US 2415459 A
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Feb. 11 1947. BUSELMEER 2,415,459
ARCH SUPPORT.FOR WOODEN CLOGS Filed Aug. 29, 1944 v INVENTOR. NORMA/v7. BUSELMEI ER fan/l rs. (104w.
ATTORNEY I Patented Feb. 11, 1947 '1 UNITED 3 Claims.
The invention relates to a wooden clog and particularly to the arch support thereof whereby the clog is retained on the foot in proper alignment during use. In wearing wooden clogs considerable difficulty has been encountered in retaining the wooden sole or clog in proper alignment. with the foot while walking because of the fact that the retainerbands or straps usually provided were not arranged in a manner to distribute the tension or pull fro-m the foot to the clog in a manner to retain the clog in proper alignment.
It is therefore one of the objects of the present invention to provide an arch support for wooden clogs wherein the clog is held in alignment with the foot by a single retainer band or strap.
Another object of the invention is to provide a retainer band or strap for wooden clogs which arches over'the instep of the foot in accordance with the configuration of the foot and in a position on the foot so as to retain the clog against sliding either forwardly, rearwardly or twisting relative to the foot.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a relatively wide band or strap as an arch support for wooden clogs so as to enclose the joint on the great toe on the inner forward edge and to pass over the foot just behind the joint on the little too.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a band or strap as an arch support for wooden clogs which is of a width to extend from just forward of the joint on the great toe rearwardly to approximately the middle of the instep on the inside of the foot and from just rearof the joint .on the little toe to the fore portion of the heel on the outside so as to retain the clog in alignment with the foot.
Other and further objects of the invention will be readily apparent when the following description is considered in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein:
Fig. 1 is a side elevation of a clog to which the arch support has been applied.
Fig. 2 is a top plan view looking down on the clog with the arch support in position over the foot of the wearer.
In Fig. 1 the clog is shown as being made up of a body 2 which is preferably of wood or other suitable material, including substances commonly known as synthetics and substitutes. This body has been formed from a block by contouring the lower surface 3 thereof so as to provide a heel 4 and a tread 5, while in plan view, as
seen in Fig. 2 the general shape 6 thereof follows the lines of a shoe or the outline of the foot.
Wooden blocks can be machined in any de sired manner to obtain this body, but the upper and lower contours are preferably formed in the manner and with a machine of the type shown and described in my copending application, Se-
rial No. 551,701, filed August 29, 1944, for a Wood cutting machine.
An arch support or retainer band i0 is shown in the drawing as being a band of substantial width so as to enclose, say approximately, onethird of the length of the foot. The particular placement and arrangement of the band to enclose the instep of the foot and arch thereover is of particular importance and it will be noted that the band is made up of a suitable webbing or like material which is flexible, but having sufiicient strength to retain its shape and hold the clog in place. A wide band of this sort lends stability to the construction because it encloses a sufficient length of the foot to keep the body of the clog from twisting sideways either at the forward or the rearward end.
In order to have this arch or band conform to the foot and hold the clog against sliding eitherrearwardly or forwardly, the inner front edge H is shown as being suitably affixed to the side [2 of the clog by means of brads or staple-s l3. This.
forward edge has been so positioned relative to the clog and relative to the foot 54 that the forward inner edge H encloses the part of the foot,
which constitutes the joint I5 of the great toe l5. In this manner the edge II clings over the inwardly inclined portion I! of the joint of the toe to retain the clog in alignment with the foot. The forward edge I8 then extends over the instep of the foot and the outer end i9 thereof is affixed to the outer edge 20 of the clog just rearwardly of the joint 2! of the little toe 22 so as to allow flexing of the toes at this point while retaining the arch or band in proper position.
The band is of suiiicient width to extend to the point 25 on the inside of the foot which is closely adjacent or near to the middle portion 26 of the instep 2'! while the rear outer edge 30 extends to a point 3| which is the fore part of the heel 32. It will be noted that the rear edge 33 of the band is of much greater length as seen in Fig. 1 than is the forward edge it so as to pass over the instep 35 of the foot.
In actual use the foot is slipped under the band It so that the band firmly grips the instep of the foot and it has been found that the clogs can be worn very comfortably Without requiring adjusttread contoured thereon, a foot receiving surface,
and a, retainer band connected to the sides of said body, said band having a substantial width approximating one-third of the length of the body and extending angularly across the body, a forward edge on said band attached to the body so that the inner end of said edge is just ahead of the joint of the great toe so as to cover the joint, the outer end of said band being aflixed to the outer edge of said body just behind the joint on the little toe so as to free such joint, and a rear edge on said band of greater length than said forward edge and enclosing the arch of the foot so that the width of the band in engagement with the foot retains the clog in alignment with the foot in use.
25 2. A wooden clog including a body which is the shape of the foot, a retainer arch strap afl'ixed to the body and arching thereover, said band being of a width to extend from just behind the little toe joint to the fore part of the heel on the outside, and from in front of the joint of the great toe to substantially the middle of the instep on the inside.
3. A wooden clog including a body which is the shape of the foot, a retainer arch strap aflixed to the body and arching thereover, said band being of a width to extend from just behind the little toe joint to the fore part of the heel on the outside, from in front of the joint of the great toe to substantially the middle of the instep on the inside, and means afllxing the ends of said strap to the sides of the body.
NORMAN T. BUSELMEIER.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Number Name Date 134,417 Pfeifier Nov. 24, 1942 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 471,126 British Aug. 17, 1937 455,889 French June 4, 1913 352,758 Italian Sept. 21, 1937