US 2018406 A
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Oct. 22, 1935. A. G. LEGGE 2,018,406
SHOE FORM Aug, 1
Patented Oct. 22, 1935 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 2 Claims.
Ths invention re1ates to shoe forms or trees adapted to be placed in shoes to mantain them in their proper shape when not being worn. Such devces are shaped from wood or other s'utable materal and may comprise a, tee-pari: adapted to fit snugly in a tee portion of a shoe end. a heelpark; adapted to engage the hee1 portion of the shoe and cooperate with the tee-pari: to maintain the shoe upper straightened out. Such forms contact Wth the interior of the shoe to such an extent as to retard or prevent dryng when placed in shoes whch are damp.
It s the object of the present inventon to provide a, shoe form whch is adapted to straghten out; the shoe upper end. mantain it in proper shape and whch wl1 permt the shoe to dry when damp.
The invention w11 be more clearly understood from the followng descrption in conjunction 20 wth che accompanying drawing: in which,
Fig. 1 is a plan view of a. form embodyng the inventon;
Fig. 2 is a, longtudinal sectional elevational view of a. shoe having postioned therein a form em- 25 bodying the invention;
Fig. 3 is a view lookng from the bottom of the form; and 7 Fig. 4 is a sectional view taken upon the 1in 4-4 of Fig. 1.
Before explanng in detall the present invention it is to be understood that the inventon is not limited in its application to the detafls of construction and arrangement of parts lllustrated in the accompanying drawing, since the inventon s capable of other embodiments and of being practced or carried out in various ways. Also t is to be understood that the phraseology or termnology employed herein is for the purpose of descrption and not of limtation, and it is nt intended to lmt the invention claimed herein beyond therequirements of the prior art.
The form llustratecl in the accompanyng drawing comprises a, toe-part IO which as llustrated is shaped from a so1d block of wood so as to fit snugly Within the toe porton of a shoe II. The heel-part l2 is provided at one end With a, block I4 adapted to engage the heel porton of the shoe upper and its forward. end projects into a.
longtudnally extending slot l6 in the rear end of the toe-part end s pvotally mounted upon a. pin I'I.
In accordance wth the inventon, the portion of the toe-part l) which normlly contacts wth 6 the toe-portion l8 of the shoe upper s provded. With one or more grooves extendng to the rear end of the toe-part. It is also desira.ble to cut away the bottom of the tee-pari: to provide a passage 2! extendng to the rear of the form and 10 leave a marginal portion 22 adapted to engage the shoe insole 23 and support the toe-part thereon. It also is advantageous to provide a, passage 25 provding communicaton between the passage 25 and the grooves 20. Thus, a large portion of 15 the interim of the shoe with which the tee-pari; 01 the form normally contacts is exposed directly to the surrounding atmosphere so that the surrounding air may circulate between the form and shoe upper end between the form and the shoe nsole and permit the'interor of the shoe to dry when damp.
1. A shoe form havng a, toe-part adapted to flt snugly in the tee-pari: of a. shoe, the bottom of the toe-part of the form being out a.way to provide a. passage permtting the circulation of air between the form and the major porton of the inso1e 01 the shoe, said form having means providing a passage extending to the rear end of sad. toe pari; for the circulaton of air between the form and shoe upper and communicating at a point Iorward 01' the rear end of the toe pari; With the out away portion in the bottom of the form.
2. A shoe form having a boe-pari; adapted to fit snugly in the tue-pari; of a shoe, the bottom porton of the toe-part of the form being out away to provide a passage extending to the real end of the toe pari; and leave a margnal porton o adapted to enga,ge the shoe insole, the portion of the form engagng the shoe upper havng grooves extending to the rear end of said toe part permitting the circulation of air between the form and shoe upper, said toe part having a passage provdng communication between said grooves and the passage in the bottoni porton of the form.
ALFRED G. LEGGE.