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Publication numberUS2381937 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 14, 1945
Filing dateJun 5, 1943
Priority dateJun 5, 1943
Publication numberUS 2381937 A, US 2381937A, US-A-2381937, US2381937 A, US2381937A
InventorsGilbert Supple
Original AssigneeGilbert Supple
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Boot and shoe and outsole therefor
US 2381937 A
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Aq g. 14,1945. G SUPPLE A' 2,381,931

BOOTS AND SHOES AND OUTSOLES THREFOR Filed June 5, 1943 y Patented Aug. 14, 1945 floo'r 'ANvDsH-olt ANDifoU'rsoLE THE Gilbert Supple, Waban, Mass, .Application tiene l5,

' f 2s olaims. (C1. a6-3a) The present invention relates to boots and `shoes and-more particularly, but not exclusively, toboots and shoes providedwith outso-les char'- acterize'd by the fact that their main portion consists of some-material Wliichhasv good"Wear-v ing qualitiesbut is-ulsuitedffor permanent -atl Vtachment tov an'npper vconstructionby standard meansof Awhich stitchingis onefexample, `and further characterized by the" `incorporation of structre" by'yirhich "standard attaching means may be'employed;` l Outsole/constructions ais-described labove are disclosedl and clai'ine'din ry co-pcnding application Serial No; 432,913, `led 'on April lf3, 1943, and broadly'speaking comprise ythe 'cornbination with an outsolebcdyfof welting *outvstanding fromith lateralfniarginportionff'the body and 'forming a lateralextension thereof, vthis Welting -having the same `function as the marginal 'portion of,v av leather outsole, ffor vexample,r in receiyingfstitching orv other means ."f or .permanent attachment of theoutsole construction toan Lipper! "By "reason of suchcons'truction special? outsole'- attaching 'machinery is (not requlredthereby permlttiilgfshoe maniifactirer's tofemployin' "the productionof such shoes the same attaching eq1 iiinneht'Y now --used ffor shoes 'havi'ng leather otsoles, iand theseotsolconlstructions may be Yincorporated by 'standard methods in boots vand vshoes generally, 'farno'ng i,

lthese i bin'g'the Goodyear and other -Weltv types n and alscthe McKay, Littleway, land stitchdown types, and variantsthereo-'and also-cemented types. Y,

The outsole constructionsaiselos'ed in my said f' cio-pending application are illustrated for e5;- emplary purposes only as having their'niairi.- or

:bodyportioris 4:iliade of Wood, and. While' the 1 in- V't'iOI-i'ffsald-applcatlon S-'IlOt limited in itsy V"soopelto .the usent' 'woodbody-portions; the employment-lof lWood vis oonvenientbecause of its leapn'es's; availability, and durability. But =iirhere-wood fouts'ole'bodies` are 'of "solid construc- :tion :ltnerefi-s fa 'limit ito their longitudinal ilexibillty,` anch'whiie shoes? manufactured with wooden' outsolelbodies according Ato lthe inventionio'f my ysaid: gcoepending application, have been'frfound satisfactory ,inrmany respects, it is desired` that; 'they .fbg rendered :more llexible.

Itnis 'therefore i-the prin-cipal` object of the fprese'iltfinvefn'ticm to improve the invention disclosed. andi claimeddn my lsaldi .popendingY 'apv indication.by .lprovidingthat the outsole bodies 4 :employedwhen madeiof wood or, other relatively stiinmaterial, ,shall Vnavega longitudinal REFOR 1943, serial No. 189,772`

exibil'ityf approaching that or"L aleather oiltsole.

To the accomplishment of I this object and of such` others as' willl appear hereinafterftlie var'- ious features of the prsetinventionreside in certain constructions, combinations, [fa v rangements rof parts describedinfthis specification and set' forth 'the appended .ilainis'y possess advantages readily apparent *'tofthos'e skilledintl'i'e'art.

