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United States Patent Office 3,332,151 SHOE MEASURING DEVICE Irvin R. Gressley, Milford, Iowa 52064 Filed Sept. 24, 1964, Ser. No. 398,857 3 Claims. (Cl. 33-3.2)
This invention pertains to measuring devices and more specifically to a single device adapted to measure both a shoe and the foot on which the shoe is to be worn.
In the tting of shoes, particularly on childrens feet, it is often desirable to know how much space there is between the toe of the child and the end of the shoe. Sometimes this can be learned by crushing the toe of the shoe so that the childs toe can be felt. Some shoe tters are able to tell the location of the joint of the large toe. However, neither of these methods will satisfy all parents. Furthermore, neither is as accurate as might be desired.
Several devices have been proposed to measure the comparative size of the shoe and foot. These have generally comprised fairly complex devices; in some instances measuring the total length of the foot and shoe simultaneously and in other measuring the distance from the joint to the tip of the large toe.
By my device, I provide a simple inexpensive device capable of measuring them comparatively. The device is simple enough to be used by anyone and can be used t display quite accurately and graphically the amount of room remaining in the shoe for growth of a childs foot.
A more complete understanding of my invention in its embodiment may be had from a study of the following specifications and the accompanying figures in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of my device, and
FIG. 2 is a partial medial sectional view of the device showing the clamping arrangement.
Briey my invention comprises a device having a slidable guage which will t inside a shoe to measure the shoe, and is also adapted to be placed on the sole of a foot to measure the foot.
More specifically, my device includes a rear stop which may take the appearance of a shoe horn, i.e. having a concave and a convex surface. Extending from the concave side of the rear stop from a point somewhat above the lower edge 11 is a tongue 12. This tongue is formed to provide a slot 13 extending along the length thereof.
A slide member 15 is sildably connected to the tongue 12. This is accomplished by providing a slide housing 16 on the member 15. Ears 17 on the housing embrace the tongue 12 so that the slide 15 may be freely slidable relative to the tongue. A clamping handle 19 is threaded into the member 15 so that a threaded stud 18 thereof extends through the slot 13. A shoulder 20 on the handle 19 engages the surface of the tongue 12 so that by screwing the handle down, the tongue 12 is clamped between the slide 15 and the shoulder 20 to prevent slipping of the slide from any adjusted position.
A graduated scale 21 may be provided on the tongue 12 adjacent any appropriate part of the slide member `1S so that some relative indication of size may be known.
This may be graduated according to shoe size or any other appropriate scale.
The use of my device is fairly obvious. When a shoe is to be tted, an approximate size is chosen. The length of the inside of the shoe may then be guaged by inserting my device into the shoe with the clamping action of the handle 19 released. The rear stop 10 is held against the 3,332,151 Patented July 25, 1967 inside of the heel of the shoe and the slide 15 is moved forward until it touches the inside of the toe. The clamping handle 19 is then clamped down to hold the slide in place.
After setting the device, it can be withdrawn from the shoe and used to compare that to the length of the foot. This is done by inverting the device and placing against the heel of a stockinged foot, that part of the rear stop 10 which extends below the tongue 12. Thus the tongue 12 and slide 15 will extend toward, and beyond the toes of that foot. The amount of extension of the slide beyond the foot is a measure of the amount of space within the shoes when the foot is inserted. Any shoe tter will recognize that some allowance must be made for the extension of the foot as weight is placed on it when stepping in a shoe. Still, by my device a reasonably accurate comparison is possible quickly and also is readily demonstrable. The device is -relatively inexpensive and is easy t0 operate. Thus, it is capable of use by almost anyone in the fitting of shoes and can be used to convince parents, and other purchasers of shoes as to the adequacy of the size of the shoe.
Having thus described my invention in its embodiment I am aware that further and extensive variations may be made therefrom without departing from the spirit and scope of my invention as limited only by the following claims.
1. A device for measuring shoes or the like comprising stop means adapted to ft the interior of the heel of a shoe, tongue means fixed to said stop means, said stop means extending on both sides of said tongue means whereby the extension thereof on one side is usable to lit the heel of a foot on which the shoe is to be worn, slide means slidably connected to said tongue means, and clamp means engaged between said tongue means and said slide means to hold said slide means in any adjusted position relative to said slide means.
2. For comparatively measuring a yfoot and a shoe to be tted onto said foot, said shoe having a closed toe and a heel, a device comprising stop means having a concave surface and a convex surface being adapted to fit against the interior of said heel, tongue means extending from said concave surface, said tongue means being formed to provide a slot therein, said stop means extending on both sides of said tongue means whereby the extension thereof on one side is usable to ft the heel of a :foot on which the shoe is to be worn, slide means slidably connected to said tongue means and extending adjacent to said slot, clamping means extending through said slot and threadedly engaged with said slide means, said clamping means having shoulders engaged with said tongue means adjacent to said slot, said clamping means being thereby adapted to hold said slide means releasably in fixed adjusted position relative to said tongue means, said slide means being adapted to extend into said toe and to engage the extremity thereof.
3. For comparatively measuring a foot and a shoe to be fitted on said foot, said shoe having a closed toe and heel, a device comprising stop means having a concave surface and a convex surface, said convex surface being adpated to engage the interior surface of said heel, tongue means extending from said concave surface, said tongue means being formed with a slot therein, slide means slidably engaged with said tongue means and extending adjacent said slot, handle means threadably engaged with said slide means and extending through said slot, said handle means being engageable with said tongue means adjacent said slot to provide a clamping arrangement whereby said handle can be clamped and released by turning in said threadable engagement and whereby said handle is attached to said slide means to move it relative to said tongue means, said stop means extending a substantial distance on both sides of said tongue means whereby a portion of said concave surface may be engaged with the rear of said foot for measuring the foot.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,262,678 4/1918 Lapoint 33-143 1,676,360 7/1928 Schwartz 33--158 5 1,689,040 10/1928 Marron 33-3.2 3,120,057 2/ 1964 Ludwig 33-3.2
LEONARD FORMAN, Primary Examiner.
10 L. V. ANDERSON, Assistant Examiner.