Improvement in boots and shoes
US 34689 A
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` c. MEYER, or NEw BRUNSWICK, NEwJEEsEY.
IMPROVEMENT IN BOOTS AND SHOES.
v Specificationforming part of Letters APatent No. 34,689, dated March 18, 1862. l
To all whomv it mag/concern."
-, Be it known that I, C. MEYER, of New Brunswick, in the' county of Middlesex and State of New Jersey, have invented a new and useful Improvement in the Manufacture of Boots and Shoes; and I do hereby declare the following to be a full and exact description thereof, reference being had to the accom` -panying drawings, and to the lettersof reference marked thereon.'
My invention is more particularly intended for the Ibenefit 'of persons whose occupations are upon the water, as 'fishermen or boatf `men, and who, from the incidents oftheir daily work, have occasion to use the foot inl belaymg ropes-as, for instance, when a rope 1s run out from a windlass, say, for the purpose of casting a seine or when drawing it in, it is convenient and desirable to place the foot upon the rope in the position indicated in the drawings, and thus retard or guideits movement. Such act, however, as bootsv andr shoes are usually constructed, brings-the friction of the ropeupon the weakest part of the upperthat is to say, it a shoe ne used for this purpose the rope clasping its sides, as shown in the drawings, Fig. 2, will impinge or rub against the vamp-fox- ;.ing and the quarter-foxing at a point where I .they meet and are sewed together, and if4 a boot be worn then therope will impinge against lthe point,where the. front and rear uppers meet, and in either. case the seam at the sides of the boot or. shoe will very soon become worn ont.; 'but even if'the seam atv such point should not become worn the boot or shoe would-soon fail under the action of a rope, as stated, owing to 1- the fact that the vweakestportion of the leather which is used for making boots and shoes is ordinarily ldisposed by the manufacturers ot those articlesl at the very place where, for the purpose Idesign their use, the stoutest part of the lboot or shoe is reqnired.
. In the ld'ra'win gs, Figure 1" shows a boot with my improvement applied. Fig. Qisa vertical section of Fig. 1 in the line a a; and Fig. 3, a
plan 'of my boot or shoe sole, seen applied in 'Fig'. 1.
A fter a boot kor shoe is sofa-fr completed in the well-known' manner as to'require the atl-4 dition of a sole and a heel, I cut out a sole in the outline, as shown at A, Fig. 3, the
widest portion thereofbeing in the line :1: rv, and forming ears b on each side of that portion of anv ordinary sole which is the least in width. Such sole is then attached to a boot or shoe, as seen Jin Fig. 1, previous to which the heel B maybe secured to it, or the heel may be applied after the sole is secured permanently in place.
vIn the present case I have shown my improvement .applied to an india-rubber boot having a rubber front O and back D, with a rubber sole A applied thereto, as described;
but I contemplate the f application of-suchV formed soles to boots and shoes when made of ordinary material, as leather. As,for instance, when the sole is made of rubberand applied to a rubber boot yor shoe it can be secured thereto bythe ordinary process of uniting such material, and if made of leather and applied to a leather boot or shoey the ears b may be secured to the. uppers by stitching,
the bottom or m'ain portion A of the sole being secured to the uppers veither by stitching or pegging in the usual manner. The'ears b, (shown in color in Fig. 3,) rising upon either- -side of lthe shank of the sole, and being secured to the sides of a boot or shoe, effectually protect its body from the eeet of the.A
peculiar wear to which it is nowsubjected in the use named, and this at the cost of a mere 'trifle over the cost of an ordinary boot or shoe and so constructed a'boot'or shoe will wear quite' as long when applied to the purpose to which it is peculiarly adaptedas will an ordinary boot orshoe under its ordinary use.
- Hayin'grthus described my invention, what I claim as`new, and desire to securel by Letters Patent of the United States, is`
So extending the width ofthe shank of -a boot o r shoe sole that when applied to a .boot or .shoesaid sole shall forml a lateral'wearing protection on each 'side of the boot or shoe,
in the'manner and for the purpose set forth.
:(1. MEYER.: j Witnesses: v
' JAS. C. EDMoNDs,
' Jos. FORD.