The various features of 4the'present.r'nlve vvtion Will be readily understood lfrom reaY ing specification with frfere'rlceto the accompany'- ing drawing,Vr Whchdraiiving illllstiates'fthe best physical embodiments of vthe ,'vinvention "at present known to theiiivelltor, and in, Bviflliizl'rjA Fig, l is a view in underside plan slooyirinl Y type of Welted'(nitsoley iinit f riade inv accordance with the present iriyentionfi, l

Flg..2 is a 'vieWfi'n right sidiefelevation"oithe body portion of the ontsle unit'fsliownin fig.l j lu; Fig.l 3 is a new in rigigit-'sicleeievatiqn iiil detail of the body portion ofl an otsole' corresponding to Eig. 2 bt-slioiting `aydiilerent arrangement of transverse oilts; v

Fig. 4 is a' vievv'infight side' Glick/@tionA of the body'por'ti'o of aj'ifiltsdle unit, yth also correspondingjto FigQZfbiit silioy'v'iig'laI arrangement of transverse ots; j f l 'Y Fig.' 5 is an lenlarged yiewf-'i ,ena'seetion'al elevation -f' oneftype of Weltingpconstrnction unit of Fig. 1 stitched 'tojaweit -slioe'vwnlorlfil struction shown in`Fi'gsi-'5' and-6;?" vl Fig. 8 is a View in'perspective of the outsole -as been lasted;; l l u l rias a vdetail view' 'infpiarrzof .the :Figs 5-6 welt-,ing construction, a portion'ioftle Wide stripbeing notchedtf'acilitat attatilnientto i the. toe' area `of anoutsole" bdyportiorl; f

Fig. 1'0 'ris "a `deiaail ViewY in Iplan'- of the .Figi-'l outsole construction, f showing thefnotche'djor t Fig. Qportion'of the vWeltirg construetionilposition along the toe area; 'of |the outsole body poton; l v -Y 1', ,t

Fig. ll is a; Goo dyear i Welt sh'oef in which isl incorporated the i Fig.' 12 ifs-a detail `View vinLiese'tiol'ial'elevation of ,theioutsole unit -shownwinFig ,17, ibut-with view insectional elevation off/av auxiliary means for securing the welting construction to the outsole body portion.

One type of outsole unit prepared in accordance with the present invention is illustrated variously .in Figs. 1-2, 5-8, and 11, and comprises. basically ahead of the cut first mentioned, with a further cut at its rear, located at the merging of the forepart and the shank of the body I5. Preferably, although not necessarily, each of the cuts 2l extends from the tread surface of the body I 5 upwardly to a level above the topy surface of the groove 20, and with this construction it will be seen that an outsole body is provided which has segmental tread portions and which is much more flexible longitudinally than would be the case if the cuts 2l were omitted since thecuts permit divergence of the segments during longitudinal 'Y flexing of the outsole body as in walking,

wood, of which maple and birch are two examples, with the grain running either crosswise or lengthwise, as may be desired, and the body has a general curvature (Fig. 2) corresponding to that of the bottom surface of a shoe upper I'I (Fig. 8) when lasted. The shape of the body I5 as used in a given shoe is generally that of the shank and forepart of a standard leather outsole that would otherwise be used in such a shoe, but the body l5A is smaller than such an outsole, being preferably not larger than the shank and forepart of an insole (cf.vFig. 11). At the rear of its shank portion the body I5 may be provided with a rearwardly tapering tongue I8 (Figs. 1-2 `and 8) as vis the case of the outsole bodieslshown in my said copending application, this tongue being adapted to engage the heel portion I9 of an insole (Fig. 8) and lie within the overlasted margin Eof the quarter when the outsole is laid. The tongue IB is concealed by a heel (not shown) which may be of any suitable construction and may be applied in any standard manner, attention being called to the -fact that since'the tongue I8 lie-s within the overlasted margin of. the quarter, securing means such as nails which vmay bewdriven through the curved margin of the fheel will not vstrike the tongue I8 and crack it.

The forward terminus of the-tongue I8 is substantially vat the breast line of the heel which wouldV be .used in anished shoe, and extending along the shank `and .forepart of thebody I5 from one side of this breast line to its other side is a horizontallyV disposed, lateral groove (Figs. 1-2, 7, and 10-12.) This groove may be about one quarter inch deep, one ninth of an inch high, and may be located substantially one eighth of an inch from. the top surface of the body I5,

`although I wish to point out that these dimensions are exemplary only and are not critical or essential to the practice of the present invention. Preferably the groove 20 islocated nearer to the top surface ofthe body I5 than to its treadv surface.

As so far described the outsole body I5 correspondsA to those shown in my said cc-pending application, and therefore lacks the desired maximum longitudinal flexibility which it is the principal object of the present rinvention to provide. To effect this provision, and referring to Figs. 12 and 8, the `body I5 may be provided with one or more transverse cuts 2I which are of appreciable width, being preferably one sixteenth of an inch `or more wide, and which are illustrated merely for` disclosure purposes as being four in number.

