US 1962526 A
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June 12, 1934. J. T. RIDELL 1,962,526
BASKET BALL SHOE Filed DecF 29, 1932 WIIIIIU Mimi! |11 lumm mnu 1mmI 1 m 7AM. B @M9/LOM #Mx 'PNW QQ@ Patented June 12, 1934 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 1 Claim.
This invention relates to athletic shoes, and more particularly to the soling of basketball shoes, both as to the structure and character of the sole and as to its attachment.
The main objects of the invention are to provide an improved and more serviceable shoe of the kind referred to and which shall have a rubber friction sole secured in a better way to an upper of leather, canvas or the like; to provide a l0 rubber soled athletic shoe which shall have better drying and Ventilating qualities than such shoes heretofore made; to provide for adequately securing rubber soles to uppers through the medium of a welt and appropriate stitching or the like in a permanent and readily feasible manner adapted to withstand the severe service strains imposed on basketball shoes; to provide positively against tearing out of the stitches or other fastenings from the sole; to provide against peeling or rolling off of the sole facing rubber; and to provide for such shoes a friction sole of superior and improved shape and better oor gripping qualities.
This invention is illustrated by the accompanying drawing, in which:
Figure 1 is a section across the front part of a shoe taken substantially at the position indicated by the line 1-1 on Fig. 4.
Fig. 2 is a side elevation, ground side down, of the shoe sole to which this invention mainly re-A lates, and which appears in cross section in Fig. 1.
Fig. 3. is a longitudinal section on the line 3 3 of Fig. 4.
Fig. 4 is an underside view of the sole appearing in Figs. 1, 2 and 3.
In the construction shown in the drawing, the sole 1 and upper 2 are independently secured to the intermediately disposed welt 3. The insole 4 lies against the inner face of the outsole 1 where it is secured in any desired manner, immaterial to the present invention.
The upper 2 preferably of canvas, leather or other Ventilating material is stitched at 5 to the welt 3, and the outsole 1 is stitched to the welt 3 as indicated at 6, preferably by lock stitching as indicated by numeral 7.
Referring now to the outsole l, this comprises a substantially planar body part 8 of rubber having layers of cording or fabric 9 and 10 embedded in its upper and lower faces respectively, in combination with a downwardly disposed ground or floor bearing part 12 of pure rubber vulcanized directly to the underside of said body part. The said upper part 8 extends somewhat beyond and Lperipherally overhangs the bearing part 12, whereby a reinforced rubber flange 13 is provided to accommodate and receive the stitching. The downward face of the bearing part 12 is specially formed to enhance its tractive grip on also assures that the only important or tractive contact of the shoe with the lloor will be through the pure soft rubber of the bearing part 12 or possibly in a very minor degree the outer edge of the reinforced rubber ange 13; the stitching 6 and lock part 7 never being permitted to cause 75 slipping by coming in contact with the iioor.
This improved shoe soling overcomes the shortcomings and objections to basketball shoes as heretofore made; especially in that a perfect and durable friction sole is provided consistently with the use of non-rubber uppers and an appropriate form of welt connection for a planar friction sole to a conventional form of upper; and in that a non-sweat upper is used in connection with a good rubber sole of planar design and in such a manner as to assure against tearing off of the sole or peeling of the floor contact face of the sole under the severe friction and Working stresses imposed on basketball shoes in vigorously contested games.
It is to be understood that some of the details set forth may be altered or omitted without departing from the spirit of the invention as delined by the following claim.
A basketball shoe having a full length sole, said sole being of rubber composition comprising a substantially planar body having a downwardly disposed bearing part extending substantially throughout the length thereof and being con- 100 cavely dished substantially throughout its length and adapted to form a suction cavity to enhance floor gripping contact when the shoe is Worn in a basketball game.