US 2477151 A
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July 26, 1949.
H- J. STAPLETON SHOE-LACE Filed June 3, 1944 INVENTOR. #ff/55W v/ 5222/04 fr0/v #fram/H5,
y This invention relates laces'.
Patented July 26, 1949 Herbert J. Stapleton, Kalamazoo, Michi assigner' of one-half te Viola D. Stapleton,- Kalamazoo,
Application June 3, 1942i, Seri'aIN. 538,598'
The main objects of this invention are: First, to provide a shoe lace which may be easily tied and at the same time does not become nntied if the knot is formed with reasonable care. Y
Second, to provide a shoe lace which does not slip whentied and which may be tied in the usual manner.
" Third, to provide a shoe lace embodyingthese val'ivantages which is attractive and distinctive in appearance and capable of withstanding reiatlvely heavy stresses;
- Objects pertaining to details and economies of the invention will definitely appear from the description to follow. The invention is dened in the claims.
It is a matter of common experience that shoe laces of standard types are likely to become untied, even when great care is exercised in tying the same. This is particularhr true with laces of childrens shoes; much time is spent in retying and falls frequently result from a shoe lace be coming untied. Shoe laces embodying this Yinvention are unlikely to become untied if fairly reasonable care is taken in tying the same en'. if the knot is drawn up reasonably tight. I am aware that attempts have been made to provide laces intended to remain tied, but so far as I am aware the results aimed at have not been effectively attained and the laces are unattractive in appearance.
In the accompanying drawing the figure is a fragmentary view of a shoe lace embodying my invention, partially in side elevation, partially in edge elevation and partially in longitudinal section, certain portions being shown conventionally.
The embodiment of my invention illustrated in the accompanying drawing comprises a braided flat tape-like body member I of substantial Width and of relatively soft and yielding textile material. This may be of the Well-known braided tubular form. The lace tips 2 which are preferably duplicates, are formed of metal retainingly clamped upon the ends of the body portion. With this body portion I associate a strand 3, preferably braided textile of round section and relatively unyielding, that is, unyieldlng as compared to the body portion. This strand 3 is to improvements in shoe 5 Claims. (Ch 24e-143) roved or Woven back and forth through the body l portion at spaced intervals 4, providing alternately disposed reaches 5 on the sides of the body portion constituting raised ribs. This strand is Areaches d being of substantial length, thereby providing a longitudinai series of' raised ribs and spacesl E between the The ends or the strand are elampingly retained or secured by mains of the lace tips 2i, the ends being secured with the reaches of the strand drawn tight against-'the sidesof the body portion. The length 'of the reaches may be very considerably varied 'but preferably they are of substantial length or substantially spaced sd that the body portion of thev race may be drawn into the spaces between the raised rib portions when tlieknot is` formed, thereby effectively preventing slipping.
The strand is preferably formed so' that, in- Herent, it is less yieldal'ole-v than the body portion of thel'aee, that is, it is more firmlyor tightly braided than the body portionof the lace, and I Oalso preferably impregnato the strand with some materiali which tends to stirfen the same'v or render it less yielding.. material isx preferably of a character which substantially increases the irrational quality' orA resistance oi' the strand. Certain latex and resin preparations or compositions rnay be used forl this purpose with satisfactory-remis.' s
While the strand (t is preferably of textile material and' of round section. it may be' of other sectionand may be formed of materials other 'than textiles; for example, leather or :certain plastics. Laces embodying myinvention are not only eecti-Ve inl preventing the rmtyi'ne or slipping of the knot but they also minimize slipping ln the lacing eyes and thus reduce strain on the knot and the tendency to loosen the knot. In addition to these advantages, the laces are attractive and distinctive in appearance. I have not attempted to illustrate or describe various embodiments or adaptations which I contemplate, as it is believed this disclosure will enable those skilled in the art to adapt or practice my invention as may be desired for the particular type or quality 0I lace.
Having thus described my invention What I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Paten is:
1. A shoe lace comprising a. braided flat relatively wide and relatively yieldable body member, a braided round relatively unyieldable strand woven back and forth centrally through said body member, the reaches of said strand being of substantial length and providing longitudinally spaced raised alternately disposed ribs on the sides of the body member, and tips clampingly engaging the ends of said body member and said preferably located centrally as illustrated, the strand with the reaches of the strand pulled tying knot of the lace and to conform to the eyelets of a shoe, said ribs constituting bendable anti-slipping means within the tying knot.
2. A shoe lace comprising-a fiat. relatively Wide body portion, a relatively narrow strand Woven back and forth centrally through saidbody por-` tion, the reaches of said strand constituting raised portions disposed in spaced alternating relation on the sides of the body portion, and tips retainingly engaging the ends of said body portion and saidstrand with the reaches of the strand pulled against the sides of the body portion, said strand as a continuous integral-like, member being woven back and forth through said bodyportion from its retaining engagementl with one tip to its retaining engagement with the other tip, said strand being of flexible textile-like material .to facilitate tyingthe lace into a knot and passage body portion, and a relatively narrow strand associated with said body portion to provide longitudinally spaced raised portions on at least one side thereof extending along the length of the body portion throughout the knot tying end portions thereof, the ends of said strand being retainingly secured to said body portion, said strand 'being .of relatively flexible'material. throughout the length thereof to facilitate tying the lace into a knot and passage of the lace through shoe eyelets, said raised portions being bendable to conform to the bends in the tying knot of the lace andV toconform to the eyelets of a shoe, said of the same through a shoe eyelet, said raised 3. A shoe lace comprising a relatively wide -v body portion, a strand roved back and forth through said body portion providing alternating raised portions on the sides of the body portion extending along the length of the body portion throughout the knot tying end portions thereof, and tips retainingly engaging the ends of said body portion and also said strand, said strand being of relatively exible material throughout the length thereof to facilitate tying the lace into a knot and passage of the la'ce through shoe eyelets, said raised portions being bendable to` conform to the bends in the tying knot of the lace and to conform to the eyelets of a shoe, said raised portions constituting bendableanti-slipping means within the tying knot. v
4. A shoe lace comprising a relatively wide alsraised portions constituting bendable anti-slipping means within the tying knot.
5. A shoe lace comprising a tape-like body portion, and a relatively narrow strand associated with said body portion to provide longitudinally spaced raised portions on at least one side thereof extending along the length of the body portion throughout the knot tying end portions thereof, said strand being impregnated to render the same substantially unyielding as compared to said body portion and to substantially add to the frictional resistance thereof, the ends of vsaid strand being retainingly secured to said body portion, said strand being of relatively flexible material throughout the length thereof to facilitate tying the lace into a knot and passage of the lace through shoe eyelets, said raised portions being bendable to con-form to the bends in the tying knot of the lace and to conform to the eyelets of a shoe, said raised portions constituting bendable anti-slipping means within the tying knot.
. HERBERT J. STAPLETON.
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