12 slidably fits within the confines of the rim or flange of the plate 11.
Arranged within the section 12 and secured to the body plate of said section adjacent the rim thereof are a plurality of suitably spaced vertical hooks 13 that are engageable with complemental hooks 14 provided on the body plate of the heel section 11. The hooks 14 are preferably struck out of the body plate of the heel section 11 as will be clear from a study of Figures 2 and 3. With the hooks 13 thus engaging the hooks 14 it will be seen that heel sections 11 and 12 will have a limited movement relative to one another.
A spring device designated generally by the reference character 15 is confined within the heel in a manner to normally expand the heel. Said spring device 15 comprises a body plate 16 that fits within the heel section 12 and has integral or otherwise secured thereto a plurality of spring 55 fingers 17 that engage the body plate of the seca spring equipped tion 11 and serve to normally urge the section 12 outwardly wtih respect to the heel section 11.
In actual practice the section 11 is secured to the shoe, a portion of which is shown in the drawing and designated generally by the reference charatcer 18, by nails or other fastening elements 19 and in the manner suggested in Figure 2. Secured to the underface of the body plate of the section 12 is a lift 20 of leather or other suitable material. The lift 20 may be secured to the section 12 by rivets or in any well known manner.
With the heel thus applied to the shoe it will be apparent that when the weight is supported by the heel, the upper section 11 will be caused to move downwardly, contracting the springs 17,
and as the weight is removed from the heel, the springs 17 will contract to expand the heel, that is to say, as the section 12 of the heel is moved out of engagement with the ground, the latter will be forced outwardly relative to the section 11 upon expansion of the springs 17.
Even though I have herein shown and described the preferred embodiment of the invention, it is to be understood that the invention is susceptible of further changes, modifications, and improve- 8 ments coming within the scope of the appended claim.
What is claimed is:
A shoe heel of the class described'comprising a pair of flanged plates, the upper one being adapted to be connected to the heel of a shoe and the lower one having its flange fitting in the flange of the upper plate, a plurality of hook members located in the lower member formed by the lower plate and its flange, with portions of said hook members contacting parts of the internal wall of the flange, with the hooks extending inwardly and downwardly, a plurality of hook members connected with the top plate and having shank portions extending downwardly and having their hooks extending upwardly and outwardly and engaging the hooks of the first members, the shanks of the second mentioned hook members forming spaces between themselves and the flange of the lower plate in which space the hooks of the first mentioned hook members slide during movement of one portion of the heel in relation to the other and spring means in the heel for normally holding the parts in a position with the two sets of hook members in contacting relation.
STEPHEN M. TUTOKY.