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Publication numberUS2260377 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 28, 1941
Filing dateApr 29, 1939
Priority dateApr 29, 1939
Publication numberUS 2260377 A, US 2260377A, US-A-2260377, US2260377 A, US2260377A
InventorsHerbst Carl W
Original AssigneeHerbst Carl W
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Heel bone pocketing accessory for shoes
US 2260377 A
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Oct. 28, 1941. C W, HERBST 2,260,377

HEEL BONE POCKETING ACCESSORY FOR SHOES Filed April 29, 1939 INVENTOR CHEL- //E/?557 Patented Oct. 28, 1941 HEEL BONE POCKETING AooEssoRY FOR SHOES I Carl W. Herbst, Milwaukee, Wis.

Application April 29, 1939, Serial No. 270,712


to a longitudinal section at the heel to show the application of my improved accessory in section thereto.

Fig. 2 is an enlarged view of the accessory as it appears in plan.

Fig. 3 is a view taken in section on line 33 of Fig. 2.

Fig. 4 is a rear elevation of the structure shown in Fig. 2.

Fig. 5 is a side elevation of one of the component elements making up the device shown in Fig. 2.

Fig. 6 is a rear elevation similar to Fig. 4 showing the device expanded for use in a larger shoe.

Fig. 7 is a detail view in perspective of an insert usable in the expanded device.

Like parts are identified by the same reference characters throughout the several views.

The shoe illustrated in Fig. l is intended to represent any conventional shoe. As illustrated, the shoe has a'heel 8, outsole 9, insole I0, and sock lining II. My accessory may be used either on top of the sock lining as illustrated or, by lifting the sock lining at the heel, the accessory may be placed therebeneath. In the event that the heel seat in the shoe is convex, as frequently happens in commercial shoes, my appliance will go far toward correction of the undesirable convexity, but it is also possible to use a convex reamer to make the shoe heel seat slightly concave before applying my accessory, if desired.

My accessory may be made of leather, fiber, rubber, sponge rubber or other materials. Because different portions of it preferably vary in thickness, I prefer to make up the appliance in lef and rights according to the shoe in which the appliance is to be worn. The appliance illustrated is for use in a right hand shoe and comprises an inside member I5 and an outside member I6.

Together the members I5 and I6 comprise a socketed accessory corresponding in size and shape to the heelseat-of the shoe. The rear portions H and I8 are convexly rounded to fit the counter. ..The sides are approximately'parallel and the front edges I9 and 20 may be curved as shown. Members I5 and I6 are arcuately notched at 2| and 22, the two notches registering as shown in Fig. 2 to comprise a central opening to which all of the top surfaces of members I5 and I6 slope in the manner clearly shown in Fig. 5.

Members I5 and I6 have long beveled portions at front and rear to overlap as shown in Fig. 3. Member I5 may be beveled upwardly from below and member I6 beveled downwardly from above, or vice versa. By skiving or molding the members I5 and I6 to provide the elongated lap joints shown at 23 and 24, many advantages are achieved.

In Fig. 4 the device is illustrated at substantially the minimum width for which the particular appliance is designed to'be used. Fig. 6 shows the parts I5 and I6 separated by sliding them apart on the joint 23 to greatly increase the overall width of the appliance. To compensate for the reduced center thickness of the composite appliance at the joint 23, I may introduce beneath the joint when the members I5 and I6 are thus spread apart, a support 25 such as is shown in detail in Fig. '7. This support may comprise a fragment of a cylindrical or triangular prism, the cylindrical form being illustrated.

For the normal foot it is preferred that the inside lift or element I5 be materially thicker at the edge than the outsideelement I6. In actual practice the height of the composite appliance may be A" or slightly more at the rear margin, and at the inside edge, thence decreasing gradually to 1 3' just before the device tapers off to the forward edge I9. At the right hand side or outside of the appliance shown, the composite device tapers to near the mid point of its side margin and thence to a scant near its front edge just before it is beveled to the forward margin 20. The highest point of the element I5 between the central opening of the appliance and the forward margin is some what higher than the corresponding portion of the outside element I6, as clearly appears in Fig. 3.

For corrective purposes either one of the elements I5 or I6 may be used separately, thereby throwing the wearers heel to the right or to the left slightly as may be required.

From the standpoint of the generic invention herein disclosed, it may sometimes be immaterial whether-the appliance be made of sepashoe, said appliance comprising elements lateral-- ,ly adjacent said depression at opposite sides thereof and having complementarily beveled portions extending about said-depression 'at the rear thereof and adjustably overlapped, whereby tov permit of variation in the spacing of said elements from' each other. v t

2. ,A 'heelfsocketing accessory for a shoe, comprising a centrally apertured appliance receiv able 'in -the heel seat'of a'shoe and composedoi shoes comtwo relatively adjustable sections each having end portions adapted to be overlapped and intermediate notched portions adapted for registry to provide the aperture of said appliance.

3. A heel socketing accessory for shoes, comprising a centrally apertured appliance including mutually adjustable elements having elongated beveled portions overlapped at opposite sides of said aperture.

4. 'A heel socketing accessory for a shoe, comprising a centrally recessed appliance composed -of.-separate inside and outside members beveled toward said aperture and toward each other and normally overlapped at opposite sides of the recess'and individually usable for corrective purposes.

5. A device of the character described, comprising inside and outside members with registering notches constituting a central aperture, said members being provided with overlapped beveled portions, and a'third member supplementing the thickness of the overlapped beveled. portions at.

second members.

the rear of the first and CARL: W. HERBS'IL

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U.S. Classification36/80
International ClassificationA43B21/32, A43B21/00
Cooperative ClassificationA43B21/32
European ClassificationA43B21/32