US 2479006 A
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Aug. 16, 1949. P, E, GARTH 2,479,006
OVERSHOE 0F VINYLIC MATERIAL Filed Dec." 2, 1946 IN VE N TOR. 271/4274 5 Gar/l7 H0 6 T RNEY.
Patented. Aug. 16, 1949' .UNITED STATES PATENT 'OFFICE' I OVERSHOE 03312 21 110 MATERIAL This invention relates to wearing apparel designed to protect the shoes of a wearer thereof and taking the form of a rain shoe, or galosh and has for its primary object the provision of such article that is cheap to manufacture, relatively simple to construct and extremely handy to use or carry about when the same is not being used.
The most important object of this invention is v to provide a rain shoe formed to encase the shoe 7 of the wearer and extend upwardly therefrom to encircle a portion of the ankle which rain shoe comprises a substantially unitary hollow bo y when completely assembled and having a minimum of component parts.
Another important object of this invention is the provisionof a rain shoe having a normally flat flexible sole, from the peripheral edge whereof extends a unitary body forming the upper portion of said shoe, all to the end that maximum protection is afforded and points of weakness in the rain shoe are reduced to a minimum.
1 Claim. (01. 36-71) moved from operative association and foot of a wearer.
Since the form of my invention is essentially the same, irrespective of the type of shoe with which it is worn, i. e. men's or women's and is also adaptable for different sizes of ladys heels, the following description'necessarily applies to with the shoe I the form shown in either Fig. 1 or Fig. 2 and like A still further object of this invention is to provide in a rain shoe, having a flat sole and unitary upper portion made entirely from highly flexible transparent water impervious material, whereby the same may be folded or collapsed into an extremely compact condition for storage or to carry about in a small bundle when not bein used.
Another object of this invention isto provide 'arain shoe made from the above mentioned flexible material wherein such material preferably takes the form of a vinylie composition, a product readily obtainable on the open market, and in addition to having the aforesaid characteristics, is also extremely durable and capable of withstanding great wear and abuse and is adaptable to return to an original, predetermined shape or form after folding or crumpling into a small bundle while the same is not being worn.
Additional objects relating more particularly to details of construction; weights of the material used; and the manner in which a closure is mounted thereon, will be made clear during the course of the following specification, referring to the'accompanying drawings, wherein: v
Fig. 1 is a perspectiveview of a rain shoe made in accordance with my present invention, showing the same in operative relation over a ladies shoe and ankle. I
Fig. 2 is a perspective view thereof, showing the form of the rain shoe when used as a covering for a mans shoe;' and Fig. 3 is a vertical central sectional view of the rain shoe per se, showing the same entirely'rereference numerals refer to like parts throughout the drawing. The sole of the rain shoe about to be described is generally designated by the numeral l0 and is prec-ut to conform to the general outermost outline of the lowermost face of shoe l2. Extending upwardly from sole l0 and joined to the peripheral edge thereof is an upper generallydesignated by the numeral ll. This upper is contoured to conform to the shoe I2, whether the same takes the shape shown in Fig. 1 or 2 or other peculiar designs and constitutes a unitary hollow body for receiving both shoe l2 and the ankle iii of the wearer. A closure I8 is shown as taking the form of a conventional slide fastener and extends along the front of body ll inwardly from the toe thereof to the uppermost edge 20 of body IQ.
- The material from which sole l0 and the upper body portion I4 is made constitutesa flexible water impervious substance that is not only transof water. proof adhesive .to the end that closure I8 may be fixed to the abutting edges 24 of body I4. -It is readily seen, therefore, that when the rain shoe is completely assembled, as above described, shoel! as well as ankle it of the wearer thereof is completely protected against external moisture and other. elements such as extremely.
When forming the rain shoe, it is desired that sole I0 be formed from such material that is thick relative to the thickness of upper portion- II, as clearly illustrated in Fig. 3. Such construction assures longer wear and at the same time maintaining the flexible construction that is desired. When this rain shoe is not being used,
the same is easily collapsed or folded into a com- .pact condition where the same may be placed in an overcoat pocket or the like and thus be aclength heels.
to conform to the shape of the vamp, the toe and the counter of shoe l2 without the necessity of having a plurality of originally separate parts, as is common in forming a conventional shoe. It is also important that sole Ill remain substantially flat, as illustrated, to the end that the same may be worn with shoes having diiferent As is well known in the art, one of the most aggravating problems in ladies galoshes particularly is inability of the same to be used with varying sizes of heels. Maintaining this flat condition ,of sole l renders the same usable irrespective of which type shoe is being worn at the time the rain shoe is desired to be med.
The material from which this article is made is also easily cleaned, either inside or out and the transparency thereof presents a desirable and attractive appearance. While only one form of rain shoe has been shown and described, it is understood that modifications thereof may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention or scope of the appended claim;
Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is: I
A galosh of the kind set forth-comprising a normally fiat, elongated sole, conforming in peripheral contour to the outline of the outsole and heel of a shoe; a hollow, open-top upper joined to said sole and cooperable therewith in presenting a unitary shoe and ankle encasing body, said upper and said sole being formed from non-self-sustaining vinylic materials rendering the entire body collapsible and foldable into a '4 relatively small, compact package, said materials being thin, highly flexible and elastic and impervious to moisture, the material forming said sole being slightly thicker than the material forming said upper and being capable of with, standing wear,when placed in use, said upper being in tight covering relationship with said shoe and the ankle of the wearer when placed thereon; and a slide fastener extending along the front of .the upper from said open top thereof to a point adjacent the toe of the upper, said materials being adapted to interfuse upon heating, the upper being fused to said sole alongthe entire marginal edge of the innermost face of said sole.
PAULINE E. GARTH.
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