US 3082556 A
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March 26, 1963 s sCHWARTZ ETAL 3,082,556
BABY SHOE IDENTIFICATION MEANS Filed Aug. 16, 1962 2 SheetsSheet 1 INVENTOB SAUL SCHWARTZ BY BERNARD SCHWARTZ March 26, 1963 s. SCHWARTZ ETAL 3,
BABY SHOE IDENTIFICATION MEANS Filed Aug. 16, 1962 2 Sheets-Sheec 2 A T7'OF? NE Y States nite This invention relates to baby shoes and more particularly to a new and useful improvement in baby shoe identification means.
A principal object of the invention is to provide a babys shoe with identification means inscribed on the sole thereof.
Another object is to provide an identification means which is clear in outline, attractive in appearance, permanent in character, and which increases the useful life and wear of the shoe.
A still further object is to provide a baby shoe with identification indicia inscribed thereon and protected by a transparent shoe insert which is flexible, durable, and increases the useful life of the shoe.
For further comprehension of the invention, and of the objects and advantages thereof, reference will be had to the following description and accompanying drawings, and to the appended claims in which the various novel features of the invention are more particularly set forth.
In the accompanying drawings forming a material part of this disclosure:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a baby shoe embodying one form of the invention.
FIG. 2 is a vertical sectional view on an enlarged scale taken on the plane of line 22 of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is a bottom plan view of a baby shoe embodying anotber form of the invention.
FIG. 4 is a vertical sectional view taken on the plane of line 44 of FIG. 3.
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a plate insert employed in the embodiment of FIGS. 3 and 4.
FIG. 6 is a bottom plan view et part of the plate insert of FIG. 5.
FIG. 7 is a perspective view of a die in an inverted position which may be used in inscribing identification indicia according to the invention.
FIGS. 8 and 9 are sectional views on an enlarged scale, similar to FIG. 4, illustrating other embodiments of the invention.
FIG. 10 is a perspective view of an insert plate employed in the embodiment of FIG. 9.
Referring to the drawings, there is shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, a baby shoe 10 having an upper 11 secured to an outer sole 12. The upper 11 and sole 12 have inturned peripheral edges 14, 16 secured together by stitching 18. An inner sole 26 may be secured by a suitable cernent layer 21 to the inner side of sole 20. On its outer side, the sole has a rectangular recess 22. In the upper face 24 of the recess are impressed or inscribed grooves 26 which spell out the name of the baby who Wears the shoe. The grooves are filled with shiny gold or other metallic colored paint 28, so that the identification indicia are clearly defined on the bottom of the shoe.
When the baby wears the shoe, the identification indicia are recessed within the outer surface of the sole and thus held out of contact With the ground, floor or other surface upon which the bottom of the sole 12 rests when the baby walks.
In FIG. 7 is shown a die 30 which may be used to impress the groove 26 into the sole 12. The die has a hardened rectangular steel face plate 32 formed with script type 34 which is a mirror image of the groove 26. The face 32 is secured to a cast iron base 38 from which extends a shaft 40. The shaft can be engaged in a suit- 3,82,55fi Patented Man. 26, 1953 able press and the shoe can be held inverted in a suitable jig (not shown) While the die is forced down on the outer surface of the sole. The face plate will impress the recess 22 While the type 32 will impress the grooves 26.
In FIGS. 3 and 4 is shown baby shoe 10 This shoe has an outer sole 12 secured to upper 11 by stitching 18 A rectangular recess 22 is formed in the outer side of the sole. Grooves 26 are formed in the recessed side 24 of the sole. These grooves are filled with shiny metallic paint 28 to complete the identification indicia. The recess and groove may be formed by a die or dies similar to die 30.
The entire peripheral edge 23 of the recess 22 is undercut all around the recess. The edge may be undercut by a suitable routing tool after the recess is formed. After the edge 23 is undercut, a rectangular plate 42 having a peripheral beveled edge 44 can be forced into the recess. Since the sole is formed of flexible and somewhat elastic leather the recessed edge 23 yields to permit the plate 42 to be inserted and securely held by the undercut edge 23 which abuts the beveled edge 44; sec FIGS. 3-6.
