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Publication numberUS2739394 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 27, 1956
Filing dateApr 26, 1954
Priority dateApr 26, 1954
Publication numberUS 2739394 A, US 2739394A, US-A-2739394, US2739394 A, US2739394A
InventorsMorgan Bruce E
Original AssigneeMorgan Bruce E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Attachment for dancing shoe
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March 27, 1956 B. E. MORGAN ATTACHMENT FOR DANCING SHOE Filed April 26, 1954 rgazz FC ZLM ATTORNEY INVENTOR grace lfo )fim United States Patent Q ATTACHMENT FOR DANCING SHOE Bruce E. Morgan, New York, N. Y. Application April 26, 1954, Serial No. 425,356

1 Claim. (Cl. 36-83) My invention is a device to be affixed to a shoe to be worn for dancing, especially clog dancing or tap dancing.

An important object of this improvement is to provide an accessory that can easily be secured to the front end of the sole of a shoe and that carries a movable tappet that will strike the attachment and the floor, emitting sounds as the dancer or performer swings his limbs. The device is simple in construction made of few parts and inexpensive to produce in its finished state.

The nature and advantages of the invention are clearly described hereinafter and the novel features are pointed out in the claim. On the drawings a preferred form of the device, but variations in details can be made without deviating from the general design in which the invention resides.

On said drawings:

Figure l is a side view of a low shoe with my device secured thereto.

Figure 2 is a bottom of said shoe with the attachment.

Figure 3 is a top plan of the device; and

Figures 4 and 5 are sections along the lines 4-4 and 5-5 respectively on Figure 3.


The shoe is indicated by the numeral 1 and the accessory as a whole by the numeral 2. It is aflixed to the sole at the toe of the shoe by pegs or nails 3, or other fastening means. In outline the device conforms somewhat to the configuration of the sole, and the upper or inner face 4 is concave or dished and has a raised rim 5 along all except the rearmost edge. At the center the attachment has an aperture 6 in which is mounted a pivoted tappet 7 by means of trunnions 8 projecting from the sides near the rear end, and engaged by staples or bearings 9, which are nearly flush at their outer ends with the surface of the concave portion.

At its front end the tappet is rounded and seats against a shoulder 10 extending across the front end of the aperture 6. When the tappet engages the shoulder it is flush with the lower or outer face of the attachment 1, but is free to swing away from the shoulder in all motions of the dance. The tappet emits clattering sounds as the dancer moves his feet.

Having described my invention what I claim as new is:

An attachment for a dancers shoe having a body conforming to the front portion of the sole of the shoe and of substantially the same width as said portion, said body having a raised rim for engaging the periphery of sole and being concave within said rim; the body having an opening within said rim, a tappet in said opening, staples one at each side of said opening adjacent the rear end thereof, the tops of said staples being nearly flush with the surface of said concave portion, and trunnions on the tappet at the rear end engaged in said staples, the body having a shoulder at the opposite end forming an outwardly facing seat ,for the opposite end of said tappet.

References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Re. 20,472 Landi Aug. 17, 1937

Patent Citations
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USRE20472 *Nov 14, 1933Aug 17, 1937 Tap-dancing shoe
Referenced by
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US3007260 *Aug 8, 1960Nov 7, 1961Stone Lowell GDance taps
US4463506 *Dec 20, 1982Aug 7, 1984Isackson Dale FTaps for dancing
US4468871 *Oct 15, 1982Sep 4, 1984Stanley WinnTap dancing shoe taps
US5878440 *May 28, 1998Mar 9, 1999Smaidris; Cheryl A.Tap dance socks
US6729045 *Oct 2, 2002May 4, 2004Dale F. IsacksonTap device for clogging shoes
US20040064971 *Oct 2, 2002Apr 8, 2004Isackson Dale F.Tap device for clogging shoes
U.S. Classification36/8.3, 36/113
International ClassificationA43B5/00, A43B5/12
Cooperative ClassificationA43B5/12
European ClassificationA43B5/12