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Patented July 27, 1948 COWBOY BOOT UPPER Julius Z. Miller and Lloyd M. Easter-ling, Clarksville, Tenn.
Application September 22, 1947, Serial No. 775,420
2 Claims. (Cl. 36-2) 1 This invention relates to new and useful improvements and structural refinements in boots, more particularly, in children's boots, and the principal object of the invention is to provide what may be referred to as cowboy boot upper,
which may be eifectively and realistically em-- played in association with conventional boots or v shoes, so as to simulate the appearance of cowboys boots.
a cowboy .boot upper which is simple in con,
struction and which may be quickly and easily applied to or removed from the boot or shoe.
An additional object of the invention is to provide a cowboy boot upper which is pleasing and realistic in appearance, which will readily lend itself to economical manufacture and which will possess considerable appeal to children, from the viewpoint of its ornamental novelty.
With the above more important objects in view, and such other objects as may become apparent as this specification proceeds, the invention consists essentially of the arrangement and construction of parts as illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:
, Figure 1 is a perspective view of the invention, showing the same in situ onthe shoe.
Figure 2 is a cross-sectional view, taken su stantially in the plane of the line 2--2 in Figure 1, and
Figure 3 is a cross-sectional view, taken substantially in the plane of the line 33 in Figure 1;
Like characters of reference are employed to designate like parts in the specification and throughout the several views.
Referring now to the accompanying drawings in detail, the invention consists of a cowboy boot upper designated generally by the reference character ill, the same embodying in its construction what may be referred to as a legging ll having a flattened tubular calf portion l2 and an open, enlarged base portion 63.
The legging I i is made from any suitable material such as leather or the like, and may be formed integrally, or if desired, from individual portions or pieces sewn or otherwise secured together as at I4. Also, suitable reinforcing strips l5 may be provided on the legging II, as will be clearly apparent from the accompanying drawings.
The base portion I3 is adapted to fit over the upper of a conventional shoe i6, and the. calf portion l2, of course, extends upwardly from the base portion, terminating at its upper end in a pair of flexible wings l1. held in position on the shoe 16 by means of a strap l8, one end of which is rigidly secured as at Hi to one side of the base portion l3, while its remaining end is releasably engageable with a clasp 20 provided on the relatively opposite side of the base portion l3. As will be clearly'apparent from the accompanying Figure 1, the strap ll is adapted to pass under the shank 2| oi" the shoe l6, whereby the entire legging Ii is retained in position. Finally, it should be explained that for purposes of realistic appearance, the side portions of the legging are provided with a suit able design 22 which usually characterizes cowboy boots.
When the invention is placed in use, the legging l I is first applied to the leg by passing the foot downwardly through the calf portion I2 and through the base portion l3, whereupon a con ventional shoe or boot may be applied to the foot and the legging ll drawn downwardly so that the base portion i3 thereof engages the shoe upper, as has been already explained.- The strap I8 is then passed under the shank 2| of the shoe i6 and secured by the clasp'fit, and it will be understood that in this particular manner, the legging may be applied to the leg without the necessity of passing the shoe it through the narrow calf portion II. The legging is, of course, removed by simply reversing the procedure above outlined.
It is believed that the advantages and use of the invention will be clearly apparent from the foregoing disclosure and accordingly, further description thereof at this point is deemed unnecessary.
While in the foregoing there has been shown and described the preferred embodiment of this invention it is to be understood that minor changes in the details of construction, combination and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention claimed,
Having described the invention what is claimed as new is:
1. A gaiter simulating a cowboy boot upper comprising a pair of coextensive self-supporting andv shape-retaining side panels including lower por- .tions adapted to extend forwardly over the instep portion of a shoe, said side panels being joined together along the opposite side edges to form a unitary substantially tubular gaiter having an The entire legging is ankle-embracing portion and ashoe instep covering portion, the upper end of each side panel having an edge curving upwardly towards its midportion which is positioned at the sides of the leg of the wearer, the opposite ends of said edge terminating at the upper ends of said Joints and being located at the front and back or the wearer, said panels being adapted to extend substantially above the ankle and substantially below the knee or the wearer to approximately a midpoint therebetween, the ankle embracing portion being adapted to loosely fit the ankle and the upper part of the gaiter loosely 4 embracing the lower leg portion of the wearer, and fastening means for securing the gaiter to a shoe by holding the edges or the lower portions of the panels upon the upper surface of the shoe instep portion, whereby said gaiter may be applied to a variety of sizes of shoes and may accommodate different sizes of wearers legs.
2. An article of footwear simulating a cowboy boot upper comprising a gaiter having a pair oi! coextensive self-supporting and shape-retaining side panels, the upper portions of said panels being outwardly flared and provided with upwardly curving edges from opposite ends to their midpoints, the lower endsof said panels having instep portions adapted to extend -forwardly over the instep portion of a shoe, means for permanently joining the opposite side edges of said panels to form a unitary substantially tubular gaiter having ankle andiower leg embracing portions and shoe instep covering portion, said upper edges having reinforcing strips along their length, the side panels being so proportioned that the upper edges terminate substantially above the ankle and substantially below the knee oi the wearer, said ankle portion and said lower leg portion being adapted to loosely embrace the ankle and lower leg of the wearer to provide a non-clinging covering therefor, and a fastener for securing the gaiter to a shoe with the lower edges of the panel instep portions resting upon the upper surface of a shoe instep portion, whereby said gaiter may be applied to a variety of sizes oi shoes and may accommodate diflerent siz es of wearers legs.
JULIUS Z. MILLER.
LLOYD M. EASTERUNG.
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