. One of the cuts 2| extends across the body I5 slightlyto the rear of the ball area; i, e., along the general line of ilexion which would appear in a leather outsole 'during walking, and preferably there 'are at least two more cuts in the forepart The welting construction I6 which is used with the outsole body I5 may be laminated, and as shown in Figs. 5 6 in particular comp-rises narrow strips 22, herein shown as tv/io in number only for disclosure purposes, which are secured together in superimposed flatwise relationship, and a strip 23 which is preferably substantially twice as wide as the strips 22 and is secured to the bottom face of the lowermost one. Each of the strips 22 and 23 may be made by scarring together a number of separatelpieces, as is well understood, and the strips 22 and 23 are secured together by a preferably waterproof adhesive. The strip 23 is preferably of good qualitymaterial and when made of leather preferably has 1a grain lower face. The strips 22, however,` maybe made of splits of cheaper leather when leather is used, and for this purpose oial may be employed. As shown in Figs. 5 and 6, the laminated strips 22 are overlaid on the wide strip 23 so that on one side the welting construction I5 as. a whole presents a vertical outer wall, with preferably-about one half the width of the strip 23extending freely beyond the other sideor inner wall of the strips 22.

As shown in Fig. 7, the height of the groove 20 and the thickness of the strip 23 are substantially the same, and the surfaces of the groove 2t extending inwardly from the lateral margin of the body I5 are substantially as deep as the width of the extending or free portiongof the strip 23. The weltingconstruction I5 is assembled with the outsole body I5 by forcing the extending or free portion of the strip 23 into the groove 2D until Y the lateral margin of the body I5 is engaged by the adjacent or inner` wall formed by the laminated strips 22, a suitableand preferably water proof adhesive being first applied to the groove 28 and to the portion v,of the body lateral margin thereabove, or to those `surfaces `of the welting construction I5 which engage the body I5 in the assembly, or to both the body and the welting construction. Upon` the setting of the adhesive the welting may be given such trimming as may be necessary. y

. The welting construction I6 may be prepared initially in continuous form with a length being .cut therefrom forassembly with a given outsole such angularity'as to be closed (Fig. 10) when the welting construction lliV is'assembled with the body I5.' It will also be understoodthat the use of notches 24 is not confined to the toe area and that their vangularity `may vary with different curved areas ofv different outsole bodies.

. In thegfinished outsole .unitshown in Fig.i7 the top surface-,of the body |.5and the top surface ,of ,the vvelting construction I|v are at substantially ,the same levelfbut thetread'surface of the body I|5;s lower than the Abottom surface of the welting construction :I6,fthereby causing the vtread rsurfaceof the'outsole unit as a whole to be enytirelyaof the material ofthe bodyz|5 with no porf vConsideration of thestructure abovey described will show'that there is provided anoutsole unit comprising abody portion made'of a material, :shown merely illus'tratively as wood, which althoughhaving good wearing qualitiesisunsuited y' the Hshank'iportion of the body |5'may be providedwitha downwardly extending transverse cutzZI'Av (Figs. l-2) to facilitate engagement Iof forattachment to a'shoe upperconstruction by l standard piercing 'means such as stitching, nails, screws, pegs, or. the likebut which when. welted as above described-maybe so attached because the Welting, outstanding 'from the lateral margin portion of the body andcomprising a lateral extension thereof, provides a locus for receiving such piercing'meansin the usual manner. Further consideration. of v.the structure above described Will show that the relative stiffness revsultingfrom-usingan outsole body of solid construction, as inmy Isaid co-pending application, .is counteracted 'and overcome by reason of the transverse outs 2| lwhich extend suiciently near -in Fig. ;2 fas extending to' `a -level above thel top surfacefofy the rgroove 20, and this arrangement permitsfmaximum movement of the body segmental-.portions vrelatively to each other in a construction of -this type; j The cuts 2| need not be as high as'shown in Fig.v 2, however, and may terminate at the groove 2U or at a point below the groove, lbut it will be apparent that such Alesser depths of cut will give less longitudinal .flexibility of the outsole body. But whether the Y cuts 2| extend upwardly to the extent shown in Fig. 2 'orto'a lesser extent, the presence of the weltingstrip 123 which spans the cuts and is adyhesively secured in the groove 20 and to the segmental Vportions serves to reinforce the upper portion of the'body I5 and thus counteracts any tendency rfor'it to crack during fiexing. It will also be noted that since none ofthe cuts 2| ex- A tends all the way-through the vertical thickness ofthe body I-5a waterproof construction is prov vided, there being no passagethrough the body vI5 through which liquid can pass.

