US 2438978 A
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April 6, 1948. H. E. ROSEN CHILDS BQOT Filed April 10, 1947 Ease Patented Apr. 6, 1948 UNITED STATES PATENT FOFFtlCE 5 1 12,438,978 1 GHIZLDtSB001 Henri E. Rosen,Brookline, Mass. A Application April 10, 1947,1"Seria'lNo. 74:0;66-1
This invention pertains to footwear and more especially to a childs boot. One object of the invention is to provide apractical boot .or shoe iforchildrens .wear suggestive, at least, to a child,-of'thelboots worn byroug'h riders or cowboys, having a high out top and a spur at its heel. Since it is manifestly undesirable to provide a childs boot with a metallic spur capable of causing injury, it is a further object of the invention to provide a childs iboot having a spur which, in appearance, simulates the metal spurs worn by horsemen but which is made of an organic material too soft to cause injury either to the wearer or to objects with which it may come in contact. A further object is to provide a childs boot having a spur which may be made and applied very cheaply, which forms a permanent part of the boot and which may, for example, be made from scrap material resultant from other boot-making operations. Other and further objects and advantages of the invention will be pointed out in the following more detailed description and by reference to the accompanying drawings wherein Fig. 1 is a side elevation of a childs boot embodying the present invention;
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the boot of Fig. 1; and
Fig. 3 is a fragmentary horizontal section substantially on the line 3-3 of Fig. 1, but to larger scale.
Referring to the drawings, the numeral I designates the vamp portion of the shoe upper. The shoe or boot has the top 2 of soft upper leather or other suitable material and is high cut and preferably terminates at its right and left sides in an upwardly convex edge 3. Preferably the boot top is made of two independent pieces of material which are seamed together at 4 (Fig. 2) with an internal stay piece, if desired, so that the top of the boot is closed at the front. The boot also comprises the outer sole 5, which may be united to the upper in accordance with usual procedures in shoe making, for example in Goodyear welt process, the McKay process, the stitch-down process or the like, the particular process employed being immaterial so far as the present invention is concerned. As illustrated, the top 2 extends downwardly at each side to form integral quarter portions 6, although these quarter portions may be made of separate pieces of material, if preferred. As illustrated the boot has a counter stiffener 1 stitched to the boot top. While the boot, as illustrated, has no lining, it may be lined if desired. The boot is provided with an external butted together along aline midwaybetween the Inaccordance "with the present invention, there is provided a strap, conveniently of the same material as the top of the boot and which may readily be made from scrap resultant from the cutting of the top. This strap may, for example, be approximately three-eighths of an inch in width. The mid-portion of this strap is interposed between the back stay 8 and the outer surface of the boot top and is permanently secured in place by the stitches of the seams 9 and II]. This mid-portion of the strap is bent to provide a bight ll having the rearwardly extending, substantially parallel spaced arms l2 and I3 which'are permanently united. in spaced relation, by a suitable connecting element, for instance the tubular rivet l4. Before uniting the arms I2 and iii, the spur rowel I5 is interposed between the arms, the rowel having a center aperture through which the rivet [4 passes.
' Preferably, although not necessarily, the rowel may be rotatable upon the rivet M, the latter constituting a pivot. This rowel I5 is preferably made of some organic material and has the radiating teeth l6 which are soft and pliable so that they can not cause injury. Conveniently this rowel may be made from a scrap of the material used in making the outer sole 5, for example leather or a leather substitute. This rowel may be, for example, of the order of one inch in diameter and three-sixteenths of an inch in thickness, although these dimensions are given merely by way of example and not by way of limitation. The strap comprising the arms l2 and I3 constitutes a bracket for supporting the spur so that the latter may turn in a substantially vertical plane, and is secured to the boot top at a point in the region of the counter and spaced upwardly from the sole. For instance the lower edge of the strap may be spaced from the top of the sole a distance of the order of onehalf inch. It is to be understood, of course, that dimensions such as those above given may vary.
in accordance with the size of the boot and in accordance with the materials which are employed for making the boot.
Since the spur and its supporting bracket may be made of scrap material and since the application of the spur requires no change in the shoe making operations other than that of merely introducing the strap between the top and the back stay during the application of the latter, the provision of the spur does not add materially to the cost of making the boot. On the other hand, it adds very materially to the desirability of the boot from the standpoint of the child user, and while afi'ording the appearance of an actual spur, can cause no injury to the wearer.
While one desirable embodiment of the invention has been shown by way of example, it is to be understood that the invention is broadly inclusive of any and all modifications falling within the scope of the appended claims.
1. A childs boot having an upper comprising a top and a back stay, a strap comprising a portion which is interposed between the top and 4 stock closed at the front, the boot having an outer sole, a spur rowel of organic material having soft, pliable teeth, a tubular pivot for the spur rowel, and a bracket of the same material as the boot top secured to the top at the region of the heel and which supports the tubular pivot.
3. A child's boot suggestive in appearance of a cowboy boot, having a leather outer sole and a high cut top of leather closed at its front and having an external back stay of leather, a spur comprising a rowel of sole leather, a bracket of upper leather anchored to the back stay in the region of the counter, and a pivot member carried by the bracket and constituting a support the back stay, t e top and back stay being united by a sewed seam whose stitches penetrate the material of the strap, the strap comprising substantially parallel spaced rearwardly directed arms united by a rivet, and a spur rowel mounted upon the rivet between the legs of the strap, said rowel being ofan organic material and having soft, pliable teeth; I
2. A child's boot simulating in appearance a cowboy boot having a high cut top of soft upper for the spur rowel.
' HENRI E. ROSEN.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record in the file of this patent:
.UNITED STATES PATENTS 193,342 Mills July 24, 1877