US 1975597 A
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I Oct. 2, 1934. c BERRY. I 1,975,597
WADING BOOT WITH CONCEALABLE TOP EXTENSION Filed Nov. 14, 1932 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Fig.1
1934- c. F. BERRY WADING BOOT WITH CONCEALABLE TOP EXTENSION Filed NOV. 14, 1952 2 Sheets-Sheet fi'wenZor. CharZeaEBerr l atented Oct. 2, 1934 UNITED sTA-T-Es PATENT orncs wADING Boo'r wrrH CONCEALABI JE TOP EXTENSION I Charles Berry,,F-oston', Mass. Application: November 14, 1932, Serial N0. 6 42, 505
This invention relates to wading boots and has for its object the production of a rubber or shoe to which is secured the lower end of aleg'cove'ring of waterproof material which/when not in use,
' may be rolled or folded down within an outer laced ankle covering secured at its lower end to'the'shoe or rubber.
This object is attained by means illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
For the purpose of illustrating the invention, one preferred form thereof is illustrated in the drawings, this form having been found to give satisfactory and reliable results, although it is to be understood that the various instrum'entalities 'of which the invention consists can be variously arranged and organized, and the invention is not limited to the precise arrangement and organization of these instrumentalities as herein shown and described except as required by the scope of 'the appended claims.
Of the drawings j Figure 1 represents a perspective of the'legs; of a man wearing a pair of my improved wading boots, the leg covering of one being shown folded down within the ankle covering of the shoe, a portion of said ankle covering and leg covering being shown in section.
Figure 2 represents a similar view with the leg coverings drawn upon the wearers legs in position to be used in wading.
Figure 3 represents a perspective of the lower part of a single wading boot partly broken away to show the shoe upper.
Figure 4 represents a section on line 4, 4, on
Figure 5 represents an elevation, partly in section, and showing the leg covering attached to the top of a shoe upper, and
Figure 6 represents an elevation of another form of wading boot, partly in section, and showing the leg covering attached to a rubber foot covering which may be worn on the foot or over an ordinary shoe.
Similar characters indicate like parts throughout the several figures of the drawings.
In the drawings, 10 is a foot covering formed of rubber or other waterproof material and having secured to the outer face thereof an ankle covering 11, as shown in Fig. 6.
The two coverings 10, 11 are united so that a watertight seal is made at the joint 12 and this joint 12 may be further protected, if desired, by the band 13 overlapping both coverings 10, 11.
The ankle covering 11 is open at the front as at 14 and is provided with an inner bellows tongue 15 secured to the inner faces of the ankle covering and closing the opening 14.
The flaps 16 on opposite sides of the opening 14 are provided with eyelets 17 for the lacing 18.
When this ankle'covering 11 is unlaced, and the bellows tongue 15 extended, there is sufiicient space at this point for the insertion of a foot into the foot covering 10, either with or without a shoe on the foot. This space is provided for by making the anklecovering 11 with a required amount of fullness at this point during the manufacture of the boot. j
To the inner face of the foot covering 10 is secured the lower end 1901? a leg covering made of thin tubular rubberized material and at the upper end of the part 19 is a rubber extension 20 forming the upper end of the leg covering.
'This extension 20 is stretchable and when the covering 19 is drawn up the band 20 will impinge upon'the wearers leg'and retain the covering 19, 75..
20 in its raised position.
1 When thecoVering-IQ, 20 has been raised into the position shown in Fig. 2, the ankle covering is laced up in'the usual manner.
When it is unnecessary to do any wading the so leg covering '19, 20'm ay be folded down or otherwise disposed within the ankle covering 11, as
shown in Fig. 1 and the covering 11 laced to draw together the flaps 16 and cause the covering to conform as far as possible to the shape of the g5 ankle.
When the leg covering 19, 20 is thus disposed within the ankle covering 11, it is concealed from view and the wearer would appear is if he was wearing ordinary hunters boots.
In many cases it is preferable to have a high upper 21 to the foot covering 10 as shown in Figs. 1, 3 and 5, and in such cases the lower end of the leg covering 19, 20 is secured to the top of the upper 21, as shown in said Figs. 1, 3 and 5.
This upper 21 is open in front and has a bellows tongue covering the opening, which opening is closed by the zipper mechanism 22 when the foot has been inserted. The bellows tongue within the upper 21 is similar to that shown at 15 in Fig. 3 within the ankle covering 11.
The joints between the two parts 19 and 20 of the leg covering are made water tight and the lower end of the leg covering 19, 20 is vulcan- 5 ized to the foot covering 10 or upper 21 so that this joint also will be water tight.
In the form shown in Fig. 6 the foot covering 10 is made of rubber or similar impervious material, while the lower part of the foot covering shown 11c 1@ leg covering 19, as in Fig. 6 are both made with sufiicient fullness about the ankle to permit the easy insertion of the foot, or a shoe on the foot, into the foot covering 10, and after the insertion of the foot into the covering 10 the slack in the material of the ankle covering 11 will be taken up by tightly lacing the same.
When the lacing 18 is pulled taut the rolled down leg covering 19, within the ankle covering 11 will be squeezed tight about the ankle or immediately above the same so that no bulge at this point will be noticed.
A waterproof shoe is thus provided which may be worn with the leg covering 19, 20 concealed from view and in position to be drawn up quickly around the leg when necessary for use as a wading boot.
If desired, a zipper mechanism may be substituted for the eyelets 17 and lacing 18 on the ankle covering 11, and likewise some other form :3-0} of fastening may be substituted .for the zipper mechanism 22 of the upper 21.
over as indicated at 24 strengthening the band at this point and assuring a better grip upon the leg when in the position shown in Fig. 2.
Furthermorethe upper end of the part 19 is lapped over as at 25 and this lapped portion is vulcanized to the body portion of part 19 and also to the lowerend of band 20.
Preferably, the upper endof the foot'covering 10 has a recess 26 therein to receive the lower end of the ankle covering 11, as shown in Figs. 5 and 6, thus making the outer face of the ankle covering 11 flush with the outer face of the foot v adapted to be drawn up around the leg to a point above the knee, and means for reducing the fullcovering l0, as shown in Figs. l,.2 and 3.
The band 13 may ormay not be used, as desired, but when used it affordsadditional protection to the joint 12. V
In the drawings the leg covering 19, 20 is shown, as a matter of convenience, folded down within the ankle covering 11, but the general practice will be to roll this leg covering down.
While the wading boot herein shown is adapted particularly for use by men, it is obvious that with slight modification in design it is equally well adapted for use by women.
It is believed that the operation and many advantages of the invention will be understood without further description.
Having thus described my invention, I claim:
1. A wading boot consisting of a unitary structure comprising a thick rubber foot-covering with its upper edge below a wearers ankle and having secured permanently therein the lower end of an upper extending over the calf of the leg, means for closing the front of said upper, a relatively high ankle-covering permanently attached at its ture comprising a thick rubber foot-covering with its upper edge below a wearers ankle, inner and outer relatively high ankle-covering permanently attached at their lower ends to the inner and outer faces of said foot-covering, a leg-covering permanently attached at its lower end to the inner ankle coverin and adapted to be concealed when lowered and not in use between said ankle coverings above the ankle and said leg covering when in use extending above the wearers knee, and means for drawing together the fronts of both ankle-coverings.
3. A wading boot consisting of a unitary structure comprising a foot-covering, a'relatively high ankle-covering of waterproof material hermetically secured at its lower end' to the foot-covering andhaving a fullness about the ankle sufiicient to admit a foot, a leg-covering normally disposed within said ankle-covering above the ankle and ness in said ankle-covering CHARLES F. BERRY.