Since the outsole body I5 has the general curvature (Fig.`i2) of the bottom'surfaceA area of a shoe upper lI'I A(Fig. 8) when lasted, the outsole unit will conform `to that bottom surface area,

Aandi the longitudinal flexibility of the outsole unit lfacilitatessuch conformation. Where necessary,

portions.

the shank portion of the body with the shank portion of `a lasted upper. Adhesive 'may be applied-to the bottom Aof the upper and to the outsole unit before sole laying, and ifthe'material 'of the `body kI5 Ihas a surface Iporosity comparable to that of leather, no. special ltreatment is necessary .tovprepare the outsole unit for sole laying. If, however, the surface porosity is less, it may be desirablefto roughen the top surface of the kbody I5 ortoprepare itprevously with atop layer ofzporous. material such as fabric (not shown) or with strips thereof, which will provide suiiicient 'porosity for the adhesive softhat adherenceof the outsole unit to the'bottom ofthe upperfis maintained during the subsequent permanent attaching operation.

Thatthe -outsole-unit'above described may be incorporated :by standard attaching means in `shoes of standard construction will be at once apparent from inspection of Fig. 1l. In this drawing an outsole unit such as shown in Figs. 1 andflis incorporated in a Goodyear welt shoe. The upper Il'with its lining, an insole 25, anda strip of-Goodyear welt' 2B are secured'together .hylthe usualiinseam stitch 21, and the outsole unit isfpermanently attached to the welt 26,and therefore "to the shoeV upper constructionv as a whole, yby ak lockstitchZB applied in the usual mannerandlpassing through the welt 26 and the main orfbodyportion of the welting construction IB. 'Since'itmay'be desired to locate ther lock-r stitch 2'8 rather near the lateral margin ofthe outsolefbodyI, the inner edge of the shank and rear forepartportions of the outsole body I5 may be roundedr 01T as indicatedv at 29 in Figs. 1V and 8, it having been found desirable to do this in` the practice of the present invention to prevent the needlevof the sewing machine from striking the `bodyffat thesepo'ints and being rendered inoperativezorbreaking. y y

-"Instead of providing an outsole body I5 with a groove and transverse cuts 2|, an outsole body'l30 may bevprovided which is identical with theybody I5 sofar as edgebevelling, shape, and

thepresence of ya corresponding groove 3| are' concerned butfwhich has a different arrangement 'of'transversef'cuts Referring to Fig. 3,' the body '3U is provided with transverse cuts 32 which correspondin location to the cuts 2| but which extendupwardly from the tread surface tothebottom surface ofthe groove 3|, and the body 30-is also'provided with transverse cuts'3'3 which are superimposed over the cuts 32 and extend downwardly from ythe ltopy surface lof Vthe body 3U to the'upper surface of the groove 3|. This construction y' is likewise waterproofv'since there is 4no cut extending all the way through thevertical thickness of the body 30, and 'the presence of the cuts 33 above the cuts 3213ermits maximunirelative movement of the connected segments of thebody4 3 0 formed bythe cuts, theuncut or continuous-portion ofthebody lying inwardly f of the groove 3| serving as the pivot point for this segmental movement, and the segmentalportions above the groove converge ing during divergence of the segmental tread The outsole body shown in'Fig. y3'is assembled 'with the welting construction v`It? in the sameimanner as above described'for assembling it Awith the body I5, and it will be appreciated that the portion of the weltingf'stripjf2`3 which spans the'cuts andis adhesivehT secured in the groove 3l and to the segmental portions formed by the cuts functions to reinforce the upper portion of the body 30 and so counteracts any tendency for it to crack during exion. By reason of the cuts 33 being superimposed over the .cuts.32, thesegmentalportions above the groove 3| have substantially4 the same area as the corresponding segmental portions `below the groove. The body 3U may be provided with a shank out like the cut 2 IAin Figs. 1 and 2.

