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Feb. 25, 1964 P, GULLO 3,121,962
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' INVENTOR 6 ///M/ ,4 fana TTOR/VEYS United States Patent O 3,121,962 SANDALS Philip A. Grillo, 170 Edgewater Park, Bronx 65, N.Y. Filed 1an. 16, 1963, Ser. No. 251,970 3 Claims. (Cl. 36-11.5)
This invention is concerned generally with the -sandal art; more specifically it relates to a rigid sandal with a hinged sole portion.
Sandals such as for use at the beach and for bathing may consist of a single rigid block of wood with straps thereon to retain the sandal at the base of the feet of the wearer. Such sandals, although desirable for use such as at the beach and for bathing purposes, are generally uncomfortable in that it will not bend with the bone structure of the foot. Thus, the use of such a sandal for a length of time will tire the wearer and result in the discarding of the sandal. Additionally, it may prove injurious to the bone structure.
j It is a cardinal object of this invention, therefore, to provide a sandal fabricated of rigid material that will conform to a limited degree to the foot of the wearer.
Another primary object hereof is the provision of a sandal having straps of a type which will conveniently and comfortably retain the sandal on the foot of the wearer without the possibility of irritation.
A further purpose of this invention is the provision of a hinged sandal structure that will not be injured by use in the water.
With these objects in view, the invention consists of the novel features of construction and arrangement of parts which Will appear in the following specification and recited in the appended claims, reference being had to the accompanying drawings in which the same reference numerals indicate the same parts throughout the various figures and in which:
FIG. 1 is a view in perspective of the invention with a foot illustrated thereon in phantom.
FIG. 2 is a top plan View of the invention.
FIG. 3 is a sectional elevational view taken substantially along line 3-3 of FIG. 2 showing the hinged structure.
FIG. 4 is a side elevational view of the instant invention with the heel portion thereof illustrated in one position in solid and in another position in phantom.
FIG. 5 is a sectional elevational view taken along line 55 of FIG. 2 of the invention showing the method of attachment of the sandal strap.
FIG. 6 is a fractional sectional View taken substantially along line 6-6 of FIG. 2.
Referring to the drawings, which illustrate what may be for some purposes a preferred embodiment of the invention, there is shown in FIG. 1 a complete embodiment of the invention, with the foot of a wearer shown thereon in phantom.
The base of the sandal, which will generally be fabricated of wood, will be manufactured in two pieces 11 and 12. As shown, when fastened together, they will form a continuous base for the sandal. The forward member 11 will conform generally to the toe portion of the foot and the rear member 12 will conform to the heel portion thereof.
For ease of relative movement, the forward and rear members 11 and 12 Will be hinged together as illustrated.
The adjoining portions of the forward member 11 and the rear member 12 will have mating grooves and projections. Thus, the forward member 11 will have projections 14, 15 and 16 and the rear member 12 will have projections 18 and 19. The said projections 14, 15, 16, 18 and 19 will be relatively uniform and will be formed with a smooth curve. The projections 14, 15 and 16 of the forward member 11 will be adapted to tit loosely with- 3,121,962 Patented Feb. 25, 1964 ICC in the grooves formed by projections 18 and 19. Similarly, the projections 18 and 19 will be shaped to fit loosely within the grooves formed by projections 14, 15 and 16. This will be seen most clearly in FIG. 2.
As seen most clearly in FIG. 3, lateral opening 2t) will be positioned to pass centrally through the sandal in the area of the above-described hinge when the parts are in their assembled relationship. The lateral opening 20 will be of sufficient size to receive a relatively strong exible cord 21 with knots 22 and 23 at either end.
Thus, it will be seen that a relatively inexpensive but efficient hinge structure is provided between the forward and rear members 11 and 12. The parts will move eiliciently and conveniently relative to each other and yet may be disassembled by untying either of the knots 22 or 23 when desired. This may be important, especially if sand, dirt, or the like should inadvertently become trapped within the hinge member.
It will be noted that the sandal attaching means to be described below serves a dual function. For one thing, it serves to attach the sandal on the foot of the wearer in a comfortable manner. However, this unique attachment means further serves to retain the forward and rear members of the sandal in an operative position when not installed on the foot of the wearer.
As seen best in FIG. 5, the forward portion of the strap will be attached by means of a knot 30 within a recess 31 at the underside of the forward member 11. The two strands of the said strap 34 will pass upwardly through a relatively small opening 32 in the forward member 11. As will be seen in FIG. l, the said opening 32 Will be properly positioned to position the strap 32 adjacent the toe of the foot of the wearer thus insuring that the forward portion of the foot is positioned properly.
The forward strap 34 may be secured as by the single knot 35 to the double strands 36 and 37 of the side straps. The said side straps 36 and 37 will position the side of the foot of the fearer and will pass through angled slots 40 in the side of the rear member 12.- This will be seen most clearly in FIG. 6. The ends of the side straps 36 and 37 will be knotted as at 41 and 42 to insure that they will securely remain in position. Positioned adjacent the knotted ends 41 and 42 of the side straps 36 and 3'7 will be the knotted ends 46 and 457 of the rear straps 43 and 49. The said rear straps 4S and 49 will be angled through the side portions of the rear member 12 in a manner similar to the side straps 36 and 37. They will then be urged rearward and upward to be encircled about the angle of the wearer when in use, as shown in FIG. l.
This unique combination on straps will insure that the sandal is retained positively and comfortably on the foot of the wearer when in use.
Additionally, the forward and side straps will insure that the forward and rear members 11 and 12 will not bend at an acute angle when not in use, thereby injuring the hinged portions thereof.
Additionally, it is important to observe that all of the straps described in this embodiment of the invention are held in place merely by knots. They may, therefore, be removed for replacement, cleaning, or adjustment.
It will be seen then that there is provided herein a device to accomplish all of the objects hereinabove set forth.
While there are above disclosed but a limited number of embodiments of the structure and product of the invention herein presented, it is possible to produce still other embodiments without departing from the inventive concept herein disclosed and it is desired, therefore, that only such limitations be imposed on the appended claims as are stated therein, or required by the prior art.
Having thus described my invention and illustrated its 3 use, what I Claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
1. A sandal, comprising, a base portion including a rigid forward member and a rigid rear member, hinge means rotatably connecting said forward and rear members of said base portion, said hinge means including a plurality of rear projections extending longitudinally rearward from said forward member, said rear projections being adapted to fit in vertically closely spaced relationship between said first projections, said base portion being laterally apertured through said front and rear projections, and a rst flexible cord extending through said front and rear projections only through said lateral aperture and being knotted and terminated at opposite lateral sides of said base portion in juxtaposition to said projections whereby said projections will be retained in mating engagement, and cord means Lo retain said forward and rear members on a foot, said cord means interconnecting said forward member and said rear member.
2. A sandal as set forth in claim 1, wherein said forward member has one central vertical aperture, said vertical aperture terminating in an enlarged cutout at said underside of said forward member, said rear member having a pair of angled apertures at opposite lateral sides of said rear member, each of said angled apertures commencing at said top side of said rear member and terminating at an edge of said rear member, said cord means consisting of a front cord extending through said vertical aperture and having a knot at one end in said enlarged cutout in said forward member, said other end of said front cord being knotted to one end of a pair of side cords, each of said side cords passing through one of said angled apertures and terminating in a knot in juxta position to said edge of said rear member.
3. A sandal as set forth in claim 2, further including additional strap means extending from opposite sides of said rear member to encircle the ankle of a foot.
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