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Publication numberUS2049347 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 28, 1936
Filing dateApr 6, 1936
Priority dateApr 6, 1936
Publication numberUS 2049347 A, US 2049347A, US-A-2049347, US2049347 A, US2049347A
InventorsBenjamin Benjamin
Original AssigneeSchwartz & Benjamin Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2049347 A
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July 28, B, BENJAM|N 2,049,347


Filed April 6, 1936 2 Sheets-Sheet l July 1936- B. BENJAMIN 2,049,347


Filed April 6, 1936 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Patented July 28, 1936 Y UNITED STATES SHOE Benjamin Benjamin, Frceport, N. Y., assignor to Schwartz & Benjamin, Incorporated, Brooklyn,

Application April 6, 1936, Serial No. 73,010

8 Claims. (Cl. 36-585) 1 This invention relates to footwear of the type in which it is desirable to use saddle straps or stays. By footwear is meant shoes, slippers,

pumps, sandals, oxfords, etc., of various designs 'andstructure. More specifically the invention relates to a novel strap or stay in combination with a conventional type of shoe.

- The most important field of utility in which the invention is to be employed is found in womens shoes. The dictates of style and taste require that women shall apply to all elements of dress an engaging and harmonizing scheme of colors. It is obvious that a single pair of shoes can ordinarily be ,worn in conjunction with but one color ensemble. It is the object of the present invention to provide a shoe comprising the usual structural .elements with a strap or stay so arranged on the shoe that it can be disposed to exhibit any one of a plurality of surfaces of the strap; While it is known to provide removable straps or saddles, it has been found that the removable elements are easily lost. Furthermore, since women could purchase any number of removable elements for a single pair of shoes, the sales of .the manufacturers decreased. The present invention provides a single pair of shoes with ornamental straps or stays which are permanently aflixed and cannot be detached from the shoe, but which may be reversed to expose any one of a plurality of different colored surfaces or style effects. It is apparent that it is advantageous to provide a strap, which because it cannot be detached, cannot be lost.

V More specifically, this invention consists in attaching a saddle strap or similar element to the shoe by means of a swivelled connection, to allow thestrap to be pivoted as well as to afiix the strap permanently to the shoe. Thus the invention accomplishes the object of supplying a strap for a shoe, which maybe reversed to exhibit surfaces of different colors without the necessity of removing the strap from the shoe.

.i. To illustrate, this invention may be employed on a shoewith vamp and quarters of a neutral- .or subdued color such as brown or gray. There thus is provided a shoe which, with one surface of ,the strap exposed, can be worn with one type of color ensemble and, upon reversal of the strap or stay to expose the other surface, can be worn in conjunction with an entirely different color scheme. Thus the utility of a single pair of shoes is multiplied. With a pair of shoes of this type the woman is not limited to a single color scheme, but has a wider field from which to match or contrast the colors of her apparel. Furthermore,

there is a benefit to the manufacturer in that his sales will be increased by reason of the novelty and utility of the shoe and will not be in danger of being decreased because each pair of shoes admits of a limited variety of colors. 5

A further object of this invention is to provide a shoe which with one side of the strap exposed expresses a style effect quite different from that exhibited when the strap is reversed. For example, an afternoon shoe can be constructed hav- 10 ing one side of the strap colored to match the vamp and quarters, giving the effect of a street shoe. When the strap is reversed to expose a bright color or silver or gold, the style effect is that of an evening shoe.

These and other features of my invention will be best understood and appreciated from the following description of preferred embodiments thereof selected for purposes of illustration and shown in the accompanying drawings in which:

' Figure 1 is a perspective view of one form of shoe embodying the invention.

Figure 2 is a side elevation of the shoeshown' in' Figure 1.

. Figure 3 is a plan view of the forward section 25 of the shoe shown in Figures 1 and 2.

Figure 4 isa detailed side elevation of the .completed swivelled connection.

Figure 5 is a view in perspective of the swivelled connection before completion. 30 Figure 6 is a side view of another form of shoe embodying the invention.