Instead of forming a grooved outsole body with transverse cuts 2| as shown in Figs. l and 2, or 32 and 33v as shown in Fig. 3, an alternative flexible construction may be employed. rI'othis end an outsole body 34 may be provided iden- -ticalxin shape with the bodies I'5 and 30 and rprovided with a groove 35 identical with the rgrooves =2Il and 3I and with a bevelled tread surface edge. In transversely cutting the body 34, however, a number of cuts 36 are made in the tread portion, extending upwardly from the tread surface preferably to a level above the upper surface of the groove 35, and between each successive pair of these cuts 3S the body 3'4 is providedwith a cut 3l which extends downwardly from-the top surface of the body to a point preferably below the bottom vsurface of the groove 35 but above the tread surface of the body. This constructionalso provides a longitudinally ilexible-body construction which permits convergence-and divergence of the upper and tread segmental portions, respectively,and which'is waterproof since there is no cut which extends all `theway through the vertical thickness of the body. The welting construction I6 may be incorporated with-the body. 34 in the same manner asy above described for making the outsole unit of Figs 1 and '7. Here again the portion of the welting` strip 23 which spans the cuts and is adhesively secured in the groove and to the segmental portions formed by the cuts functions to reinforce the upper portion of the body 34 and so counteracts any tendency for it to crack during flexion. The body 34 may be provided with a shank out like the cut `ZIA in'Figs. 1 and 2.

In the above-described outsole unit constructions, reliance is placed upon adhesive to maintain the free or inwardly extending portion of the welting strip 23 in the grooves 2U, 3|, and 35 and therefore secured to the outsole bodies I5, 30, and 34, respectively, during manufacturing operations and subsequent wear. Should it be desirable, however, to provide auxiliary means for securing the welting construction to the outsole bodies, means such as nails, screws, pins, staples, pegs, or the like may be used, depending upon .the particular construction and the material of which the bodies are made. Preferably the outsole body is drilled to receive such auxiliary means so that there will be no danger of splitting, as when the material of the body is wood, and only a few such additional securing` means need be employed in any one 'outsole unit, if employed at all, sincetheir function is auxiliary only. In Fig. 12 a pin 38 is shown extending through the upper margin of the outsole body I5, through the portion of the welting strip 23v secured in the groove 20, and into the lower margin of the body. Preferably, although not necessarily, drilling when used does not gol through the body, and where only one pin or other means is used at each side of a body segment that pin is preferablyylocated intermediate thetWo adjacentl body cuts.

For purposes of disclosure only the outsole unit f side staple lasted).

ofv Figs. 1 and-7 has been illustrated herein as incorporated in a Goodyear welt shoe. Since the construction 'of outsole units having the bodies 30 and 34 is the. same as that shown in Figs. 1 rand 7 so far as across sectional view through `anuncut portion of the body is concerned, it

will be apparent that outsole units employing thebodies 30 and 34 may also be incorporatedin a Goodyear welt shoe in precisely the same manner as shown in Fig. l1 and described above. But the present invention is not limited to Goodyear welt construction, since the lateral extension of the `unit as awhole which is formed by the ywelting construction I6 permits the incorporation of outsole units according to the present, invention by standard means, including cement, in other types of shoe constructions. That this is true will bereadily apparent from inspectionof the followingr drawings in my said co-pending application: Fig. 10 (McKay); Fig. l1 (McKay welt); Fig. 12 (American welt); Fig. 17 (Littleway); Fig. 18 (Littleway welt); Fig.2-0 (pre-welt); Fig. 24 (single-sole stitchdown); Fig. 25 (two-sole stitchdown); Fig. 26 V(three sole stitchdown); and Fig. 30 (Littleway In each 'of these drawings in vmysaid co-pending application the welting constructions corresponding to the welting construction I6 herein disclosed have the same rfunction and functional location as those of said welting construction I6.

