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Nov 7, 1944. HUFF 2,362,010'
Filed Dec. 15, 1942 506/7 .a fi l/ff Patented Nov. 7, 1944 UNITED ST TES PATENT OFFICE' sHoE Basil D. Huff, New York, NyY., assignorto Edna S. Payne, New York, N.` Y. i
` Application December 15,1942, Serial No, 69,06;
1\ 4 Claims. Cl. :e-2.5)
This invention relates to a multi-purpose shoe for feminine Wear.
Under present circumstances, it is difficult, if`
not impossible, to obtain Various materials commonly used during normal times in shoe making; `Furthermore, it is economicall desirable, and indeed highly practicable under these cir- V cumstances, to make available footwear which' not only amply protects and supports the foot, but which also has aesthetic appeal. Accordingly, it is desirable to provide a ladies"shoe Which is not only amenable to her financial capacity, but also to `her feminine vanity.` It is accordingly an object of my invention to provide a ladies' shoe which has not only combined utilitarian and aesthetic qualities, but also makes it possible for the lady to obtain a multi-purpose shoe by one purchase. my invention to provide a shoe construction` enabling the manufacturer or retailer thereof` to reduce materially the number of sizes `of shoe Which he would otherwise have to make or stock and render fitting Of'the Wearer's foot a rela-` tively easy matter: Other objects will be in part apparent and in part pointed out hereinafter.`
` The invention accordingly consists in the features of construction, combinations of elements, and arrangements of parts as will be exemplified in the structure to be hereinafter described and the scope of the application of which will be indicated in the following Claims. j n l l In the drawing, wherein I have shown one embodiment of my 'inVention,
Figure 1 is a perspective of my shoe; and Figure 2 is a View partly in section of my shoe. similar reference Characters refer to similar parts throughout the various views of the drawmg. k
In general the shoe shown in Figure 1 comprises a toe or vamp unit generally indicated at HJ, and a heel-counter unit generally indicated at l l, which may be adjustably attached together by a tongue and tape generally indicated at l2. More particularly, vamp IO comprises a sole |3 on opposite "edges of which are attached sides [4 and [5 which preierably terminate at edges IB and ll, respectively. These edges may be adjustably secured as by a tie or lace |8 threaded through suitable holes in sides 14 and l5. Thus,
It is a further object of the Width of vamp IO may be adjusted in accordance with the Width of the wearer's foot, and accordingly obviate the necessity of the retailer's carrying a plurality of difierent shoe widths. If desired, however, vamp sides ]4 and [5 `may be permanently joined at their edges IE and l'l.
The heel-counter unit Il preferabl comprises a rigid heel is of the so-called 'wedge" type, the heel preferably being of substantial height and extending well beneath the wearers instep, So as to provide ample support to the wearer s arch. Heel Is is formed ora Water-proof or water-resistant material and acCordingly-may be made of'wood, Cork or any suitable composition. To the opposite edges of heel IB and, if desired, centrally thereof are attached sides 20 and 2| joined by a heel strap 22, and terminating in forward ears 23 and 24 having respectively holes 25 and 26 formed therein. If desired, heel strap 22 may be Severed at a `central point (not shown) and a suitable lacing or tie provided to Connect the severed ends of the `strap so as to provide a heel Width adjustment.
As is better shown in Figure 2, heel I9 of the heel-counter unitll is` provided With a groove or slot 21 formed between side portions 28 and 29 (Figure l) of the heel. These heel side portions 28 and 29 are preferably provided with holes h 30 and 3l, respectively (see also Figure 2), through which a lace or tie 32 may be threaded for a purpose to bedisclosed hereinafter.
AS shown in Figure 2; the sole [3 of vamp ID is preferably provided with a tongue or loop 33 adapted to be inserted in groove 21` and held therein by the threading of tie 32 through the bite of the tongue. It will thus appear that vamp lll may be secured to heel-counter unit H (Figure 2) by threading tie 32 through the holes in heel sides 28 and 29 and through the bite of tongue 33. The tie or lace may then be crossed, if desired, as shown in Figure 1, and threaded through holes 25 and 25 in the heel side ears 23 and 24 and tied over the wearer's arch, thereby firmly securing both units of the shoe to the wearer's foot. It will also appear that the length of the shoe as a whole may be varied through an infinite number of sizes within a limited range by the adjustment of tie 32.
