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Publication numberUS500134 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 27, 1893
Filing dateJun 6, 1892
Publication numberUS 500134 A, US 500134A, US-A-500134, US500134 A, US500134A
InventorsCharles W. James
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 500134 A
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(No Model.)


MoooAsm No. 500,134. Patented June 27, 1893.


CHARLES JAMES AND WILLIS it. Gltlhllilh, ()l MiU-tlET'lA, OHIO;

Moc AsiN,

SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 500,184, dated June27, 1893.

I Application filed June 6, 1892. Serial No. 435.668 (No model.)

To all whom it may concern.-

Be it known that we, CHARLES W. JAMES and \VILLLS R. GRUIES, citizens of the United States, residing at Marietta, inthe county of \Vashington and State of Ohio, have invented a new and useful Moccasin, of which the following is a specification. V

This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in moccasins, and consists of the construction and arrangement of the several parts thereof, as will be more described and claimed.

The object of this invention is to provide a device of the character set forth havingasuperior construction and arrangement of parts wherein the heel portion is stiffened by the application of a strip of leather preferably of the same nature as the sole, the vamp or upper being constructed of suitable textile fabric.

In the drawingsz l igure l is a perspective view of the improved moccasin. Fig. 2 is a central longitudinal section thereof. Fig. 3 is a transverse vertical section on the line m-x, Fig. 1. v

Similar numerals of reference are employed to indicate corresponding parts in the several views,

Referring to the drawings, the numeral 1 designates the vamp or upper, which is constructed of one piece witha single seam 2 at the back thereof. The said vamp or upper is formed of suitable textile fabric such as duck, canvas, or other suitable cloth, and to which is applied a leather sole 23 formed of one piece.

To the rear or hecl portion of the upper or vamp 1, and over the seam 2 thereof is seeured'a leather strip 4, which is of considerable width and provides a stiffening or counter at said portion of the upper or vamp,and

also a shield or covering for the scant: protect the heel of the footwhen in the moccasin; The said strip 4 projects some distance above the'rear portion of the said vamp or upper, and is adapted for use. as a pull strap for drawing the moccasin onto the f et.

This action will be materially assisted aid the'shapc of the rear portion of the van-p or upper be preserved, by means of the location and position of the said strip 4, in the moccasin and secured as set forth, by acting as a stiliouing. The upper extended portion of the said stripl will make it easy'in inserting the foot within the moccasin by having the heel bear against the said extension of the strip so that as will be apparent the strip also serves as a horn or guide for the heel of the foot. The strip, it will be seen, asbest shown in Fig, 2, lower edge of the vamp and consequently overlaps the seam between the lower edge of the vamp and the sole so as to form a protecting cover for the seam. This preserves the foot from being injured by contact with the seam at this point, which is the only point throughout the slipper that requires such protection. Of course, if desired, the overlapping portion of the strip might be pasted to the sole to prevent any possible rucking up thereof when the slipper is drawn off. It will further be seen that the strip as formed and applied, serves five important functions, namely, as a counter, a reinforcer for the back seam, a protector for the lower seam, a pull for applying the slipper, and finally as ahorn for guiding the heel of the foot.

The advantages of this device are the formation of the vamp or upperofa single piece of material, and of textile fabric, which is provided with a leather sole made in one piece together with the strip of leather secured at the heel portion of the npper or vamp and over the seam thereof. The combination of materials set forth lessens the cost of manufacture, and consequently reduces the cost price of the same to' purchasers and renders it of more value as a marketable article than a similar device which. is wholly constructed of leather.

The special advantage that is gained by the combination of the upper or vamp constructed of textile fabric, and the sole of leather, is, the fact that the leather sole is firmer than the cloth and conforming as it does, to the bottom of the foot and holding the upper or vamp in shape, makes the device more coinfortable and of a neatcr appearance. It will be observed that the lower portion of the strip moccasin by a line' of stitching extending along the sides ,of the lower portion of said strip t and across the same near wearer during the operation of inserting the l is secured-over the rear heel seam of the also extends beyond or below the the top of the .Oft e Same and sustainitin proper position. Having thus described the invention; what is claimed-as IlBWiS1-, Y or I The herein described impfro'ved' moeensin;-' thesame'consisting of a vemp and-sole, the, vamp having its meeting edge'or seam at the heel ,'and-a leathers rip exceeding il -length thewidth of the he of the vamp and extend Witnesses:

ing above the seine o form a puil, and below l f the same co'verin and the heel" .ve'rtical 'and' the etrip to th v heel-seam and p} substantially as specified. T11 testimony that w our own we 11 in the'prosen g the seam betlweeei e a p 0f theisole and iifixfingid line of transverse stitches connecting e'vamp at opposite side's-of the.

near the upper e e olailn .the' foregoing as ave hereto affix'ed our signatures c6 of two witnesses. CHARLES W. JAMES.


L.V;Roon,' C. F. KETTER.

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US5090140 *Nov 15, 1990Feb 25, 1992Wolverine World Wide, Inc.Footwear with integrated counterpocket shoe horn
Cooperative ClassificationA43B3/0031