The above disclosures do not exhaust the possibilities of different types of Welted' outsoles which may be made in accordance with the present invention yto provide longitudinal flexibility greater than that provided by the welted outsoles disclosed inmy said co-pending application. Thewelting construction shown herein may be cut and/ormolded from a single piece of material vor made with more or fewer than the particular number of laminae shown, and both the welting construction and the outsole bodies herein shown may be modied as shown in my said co-pending application, or otherwise, so far as the attachment of the welting construction to the outsole bodies is concerned. It is not necessary that a given outsole body be associated with only one piece of welting construction, however made, since two or more pieces of any one such construction maybe used with a given outsole body, and the entire welting construction along a toe area portion may be a dutchman The tongue I3 may be omitted, or an outsole body maybe provided with a heel portion as well as a shankand forepart and the entire body welted all the way around. Likewise, permanent outsole attaching means'other than stitching, as illustrated, may beemployed for attaching the outsole units to a shoe, examples of such other means being nails, staples, screws, pegs, or the like, and cement. It is also not necessary that an outsole body be in one piece, since an equivalent outsole body may have `two or more pieces secured together by suitable cement or otherwise, The portion of the welting extending inwardly from the laminated strips as-shown may be held betweenseveral such pieces, their marginal spacing .being` equivalent to the lateral body groove, or a groove may be formed in one of such pieces or the component parts of a groove formed in more than one so as to provide av groove when the pieces are secured together. In `any of these alternative or multi-piece constructions it will be apparent that welting may be attached to one of the pieces, for example, before assembling or securingftogether all of the body pieces. Nothing herein explainedis to be interpreted `as`limiting the present invention in the scope of its application-to.l use" inl connection with the particular structures whch have vbeen vselected herein for purposes offexplanationy andv illustration. The particulars'of: construction hereinv set Aforth are Wellsuited to thephysical embodiments of the inventionsl'iown; buttheinvention is not limited to these particulars andiit isto be understood that they maybe variously modified Within the skilll of' the-artisan Without: departing from the true scope-of the actual invention, characterizing features ofv which are setforthin the following claims 4which intentionally use generic terms tha arein'clusive of'various modifications. I Whatv isvclaimed as new is: l1 'In' an outsole construction for boots and shoesfthe combination with an outsole body having -segmental'tread portions spaced apart'at least at' the opposite sides of theA body andat least one suriaceextending inwardly from the lateral marginfofl the body, ofwelting outstanding from the lateral lmargin portion of the body andsecured tosaid surface, said welting forming a lateral extension of said body and said extension being of'substantialwidth so as tobe adapted to engagingly'underlienortions of a shoe upper and receive means for' permanently attaching said extension to saidunderlain upper portions. 2; Inl an outsole construction for boots and shoes-,- thelcombir'iation'withr an outsole body having segmental tread portions spaced'apart at least atf the` opposite' sides ofl the body and at least one surface extending inwardly-from the lateral margin of thebody, ofl-welting outstanding from shoes, the combination with an outsole body'having segmental tread portions spaced apart at least atvthe opposite sides of the body and at least one surface extending inwardly4 from the lateral 'marginofthe body, of welting outstanding from the lateral-.margin portion-of the body, the vtop surface Iofthe welting' ands the top surface of the body beingA at' substantially the same level and a.4 portion of the welting being secured to saidisurfaceand to saidsegmental portions, said vvveltingincludingr its top surface forming a lateral extension of said body-and said extension including said'top surface being of substantial widthsovas to'be adaptedto underlie and atwise=engageportionsof a shoeupper and receive meansior permanently attaching said extension tov saidengaged upper portions.

6.2.An outsole construction for boots and n shoes-havingtin` combination, an outsole body provided Withy at least one transverse cut of apv preciable width formed in itstread. portion and theflateralmarginportion of the body,` a portion 'n of the welting being secured to said surface and to -said' segmental v portions, said welting lforming alateral extension offsaid body and rsaid extension being of substantial width so as to be adapted toengagingly underlie portions of a shoe upper and receive means for permanently attachingsaid extension to said underlain uppery portions.

' 3.- In anoutsole construction yfor boots and slices, the combination with an outsole Abody havingv segmental tread portions spaced apart atleast. at the opposite sides o f the body, of

' Welting outstandingvk from the lateral margin-portion of the body, the top surface of the Welting and the top surface of the body being at substantially the same level anda portion of said welting being secured to said segmental tread portions, said welting including its top surface forming aalateral extension of saidbody and said extension including said top surface being of substaningfforming a lateral extension of said bodyand said extensionv being of substantial width so as tobe adapted to engagingly underlie portions of ashoe-upper and receivemeans for permanently attaching said .extensionto said'underlain upper portions. f

15.' In: lan outsole construction for ,.fvboots. and

, lain under portions.

extending upwardly' toward its topvsurfae, said cut extending from one side of the body to the other, and welting outstanding from thelateral margin*y portion' of the body and spanning the cut, said Welting forming. alateral extension of saidbody and said extension being of substantial width so as to be adaptedltov engagingly underlie portions of ashoe'upperand :receive means for permanently Aattaching said extension to4 said underlain upper portions;

'7. Anoutsole construction for boots and shoes having, in` combination, an outsole body provided with. at' least one surface extending inwardly from its lateral margin and with .a plurality. ofr transverse cuts ofnappreciable width formed in its tread portion and'y extending up- Wardlyf at least: to said surface, at least'one of said cutsextendingfrom one side of the body to the otherfand welting outstanding from the lateral margin portion ofthe body, a portion of the weltingbeing securedto saidsurface and spaning the cuts, said welting forming a lateral extension of said. bodyr and said extension being of substantial width so asy to beadapted to. en'- gagingly underlieportions ofvv a shoeupper and receive means` for permanently attaching said extension to saidiunderlain ,upper portions.

