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Publication numberUS2713731 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 26, 1955
Filing dateSep 26, 1952
Priority dateSep 26, 1952
Publication numberUS 2713731 A, US 2713731A, US-A-2713731, US2713731 A, US2713731A
InventorsCangemi Salvatore J
Original AssigneeCangemi Salvatore J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2713731 A
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July 26, 1955 5. J. CANGEMI HEEL Filed Sept. 26, 1952 M 2m mm C 4; ATTORNEY United States Patent HEEL Salvatore J. Cangemi, Brooklyn, N. Y. Application September 26, 1952, Serial No. 311,710

3 Claims. or. 36-34) The present invention relates to ladies shoes and more particularly to improvements in the heels of such shoes and in the connections between the heels and the shoes.

An important object of the invention is to provide heels of novel and advantageous construction and appearance.

Another important object of the invention is to provide novel and advantageous openwork heels.

In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the high heel of a ladies shoe is formed of an upper part comprising a stiff foot-supporting member of suitable material such as fiber, and rods connecting the same to a bottom plate. At the lower face of each bottom plate there is secured a lift of suitable material such as leather, rubber, fiber or composition. Said plate is preferably of metal such as steel and is provided around its border with a series of holes into which the lower ends of said rods fit. Said rods are preferably of metal such as steel and may be secured in the base plate by spot welding. Preferably said holes extend only part way through said plate. Said foot-supporting member is preferably covered at its bottom with suitable material and then rod-receiving holes are bored through the border of said member and said covering material.

Said holes in the foot-supporting member or part of a shoe bottom, are arranged in the general outline of the top of an ordinary heel, and said holes in said plate are arranged in the general outline of the lower end of a heel. The parts of the rods between the shoe bottom and the bottom plate are also shaped to follow the general outline of a heel. The upper ends of said rods or wires may be held against movement through the holes of said foot-supporting member by suitable means such as nuts threaded on said rods before their insertion through said member and other nuts threaded thereon after such insertion.

In the embodiment just referred to, the supporting member may be the rear end of a shank piece comprising the rear end of an outsole or of a shank piece taking the place of the rear end of the outsole, and is engaged at its upper face by the upper set of nuts. In some instances the rods may pass upwardly through the insole and the upper face of said insole be engaged by said nuts, and the insole will constitute part of the foot support.

Obviously a round rod is particularly satisfactory, in that holes to receive it would be so easy to bore and resistance of the rod to bending would be equally strong in all directions. Of course rods of cross-section in the form of a regulator polygon could easily be secured in a round hole.

While metals appear to be the most available materials for the rods, it would obviously be feasible to employ strong plastic material or wood.

Other objects, features and advantages will appear upon consideration of the following detailed construction and of the drawings in which:

Fig. 1 is a side elevation of a shoe of which the heel embodies a preferred form of the invention;

2,713,731 Patented July 26, 1955 "Ice Fig. 2 is a section on a larger scale illustrating a rod attached to a heel seat;

Fig. 3 is a vertical section on a larger scale taken through the middle of the heel base;

Fig. 4 is a section taken along a line 4--4 on Fig. 3; and

Fig. 5 is a sectional view similar to Fig. 2 but showing the upper end of a rod extending through the insole as well as the shank piece and secured thereto by means including a nut engaging the upper face of the insole.

Referring to the drawings and first to Fig. 1 there is illustrated a shoe comprising an upper constituted by a vamp 11, a shank 12 and a heel 13 embodying the present invention. Said shank comprises a usual steel shank (not shown) beneath shank piece 14 (Fig. 2) of suitable material such as stiff fiber which is covered at its bottom and around its side edges by the outside leather 15 or other covering material. Above said shank piece 14 is an insole 16 (Fig. 2) and above said insole 16 is a sock lining 17. The edge of said insole is also covered by leather.

In the shoe illustrated in Fig. 1, outsole 18 ends just to the rear of the position to be occupied by the ball of the foot and the shank piece 14 is substantially a continuation of the outsole 18. In most shoes of this general character the outsole is continued along the shank to the heel and the continuation takes the place of the present shank piece 14. The rear end of shank piece 14 may be considered to constitute a heel support 19 in itself but the rear end of the insole 16 may also be considered as part of said heel support.

The heel 13 comprises a plurality of rods 20 connected at their upper ends to the heel support 19 and at their lower ends to a plate 21 of suitable material. Attached to plate 21 at its lower face is a heel lift 22 of suitable material such as leather, rubber or composition. Although the rods 20 may be made of any suitable material, they are disclosed herein as made of metal such as iron or steel, and round in cross section. The plate 21 may also be of metal and provided with seven holes 23 (Fig. 4) to receive the lower ends of said rods. Said holes 23 preferably do not extend through plate 21 and the lower ends of said rods are secured in said holes as by spot welding.

The upper ends of rods 20 are shown as screw-threaded and said upper ends are provided with nuts 24 to engage the lower face of the shank piece 14 and with nuts 24 to engage the top of the heel seat 19. As shown in Fig. 2, the upper nuts engage the upper face of shank piece 14. It is practicable to cover the lower side of shank piece 14, with covering material such as leather, bore holes 25 (Fig. 2) therethrough, insert the upper ends of rods 20 and screw on the upper nuts. The insole 16 and sock lining 17 are then fastened down over the upper ends of rods 20 and upper nuts 24. Obviously the lower nuts act only as shoulders to engage members at parts around. Such shoulders might be provided in other ways. One way would be to form each such shoulder integral with the rods. Also the outer nuts 24 on the rods could be omitted and the rods fastened in other ways.

The heel lift 22 is secured to bottom plate 21 by means including a screw 26 and pin 27 (Figs. 3 and 4).

In Fig. 5 heel seat 19: also includes insole 16 and the upper nuts 24 engage the upper face of said insole 16. The sock lining 17 covers the upper nuts 24.

It should be understood that various changes can be made and that certain features can be used without others, without departing from the true scope and spirit of the invention.

What is claimed is:

1. A heel for ladies shoes comprising a fiat base memher and supporting means consisting of rods secured at their lower ends to said base and having adjustable fastening devices at their upper ends.

2. A heel for ladies shoes comprising a flat base with holes. at its marginextending part way through said base, and supporting 'rneans consisting of rods having lower ends fitting into and secured in said holes and upper ends provided with fastening devices.

3. A heel for ladies shoes comprising a metal base with holes arranged along the margin of its upper face and extending part way through said base, and supporting means consisting of metal rods with their lower ends secured in said holes and with their upper ends screwthreaded, and two nuts on the upper end of each rod to serve as upper and lower abutments.

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US4085525 *Jul 14, 1976Apr 25, 1978Horace Allan WilkinsonShoe support
US4411076 *Jan 29, 1981Oct 25, 1983Wilkinson Horace AShoe construction
US20120117830 *May 17, 2012Chun-Leon ChenStructure of a high-heeled shoe
US20150052783 *Aug 14, 2014Feb 26, 2015Lozell StilesSpiraled heel for a shoe
U.S. Classification36/34.00R, D02/929
International ClassificationA43B21/00, A43B21/24
Cooperative ClassificationA43B21/24
European ClassificationA43B21/24