US 3258862 A
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July 5 1966 H. H. MINOR ETAL. 3,258,862
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Patented July 5, 1966 3,258,862 SHOE GORE Henry H. Minor, Wyoming, and John T. Minor, Batavia, N.Y., assgnors to P. W. Minor & Son, Inc., Batavia, N.Y., a corporation of New York Filed Aug. 5, 1964, Ser. No. 387,700 6 Claims. (Cl. 36--58.5)
This invention relates to a shoe gore and relates more particularly to a shoe having an elastic gore back at the heel portion of the upper to improve the fit of the shoe.
A primary object of this invention is the provision of a shoe having an elastic gore back which is sturdy and durable in construction, comfortable and efficient in use, and relatively simple and inexpensive to manufacture, assemble, utilize and maintain.
Another object of this invention is the provision of an elastic gore back shoe which will greatly red-uce, or eliminate completely, slipping at the heel of all types of shoes, mens womens and childrens--dress or causal.
A further object of the instant invention is the pro- Vision of' a gore of elastic or stretchable material assembled under tension bridging across the back interior of the shoe.
A still further object of the instant invention is the provision of a gore back shoe of the type described wherein the 4gore is spaced from the heel portion of the upper to define a counter receiving pocket therebetween, the gore not following the contour of the counter and being unsecured thereto.
Yet another object of the instant invention is the provision of a shoe having an elastic heel .gore which is particularly comfortable to the wearer.
As conducive to a better understanding of the instant invention it is to be realized that the normal back curve of a shoe is slight, causing constant slipping between the heel of the wearer and the back of the shoe which is both annoying and uncomfortable to the wearer and also fails to provide yhim with complete support for his foot.
The elastic gore of the instant invention is secured in position under tension to greatly increase the back curve of the shoe thereby hugging the heel and reducing or eliminating heel slipping. In addition, the liexible gore of this invention provides a pillowing effect that is particularly comfortable to the wearer.
Other and further objects reside in the combination of elements, arrangement of parts and features of construction.
Still other objects will in part be obvious and in part be pointed out as the description of the invention proceds and as shown in the accompanying drawing wherein:
FIGURE l is a fragmentary top plan view of the heel portion of the shoe;
FIGURE 2 is a side elevational view thereof;
FIGURE 3 is a cross-sectional view taken substantially on line 3-3 of FIGURE 2;
FIGURE 4 is a vertical cross-sectional view taken substantially on line 4 4 of FIGURE 3; and
FIGURE 5 is a top plan view to a reduced scale of the pattern forming the elastic Lgore of the instant invention.
Like reference characters refer to like parts throughout the several views of the drawings.
Referring to the drawing in general, the heel portion of one embodiment of shoe utilizing the instant inventive concept is designated generally by the reference numeral and comprises basically an upper 12 having a top line 14 and a bottom line 16 and defining a heel portion shown in the drawing, a shank or outer sole 18 secured to the upper 12 in any conventional manner adjacent the bottom line of the same, a heel 20 which may be of any desired shape or structure secured by nails or other well known means to the shank 18, a counter 22 juxtaposed interiorly of the heel section of the upper 12, a pair of quarter linings 24, 26 having upper edge portions secured by stitching or the like to the top line 14 of the upper 12 on each side Iof the heel portion and lower edge portions secured in any conventional manner adjacent the bottom line 16 of the upper 12 on each side of the heel portion with any desired additional layers such as an inner sole 28, a heel pad 30, a slipsole 32 and an arch support plate 34 superimposed and secured to each other in any manner well known to those with ordinary skill in the art. It is to be understood that the specific construction, size or style of the shoe is not significant to the instant inventive concept, and that the particular details shown in the drawings are only illustrative of one form of shoe with which this invention lmay be utilized.
Referring particularly -to FIGURE 5, the gore is designated generally by the reference numeral 36 and comprises an upper edge portion 38 and a lower edge portion 40, both of which are preferably defined by the selvage of the material, the upper edge portion 38 being smaller than the lower edge portion 40 with angularly disposed opposed side portions 42, 44 connecting the same, intermediate portions of the gore 3-6 defining a V-shaped slit 46 extending centrally partway from Ithe lower edge portion 40 to the upper edge portion 38. The gore of the instant invention is Iformed of an elastic material and is dimensioned smaller than conventional gores utilized heretofore to necessitate the stretching of the same in positioning the gore for use in the shoe 10.