`8; In an outsole. construction for boots and shoes, `the combination @with an outsolebody hav-v ingl atleast one'. surfacer extending',inwardlyr from its` lateral `marginy and' segmental portionsextending'above. said surface. and spaced apart. at leastat .the opposite'fsides of the body, ,of Welting outstanding from the lateral margin portion of the body, .a portion' of. thewelting being secured to said surface andr to said segmental portions, saidfwelting formingY alateral extension of said body and said extension being of substantial Width so as toy be adapted to engagingly underlie portions 'of a shoe upperand receive means forpermanently attaching said vextension to said under- 9.y Inv an outsole construction' for boots and shoes,` thecombination with an outsole body having atleast one surface extending inwardlyirom its-:lateral margin, a plurality of tread-surfaced segmental. portions'extending below said vsurface and spaced apart atv leastat the opposite-sides oii'the body, anda plurality of segmental portions extending above said surface; of Awelting outstandingffromthe 'lateral margin portion of thebody,

a portionzoi the Weiting being secured to said surface, said welting forming a lateral extension of-said body-and said extension being of substantialwidthso as to be' adaptedy to engagingly underliegportions of a shoe upper and receive means forpermanently attaching said extension to:said-underlain upper portions.

:.,.,l,0. In. an outsole construction for, boots and s hcest'he combination with an outsole body having at least one surface extendingninwardly from itsv lateralmargim a, plurality lof tread-surfaced segmental portions extending below said surface and spaced apart at least at the opposite sides of the body,y andaplurali'ty of segmental portions extending abovesaid surface, of welting outstanding from; the lateral margin portion of the body, aportion or` the vwelting being secured to said surface and to, said segmental portions, said weltingY forming ala'teralextension of said body and said extension being of substantial width so as to beV adaptedto engagingly underlie portions of, a shoe upper and receive means for permanently attaching said extension to said underlain upperportions. l

` 11. In an outsole constructionforboots `and l shoes,v the combination with an outsole body havinglatleast one surface extending inwardly from its lateral margin, of Vwelting outstanding from thehlateral` marginr portion of the body with a portion of theyvelting secured to said surface, the `body having segmental portions above and belowsaid surfaceand said segmental portions being appreciably spaced to permit the convergence of those above Vthesurface upon Ythe divergence of those below` the surface during longitudinal. lexingof the `outsole body, and a portion Aof theV welting being secured to saidl segmental portions. Y f

, ,12. In` anoutsole construction for boots and shoes, the .combination with an outsole body having alateral marginal groove, -of welting outstandingirom they lateral margin portion of the bodywith a portion of the welting secured in said groove,the body having segmental portions. above and.l below the groove and said. segmental por,- tionsbeing. appreciably spaced to permit the convergence of those abovey the` groove upon the divergence of those below the groove during longitudinalflexing :of ythe outsole-body, and the portion of the Weltingflocated inthe groove being securedtolsaid segmentalfportions. i--13.An .loutsoleconstruction for boots an shoes :having,'in combination, `an outsole body provided with a top surface, with at least one surface extending inwardly from its lateral margin and with-.afplurality of tread-surfaced, spaced segments connected together Aby the material of thebody-,extending thereabove, the body also being'providedwith a plurality-of segments extending downwardly from its .top surface and connectedtogetherby the material of the body extending therebelow, the .body also being providedswithwelting outstanding from its lateral margin .portion,'and `a portion of the welting being secured to said surface and to said segments. y l.' l `14.In an'outs'ole construction for boots and shoes, rthecombination `with an outsole body having Va, lateral marginal groove, a plurality of tread-surfaced 'segmental portions extending below said/groove, and a plurality of segmental portions extending abovesaid groove, said upper and.` lower Ysegmental portions being substantially co-areal, respectively, ofA welting outstanding from the lateral margin portion of the body,` a portion ofV the welting being securedfin said g100ve ,.1.1f r, '15."In an outsole construction for boots and shoes, the combination with an outsole body having va jlateral marginal groove, a plurality of tread-surfaced segmental portions extending below the groove, and a plurality of segmental portions extendingabove the groove, said upper and lower segmental portions being substantially co-areal, respectively, of welting outstanding from the lateral margin portion of the body, a portion of the welting being secured in said groove and to said segmental portions.`

