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Publication numberUS2677903 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 11, 1954
Filing dateApr 9, 1953
Priority dateApr 9, 1953
Publication numberUS 2677903 A, US 2677903A, US-A-2677903, US2677903 A, US2677903A
InventorsHarold Gaquin John
Original AssigneeHarold Gaquin John
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Child's shoe with flanged quarters
US 2677903 A
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May 1l, 1954 J. H. GAQUIN CI-IILDSV SHOE WITH FLANGED QUARTERS Filed April 9, 1953 Fig. I

f INVENToR. j?? ZM 5 toward each other Patented May 1l, 1954 UN ITE-.DI STATES PATENT OFFICE 2,677,903 CHILDS SHOE WITH FLANGED QUARTERS John Harold Gaquin, Sko'whegan, Maine Application April 9, 1953, Serial No. 347,644

(Cl. 3G-8.5)

4 Claims. 1

ThisV invention comprises a new and improved shoe for children.

The invention relates more particularly to shoesV of the stitch-down type inwhich the outsole is provided with an upturned extension that is incorporated in the rear portion of the upper. It has been the practice heretofore to utilize this outsole extension asan integra-1 part of the enclosure of the upper, that is to say, the rear upstanding edges of the quarters have been spaced apart and stitched to the opposite edges of the extension so that the extension alone has constituted a more or less flat panel in the back of the upper. It is obvious that an upper so designed does not conform smoothly to the curved contour of the back of the wearer-s foot but presents an angular or box-like configuration that is often found uncomfortable, The object of the present invention is to obviate this difficulty, to

produce a shoe of the type described which will t better and be smoother inside and more cornfortable to the wearer, and which may be manufactured with economy and with certain structural improvements.

Going more into detail, the process of my invention is characterized by the steps of splitting the rear upright edges of the upper or of the quarters of the upper, thus forming overlapping flanges, turning the flanges in opposite directions with the inner flanges substantially meeting, and attaching the outer flanges by external stitching to the extension of the outsole. It will be apparent that by turning the inner flanges a smooth curve is formed at the rear of the upper and the flanges may1 if desired, be covered with an extension of a sole member which may project to the top of the upper or be cut off at any desired point above the heel seat. The inturned anges may be secured by adhesive or by through-and-through stitching, while the out-turned flanges are secured to the outsole extension by external lines of stitching similar to those ordinarily used in the production of stitch-down shoes.

These and other features of the invention will be best understood and appreciated from the following description of a preferred manner of carrying out the process illustrated in the accompanying drawings in which:

Fig. 1 is a view in perspective of the finished shoe,

Fig. 2 is a plan view of one of the quarters shown with its rear edge split,

Fig. 3 is a fragmentary view of the quarter in perspective on a larger scale,

Fig. 4 is a view in perspective showing the heel portion of the shoe with the outsole extension detached, and

Fig. 5 is a view in cross-section on an enlarged scale.

The shoe shown in Fig. 1 has an upper which includes a vamp I0 and tongue Il of usual ccnstruction, and quarters I2 and I3. The shoe is of thestitch-down type having an outsole Id which has an upstanding extension I5 incor porated in the rear portion of the shoe and extending to the top line.

In constructing the shoe of Fig. l in accordance with the present invention, the rear upright edges of the quarters I 2v and I3 are split longitudinally to provide overlapping flanges. Figs. 2 and 3 show the quarter I?. as having been split to. form an inner flange I6 and an outer ila-nge Il, while the other quarter i3 is similarly split to provide an inner flange I9 and an outer flange 20. The splitting operation may be readily performed with the assistance of a belt knife splitter in which the feed rolls are arranged to separate at the conclusion of the splitting operation, but. it will be understood that the manner of splitting the quarters is of secondary impor-y tance so long as flanges are provided.

After the splitting operation the inside flange I6 is transversely cut at its lower ends to provide a tab I 8, and the outer flange may be modied in outline by rounding its lower edge as shown in Fig. 2. The tab I8 is cemented to the outer ange I1 forming a solid unit therewith.