It should be noted that because no metal fast asmuch as the heel-counter unit is formed of water-proof, water resistant, or Water repellant material, it may be advantageously worn under such circumstances without risk of danger thereto.
A further advantage inheres in that the heelcounter unit ll may be of such a character as suitable for Wear With vamps of varying design or Color, thus providing a thee or four or indeed five in one shoe suiting miladys needs throughout the day and evening.
It will thus appear that I have provided a highly utilitarian shoe without sacrificing the aesthetic qualities vital to feminine footwear.
Furthermore, I have provided in my shoe an any swer to the economic exigencies of the times.
Thus, the several objects hereinabove noted are fulfilled in a thoroughly practical and efficient manner.
As many possible embodiments may be made of the above invention and as many changes might be made in the embodiment above set orth, it is to be understood that all matter hereinbefore set forth or shown in the accompanying drawing is to be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
l. In shoe construction, in combination, a heel-counter unit having a rigid heel of Waterresistant material substantialinyheight and extending from the rear of the wearer s foot beneath the wearer's instep so as'to act as a support for the wearer's arch, the 'forward part of said heel'having side Walls orming a groove therebetween, each of Saidside walls having a hole formed therein, a Vampunit separable from said heel-counter unit and "also =formed of water-re- Sistant material, said vamp-unit having separable side portions, means for adjustably securing said side portions together, a tongue 'ormed in the rear of the sole of said vamp unit and extending therefrom and adapted to be 'disposed between' said heel side 'portions within- Said groove, and a tie member extending through said holes in Said heel ide portions and through the bite of said tongue and adapted to extend'about the Wearer's foot whereby said heel-counter unit and said vamp unit may be adjustablysecured 'together and whereby Said heel-counter unit and said vamp unit as an entity may be secured `to the wearer's foot.
2. In shoe construction, in combination, a heelcounter unit having a high rigid heel and eX- tending from the rear of the wearer's foot beneath the Wearer'S instep to act as a support for the wearer s arch, means forming a groove in that portion of the heel-counter unit which underlies the wearer's instep, a vamp unit separable from said heel-counter unit, a loop extending rear- Wardly from the sole of said vamp unit and adapted to adjustably fit into said groove in said heel-counter unit, and flexible means eX- tending through the forward portion of said heelcounter unit into and through said groove and through said loop when it is placed in said groove and adapted to be tied about the wearer's foot to secure aid units together and to the wearer's oot.
3. Aheel-counter unit adapted to be worn with or without a vamp unit and comprising, in combination, a high rigid heel adapted When worn to 'extend from the rear of the Wearer's foot andbeneath the Wearer's instep so as to act as a support for the wearer's arch, sides secured to and extending upwardly from the side edges of said heel, that portion of said heel adapted to underlie the wearer's arch having a hole extending therethrough, a vamp unit having a loop extending therefrom, and a, flexible tape extending through said hole and said loop and adapted to be secured to said sides for Securing the heelcounter unit and Said vamp together and to the wearer's foot.
4. In shoe construction, in combination, a heelcounter unit having a rigid heel substantial in height and extending from the rear of the Wearer's foot beneath the wearer's instep so as to act as a support for the wearers arch, the forward part of said heel having side walls forming a groove therebetween, each of said side walls having a hole formed therein, a vamp unit separable from said heel-counter unit, said vamp unit having separable side portions, means for adjustably-securing said side portions together, a tongue ormed in the rear of the sole of said vamp unit and extending therefrom and adapted to be disposed between said heel side portions within Said groove, and a tie member extending through said holes in said heel side portions and through the bite of said tongue and adapted to extend about the Wearer's foot whereby said heelcounter unit and said vamp unit may be adjustably secured together and whereby said heelcounter unit and Said vamp unit as an entity may be secured to the wearer's foot.
BASIL D. HUFF'.