Figure 7 is a view in perspective of another form of shoe embodying the invention.

Figure 8 is a side elevation of another form of 35 shoe embodying the invention.

Figure 9 is a cross section along line 9--9 of Figure 8.

Figure 10 is a view in perspective of an additional form of shoe embodying the invention.

Figures 11 and 12 are detailed views of the strap or stay lined to indicate the difiering colors on the respective surfaces of the strap or stay.

The stirrups I5 and I6, are fastened by means of small loops to the upper at I I and I2 (see Figs. 1, 2, and 3). The oppositely disposed stirrup shaped elements I9 and 20 are attached by stitching 2I and 22 to saddle straps or stays 23 and 24.

As shown in Figures 4 and 5 the swivelled connection IT is formed of two stirrup shaped elements I5 and I9. A block 25 bearing a pin 26 is formed on said member I5. The pin 26 passes through a hole 21 in the'stirrup I9 and is then headed as shown at 28. In Figure4, the dotted lines show the swivel when it has been turned approximately 90 degrees and illustrate how one element of the swivel can be rotated independently of the other. Thus while members l5 and I9 are connected, they can be turned separately.

The saddle straps 23 and 24 (Fig. 1) are passed across the instep or saddle 29 of the shoe I4 and are engaged by buckles 30 and 3| of conventional design. These buckles are stitched to the outside quarter 54 of the shoe, (Fig. 3) When it is desired toobtain a different-style effect or expose straps of colors difierent from those first seen, it, is only necessary to disengage straps 23 and 24 from the buckles 3| and 3D, pivot straps 23 and 24 through angles of 180 degrees, and reinsert. the straps 23 and 24 in the buckles: 3| and 30.,

As shown in Figure 6, the heel foxing terminates near the top portion of the inside quarter |3 of the shoe at a point located over the center point of the shank 36. The end of the heel foxing 35 is passed through the stirrup l5 of the swivelled connection I 1 andback upon itself whereit is stitched as shown at 31 to form a loop containing the base of the stirrup I5. A Sabot type saddle strap 38- is stitched as at 2| to the stirrup |9 of the swivel-led connection Sabot strap 38 passes over the instep and engages a buckle on the outside quarter of the shoe (not shown) The operation of the strap 38 in this embodiment of the invention is precisely the same as that of straps 23 and 24 described in the preceding paragraph;

In the embodiment of the invention as shown in Figure '71, the invention is applied to a T-strap'; or T-stay. The stirrup i5 is attached to the tip 39 by a loop 40 formed inthe tip 39 by stitching 4|. Similarlystitched loop 42 of the T-strap 43 contains the base of stirrup |9. At the upper end of theT-strap 43' are cut two slots 44 and 45 which allow the passage of a retaining strap 46. One end of the retaining strap 46 is attachedby stitching along the upper edge of the inside quarter 4! of the shoe 48'. After passing through the slots 44 and 45 in T-strap 43', the retaining strap 46. is engaged by a buckle of conventional design 49. This buckle 49 is stitched to the upper edge of the outside quarter 50' of the shoe 4'8.

When it is desired to reverse thestrap and expose the opposite surface, it is merely necessary to disengage the retaining strap. 46 from the buckle 49, remove it from the T-strap. 43' by passing it out through slots 44 and 45, turn the T- strap 43 through an angle of 180 degrees, reeve the retaining strap 46 through the slots 44- and 45 in the T-strap 4'3. and rengage it in' the buckle 49.

