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Patented Jan. `24, 1939 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE SHOE PROTECTOR Mary Whalen Stuart, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Application November 1, 1937, Serial No. 172,097
' z claims; iol. sei- 72) This invention relates to shoe protectors.
The primary object of the invention is to provide a protector which is worn over the shoe and which protects the shoe in the event that` the child urinates. It is a well-known fact that children before their habits are corrected frequently wet themselves and the water flows down the legs and on to the shoes. Shoes are an expensive item and the wetting of the shoes injures them and of course when the shoes are Wet they must be replaced by dry shoes so that this habit is an expensive one as well as extremely annoying, but when the child is provided with protectors such as I have invented this injury to the shoes l5 i; prevented. It is also apparent that the protector not only prevents wetting of the shoes but acts as a cover or protector for the shoes so that if the shoes contain polish cr whitening it cannot be rubbed o on the clothing of parents or on the furniture.
The invention embodies many novel features of construction and combinations and arrangements of parts, all of which will be more fully hereinafter described and pointed out' in the C1B-ims- In the accompanying drawing- Fig. l is a view partly in side elevation and partly in longitudinal section illustrating my improved protector in operative position on the shoe and leg of the child;
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the protector looking at the inner face thereof;
Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 2 looking at the outer face of the protector;
Fig. i is a greatly exaggerated view in transverse section on the line -i of Fig. 1;
Fig. 5 is a greatly exaggerated detail view in section on the line 5 5 of l..
The body of the protector indicated by the ference character l0 may be made of any numof sections secured together, which are so ed as to conform, when in position on the i., to th shape of the shoe and fully cover the or at least the upper of the shoe, as clearly :ated in Fig. l of the drawing.
strap il is provided connecting the lower ages of the body il) in position on `the sole of the shoe.
The body IU is open at the back and is secured 50 in closed position by suitable fastening means. I have illustrated snap fasteners I2 as securing means, but of course any other suitable. means might be employedA for the purpose.
The body lil is of a height greater than th 5a height of the shoe so that its upper portion is secured around the leg of the wearer above the shoe top. In this upper portion of the body a strip of elastic i3 is located and this strip is se cured at its ends to the ends o1 the body and when in contracted position causes the material to gather but when in vexpanded. position the material Will. lie relatively fiat.
A pieceof material i4 which is preferably ab- 5 sorbent-as, for example, turkishtoweling, outing flannel or the likeand is preferably folded in several thicknesses, is secured by lines of stitching l5 to the inner face of the protector so that if any moisture should find its way inside of the 10 protector it would be absorbed by this material i4.
A covering strip i6 is preferably secured around the outer face of the protector at its upper edge enclosing the strip of elastic i3, and a strap I1 is secured to one end of the protector at its upper 15 edge and is provided with fastening means i8 to engage cooperating fastening means i9 on the front of the protector after the strap has been passed around the leg, and I have shown a plurality of these fastening means i9 so that a quite 20 perfect adjustment can be had in accordance with the size of the leg of the wearer.
I have shown as fastening means I8 and i9 ordinary snap fastener members, but it is of course obvious that any other suitable fastening means 25 might be employed.
The invention of course is not limited to the particular materials employed and could be made of any material which would shed water, such as rubber, oil silk, oil cloth, waterproof cotton, etc. 30
While I have illustrated and described what I believe to be a preferred embodiment ofmy invention, it is obvious that various changes might be made in the general form `and arrangement of parts without departing from the invention, 35 hence I do not limit myself to the specic details set forth but consider myself at liberty to make such changes and alterations as fairly fall Within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
1. A shoe protector comprising a cover to enclose a shoe upper and to extend above the top of said shoe upper, a band of elastic fabric at the top of said cover to encircle the leg, and a plurality of layers of.v absorbent material sewed su to the inner side of said band.
2. A shoe protector comprising a cover to enclose a shoe upper and to extend above the top of said shoe upper, a band of elastic material to encircle the leg, a strap secured to one end of the body adjacent its upper edge, said strap and body having cooperating fastening means located at the front of the body adjacent its upper edge, and a plurality of layers of absorbent material sewed to the inner side of said band of elastic fabric.