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May 5, 1970 F. VIETAS SHOE Filed July 17. 1968 3,509,646 SHOE Frank Vietas, Bedford, Mass., assignor to A. R. Hyde & Sons Co., Cambridge, Mass., a corporation of Massachusetts Filed July 17, 1968, Ser. No. 745,491
Int. Cl. A43b US. Cl. 362.5 1 Claim ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Background of the invention High-cut shoes which extend up over the ankle usually have laces for securing them on the wearers foot. Such high-cut shoes are often difiicult and time-consuming to properly fit and secure on a wearers foot. These problems are quite common in connection with shoe skates, and are most objectionable when such skates are put on at outdoor rinks or on ponds. Under these conditions adverse weather conditions often make it difficult and quite uncomfortable to properly tighten the laces of the shoe skate. As a result, shoe skates are frequently worn by skaters with the laces improperly adjusted and tightened. This is especially unfortunate in skating since it is important to make sure that the shoe skate snugly fits about the wearers foot.
Summary of the invention The present invention provides footwear having a highupper and sole with the upper including a pair of quarters having forward edges or ears which overlap the tongue of the shoe. A plurality of lacing means, preferably in the form of eyelets, extend longitudinally of the ears. These eyelets are adapted to receive laces for tightening the footwear about the wearers foot. A zipper in the upper extends from the top line of the upper toward the sole on an arc substantially parallel to one forward edge so as to permit the upper to be opened by unzipping the zipper for insertion or removal of a foot without unlacing the footwear.
Brief description of the drawings The foregoing objects and advantages of the present invention will be more clearly understood when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a side elevation of a shoe skate embodying a preferred form of the invention; and
FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional detail on an enlarged scale taken on the line 2--2 of FIG. 1.
Detailed description of preferred embodiment The drawing illustrates a preferred embodiment of the invention in a shoe skate. However, the principles described may be applied to other styles of high-cut footwear in which there is a need or desire for easy insertion or removal of the foot. Such footwear would include, for example, ski boots and other high-cut athletic footwear.
The shoe skate illustrated has a high-cut shoe 1 to which is attached by conventional means a skate blade 2. The skate blade 2 may be of any conventional shape. In the embodiment illustrated, the blade 2 is a figure skate United States Patent 3,509,646 Patented May 5, 1970 which is riveted by rivets 3 extending through the skate plates 4 and 5 to the sole 6 and heel 7 respectively of the shoe 1.
The shoe specifically illustrated is a high-cut bal pattern shoe. However, other general styles including a highcut Blucher pattern may be used. In this arrangement, the shoe 1 is provided with opposed, conventional quarters 8 which are attached together at the rear edge by a back seam 9. These quarters define a top line 10 that extends normally above the wearers ankle and forward edges or ears 11. The forward edges or ears 11 extend from the top line 10 centrally forwardly to the vamp 12. The ears 11 are provided with conventional rows of lacing eyelets 14 with the eyelets extending at substantially uniform distances apart from near the top line 10 to the vamp 12. These eyelet rows are adapted to receive a lace 15 which is conventionally threaded through the row of eyelets 14 which are shown, and the opposing row of eyelets in the quarter which is not shown in the illustration. The shoe is also provided with a tongue 16 which extends upwardly from the vamp beneath. and between the ears 11. A zipper 18 extends from the top line 10 arcuately downwardly and rearwardly in the quarter '8, preferably the outside quarter, as illustrated, to a point just forward of the forward end of the instep and just rearward of the rear portion of the toe. The zipper 18 preferably has an are which substantially conforms at its lower end 20 with the arc of the car 11 of the quarter 8 in which it is formed. At its upper end 21 the zipper is arcuately flared rearwardly to a point 22 which is substantially directly above the ankle and is closer to the back seam 9 than to the upper end of the forward edge or cars 11.
The zipper 18 is formed of a slider 25 which conventionally engages the teeth 26 alternately attached to the opposed parallel strips 27 and 28. Strips 27 and 28 are stitched between the quarter 8 and a full lining 29 which is preferably formed of leather and is suitably cemented or stitched to the inner surfaces of the quarters 8. The outside quarter 8 is longitudinally cut along an are extending from the top line 10, as illustrated in FIG. 1, to a point 19 near the vamp. The strips 27 and 28 are stitched to opposite edges of the cut or split on the rear surface of the outside quarter 8 by the parallel stitches 30 and 31. These stitches preferably are quite close to the split edges 33 and 34. The strips 27 and 28 and the split edges of the outside quarter 8 are secured to the liner 29 by stitches 35 and 36 which extend through these three layers. This stitching effectively outwardly flares the edges 33 and 44 to provide a projecting lip or edge which also functions as a decorative element about the periphery of the stitching. The lining 29 is split along a line 40 which extends parallel to the edges 33 and 34 with the split 40 preferably longitudinally aligned with edge 34 so that the lining 29 provides a full backing immediately behind the row of teeth 26.
In wearing this shoe skate the wearer will first properly loosen the laces 15 and then insert his foot with the zipper closed. After tightening the laces to properly adjust the shoe skate, the wearer can thereafter remove his foot from the shoe skate and place his foot back into the shoe skate by the simple expedient of zipping and unzipping the zipper 18. Thus, no further adjustment is required unless the laces tighten. This effectively permits the wearer to rapidly put the skates on and take them off in the absence of the zipper 18.
1. A high-cut boot comprising a sole and an upper, said upper adapted to extend upwardly over the wearers ankle and having a tongue and a pair of quarters having forward edges adapted to overlap the tongue, a plurality of means extending longitudinally of and in said edges and adapted to receive lacing for tightening said footwear about the wearers foot comprising a plurality of eyelet rows through which said lacing may be threaded, means forming a slit from the top line of one of said quarters downwardly towards said sole, a zipper in said one quarter for securing the opposite sides of said slit together and extending from the top line of said upper towards its sole and adapted on opening to prevent removal of the wearers foot from the footwear without unlacing said laces, a lining for said one quarter, said zipper having a pair of parallel strips to which alternate teeth of said zipper are attached, said strips having longitudinally extending edges positioned between said one quarter and the lining attached thereto, stitches securing said strips to said one quarter and said lining, said stitches comprising a plurality of rows of stitches on opposite side of said slit with one row of said stitches extending through said quarter and strip and the other row of stitching extending through said quarter strip and lining with said slit sides flared outwardly from said zipper, said zipper-extending areuately downwardly from the top line close to the back seam and the forward edge towards to vamp of the footwear, said lining having a slit extending parallel to and in alignment with one side of said slit in one quarter.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,648,101 11/1927 Ascheim 3650 1,798,470 3/1931 Janke .L 3650 1,798,471 3/1931 Janke 36-50 1,986,580 1/1935 Johnson 362.5
PATRICK D. LAWSON, Primary Examiner US. Cl. X.R. 3650