According to the embodiment of the invention in Figure 8', a Sabot'saddle strap 5| is attached by a, stitched. loop 52v to. a stirrup I9 forming part of the swivelled connection To the other stirrup |5of the swivelled connection IT apiece offelastic goring 53 is attached. The goring is doubled upon itself. to form aloop. The goring 53 is inserted during the construction of the shoe between the lasting margin 54 of the upper 56 and the outsole 55.. r In the case of aturned shoe the goring would be maintained in position by the This 7 It will be apparent that while both ends of the Sabot strap 5| are permanently secured to the shoe, reversal of the Sabot strap 5| is easily accomplished, since there are swivelled'connections at both ends. the swivelled connections I! to be snugly secured j close to the juncture of the upper and the outsole, while at the'same time the swivelled con-, nections H: can be pulled from contact with the shoe and easily operated. The chief function is to replace the buckle and maintain the shoe in "close contact with the foot of the wearer.

attached to a stitched loop 59 of the foxing 6|. 20

The lace-stay- 51 is attached" to theoppositely disposed stirrup |9 of tl ie swivelled connection H by a. stitched loop 5-2;- In'the' lace-stays 51 and 58 are eyelets. 63. arranged in 'conventional mamner. mm The lacing. 6-41 serves to adjust the shoe to the foot of the wearer- When -itis desired to have-the reverse surfaces of the face stays 51 and 58 exposedto view, the lacing'64 is removed from a the eyelets 63, the lacesta-ys 5 1- and 58arepivoted through an angle of 180' degrees, and the lacing 64 is once more run through the eyeletsiw. J a I It will be. noted that-in Figures: 11 and 12; the strap or stayis. shown lined for tan: on one side and for green on the other. It will be understood that the invention is. not limited to this combina tion of colors. but that Figures 11 andl-Z merely illustrate one combinationof colors on the strap orstay.. 1

Many modifications and embodiments of this invention will. appear to. thoseskilled in the ct making shoes, in addition to those embodiments shown inthe drawings?- However this invention is not confined to those embodiments-.showmbut includes all modifications. and exemplifications' thereof. g a

I claim: a

1. The combination of a. shoe and a strap-hair ing: a plurality of surfaces: oi various aspects: and a swivelled. connection: connecting one end of said strap. to said shoe, saidstrapand connection being so constructed; anct arranged that said strap may be pivoted to expose a selected surface, thereby providing. a. plurality of difierent style eifects.

2. The combination of a shoe and a straphaving a plurality of different. colored surfacesand a swivelled connection resiliently attached to said shoe, said connection securing said strap tosaid shoe, said strapv and connection beingso-con structed and arranged that. said strap may be pivoted to expose a. selected surface, thereby pro:- Viding a, plurality of different colored style eflle'cts.

3;.Asv an elemental: a. shoe, a stra n-having a plurality of surfacesof various aspects; said strap being pivotally secured to a shoe by a swivelled 65 connection, whereby said strap may be: pivoted to expose a selected surface, thereby providinga plurality of difierent style effects. V j I: v

4. As an element. of. a shoe,.a stayhaving a pin:-

rality of surfaces of various aspects, saict stay be- 7.0;

diiferent style efiects,

The pieces of goring permit 5 Through these eyelets 63 the'l acing 64-is p 5. The combination 01' a shoe and a strap having a plurality of surfaces or various aspects and swivelled connections pivotally securing both ends of said strap to said shoe, and means for resiliently securing one of said swivelled connections to said shoe, whereby said strap may be pivoted to expose a selected surface, thereby providing a plurality of different style efiects.

6. The combination of a shoe and a plurality of straps having surfaces of difierent aspects and swivelled connections securing one end of each of said straps to the shoe, said straps and connections so constructed and arranged that said straps may be pivoted to expose selected surfaces, thereby providing a plurality of different style effects.

'1. The combination of a shoe and a plurality of and a. swivelled connection securing the lower end 10 of said T-strap to said shoe, said T-strap and connection being so constructed and arranged that said T-strap may be pivoted to expose a selected surface, thereby providing a plurality of different style efiects.


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U.S. Classification36/58.5, 36/50.1, D02/978, 36/54
International ClassificationA43C11/00, A43B3/24
Cooperative ClassificationA43B1/0027, A43C11/004, A43B3/24
European ClassificationA43B1/00C, A43C11/00C, A43B3/24