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Publication numberUS1974721 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 25, 1934
Filing dateJan 22, 1934
Priority dateJan 22, 1934
Publication numberUS 1974721 A, US 1974721A, US-A-1974721, US1974721 A, US1974721A
InventorsCharles Miller
Original AssigneeCharles Miller
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Tongue for a shoe
US 1974721 A
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TONGUE FOR A SHOE Filed Jan. 22, 1954 250 I 24 25 25 30 3 42 H05 I a6F I7E o6I a9" INVENTOR CHARLES MILL ATTORNEY Patented Sept. 25, 1934 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE TONGUE FOR. A SHOE Charles Miller, Long Island City, N. Y. Application January 22, 1934, Serial No. 707,627

4 Claims.

This invention relates to the shoe art and deals more specifically with a tongue of the type which hangs freely outwardly of the shoe.

In tongues of the foregoing type difliculty has 5 been experienced in causing the same to hug the shoe neatly at the instep portion.

It is therefore an object of this invention to provide a tongue which fits the instep accurately and which is preshaped to lie naturally and neatly upon the same.

And it is a further object of this invention to provide the tongue with a means for holding the same in a predetermined shape transversely thereof.

A further object of this invention is to so form one of the parts of the tongue that the said tongue is caused to lie in intimate contact with the instep portion longitudinally thereof.

These and other objects of the invention will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing in which:

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a shoe having a tongue constructed in accordance with the prescut invention.

Fig. 2 is a longitudinal sectional view of the shoe shown in Fig. l.

Fig. 3 is a top plan view of an assembled tongue.

Fig. 4 is a plan view of the tongue as seen from the underneath side.

Figs. 5-10 inclusive are plan views of the separate parts which make up the tongue.

Referring in detail to the drawing a shoe of any suitable construction is provided with a tongue 3520 which is sewed to the vamp of the shoe by stitches 21 (Fig. 2).

The tongue 20 consists of an internal section having an apron 22 to which is sewed by stitches 23 adjacent the edge 22a to a holding piece 24.

401 The piece 24 has cut out along one side a dart 25 and the edge of that side, including the margin of the dart is skived as shown at 26. The opposite side edge is suitably ornamented by cutting out certain designs therealong, or in any other suitable manner. The dart is now closed by stitches 27. This forms a belly 25b in the part 24 with the result, that when the same is assembled and mounted in the shoe, the external section of the parts of the tongue 30 and 35 depending from the bend along the line of stitches 28 are made to adhere closely to the contour of the instep of the shoe in a longitudinal direction. The stitches 28 serve to make the fold line sharper and more The fold line occurs at the point 25a, and since the belly formed in the blank 24 by virtue of the dart 25 occurs at this point, when the piece 24 is folded along the line 28 the folded edge has in it a convex line as shown in Figs. 1 and 3 with the apex of the curve at 2522.

Overlapping the piece 24 is another section 30 having a concave side 31 the edges of which are skived at 32. The opposite side of 30 is suitably ornamented, as shown for example in the draww ing. Two parallel lines of stitches 33 attach the members 24 and 30 together in overlapped relation.

An end piece 35 shaped similarly to 30, having a concave side 36 and skived edge 37, is sewed to 30 by stitches 38. The end 39 of the piece 35 is suitably ornamented, a fringe 40 and holes 41 being preferably used. On the under side of the end piece 35, a piece 42 is sewed forming a closed pocket in which a strip 43 ofa light flexible metal, such as light sheet brass, is enclosed. The strip 43 holds any particular shape into which it is bent, and therefore serves the purpose of holding the tongue in a transversely curved shape, it being merely necessary to press the tongue against the instep and the strip 43 takes 0 the shape of the transverse curvature thereof.

It will be understood, of course, that this invention is not limited to any of the types of ornamentation disclosed, nor to the number and relation of the parts herein disclosed, except as 5* defined in the appended claims.

Having thus described my invention, I claim:

1. A tongue for shoes comprising an apron which is attached to the shoe, a holding piece H having a closed dart therein, an end piece, a section joining said holding piece to said end piece, a pocket formed on said section, and a sheet of metal enclosed in said pocket.

2. A tongue forshoes comprising an apron attached to the shoe inwardly thereof, an external section joined to said apron and being folded outwardly of the shoe and along the instep thereof, means in conjunction with said fold to maintain the external section in contact with the instep portion of the shoe longitudinally thereof, and means mounted upon said external section to maintain the same in any predetermined curvature transversely of the shoe.

3. A tongue for shoes comprising an apron at- V tached to the shoe inwardly thereof, an external section joined to said apron and being folded outwardly of the shoe and along the instep thereof, means in conjunction with said fold to maintain the external section in contact with the instep portion of the shoe longitudinally thereof,

section joined to said apron and being folded outwardly of the shoe and along the instep thereof, and means in conjunction with said fold to maintain the external section in contact with the instep portion of the shoe longitudinally thereof.

CHARLES MILLER.

Referenced by
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US5701688 *Apr 18, 1996Dec 30, 1997Fila U.S.A., Inc.Protective shoelace cover
US6397497 *Jun 12, 2000Jun 4, 2002Mcatee BradfordShoe tongue accessory
US7290355 *Mar 29, 2004Nov 6, 2007Bauer Nike Hockey Inc.Skate boot comprising a tongue
US20050210707 *Mar 29, 2004Sep 29, 2005Ivan LabonteSkate boot comprising a tongue
Classifications
U.S. Classification36/54, D02/975
International ClassificationA43B23/26, A43B23/00
Cooperative ClassificationA43B23/26
European ClassificationA43B23/26