Plate 42 is a fiat transparent member formed of tough, plastic material such as vinyl, an acrylic or the like. Its resistance to wear is substantially the same or greater than that of the leather of the sole. The plate is somewhat flexible like the leather sole. The outer narrower or smaller side 45 of the plate is flush with the outer side 12' of the sole 12 The metallic indicia 28 are readily visible through the transparent window defined by plate 42. The plate 42 increases the useful life of the shoe by imparting increased wear to the sole 12 In FIG. 8, the structure of shoe 10 is similar to shoe ll0 and corresponding parts are identically numbered. In shoe 10, the side 24. of recess 22 is coated With a colored paint layer 48. The metallic indicia 28 are impressed into grooves 26 in layer 48. Plate 42 is inserted into the recess 22** and is held by interengagement of undercut edge 23 with beveled edge 44.
In FIG. 9, the shoe 10 is similar to shoe 10 and corresponding parts are identically numbered. The indicia grooves 26 are formed in the larger, inner side 50 of transparent plate 42 and this groove is filled With metallic paint 28 as shown in FIGS. 9 and 10. The plate is held in the recess by engagement et beveled edge 44 With recessed edge 23. The side 24 et the recess 22 may be painted With a coating 52 having a color contrasting with that of metallic paint 28.
In all forms of the invention, there are provided protected, recessed identification indicia including inscribed grooves filled with metallic paint which contrasts in appearance with the adjacent parts of the sole and sole recess in which the indicia appear.
The indicia are easily applied and are permanent in character, so that long after the baby has ceased wearing the shoe, the shoe can be kept for sentimental purposes and will be identified by the indicia inscribed therein.
While we have illustrated and described the preferred embodiments of our invention, it is to be understood that we do not limit ourselves to the precise constructions herein disclosed and that various changes and modifications may be made within the scope of the invention as defined in the appended claims.
Having thus described our invention, what we daim as new, and desire to secure by United States Letters Patent 1s:
1. A baby shoe having an outer sole, said sole having a shallow recess formed in its outer side, said recess having an exposed side with grooves theren defining identification indicia, metallic colored material in the grooves,
and a transparent plate in the recess, said plate having an enter side coplanar and flush with the outer side of the sole, said plate having an inner side abutting the exposed side of the recess, said recess having a peripheral undercut edge, said plate having a beveled edge engaged With said undercut edg t0 retain the plate in the recess, said sole and plate having substantially the same flexibility so that the plate remains in the recess when the sole is. flexed.
2. A baby shoe having an outer sole, said sole hav-. ing a shallow recess formed in its duter side, said recess having a sideparallel to said outer side of the sole, a colored coating covering said side of the recess, said coating having grooves therein defining identification indica, colored material in said grooves, the color of sald material contrasting With the color of said coating, and a transparent plate in the recess, said plate having an outer side coplanar and flush With the outer side of the sole, said plate having an iner side abutting the coating, said recess having a peripheral undercnt edge, said plate having a beveled edge engaged with saidunclercut edge t0 retain the plate in the recess, said sole and plate having substantially the same fiexibility so that the plate remains in the recess when the sole is flexed.
3. A baby shoe having an outer sole, .said sole hav- 1'ng a shallow recess formed in its outer side, said recess having a side parallel to said outer side of the sole, a colored coating covering said side of the recess, a transparent plate in the recess, said plate having an outer side coplanar and flush with the outer side of the sole, said plate having an inner side abutting the coating, said inner side of the plate having grooves therein defining identification indieia, and metallic colored material in said grooves, the color of said materal contrasting with the color of said coating, said recess having a peripheral undercut edge, said plate having a beveled edge engaged witl1 said undercut edge to retain the plate in the recess.
References Citez! in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Goldsteln June 21, 1949 2,720,713 Schwartz et al Oct. 18, 1955