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M. SAVNO BALLET SLIPPER April 3, 1934.
Filed April 22, 1931 INVENTOR ATTORNEYS Patented Apr. 3, 1934 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE BALLET SLIPPER 2 Claims.
This invention relates to improvements in ballet slippers and has for its object to provide a structure which is light in weight, durable, and
- noiseless when in use.
Another object is to provide a ballet slipper having an integral outsole and toe piece secured to the vamp and counter with the toe piece eX- tending upwardly over the toe portion of the vamp to resist wear, and increase the life, as well as, the efficiency of the slipper.
Another object is to provide a ballet slipper having a combined outsole and toe piece of a single piece of flexible material, such as soft leather or the like.
Another object is to provide certain improvements in the form, construction, and arrangement of the several parts whereby the above mentioned and other objects may effectively be attained.
A practical embodiment of my invention is represented in the accompanying drawing, in which Fig. 1 represents a side elevation oi a ballet .slipper having my improved structure applied thereto.
Fig. 2 represents a front elevation of the same.
Fig. 3, represents a bottom plan View of the same, and
Fig. l represents a detail central section, on an enlarged scale, of the toe portion of the slipper.
The ballet slipper comprises a vamp denoted by 1, a counter by 2, which vamp and counter are stitched together at 3, a soft ileXible leather voutsole by 4 which extends from the heel forwardly and upwardly to form a substantially oircular toe piece 5, and a relatively stiff leather insole by 6. The vamp and counter are formed of canvas and covered with satin or other similar ,materiaL The lower edges of the vamp and counter are stitched, by machine or other wellknown or approved means, to the outer periphery of the outsole 4 and toe piece 5 while the parts are turned inside out, after which the vamp, counter, outsole and toe piece are turned right side out, thereby placing the seam, formed thereon, upon the inside of the slipper. This manner of construction not only adds strength and durability to the slipper but also provides a neat and yattractive appearance,
- A casing 7 is provided along the top edges of the vamp and counter for the insertion of a draw string 8, which secures the slipper on the foot of the wearer.
, A toe portion 9 of the vamp is reinforced by a stiff leather toe cap 10 which is incased between (Cl. Sii-8.3)
inner and outer layers of canvas 11, which toe cap and canvas layers are inserted in the toe portion and rigidly secured therein.
The sole portion 12 of the leather toe cap l0 together with the outer layers of the canvas and satin are assembled so as to be interposed between the outsole 4 with its toe piece 5 and insole 6, while the end of the inner layers of the canvas adjacent the sole portion of the toe cap l0 are massed and cemented or secured together to form a solid portion 13 between the toe cap 10 and the insole 6, as shown in Fig. 4. It will also be seen that the canvas layers are progressively shortened or reduced in length so that when secured together a gradual taper toward the rear edge of the sole portion of the cap will be developed. By reason of this construction the rear edge of the sole portion 12 of the stili leather cap 10 will rest against the bottom of the insole 6 and when secured thereto will increase the strength of the toeportion and prevent distortion between the sole and toe portion. Furthermore, a gradual substantially uninterrupted curved surface from the flat insole to the rounded toe is provided so that the iiexible leather outsole will conform thereto without creasing or puckering.
The insole 6 is secured to the inner surface of the outsole 4, and the solid canvas portion 13 with the extended rear edge of the toe cap l0 by means of cement, and as an added means of security the insole, outsole and extended rear edge of the toe cap are rigidly connected by rivets 14 or other suitable means of fastening. The upper surface of the insole 6 is covered by a layer of fabric 15 and iiXed thereto in the usual manner. By this construction and arrangement of the parts the life of the slipper is increased, and at the same time will be noiseless when in use.
It is obvious that various changes may be resorted to in the form, construction, and arrangement of the several parts without departing from the spirit and scope of my invention; and hence, I do not intend to be limited to the details herein shown and described, except as they may be included in the claims.
W hat I claim is:
1. A ballet slipper including a relatively stiff leather insole, a reinforced toe cap having a relatively stiff thickened sole portion under the forward end of said insole progressively diminishing in thickness to the rear peripheral edges, said toe cap comprising inner and outer layers of canvas and a stiff leather insert interposed therebetween, the rear bottom edge of said insert projecting beyond the edges of the inner layers of canvas of the cow diminished sole portion so as to contact With the insole, said layers and insert being rigidly secured together, and 'an outsole of soft flexible leather having a relatively wide sole portion arranged to extend forwardly and upwardly around a portion of the toe cap to a point short of the upper edge of the leather insert to form a Wearresisting toe piece.
2. A ballet slipper including a relatively stii leather insole, a reinforced toe cap having a relatively 'stii thickened sole portion under the forward end of said insole progressively diminishing in thickness to the rear peripheral edges, said toe cap comprising inner and outer layers of canvas and a stiff leather insert interposed therebetween,
the rear bottom edge of said insert projecting beyond the edges of the inner layers of canvas of the diminished sole portion so as to contact with the insole, said layers and insert being rigidly secured together, an outsole of soft flexible leather having a relatively Wide sole portion arranged to extend forwardly and upwardly around a portion of the toe cap to a point short of the upper edge of the leather insert to form a Wear-resisting toe piece, and means for rigidly securing the insole, outsole and rear bottom edges of the canvas layers and leather insert of the reinforced toe cap together.