The upper edge portion 38 of the gore 36 is secured to the top line 14 of the heel portion of the upper 12 intermediate the upper edge portions of the quarter linings 24, 26 in stretched relationship. The oppositely disposed side portions 42, 44 of the gore 36 are secured to the quarter linings between the upper and lower edge portions of the quarter linings to cause the gore -to bridge the back of the shoe 10 in spaced relations-hip to the upper 12 as seen patricularly in FIGURES 3 and 4 to define therebetween a counter receiving pocket 48. The portions defining the slit 46 are secured to each other as indicated in dotted lines at 50 in FIGURE 3 to form a heel receiving arcuate portion and the lower edge portions 40 of the gore 36 are secured adjacent the bottom line 16 of the heel portion of the upper 12 intermediate the lower edge portions of the quarter linings 24, 26 in any conventional manner.
One method of assembling the shoe is to first stitch the gore 36 to the quarter linings 24, 26 the narrow part or upper edge portion 38 being adjacent the top line. The V-shaped slit 46 is then stitched together as at 50 to fit the heel curve of the last. This being done, the assembly is then attached to the upper 12 by top stitching as in a conventional shoe. The finished upper is then properly mulled and assembled on the last by first inserting the counter 22 in the gore pocket 48 and gluing the same to the upper 12, care being taken that none of the adhesive means ltouches the gore 36 so that the major portion of the g-ore is unsecured in stretched relationship. The remainder of the procedure for manufacturing the shoe can take any conventional form.
The use of the gore back shoe ofthe instant invention will now be seen. The elastic gore will cling to or hug the heel of the wearer thereby reducing or eliminating slippage at this point. Additionally, the soft and flexible unsecured gore provides a cushioning effect to the wearer rendering the shoe more comfortable.
It will now be seen that there is herein provided an improved elastic gore for a shoe which satisfies all the objectives of the instant invention, and others, including many advantages of great practical utility and commercial importance.
Since many embodiments may be made of this inventive concept, and since many modiiications may be made of the embodiments hereinbefore shown and described, it is to be understood that all matter herein is t-o be interpreted merely as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.
1. In a shoe including an upper having a heel portion wit-l1 a top line and a bottom line, a counter juxtaposed interiorly of said heel portion of said upper, and a pair of quarter linings juxtaposed interiorly of said upper, said quarter linings having an upper edge portion secured to said top line of said upper on each side of said heel portion and a lower edge portion secured adjacent said bottom line of said upper on each side of said heel portion, the improvement which comprises an elastic gore having an upper edge portion secured to said top linerof said heel portion of said upper intermediate said upper edge portions of said quarter linings, oppositely disposed side portions secured to said quarter linings between said upper and lower edge portions of said quarter linings, and a lower edge portion secured adjacent said bottom line of said heel portion of said upper intermediate saidlower edge portions of said quarter linings.
2. The structure of claim 1 wherein only said side portions of said gore are secured intermediate said upper and lower edge portions of the same, the remainder of said gore being unsecured.
3. The structure of claim 2 wherein said top line of said upper intermediate said quarter linings is larger than said upper edge portion of said gore and said gore is secured to said top line of said upper in stretched relationship.
4. The structure of claim 2 wherein said gore is secured to said upper and said quarter linings in stretched relationship.
5. The structure of claim 2 wherein said upper and said gore dened therebetween a pocket, said counter being received in said pocket and being secured to said upper only/,said gore being spaced from said counter in stretched relationship.
6. The structure of claim 5 wherein said gore includes portions defining a V-shaped slit extending centrally partway from said lower edge portion towards said upper edge portion of said gore, said portions defining said slit being secured to each other to form a heel receiving arcuate portion.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 611,266 9/1898 Morse 36-51 648,958 5/1900 Horne 36-51 1,282,584 10/1918 Hunter 66-585 1,781,197 11/1930 Schroeter -36--585 2,097,810 11/1937 Dawes 36-51 FRANK J. COHEN, Primary Examiner.