16. An outsole construction for boots and slices having, in combination, an outsole body provided with a lateral marginal groove and with at least one transverse ,cut of appreciable width formed inl its tread` portion and extending upwardly to the groovalsaid body also having at least one transverseput of appreciable `width formed in its upper Aportion and extending downwardly to the groove in superimposition with respect to the tread portion cut, and welting outstandingl from the lateral margin portion of the body, a portion of the welting being secured in said groove and spanning at least the second named cut.

17. An outsole construction for boots and shoes having, in combination, an outsole body provided with a lateral marginal groove and with a plurality of transverse cuts of appreciable width formed in its tread vportion and extending upwardly to the groove, said body also having at least one transverse cut of appreciable width formed in its upper portion and extending downwardly to the groove in superimposition with respect to a tread portion cut, and welting outstanding from the lateral margin portion of the body, a portion of the welting being secured in said groove and spanning at least the second named cut.

V 18. An outsole construction for boots and shoes having, in combination, an outsole body provided with a lateral marginal groove and welting outstanding from the lateral margin portion of the body, the tread portion of the body having a plurality of upwardly extending transverse cuts of appreciable width and the upper portion of the body having at least one downwardly extending transverse cut ofappreciable Width, the upper transverse cut being located between two of the tread portion transverse cuts, anda portion of the welting being secured in the groove.

19. An outsole `construction for boots and shoes having, in combination, an outsole body provided with a lateral marginal groove, said body having a plurality of transverse cuts of appreciable width formed in its tread portion and extending upwardly at least to the groove, said body also having atleast one transverse cut of appreciable width formed in its upper portion between two of the cuts in the tread portion and extending downwardly at least to the groove, and welting outstanding from the lateralr margin portion of the body, a portion' of the welting being secured in the groove and spanningthe cuts.

20. An outsole construction forv boots and shoes having, in combination, an outsole body provided with a lateral marginal groove, said body'having a plurality of transverse cuts of appreciable width formed in its tread portion and extending *.upwardly at least to the groove, said body also having a plurality of transverse cuts of appreciable width formed in its upper portion and extending downwardly at least to the groove, the upper and lower cuts being arranged `'in staggered relation longitudinally of the body, and,

Welting outstanding from the lateral margin portion of the body, a portion of the Welting being secured in said groove and spanning the cuts.

- 2l. An outsole construction for boots and its segmental portions and said extension being of substantial width so as to be adapted to engagingly underlie portions 'of a shoe upper and yreceive means for permanently7 attaching said extension to said underlain upper portions. v

22. An outsole ,construction for boots and shoes having, in combination, an outsole body having a lateral marginal groove, and welting outstanding from the lateral margin portion of lthe body with a portion of the welting being secured in said groove, the body having treadsurfaced segmental portions extending -downwardly below said groove and spaced apartv at least at the opposite sides of the body, a portion of 'said welting being secured to said segmental nently attaching said extension to said underlain upper portions. 23. An outsole construction for boots and shoes having, in combination, an outsole body'having a lateral marginal groove and at least one transverse cut of appreciable width formed in its tread portion and extending upwardly toward its top surface, said cut extending from one side of the body to the other, and welting outstanding from the lateralmargin of the body andspanning the cut with a portion of said welting being secured in said groove, said welting forming a lateral extension of-said body and said extension being of portions of a shoe upper and receive means for permanently attaching said extension to said underlain upper portions.`

GILBERT SUPPLE.

substantial Width so as to be adapted to underlie" CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION.

Patent No. 2,581,957. August 11+, l9L|.5.

GILBERT SUPPLE.

It is hereby certified that error appears in the printed specification of the above numbered patent requiring eorrection as follows: Page 5, second column, line 65, claim 8, for the word "under" read -upper; and that the said Letters Patent should be read with this correction therein that the same may conform to the record of the case in the Patent Office. I

Signed and sealed this 6th day *of November, A. D. '19)45.

Leslie Frazer (Seal) First Assistant Commissioner of Patents.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification36/33, 36/13, 36/17.00R
International ClassificationA43B13/12, A43B13/02
Cooperative ClassificationA43B13/12
European ClassificationA43B13/12