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Publication numberUS3710486 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 16, 1973
Filing dateDec 18, 1970
Priority dateDec 18, 1970
Publication numberUS 3710486 A, US 3710486A, US-A-3710486, US3710486 A, US3710486A
InventorsRevny A
Original AssigneeRevny A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Shoe lace securing apparatus
US 3710486 A
Apparatus for securing one end of a lace to a shoe so that the shoe can be tied by lacing without the need to knot the lace ends together.
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United States Patent [1 1 Revny [54] SHOE LACE SECURING APPARATUS [76] inventor: Alexander Revny, PO. Box 431,

944 3rd Avenue, Hope, British Columbia, Canada [22] Filed: Dec. 18, 1970 [21] Appl. No.2 99,601

[52] US. Cl ..36/50 [51] Int. Cl. ..A43b 11/00 [58] Field ofSearch....,36/50; 24/117, 143 A, 143 B,

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,767,732 6/1930 Breadon ..24/l43 A X 1 Jan. 16,1973

2,841,849 7/1958 Rice et a1 ..36/50 X 3,321,815 5/1967 Herelman ..36/50 X FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 260,053 2/1968 Austria ..36/50 33,914 8/1905 Switzerland ...24/l43 A 244,030 4/1947 Switzerland ..36/50 I Primary ExaminerAlfred R. Guest Attorney-Fetherstonhaugh & Co,

[57] ABSTRACT Apparatus for securing one end of a lace to a shoe so that the shoe can be tied by lacing without the need to knot the lace ends together;

1 Claim, 8 Drawing Figures PATENTEDJAH 16 1975 IN VENTOR. ALEXA NDER REV/W SIIOE LACE SECURING APPARATUS BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION A shoe lace tied and knotted in the conventional manner frequency loosens so that the shoe is uncomfortable or the knot becomes undone entirely whereupon the wearer must stop and retie his shoe and this is objected to by almost everyone.


FIG. 1 is a detail view showing certain parts of my invention;

FIGS. 2, 3 and 4 are detailed views of a portion of the shoe showing a preferred tying sequence,

FIG. 5 is a detailed view of a portion of a shoe with the present invention mounted in an alternative position,

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of a shoe incorporating my invention as illustrated in FIGS. 1 to 4;

FIG. 7 is a detail view of a modification of my invention; and

FIG. 8 is a view of the FIG. 5 version of my invention as it appears from inside the other shoe.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Referring to the drawings, the numeral 20 indicates a shoe having a tongue 21 which is overlapped by side portions 22, these portions defining an opening 23. The portions 22 are fitted with the usual eyelets 18 to receive a lace 16.

An elongated tubular member is indicated by the numeral 10 and this member has an open end 11 and an opposite end 12 which originally is opened and flattened as shown in FIG. 1. A wire staple 14 is used to secure the member 10 to the shoe, this staple having spaced apart ends 14a and 14b as shown in FIG. 2 for example. The member 10 is attached to the staple 14 by entering the end 14a in the end 11 and placing the end 14b within the end 12. End 12 is then folded over the end 14b and is crimped to lock the two parts together. This forms a peg which is generally indicated at 15, the peg extending upwardly parallel to the shoe portion 22 to which it is attached, near the upper end thereof, and preferably on the outside of said portion. It

will be noticed that the peg 15 is mounted so that only the lower end thereof is attached to the shoe by the staple 14 while the upper end is free to allow the lace 16 to pass between the peg and the outer face of the portion 22.

The lace 16 preferably is the type having opposite ends 16a and 16b which are fitted with the usual ferrules. In order to tie the shoe 20, end 16a of the lace is sli ped through the lowermost e elet 18 on the portion 2 which supports the peg 15. he ferruled end 16a may then be secured to the portion 22 by suitable means, not shown, but preferably it is merely inserted between the portion and the tongue 21 so as to be clamped therebetween when the shoe is tied. The lace 16 is then threaded through the eyelets 18 as shown in the drawings and so as to leave the upper part of the lace projecting above the shoe after tightening. This upper part of the lace 16 is secured to the peg 15 by means of one but preferably two half-hitches 160 which are formed in the lace so that they can be passed over the top of the peg and be tightened thereon. The ferruled end 16b is then extended across the opening 23 and is threaded through the uppermost eyelet 18 in the other portion 22. When the end 16b is tucked in between the portion 22 and the tongue 21 theshoe 20 is tied so that it is not likely to come undone while being worn.

' FIGS. 5 and 8 show the peg 15 mounted in an alternative position on the inside of the portion 22 with a stable 14 being used as before. The lace 16 has its upper end part secured to the inside peg 15 by halfhitches as previously described. A peg 15 secured in this position is hidden from view which some wearers might find desirable and it has been found that it causes no great discomfort to the wearer since the peg 15 is between the shoe portion 22 and the tongue 21.

In FIG. 7, both ends of the lace 16 are shown secured to a portion 22 of the shoe by means of staples 14. Two of the members 10 may be secured to the lace ends at this location if desired so as to keep the lace from fraying. The shoe is laced from the top to place the ends 16a and 16b in a position where they can be secured to a portion 22 as shown in FIG. 7 and this leaves the upper part of the lace doubled over toform a bight, the two parts of which are adapted to be pressed together and secured to the peg 15 by means of half-hitches.

Having thus described this invention, what is asserted as new is:

1. Apparatus for securing a lace to a shoe having side portions fitted with lace-receiving eyelets and defining a tongue opening, comprising a peg secured to one of the side portions near the upper edge thereof, said peg having one end detached from one side portion to permit entry of the lace therebetween, said lace lacing the shoe whereby an upper part of the lace is securable to the peg by at least one half-hitch.

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U.S. Classification36/50.1
International ClassificationA43C7/00
Cooperative ClassificationA43C7/00
European ClassificationA43C7/00