US 2031796 A
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FEB. 25, was s. STEPHENS 2,031,796
SLIPPER Filed 001;. l, 1934 Patented Feb. 25, 1936 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE 1 Claim.
This invention relates to slippers for use principally by hospital patients but adapted for use wherever and by whomsoever desired. The object of the invention is to provide slippers which may be easily engaged by bare feet and which may be washed when necessary in order to be worn as long as they are usable without being apt to spread disease. It is a special object of the invention to provide means whereby a reenforcing insole may be easily inserted or removed when washing of the slipper is deemed desirable. A
' slipper embodying the invention is illustrated in the accompanying drawing and will be hereinafter fully described, the novel features being particularly defined in theappended claim.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a side elevation, partly broken away, of a slipper embodying the invention showing it arranged to permit withdrawal of the reenforcing insole.
Figure 2 is a bottom plan view, partly broken away.
Figure 3 is a section on the line 33 of Figure 2.
Figure 4 is an enlarged view of a portion of Figure 3.
In carrying out the invention, there is provided an insole I having a cover Ia formed of Terry cloth or similar fabric material which may be easily washed and requires no pressing, and a vamp 2 secured to the toe portion of the insole by stitching, as will be understood. The vamp ma be made of any suitable material, preferably knitted goods such as generally employed in bath mats, which may be easily washed and may be obtained in many colors. The vamp is unlined and along its rear edge is secured a strip of corduroy 3 whereby an ornamental appearance will be imparted thereto, the corduroy strip being folded or wrapped around a cord l3 before being sewed to the vamp. The cord forms a reenforcing core which resists breaking down or tearing of the vamp and tends to maintain its shape. The Terry cloth insole ply or cover la is drawn over a pad H of heavy soft flannel which is built up at the heel and rests upon a lining 4 of canvas or duck, the edge of the lining being folded around a reenforcing cord 1 and secured by stitching I6. Stitching ll secures the pad M about marginal edges of the lining as shown in Figure 4 and marginal portions of the insole cover la are folded under the lining and secured by stitching l8. On the under side of the ply or lining l is a ply of closely woven textile fabric Ha, the folded marginal portions of which are sewed to the cover la by stitching i9. As the several plies of the insole are stitched together at their edges there will be no pulling loose nor forming into wads. The lower edge of the vamp is disposed between and stitched to the plies of the insole.
An outer sole 5, consisting of one or more plies of heavy hard duck canvas, is provided and the lower ply of this outer sole has its edge folded about a reenforcing cord l5, and a strip 6 of corduroy is sewed around its entire edge whereby an ornamental finish to the sole will be furnished and the shape of the parts will be maintained. Along the greater portion of its length, the outer sole is secured to the inner sole by stitching 20, passed through the soles as shown at the left of Figure 3, but along one side of the slipper the soles are free of each other as shown at the right of Figure 3 to provide an opensided pocket 8 in which a leather reenforcing sole 9 may be inserted. The open side of the pocket may be closed and held in closed position by separable fasteners of any approved design, preference being given to stud and socket fasteners, indicated at l0. As clearly shown in the drawing, the stud members of the fasteners are secured to the lower face of the insole while the a;
socket members are secured upon the upper face of the outer sole. These fasteners may be easily opened and when opened the open side of the pocket may be spread, as indicated in Figure 1, to permit withdrawal of the reinforcing insole 9. The insole may thus be set aside when the slippers are to be washed and easily reinserted after the washing has been completed. I also provide a loop II at the heel end of the slipper whereby the wet slipper may be suspended over any convenient device to facilitate drying.
It will be readily seen from the foregoing description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawing, that I have provided a very inexpensive slipper which may be easily washed and furnished for use repeatedly by patients in hospitals or private clinics or used repeatedly in private homes as long as there is any considerable portion of the slipper in existence.
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new is:
A slipper composed of washable material and comprising an insole and an outer sole secured together along the greater portions of their edges but separated along one side whereby to form a pocket open at one side between the insole and the outer sole, a reinforcing insole of still material insertible in and removable from said pocket through the open side of the same, and separable fasteners secured upon the opposing surfaces of the inner and outer soles whereby to normally close the open side of the pocket.