Prior to the assembling operation the entire margin of the upper, including the outer flanges I1 and 20, is turned outwardly by running the material through a folding machine, such as the commercially available Folding Machine Model J, which breaks and creases it into the desired formation in one continuous operation.

The upper is then assembled with the sole by adhesively attaching the out-turned margin to the upper marginal face of the sole, or of the sock lining if the sole is completely covered thereby. In this operation the inner anges I6 and I9 of the two quarters are turned toward each other and preferably brought into substantial contact or closely contiguous relation as shown. in Figs. 4 and 5, and it will be noted that these flanges merge smoothly into the curved interior contour of the quarters. The outer ilanges I1 and 20 have already been turned outwardly and now both sets of anges may be secured in place against the inner face of the outsole extension I5 by cement.

The margin of the upper may be permanently secured by cement or it may be preliminarly secured by cement and then additionally secured. to the outsole by a line of external stitching 22 which is carried upwardly on both sides of the quarters as seen in Fig. 5, securing them permanently to the outsole extension I5. It will be apparent that this line of stitching may be conveniently formed. by the well-known O. R. L. machine (Outsole Rapid Lockstitch machine) or by a straight needle machine of the well-known Puritan type.

As herein shown a member or sock lining 2I is provided of the same general contour as the outsole and lies between the outsole I4 and the upper. The sock lining or sole member 2I has an upward extension which is herein shown as carried to the top line of the upper but which. if desired, may be terminated at any desired height. The upward extension of the sole member 2| commences beneath the bottom edges of the inturned flanges I6 and I9 and extends inwardly of said bottom edges within the upper to cover the inner surfaces oi flanges I6 and I9 and thereby provide a comfortable foot engaging surface. The sock lining may extend fully to the edge of the outsole, in which case its surface will be roughened and coated with cement for attachment to the upper; or the sock lining may be out smaller so as to leave the margin of the sole exposed to receive the cement. It will be noted also that by cementing the tab IB to the outer flange I'I, the unit formed by the tab is turned outwardly and constitutes a part of the outer flange of the quarter.

The rear edge of the quarters may be symmetrically split to form flanges of equal thickness, or it may be split to form a thick and thin flange that is subsequently reinforced. If desired a heel lift of any selected thickness may be inserted between the sock lining and the outsole, or a heel may be attached to the outer face of the heel seat.

While the invention has been described as carried out in the production of a childs shoe, it will be apparent that it is not limited thereto but that many of its features may be usefully employed in the manufacture of shoes of other types.

Having thus disclosed my invention and described in detail a preferred embodiment thereof, I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent:

l. A shoe having an upper terminating in rear upright edges, each of said edges being split to form an inner flange and an outer flange with the inner flanges being turned inwardly into butting relation to provide a smooth continuous curvature with the adjacent upper portions, and the outer flanges being turned outwardly, and a sole having an upturned tongue at its rear end stitched to said out-turned anges and forming with said inner anges the rear portion of the upper of the shoe.

2. A shoe having an upper including quarters with their rear edges split and turned to form inturned and out-turned flanges of which the inturned flanges approach each other and provide smooth continuous inside curvatures with the adjacent quarter portions, and an outsole having an upturned extension to which the outturned anges are secured.

3. A shoe as described in claim 2 in which the lower end of each inturned ilange is transversely cut from the rear edge thereof, united to the respective out-turned flange to form a solid tab and secured to the sole extension.

4. A shoe as described in claim 2 with a sole member between the outsole and the upper, said sole member having an upturned extension commencing beneath the bottom edges of the inturned flanges of the quarters and extending inn wardly of the upper beneath said bottom edges and upwardly within the upper to cover the inner surfaces of said inturned flanges and thereby provide a comfortable foot engaging surface.

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U.S. Classification36/105, 36/25.00R, 36/90, 36/16, 36/45
International ClassificationA43B3/30, A43B3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA43B3/30
European ClassificationA43B3/30